Soundwalk Collective | What We Leave Behind: Jean-Luc Godard Archives mAtter (DVD+CS/DL) This is quite an elaborate a/v project by Japan’s mAtter, taking on one of French New Wave cinema’s most important voices, Jean-Luc Godard. This is a collaboration between NYC’s Soundwalk Collective, the Jean-Luc Godard Archives, Radio France Culture, Deutschlandradio and filmmaker Stephan Crasneanscki […]

Rubén D’Hers | Bolero Transparente Vertical Music (CS/DL) Off the new Milan-based label comes the first of an interesting, fresh tape series. This is Rubén D’Hers‘ Bolero Transparente (recorded in Berlin). In three tracks this sound-sculpting builder of installation-based musical settings offers a pensive, chord-driven work. Romantic Chord Puzzle glows in elongated and warped reverb. […]

Naps | Better to Give Gertrude Tapes (CS/DL) Philly-based Naps (Jason Calhoun) has just released his new album on tape, Better to Give. From the very start (Blind), these five tracks come with a glowing ambient soft texture that sounds like its buffering amid bright spot tones and some granular low end hiss. The tape […]

This new release on the Dutch label Shimmering Moods is a satisfying melding of post-rock, ambient-pop and dubbed-out kosmiche.  Bad News from Cosmos are a duo whose work encompasses rhythm and fluid textures, put through plenty of analogue processing.  The tracks here all have a strong sense of motion, filled with a motorized pulse that […]

Sutekh Hexen | S/T Sentient Ruin Laboratories + Cyclic Law (2xCS/2xLP/DL) “Hermetic infrastructure of introvert brutality”                                            A locomotive from hell, smearing by-passers with absolute static filth and wonderful monolithic exaggeration! People, this is Sutekh Hexen hailing from USA, one of the most profound projects in the contemporary extreme scene; deconstructing black metal since 2012 […]

ANMA | Kitahama Ghosts Syncopathic.Recordings (CS/DL) What a great introduction to the work of Andreas Mangweth, aka ANMA (not to be confused w/the hiphop Greek or the Japanese hardcore act) but the double bass playing jazz musician who has gone way leftfield here. Anyone who quotes Mingus on his homepage is alright in my book, […]

Papillon | Cercueil Flottant Sucata Tapes/Discrepant (CS/DL) A wild loop as if primates are screeching into a microphone traipse over a tripping beat. A radio-type narrator speaks in few words through static. Les Radiadeurs de Mika is an unusual opener on the latest from Papillon, Cercueil Flottant. This blend of experimental effects and field recordings […]

Patrick Shiroishi | 烏の涙American Damage (CS/DL) Issued on Chicago’s American Damage tape label, this new release by Patrick Shiroishi blends folky blues with wild improvisation to a stunningly contrasting effect.  Shiroishi’s guitar playing is incendiary and it sounds like he has an extra pair of hands on the fret board as he lets loose.  His […]

Jay-Dea Lopez | Pulse Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Oh, yes. The sweet, sweet sound of the cosmos, well beyond our understanding, in the far reaches of the universe, here lies the latest by Jay-Dea Lopez and his enigmatic Pulse. These ten short pieces, numbered I through X are coil pick up recordings captured last year on Canberra, […]

Bruno Duplant | Chants de Mémoire Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) With one twenty-minute ‘chant’ per side Bruno Duplant combines field recordings, electronics and analog treatments on his latest tape, Chants de Mémoire. This comes from an ongoing series which will also include something upcoming on Archive Officielle Publications. The artist shared with me that some inspiration came […]

The Mondrians (Hotham Sound) Bergain 09/Mixed by Vatican Shadow (Ostgut Ton) The Noise of Art/Works for Intonarumori (Sub Rosa) Under Starch Clouds (Wool-E Discs/Dans Les Profondeurs) The Mondrians Hotham Sound (2xCS/DL) COMPLEX COMPOSITION: Out of British Columbia comes a surprising (and sweetly designed) double tape set dedicated to inspirations of the work of Dutch artist (and […]

This month, as Spring starts to slowly set, and my garden can use a re-tilling to kickstart the season, these half dozen recordings remind me of an aura of renewal, and they each bring with them of stirring of challenging the senses. These diverse takes on contemporary composition, et al, come from several foreign places […]

MZ. 412 | Svartmyrkr Cold Spring Records (LP/CD/DL) + Cloister Recordings US (CS) “An exclamation of marching shadows” MZ. 412 is the project of Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (aka Kremator or simply Nordvargr), a very prolific electronic musician, hailing from Sweden. The beginning can be tracked back to 1988 as Maschinenzimmer 412, with Björkk being the […]

Forest Management | Passageways (Whited Sepulchre Records) Deaf Center | Low Distance (Sonic Pieces) Evelyn Glennie & Roly Porter | One Day Band (Trestle Records) Li Yilei | 0:00 (Ferric:Flux) This short lot brings about some of the most current nuances in contemporary electronic music, on the ambient side of things. It’s sometimes hard to […]

Giuseppe Falivene | Air Chronicles Amek Collective (CS/DL) From the dawn of Flux n.1, Exosphere you know this is going to be a unique earful. Air Chronicles is the latest half dozen tracks from Roman electronic artist Giuseppe Falivene. The granular electronic style with a wisp of windy melody offers something akin to a broken […]

Piloot | Gyre Mascarpone Discos (CS/DL) The Brussels-based trio Piloot has rolled out its Gyre (on Spanish imprint, Mascarpone Discos) for the rest of the world to absorb its current. These are improvisations that they term “instant compositions” and being one who loves exploring Dada, Fluxus and the like, this makes a whole lot of […]

Black Brunswicker | In the Age of Aristocracy Stereoscenic Records (CS/DL) Black Brunswicker takes a harmonic ambient journey for the rest of us here on this seven track EP, In the Age of Aristocracy. By blending soft and hued washes of color to and circulating hum tracks like Bohemian Paradise and Old Town are quite dreamy, […]

Francesco Michi & Pietro Michi | Poesie Eugrughe Canti Magnetici (CS/DL/BK) In this edition of forty, the Firenze-based duo named Michi (father and son, Francesco Michi & Pietro Michi) have delivered a half-hour long piece of intensive minimalism based on installation work originally presented in 1992. Poesie Eugrughe deals with the non/existence of virtual populations […]

Ludwig Berger | CargoCanti Magnetici (CS/DL) Field-recording is a curious art. It is a discipline of many modes, many temperaments, and one marked by a fundamental dichotomy – it is when it flaunts its purest, most authentic form, that it is at its most amorphous.  ‘Cargo’ is ostensibly a recording of nothing. The world it offers […]

Dunning & Underwood | The Blow – Volume 5 Front & Follow (CS/DL) Dunning & Underwood‘s wildly interesting addition to The Blow series utilizes the Mammoth Beat Organ, that grinds and delivers a circus like feel as things start to take shape on Song for Chimney Stacks. Designed as “a modular, mechanical music contraption designed […]

Simon Scott | Soundings Touch (CD/CS/DL) This is as if I have really begun to hear the work of Simon Scott for the very first time – even after listening to his work over a good part of the 2010’s, since Below Sea Level (12K, 2012). Soundings (out on 2/22) is a different approach to […]

Whettman Chelmets | Giant Eyes & Infant Steps Girly Girl (CD/CS/DL) Fatherhood is a unique experience, and translated into a psychedelic record like Giant Eyes & Infant Steps sort of makes sense. The loopy recording by Whettman Chelmets of Joplin (Missouri) opens with Interruptus, a quasi intro of animated surrealism, that moves right into the […]