Sonnborner by Nadja

Nadja Sonnborner (Broken Spine Productions/Daymare Recordings; LP/CD/DL) Released on September 7th it’s the latest from German/Canadian duo Nadja (Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff) on the Broken Spine Productions imprint. They rally classically bent players Julia Kent, Agathe Max and Simon Goff to join them for the wild sonic ride that is Sonnborner. As the title…

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Sealed by Bonini Bulga

Bonini Bulga Sealed (Cyclic Law; CD/DL) Swedish sound-bender Pär Boström, here as Bonini Bulga, re-releases + expands his debut of 2017 (originally a self-released tape on Hypnagoga Press). In the hands of Cyclic Law the recording of Sealed is now minted into a limited run on CD (500 copies) with three more tracks (now running…

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Double-Take: Nacreous Clouds (Remastered) by Celer

Celer Nacreous Clouds (Remastered) (Two Acorns; CD/DL) DOUBLE-TAKE: This is the second in a series where two blogs co-share reviews on a single recording. Partnering on this go are Kevin Press of Toronto-based Badd Press and + myself (Toneshift.net) – where we dedicate this Double-Take column to the remastered re-release of Celer‘s (Will Long) Nacreous…

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Lazuli by Hilde Marie Holsen

Hilde Marie Holsen Lazuli (Hubro; LP/CD/DL) Out this week is the sophomore effort from trumpeting sound sculptor Hilde Marie Holsen on the Norwegian Hubro imprint after 2015’s Ask on the same label. Composition and improvisation of live processed trumpet merge and detract for a resulting experimental record that runs for about thirty-four minutes over four…

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Almost Is Almost Good Enough by Jason Lescalleet

Jason Lescalleet Almost Is Almost Good Enough (Glistening Examples, CD/DL) From a certain vantage point New Englander Jason Lescalleet seems like an intense guy. This new recording was originally released in a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered tapes to be distributed at live performances last year, but now Almost Is Almost Good Enough gets a…

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Paysage by Jamie Drouin

Jamie Drouin Paysage (Infrequency Editions; CD/DL) Being a lover of the ‘exquisite corpse’ approach of piecing together any creative form, I was delighted to see this noted in the release materials. The latest from the bounty of lavish Victoria BC is Jamie Drouin‘s forty-one minute work, Paysage, which was recorded between 2005 – 2009 using…

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Penny Rimbaud’s Oh Magick Kingdom featuring Japanther

Penny Rimbaud featuring Japanther Oh Magick Kingdom (Cold Spring; CD/DL) Penny Rimbaud‘s Oh Magick Kingdom was originally released back in 2011 as a limited edition, self-financed run of only 60 discs. Featuring the NY duo of Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly – otherwise known as Japanther – this is finally seeing the light of day…

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Ilex by Xavier Charles x Jacques Di Donato

Xavier Charles & Jacques Di Donato Ilex (Protagoniste; CD/DL) This is the clarinet duo of Xavier Charles and Jacques Di Donato (with addtl helicopter + lawnmower for good measure) and Ilex is a collection of fourteen tracks all under six minutes or so. Moreso than most instruments I can appreciate wind instruments for the apparatus and…

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Plato’s Cave by Lance Austin Olsen

Lance Austin Olsen Plato’s Cave (Infrequency Editions; CD/DL) I’ve been following this British Columbian label since their inception back in 2001 and have always found their output to have resilience and artful restraint. One of two recent releases is this twenty-seven minute work by one of the imprint’s stalwarts, multimedia artist Lance Austin Olsen. Since…

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Mirakler by Moskus

Moskus Mirakler (Hubro; CD/DL) THREE’S CO. – Norwegian trio Moskus bring a quirky, updated variation between jazz and electronics. Anja Lauvdal (piano), Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson (bass) and Hans Hulbækmo (drums) deal in a secular hybrid that sounds like nothing else really. It’s mellow and friendly with just the right amount of weirdness. It’s like the…

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8B5C3B++ by Chris Parmenidis

Chris Parmenidis 8B5C3B++ (Focused Silence; CD/DL) END/END ATMOSPHERE: Released today is this forty-three minute record from Greek producer Chris Parmenidis who creates a slow-moving ambient textured work filled with intense atmosphere. Consisting of the single title track it’s an awe-inspiring look at contemporary sound art and its ability to adapt to the unknowns of technology….

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SIGINT by False Mirror

False Mirror SIGINT (Malignant; CD/DL) Just out is the first release in eight years from False Mirror (Tobias Hornberger) in the hour plus deeply encoded SIGINT (short for Signals Intelligence) on Maryland-based Malignant Records. Opening with a wall of soft drone, electronic surveillance and an avalanche we are introduced to Perimeter. It’s stylishly cosmic with…

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