Torba | Musica Convenzionale Edizioni Aaltra (CD) Mauro Diciocia is Torba, and Musica Convenzionale is his eighth or ninth solo recording (but his first official CD release), give or take some collaborations along the way. It is also my personal introduction to the Italian sound-collagist’s work. Here he has produced a singular thirty-nine minute track […]

Lena Andersson | Söder Mälarstrand Raster (CD/DL) It’s refreshing to see a nice new direction for Raster, and the clean graphic lines are indicative of the beat-driven new release from the duo Lena Andersson (Berlin-based Japanese artist Kyoka and Irish producer Eomac). In an instant this can sound like an engine trying to kickover into […]

Biosphere | The Senja Recordings Biophon Records (2xLP/CD/DL) Geir Jenssen is one of those rare artists who sets the modern standard for chill ambient electronic music. This work is an elegy to Knut Fjørtoft (1960-2017), a Norwegian artist who passed away in his prime, and who had created beautiful artwork for past Biosphere recordings. At […]

Janusz Jurga | Hypnowald Opus Elefantum Collective (CD/DL) Though this came out a bit earlier this year, I only received a copy recently, and excited to impart some thoughts on this ghostly work of imagination. From Polish electronic innovator Janusz Jurga comes his latest, Hypnowald. Four tracks are interlinked by a night time chorus of […]

Satoko Fujii | Stone Libra Records (CD) Celebrating her sixtieth birthday, Japanese pianist/composer Satoko Fujii releases her latest, Stone. She presents fifteen mostly short pieces here with a ton of atmosphere and named for the elements and natural phenomena. Her playing is sparse and the setting is quite ambient. The notes slightly tickle ones perception […]

Valiska | NumbersTrouble In Utopia (CD/CS/DL) Good news – I have completely failed to do my homework and have no idea what I am reviewing. The folder on my computer is labelled simply ‘Valiska’, and contains 4 tracks numbered 1 through 4. The WiFi is down, so I have no more info to go on […]

jörg piringer | darkvoice Transacoustic Research (CD/DL) Austrian artist/musician jörg piringer describes his new record as: “the obfuscation of language. darkvoice is the code talker that no one understands because her language never existed. darkvoice is the ultimate self-censorship, the undecipherable message. darkvoice is the sound of the new world order, the private language of […]

Gianfratti + Scarassatti + Yoshihide +Hartmann Psychogeography, An Improvisational Derive | Not Two Records (CD) Antonio Panda Gianfratti: Percussion, Drums Marco Scarassatti: Viola de Cocho, Self-made instruments (Kraiser, PássaroCocho, Tromp Kirk Roland) Otomo Yoshihide: Electric Guitar and Bass, Turntables Paulo Hartmann: Prepared 3rd Bridge Guitar, Freteless prepared Chiquita, Gambelão + Effects Captured live at Improfest […]

Corrado Altieri | Less Azoth (CD/DL) Consisting of nine tracks this disc opens like a purring motor, no – maybe it’s a hive, agitated at a low pulse. Recording since about 2002 in several acts and collaborations, this may be his debut solo effort. It’s got a dynamic, robust low end that starts to swerve […]

Lee Ranaldo / Jim Jarmusch / Marc Urselli / Balazs Pandi Trost (CD/LP/DL) Two American composers, a Swiss-Italian producer and a Hungarian drummer walk into a studio…This might sound as the beginning of the most bizarre joke ever, but it’s basically the premise at the core of the Grammy awarded studio technician Marc Urselli’s idea. […]

Karen Willems & Jean D.L. | Twee Lindebomen Aurora Borealis Recordings (CD/DL) It is afternoon and quite hot outside. Initial summer scorching is evident from the tiny island from where I am writing these lines. Quiet afternoons are a perfect match for what I am about to share with you. A musical “agreement” between avant-garde […]

Niklas Adam | Undulate Sofa (CD/DL) Oslo-based multimedia artist Niklas Adam‘s new Undulate is a bit of a head-turner. The ultra-minimal Gestures, Percussion Solo, Jungle reminds me of incidental sounds you might encounter in a instrument or toy factory. With umpteen stops and starts this pops and flails in seconds, then turns to hard silence, […]

Fabio Orsi | Uncharted Waters Zoharum (CD/DL) A single thirty-five minute piece by Italian sound-shaper Fabio Orsi is the prolific composer’s third this year alone (so far). The last record we reviewed was uber bright and this, in comparison, is a bit toned down, with the essence au post-prog rock albeit mid-career Tangerine Dream in […]

Nicholas Maloney | Water Studies Somewherecold Records (CD/DL) Mississippi-based Nicholas Maloney brings his debut solo EP via Somewherecold Records, two Water Studies (Study for Moving Water and Study for Still Water). It’s also limited to only forty-five copies if you dig bespoke handmade and numbered discs. Recorded in Iceland as well as on the Pearl […]

There Is A Flaw In My Iris (12″/DL) KrysaliSound Don’t Worry Mother, Everything Is Going To Be Okay (CD/CS/DL) Shimmering Moods Records Despite the ecological hiccup I was taken aback back this new title, not because of the music, or the stunning visuals, but the title itself. As a gardener this is the second year […]

Empty Chalice | Mother Destruction Toten Schwan Records (CD/DL) Empty Chalice is the dark ambient moniker of Antonine A., hailing from Italy and Mother Destruction is his projects latest installment, an emotionally conceptual sequel of the previous album Emerging Is Submerging.    Color grey. My experience with Mother Destruction is splattered with color grey. A […]

Rod Modell | Captagon Tresor (CD/LP) With Captagon, Rod Modell offers up some more of the minimal, dub-inflected techno for which he is known. Fans of his prior work will no doubt recognise the mode in which he’s working – a faintly gloomy electro-work-out mushed together with a liberal coating of compression, such is the […]

Dren | Time & Form Hard Art/Zoharum (LP/CD/DL) This is one of those recordings that plays with all the colors in the Crayon box. Born out of a shared fascination of black metal and jazz music comes the Polish duo Dren and their debut Time & Form. From the very first second they bring a […]

Pedro Chambel + Bruno Duplant | Wald Archive Officielle Publications (CD/DL) In Montreal-based label Archive Officielle‘s fourteenth edition in just a few years Wald shows the publisher’s great attention to detail. This is our very first listening session with this particular imprint, and it’s an earful and a half. This is the collaborative duo of […]

M. Grig | Mount Carmel 12K (CD/DL) American multi-instrumentalist (specializing in steel guitar) Michael Grigoni aka M. Grig has just released his fourth full-length, and first for 12K, Mount Carmel. From the amorphous opening of Call he brings a laidback, almost a hybrid of ambient bluegrass, in sensibility, to the listener. By combining gentle wafting […]

This past week the shelf was chockful of works that address planetary concerns from the elements to climate change to interplanetary dependence, and those chasms in-between! The first four are full-length efforts and the final two are EPs (a few of these with vocals) which we rarely cover, though I felt it was necessary to […]

Maryam Sirvan | Songs of an Empty Room Past Inside the Present (CD/DL) Warbling dark emissions set the tone on the opening piece, Departure by composer/sound artist Maryam Sirvan. Songs of an Empty Room is her sophomore effort after last year’s debut, Untamed Terror (The Committeee For Sonic Research). As a rather newer artist to […]