Promeni by Zavoloka

Zavoloka | Promeni Kvitnu (CD/DL) In Ukranian Promeni translates to ‘rays’ and that is what beams from the first chords of the title track of the latest recording from sound artist Zavoloka (Kateryna Zavoloka). From Kyiv but based in Vienna her wavy rhythm here takes an expansive shape that is formatted fully forward. It’s a sound that blooms like the best minimal techno, but never breaks out for the dancefloor, only reaches over and beyond, but mostly along its edges. It’s a bright balance of melody and electronics. Her church organ-style synths get crunchy, like boots on snow and ice … Continue reading Promeni by Zavoloka

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Ondureñas by Frédéric Nogray

Frédéric Nogray | Ondureñas Unfathomless (CD/DL) It’s late night, and the cicadas are out making for a blend of peace and quiet. There’s a slight chill in the air, and other slight disturbances, maybe some kind of hen or other proud bird – but Punta Bujaja is rather haunted. Of course this blends well with the season. The gentle rustling of the wild has a strangely balanced stillness. There’s a single long drone note that plays like a line being drawn that fades in and out of perception, reverberating like a content feline. These two lengthy recordings on Parisian sound … Continue reading Ondureñas by Frédéric Nogray

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Cycle Nautique by David Berezan

David Berezan | Cycle Nautique Empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) David Berezan is a notorious and well acclaimed Canadian electroacoustic composer. Teaching at the University of Manchester, where he also founded MANTIS: a loudspeakers orchestra designed to perform electroacoustic music, he boasts an exceptional background. Everything in his career, from his studies with legendary personalities such as Jonty Harrison up to the many residences in famous studios and institutions around the globe, becomes solid grounding which places his well rounded, and clear aesthetic statements in the form of beautiful compositions that display all the skills and craft behind the sculpting of each … Continue reading Cycle Nautique by David Berezan

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Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

Sone Institute | Where Moth and Rust Consume Front & Follow (CD/CS/DL) In his first release in six years Sone Institute (Roman Bezdyk) is about to deliver his third full-length, Where Moth and Rust Consume on Manchester imprint Front & Follow, on October 26. The ten track album opens with I Only Exist, a portal with a mesmerizing wavy synth, a magical setting, voice transmissions and some other mysterious sound effects. It all sets the scene as an ambiguous electronic passion play styled in varying shades of gray. That is until track two takes a 360° turn saturating the goings-on … Continue reading Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

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The Ruins by Francisco Meirino

Francisco Meirino | The Ruins Misanthropic Agenda (CD/DL) Taken from multi-channel recordings that play like waves traveling from right to left cyclically Francisco Meirino opens his latest, The Ruins, with a twerky set of frequencies on Exposition. What sounds like sorting static becomes a vibrating central nervous system. Instructions: “Continuous playback recommended“. In this deeply layered wave field of sputtering electronic open sources there’s a infinite weave twisting the height and length of any room its played in. I had to literally shutter my office door as the tones leaking into the rest of the house were stirring the others … Continue reading The Ruins by Francisco Meirino

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Spaces by Jos Smolders

Jos Smolders | Spaces Moving Furniture Records (2xCD/DL) The premise for this set of recordings is one I can get behind, the elusive open halls and passages of architecture, specifically museums. Being one who has been in my fair share, shown there, and wondered about the contents, the curation, the sense of remove between the viewer and that which is on public view has much to be desired through discourse and consternation. That said, it’s great to get an opportunity to once again listen to a new work by Dutch sound sculptor Jos Smolders who it is said has gathered … Continue reading Spaces by Jos Smolders

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In[Core]Wat[t] by Jérémie Mathes

Jérémie Mathes | In[Core]Wat[t] Unfathomless (CD/DL) A singular composition by intricate field recordist Jérémie Mathes, just out from Belgium’s top-notch imprint Unfathomless — In[Core]Wat[t]. These recordings were made while the artist was living in Cambodia over the past several years, traveling to pagodas and temples. The hollow drone and jangle sounds endless. It’s a completely meditative mix of murmur and hum reminding me of the moments when nature and humanity find a certain synergy. Cicadas and percussion and the pure howl of the wind, all fused into a reflective work that centers you. In the swirl of wind ghosts are … Continue reading In[Core]Wat[t] by Jérémie Mathes

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