Acezantez

Acezantez | Acezantez Sub Rosa (LP) Originally released in 1977, this self-titled re-issue is my personal introduction to Ansambl Centra za nove tendencije Zagreb, or Acezantez for short – likely for many of you as well! Croatian composer and instrumentalist Dubravko Detoni (b. 1937) is again seeing the light of day forty-one years after it’s original issue (notably by British imprint Paradigm Discs in 2000). The record brings together an ensemble of five players wielding wind instruments (including voice), piano, strings and even the Glockenspiel. The arrangements are broken into two compositions that run at about twenty minutes each, one … Continue reading Acezantez

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Space Happy by Håvard Volden

Håvard Volden | Space Happy SOFA Music (LP/CD/DL) This recording consists of eleven tracks, simply numbered I through XI, one spacier than the next. Space Happy by Oslo-based experimental electric guitarist Håvard Volden is flavored with cosmic dust and syncopated drone. The acoustics are a unique abstract space rock, a nu-musique concrète, rising, falling, drifting. The effects are a raw collage mix, soft pockets of quiet space, hazy jazz interludes, announcer-like voiceovers, and lots of planetary plotting into the bliss of the unknown.  Though he’s been recording since in and around 2009, this is actually his first solo record which … Continue reading Space Happy by Håvard Volden

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K.A.C.Z.M.A.R.E.K. by Kaczmarek

Kaczmarek | K.A.C.Z.M.A.R.E.K. KCZMRK (2xLP/DL) Released today in a limited vinyl release of only 100 copies is the latest from Paris-based Paul Ritch here as Kaczmarek. Nine tracks steeped in deep electronic mystery, successively numbered starting with 1111. With added chirps and bubbly effects the fused drone starts to evolve and enchant. As he moves into 2222 the tension rises with plotted static and warp. An undercurrent of melody percolates under the mask of a mix imploding with lush rhythm and a sci-fi themed core. The hollow echo on 3333 casually shifts course with a lazy half beat, and an … Continue reading K.A.C.Z.M.A.R.E.K. by Kaczmarek

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Il Museo Selvatico by Massimo Toniutti

Massimo Toniutti | Il Museo Selvatico Black Truffle (2xLP comes w/DL) Italian experimental sound designer, Massimo Toniutti, released this little known haunting, underground gem twenty seven years ago and Black Truffle was kind enough to unearth this collection of seven interesting tracks in a lavish double vinyl set in a gatefold printed inner sleeve. Il Museo Selvatico which translates to ‘the wild museum’ is likely referencing Mother Nature herself. Toniutti began recording via cassette only in 1984 and have released seven full length records up until 2016. “Existing in a private world apart from the noise and dark industrial tropes … Continue reading Il Museo Selvatico by Massimo Toniutti

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Tropical Gothic by Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper | Tropical Gothic Discrepant (LP/DL) The septuagenarian artist only shows vital signs on Tropical Gothic. On these nine tracks, eight short works on side one, and a singular lengthy work on the flipside we begin to hear jungle vibes on The Pit, an abbreviated overture running less than a minute. The setting becomes mysterious, driven by intrigue as A Mask of Flesh begins to reveal itself. With slight twang and nefarious rumbling this fluidly rolls into By The River. It’s percussive, elusive, and a bit of a staring-down-the-barrel setting. Each of these vignettes has its very own character, … Continue reading Tropical Gothic by Mike Cooper

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The Height Of The Reeds by Arve Henriksen

Arve Henriksen | The Height Of The Reeds Rune Grammofon (LP/CD) The northern English coastal town Hull was, in 2017, selected as UK City of Culture, resulting in a range of artistic events being bestowed upon the city. One was a commission involving Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen creating the audio for a soundwalk across the Humber Bridge. He was aided in the composition by fellow Norwegians Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang. The success of this event surpassed expectations, running an extra two months in duration as it attracted so many visitors and participants. So successful in fact, that the Rune … Continue reading The Height Of The Reeds by Arve Henriksen

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IMI by Moon Relay

Moon Relay | IMI Hubro (LP/DC/DL) Oslo-based Moon Relay are an experimental rock quartet made up of Daniel Meyer Grønvold, Håvard Volden, Ola Høyer and Christian Næss. and their new release IMI is out on October 19th, so this is a bit of an early peek. And that starts with the thumping #`´`´`´/ — yes that’s right, all the titles are made up of some characters. Maybe that should have been the title? It reminds me of a dramatically re-edited theme from a 70s-80s television series at first, with a vibrant forwardness and some cosmic space sounds. These guys definitely … Continue reading IMI by Moon Relay

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