Jeremy Sharma | Mangkhut or John Cage Blues Self-Released (DL) Singaporean artist Jeremy Sharma opted to create a surreal album in a Hong Kong Hotel during typhoon Mangkhut (w/additional recordings from trips to Kuala Lumpur and Vietnam). This teeters between field recordings, old records (or live performance?) and electronic vibes (as in the instrument, not […]

Tonus | Ear Duration A New Wave of Jazz (CD/DL) The evolving make up of Dirk Serries’ Tonus thickens with Ear Duration. Here the quintet take apart and rearrange three stripped down sets (2, 3 and 1 respectively). They tug, nudge and tweak their strings, keys and other noise makers with exhilarating small action. It’s […]

New Tendencies | Batch0008SM-LL (12″/DL)   The London based SM-LL label returns with a new 12” by New Tendencies, the electronic music project of Matt Nish-Lapidus.  The in-house sound of the label favours repetition and reductionism, and this EP delivers exactly that, but adds plenty of twists along the way. The six tracks here all […]

Inade | The Nine Colours Of The Threshold Loki Foundation (LP/CD/CS/DL)   “Epic audio mythology ritual from the post-industrial era” There was a huge wave of post-industrial projects in the late 80’s, early 90’s, among them was Inade, a dark ambient duo, Knut Enderlein and René Lehmann, hailing from Leipzig, Germany ever since. Was the […]

Luna Monk | Silent Odes Shimmering Moods Records (CD/DL) Ahhhh, the great outdoors! Or some semblance thereof. When Fall from Grace opens it is as if this Luna Monk, an Afro diaspora artist, has captured a tiny star and is slowly drifting back down the celestial belt towards civilization. Impactful, refreshing ambient wafts through like […]

Fabio Perletta | HesitantDinzu Artefacts (CS/DL)   Italian sound artist Fabio Perletta takes his fascination with minimalism to Zen-like levels on this new release.  His love of Japanese aesthetics has been displayed on previous works, most notably his album Ichinen 一念, on the LINE label from 2017.  That release took much of its source sounds from field recordings made […]

Paal Nilssen-Love | New Japanese Noise & New Brazilian FunkPNL Records (2xCD/DL) In 2018 the Roskilde Festival in Denmark commissioned two exclusive performance to the Norwegian free-impro drum veteran Paal Nilssen-Love. Playing with the concept of contamination between music traditions and calling in some really outstanding musicians, he was able to contrive two radically different […]

Anacleto Vitolo | ObsidianPrimrose/Flipper (CD/DL) Despite having lived about 50km away from each other for many years, I never had the chance to personally meet Anacleto Vitolo. Nevertheless the resonance of his diligent work, being the head MANY FEET UNDER of one of the most prolific and interesting electronic music labels in southern Italy, had […]

JH1.FS3 | Trials and Tribulations Dais Records (LP/DL)   Made up of Frederikke Hoffmeier (Puce Mary) and Jesse Sanes (Leibestod), the LA-based duo known as JH1.FS3 has been recording since 2015, and this is their sophomore full-length, and first on Dais. Opening with Far From Spring, something of a funereal dirge of melancholic strings and […]

Tomas Nordmark | Eternal Words Valley of Search (LP/DL) The debut vinyl from London-based Swedish sound artist Tomas Nordmark (mastered by Chihei Hatakeymama) has just arrived. It’s bright, icy, a bit twee from the opener, Eternal. Though like the minimal cover art in shades of blue, Eternal Words has a bright and a shady side. […]

Today we are spinning a half dozen new records spanning a few continents. These have come to our attention from Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the US. Five of these are produced by labels we are reviewing for the very first time, as we are always open to such exquisite, extreme and exotic introductions. […]

Red Stars CPR | Earth Is Heaven / Heaven Is HellTesttoon (12”/DL)                                                                                    “The principle of Yin and Yang is that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites”. Red Stars CPR is the collaborative moniker of Red Stars Over Tokyo and CPR. R.S.O.T. is the ambient/electronic project of Jeroen Lauwers hailing from Belgium. In […]

Lori Goldston and Judith Hamann | Alloys Marginal Frequency (CD/DL) In two long-form pieces Melbourne-based Judith Hamann and Seattle teacher Lori Goldston both bring a new language to their common instrument, the cello. The first piece seems an ‘amalgam’ of several shorter works: Silver | Amalgam | Mother of Pearl | Felt | A Thin […]

The Green Kingdom | Expanses RemixesDronarivm (2xCD/DL)Michael Cottone has been steadily releasing albums of ambient electronic music under the guise of The Green Kingdom for many years.  Five years ago he issued Expanses on the Dronarivm label, his nod to classic ambient techno, with a personal twist of soft beats and gentle guitar strums.  This […]

The Corrupting Sea | godlessCathedral Transmissions (CDR/DL) Listening to The Corrupting Sea, I am struck immediately by two-things. Firstly, it’s composer, Jason T. Lamoreaux, has constructed a nuanced and often charming take on the ambient/drone genre, channeling a certain raw and unpolished gravitas that is highly effective. Secondly, the album – and it is perhaps a […]

Lauver | Celestial Bodies Past Inside the Present (DL) The latest EP from Lauver (Joel David Lauver) runs for about twenty-three minutes over four diffusive tracks, produced in the American South. Opening with the drifting Orion Nebula, an infusion of pure nirvana that flows like silk in layered softness from end to end. On its […]

A.F. Jones | Bourdon Du Kinzie Unfathomless (CD/DL) Recorded in a post-industrial area of Port Townsend (Washington state) the newest in a long-running series from the exceptional limited edition Belgian imprint Unfathomless is from A.F. Jones, the man behind Marginal Frequency. The disc Bourdon du Kinzie is made up of a single forty-one minute composition, […]

Original Past Life | Inference/Interference Tone List (DL) Out from the Perth-based Tone List imprint come January 29th is the latest from improvisational trio Original Past Life titled Inference/Interference. By combining subtle and abstract traditional drums and stringed instruments with bleary-eyed, drone-drenched electronics they come off like a distant cousin of Canadian powerhouse ensemble, Godspeed […]

Gleb Kanasevich | Subtraction Flag Day Recordings (CD/DL) Just out on Flag Day Recordings, from composer (and clarinetist) Gleb Kanasevich, is his latest, Subtraction. The recordings starts with a four and a half minute excerpt of the title track which follows and runs for just about forty-five minutes. What initially opens as the hum of […]

Richard Skelton | Another Hand Aeolian (DL) British sound artist Richard Skelton offers a couple new digital EPs at the top of 2019 via Scottish imprint Aeolian. He discusses the new work: “Music to accompany the book ‘Dark Hollow Dark‘. The title is an allusion to a footnoted gloss on the original Cotton Nero manuscript […]

Etelin | Hui Terra Soda Gong (LP/DL) A debut from Alex Cobb, aka Etelin, this new elusive ambient sensation is out on Soda Gong, and Hui Terra runs just under a half hour. Vixen and Kits opens up these half dozen tracks, with an active coursing of chilly vibrance. Blurry tones drop into shallow divots […]