Rubén D’Hers | Bolero Transparente Vertical Music (CS/DL) Off the new Milan-based label comes the first of an interesting, fresh tape series. This is Rubén D’Hers‘ Bolero Transparente (recorded in Berlin). In three tracks this sound-sculpting builder of installation-based musical settings offers a pensive, chord-driven work. Romantic Chord Puzzle glows in elongated and warped reverb. […]

Naps | Better to Give Gertrude Tapes (CS/DL) Philly-based Naps (Jason Calhoun) has just released his new album on tape, Better to Give. From the very start (Blind), these five tracks come with a glowing ambient soft texture that sounds like its buffering amid bright spot tones and some granular low end hiss. The tape […]

Régis Renouard Larivière | Contrée Recollection/Editions Mego (LP/DL) A former teacher of electro-acoustic music at CFMI in Poitiers (1990-99) this is only Régis Renouard Larivière‘s second full-length recording, and his previous, Futaie/Tchernoziom garnered him the Ars Electronica Prize in 1996 and was released in 2000. The album, full of quizzical musique concrète abstractions, is dedicated […]

Ellicist | Point Defects Morr Music (LP/DL) Springs have sprung on the opener, Hennepin, and the duo Ellicist (Thomas Chousos & Florian Zimmer) is off to an eventful start on their latest Point Defects. Their murky, quirky sound combines elements of abstraction, noise, electronics and synthetic nature. There’s is a swampy universe where engines don’t […]

Asuna & Jan Jelinek | Signals BulletinFaitiche (LP/DL) When I first heard about this collaborative project between these two artists, I was slightly surprised.  Japanese musician Asuna is known mainly for his organ drones that he manages by taping down keys and creating layers of chords, producing thick waves of warm sound.  He has also been […]

?Alos & Xabier Iriondo | Coscienza di sé Sangue Disken/Cheap Satanism Records (LP/DL) On their latest EP, Coscienza di sé, Italian guitarist Xabier Iriondo (Afterhours) and singer/musician ?Alos (Stefania Pedretti of OvO) take Emma Goldman‘s feminist text/lyrics and run the necessary miles. This is a follow-up to a 7″ released way back in 2011, and it’s […]

Benoit Pioulard and Sean Curtis Patrick | Avocationals Beacon Sound (LP/DL) Released by PDX’s Beacon Sound in an edition of 500 just five days ago and already sold out (though Forced Exposure may still have you covered). This is the very first collaboration between Seattleite Thomas Meluch (aka Benoit Pioulard) and Sean Curtis Patrick, based […]

Maryanne Amacher | Petra Blank Forms Editions (LP/CD/DL) Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009) was a sound/installation artist known for her “psychoacoustic phenomena called auditory distortion products” where she coupled tones to create experiential situations. This recording of Petra (1991) was originally commissioned for the ICSM World Music Days and is the first time the late composer’s instrumental […]

Quest | Yesternights st.an.da. (CD/DL) Frans de Waard‘s long-running aka Quest has been consistently putting out quizzical electronics over the past few years, nearly one per annum. On Yesternights (edition of 100 on the Silentes sub-label) we are engaged with symphonic swelling synths that are like molecules of mist. The seven tracks open with the […]

This new release on the Dutch label Shimmering Moods is a satisfying melding of post-rock, ambient-pop and dubbed-out kosmiche.  Bad News from Cosmos are a duo whose work encompasses rhythm and fluid textures, put through plenty of analogue processing.  The tracks here all have a strong sense of motion, filled with a motorized pulse that […]

VOID | Terrarium self-released (DL) Out of Barcelona comes the duo VOID made up of David Viñolas and Carlos Martorell with their debut, Terrarium. By combining improvisational synths and motion sensors their sound has liquified jazzy melodies as emanating from a futuristic neon-lit cafe. There’s is a sound that veers between a harem-infused jam fusion […]

Anni Hogan | Lost in Blue Cold Spring (LP/CD/DL) Seminal yet brand-new. Since the mid 80’s producer/musician Anni Hogan has been one of those collaborative musicians often subsumed into others’ work, but here on Lost in Blue, her first solo album since 2011 (and only her third overall) she is at the center of each […]

Vargkvint | Hav Piano and Coffee Records (LP/DL) Vargkvint is Stockholm-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sofia Nystrand (with co-production duties and more from Jakob Lindhagen) and other musicians. I believe this is her sophomore effort after releasing Brus on French imprint Soft Recordings in 2017. Hav is a refreshing re-engineering of the use of vocals within a mostly […]

Sutekh Hexen | S/T Sentient Ruin Laboratories + Cyclic Law (2xCS/2xLP/DL) “Hermetic infrastructure of introvert brutality”                                            A locomotive from hell, smearing by-passers with absolute static filth and wonderful monolithic exaggeration! People, this is Sutekh Hexen hailing from USA, one of the most profound projects in the contemporary extreme scene; deconstructing black metal since 2012 […]

Kolida Babo | s/t MIC (LP/DL) This is the debut, self-titled from the Greek duo Kolida Babo (Socratis Votskos and Harris P). Originally recorded between 2013-16 and previously released in a shorter and slightly altered form in 2017 (on Teranga Beat), this is the first physical manifestation made available of this unique record which opens with the […]

ANMA | Kitahama Ghosts Syncopathic.Recordings (CS/DL) What a great introduction to the work of Andreas Mangweth, aka ANMA (not to be confused w/the hiphop Greek or the Japanese hardcore act) but the double bass playing jazz musician who has gone way leftfield here. Anyone who quotes Mingus on his homepage is alright in my book, […]

It is entirely indicative of the calibre of those involved, that Trondheim EMP manage to do something that is so often done terribly, so remarkably well.  Regardless of a listeners’ particular fondness for the types of sound they produce, there is no denying that the group is comprised of an extremely proficient membership, a fact […]

Grup Ses w/Ethnique Punch | Deli Divan Souk Records (LP/DL) TURKISH DELITES: There are twenty-eight short tracks in this collab between Turkish Grup Ses and Berlin-based Ethnique Punch. This falls somewhere between hi-hop, spoken word ala Laibach and a big meta ‘aha’ play on sampling/tape effects: snap, crackle, pop + a whole lot more. They […]

Bogdan Raczynski | Rave ‘Till You Cry Boban Ristevski | When Nietzsche Wept/My Name Is Red B + B: What’s in a name? Would Nietzsche have been a raver? These two records and performers have no relationship whatsoever except they are both electronic music releases this season, and their names may seem a little similar. […]