Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt by Gregory Büttner

Gregory Büttner | Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt Gruenrekorder (CD/DL) Hamburg-based field recordist Gregory Büttner delivers his latest, Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt, a singular work, an electroacoustic composition based on the stereo sound of two contact mics upon a metallic steamboat, runs for about thirty-six minutes. The recording starts with lots of jittering, growing slightly voluminous in short time. It’s as though Büttner is settled in the engine room with loose old mechanics. However, the shimmies are somewhat engaging, like rickety beats. IN-SITU AHOY: He’s managed to capture all sorts of unusual gadgets in action, with a dad that was a longshoreman, this grabs my ears by … Continue reading Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt by Gregory Büttner

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Creation Stories by Gerritt Wittmer

Gerritt Wittmer | Creation Stories Misanthropic Agenda (CD/DL) Simultaneously released with Houston-based Gerritt Wittmer‘s I Believe LP comes a disc of mixes by Richard Durham, Francisco Meirino, Names, G9 and Wittmer himself – called Creation Stories. Oh, and there is a thirty-fine minute piece that is unmarked on the package by an unknown artist as well, all mastered by Italian artist Giuseppe Ielasi. The disc opens with Wittmer’s short Unknown. A funky electronic piece made up of a thump beat, a bit of tom toms and vocal treatments that seem to balance tribal with a blue movie-like choking sound. It’s a … Continue reading Creation Stories by Gerritt Wittmer

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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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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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