Entangled Time by Amp

Amp | Entangled Time Ampbase /Sound in Silence (10″/DL/CDR) Besides a couple of live recordings, this is the first full album by Amp in about seven years, and it’s a relief to know that they are still active. Amp hail from a very British tradition of post-rock, one that distills shoe gaze with electronics, psychedelic drone and blurred ambience. Fellow travelers who shared the same scene as them included Flying Saucer Attack, Third Eye Foundation and Crescent, and that particular strain of UK out rock hasn’t been so prevalent in recent years. This new work by Amp opens with the … Continue reading Entangled Time by Amp

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Sleepless Arcade by アロキン

アロキン | Sleepless ArcadeSpettro Rec (DL) Crikey – vapourware.  Even if that word alone is normally enough to send you running to the hills, you may find you are pleasantly surprised by the strange world of Sleepless Arcade.  The idea that vapourware relies upon a certain cultural contextualisation – indeed, that it is first and foremost a humorous exploration of the intersect between technology and mass (read: crass) media  – goes without saying. Yet アロキン (Arokin) takes a somewhat more decisive approach by introducing several further layers to the proceedings.   Like so much of its genre, there is something inherently … Continue reading Sleepless Arcade by アロキン

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Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

Soft Cell | Keychains and Snowstorms Mercury Records/UMC (9xCD + DVD + BK; DL + Streaming) An Exhaustive Survey. And I mean the good kind of exhaustion, the type that comes with an exhilarating batch of unexpected goodies – not the kind that has been seen in similar burnt-out 80’s boxes of late. I realize this may not be something you may expect to find in these pages, however, stay with me here, these guys really were outsiders whose quickly (if short-lived) rising star just happened to coincide with the earliest era of MTV where you may have spied a … Continue reading Keychains and Snowstorms Box by Soft Cell

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Chris Carter Box Set

Chris Carter | Box Set – Miscellany Mute (6xLP/4xCD w/booklet) Just in time for the gift-giving season, out on December 14th is a very unique retrospective look back to the solo work of ex-Throbbing Gristle member Chris Carter. The fat set, Miscellany, includes previously unreleased work dating back to as early as 1973! Check out Variables (1975) here: The box is a collection of three previously released works, remastered (and mastered for the first time) albums in a limited run of only 1000 (LP version). The set includes “a 24-page 12” sized booklet featuring rare and unseen images, hand-drawn synthesiser … Continue reading Chris Carter Box Set

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Se (in) de bos by Book of Air

Book of Air | Se (in) de bos Sub Rosa (LP/CD/DL) This is an ongoing collaboration (this is the second ‘book of air’) composed by Stijn Cools and performed as an improvisation by the eighteen piece VVOLK orchestra, recorded in 2016, curated by the brothers Stijn and Bert Cools. Known for their sleep concerts, this hour-long work is perfectly suited for such. First thing to mention, Se (in) de bos takes an incredible sense of restraint to bring this many people together wielding strings, horns and percussion in order to come out the other end in the form of an … Continue reading Se (in) de bos by Book of Air

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KE I TE KI by Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda | KE I TE KI Room40 (CD/DL) Review by Giuseppe Pisano When we talk about music we often tend to talk about time. The way a composer manages and builds structures over time. But sound is as much depending on space as it is related to time, everything from room acoustics to the way weather influences the qualities of sound in a radical way and taking such considerations into account this has become a crucial set of elements in the aesthetics of many modern day composers. In KE I TE KI, Akio Suzuki and Aki … Continue reading KE I TE KI by Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda

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A Parallel Array of Horses by Geneva Skeen

Geneva Skeen | A Parallel Array of Horses Room40 (DL) I first encountered LA-based Geneva Skeen’s music in 2016 when she released Dark Speech on Dragon’s Eye Recordings. It was a departure from that label’s output, one that usually focuses on lowercase sounds, as Skeen’s was heavier, more industrial at times and utilized dramatic gestures. Two years later, her new album on Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint explores themes of “mutant consciousness”, melding voice, electronics and field recordings. The processed vocals throughout this release lend it a unique character: ghostly, haunted and ephemeral. Meditating on the slipperiness of time, perception and … Continue reading A Parallel Array of Horses by Geneva Skeen

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