Bourdon Du Kinzie by A.F. Jones

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, Bourdon du Kinzie (N° 3 from N° 1), 48°08’33” N 122°45’39” W. A breathing entity is contained in what sounds like a rusty industrial tight quarters, a thickly claustrophobic sound. From the start this sounds as though the maker is in a hazmat suit recording … Continue reading Bourdon Du Kinzie by A.F. Jones

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Inference/Interference by Original Past Life

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 You! Black Emperor. But their sound is far more distilled and cautiously laidback, at least on the opener, Infinity. They experiment with levers, gears and a bit of well-rounded far-flung way out jazz raucous with effect interruptions galore. Though when they find sweet balance in … Continue reading Inference/Interference by Original Past Life

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Subtraction by Gleb Kanasevich

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 his instrument bursts into small flares of something plugged in, though minimal and a bit bashful. Halfway in the reverb begins to separate the tone and things drift into swirling patterns that meander, scrape the edges and otherwise cavort independently. Once the longer piece begins … Continue reading Subtraction by Gleb Kanasevich

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Music for Cello by Phill Niblock

Phill Niblock | Music for CelloImportant Records (CD) This record sets together three works for cello that Phill Niblock composed between 1974 and 1981, all of them performed by the cellist David Gibson. It is very interesting to investigate backwards in Niblock’s works to find traces of the gestation of drone music as a genre and draw a portrait not only of the artist but of the whole heritage he left behind. In his very long compositional activity he helped shape a new way to make music, taking over from composers such as Morton Feldman and establishing a tradition that … Continue reading Music for Cello by Phill Niblock

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Another Hand by Richard Skelton

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 of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Skelton swoops in on us with a provocative and textural work running for twenty-four minutes and soothing the most savage of men. Layers of pulsing ambient drones levitate and rotate so gently. ‘Nothing is impermeable. There are fractures, … Continue reading Another Hand by Richard Skelton

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Hui Terra by Etelin

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 in the latter half and like looking deeply into one of Dali’s melting clock paintings, the whole thing starts to go into a roasting flame, melting slowly into the landscape. On Hour Here Hour There the left/right speakers volley and open your ears to a … Continue reading Hui Terra by Etelin

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Kreise by Selm

Selm | Kreise Opal Tapes (2xCS/DL) The Brothers Giets as Selm unveil their latest outpouring of jilted electronics via Opal Tapes upon the morrow. Kreise is a double tape set that opens with the pulse of Blood running through its compass. It’s bent in all the right ways – with a honed minimalism and bleak structure here, like a motor that is making umpteen attempts to turn itself on. The coursing continues in the apprehensive industrialism of Sand, with glorious pause and echo. The cadence shifts ever-so-slightly, the hollow deepens. If you enjoy sounds caught in the crosshairs of broken … Continue reading Kreise by Selm

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