Recent Arts | Skin Non Standard Productions (LP/DL) Skin is the latest effort, audiovisual concert of video projections and experimental electronic music, from Recent Arts which is the duo of Chilean visual artist Valentina Berthelon and German musician Tobias Freund — here featuring Barbie Williams on vocals. It’s a steamy setting that slithers slowly on […]

The Star Pillow | Music For Sad HeadbangersAidan Baker + Karen Willems | AwelAidan Baker + N | DoppelliveScatterwound | MNThissquietarmy + Dirk Serries + Tom Malmendier | Hell “A multiverse of ambient/drone” from Midira Records A handful of drone/ambient cookies in CD format, to be collectively reviewed. Albums that have connections one with another. […]

This month, as Spring starts to slowly set, and my garden can use a re-tilling to kickstart the season, these half dozen recordings remind me of an aura of renewal, and they each bring with them of stirring of challenging the senses. These diverse takes on contemporary composition, et al, come from several foreign places […]

Exseind | Exseind Orion Network (Floppy Disk/DL) From Chile comes Exseind, the fusion of audio visual experiences between Lars Graugaard, Cristian Gallardo and Ce Pams. It’s a modernized psychedelic jazz engaging in the improvisation style they dub EXperiencia SEnsorial INterDisciplinaria. The five tracks here are a sneaky balance of so many things, and my attempt […]

Fabio Orsi | Il Vento Disperderà la SchiumaBoring Machines (LP/DL) There’s a delicate, lightness of touch to the drones that shape this new release from Fabio Orsi.  The Italian composer, who moved to Berlin many years ago, has decided to return to his native Puglia, and this new record reflects that relocation.  Perhaps the move […]

Robert Heel | In Between Seldom Seen (12″/DL) The concept of taking two tracks and then sandwiching them together as a final product, and showing the process of the two parts is near and dear to my creative heart. And that’s exactly what Berlin artist Robert Heel does on In Between, which is released on […]

Cloud Diameter | Cloud Diameter self-released (DL) The electronics quicken and slow, almost in the way an automated arcade game jolts out sudden flashes when you’ve hit the target, along with embedded partial voice effects. This is the debut of UK-based sound artist Cloud Diameter and of the several handsful of self-releases regularly circulating, take […]

MZ. 412 | Svartmyrkr Cold Spring Records (LP/CD/DL) + Cloister Recordings US (CS) “An exclamation of marching shadows” MZ. 412 is the project of Henrik Nordvargr Björkk (aka Kremator or simply Nordvargr), a very prolific electronic musician, hailing from Sweden. The beginning can be tracked back to 1988 as Maschinenzimmer 412, with Björkk being the […]

Alexandra Spence | Waking, She Heard The Fluttering Room40 (CD/DL) Begin, the intro here is based on a simple bent in frequency that flows right into Bodies in Place. Flowing watery sounds, breathy vocal treatments, and intricately elusive field recordings all meld organically together like a gorgeous soup. This hums with tiny actions and broken […]

William Basinski | On Time Out of Time Temporary Residence (LP/CD/DL) Originally commissioned for installation work by Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand (in collaboration with Jean-Marc Chomaz and LIGO) for the Limits of Knowing exhibition (Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau) these two pieces delve into the cosmic, as in the black holes of space. Opening with the intriguing title piece […]

Tristan Welch | 40 Hours Verses Records (LP/DL) Hailing from the environs of the US capitol, the latest from artist/activist Tristan Welch may touch on a peculiarly, little talked about social divide – the true “working artist.” No, I mean the type (like yours truly) who is both a creative, and finding alternative ways of […]

Forest Management | Passageways (Whited Sepulchre Records) Deaf Center | Low Distance (Sonic Pieces) Evelyn Glennie & Roly Porter | One Day Band (Trestle Records) Li Yilei | 0:00 (Ferric:Flux) This short lot brings about some of the most current nuances in contemporary electronic music, on the ambient side of things. It’s sometimes hard to […]

Giuseppe Falivene | Air Chronicles Amek Collective (CS/DL) From the dawn of Flux n.1, Exosphere you know this is going to be a unique earful. Air Chronicles is the latest half dozen tracks from Roman electronic artist Giuseppe Falivene. The granular electronic style with a wisp of windy melody offers something akin to a broken […]

Nimh| Beyond The Crying Era Winter-Light (CD/DL) “Rich and full sonic soil”                                             Giuseppe Verticchio is an experimental multi-instrumentalist and computer programmer hailing from Italy and in fact, he is quite productive, with a discography in excess of twenty albums with his main project Nimh since its beginning in 2001! Notable too, are his collaborations […]

Piloot | Gyre Mascarpone Discos (CS/DL) The Brussels-based trio Piloot has rolled out its Gyre (on Spanish imprint, Mascarpone Discos) for the rest of the world to absorb its current. These are improvisations that they term “instant compositions” and being one who loves exploring Dada, Fluxus and the like, this makes a whole lot of […]

Voin Oruwu | Etudes From A Starship Kvitnu (CD/DL) As Titan opens there’s a spacey shimmer in the sweet theme emerging. A clear, bright journey has been launched by Kiev-based Voin Oruwu (Dmitriy Avksentiev). Between the tones and the gorgeous Mars-like surface textures of the brick-colored coverart (paintings courtesy Dmytro Fedorenko) this is a melodic […]

IIVII | Obsidian EP Consouling Sounds (CD/DL) Josh Graham is IIVII and his latest effort is this elegant Obsidian EP which deconstructs the behind-the-scenes documentary, Mother! The Downward Spiral, offering a deeply atmospheric take on a cinematic soundtrack. From the pensive opening of Octagone the listener will be quickly lost in the labyrinth of stylish […]

Matthijs Kouw & Radboud Mens | 2 Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) In follow-up to 2017’s 1 here are composers Matthijs Kouw & Radboud Mens continuing their journey as a duo with 2 which includes two alphabetic twenty minute long tracks. The tones are low and minimal on C, the first half opener. Well it’s actually […]

Good Fuck | S/TJoyful Noise Recordings (LP/CD/DL) Who said that work and feelings shouldn’t be mixed together? The music world is actually packed with couples who compose and produce together. The White Stripes, Essaie Pas, John Lennon with Yoko Ono, Albano & Romina, ABBA, just to name a few… Still, only a few of those […]

Dark ambient has its roots in both the many eras of ambient that sprouted gently back in the mid 70’s with Brian Eno (and earlier, before it was termed such), German electronic music (Klaus Schulze, Can, Tangerine Dream, etc.) with a dash of punk/goth for good measure (Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Cure, Bauhaus, Joy […]

Lan Cao + Gregor Siedl + Wolfgang Seidel | Optimistic Modernism Moloko Plus (CD/DL) Alright, try and get comfy while I put on this new disc from the trio of Lan Cao (keys) + Gregor Siedl (wind instruments) + Wolfgang Seidel (percussion). Optimistic Modernism (inspired by the architecture this was recorded in, a former Rotaprint […]