Jim Wylde/sp3ct3rs | All That You WantedRusted Tone Recordings (CS/DL) All That You Wanted may not necessarily be what you expected. Sometimes sound evolves in ways both unexpected and beyond immediate desire. The initial title track seems to set the tone with a flattened chord fluctuating drone. I feel as though I have heard this […]

Courtis/Moore | 2283Gertrude Tapes (CD/DL) In a collaboration celebrating its first decade, Alan Courtis and Aaron Moore deliver 2283 with the help of Omaha’s Gertrude Tapes. They employ a cavalcade of instruments, toys, objects and devices to deliver this unique ‘things that go bump in the night’ tape. At first it tinkers and squeals lightly, and […]

E Millar | no instrument machine, airMystery & Wonder Records (CD/DL) A groaning din–heavy bass undulating tone-field sets the mood for what ensues as a horrific animus industrialite in-dwelling that is Montreal-based Elizabeth Millar’s no instrument machine, air.  Within seconds of its twenty-two minutes the listener must confront how to approach what they are experiencing.  […]

Kontakt Der Jünglinge | Makrophonie 1Die Stadt (CD) MMXIV – The year was 2014: And this is a random surfacing of a collaboration by German master sound artists Asmus Tietchens and Thomas Köner that somehow slipped through my radar. Was it the obfuscation of the gray on black Greek cover text (μακροφωvή I)? Likely not. […]

Kloob | Unpredictable SignsWinter-Light (CD/DL) Unpredictable Signs is the fourth full-length release from from Spanish sound-artist Kloob (Daniel Ferreira) and his second on Winter-Light. Here we have a murky drone-ambient work mastered by Raffaele Pezzella (aka Sonologyst). Unreachable Realms is a haunting opener with breathy synths that seem perforated, seeping energy and elapsing time. This […]

Ato Vari | StelePerfect Aesthetics (CS/DL) There’s an eerie chill in the air on Stele by Ato Vari (Mads Gravers Nielsen). This is his third tape in each consecutive year since 2017 under this moniker, all on a different imprint (Holy Geometry, Posh Isolation, and Perfect Aesthetics here). The wandering ambient texture breathes the finest […]

Andrew Sherwell | ApproachingRusted Tone Recordings (CS/DL) Lengthy loops of reverb-soaked choral soundscapes are the order of the day with this new offering by the London-based artist.  Approaching consists of seven tracks assuming the same title, each one reveling in deep blankets of breathy tones.  This is fairly dense stuff at times, but never suffocating, […]

Aythar | Cosmic ResonancesCarpe Sonum Records (CD/DL) Carpe Sonum Records overlapped and picked up from where Pete Namlook (Kuhlmann) left off with his phenomenal Fax +49-69/450464 around the time of his untimely passing in 2012 as they were originally the North American distributor’s for Namlook’s imprint. Now going on a half dozen years they have […]

David Rosenboom | Brainwave Music Black Truffle (LP) Derived from his 1970’s experiments in biofeedback, Brainwave Music is both an academic exploration of a compositional system, and somewhat of a novelty. The last few years has seen a renewed interest in biofeedback and its utility in synthesis, so it is perhaps fitting that Black Truffle have […]

Illachime Quartet | Soundtrack (for parties on the edge of the void)Solchi Sperimentali Discografici (CD) Illachime Quartet is one of those bands who, always being faithful to their experimental nature, never completely endorse a genre or style and tirelessly crawl through the underground, breathing new life into the creative musical life of southern Italy. Soundtrack […]

Nula.cc | Fata Morgana Self release (DL) “Cinematography with sound” Field recording is the process of capturing or recording audio outside a recording studio, in an open or closed area or field. Nula.cc, hailing from Czech Republic, do exactly that. The project began in 2009 as a series of albums (filecasts in the project’s own […]

Tomotsugu Nakamura | MonologueAudiobulb (LP/DL) I first encountered the music of Tomotsugu Nakamura back in 2013 when he released his debut album Slow Weather. This first record shared a similar aesthetic sensibility as other Japanese artists working in the ambient field at the time, but with each subsequent release, Nakamura has refined his style into […]

David Jackman | HerbstsonneDie Stadt (CD) “The new music involves a lot of repetition; more accurately, near-repetition. It is a quality which I find most elegant. In the visual arts, such formal arrangement would be greeted without a murmur but in music it does seem to cause people some problems; problems which I am afraid I have […]

Nikos Stavropoulos | Micro-lieuxEmpreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) Nikos Stavropoulos is a Greek acousmatic music composer, formally educated in the UK and based in Leeds. His strong academic background links his work to the British school of Simon Emmerson and Denis Smalley but, despite his aesthetic being deeply rooted in that field, Nikos has a very personal […]

Crows Labyrinth| All Will Perish (CD/DL) “A cathartic feed of minimally monolithic ambient” Well, this is a very interesting case. Crows Labyrinth aka Theo Tol, hailing from the Netherlands, is making astonishing ambient music in a unique and personal way! Crows Labyrinth’s second full length ventures in the same path as his first. Tol creates […]

Koeosaeme | ObanikeshiOrange Milk Recordings (LP/DL) Obanikeshi is the second album by the Japanese artist Ryu Yoshizawa (AKA Koeosaeme) released by Orange Milk Records. Thirteen short tracks featuring light speed electronic patchworks, glossy synthetic sounds and plastic pastel-neon, transparent noises. Like a digital machine gun, track after track, the artist fires out laser grains, bits […]

Alessandro Adriani | Morphic Dreams Stroboscopic Artefacts (LP/CD/DL) Returning to the Stroboscopic Artefacts label with his sophomore LP, Alessandro Adriani offers a thoroughly enjoyable mix of mid-paced techno, EBM and beat-less excursions into ambient territory.  It’s an album that is full of analogue warmth and catchy arpeggios, borrowing from dance music’s history but served up […]

JMZM | Monkey self-released (DL) Josip Maršić and Zoran Medved are the Croatian duo better known as JMZM who have been at it just over a decade and their hard work is paying off. Their latest Monkey – comprised of two lengthy pieces – is startlingly evocative, as demonstrated by the twenty-five minute long title track. […]

Rắn Cạp Đuôi | Degradation Flaming Pines (EP/DL) On June 26, 2019, the now trio Rắn Cạp Đuôi (Phạm Thế Vũ, Đỗ Tấn Sĩ, and Zach Sch) released Degradation. The latest of a discography spanning seven years, the collective has come a long way from both their 2012 maiden solo release, and their 2014 first proper […]

Mark Lyken | boneshaker czaszka (rec.) (CS/DL) boneshaker is the latest sonic work from Mark Lyken accompanied by a three-channel sound piece and film with collaborator Emma Dove. The title track is a shaded ambient work of delicate drone presented as part of an installation called Hame. The piece, while chill and introspective has this […]

Iain Chambers | The Eccentric Press Persistence of Sound (DL) The Eccentric Press occupies that middle ground between classical composition and Musique Concrete – a deftly arranged series of non-musical sounds that nonetheless are treated, from a structural perspective, with a resoundingly musical sense of timing and pace.  It is not exactly novel, nor does […]