36 | The Lower Lights + Beneath The Lower Lights Past Inside the Present (LPx2/CS/DL/T-SHIRT) American imprint Past Inside the Present are releasing two interrelated recordings by producer 36 (Dennis Huddleston) simultaneously, starting with the compilation album The Lower Lights. Made between 2018-19 this set of ten tracks which is offered in three vinyl colors […]

Kevin Richard Martin | SirensRoom40 (LP/DL) This is the first album to be released by Kevin Martin under his given name, after years of monikers and groups, most notably The Bug and King Midas Sound.  Where these previous musical incarnations have been sonic assaults of bass-heavy dub and dancehall, Sirens finds the prolific producer delve […]

High Aura’d & Josh Mason | Lower Yr Voice Whited Sepulchre Records (LP/DL) “A non stationary bouquet of ambient/drone experimentation” The title of an album such as Lower Yr Voice, brings with it a demand, something that you should enforce upon yourself. Is this something mandatory? A request? A pledge? High Aura’d hailing from Ohio, […]

PBK | Thinking of Eternity Table Sports (LP/DL) How suspect and peculiar is having a silkscreen of a cassette emblazoned upon the jacket of a limited edition vinyl release? Likely only someone like sound-bender PBK (Phillip B. Klingler) could pull such a meta move, thanks in large part to Lisbon/Brussels-based imprint Table Sports. Not only […]

Distant Animals | WeavesHallow Ground (LP/DL) Distant Animals returns to the Hallow Ground label for his second album of modular synth explorations.  On this LP, the project of Daniel Alexander Hignell investigates a spacial and often quasi-rhythmic approach to sound making.  Where his debut album for the label, “Lines” traded in low frequency drones (case […]

Elliott Sharp | Plastový HradInfrequent Seams (DL) Very few musicians own the privilege of being recognized in the first seconds of a piece. Among them, for this reviewer, stands Elliott Sharp. The unique drive of Sharp’s vibrating matter generates an out-and-out physical affinity, whatever the instrumental setting. I hereby confess my fetishism for the ferrous […]

@C | Anotações Sonoras: Espaço, Pausa, Repetição Crónica (CS/DL) In these two nearly half-hour long works, otherwise known as ‘Sonic Annotations: Space, Pause, Repetition‘ the duo @C (Pedro Tudela + Miguel Carvalhais) has delivered a multisensory, immersive, site-specific sound installation from three-hundred sound objects (many collaborators). Have a look here: Their video offers a good […]

Torba | Musica Convenzionale Edizioni Aaltra (CD) Mauro Diciocia is Torba, and Musica Convenzionale is his eighth or ninth solo recording (but his first official CD release), give or take some collaborations along the way. It is also my personal introduction to the Italian sound-collagist’s work. Here he has produced a singular thirty-nine minute track […]

Lena Andersson | Söder Mälarstrand Raster (CD/DL) It’s refreshing to see a nice new direction for Raster, and the clean graphic lines are indicative of the beat-driven new release from the duo Lena Andersson (Berlin-based Japanese artist Kyoka and Irish producer Eomac). In an instant this can sound like an engine trying to kickover into […]

Biosphere | The Senja Recordings Biophon Records (2xLP/CD/DL) Geir Jenssen is one of those rare artists who sets the modern standard for chill ambient electronic music. This work is an elegy to Knut Fjørtoft (1960-2017), a Norwegian artist who passed away in his prime, and who had created beautiful artwork for past Biosphere recordings. At […]

M.A.K.T. Sono | Tinnitus Flowers Pan Y Rosas Discos (DL) audio In three numbered tracks the Parisian duo of Magali Albespy and Kecap Tuyul bring an assortment of unique effects, synths and improv. The setting is sparse, aided but electrical currents and twisted frequencies in what sounds like the manipulation of amplified tapeheads at first. […]

My Cat Is An Alien | Spiritual Noise__Vol.1 Antigravitational Records (LP+BK/DL) The return of prolific brother duo My Cat Is An Alien (Maurizio and Roberto Opalio), with two lengthy tracks making up their Spiritual Noise__Vol.1. Starting with Spiritual Apocalypse these outsiders bring the mysterious sound of effects and machines to new squeaky, howling silences. This […]

Manja Ristić | The Black Isle Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) Serbian violin player Manja Ristić has only been releasing work since 2015 though this recording is so well-oiled you may imagine this virtuoso as an old master. Part of this is due to her ability to concoct settings so compelling the space just melts, as […]

Janusz Jurga | Hypnowald Opus Elefantum Collective (CD/DL) Though this came out a bit earlier this year, I only received a copy recently, and excited to impart some thoughts on this ghostly work of imagination. From Polish electronic innovator Janusz Jurga comes his latest, Hypnowald. Four tracks are interlinked by a night time chorus of […]

Signalstoerung | UU Hymen Records (DL) The new concept album UU by Signalstoerung (part of the Adventurous Music collective) is his second full length after his debut in 2018. The breathes in synthesis over a classical piano until met with an asymmetrical beat structure on UUH. Though warm in its delivery the production is like […]

Satoko Fujii | Stone Libra Records (CD) Celebrating her sixtieth birthday, Japanese pianist/composer Satoko Fujii releases her latest, Stone. She presents fifteen mostly short pieces here with a ton of atmosphere and named for the elements and natural phenomena. Her playing is sparse and the setting is quite ambient. The notes slightly tickle ones perception […]

Valiska | NumbersTrouble In Utopia (CD/CS/DL) Good news – I have completely failed to do my homework and have no idea what I am reviewing. The folder on my computer is labelled simply ‘Valiska’, and contains 4 tracks numbered 1 through 4. The WiFi is down, so I have no more info to go on […]

eRikM and Anthony Pateras are two of the most interesting and prolific figures in the field of contemporary electroacoustic music. While Pateras is known for his revolutionary approach to piano playing and his compositions which attempt to extract characteristics typical of electroacoustic music from regular instruments, eRikM is considered one of the most prominent experimentalists […]

jörg piringer | darkvoice Transacoustic Research (CD/DL) Austrian artist/musician jörg piringer describes his new record as: “the obfuscation of language. darkvoice is the code talker that no one understands because her language never existed. darkvoice is the ultimate self-censorship, the undecipherable message. darkvoice is the sound of the new world order, the private language of […]

Spacement | Traces self-released (DL) The latest from Spacement (aka Jeff Brown) is in two parts (Traces 1 + Traces 2). A moderate industrial drone opens the recording and it sounds somewhat like a muffled jet engine at 20,000 feet. The cover art looks like a split level topography of a microchip, or silicon valley […]

Gianfratti + Scarassatti + Yoshihide +Hartmann Psychogeography, An Improvisational Derive | Not Two Records (CD) Antonio Panda Gianfratti: Percussion, Drums Marco Scarassatti: Viola de Cocho, Self-made instruments (Kraiser, PássaroCocho, Tromp Kirk Roland) Otomo Yoshihide: Electric Guitar and Bass, Turntables Paulo Hartmann: Prepared 3rd Bridge Guitar, Freteless prepared Chiquita, Gambelão + Effects Captured live at Improfest […]

Joseph Branciforte & Theo Bleckmann | LP1 Greyfade (LP/DL) Vocalist Theo Bleckmann and producer Joseph Branciforte bring something new to the vast table of elemental sounds. In four tracks that run over a half hour, at first the duo locks into a fragile microstatic pattern with a wavering rhythm and breathy overtones via 6.15. What […]