Merzbow | YahatahachimanOther Voices Records (CD/DL) “Five mantras of noise absolution” Merzbow, is always a highly anticipated noise project hailing from Japan (since 1979) and also recognized as one of the earliest projects in what we now call “Japanoise“! A legendary and highly prolific figure, Masami Akita, the mastermind behind Merzbow, has created 333 […]

Rosalind Hall | Drift Cassauna/IMPREC (CS/DL) Australian musician and composer Rosalind Hall‘s newest tape is called Drift (mastered by Alan F Jones/Laminal Audio) including three microtonal compositions of sax reverberations, synths and field recordings.  On Burden (part of the Avant Whatever festival in Melbourne, 2016) she offers a submerged atmosphere. It is a gray space, […]

Stereo Hypnosis & Christopher Chaplin | Bjarmi Fabrique Records (CD/DL) Collaborating here are a trio of Icelandic electronic artists, Stereo Hypnosis (Óskar Thorarensen, Pan Thorarensen + Thorkell Atlasson) alongside British composer Christopher Chaplin on Vienna-based imprint Fabrique. Here, on these four tracks these gentlemen explore some interesting cross-textural style that only comes from combining various […]

Yvan Etienne | Twist Aposiopèse (LP/CD/DL) In an edition of three-hundred here is the sophomore effort by French artist/activist Yvan Etienne. Twist is quite welcome as we haven’t heard from him since 2014’s Feu which was a great debut, also on Aposiopèse who have been quietly putting out minimal sounds for nearly fifteen years now. […]

Angelina Yershova | CosmoTengri Twin Paradox Records (CD/DL) One thing is for sure, our planet needs all the help it can get, and any record that puts this forward gets my attention. Here is CosmoTengri the new disc by Kazakh composer Angelina Yershova (dedicated to Bakhtiyar Amanzho) out on Roman imprint Twin Paradox. Issues such […]

Michael Bentley | Archai The Foundry (CD/DL) The guiding light behind The Foundry, which was quite busy putting out a spectral range of quality recordings in the late 90s and early 00s, has returned. Michael Bentley‘s Archai, from the label runner himself is the imprint’s first since 2006 and is miles from leaving this re-emerging […]

Denis Frajerman | Wastelands / Lawrence Of ArabiaKlanggalerie (CD/DL) “A masterful bi/polar album in its very nature” Denis Frajerman is a musician and composer hailing from France. Initially known for his participation in the experimental band Palo Alto, he regularly collaborates with storytellers and writers for radio sessions, oratorios, or records. This album is his […]

Matthew Goodheart | Berlin Head Metal Infrequent Seams (DL) Broken into quadrants Berlin Head Metal (I through IV) is all about percussion, reverb, and ample space at first. Bay Area improvisational composer, installation artist and pianist Matthew Goodheart creates, with great depth, a ritualistic environment of drone and unknown. This comes off like some sort […]

Vague Voices | Гробник Amek Collective (CS/DL) This tape wastes no time to inhabit the space, filling up the room with smouldering drone and suspense. Vague Voices are Bulgarian sound artists Stefan Bachvarov (Cyberian) and Angel Simitchiev (Mytrip) and this is the duo’s debut full-length recording via Amek. The collection of ten tracks is immediately […]

Marja Ahti | Vegetal NegativesHallow Ground (CD/DL) There is something wonderfully structured about Marja Ahti’s emotive ‘Vegetal Negatives’. A warm and organic tableaux that courts both the familiar and the strange, each of its elements appears rendered with a loving and meticulous hand, an approach that feels on the surface as if it should be […]

Tiger Village returns to the Hausu Mountain label for a third time with this new album of percussive freak-outs and synth zaniness.  Tim Thornton, the Cleveland-based artist behind the Tiger Village moniker, mixes a playful stew of bright IDM melodies and wildly-processed breakbeats, each track full to bursting with bristling, restless energy. It’s a kind […]

René Aquarius | Isle Zona Watusa (CS/DL) This is the latest from Dutch drummer René Aquarius (of Dead Neanderthals) on Barcelona-based imprint Zona Watusa. Isle is a single thirty-four minute journey giving “the listener the feeling of being all alone on an island” that “combines field recordings (Germany and Sweden) and a series of notes […]

Rapoon | Sol Laude: Mercury Rising 3 Winter-Light (CD/DL) Part three of Rapoon‘s (Robin Storey) ‘Mercury Rising’ trilogy, Sol Laude. (after Sanctus Equinox and the previously reviewed Offworld OP1 Equs) the story continues….. The replicants have followed a well known path. Disagreements and divisions began to grow and sectarianism proceeded to develop. Soon it was […]

France Jobin | Solitude Silent (DL) Honestly I sit here and wonder how much solitude this lady is getting these days, after spying on social media, what looked as though an all-encompassing trip around the world to down under, only to return to wintery Montreal where she is labouring in her spare time on water […]

Michał Turowski | Wormwood and Flame Mozdok/Positive Regression (CDR/DL) From a Warsaw imprint (Gazawat) and sound artist Michał Turowski comes something new from this relatively new artist who’s been putting out various tapes and small editions over the past four years, many collaborations. Even though this may fall under the sub-genre of ‘dark ambient’ it […]

Los Angeles-based violinist Zachary Paul is a modern addition to the line of minimalist composers such as Tony Conrad and Pauline Oliveros, whose work encapsulates the transcendent nature of sustained tones. His new album on the Touch label contains two live recordings and one original film score.  The pair of live pieces here capture the […]

Valerio Camporini F. | Multitemporal Designs Line (DL) Roman artist Valerio Camporini F. has been involved as a label runner, in interactive projects, soundtracks and other collaborations. Multitemporal Designs was mastered by Stephan Mathieu and poses some big conceptual questions about: “Impossible devices, made with metallic spheres weighting a tonne, hitting 100 meters long strings, […]

A Death Cinematic | Cagliostro Simple Box Construction (CD/DL) Though they have been around a dozen years now, this is my introduction to the intricate work of A Death Cinematic (and Simple Box Construction). This release is all pieced together in a handmade wooden box with various prints, die-cuts, silver foil, paint – all hand numbered […]

Richmond Avant Improv Collective | Lamentations Arachnidiscs (CD-LTD/DL) RAIC is short for the Richmond Avant Improv Collective. This innovative collective is just about to release an interesting box set (encased in a jewelry like box) which includes their new recording Lamentations (numbered and limited to 100 copies) along with a vibrant series of fourteen full-color […]