Fukinsei by Luigi Turra

Luigi Turra | Fukinsei mAtter (LP/DL) Two years after his “Alea” release on the LINE imprint, Luigi Turra returns with a collection of new explorations in microsound on the Tokyo-based mAtter label.  Fukinsei finds the Italian sound artist continuing his investigations into abstract structures of lowercase sound, silence and the delicate balance between the two. This is a highly stylized approach to electroacoustic composition, with single sounds placed very deliberately into the musical narrative.  Great care has been taken to counterbalance tiny sine waves, electrical pulses and subtle synth drones with acoustic sounds such as guitar, field recordings and shakuhachi.  The … Continue reading Fukinsei by Luigi Turra

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Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt

Reinier van Houdt | Igitur Carbon CopiesHallow Ground (LP/DL) Reinier van Houdt’s Igitur Carbon Copies is not so much one album as two – what is ostensibly a somewhat heavy-handed exercise in gothic aesthetics, hides beneath its surface a nuanced exploration of compositional structure that, like many complex works, only reveals its true beauty with the application of patience and time.  At first listen it might be tempting to write it off as an emulatory album of gothic aficionado – and in many ways it is – yet there is far more at stake than it initially seems. Reach past … Continue reading Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt

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Mut Att Narc Imm by Marc Behrens

Marc Behrens | Mut Att Narc Imm aufabwegen (CD/DL) In a title without any easy translation comes the latest from German artist/composer Marc Behrens, Mut Att Narc Imm (Edition: 300, digipak, 3 tracks). Opening with Imm (A), we are immediately transported to a setting will with soft industrial exhaust.  The press information and all located online really gives no further indication about this enigmatic release, though via its transmission I’d say it is likely the soundtrack from an installation combined with a mixed and re-sampled field recording of a vast open space, like a large interior hallway, alley or some … Continue reading Mut Att Narc Imm by Marc Behrens

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Mistpouffers by eRikm

eRikm | Mistpouffers empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) Mistpouffers is a selection of three compositions completed between 2014-16, composed by French artist and improviser eRikm. Each piece runs approximately 17-18 minutes in length with two based on 8-channel fixed medium and one in stereo. Opening with Draugalimur where, poof like smoke, the setting is a quiet distant storm, some electronic squiggles and free-floating static. This is eRikm working in an atmosphere where a pin could be heard dropping, that is until a narrator like a public radio host, in French, reads from a text. The wind howls and electro-waves are emitted. While … Continue reading Mistpouffers by eRikm

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Refound by Andrea Neumann x Mads Emil Nielsen

  Andrea Neumann + Mads Emil Nielsen | Refound Arbitrary (10″/DL) Here are two accomplished and interesting artists, Andrea Neumann (Germany) + Mads Emil Nielsen (Denmark), collaborating (since 2014) on a new surprising 10″ on Nielsen’s Arbitrary imprint. This recording was already on my review list when along came the new Sichten 1 compilation on Raster which we covered here – Nielsen’s contributions were the definitive standouts for me in this otherwise stellar collection. Neumann has been one of the most consummate collaborators since the early 00’s and her contributions to  In Case Of Fire Take The Stairs (w/Kaffe Matthews … Continue reading Refound by Andrea Neumann x Mads Emil Nielsen

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Silhouettes by Klaus Schulze

Just out yesterday is the latest from one of the most prolific German musicians ever, electronic music composer, Klaus Schulze, and his Silhouettes (SPV/Oblivion). At 70 the ambient master has slowed, but that in no way discounts a sonic experience. Apart from those agile newbies jockeying for wires and knobs, this record continues to prove that composing ages like fine wine. In this quartet of his signature lengthy works (the shortest running fifteen minutes) he delivers the title track as the opener. It’s as atmospherically moody as ever, maybe moreso. The synths are tonally soft, veiled finely, and gorgeously curvilinear. … Continue reading Silhouettes by Klaus Schulze

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Shape Memory by Marcus Fischer x Simon Scott

In their first collaboration as a duo Portlander Marcus Fischer & Cambridge UK’s Simon Scott (Slowdive), both releasing separately on 12K, come together to Shape Memory. Out on June 1st in a CD edition of 500 as well as digitally via Bandcamp the two compose three tracks from tapes, cymbals, guitar and various electronics with a running time of just over a half hour. Ferns has a bit of an out-jazz live rehearsal session feel at first, though I would rarely ever see either of their past work in this context. It’s likely both their use of cymbal as musically … Continue reading Shape Memory by Marcus Fischer x Simon Scott

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