Offen by Modelbau

Modelbau | Offen Barreuh Records (CS/DL) Frans de Waard is a tireless creative, having produced countless recordings under a dozen or so monikers, solo and collaborative, and this past season alone, as Modelbau, four recordings have emerged on various imprints. Offen (in an edition of only 27 tapes) stood out to me for its tight programming and subtleties. Here are four pieces starting with Open Out, which is luxe ambient with strokes of Asian gongs, a melancholic melody and crickets. My only criticism is its over just as I am losing myself within it, though there is barely a second lost … Continue reading Offen by Modelbau

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Das 7. Siegel by Hans Castrup

Hans Castrup | Das 7. Siegel Submarine Broadcast Company (CD/DL) A document of a 3-channel electroacoustic sound installation at Museumsquartier Osnabrück by musician and visual artist Hans Castrup. Das 7. Siegel (aka The 7th Seal) is based on a print by Albrecht Dürer from 1498. The piece runs for over thirty-six minutes, opening with a soft smouldering drone. A dragging clang and whistling wind enter. The atmosphere just drifts, that is until a series of what sound similar to the magnitude of computer dial-up penetrates the peace. And suddenly its whispery winds once again. This cyclical channeling of pitch is … Continue reading Das 7. Siegel by Hans Castrup

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Entangled Time by Amp

Amp | Entangled Time Ampbase /Sound in Silence (10″/DL/CDR) Besides a couple of live recordings, this is the first full album by Amp in about seven years, and it’s a relief to know that they are still active. Amp hail from a very British tradition of post-rock, one that distills shoe gaze with electronics, psychedelic drone and blurred ambience. Fellow travelers who shared the same scene as them included Flying Saucer Attack, Third Eye Foundation and Crescent, and that particular strain of UK out rock hasn’t been so prevalent in recent years. This new work by Amp opens with the … Continue reading Entangled Time by Amp

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Selva Oscura by William Basinski + Lawrence English

William Basinski + Lawrence English | Selva Oscura Temporary Residence (LP/DL) Two new lengthy tracks on wax by a pair of the most gifted sound-based artists of our era, William Basinski + Lawrence English. Opening with Mono No Aware, a fluted drone permeates the space in soft modified tones. The vibration rises into your head and stays there like a dense fog, and with a title derived from Dante’s Inferno there remains this gestural quote between the divine and the lurid.  The works here also are “dedicated to Paul Clipson, a close friend whose work celebrated the wonder that is … Continue reading Selva Oscura by William Basinski + Lawrence English

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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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Across the Blazer by Howard Stelzer

Howard Stelzer | Across the Blazer Marginal Frequency (CD/DL) ‘Tis the season for something new from Boston area cassette deck master Howard Stelzer, and Across the Blazer brings with it a whole new set of intriguing atmospheres. This is also my introduction to the fledgling imprint, Marginal Frequency from my old haunts of the Pacific Northwest  – my guess is we will be hearing a great deal of expertly curated work out of this joint. The rainy hiss and low grumbling drone on the quizically titled Selective Memory (You Never Know Absolutely Quite Where You Are) is head-expanding, and at a … Continue reading Across the Blazer by Howard Stelzer

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Prophecy by Cluster Lizard

Cluster Lizard | Prophecy Prostir (CD/DL) Cluster Lizard is the duo made up of regular Kvitnu collaborators Kateryna Zavoloka and Dmytro Fedorenk which becomes their second official release, Prophecy. From the metallic glean of the cover to the twisted synthetic drone vibes of the content, this one sticks out in a crowded field this month. Each of the half dozen tracks on this recording have lengthy titles such as the (at first) gentle opener, The Sun’s Light When He Unfolds It Depends on the Organ That He Beholds It that blends an melodic and orchestral layer atop what becomes a … Continue reading Prophecy by Cluster Lizard

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