Simon Scott | Soundings Touch (CD/CS/DL) This is as if I have really begun to hear the work of Simon Scott for the very first time – even after listening to his work over a good part of the 2010’s, since Below Sea Level (12K, 2012). Soundings (out on 2/22) is a different approach to […]

Giuseppe Pascucci & Vito Pesce | Nikola, Was Right! Plus Timbre (DL) The duo employs only guitars and effects here, and effectively, the new album Nikola, Was Right! certainly is. Giuseppe Pascucci & Vito Pesce bring the reverb, the separation of timbre, and neutralize your general surroundings with this sparse work that floats in the […]

Cal Lyall & Tim Olive | Lowering 845 Audio (CD/DL) Just arriving from Japan is the collab between Tim Olive and Cal Lyall. The disc consists of a singular twenty-seven minute unstructured diversion to grind your morning (or whatever time suits your wake-up call). A stirring, yet somewhat atypical industrial abstraction, that sounds as if […]

Allan Smyth | Spinning Focused Silence (CD/DL) In a single twenty-two minute track Allan Smyth makes every minute of Spinning count. It’s a kind of abstract aural sorcery. The drone billows in softly, with various textural actions tapping and nudging the edges at first as if it were a code of sorts. This all expands […]

Hast | Hast self-released (DL) Hast is a project of French artist/designers Sébastien Hayez and Thierry Arnal. This half hour single track, with a running length of a half hour opens as an icy cold drone that begins burring away at itself. With the effect of a giant wind tunnel and a meandering pitch that […]

Annabelle Playe | Geyser DAC Records (12″/DL)   Geyser is from French multidisciplinary sound artist Annabelle Playe and is her third full-length effort — it’s one to keep an ear out for. It offers something solitary, about infinitesimal fragments slowly expanding toward the far corners of the horizonline. It’s a balance of soft and hard […]

Meglamancha | Silica Staertenbard Records (CS/DL)   Netherlanders Freek Philippi and Marlon Wolterink otherwise known as Meglamancha have delivered their third full-length release in as many years with Silica. Last April we covered Megara, which was a lot more spurious and revved than this one. A year has driven a direction of ominous composure. From […]

扎克 | 扎克 Past Inside the Present (CD/DL)   The debut self-titled 扎克 comes in a limited edition of only one hundred tapes. These four tracks (that roughly translates to ‘Zach‘) are separated into vignettes, running about forty minutes and contain evocative drone work, from the faint abyss to luminous, jettisoning abandon. Radiance purrs of […]

Jonny Nash | Make A Wilderness Music From Memory (LP/DL) “This album is heavily influenced by descriptions of landscape and environment in the work of authors Shusaku Endo, J.G. Ballard and Cormac McCarthy. Fragments from a land that is a largely silent place. An ancient place. A non-place. A wilderness.” So, from the start, this […]

Frame | The Journey Glacial Movements (CD/DL) Frame (Eugenio Vatta/Andrea Benedetti) deliver an all encompassing spacial record, a deep ambient dive with a lunar glow. The two have been creating electronic landscapes as far back as the early 90’s. The concept on The Journey has to do with the planets in our universe – and […]

Today we are spinning a half dozen new records spanning a few continents. These have come to our attention from Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the US. Five of these are produced by labels we are reviewing for the very first time, as we are always open to such exquisite, extreme and exotic introductions. […]

The Corrupting Sea | godlessCathedral Transmissions (CDR/DL) Listening to The Corrupting Sea, I am struck immediately by two-things. Firstly, it’s composer, Jason T. Lamoreaux, has constructed a nuanced and often charming take on the ambient/drone genre, channeling a certain raw and unpolished gravitas that is highly effective. Secondly, the album – and it is perhaps a […]

Original Past Life | Inference/Interference Tone List (DL) Out from the Perth-based Tone List imprint come January 29th is the latest from improvisational trio Original Past Life titled Inference/Interference. By combining subtle and abstract traditional drums and stringed instruments with bleary-eyed, drone-drenched electronics they come off like a distant cousin of Canadian powerhouse ensemble, Godspeed […]

Gleb Kanasevich | Subtraction Flag Day Recordings (CD/DL) Just out on Flag Day Recordings, from composer (and clarinetist) Gleb Kanasevich, is his latest, Subtraction. The recordings starts with a four and a half minute excerpt of the title track which follows and runs for just about forty-five minutes. What initially opens as the hum of […]

Phill Niblock | Music for CelloImportant Records (CD) This record sets together three works for cello that Phill Niblock composed between 1974 and 1981, all of them performed by the cellist David Gibson. It is very interesting to investigate backwards in Niblock’s works to find traces of the gestation of drone music as a genre […]

Zach Zinn | The Dream Body self-released (DL) This is a quizzical record that opens somewhere between traditional Asian sounds, bagpipes and flowing oceans. I Had It Trapped is a melancholic short intro piece before Zinn builds some murky static to go along with hushed flute melodies on Narcissistic Empath and Haunted Hooligan. The track […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]