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 […]

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 […]

Zeno Van Den Broek | BreachMoving Furniture Records (LP/CD/DL) The resonance of Zeno Van Den Broek’s work has grown exponentially in the past few years. His multiple releases on different prestigious labels such as The Tapeworm and Moving Furniture has proven him to be not only prolific but also to ensure an outstanding quality standard […]

An On Bast | Nothing Shapes Everything Marcus Fischer + Burke Jam | Vanitas øjeRum | on the swollen lips of the horizon Sonmi451 | Nachtmuziek Sven Laux + Daniela Orvin | The Writings Ambient is nothing new and its true roots are likely a bit of a mystery, cast in the shadows between a […]

Anthony Pateras | Collected Works Vol. II (2005-2018)Immediata (5xCD/DL) The pure musical relationship between Anthony Pateras and me has always been somewhat incomplete. Despite having listened to some of his albums as an improviser and some of his piano works such as Errors of the Human Body and Ataxia where he plays trio with Sean […]

Hotel Neon | Vanishing Forms Archives (LP/CD/DL) In their follow-up to last year’s Means of Knowing (also on Spanish imprint Archives), is the Philly trio Hotel Neon (Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner) with their latest effort, Vanishing Forms. Eight new tracks comprise the record that opens with the meditative space-time-continuum of The Time […]

Régis Renouard Larivière | Contrée Recollection/Editions Mego (LP/DL) A former teacher of electro-acoustic music at CFMI in Poitiers (1990-99) this is only Régis Renouard Larivière‘s second full-length recording, and his previous, Futaie/Tchernoziom garnered him the Ars Electronica Prize in 1996 and was released in 2000. The album, full of quizzical musique concrète abstractions, is dedicated […]

Ellicist | Point Defects Morr Music (LP/DL) Springs have sprung on the opener, Hennepin, and the duo Ellicist (Thomas Chousos & Florian Zimmer) is off to an eventful start on their latest Point Defects. Their murky, quirky sound combines elements of abstraction, noise, electronics and synthetic nature. There’s is a swampy universe where engines don’t […]

Asuna & Jan Jelinek | Signals BulletinFaitiche (LP/DL) When I first heard about this collaborative project between these two artists, I was slightly surprised.  Japanese musician Asuna is known mainly for his organ drones that he manages by taping down keys and creating layers of chords, producing thick waves of warm sound.  He has also been […]

Benoit Pioulard and Sean Curtis Patrick | Avocationals Beacon Sound (LP/DL) Released by PDX’s Beacon Sound in an edition of 500 just five days ago and already sold out (though Forced Exposure may still have you covered). This is the very first collaboration between Seattleite Thomas Meluch (aka Benoit Pioulard) and Sean Curtis Patrick, based […]

Quest | Yesternights st.an.da. (CD/DL) Frans de Waard‘s long-running aka Quest has been consistently putting out quizzical electronics over the past few years, nearly one per annum. On Yesternights (edition of 100 on the Silentes sub-label) we are engaged with symphonic swelling synths that are like molecules of mist. The seven tracks open with the […]

This new release on the Dutch label Shimmering Moods is a satisfying melding of post-rock, ambient-pop and dubbed-out kosmiche.  Bad News from Cosmos are a duo whose work encompasses rhythm and fluid textures, put through plenty of analogue processing.  The tracks here all have a strong sense of motion, filled with a motorized pulse that […]

VOID | Terrarium self-released (DL) Out of Barcelona comes the duo VOID made up of David Viñolas and Carlos Martorell with their debut, Terrarium. By combining improvisational synths and motion sensors their sound has liquified jazzy melodies as emanating from a futuristic neon-lit cafe. There’s is a sound that veers between a harem-infused jam fusion […]

Vargkvint | Hav Piano and Coffee Records (LP/DL) Vargkvint is Stockholm-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sofia Nystrand (with co-production duties and more from Jakob Lindhagen) and other musicians. I believe this is her sophomore effort after releasing Brus on French imprint Soft Recordings in 2017. Hav is a refreshing re-engineering of the use of vocals within a mostly […]

ANMA | Kitahama Ghosts Syncopathic.Recordings (CS/DL) What a great introduction to the work of Andreas Mangweth, aka ANMA (not to be confused w/the hiphop Greek or the Japanese hardcore act) but the double bass playing jazz musician who has gone way leftfield here. Anyone who quotes Mingus on his homepage is alright in my book, […]

Grup Ses w/Ethnique Punch | Deli Divan Souk Records (LP/DL) TURKISH DELITES: There are twenty-eight short tracks in this collab between Turkish Grup Ses and Berlin-based Ethnique Punch. This falls somewhere between hi-hop, spoken word ala Laibach and a big meta ‘aha’ play on sampling/tape effects: snap, crackle, pop + a whole lot more. They […]

Bogdan Raczynski | Rave ‘Till You Cry Boban Ristevski | When Nietzsche Wept/My Name Is Red B + B: What’s in a name? Would Nietzsche have been a raver? These two records and performers have no relationship whatsoever except they are both electronic music releases this season, and their names may seem a little similar. […]

Papillon | Cercueil Flottant Sucata Tapes/Discrepant (CS/DL) A wild loop as if primates are screeching into a microphone traipse over a tripping beat. A radio-type narrator speaks in few words through static. Les Radiadeurs de Mika is an unusual opener on the latest from Papillon, Cercueil Flottant. This blend of experimental effects and field recordings […]

Nicolas Bernier | frequencies (a/archives) 901 Editions (CD/DL) frequencies (a/archives) will be the final release in a series by Nicolas Bernier for which he earned the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, a swan song to the tuning fork (which he subsequently gave away his collection as part of a successful Kickstarter campaign that launched this). […]