Luís Fernandes | DemoraRoom40 (CD/DL) This is my first exposure to the work of Portugese sound artist Luís Fernandes. His sound is a dappled, abstract-static ambient with a side of electronica that comes unexpectedly between the frazzled Rising Edge and the flighty Fractured Harmony With Pulse. It’s a fascinating twofer that couldn’t be more opposed […]

Jakob Rehlinger | PowehiArachnidiscs (CD/DL) The title is derived from the Hawaiian phrase for the name given to the first black hole to be photographed, here as interpreted by Quill Hardy’s near embryonic coverart. Jakob Rehlinger‘s Powehi are a half dozen tracks with an un/familiar flash to the past and the future of a dialed-in […]

Seth Nehil | Skew / FlumeV A N I L L A (CD/DL) This release comprises two EPs: Skew (2014) and Flume (2017) from multimedia artist Seth Nehil. Having worked with Nehil over the years (as presented, as observer, as collaborator) I’ve realized that what really makes him stand-out as a singular artist is his […]

E Millar | no instrument machine, airMystery & Wonder Records (CD/DL) A groaning din–heavy bass undulating tone-field sets the mood for what ensues as a horrific animus industrialite in-dwelling that is Montreal-based Elizabeth Millar’s no instrument machine, air.  Within seconds of its twenty-two minutes the listener must confront how to approach what they are experiencing.  […]

Aythar | Cosmic ResonancesCarpe Sonum Records (CD/DL) Carpe Sonum Records overlapped and picked up from where Pete Namlook (Kuhlmann) left off with his phenomenal Fax +49-69/450464 around the time of his untimely passing in 2012 as they were originally the North American distributor’s for Namlook’s imprint. Now going on a half dozen years they have […]

Anatoly Grinberg & Mark Spybey | 123 m Ant-Zen (DL) The broken transmission bathes you in an aura of semi-consciousness. Soon there are snarling vocals and percussion, taking over, with a menacing cryptic twist. And this too subsides and this balance between cascading melodic tempos and dark corners battle – left to their devices. Russian […]

OTSO | AAVE Elli Records (DL) Finnish composer Otso Lähdeoja (aka OTSO) is about to release his third solo record, AAVE (Finnish for ghost) on French imprint Elli. The whispy-ness at first certainly gives off all the feels of an apparition or something that goes bump in the night. By utilizing glitchy edits and aeration […]