Songbook #7 by Mattin

Mattin | Songbook #7 Munster Records (LP/DL) Coming soon from Basque experimenter Mattin is his next Songbook #7 which features Farahnaz Hatam, Colin Hacklander, Lucio Capece, Moor Mother, Cathleen Schuster & Marcel Dickhage. Mattin, who has been making various sounds since ’01 released his first Song Book in 2005. This record takes two historical references as a point of reference: Revolutionary Russia (circa 1917) and anarchist Germaine Burton (who appears on the cover) combining them to respond to, in his words: “dissolution and disappointment of the social fabric, the rise of fascism, lack of coherence in a collective vision for … Continue reading Songbook #7 by Mattin

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October Compilations

VARIOUS ARTISTS Historical Recordings Vol II  | Gagarin Records (LP/DL) Electroframework  | Unexplained Sounds Group (DL) Decay, Death and Darkness  | Eighth Tower Records (CD/DL) The Great Krell Machine – Vol. One  | Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) With Autumn color comes change, and new life. Here are four various artists selections that certainly need more attention. Ranging from historical recordings to those based on the artwork of Zdzisław Beksiński to works based on the Krell patch. They are a far reaching group of various intimate to experimental takes on unique subject matter, with a few sound clips to grab the … Continue reading October Compilations

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Ondureñas by Frédéric Nogray

Frédéric Nogray | Ondureñas Unfathomless (CD/DL) It’s late night, and the cicadas are out making for a blend of peace and quiet. There’s a slight chill in the air, and other slight disturbances, maybe some kind of hen or other proud bird – but Punta Bujaja is rather haunted. Of course this blends well with the season. The gentle rustling of the wild has a strangely balanced stillness. There’s a single long drone note that plays like a line being drawn that fades in and out of perception, reverberating like a content feline. These two lengthy recordings on Parisian sound … Continue reading Ondureñas by Frédéric Nogray

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Empty Gesture by Of Habit & Dane Law

Of Habit & Dane Law | Empty Gesture Opal Tapes (CS/DL) The very first tape from Of Habit & Dane Law (Gary Myles, Adam Parkinson) opens with the title track. It’s a gradually layered, immersive track that pairs synthetic frequencies with a whole host of chirpy, animated and granular effects. Sinewaves meet lock-grooves and it’s a micronoise overload. A voice (Parkinson) records the routine process on Supernatural Ability. The abstract beat loops over and around itself somewhat drunkenly, feeding right into For Memory where the speaker continues to lucidly recall looking down a mysterious cragged hole, caught up in a … Continue reading Empty Gesture by Of Habit & Dane Law

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Kontrapoetik by Maria W Horn

Maria W Horn |Kontrapoetik Portals Editions / XKatedral (12″/DL) Review by Giuseppe Pisano Co-operator in the tape label XKatedral and part of the Sthlm Drone Society, an association whose mission is to encourage and promote slow textural music, Maria W Horn quickly rose to be one of the most prominent names in the Swedish drone music scene. The first track of Kontrapoetik, Atropa, starts with a bell: a clear reference to the church, and the life routine of a rural community devoted to handwork and tradition. But this bell has something twisted, a wicked ring to it. Its long lasting … Continue reading Kontrapoetik by Maria W Horn

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1977 by The Nest

The Nest | 1977 motmot-tapes (CS/DL) Recorded at Zwingli church, Berlin in September 2016 this is The Nest‘s fourth full-length since 2012. The quartet is comprised of Christoph Clöser (saxophone, synthesizer), Tycho Schottelius (turntable, synthesizer, mix), Thomas Mahmoud (field beats, effects & vocals) and Gerald Mandl (bass, effects). 1977 runs for about 28 minutes over four tracks (between an EP and an LP) and is a blend of jazzy electronics recorded in the center of the gothic church. The title track, 1977 takes up side A of this tape. Crackling with sweet little melodies on the front end, that play … Continue reading 1977 by The Nest

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Noize Mélodia by Vromb

Vromb | Noize Mélodia Ant-Zen (CD/DL) On his 10th solo record French Canadian electronic artist Vromb (aka Hugo Girard), delivers his sixth full-length with German imprint Ant-Zen. Here we have a dozen new compositions (compartmentalized to nine on the digital version), made with modular equipment, without presets or adjustments. The atmosphere is intense from the outset with a churning drone and incidental electrodes, and other sound effects. Réglages et radiations is a gentle wash of synths, the mystery of mechanization. There are up to four variations of vélectrobass on Noize Mélodia, and first up is vélectrobass (origine) with its pulse … Continue reading Noize Mélodia by Vromb

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