Mesophase by Zack Clarke

Zack Clarke | Mesophase Clean Feed (CD) Listen (Spotify) The follow-up to his Random Acts of Order (also on Portugal imprint Clean Feed) is the brand-new effort, Mesophase, from NYC pianist/composer Zack Clarke. The lineup is as follows: Zack Clarke: piano and electronics Chris Irvine: cello Charlotte Greve: saxophone, clarinet, flute Nick Dunston: double bass Leonid Galaganov: percussion, waterphone, shakuhachi OK, so, from the start, the physics-based title comes from matter which is neither liquid nor solid…posing the ultimate question: what is it?  Well, it’s aptly between worlds, jazz, electronics, classical, tropical sound effects and more – just for starters. … Continue reading Mesophase by Zack Clarke

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Ritual Practice of Conscious Dying Vol. II by Rudolf Eb.er

Rudolf Eb.er | Om Kult : Ritual Practice of Conscious Dying (Vol. II) Om Kult (CD/DL) I got to know the work of Rudolf Eb.er when once I saw he was going to perform a concert in my city. At that time I was very much into noise, but for some reason I could not attend that concert. This occasion, and the will of making up for an opportunity I felt I had lost, made me explore his published works, his extreme rituals, a bit further. After that, other adventures and a certain drift from noise kept me away from his production. What … Continue reading Ritual Practice of Conscious Dying Vol. II by Rudolf Eb.er

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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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The Next by MAAT

MAAT | The Next Pacific City Sound Visions (LP/DL) MAAT is an archival nugget from the early 90s, a solo project by Hamburg artist Dörte Marth (Xyramat) – and what a strange delight it is. On wax, this’ll be limited to a total of 280 copies (on Bandcamp it lists as only 100), so if you dig real surprises from the past, that sound like something from the future, I urge you to check this platter out for reasons beyond my understanding – but I’ll try and make a case. That is aside from the fact that she recorded Hunde I, a … Continue reading The Next by MAAT

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Fukinsei by Luigi Turra

Luigi Turra | Fukinsei mAtter (LP/DL) Two years after his “Alea” release on the LINE imprint, Luigi Turra returns with a collection of new explorations in microsound on the Tokyo-based mAtter label.  Fukinsei finds the Italian sound artist continuing his investigations into abstract structures of lowercase sound, silence and the delicate balance between the two. This is a highly stylized approach to electroacoustic composition, with single sounds placed very deliberately into the musical narrative.  Great care has been taken to counterbalance tiny sine waves, electrical pulses and subtle synth drones with acoustic sounds such as guitar, field recordings and shakuhachi.  The … Continue reading Fukinsei by Luigi Turra

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Imaginary Friends I by Abby Lee Tee

Abby Lee Tee | Imaginary Friends I Czaszka (CS/DL) Austrian sound artist Abby Lee Tee has been on the scene since around 2011, and his sound has always maintained maximum minimalism. An uncompromising approach to his material floods these twenty minutes with even more experimental gestures than usual. By its title we may assume that Imaginary Friends I is the first in a series. Let’s hope so. On this tape, two tracks, one per side, Tee attempts to define this world as: “While imaginary companions are still mistakenly associated with deficits or even mental health issues most of the time, … Continue reading Imaginary Friends I by Abby Lee Tee

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There Is A Home by Cæcilie Overgaard

Cæcilie Overgaard | There Is A Home Clang (DL) Out tomorrow is the latest from Danish electroacoustic composer, Cæcilie Overgaard. The work is somewhat austere, opening with a crackling icy sound and other vibrations. On a few tracks you will hear additional trumpet by Tim Ewé and vocal by Mathias Hammerstrøm. Mic Test One balances the crusty thin ice with the harmonic tones of a wavy synth. The whole recording has a running time of thirty-three minutes, a perfect introduction, and her second full-length after Lydbølgen af hjerteslag back in 2015. I like her assertive electronica, especially on the title … Continue reading There Is A Home by Cæcilie Overgaard

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