Retrospektiv 2010–2016 by Grand Mal X

Grand Mal X | Retrospektiv 2010–2016 Ant-Zen (DL) Swedish duo Grand Mal x flirt between old school electro patterns and more modern DSP shapes, combining the two into an irresistibly propulsive funk on some tracks and a much more abstract terrain on others. Retrospektiv 2010 – 2016 is a collection of previously released material, originally from various tape labels and one track that had until now been unreleased. The album crackles into life with “laced pork chops”, an oblique soundscape that bristles with electrified energy and dark synth tones. One of the most experimental tracks, it is also the track … Continue reading Retrospektiv 2010–2016 by Grand Mal X

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Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

Sone Institute | Where Moth and Rust Consume Front & Follow (CD/CS/DL) In his first release in six years Sone Institute (Roman Bezdyk) is about to deliver his third full-length, Where Moth and Rust Consume on Manchester imprint Front & Follow, on October 26. The ten track album opens with I Only Exist, a portal with a mesmerizing wavy synth, a magical setting, voice transmissions and some other mysterious sound effects. It all sets the scene as an ambiguous electronic passion play styled in varying shades of gray. That is until track two takes a 360° turn saturating the goings-on … Continue reading Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

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UUUU

UUUU |self-titled Editions Mego (12″/DL) UUUU consist of a quartet of original musicians and sonic collaborators and members of Coil, Wire and Tomaga: Edvard Graham Lewis, Valentina Magaletti, Matthew Simms & Thighpaulsandra. Their self-titled EP includes two tracks and is released today. Side one is the trippy mindmeld of Electric Blanket. It’s an investigation of shifting frequencies, gongs, warbling strings and channel-swapping percussion. The drone drifts and takes its obtuse, shapeless form. The atmosphere is a psychedelic den of dynamic spectral velocity. the soft chords direct your attention while the core is a droopy melody that simply floats. At a … Continue reading UUUU

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Spaces by Jos Smolders

Jos Smolders | Spaces Moving Furniture Records (2xCD/DL) The premise for this set of recordings is one I can get behind, the elusive open halls and passages of architecture, specifically museums. Being one who has been in my fair share, shown there, and wondered about the contents, the curation, the sense of remove between the viewer and that which is on public view has much to be desired through discourse and consternation. That said, it’s great to get an opportunity to once again listen to a new work by Dutch sound sculptor Jos Smolders who it is said has gathered … Continue reading Spaces by Jos Smolders

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espectro by Juan José Calarco

Juan José Calarco | espectro Impulsive Habitat (DL) Argentinian field recordist Juan José Calarco has just released his fifth full length solo recording since 2007 under the title espectro via netlabel Impulsive Habit. If you don’t know them, I highly recommend checking this South American collective out here. The title translates to ‘spectrum’ although from the gloomy industrial images (©Cristian Espinoza) one might think this record is focused solely on the darker effects of man on our natural resources and environment as a whole. Calarco’s sound sources are from shortwave and LF radio transmissions, which are combined and mixed into … Continue reading espectro by Juan José Calarco

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Acezantez

Acezantez | Acezantez Sub Rosa (LP) Originally released in 1977, this self-titled re-issue is my personal introduction to Ansambl Centra za nove tendencije Zagreb, or Acezantez for short – likely for many of you as well! Croatian composer and instrumentalist Dubravko Detoni (b. 1937) is again seeing the light of day forty-one years after it’s original issue (notably by British imprint Paradigm Discs in 2000). The record brings together an ensemble of five players wielding wind instruments (including voice), piano, strings and even the Glockenspiel. The arrangements are broken into two compositions that run at about twenty minutes each, one … Continue reading Acezantez

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In[Core]Wat[t] by Jérémie Mathes

Jérémie Mathes | In[Core]Wat[t] Unfathomless (CD/DL) A singular composition by intricate field recordist Jérémie Mathes, just out from Belgium’s top-notch imprint Unfathomless — In[Core]Wat[t]. These recordings were made while the artist was living in Cambodia over the past several years, traveling to pagodas and temples. The hollow drone and jangle sounds endless. It’s a completely meditative mix of murmur and hum reminding me of the moments when nature and humanity find a certain synergy. Cicadas and percussion and the pure howl of the wind, all fused into a reflective work that centers you. In the swirl of wind ghosts are … Continue reading In[Core]Wat[t] by Jérémie Mathes

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