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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Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone by Jana Winderen

Jana Winderen | Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone Touch (CD/DL) With this record the acclaimed biologist and sound artist Jana Winderen adds another valuable work to the continuum of her personal research. Differently enough from her previous output, Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone engages with the political aspects of climate change in a much stronger and direct way. A strong bond from both a scientific and an sensitive link to the catastrophic effects of global warming becoming everyday much more evident (I’m now sitting in my kitchen in Oslo, it’s mid-November and the temperature of 9°C … Continue reading Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone by Jana Winderen

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Formlessness by evolv

evolv | Formlessness Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) From the bell tone styled separation at the very top of our nation’s capital comes new work from evolv called Formlessness. With its ghostly presence the static-laden melody of Such a Cosmic Joke opens up after ninety seconds, to a circulatory strumming. Mind you, its assent is no joke whatsoever. In fact, quite the opposite, the even keel of ambient drone is layered with great care and intent. In the final lap there are toy-like sounds that eventually breakdown into a muted backdrop. The album is dedicated to a loved one battling cancer, … Continue reading Formlessness by evolv

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Susan’s Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City’s Night Sky by Ian Wellman

Ian Wellman | Susan’s Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City’s Night Sky Dragons Eye Recordings (DL) Ian Wellman’s debut album, Susan’s Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City’s Night Sky, exists at the nexus of the pleasant and the problematic. All breathy ambience and city-scape field recordings, Wellman constructs an entirely palatable sonic tableau, yet it is one that struggles to offer anything new to the already well-marked conceptual path that it treads. Your enjoyment of Wellman’s work will no doubt depend upon whether you … Continue reading Susan’s Last Breath Became the Chill in the Air and the Fog Over the City’s Night Sky by Ian Wellman

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A Parallel Array of Horses by Geneva Skeen

Geneva Skeen | A Parallel Array of Horses Room40 (DL) I first encountered LA-based Geneva Skeen’s music in 2016 when she released Dark Speech on Dragon’s Eye Recordings. It was a departure from that label’s output, one that usually focuses on lowercase sounds, as Skeen’s was heavier, more industrial at times and utilized dramatic gestures. Two years later, her new album on Lawrence English’s Room40 imprint explores themes of “mutant consciousness”, melding voice, electronics and field recordings. The processed vocals throughout this release lend it a unique character: ghostly, haunted and ephemeral. Meditating on the slipperiness of time, perception and … Continue reading A Parallel Array of Horses by Geneva Skeen

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Troubles by Monique Jean

Monique Jean | Troubles empreintes DIGITALes (CD/DL) Montréal-based composer Monique Jean offers two works on Troubles: T.A.G. (2013) and Out of Joint (2009). This is her third full-length effort with Canadian imprint empreintes DIGITALes, was mastered by Christian Bouchard. Let’s get started with T.A.G. – or (trottoir, asphalte, goudron: sidewalk, asphalt, tar), watch your step as we explore this twenty-five minute mysteriously synthesized work. It opens in a dark, fragile unpopulated urban space, save for the detritus left behind, like what sounds like rustling plastic shopping bags int he wind, and the rattle or tin roofing. The airy space and … Continue reading Troubles by Monique Jean

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Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt by Gregory Büttner

Gregory Büttner | Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt Gruenrekorder (CD/DL) Hamburg-based field recordist Gregory Büttner delivers his latest, Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt, a singular work, an electroacoustic composition based on the stereo sound of two contact mics upon a metallic steamboat, runs for about thirty-six minutes. The recording starts with lots of jittering, growing slightly voluminous in short time. It’s as though Büttner is settled in the engine room with loose old mechanics. However, the shimmies are somewhat engaging, like rickety beats. IN-SITU AHOY: He’s managed to capture all sorts of unusual gadgets in action, with a dad that was a longshoreman, this grabs my ears by … Continue reading Voll.Halb.Langsam.Halt by Gregory Büttner

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