Karen Willems & Jean D.L. | Twee Lindebomen Aurora Borealis Recordings (CD/DL) It is afternoon and quite hot outside. Initial summer scorching is evident from the tiny island from where I am writing these lines. Quiet afternoons are a perfect match for what I am about to share with you. A musical “agreement” between avant-garde […]

Alessandra Eramo is a Italian musician and vocal performer based in Germany. Originally from Basilicata, one of the most isolated and unreachable areas of continental southern Italy, and therefore still very authentic. She tells us a story of desertification and abandonment of this forgotten area and outlines with us an image of a place that […]

Jon Wesseltoft & Balazs Pandi | Terreng Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) Soft Close-Up begins with a meager alarm, set right into a pleasant bit of abstract jazzy percussion and perhaps the lift of a helicopter. It’s an interesting juxtaposition of effects that kickoff Terreng, the latest from collaborative duo Jon Wesseltoft (electronics) & Balazs Pandi […]

Los Angeles-based violinist Zachary Paul is a modern addition to the line of minimalist composers such as Tony Conrad and Pauline Oliveros, whose work encapsulates the transcendent nature of sustained tones. His new album on the Touch label contains two live recordings and one original film score.  The pair of live pieces here capture the […]

Patrick Shiroishi | 烏の涙American Damage (CS/DL) Issued on Chicago’s American Damage tape label, this new release by Patrick Shiroishi blends folky blues with wild improvisation to a stunningly contrasting effect.  Shiroishi’s guitar playing is incendiary and it sounds like he has an extra pair of hands on the fret board as he lets loose.  His […]

The Star Pillow | Music For Sad HeadbangersAidan Baker + Karen Willems | AwelAidan Baker + N | DoppelliveScatterwound | MNThissquietarmy + Dirk Serries + Tom Malmendier | Hell “A multiverse of ambient/drone” from Midira Records A handful of drone/ambient cookies in CD format, to be collectively reviewed. Albums that have connections one with another. […]

Lan Cao + Gregor Siedl + Wolfgang Seidel | Optimistic Modernism Moloko Plus (CD/DL) Alright, try and get comfy while I put on this new disc from the trio of Lan Cao (keys) + Gregor Siedl (wind instruments) + Wolfgang Seidel (percussion). Optimistic Modernism (inspired by the architecture this was recorded in, a former Rotaprint […]

Markus Reineke | Was soll schon passieren Pan Y Rosas Discos (DL) These are improvisations over other erased recordings, giving you the feel of the olde Rauschenberg/de Kooning sleight-of-hand, portions removed, portions obliterated, nonsensical, chance traces remain. Lots of breathing via flute, very organic in combination with the percussive rustling and spacy effects. Markus Reineke‘s […]

Corey Fuller | Break12K (LP/CD/DL) Corey Fuller has been a mainstay on the 12k label for a number of years, as one half of Illuha.  Those albums explored a loose, free-flowing ambience and the duo’s live performances that I’ve seen owed a lot to improvisation.  On this solo album, Fuller has created a meticulously crafted […]

Original Past Life | Inference/Interference Tone List (DL) Out from the Perth-based Tone List imprint come January 29th is the latest from improvisational trio Original Past Life titled Inference/Interference. By combining subtle and abstract traditional drums and stringed instruments with bleary-eyed, drone-drenched electronics they come off like a distant cousin of Canadian powerhouse ensemble, Godspeed […]

Sir Richard Bishop & W. David OliphantKarkhana with Nadah El ShalzyCarte Blanche |  Unrock (LP+7″/LP) Introductory Comment: Voyage is a long journey involving travel by sea or in space. In this case, it involves sound… Aesthetic cooking in a spiritual saucepan, with multicultural raw materials. If this doesn’t make any sense, keep reading. The Saraswati […]

Spill | Stereo Corvo Records (LP/DL) Spill is a Berlin duo made up of Magda Mayas (piano) and Tony Buck (percussion) and here are their latest full-length improvisations, Stereo. On this record they lay out two twenty minute plus tracks, Magnetic Island and Sway – one per side. They start with an abstract, sporadic arrangement […]

Alan Gleeson | Beyond Torneo Vol. II Let In Music (DL) Part two of Beyond Torneo a three month release project in which Irish composer Alan Gleeson describes as “Themes such as neglect, decay, stagnation, and pollution of the real and imagined experience are explored. These themes are not necessarily the final destination, the work […]

Antoine Chessex | Subjectivation Fragment Factory (LP/DL) These two lengthy tracks are culled from live material by Swiss noisemaker Antoine Chessex. Subjectivation is the composer playing solo. Beginning with the flared electronic open sources in San Francisco _ Berlin _ Zurich 2010-2014 he bends a series of pedals or wires attached to a tenor sax […]

Mako Sica & Hamid Drake Ronda (Feeding Tube Records/Astral Spirits; 2xLP/CS/DL) Released tomorrow on double vinyl (via Feeding Tube) and out now on cassette (via Astral Spirits) is the latest by duo Mako Sica & Hamid Drake (and co.), entitled Ronda. Consisting of five tracks running at just over an hour in total, this collaboration […]

Salis / Sanna / Pili Choke (Plus Timbre; DL) Since 2014 Greek net-based imprint Plus Timbre has been releasing experimental, improvisational music. On Choke the Italian duo of Giacomo Salis + Paolo Sanna work with Sardinian artist Stanislas Pili to form a percussive trio for the first time. The recording consists of four pieces numbered […]

Quest Tuesday Evening (DL) For Frans de Waard, this is as ambient as it gets, and it’s fairly pure in terms of genre. Quest is one of his projects born in the mid 90s to explore this form of transformative deep listening. The wavy synth and happy bird chirping illuminates a path, not unlike the […]

Kräuter der Provinz has just been released on Bureau B (CD, 2xLP + CD + DL) from the German artist collective known for the improvisational fusion, Datashock, from the edges of the River Saar. With elements of other acts like Spiritualized, Stereolab and Spectrum, they add their spin on psychedelic space music with neo-hippy rhythms. The […]

Limited to 300 copies, the latest collaboration by New Yorkers artist/musician Che Chen (he also painted the striking, mountainous psychedelic cover-art) and composer Robbie Lee compiles a trio of sketchy, meandering tracks. Recently released on audioMER. the genre-defying improvisation on The Spectrum Does is a wash of discordant layers presented in a post-industrial sound structure […]