Biosphere | The Senja Recordings Biophon Records (2xLP/CD/DL) Geir Jenssen is one of those rare artists who sets the modern standard for chill ambient electronic music. This work is an elegy to Knut Fjørtoft (1960-2017), a Norwegian artist who passed away in his prime, and who had created beautiful artwork for past Biosphere recordings. At […]

minim | Construct Kasuga Records (SD Card/DL) This is the debut by Romanian minimalist Diana Dulgheru known here simply as minim. Over eight numbered tracks she delivers a pulse-infused celebration of microsound that picks up the mantle in the wake of Chain Reaction and the more recent Rater-Noton split. Construct is pure electronics that tickle […]

Coppice | Head Turning Songs futurevessel (DL) A year ago to the month I reviewed Coppice‘s Green Flame which was quite and exciting record. Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer are back with their latest, Head Turning Songs, and I hope for that exact result. We open with a minimal setting on Dense Day Cooling, a […]

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 […]

Niklas Adam | Undulate Sofa (CD/DL) Oslo-based multimedia artist Niklas Adam‘s new Undulate is a bit of a head-turner. The ultra-minimal Gestures, Percussion Solo, Jungle reminds me of incidental sounds you might encounter in a instrument or toy factory. With umpteen stops and starts this pops and flails in seconds, then turns to hard silence, […]

Aros E-V | Return Journey self-released (CS/DL) A unique, short tape of electronic sounds made up of two tracks of tape loops, field recordings, and digital processing – running at just about twenty minutes. It’s got a chill vibe, fairly warm tones and lots of crackle and hiss, referencing the source. This Minnesotan, now based […]

©B.Ellison   Experimental sound artist Francisco López has been long developing and delivering what he calls sonogenic composition, since 1980. He has an extensive discography and has presented his work in some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and has long maintained indulgences in cerebral minimalism. I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed his live performances […]

France Jobin | Solitude Silent (DL) Honestly I sit here and wonder how much solitude this lady is getting these days, after spying on social media, what looked as though an all-encompassing trip around the world to down under, only to return to wintery Montreal where she is labouring in her spare time on water […]

Claire Rousay | Several Erasures Already Dead Tapes and Records (CS/DL) Several Erasures is the new tape (already sold out, save for the dl) from Texan percussionist Claire Rousay with a run-time of about thirty-six minutes over four tracks. About the recording, Rousay says it “explores queerness, human relationships, and self perception through the use […]

Zeno Van Den Broek | BreachMoving Furniture Records (LP/CD/DL) The resonance of Zeno Van Den Broek’s work has grown exponentially in the past few years. His multiple releases on different prestigious labels such as The Tapeworm and Moving Furniture has proven him to be not only prolific but also to ensure an outstanding quality standard […]

Rubén D’Hers | Bolero Transparente Vertical Music (CS/DL) Off the new Milan-based label comes the first of an interesting, fresh tape series. This is Rubén D’Hers‘ Bolero Transparente (recorded in Berlin). In three tracks this sound-sculpting builder of installation-based musical settings offers a pensive, chord-driven work. Romantic Chord Puzzle glows in elongated and warped reverb. […]

Nicolas Bernier | frequencies (a/archives) 901 Editions (CD/DL) frequencies (a/archives) will be the final release in a series by Nicolas Bernier for which he earned the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, a swan song to the tuning fork (which he subsequently gave away his collection as part of a successful Kickstarter campaign that launched this). […]

Jay-Dea Lopez | Pulse Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Oh, yes. The sweet, sweet sound of the cosmos, well beyond our understanding, in the far reaches of the universe, here lies the latest by Jay-Dea Lopez and his enigmatic Pulse. These ten short pieces, numbered I through X are coil pick up recordings captured last year on Canberra, […]

Bruno Duplant | Chants de Mémoire Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) With one twenty-minute ‘chant’ per side Bruno Duplant combines field recordings, electronics and analog treatments on his latest tape, Chants de Mémoire. This comes from an ongoing series which will also include something upcoming on Archive Officielle Publications. The artist shared with me that some inspiration came […]

The Future Eve feat. Robert Wyatt | KiTsuNe/Brian The FoxFLAU (2xLP/2xCD/DL) Japanese composer The Future Eve arrives on the Flau label with an exquisite album featuring vocals and keyboards by the legendary Robert Wyatt.  Wyatt had a musical idea named “Brian The Fox”, an idea untethered to tempo, and this looseness permeates through the twelve […]

Matthijs Kouw & Radboud Mens | 2 Moving Furniture Records (LP/DL) In follow-up to 2017’s 1 here are composers Matthijs Kouw & Radboud Mens continuing their journey as a duo with 2 which includes two alphabetic twenty minute long tracks. The tones are low and minimal on C, the first half opener. Well it’s actually […]

Yves De Mey | SuedaLine (DL) It’s nice to see Yves De Mey returning to the LINE imprint.  His previous work with the label, Lichtung, was a single long form piece that was the original score for a dance solo.  This new album finds the Belgian artist exploring the robust sound world of FM and […]

Francesco Michi & Pietro Michi | Poesie Eugrughe Canti Magnetici (CS/DL/BK) In this edition of forty, the Firenze-based duo named Michi (father and son, Francesco Michi & Pietro Michi) have delivered a half-hour long piece of intensive minimalism based on installation work originally presented in 1992. Poesie Eugrughe deals with the non/existence of virtual populations […]

Fabio Perletta | HesitantDinzu Artefacts (CS/DL)   Italian sound artist Fabio Perletta takes his fascination with minimalism to Zen-like levels on this new release.  His love of Japanese aesthetics has been displayed on previous works, most notably his album Ichinen 一念, on the LINE label from 2017.  That release took much of its source sounds from field recordings made […]

Today we are spinning a half dozen new records spanning a few continents. These have come to our attention from Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the US. Five of these are produced by labels we are reviewing for the very first time, as we are always open to such exquisite, extreme and exotic introductions. […]

Lori Goldston and Judith Hamann | Alloys Marginal Frequency (CD/DL) In two long-form pieces Melbourne-based Judith Hamann and Seattle teacher Lori Goldston both bring a new language to their common instrument, the cello. The first piece seems an ‘amalgam’ of several shorter works: Silver | Amalgam | Mother of Pearl | Felt | A Thin […]