Lueur by Bjarni Gunnarsson

Bjarni Gunnarsson | Lueur Tartaruga (LP/DL) Icelandic composer and sound artist Bjarni Gunnarsson has just released his latest album, Lueur, four electroacoustic tracks, on London imprint Tartaruga Records in an edition of 200 copies (silkscreened by Luke Twyman, 16 ways). First up is the isolationist Prisme, which is quite chilling and sparse at first, but slowly dropping into the mix are granualized effects, and other abstractions. These pops and twists sound like a contortionist trying to undo a tight situation from several angles. Many might hear this initially as something topically atonal, but there are actually a whole lot of pieces … Continue reading Lueur by Bjarni Gunnarsson

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Fragments of Scattered Whispers by Endless Melancholy

Endless Melancholy | Fragments of Scattered Whispers Dronarivm (LP/CD/DL) Ukranian sound artist Oleksiy Sakevych’s Endless Melancholy project is a long running exploration of piano and, more recently, tape manipulation. His new album on the Dronarivm label is full of plaintive piano musings nestled in the warm hiss of tape loops and minimal synth melodies. Just as the days are getting shorter and the shadows longer, this music seems entirely appropriate. Sounds to add warmth to your surroundings. “Prologue (For A Broken Tape Recorder)” is a gorgeous album opener, soft distortions and crackles adding grit to a beautiful synth line. “Postcards” … Continue reading Fragments of Scattered Whispers by Endless Melancholy

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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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Siticidelhous by Jean-Luc Guionnet and Miguel A. Garcia

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Miguel A. Garcia | Siticidelhous Moving Furniture Records (CD/DL) When I knew I was to listen and review the latest album from Jean-Luc Guionnet and Miguel A. Garcia I took some time for myself and decided to wait. 
I knew that i was going to dive into a challenging record to listen to out loud, in one breath, and I didn’t want to spoil my listening experience by being tired and possibly stumble upon some distraction. I was right, the album is a challenging one. Broken chords abruptly stab into coarse noisy lines, sound frames ranging from … Continue reading Siticidelhous by Jean-Luc Guionnet and Miguel A. Garcia

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ÄÄNET by I-LP-ON

I-LP-ON | ÄÄNET Editions Mego (LP/DL) Rhythmic, minimal and austere, this I-LP-ON is a fitting tribute to the memory of the late Mika Vainio by his Pan Sonic partner Ilpo Väisänen. On this new release for Editions Mego, Väisänen takes inspiration from his experiences with the legendary outfit he and Vainio worked in for over twenty years. A wide array of musical styles has been distilled into a rough and ready collection that pulses with analog drum machines, hissing noise, ambient atmospheres and a heady dub sensibility. Added to that are field recordings made while on Pan Sonic’s 2000 world … Continue reading ÄÄNET by I-LP-ON

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Superelief by Andrea Borghi

Andrea Borghi | Superelief Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Wielding a prepared turntable, electroacoustic device and a computer Andrea Borghi offers one of the years most micro and exploratory tapes on Superelief via Australian imprint Hemisphäreの空虚. Borghi developed this piece over an art residency in Florence. At first it sounds as if he’s popping corn, there’s this infectious and contained jumping sound. After a while the jostling grows a bit more organic, and slows down. These seven tracks are all assigned single digit numbers (ie: 0, 4, 6….) further anonymyzing the action. Though the range is stunted and rather low-flying, the activity sounds … Continue reading Superelief by Andrea Borghi

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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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