Northwest | IITempel Arts (CD/DL) Softly intro-ing, Wind opens the sophomore album from Northwest. Simply titled II, Mariuca García-Lomas’ throaty incantations parallel a wispy pedal organ.  ‘Here comes the wind from the northwest…’ and the resolute invitation to, ‘let the rain fall on your head…’ The eerie, nearly arduous beauty of the second track Winterland […]

Illachime Quartet | Soundtrack (for parties on the edge of the void)Solchi Sperimentali Discografici (CD) Illachime Quartet is one of those bands who, always being faithful to their experimental nature, never completely endorse a genre or style and tirelessly crawl through the underground, breathing new life into the creative musical life of southern Italy. Soundtrack […]

Ingar Zach | Floating Layer Cake Sofa (CD/DL) This is Ingar Zach‘s Floating Layer Cake. The disc consists of two lengthy tracks beginning with The Lost Ones, a collab with Canadian string quartet Quatuor Bozzini and others. Low frequency tones fall in the hollows and as slow booming percussion takes steps an alert violin leads […]

Hugh Marsh | Violinvocations Western Vinyl (LP/DL) I Laid Down In The Snow is the opener to Canadian musician Hugh Marsh‘s latest, Violinvocations. Oozing with air-brushed drone and a fly-like buzz at first, the setting is somewhat barren, the mood distinctively peculiar. There lay Marsh’s strings, in there somewhere, amid the solitude, the static and […]

Bionulor | Bionulor Oniron (CD/DL)   Here we revisit the 2009 debut of Sebastian Banaszczyk (Bionulor) out on Oniron, the artist’s own imprint, which has been remastered and extended with two additional tracks (both previously released on other compilations). This is described as “100% sound recycling” and was originally recorded between 2006-09. We also recently […]

Tonus | Ear Duration A New Wave of Jazz (CD/DL) The evolving make up of Dirk Serries’ Tonus thickens with Ear Duration. Here the quintet take apart and rearrange three stripped down sets (2, 3 and 1 respectively). They tug, nudge and tweak their strings, keys and other noise makers with exhilarating small action. It’s […]