Siavash Amini and Matt Finney | Second ShiftOpal Tapes (CD/DL) Three albums into their collaborative series, Siavash Amini and Matt Finney have developed a reputation for concocting thematically and aesthetically dark worlds that meld awkward characters with oft punishing soundscapes. Although Second Shift’s spoken narrative certainly points to this being a fair assessment of their […]

R.H.G.T. |Depersonalisation Opal Tapes (CS/DL) “A layered psychological narration”                            R.H.G.T. (Red Hook Grain Terminal) is the moniker of Jordan Edge, contemporary sound artist, composer and live performer, hailing from the UK. His experiments involve industrial objects, raw materials and the use of architecture in order to manipulate the medium through which sound travels. He […]

Selm | Kreise Opal Tapes (2xCS/DL) The Brothers Giets as Selm unveil their latest outpouring of jilted electronics via Opal Tapes upon the morrow. Kreise is a double tape set that opens with the pulse of Blood running through its compass. It’s bent in all the right ways – with a honed minimalism and bleak […]

Of Habit & Dane Law | Empty Gesture Opal Tapes (CS/DL) The very first tape from Of Habit & Dane Law (Gary Myles, Adam Parkinson) opens with the title track. It’s a gradually layered, immersive track that pairs synthetic frequencies with a whole host of chirpy, animated and granular effects. Sinewaves meet lock-grooves and it’s […]

From Budapest comes Gosheven (Bálint Szabó) and his second full release, Bivaq (Opal Tapes; CD/DL). In these dozen tracks the Hungarian sound bender brings a fresh perspective to electronic music. Do You Think We Can Escape starts with a breathy spoken word, a man talking aloud about the possibilities of escaping over a light drone […]