Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt

Reinier van Houdt | Igitur Carbon CopiesHallow Ground (LP/DL) Reinier van Houdt’s Igitur Carbon Copies is not so much one album as two – what is ostensibly a somewhat heavy-handed exercise in gothic aesthetics, hides beneath its surface a nuanced exploration of compositional structure that, like many complex works, only reveals its true beauty with the application of patience and time.  At first listen it might be tempting to write it off as an emulatory album of gothic aficionado – and in many ways it is – yet there is far more at stake than it initially seems. Reach past … Continue reading Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt

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Sparrow’s Tongue by Patrick Shiroishi

Patrick Shiroishi | Sparrow’s Tongue Fort Evil Fruit (CS/DL) As LA-based musician Patrick Shiroishi explains his new recording, his sixth solo album, on the Irish imprint Fort Evil Fruit: “All of the saxophone parts were recorded live with additional field recordings as well as my mother reciting some of my grandfather’s tankas. Two pieces focus in on overtones via tenor and alto, two pieces focus on playing the alto and soprano simultaneously, with the fifth piece playing the soprano into a snare drum to create a kind of feed-back with the instrument interplaying with an audio recording of an atomic … Continue reading Sparrow’s Tongue by Patrick Shiroishi

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A Perfect Pain by Merzbow x Genesis P-Orridge

Merzbow/Genesis P-Orridge | A Perfect Pain Cold Spring (LP/CD/DL) The forces of a duo like that of Merzbow (Masami Akita) and Genesis P-Orridge are pretty powerful. These recordings by two of the most notable underground artists of the last several decades were made back in 1998, and this re-release will appear on vinyl for the first time — and this is the third edition via CD (here on a redesigned digipak). The track order on each is slightly different and the LP version edited by about nine minutes of material for the medium. I’ve got the lengthier version to discuss. … Continue reading A Perfect Pain by Merzbow x Genesis P-Orridge

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Scott Fox

Scott Fox | The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Ant-Zen (DL) Out November 9th exclusively as a digital-only release via Ant-Zen, this work, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Canadian artist Scott Fox is based on a lengthy poem written in 1834 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge of the same name which you can read in its entirety here. Fox has also engaged three others in the making of the record: Brien Hindman provides additional synthesis & sound design, Jay Watamaniuk is the narrator and Jamie Blacker on acoustic guitar. Right from the start of this forty-three minute journey a sonic boom … Continue reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Scott Fox

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Void Axis by Map 71

Map 71 | Void Axis Fourth Dimension Records/Foolproof Projects (CD/DL) Brighton duo Lisa Jayne and Andy Pyne known as Map 71 is one of those obscure gems that falls between experimental electronics and old school new wave/spoken word, and again I am breaking the rules outside of exclusive instrumental here. Void Axis is their sixth recording since 2014, so they’ve been quite busy. It’s got more in common with Flying Lizards, Was (Not Was) and David Van Tieghem than with popular music, and like edgier sounds like those from lesser known November Group and even some sideline Exene Cervenka. But … Continue reading Void Axis by Map 71

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