Entangled Time by Amp

Amp | Entangled Time Ampbase /Sound in Silence (10″/DL/CDR) Besides a couple of live recordings, this is the first full album by Amp in about seven years, and it’s a relief to know that they are still active. Amp hail from a very British tradition of post-rock, one that distills shoe gaze with electronics, psychedelic drone and blurred ambience. Fellow travelers who shared the same scene as them included Flying Saucer Attack, Third Eye Foundation and Crescent, and that particular strain of UK out rock hasn’t been so prevalent in recent years. This new work by Amp opens with the … Continue reading Entangled Time by Amp

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Ronda by Mako Sica & Hamid Drake

Mako Sica & Hamid Drake Ronda (Feeding Tube Records/Astral Spirits; 2xLP/CS/DL) Released tomorrow on double vinyl (via Feeding Tube) and out now on cassette (via Astral Spirits) is the latest by duo Mako Sica & Hamid Drake (and co.), entitled Ronda. Consisting of five tracks running at just over an hour in total, this collaboration brings together two disparate players (jazz vs avant rock) into the same arena to recalculate the possibilities. The result is other worldly from the start of Dance With Waves which begins with a hum, sparse quietude and ready-to-go percussion. The pair had access to various … Continue reading Ronda by Mako Sica & Hamid Drake

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Bivaq by Gosheven

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 and other noises. With a pipe organ a forsaken tone plumes with a ticking percussion which dissipates into pixels in the end, leading into Finger To The Moon. In yet another quasi dirge, the wind instruments sulk and retreat. The next track sounds like the … Continue reading Bivaq by Gosheven

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Control by Aporie

Cologne-based producer/musician Olivier Haas, otherwise known as APORIE, recently stepped into Pink Unicorn Studios and laid down his debut record, Control. Previously he conjured up sound effects for video games, but has developed a somewhat apocalyptic, post-rock meets drone vibe here. He describes his self-release as a “diverse blend of genres such as ambient, drone, post-rock and shoegaze.” And to my knowledge this is only available as a digital (name your price) download via Bandcamp. Diving right in…. At first I was a bit skeptical, the start feels as though you are about to enter arena rock with a raucous … Continue reading Control by Aporie

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