Distorted Worlds by Kajsa Lindgren

Kajsa Lindgren | Distorted Worlds | Hyperdelia (DL) w/Felicia Atkinson, David Granström, Stefan Helmreich/Eva Hayward, Teresa Winter Stockholm’s avant composer and field recordist lets out something of an extension of her recent ‘aquasonic’ Womb release which we covered here. This quasi remix EP includes four tracks, each taking off from this vantage point, and deriving their own conclusions. We start in the rainy, wet flicker of Stefan Helmreich & Eva Hayward‘s The Disrupted World. It’s dotted with fiery explosions and warped drone opposing the natural ambient sounds of water. The short opener lasts only two minutes or less with a female … Continue reading Distorted Worlds by Kajsa Lindgren

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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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Wearing Black Remixes by Sonae

Sonae | Wearing Black Remixes Monika Enterprise (DL) The four-track Wearing Black Remixes EP follows Sonae‘s dreamily experimental electronic full-length I Started Wearing Black released earlier this year, in follow-up to her 2015 debut, Far Away Is Just Around The Corner. On these four pieces the Cologne-based sound-bender has invited four interesting artists, Lucrecia Dalt, Electric Indigo, Natalie TBA Beridze and La Leif to reinterpret and build upon smartly selected tracks. If I had only one criticism it would be that I only want more, much more of such expert treatment to an already stunning sophomore effort. In fact, one could … Continue reading Wearing Black Remixes by Sonae

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132 Ranks by Olivia Block

Olivia Block | 132 Ranks Room40 (CD/DL) I first heard of composer Olivia Block in the early 00’s when she was collaborating with Seth Nehil on the risk-taking Sedimental imprint. In the ensuing years, this here is her thirteenth record on Room40, either solo or collaborative, and her sound has only become more robust than ever. 132 Ranks is a 49-minute piece that begins with a very distant drone and organic microsounds up front. The work instantly comes off as reverent, but to what, at first, is unclear and mysterious. From the outset you may want to slip on a … Continue reading 132 Ranks by Olivia Block

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The Inside Space by Vanessa Tomlinson

Vanessa Tomlinson | The Inside Space Room40 (CS/DL) Lauded Australian percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson has often been a collaborator in various ensembles and with other artists, but this may only be her second solo record thanks to the good folk over at Room40. Her new tape The Inside Space runs just over a half hour and consists of two tracks of near equal length starting with Waiting For The Passing For Solo Bass Drum. With soft rumble, like thick storm clouds drawing near, the sounds is described as “vertical music, one that starts on a single plane and descends and ascends … Continue reading The Inside Space by Vanessa Tomlinson

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Organes de la Voix by MSMiroslaw

MSMiroslaw | Organes de la Voix Trasponsonic (CDR) Subtitled Chants Funèbres pour AHYHW this was recorded inside a nuraghe (a megalithic megalithic edifice found in Sardinia) using only voice (or in this case, organs for the voice). The indulgent echoes fill the space in this definitively ritualistic-style dark ambient record filled with reverb, smoke and mirrors. I’m guesstimating that this is Sardinian sound artist MSMiroslaw‘s third recording since about 2014, one of which was a collaboration. This uses a phonetic system to produce a sense of polyphonics. As an EP Organes de la Voix flows from track to track rather effortlessly … Continue reading Organes de la Voix by MSMiroslaw

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Sustain by Joaquín Gutiérrez Hadid

Joaquín Gutiérrez Hadid Sustain (Line; DL) This three track full length by Argentine artist Joaquín Gutiérrez Hadid will be out on August 30th. It’s quite invisible at first, but el dorado slowly opens with a wee twinkle of electronic shimmer and a few pops. Clocking in with a running time of nearly twenty minutes the minimal work shakes to and fro like a dna sample being sequenced. The impenetrable atmosphere might be mistaken for sampling the near invisible wings of a hummingbird in flight. The teeny rat-a-tat comes off like the dichotomy between a mechanical signal and cicada hatching. This … Continue reading Sustain by Joaquín Gutiérrez Hadid

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