Colour Fields by Pascal Savy

Pascal Savy | Colour Fields Audio.Visuals.Atmosphere. (CS/DL) French artist Pascal Savy drops us into a dense cloud of foggy drones on his new album Colour Fields. This is his second album this year, following Dislocations on the Experimedia label, which plotted a similar route through amorphous drifting sounds. This new collection is released by the Belgian record label Audio.Visual.Atmosphere. It’s opening track is entitled “Shapes of A Mirage”, and is aptly named as a slow, spectral drone adds layers of low key noise and hints of quiet strings to the mix. “Phantom Absence” continues this theme, both in its title … Continue reading Colour Fields by Pascal Savy

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033186 by Alecsi

Alecsi | 033186 Hotham Sound (CS/DL) Vancouver artist and composer Alecsi‘s (Alexi Baris) 033186 is the 10th tape release from British Columbian imprint Hotham Sound whose been around since 2015. From the ridiculous cherry ‘trees’ made from stalks of broccoli on its cover, you know you are in for something from an alternate reality (which seems popular these days). With seven tracks to flip through this opens with the curious The Languid Loon. With a blend of watery effects and gaming bleeps the setting is swampy, crossing between disparate scapes. As he says this recording “is the first of a series of … Continue reading 033186 by Alecsi

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Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

Sone Institute | Where Moth and Rust Consume Front & Follow (CD/CS/DL) In his first release in six years Sone Institute (Roman Bezdyk) is about to deliver his third full-length, Where Moth and Rust Consume on Manchester imprint Front & Follow, on October 26. The ten track album opens with I Only Exist, a portal with a mesmerizing wavy synth, a magical setting, voice transmissions and some other mysterious sound effects. It all sets the scene as an ambiguous electronic passion play styled in varying shades of gray. That is until track two takes a 360° turn saturating the goings-on … Continue reading Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

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The Ruins by Francisco Meirino

Francisco Meirino | The Ruins Misanthropic Agenda (CD/DL) Taken from multi-channel recordings that play like waves traveling from right to left cyclically Francisco Meirino opens his latest, The Ruins, with a twerky set of frequencies on Exposition. What sounds like sorting static becomes a vibrating central nervous system. Instructions: “Continuous playback recommended“. In this deeply layered wave field of sputtering electronic open sources there’s a infinite weave twisting the height and length of any room its played in. I had to literally shutter my office door as the tones leaking into the rest of the house were stirring the others … Continue reading The Ruins by Francisco Meirino

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Space Happy by Håvard Volden

Håvard Volden | Space Happy SOFA Music (LP/CD/DL) This recording consists of eleven tracks, simply numbered I through XI, one spacier than the next. Space Happy by Oslo-based experimental electric guitarist Håvard Volden is flavored with cosmic dust and syncopated drone. The acoustics are a unique abstract space rock, a nu-musique concrète, rising, falling, drifting. The effects are a raw collage mix, soft pockets of quiet space, hazy jazz interludes, announcer-like voiceovers, and lots of planetary plotting into the bliss of the unknown.  Though he’s been recording since in and around 2009, this is actually his first solo record which … Continue reading Space Happy by Håvard Volden

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Ecce Homo by Ipek Gorgun

Ipek Gorgun | Ecce Homo Touch (CD/DL) On her third record (released this week), her second with Touch, Turkish electronic/electroacoustic composer Ipek Gorgun explores humanity on Ecce Homo from the inside-out. Currently she’s a doctoral student at the Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music, and I find that making your studies public in this fashion just may be one of the greatest tests of all, especially in our virtual times. She’s been working on this particular recording for the last two years, so the blooms of late Summer (like Jon Wozencroft’s lovely coverart) are about to arrive … Continue reading Ecce Homo by Ipek Gorgun

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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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