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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Lazuli by Hilde Marie Holsen

Hilde Marie Holsen Lazuli (Hubro; LP/CD/DL) Out this week is the sophomore effort from trumpeting sound sculptor Hilde Marie Holsen on the Norwegian Hubro imprint after 2015’s Ask on the same label. Composition and improvisation of live processed trumpet merge and detract for a resulting experimental record that runs for about thirty-four minutes over four tracks. Orpiment starts off with a whirring buzz and when the trumpet enters, its shallow echo has the edge of a warbling croak of a throat singer. The atmosphere is mostly of stillness, but as enigmatic layers slowly emerge the atmosphere has an impending dread. … Continue reading Lazuli by Hilde Marie Holsen

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8B5C3B++ by Chris Parmenidis

Chris Parmenidis 8B5C3B++ (Focused Silence; CD/DL) END/END ATMOSPHERE: Released today is this forty-three minute record from Greek producer Chris Parmenidis who creates a slow-moving ambient textured work filled with intense atmosphere. Consisting of the single title track it’s an awe-inspiring look at contemporary sound art and its ability to adapt to the unknowns of technology. There is a freeform sensibility here, no repeating cycle of effects, rather a continuum of visionary ideas. It’s a rare bird. With well balanced teeny tweets and scratches mirroring thick clouds of on/off again puffs of drone and distant transmissions the listener is situated amidst … Continue reading 8B5C3B++ by Chris Parmenidis

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