A Trio of New Works for Piano: Orvin, Otte & Schmidt

3 REVIEWS/3 RECORDS: It demonstrates the versatility of both contemporary composition and the instrument in question, to arrive in the New Year with three very different, modern piano works up for review.  Although operating in different fields, and with different scopes and intentions, these three albums have been reviewed together, so as to showcase their relative strengths and diversity. Daniela Orvin | HomeSeasides on Postcards (CD/DL) First, is Daniela Orvin’s Home, a synth-washed, future-retro affair that owes no small debt to Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner.  It is a pleasant album that is minimal in nature without ever courting minimalism, … Continue reading A Trio of New Works for Piano: Orvin, Otte & Schmidt

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Be On Fire by Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks | Be On Fire Counter Records (DL/Stream) The new EP from Brooklyn’s Chrome Sparks (Jeremy Malvin) nicely crosses genres with ease, there are hints of abstraction, awkward beats, minimal techno, hip-hop with samples and effects galore. It’s a true pastiche of style that has ‘essence eau hipster’ written all over it – saturated in this rainbow blend of throwback soundtrack themes, fuzzy funk and slunken beats. In fact the mistaken identity of genre occurs near the start on In2 Your Love where a restrained pop soul vocal is muted over a trippy synth and fuzzbox, but at just … Continue reading Be On Fire by Chrome Sparks

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A Sneak Preview of Murcof’s Lost In Time

Releasing in one month’s time is the latest, a deluxe double vinyl set of work by Mexican electronic sound artist Murcof (aka Fernando Corona). This time around he’s collaborating with multimedia artist Patrick Bernatchez with a soundtrack for his film, which judging by the short preview reels looks quite spectacular. Of Corona’s many releases since 2002 he’s blended his own fusion between ambient with chamber music, granular synthesis, microsound and neo-classical. If you haven’t listened to either Cosmos (2007) of Martes (2002) among others, you are truly missing out on a whole other world of music. He’s one of the … Continue reading A Sneak Preview of Murcof’s Lost In Time

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SIGINT by False Mirror

False Mirror SIGINT (Malignant; CD/DL) Just out is the first release in eight years from False Mirror (Tobias Hornberger) in the hour plus deeply encoded SIGINT (short for Signals Intelligence) on Maryland-based Malignant Records. Opening with a wall of soft drone, electronic surveillance and an avalanche we are introduced to Perimeter. It’s stylishly cosmic with a molecular burnout along the edges and a quivering low end. If you cross-mutated a cicada with a flying saucer, the dark ambient hybrid would emerge. In fact, the tracks bloom into each other, I hardly noticed that Transmission had kicked into gear. With a … Continue reading SIGINT by False Mirror

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The Blow Volume 4 by Jodie Lowther & A.R.C. Soundtracks

Jodie Lowther & A.R.C. Soundtracks The Blow Volume 4 (Front & Follow; CS/DL) SPLIT/TAPE (not personality): As partly heard on yesterday’s radio podcast, transmitted from Italy, via the collaboration of Toneshift.net x Uncertain Sounds, here we have a review, in full, of the latest split tape from Jodie Lowther & A.R.C. Soundtracks, The Blow Volume 4. Just released this week, the tape is a whipsmart pairing of a solo artist and a duo, crossover and dissimilar, all with relatively minimal output to date. The Blow series from Manchester’s Front & Follow is quite unique, having brought together other groupings in … Continue reading The Blow Volume 4 by Jodie Lowther & A.R.C. Soundtracks

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Silencers by Sonologyst

Naples native Sonologyst (Raffaele Pezzella) has recorded for labels like PeopleSound, Eighth Tower, Petroglyph Music, Sirona Records and Sillage Intemporell – but this is his first on Cold Spring. Martin Bowes mastered Silencers: The Conspiracy Theory Dossiers which is available on limited edition CD (digipak/booklet) and in digital format via Bandcamp. Ten ambient sci-fi tracks snake and wander remotely as heard on the title track with evasive drone and pitchy contortions. Both Singularity and Monotape set the dramatic scene here, like a refined installation or film soundtrack of warped sonic waves, a geiger counter and lots of mystery. This has … Continue reading Silencers by Sonologyst

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Amsterdam CS by Cinema Perdu

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: One of the latest on Moving Furniture Records is the multi-layered collection of field recordings by Cinema Perdu (Martijn Pieck), Amsterdam CS (short for Central Station), where this was recorded at several access points. The six tracks are only titled with their running time, which leads further mystery to an already cinematic narrative in this incredible wash of warm striated drone and distorted machinery. The first thing that hits me is how timeless this sounds, as in it seemingly captures a scope of memory of all time. Imagine, if you will, all the beings that have … Continue reading Amsterdam CS by Cinema Perdu

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