Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt

Reinier van Houdt | Igitur Carbon CopiesHallow Ground (LP/DL) Reinier van Houdt’s Igitur Carbon Copies is not so much one album as two – what is ostensibly a somewhat heavy-handed exercise in gothic aesthetics, hides beneath its surface a nuanced exploration of compositional structure that, like many complex works, only reveals its true beauty with the application of patience and time.  At first listen it might be tempting to write it off as an emulatory album of gothic aficionado – and in many ways it is – yet there is far more at stake than it initially seems. Reach past … Continue reading Igitur Carbon Copies by Reinier van Houdt

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Jean Genet Quatre heures à Chatila by Pharoah Chromium

Pharoah ChromiumJean Genet – Quatre heures à Chatila  Not On Label (7″) There exists a certain tension between politics and art, a dichotomy that on the one hand suggests all art is political, in so far as it seeks to elicit change (mood, opinion, stance, perspective) within its perceiver, whilst on the other claims that such realms are so distinct as to render the infusion of one with the other an impossibility. The philosopher Jacques Ranciere argued that self-stated ‘political-art’ is not really art at all – that through its explicit political objective, it loses the intangible and amorphous quality that … Continue reading Jean Genet Quatre heures à Chatila by Pharoah Chromium

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Sparrow’s Tongue by Patrick Shiroishi

Patrick Shiroishi | Sparrow’s Tongue Fort Evil Fruit (CS/DL) As LA-based musician Patrick Shiroishi explains his new recording, his sixth solo album, on the Irish imprint Fort Evil Fruit: “All of the saxophone parts were recorded live with additional field recordings as well as my mother reciting some of my grandfather’s tankas. Two pieces focus in on overtones via tenor and alto, two pieces focus on playing the alto and soprano simultaneously, with the fifth piece playing the soprano into a snare drum to create a kind of feed-back with the instrument interplaying with an audio recording of an atomic … Continue reading Sparrow’s Tongue by Patrick Shiroishi

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The Velocity Of Velocities by Antonella Eye Porcelluzzi x Deaf Society

Antonella Eye Porcelluzzi x Deaf Society The Velocity Of Velocities | Opa Loka Records (CD/DL) Poet Antonella Eye Porcelluzzi has written and recontextualized her own as well as archival writings, and working alongside composer Deaf Society (Ivan Murlika) they unveil an EP of five completely peculiar tracks that combine a balance of sounds, texts and a whole lot of conceptual atmosphere. The texts, in particular are interesting to note, as are their original authors: Mina Loy (1882 – 1966), was a British artist, writer, poet, playwright, novelist, futurist, feminist. Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515 –1582), was a prominent Spanish mystic, … Continue reading The Velocity Of Velocities by Antonella Eye Porcelluzzi x Deaf Society

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A Perfect Pain by Merzbow x Genesis P-Orridge

Merzbow/Genesis P-Orridge | A Perfect Pain Cold Spring (LP/CD/DL) The forces of a duo like that of Merzbow (Masami Akita) and Genesis P-Orridge are pretty powerful. These recordings by two of the most notable underground artists of the last several decades were made back in 1998, and this re-release will appear on vinyl for the first time — and this is the third edition via CD (here on a redesigned digipak). The track order on each is slightly different and the LP version edited by about nine minutes of material for the medium. I’ve got the lengthier version to discuss. … Continue reading A Perfect Pain by Merzbow x Genesis P-Orridge

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Scott Fox

Scott Fox | The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Ant-Zen (DL) Out November 9th exclusively as a digital-only release via Ant-Zen, this work, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Canadian artist Scott Fox is based on a lengthy poem written in 1834 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge of the same name which you can read in its entirety here. Fox has also engaged three others in the making of the record: Brien Hindman provides additional synthesis & sound design, Jay Watamaniuk is the narrator and Jamie Blacker on acoustic guitar. Right from the start of this forty-three minute journey a sonic boom … Continue reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Scott Fox

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Songbook #7 by Mattin

Mattin | Songbook #7 Munster Records (LP/DL) Coming soon from Basque experimenter Mattin is his next Songbook #7 which features Farahnaz Hatam, Colin Hacklander, Lucio Capece, Moor Mother, Cathleen Schuster & Marcel Dickhage. Mattin, who has been making various sounds since ’01 released his first Song Book in 2005. This record takes two historical references as a point of reference: Revolutionary Russia (circa 1917) and anarchist Germaine Burton (who appears on the cover) combining them to respond to, in his words: “dissolution and disappointment of the social fabric, the rise of fascism, lack of coherence in a collective vision for … Continue reading Songbook #7 by Mattin

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