Cuspo by Síria

Síria | Cuspo Crónica (CS/DL) The collective Portugese label Crónica has been bringing cutting edge, genre defying music since 2003 – and no signs of stopping here. This is Síria‘s debut (aka Diana Combo) and its an assortment of collaborations – field recordings, voice and vinyl records. At first, on Por Riba,  (partly recorded by John Grzinich) it’s quite a soothing, almost meditative blend of silky song and lightly vibrating drone electronics, with some subtle percussion. The setting is spare and dreamy, though it seems like we are in daylight in this adaptation from a recording of Catarina Chitas by Michel Giacometti. … Continue reading Cuspo by Síria

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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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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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Rooms & Rituals by Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad

Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad Rooms & Rituals (Grappa Musikkforlag; CD/DL) Though we primarily focus on instrumental music, sometimes the human voice is uncannily transformed into something completely other, as is sharply evidenced on this phenomenal recording from Norwegian sound designer Asle Karstad and the collective Trondheim Voices (maccatrols developed by: Asle Karstad and Arnvid Lau Karstad).  The voices you experience here belong to: Sissel Vera Pettersen, Tone Åse, Heidi Skjerve, Anita Kaasbøll, Mia Marlen Berg, Torunn Sævik, Live Maria Roggen with Siri Gjær and Ingrid Lode appearing on three of the dozen tracks. Rooms & Rituals is a curious … Continue reading Rooms & Rituals by Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad

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Closer Apart by Okzharp x Manthe Ribane

Okzharp x Manthe Ribane Closer Apart (Hyperdub; 2xLP/CD/DL) Cape Town’s producer Okzharp and singer/artist Manthe Ribane have collaborated closely with filmmaker Chris Saunders on Closer Apart, the latest record just out on Hyperdub. The album begins with the watery interlude, W U @. Ribane’s vocal treatment is harmonic and jittery. As we are all bombarded by overproduced junk food hip-hop and other pop sensations, the track has all the pinnings, however escapes the dog + pony show of glittery pomp by bringing a South African laidback sass to the mix. The singer is trying to locate their lover, and beyond … Continue reading Closer Apart by Okzharp x Manthe Ribane

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Voice and Sky by Jason Kahn

Today I’m looking at the latest book/cd project by Jason Kahn, all the way from Switzerland. Here is Voice and Sky on Kahn’s Editions label. The 70pp book (5.5″ x 6″) includes color images of the artist’s installation, and on location, as well as short stylized prose set like concrete poetry. The disc includes 27 tracks with a 67 minute running time, consisting of taped field recordings and intriguing voice contortions, all created by Kahn. Each track is named for the in-situ location in which it was made. At times the voice seems to awkwardly mimic the action, gasping for … Continue reading Voice and Sky by Jason Kahn

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