Alessandra Eramo is a Italian musician and vocal performer based in Germany. Originally from Basilicata, one of the most isolated and unreachable areas of continental southern Italy, and therefore still very authentic. She tells us a story of desertification and abandonment of this forgotten area and outlines with us an image of a place that […]

Vargkvint | Hav Piano and Coffee Records (LP/DL) Vargkvint is Stockholm-based vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sofia Nystrand (with co-production duties and more from Jakob Lindhagen) and other musicians. I believe this is her sophomore effort after releasing Brus on French imprint Soft Recordings in 2017. Hav is a refreshing re-engineering of the use of vocals within a mostly […]

It is entirely indicative of the calibre of those involved, that Trondheim EMP manage to do something that is so often done terribly, so remarkably well.  Regardless of a listeners’ particular fondness for the types of sound they produce, there is no denying that the group is comprised of an extremely proficient membership, a fact […]

Grup Ses w/Ethnique Punch | Deli Divan Souk Records (LP/DL) TURKISH DELITES: There are twenty-eight short tracks in this collab between Turkish Grup Ses and Berlin-based Ethnique Punch. This falls somewhere between hi-hop, spoken word ala Laibach and a big meta ‘aha’ play on sampling/tape effects: snap, crackle, pop + a whole lot more. They […]

Thighpaulsandra | Practical Electronics with…  Editions Mego (LP/DL) I’m unsure exactly how “practical” anything about the work of Cymry original Thighpaulsandra is, quite the opposite. His collaborative work over the last three decades has been impressive to say the very least. That said, even though it’s been since 2005’s excellent Double Vulgar II (2005, Beta-lactam […]

Paul DeMarinis | Songs Without Throats Black Truffle (2xLP) ((( LISTEN ))) Though he’s been at it since the 70s sound/installation artist Paul DeMarinis combines the implausible variables of interactive software, synthetic speech, and other noise media to bring to light a world animated with broken phonetics. At least that’s what you get on the […]

Dolphin Midwives | Liminal Garden Beacon Sound (LP) The new record from singer/harpist Dolphin Midwives (Sage Fisher) arrives on Portland’s imprint Beacon Sound this Friday. Liminal Garden straddles psychedelic etherealism like the futuristic leftfield side of Björk yet untapped. The record is infused with Asian stringed melodies and electronic effect abstractions – all deeply steeped […]

Alina Kalancea | The 5th Apple Störung (2LP/CD) My first impression of Romanian sound artist Alina Kalancea is a double-take. Partly because every image of her visage on the web is partly obscured, even her own site appearing somewhat faceless – but most of all because her sound is more like the essence of perfume […]

MAAT | The Next Pacific City Sound Visions (LP/DL) MAAT is an archival nugget from the early 90s, a solo project by Hamburg artist Dörte Marth (Xyramat) – and what a strange delight it is. On wax, this’ll be limited to a total of 280 copies (on Bandcamp it lists as only 100), so if you […]

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) […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]