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Thursday, 30 April

JAMES WELBURN - Hold, MIASMAH
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JAMES WELBURN

Hold

MIASMAH

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: MIACD031

**Strong recommendations for fans of Godflesh, Swans, Trepaneringsritualen - new on Miasmah** Gird thine loins for this lurching attack from the darkside via James Welburn and The Necks' drummer, Tony Buck. Taking on Mick Harris, Swans and Justin K Broderick at their own game, 'Hold' wields some of the heaviest drums and drone thunder we've heard this year, matching the might of Buck's percussive brawn with apocalypse-baiting low-end surge and face-filleting clouds of guitar/synth distortion. "Hailing from the UK, but located in both Berlin, Germany, and Lillehammer, Norway, Welburn has followed th… Read more
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JAMES WELBURN - Hold, MIASMAH

Thursday, 23 April

COLIN STETSON & SARAH NEUFELD - Never Were the Way She Was, Constellation
**A captivating slab, conjured live - no loops or overdubs - by superhuman saxophonist Colin Stetson and Arcade Fire' violinist, Sarah Neufeld. How on earth do they achieve that low end?! 180g vinyl in heavyweight jacket with black poly-lined dust sleeve, insert, poster, and download code** "Two of Constellation's acclaimed solo instrumental artists join forces on this tremendous new album of original compositions for horn and violin. Stetson and Neufeld first began playing in duo formation while on tour together as soloists in 2012, joining each other on stage f… Read more
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COLIN STETSON & SARAH NEUFELD - Never Were the Way She Was, Constellation

Thursday, 16 April

TRIAC - Days, Line
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TRIAC

Days

Line

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: LINE071

Richard Chartier's Line label is at its best with Triac's gorgeous 2nd album of diaphanous drones. 'Days' could be taken as a measure of time, or equally as a pun on the lush effect of their music, presenting a barely-there suite of near-baroque melodic gestures that seem to float in mid-air, as though either moving very slowly or as a midnight mirage conjured by some gauzy mind. Within its seven pieces, ranging from pop-ambient temporality thru ten minute trips, they seem to capture the resonant, lingering after-thoughts of their instruments - Rossano Polidoro (laptop), Marco Seracini (piano, synth), and … Read more
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TRIAC - Days, Line
ANDREW LILES - First Monster Last Monster Always Monster, Dirter
"There are a number of records that I sentimentalise, rightly or wrongly, regardless of their musical importance or wider artistic significance. They mark transitions in my personal or emotional life, or they are simply a soundtrack to a moment locked in time. 30 years ago, on my 16th birthday on March 11th 1985 one such 'personal' album was released. The Sisters of Mercy L.P. 'First and Last and Always'. 30 years later to the exact day I release my version of 'First and Last and Always' as 'First Monster Last Monster Always Monster'. Another instalment in the MO… Read more
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ANDREW LILES - First Monster Last Monster Always Monster, Dirter

Thursday, 02 April

LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Wilderness Of Mirrors , ROOM 40
'Wilderness of Mirrors' is a harrowing and compelling slab of dense ambient doom from esteemed Room40 proprietor, Lawrence English. Two years in the making and arguably ranking among his finest works, 'Wilderness of Mirrors' is, as English puts it, "reflection upon reflection, a pure white out of absolute aurality". Taking its title from a phrase rooted in T.S. Eliot's poem 'Gerontion' and later used to describe the misinformation campaigns of the cold war, it finds English channelling inspiration from the affective dynamics of Earth, MBV and Swans, together with his own fascina… Read more
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LAWRENCE ENGLISH - Wilderness Of Mirrors , ROOM 40
AIDAN BAKER - Half Lives, Gizeh Records
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AIDAN BAKER

Half Lives

Gizeh Records

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: GZH61CD

*2CD double album* "Half Lives is the Gizeh Records follow-up album to Baker’s acclaimed 2013 album Already Drowning. While that album was built around the guest vocals of female singers - including Carla Bozulich, Jessica Bailiff and Geneviéve Castrée (O Paon) - Half Lives comprises two separate but interconnected albums and Baker’s loose concept was that they would bridge the more abstract/experimental and song-oriented natures of his work. Both albums were recorded in August 2014 in Berlin and are the product of initial extended improvisations that were then arranged into coherent pieces - ‘… Read more
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AIDAN BAKER - Half Lives, Gizeh Records
NURSE WITH WOUND & GRAHAM BOWERS - Mutation… The Lunatics Are Running the Asylum… , Red Wharf
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Thursday, 26 March

BIOSPHERE & DEATHPROD - Stator, Touch
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Norway's Geir Jenssen (Biosphere) & Helge Sten (Deathprod) broach liminal ambient zones in their very keenly-awaited collaboration, 'Stator' for Touch. It's the 2nd time they've appeared together, following 1998's 'Nordheim Transformed', but the first time that they've actually collaborated. You'd be forgiven for assuming what ensues, as the duo plumb very closely to their signatures across seven tracks spread over 41 minutes. Entering with the unheimlich creep of 'Muses-C', balanced right on the biting point of phasing distortion and clarity, they cover vast tracts of ambient terrain with … Read more
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BIOSPHERE & DEATHPROD - Stator, Touch
LITURGY - The Ark Work, Thrill Jockey
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LITURGY

The Ark Work

Thrill Jockey

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: THRILL378CD

**Liturgy augment their transcendental black metal with bolder electronics to ecstatic degrees in their 3rd album and follow-up to the radical 'Aesthetica'. Deluxe, spotgloss-printed and debossed gatefold jacket includes printed inners and DL code. Initial 500 copies on coloured wax** "Liturgy is a Brooklyn-based, self-styled “Transcendental Black Metal” band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, who is joined by guitarist Bernard Gann, bassist Tyler … Read more
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LITURGY - The Ark Work, Thrill Jockey
LIGHTNING BOLT - Fantasy Empire, Thrill Jockey
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LIGHTNING BOLT

Fantasy Empire

Thrill Jockey

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: THRILL380CD

**Lighning Bolt take the skin off it with their 1st album since 2012 - recorded in a proper studio, too!** "Fantasy Empire, Lightning Bolt’s sixth album and first in five years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like d… Read more
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LIGHTNING BOLT - Fantasy Empire, Thrill Jockey

Thursday, 26 February

JARBOE & HELEN MONEY - Jarboe & Helen Money, AURORA BOREALIS
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JARBOE & HELEN MONEY

Jarboe & Helen Money

AURORA BOREALIS

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: ABX063

*4 panel digifile CD Edition* "Jarboe is a famed vocalist, musician and performer, who came to prominence as co-front and co-writer in Swans. In addition to her X solo albums, she has notably worked with Neurosis as well as many other legends such as Blixa Bargeld. Helen Money is the nomme de guerre of cellist Alison Chesley. In addition to working with Mono, Anthrax and Russian Circles, she has toured with Joe Lally and Shellac among others, and released her third album 'Arriving Angels' on respected metal label Profound Lore in 2013. While still a "heavy" record in many ways, C… Read more
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JARBOE & HELEN MONEY - Jarboe & Helen Money, AURORA BOREALIS

Thursday, 12 February

RICARDO DONOSO - Saravá Exu, Denovali Records
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RICARDO DONOSO

Saravá Exu

Denovali Records

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DEN223CD

**Tectonic electronics, RIYL Emptyset, Paul Jebanasam, Alva Noto** "In contrast with the continual pursuit of achievement, that today's culture teaches us, the theme of Descent, found in many myths in the shape of the hero going underground to pass a period of solitude, is no longer represented. A cultural space existed in most traditional societies for such a period in a person's life and it was seen as necessary in order for the initiate to re-connect with their past and concomitantly with his collective unconscious, or humanity’s primordial existence. "Sarava Exu" was written throughout su… Read more
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RICARDO DONOSO - Saravá Exu, Denovali Records
RICARDO DONOSO - Deterrence, Denovali Records
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RICARDO DONOSO

Deterrence

Denovali Records

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DEN222CD

'Deterrence' is the formerly cassette-only 2010 release by Ricardo Donoso. It plumbs a darker, primordial space that pre-echoes the submerged qualities of his excellent albums for Digitalis, drawing us into abyssal zones of bleakest ambient electronics perfused with looming electro-acoustic structures that tesselate in the pitch blacknuss or scrape the clammy walls of his shapeshifting chambers.
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Thursday, 05 February

FRANCISCO LOPEZ - Untitled #274, Important Records
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FRANCISCO LOPEZ

Untitled #274

Important Records

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: IMPREC415CD

A stark missive from the edge of the abyss, composed by Francisco Lopez and performed by Kasper T. Toeplitz at GRM Studios in Paris, France. 'Untitled #274' is one of the most focussed, near liminal pieces we've yet heard from the esteemed Portuguese composer and sound artist. A single, 48-minute piece imperceptibly unfolds from microscopic, psychoacoustic crackle - the aural equivalent of popping candy - underlined with skittish sub-bass pulses, drawing our ears through thickets of filigree white noise and howling drones that build gradually and dissipate at oblique angles. It doesn't fe… Read more
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FRANCISCO LOPEZ - Untitled #274, Important Records
HEY COLOSSUS - In Black And Gold, ROCKET RECORDINGS

HEY COLOSSUS

In Black And Gold

ROCKET RECORDINGS

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: LAUNCH077CD

"Marrying malevolent attack to expansive celestial splendour, ‘In Black And Gold’ marks a point whereby Hey Colossus map out a sonic trajectory that expands on their trademark ornery overload. The songs herein may be leaner and more artful than the fearsome sound by which they made their name on albums like 2008’s ‘Project: Death’ and the monstrous 2013 opus ‘Cuckoo Live Life Like Cuckoo’, but they remain possessed of the wrath both Stoogian and Stygian that fuels their noiserock transgression. an evolutionary process has led to their maximalist tendencies being replaced by a sharp focu… Read more
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HEY COLOSSUS - In Black And Gold, ROCKET RECORDINGS

Thursday, 22 January

THE BODY & THOU - Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated, Thrill Jockey
**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music… Read more
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THE BODY & THOU - Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always Hated, Thrill Jockey
NOVELLER - Fantastic Planet, Fire Records
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NOVELLER

Fantastic Planet

Fire Records

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: FIRECD398

"Fantastic Planet is the soaring, evocative new album from Noveller, the solo instrumental venture of Austin-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. The LP is a journey through eclectic sonic terrain, blending rich waves of synth with soaring cinematic guitar lines, guiding the listener through Noveller's most diverse and compelling release to date. Originally self-defined as an electric guitar project, Lipstate began recording under the name Noveller in 2005 whilst living and studying in Texas. She uprooted to Brooklyn and subsequently made waves on New York's live scene, sharing the s… Read more
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NOVELLER - Fantastic Planet, Fire Records

Thursday, 15 January

TETEMA (MIKE PATTON & ANTHONY PATERAS) - Geocidal, Ipecac
**Includes download code** "tētēma is a new duo project from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, principal Zorn interpreter) and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko). geocidal is audio caffeine injected direct into your eyeballs. Recorded across half the continents on the planet, this record investigates the murder of place. Do borders even matter any more? Should we even leave the house? Is there any specificity left in this generalized cesspool of culture? Or has the tidal wave of digitally-f… Read more
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TETEMA (MIKE PATTON & ANTHONY PATERAS) - Geocidal, Ipecac

Thursday, 18 December

JEAN D.L. - Early Nights, Sub Rosa

JEAN D.L.

Early Nights

Sub Rosa

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SR398

Opiated, solo ambient/electro-acoustic nocturnes from Jean D.L. for Sub Rosa. This is our first introduction to a quietly involving, rustling sound, from an artist who has previously collaborated with a wealth of artists we admire: Zbigniew Karkowski, Jozef Van Wissem, Anla Courtis among them. 'Early Night' unfolds a narrative tracing the liminal borders of nightmarish and dreamlike qualities, using a mixture of acoustic instrumentation, canny recording techniques and subtle processing to create morphing spaces that are at once wide yet intimate, and quietly noisy. A real pearl for after-hours listening.
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JEAN D.L. - Early Nights, Sub Rosa

Thursday, 20 November

KEVIN DRUMM - Trouble, Editions Mego
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KEVIN DRUMM

Trouble

Editions Mego

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: eMEGO199

Exquisitely glacial longform composition from the modern master of minimalism. 'Trouble' marks quite possibly the quietest, concentrated levels in Drumm's catalogue. More placid/unnerving than even his 'Imperial Distortion' / 'Imperial Horizon' couplet, or practically anything else for that matter. It's a purified exercise in immersed listening, encouraging the participant to give it their undivided attention in return for a discreetly tactile and beautifully liminal experience, "neither ambient nor drone but a more complex investigation into the deep recesses of sound." We strongly recommend your submission to 'Trouble'.
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KEVIN DRUMM - Trouble, Editions Mego

Thursday, 16 October

ALFREDO COSTA MONTEIRO - Insula, ENTR'ACTE
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ALFREDO COSTA MONTEIRO

Insula

ENTR'ACTE

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: E174

**Edition of 200** 'Insula' is an immersive 40 minute multi-channel composition for electric organ, commissioned by L'ull Cec for The Game of Life Foundation's spatialisation sound system (consisting of 192 speakers and 12 subwoofers, using the Wave Field Synthesis technique). This stereo version was performed on 20th June 2012 at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona.
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Thursday, 09 October

PHARMAKON - Bestial Burden, Sacred Bones Records
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PHARMAKON

Bestial Burden

Sacred Bones Records

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: SBR-117CD

NYC's Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon churns her guts out in this bloodied follow-up to her acclaimed album debut, 'Abandon' (2013). Four days before she was supposed to fly to Europe, touring in support of 'Abandon', Margaret had a medical emergency which resulted in major surgery and the loss of an organ. 'Bestial Burden' was realised during this time, written and fleshed-out whilst she came to terms with the situation; "I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of … Read more
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PHARMAKON - Bestial Burden, Sacred Bones Records

Thursday, 02 October

GODFLESH - A World Lit Only By Fire, AVALANCHE
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GODFLESH

A World Lit Only By Fire

AVALANCHE

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: AREC034

Justin Broadrick's Godflesh churn up 'A World Lit Only By Fire' on their first new album in 13 years. Known as B.C. Green and JK Broadrick to the authorities, Godflesh are perhaps the best known exponents of industrial metal that the world has known: they single-handedly invented the genre with their eponymous debut in 1988 and have dominated discerning moshpits ever since with thunderous drum machines crushed by patented, claw-handed riffage. And thank f**k nowt has changed since their last LP, 'Hymns' in 2001. On 'A World Lit Only By Fire' they're still a pair of Brummie badasses, … Read more
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GODFLESH - A World Lit Only By Fire, AVALANCHE

Thursday, 28 August

EARTH - Primitive & Deadly, Southern Lord
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EARTH

Primitive & Deadly

Southern Lord

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: LORD193

Doom rock's sandman, Dylan Carlson returns with Mark Lanegan (QOTSA) and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) in tow for Earth's 7th full-length studio album. 'Primitive and Deadly' by name, it yields seven signature pieces of crushing, tectonic guitar chords leavened by poised vocals from the aforementioned, and augmented by Brett Netson ov Built To Spill's 2nd guitar. The addition of another axe, together with the extra vocals makes for a more proggy, psychedelic affair than their previous 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light' dispatch, to these ears at least.
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. I) (Remastered Reissue), Temporary Residence Ltd.
*New reissue and repackage via Temporary Residence of WIlliam Basinski's legendary series* For all those wondering where the reissue of Basinski's first instalment of the 'Disintegration Loops' series was, your wait is over! Having been held back till last, the anticipation surrounding this release could cripple a lesser man; but Basinski more than matches the task. With the back story of their inception now well documented (detailed in the liner notes) Basinski seems to have captured a sound that would overtly suggest death (i.e.. the decay of archiv… Read more
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WILLIAM BASINSKI - The Disintegration Loops (Vol. I) (Remastered Reissue), Temporary Residence Ltd.
YOB - Clearing the Path to Ascend, Neurot Recordings

YOB

Clearing the Path to Ascend

Neurot Recordings

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: NR090

"Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, doom trio powerhouse YOB unleashes Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre While giving due sonic credit to cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath – YOB immediately set out to define a s… Read more
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YOB - Clearing the Path to Ascend, Neurot Recordings

Thursday, 31 July

NURSE WITH WOUND & GRAHAM BOWERS - ExcitoToxicity, Red Wharf
"The third studio album release from Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers. ExcitoToxicity ... an excess of most things, both mentally and physically, although exciting and pleasurable, can easily accelerate and rapidly become toxic ... on a cellular level, deadly. We have thrown caution to the wind and gone overboard on the quality of the 8 Panel DigiPak artwork design and packaging for this release ... why? ... Graham liked all Steven's proposed paintings for the album ... so Steven decided we should feature them all ... on a heavy board in full gloss, on a matte background."
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NURSE WITH WOUND & GRAHAM BOWERS - ExcitoToxicity, Red Wharf

Thursday, 17 July

ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE - Melt Into Nothing, Denovali Records
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ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE

Melt Into Nothing

Denovali Records

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DEN200CD

"“Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed a land bridge from apocryphal world music and dusty soundtracks to gauzy 4AD-style atmospherics. Trellises of guitar embolden Pyle’s whispered, threadbare lyrics. On “Hey Baby”, the itinerant tone feels like an update on Neil Young’s stark and beautiful soundtr… Read more
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ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE - Melt Into Nothing, Denovali Records

Thursday, 10 July

REINHOLD FRIEDL - Mutanza, BOCIAN RECORDS
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REINHOLD FRIEDL

Mutanza

BOCIAN RECORDS

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: BC11

**Stunning solo album by the Zeitkratzer Ensemble's technical visionary and virtuoso of the "inside piano"** Reinhold Friedl says: "This CD presents compositions for piano using the instrument in an unorthodox way. The strings are bowed with nylon strings, stimulated by E-Bows, rubbed with metal, the keys' sound is examined as a corrugated surface and staccato rhythms are repeated in a narrow register. On the one hand, the pieces introduced here explore new ways of playing the piano. In this sense they are "enlarged playing techniques", as they have been developed for most instruments in the s… Read more
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REINHOLD FRIEDL - Mutanza, BOCIAN RECORDS

Thursday, 19 June

MICHEL FABER & ANDREW LILES - Ohrwurm, Dirter

MICHEL FABER & ANDREW LILES

Ohrwurm

Dirter

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DARK AMBIENT / DRONE / METAL

Cat. Number: DPROMCD104

Collaboration with the renowned author Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White, The Fahrenheit Twins, Under the Skin) and Andrew Liles. ‘Ohrwurm' is a fantastical dark tale narrated by Michel with musical interludes, refrains, leitmotifs and sound design supplied by Liles. The CD is packaged in 6 panel pack with artwork by photographer Eva Faber and a booklet of the complete story.