Thursday, 16 July
**A grand debut album statement of operatic composition gilded with electronics by Mira Calix and co-produced with Valgeir Sigurdsson** "With ‘Folie à Deux’, Bedroom Community introduces a new artist to their roster in the form of award winning British composer Emily Hall. ‘Folie à Deux’ is a sonic voyage into a shared psychosis where a delusion is transmitted from one person to another and is a lyrical and intense investigation into love and loneliness within a relationship. The piece is a collaboration with Icelandic writer and long-time Björk collaborator Sjón and was co-conceived as both c… Read more
"Whenever Markus Acher finds time between his work with The Notwist and Lali Puna, he sets out to record film soundtracks under his solo moniker Rayon. This time it's Eleonora Danco's 2015 film N-Capace that inspired ten cinematic, instrumental sketches based on loops that loom, take shape, and change colors, only to vanish an instant later. Acher's understated tracks, created with both electronic and acoustic layers, can do without titles -- "Il Collo e la Collana 01" through "10" is perfectly sufficient -- because, ultimately, they're one entity anyway. After all, it's Danco's fi… Read more
Thursday, 09 July
"In honour of Terry Riley’s 80th birthday, Nonesuch Records releases “One Earth, One People, One Love: Kronos Plays Terry Riley” - a five-disc box set of four albums of his work composed for, and performed by, his longtime friends and champions Kronos Quartet. Riley and Kronos met more than 35 years ago, and since then, the quartet has commissioned 27 works from him, more than from any other composer in the group’s history. The “One Earth, One People, One Love” set includes three albums previously released by Nonesuch - the two-disc album Salome … Read more
"Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy that's enduring both for it's intimate relatable moments and its persistent sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal harmonies serves her well on her new album Glider. Throughout the album, the rich dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has stopped. Though the songs on Glider aren't explicitly about touring, her life on the road provides t… Read more
Thursday, 18 June
Superlative debut dispatch of microtonal haptics from Dublin-born, London-based Paul McGuire for the yung avant-garde imprint, Slip (f.k.a. Slip Discs). Leading on from the bittersweet lower case compositions of Joe Snape in 'Brittle Love' EP, McGuire's 'Sleep Spindles' revolves around three captivating works for solo cello, twelve guitars, and two percussionists, respectively. The first, 'Tampered Cello' (2014) was performed and recorded by Céline Papion in her Stuttgart apartment and spans nearly 15 minutes of intently focussed, close mic'd extended technique, rendering a whole lexicon o… Read more
Thursday, 11 June
"Nils Frahm writes his first score for one-take feature film Victoria and is nominated for German film prize. Nils Frahm has always said that he's just waiting for something real special when being asked if he would ever score the music for a film. And that's exactly what German director Sebastian Schipper presented to him with his one-take feature Victoria. Filmed in Berlin, Victoria's plot sees a runaway party girl, who's asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town, but their wild night of partying suddenly turns into a bank robbery as the music cha… Read more
"Multi-instrumentalist and composer David John Sheppard returns with his new album ‘Vertical Land’ through Village Green. The writer and orchestrator behind the acclaimed State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound, SnowPalms and Leaf recording artists Phelan/Sheppard, ‘Vertical Land’ will be Sheppard’s first bona fide solo album. Tracks were begun percussively by inserting pencils into guitars to make false bridges, then hammering the strings with vibraphone mallets, or by applying layers of masking tape to the strings of an upright piano in order to create a raw percussive instrument.… Read more
Thursday, 28 May
*First new solo album in six years from founding member of pioneering chamber-rock ensemble, Rachel’s. Features members of Loscil, Rachel’s, Shipping News, Amsterdam Sinfonietta* "Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky – most renowned for her work in Rachel's, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble that introduced an entire generation of underground rock fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber ensembles such as Portland Cello Project, astrïd, Cicada… Read more
**Letter-pressed card jacket** "On Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains, Tokyo’s Chihei Hatakeyama evokes an instrumental poetic grace, that marks him out as one of the icons of his generation. Drawing broadly from aesthetic references, that traverse music of the past 30 years, he seamlessly melts glacial ambient drifts with richly harmonic guitar strata that echo the gliding motions of My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Cocteau Twins. Never resolving to clear melody, his interest in unrestrained harmonics creates a depth to his compositions and moreover a profound se… Read more
Thursday, 21 May
We find Wolfgang Voigt in his natural habitat amidst the sweeping, Gas-like ambient scenery of 'Rückverzauberung 10'. Written to commemorate the opening of German national park, Hunsrück-Hochwald, where the piece is played through loudspeakers to enchant the woodland and vice-versa, it gracefully unfurls just over an hour of deep forested strings and quietly intoxicating atonality in a reflection of the the wild, rolling landscape and its natural topography. From the elegiac appeal to the woodland cover art, it's arguably the closest you'll come to Voigt's template-set… Read more
Thore Pfeiffer makes his maiden voyage on Kompakt's Pop Ambient artist album series. Hand-picked for the job by Wolfgang Voigt (a.k.a. Gas etc.), Pfeiffer's 'Im Blickfeld' follows Leandro Fresca's inaugural edition with a feather-light moire of panning pads and quiet ambient thought bubbles owing much to the original Pop Ambient aesthetic whilst also gently refreshing its now well-established memes. Rather than any grand, layered statements, Pfeiffer exhales wispy chords and airborne chimes in a smoky mesh of tones and phrases, forging intangible structures somewhere between the elusive po… Read more
Thursday, 14 May
**Edition of 100 housed in fold-over artwork by Michael Holland** Fragile yet playful new composition from Joe Snape, who was last spotted on Slip, and is here teamed up with Manchester's Another Contemporary Music Ensemble for ONO ahead of their upcoming UK/Euro tour.
Thursday, 07 May
"Composer and producer Ben Chatwin releases his new album 'The Sleeper Awakes' through Village Green. Written and recorded at Chatwin's home studio in Scotland. Inspired by the writing of H.G. Wells, 'The Sleeper Awakes' is Chatwin's first album to appear under his own name and follows last year's highly-lauded Talvihorros project 'Eaten Alive'. "I wanted 'The Sleeper Awakes' to represent the idea of a future that has been and gone. Before the information and telecommunications revolution there was a beautiful yet weird, naivety about what the future might bring and it was t… Read more
Thursday, 23 April
Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
'Silence' is a sublime electro-acoustic suite from pivotal underground Japanese figurehead, Kuniyuki Takahashi a.k.a. Koss. Centred around the piano but gilded with filigree electronics - computer software, Roland System-1, Jupiter-8, Korg Wavedrum synth - Koss presents a beautifully tempered, fluid and pensile balance of acoustic and electronic sources rendered with the kind of timbral sensitivity that we'd also associate with Terre Thaemlitz a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles, who has previously released on Koss' Mule Musiq label. Every element and frequency is given room to breathe, allowing a airy exchange of ideas… Read more
Thursday, 16 April
*Includes bonus DVD - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kalma's naturalist tendency and invaluable background working at the GRM … Read more
*New remastered version* "One of Charlemagne Palestine's best-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements". "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. In this genre of his work Palestine feels akin to a kind of sound alchemist - blending elements over and over again through the years searching for the Golden Sound - the essence of the chord or harm… Read more
*Tri-Fold Digipak* Alga marghen release this edition of "CharleBelllzzz at Saint Thomas", a CD in tri-folded digipak sleeve including the original Bells Studies by Charlemagne Palestine. These previously unreleased tracks are both some of the earliest recordings by Charlemagne and some of his darkest and most accomplished works ever. "Bells Carillon" and "St Thomas Bells", both recorded at unidentified dates between 1966 and 1968, are maximal bells pure resonating frontal attacks, building up in a structure that is already anticipating the later Strumming campaigns… Read more
Thursday, 09 April
**In which Michael Price, composer for the BBC's 'Sherlock' TV series, explores "the spontaneity of performance and the sound of musicians hearing, connecting and responding" ** "‘Entanglement’, the debut album by Michael Price fulfils his long-term desire to explore new musical territories, featuring Michael on the piano, with the addition of cello, soprano voice, string orchestra, modular synth, tape effects and electronics. Throughout the record you will hear street sounds from 'Budapest' captured and processed on Michael’s mobile phone, as well as chamber music recorded direct to … Read more
"An Iceberg is a large mass of ice detached from a glacier or from a floating platform of glaciers that drifst in the sea. It is in constant motion and most of its mass remains submerged under surface of the water. The goal of this new Iceberg series of releases on Glacial Movements is to describe through techno / dub music this huge mass of ice. Each record release will be produced in a special maxi digipack with images printed and embossed in spot gloss. The first chapter of this series is "Zastrugi" - the first techno glacial album by Netherworld. It's a wind-eroded, hard-packed snow surface … Read more
Thursday, 02 April
"Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm has fast become know as a prolific performer and recording artist with the piano at the core of his work. Piano Day is an official body created by Nils and his closest friends, and will house various exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450. As the life-long dream of David Klavins, it even exceeds the currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are abou… Read more
Thursday, 19 March
*Initial copies come with a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher..."* "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic… Read more
Thursday, 05 March
"Ikue Mori is one of the most respected composers working in the growing field of laptop electronics. A dedicated and passionate perfectionist, she has created a completely unique and original sound world unlike any other electronic composer around. Her newest album adds a beautiful melodic twist to her moody, detailed and unique soundscapes and is her most stunning creation to date..."
"Violet is a lovingly crafted progression from Contour Lines - Shield Patterns' highly acclaimed debut album released in the Summer of 2014. The experimentation found there has been explored further to feature samples made from clicking bones, field recordings, heavy drones and a starker approach to production. On first listen the sound is more minimalistic than that debut album but multiple layers gradually reveal themselves over time. Brentnall’s vocals were singled out for particular praise in early reviews and she has refined her vision further here, with her lyrical concerns focussing on t… Read more
Thursday, 26 February
Kompakt's Pop Ambient series comes of age with the first full length offering in its new album series (as opposed to compilations). Hand-picked for the job by series curator, Wolfgang Voigt, Argentina's Leandro Fresco returns to the Kompakt fold more than ten years since his 'Amor Internacional' 12", which hailed as one of the label's best ever releases by Michael Mayer.
Thursday, 12 February
"In the wet heat of a Japanese summer, legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was joined on stage by Taylor Deupree and the duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha. The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media hosted the event as part of their 10 year anniversary which also included a captivating installation by Sakamoto called Forest Symphony. The days surrounding the concert brought the artists together for food, talk and exploration. Informal but meaningful moods that prepared them for performing together. The performance, an improvised set for piano, guitar… Read more
Thursday, 22 January
'Klavírní' is the 2nd solo piano suite by Berlin-based composer, producer, singer, DJ Ema Jolly aka Emika. Her 'Dva' album included a download of Dilo Parts 1-3, and this LP presents parts 4-16, played on a Karl Müller piano in Milton Keynes with a Zoom H4n portable recorder positioned directly behind the artist "so the listener gets the most intimate sound possible."
Thursday, 15 January
**Edition of 500** Quietly issued on his 2014 tour of Japan, Taylor Deupree's 'Lost + Compiled' finally reaches these shores. It contains six alternate mixes and early versions of tracks released over the last seven years, plus two formerly unreleased sketches hashed out between 2012-2013. They're all typically hushed and lovely if you're familiar with Deupree's stuff, which is who this collection is probably intended for, giving ghostly impressions of what would be, and dusty glimpses of works-in-progress which never quite surfaced.
Thursday, 08 January
**Stunning boxset (10"x10") - Includes 4 CD's, a 154 page book with original documents, full colour photos and scores; a set of 16 full colour inserts reproducing the original posters and programs of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York. Limited to 500 copies** "It is certainly surprising that until now an exhaustive recognition of the work of Charlotte Moorman has not been undertaken. The cellist can be numbered among the most charismatic and influential protagonists to have appeared on the avant-garde or experimental music scenes since the early '60s. A documentatio… Read more