Monday, 22 December
Thursday, 18 December
Sweeping harmonic weather systems and shoe-gazing folk from Secret Pyramid. First issued on cassette in 2011 by Canada's Nice-Up International, 'The Silent March' is now pressed to vinyl and finds a suitable home amidst Students of Decay's like-minded roster of ambient noise boundary pushers. "Critics have compared his sound to the more blasted entries in the Popul Vuh catalog and to Flying Saucer Attack’s cherished fuzz devotionals, and indeed Abbey’s reverb-drenched songforms and titanic edifices of drone do feel at times as though they’ve been cut from the same cl… Read more
Thursday, 11 December
Zeitkratzer director, Reinhold Friedl continues his dissection and re-evaluation of classical tropes with this mesmerising investigation of the Neo-Bechstein Grand Piano - the first electronic piano of the 20th century. 'Golden Quinces, Earthed for spatialised Neo-Bechstein' follows from the relative violence of 'Inside Piano' (2011), one of our favourite releases of that year, with a much more subtle approach, using the Neo-Bechstein's in built pick-ups and radio receiver - the first of their kind when invented by Walter Nernst and Hans Driescher b… Read more
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new Sub Rosa session creates a trilogy. 166 minutes with Charlemagne Palestine: piano Bösendorfer, orgue Yamaha and voice and Rhys Chatham: trumpet, loop pedal, electric guitar. Rhys Chatham studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early seventies. Chatham also played wit… Read more
Thursday, 04 December
Esteemed dark ambient pioneer Thomas Köner casts a beautifully sombre solo piano shadow with the 68-minute piece, 'Tiento de las Nieves' for Denovali Records. Whilst he's previously used the piano as an indistinct element within his widescreen scapes, here it's the main focus, sustaining super sparse, plangent notes which radiate out across the soundsphere with longing decay until they fade, freezing and slowly thawing in a sequence of deep blue moments bridged by stratospheric, slowly expanding pads. Once rested to the piece's meter, it's easy to let go and imagine yourself as Fridt… Read more
Thursday, 27 November
*2Cd Edition* All Saints give renewed life to Brian Eno's misunderstood and overlooked 1997 album, 'The Drop' in a heavy gatefold pressing. Generally disregarded by Eno fans as too weird or not proper "ambient", it stands out from his catalogue as a unique, minimal and alien sort of jazz incursion integrating traces of Fela Kuti's melodic basslines and the complex, labyrinthine melodies of jazz fusion heroes, The Mahavishnu Orchestra. This vinyl version includes two tracks not found on the CD, namely 'Slicing System' and 'Sharply Cornered', which could be considered as precursors t… Read more
**2014 re-cut of a 1992 compilation-cum-album of Eno's ambient recordings circa '85-'90. Includes download code** "Reissue of Brian Eno’s 1992 album dedicated to Russian artist and friend Sergei Shutov, and a continuation of the atmospheric ambient work found on records such as On Land and Thursday Afternoon. Eno had discovered that Shutov often painted to his music but was unable to obtain many of his records in then-communist Russia. He resolved to collate a tape of previously unreleased material (recorded between 1985 and 1990) to give to Shutov and upon listening him… Read more
**2CD Expanded Reissue* "Reissue of Brian Eno’s 1992 album which found him returning to a more rock-oriented sound, albeit skewed through an aesthetic that is simultaneously playful, funky and claustrophobic, and featuring a mixture of vocal and instrumental excursions. Includes contributions from Robert Fripp, Robert Quine and John Paul Jones. Vinyl edition re-cut as a double LP for improved sound quality, and includes a download card to access full audio of the original album."
**Book-bound Deluxe 2CD edition** "Reissue of Brian Eno’s critically acclaimed 1993 single-track album. Named after the precious sensual oil derived from the flowers of the Seville orange, Neroli is more than any other Eno work intrinsically linked with the idea of perfume and fragrance. The piece is formed from a single Phrygian mode melody which Eno constructs and deconstructs throughout the work with the subtle flair that has become his trademark. A piece of pure atmosphere that is considered by many to be the ultimate realisation of Eno’s ‘mood music’, Nero… Read more
Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello are sound artists working at the nexus of sculpture and acoustics. It’s a shared horizon of listening that is at the core of 'The Spaces Contained In Each'. This collaboration sounds out new pathways into fields of sound well explored by each of these artists. It marks an accumulation of their works, both individually and as collaborators. Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Stephen V… Read more
*Features collaborations with Oren Ambarchi, Lawrence English, Joe Talia, and more* John Zorn collaborator David Shea returns with a new edition of outer-wave electro-acoustic deconstructions. Recorded over the last five years; combining ensembles of acoustic and electronic instruments, samples, and field recordings made in Australia and composed during David's time living in Melbourne. The recordings were Influenced by ceremonial rituals as well as internal and personal ones and pieces, which have combined the oldest and newest technologies.
New edition from UK based sound artist Chris Herbert following on from releases for Kranky. Recorded in restless bursts between from 2007 and 2013, Constants was collated in early 2014 and draws on a mixed musical palette interweaving sounds sourced from field recordings and scavenged from domestic environments.
New solo edition from long time Room40 associate Ueno Takashi, also known as a member of Tenniscoats. Ueno’s work, both solo and with groups, spans an eclectic range of musical interests and styles. On "Variations Of Weeds" Ueno charts out a series of harmonic and timbral micro-universes for guitar.
Thursday, 20 November
*Epic 7 CD box set packaged in a hardcover slipcase with a pull ribbon, 20 page booklet and more* In 2012 Ideologic Organ released the 2LP set '12 Stationer VI' featuring the last part of a large scale work by the Hungarian-Swedish composer Ákos Rózmann. They now present the complete version of Rózmann's epic masterpiece presented for the first time in its entirety as a deluxe 7CD set. Ákos Rózmann (1939-2005) was born in Budapest where he studied organ and composition at the Liszt Academy. From 1971 to 1974 he studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stoc… Read more
*Chronicling three years of intermittent audio communications between English and Vitiello...* "Lawrence English and Stephen Vitiello are creators of mythology. Their mythology renders a series of acoustic spaces, haunted by narrative and hinting at happenings unseen, but certainly heard. With Fable, we are presented with their second duet. It chronicles three years of intermittent audio communications in search of new collaborative approaches. The results focus on the pair’s joint interests in modular synthesis, field recordings and the blurry boundaries between acoustic instr… Read more
"'My Ghost Comes Back' sees the return of Tujiko Noriko after a hiatus exploring worlds beyond those we regularly inhabit. The results of these travels provided the formula for this, her most accomplished record to date. As rich in ambition as it is skewered in it's melodic stance, the album is a decidedly more acoustic affair in which a host of guest musicians incorporate mandolin, viola, musical saw, optigon and other such wares into the exotic environment where her unique songwriting now resides. Furthering an exploration of unorthodox arrangements, rhythm and melody Noriko concoc… Read more
"Flower & Water began with an offer to work with the first Dragon’s Eye release – a flexi-disc with a recording of George Winston playing a blues piano composition called “Medley: Bread Baker’s Stomp” – as source material. Since I am not a true remixer, I decided to modify the track via physical manipulation. Most of the material began with cutting up some of the flexi’s and taping back together in ‘wrong’ ways. I then played (or tried to play) the broken records that had been taped back together, and also putting objects onto the surface of the record while being played with a cheap record p… Read more
Thursday, 13 November
With the beautifully introspective 'Sea Island' Loscil taps back into that vein of Kranky ambient loveliness he's owned for more than a decade since his 'Triple Point' (2001) classic. Shaping a misty bridge between dub techno and ambient music proper, his music has long stood out from the crowd for his ability to effortlessly sidestep cliche in a genre swamped by folk happy to infinitely regurgitate the same patterns and pads. And 'Sea Island' shows no sign of that considered approach abating. It makes a marked step towards letting that dub techno bridge evaporate into the background as he adopts a … Read more
Thursday, 06 November
*Regular edition packaged in a CD Digipak* 'S_traits' is the sublime new album of generative electronic music by composer John Supko and media artist Bill Seaman, issued by Cotton Goods. Taking as their root a discarded electronic track from Supko's percussion duo, Straits, he and Seaman created more than 110 hours of source material which they whittled down and re-combined with field recordings, analog/digital noise, '60s/'70s documentary soundtracks and additional piano recordings (inside + out). The results were then parsed thru the the bearings_traits software, whic… Read more
Thursday, 30 October
Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN select a wide range of post rock, ambient and abstracted techno aces for the latest Air Texture volume. Former Emeralds meber Hauschildt bookends tracks by Le Révélateur, Pulse Emitter, Dino Spillutini, and Jonathan Fitoussi on disc 1 with two of his own, lush compositions, 'Watertowers' and 'Pismo'; BNJMN follows suit with a canny collection of mutant, morphing electronics at best in Legowelt's eerie 'Vanished In Tromso', the rustling ambience of Best Available Technology's 'Sectomy', and a really gorgeous meditation called 'Rumori Circostanti di Melody Pops & Clic & Silenzio' by Hieroglyphic Being.
"‘Block Boundaries’ is the new album from minimalist composer Ryan Teague building on his previous releases for Type, Sonic Pieces and current label Village Green. Inspired by the theme of Psychogeography, the record fuses acoustic instrumentation with electronic and processed material, taking the listener on a hallucinogenic Ballardian journey through from the thrumming urban activity of New York, Amsterdam and London. Brooding opener "Site & Situation" sets the tone with hypnotic guitar and mallet chimes, emotive cello swells and surging bass synth, 'Last Known Position' comes on like a… Read more
Thursday, 23 October
"Memory and Matter comprises selected remixes and rarities from the past seven years, nine of them previously unreleased and many of them only issued only on hard to find EPs or as Japanese release bonus tracks. Far from being merely a collection of every single oddity, these tracks were carefully selected into a consistent whole that maintains the same high standard of proper Manual albums. This two-disc compilation is also a labor of love. Like it's predecessor, Lost Days, Open Skies and Streaming Tides, released in 2007, disc one de… Read more
Thursday, 02 October
Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the trio's … Read more
"Theatrics is partly produced by reknowned producer Valgeir Sigur!sson (Björk, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, CocoRosie, Feist) and features composer Nico Muhly, both of whom are Puzzle Muteson’s label-mates on the Bedroom Community label. It also features composer and graphic designer Machinefabriek. Puzzle Muteson is the alter ego of an enigmatic songwriter from the Isle of Wight, rendering his music in a tremulous tenor over a finely spun web of fingerpicked guitar. Born in London, the southern English island provided unexpected shelter for the shuddering transformation into one-man band Puzzle Mu… Read more
Plush ambient electronica meets dub house in the adroit arrangements of Martin Nonstatic's 'Inner Landscapes' for Bine. "Martin took 14 months scrutinizing his workflow involving both software and hardware to invent fresh track concepts for his album. Constantly inspired by the Rhenish environment with all of its movements and encounters the album concentrated on those „inner landscapes“. Playful and liberated he combined field recordings with soundscapes, voices and nature sounds into deep sequence paths. Wave noises and Indonesian voices trickle onto the album’s opening track „Behi… Read more
Thursday, 11 September
**Limited Edition CD in a handmade, letter-pressed sleeve** "Live in Dresden features six songs from Chantal's highly acclaimed debut solo album Let Your Hands Be My Guide played by Chantal Acda, Alan Gevaert (dEUS), Eric Thielemans & Gaetan Vandewoude (Isbells)."
Lap steel guitarist Mike Cooper meets The Necks' pianist, Chris Abrahams on record for the 2nd time. 'Trace' was recorded in 2009, not long after the duo had released their 'Oceanic Feeling-Like' (2008) album collaboration on Room40. Again, it documents the two maverick improvisers doing what they do best, creating characteristically subtly-evolving soundscapes where Cooper's distinctive lap steel flits over Abrahams' warm, levitating beds of synth and organ drone. The session breaks down to three 20 minute parts, the first establishing a breezy tone with something "other" lurking in … Read more
Thursday, 28 August
**Lou Reed's totemic 'Metal Machine Music' is tackled with fiery finesse by Reinhold Friedl's Zeitkratzer Ensemble** About 10 years after their first, critically acclaimed performances of Lou Reed’s adventurous album, zeitkratzer presents an audacious new interpretation of this 20th century avant-garde classic. Here, for the first time ever, all four parts of Metal Machine Music played by zeitkratzer on one recording! Seriously "clangorous"! Metal Machine Music has become even more intense and worked out during the ten years of zeitkratzer playi… Read more
**Sleepy ambient/shoegaze on the new album from Christopher Willits** ""For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist's new immersiv… Read more