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Friday, 18 April
Ships in 2 daysOn this second album, husband-and-wife duo Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq) and Lara Rix-Martin have honed their craft further and teamed up with French singer Vezelay for some supremely chill rides. The delicate synths and vocal harmonies, both positioned just so, can trace their origins to Paradinas's earlier milieu of 90s electronica, and even further back to 70s and 80s cosmicism, but they also resonate appealingly with contemporary moods in downtempo, such as those of Tory Y Moi or How To Dress Well. A work of calm and carefully engineered beauty.
Ships in 2 days'Spectrum' was recorded between 1988 and 1989 during Spacemen 3's golden period and is widely considered a genuine masterpiece of gently psychedelic pop music. The packaging alone will keep you occupied for hours on your bean bag. Recommended!
Friday, 25 April
Ships in 9 days'Syzygy' is the quietly arresting and emotionally engrossing fourth album by singer/songwriter and sound artist Lucrecia Dalt. It arrives on Berlin's impeccably curated Human Ear Music label, which previously issued gems by Julia Holter, who coincidentally appeared on Lucrecia's previous LP, 'Commotus' and with whom she shares a considered and otherworldly grasp of highly visual, cinematically stylised songcraft. She originally hails from Colombia but 'Syzygy' was written in her current home city of Barcelona, mostly very late at night/early morning because of her flat's proximity to the metro lin… Read more
Ships in 9 days**Engrossingly detailed, carefully considered avant-pop from the Human Ear Music director** "For his first major studio album Jason Grier assembles a bewildering musical vocabulary acquired during his tenure as director of Human Ear Music. After working the better part of a decade as a curator moving freely between pop and experimental circles, Grier sought to put his curatorial ethos into a singular artistic statement. Within Unbekannte’s dense 35 minutes, allusions to Michael Pisaro, James Tenney, Alvin Lucier, Pan Sonic, Giancinto Scelsi, Phill Niblock, Jodeci, Woo, etc, are deployed in a spr… Read more
Ships in 9 days**Debut album from a true English eccentric** "“England my England / You flickering island of endlessness upon endlessness / A cold mist of your fibrous trolleys stifles the sun/ and the arrow aimed at your heart fidgets with smoky spasms” Dolly (sometimes known as David Yates) is a Berkshire-based spoken-word artist, poet, events curator, radio playwright and belongs in the lineage of British surrealists. Antimacassar’s twisted insights were created via a process of cut-ups, automatic writing, and dream diaries channelling the skewed atmospherics of such luminaries as David Gascoyne and Rolan… Read more
Ships in 9 daysAcclaimed and pioneering techno stalwart, Cristian Vogel presents this excellent suite of avant-garde computer music. Taking inspiration from Xenakis' rigorous application of formal systems, mathematics and number theory to open new routes in his compositions, 'Eselbrücke' manifests a bold and striking body of ten pieces sounding quite unlike anything in his previous catalogue. RIYL Andre Vida, Xenakis, Keith Fullerton Whitman.
Ships in 9 daysNovi_sad transforms varied source material from Mika Vainio, BJ Nilsen, Daniel Menche and Francisco López with vividly visual results. With sources from BJ Nilsen he uses audio analysis on winds, sandstorms, and dust devils applied with data from functional anatomy of schizophrenic patients with auditory hallucinations resulting an almost cinematic panorama of expansive pads and blustering toxic distortions. Using audio analysis on ghostly planetary plasma waves from NASA and data applied from patterns of music agnosia associated with middle cerebral artery infarcts, Daniel … Read more
Ships in 9 days**Impressive debut album of vaulted, GYBE!-like post-rock, new on Sub Rosa** "Oiseaux-Tempête debut album retraces, in a sonic odyssey, the qualms and queries of a sickly and dysfunctional Western society. The trio was created in Paris in 2012 by the musically versatile pair Frédéric D. Oberland (guitar) and Stéphane Pigneul (bass) (members of FareWell Poetry and Le Réveil des Tropiques) and percussionist Ben Mc Connell (drummer for bands such as Beach House, Rain Machine, Au Revoir Simone, Marissa Nadler and Winter Family). The band's creative process is intertwined with that of Stépha… Read more
Ships in 9 daysNYC's avant-pop Japanese ladies, Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Hona reprise their Cibo Matto duo with a crack backing band including Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace), Nels Cline, and Glenn Kotche (Wilco), among others. "Miho Hatori & Yuka Honda formed one of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the late 90s. Cibo Matto pioneered post-genre freakout, spiking their wild pop songs with rap, funk, Brazilian, African, Latin, jazz, etc. long before the iPod shuffle arrived. In their short two-record career, they graced 7 magazine covers, and their albums were picked in Spin magazine's Top … Read more
Ships in 9 daysNow this is interesting - one of the most unusual projects to have emerged on Editions Mego for a while. Markus Schmickler is better known for his electronic output as Pluramon, while Julian Rohrhuber is a Professor of Music Informatics and Media Theory at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Politken der Frequenz ('Politics of Frequency') draws on concepts from economics and advanced mathematics, including the work of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, for a literal sonification of cutting-edge theory and the abstractions of the modern world. It i… Read more
Ships in 9 days"Asmus Tietchens is one of the most renowned German artists in the abstract music scene. He began by recording a handful of Residents-influenced synthesizer albums, launching into a peerless mix of stuttering beats and off-kilter harmonies which earned his music the generic tag “pseudo pop”. Der fünfte Himmel reaches back to a time before and after the so-called Zeitzeichen phase, gathering up unwanted or rejected pieces, the ones considered unsuitable or simply left behind."
Ships in 9 days"Before Asmus Tietchens released four albums on Germany's Sky Records label (home of Cluster, Michael Rother etc.), he recorded "Nachtstücke" (nocturnes) for the french EGG label, produced by Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann. It was recorded between 1975 to 1978 and features shadowy, ghostly, predominantly solemn synthesizer music, far removed from the oblique synth pop albums of his subsequent Sky Records phase."
Ships in 9 days**Often deranged but somehow collected Krautrock from Teutonic elders** "In 1996 three old hands of German underground music came together to record nine improvised "one take recordings" without overdubs or corrections: Dieter Moebius (Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia) on synthesizer and electronics, Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) on drums, and Jürgen Engler (Male, Die Krupps) on guitars. The result: a fascinating electronic world of sonic spectra, cacophony on the one hand, harmony on the other; dark but not murky, outlandish without being weird – an almost magical, ritualistic atmosphere."
Ships in 9 days**A far less manic but still dotty follow-up to the trio's 1996 album** "Dieter Moebius, vital protagonist of the Krautrock/avant-garde scene (Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia) since the late 1960s, another Krautrock stalwart and Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier, Jürgen Engler from the epicentre of Germany’s (post) punk scene as a member of Male and later head of steel machine musicians Die Krupps. After a 17 year hiatus, the successor to 'Other Places' (1996). The result: no repeat performance, instead a clear progression from its predecessor – the ambitious, but never unduly cerebral improvisation of three musical eccentrics."