Thursday, 17 October
"Mind Over Mirrors is the solitary reeling of American harmoniumist/electronicist Jaime Fennelly. Utilizing an Indian pedal harmonium, oscillators, tape delays, and an assortment of synthesizing processors, Fennelly bends slowly-building, repetitive melodies into massive sonic mountains. When the Rest Are Up at Four is the fourth Mind Over Mirrors album following releases on Digitalis, Hands In the Dark, & Aguirre/Gift Tapes."
Thursday, 10 October
Group Rhoda follows up her delectable debut on Night School with a much sharper and equally seductive album for Not Not Fun - easily one of their best releases in 2013. Her songs are now rendered with a higher fidelity and clarity adopting the purposeful innovations of post punk and the hypnotism of modern electronic music to give her deft arrangements a sturdy poise and transcendent appeal. It's still DIY at heart and we doubt you're gonna hear them on Radio 1 any time soon, but the sense of theatrical detail and detached yet emotional investment is palpably more potent in the exquisite stepper… Read more
Naming his newest album 'Life Cycle Of A Massive Star', you can't accuse Roly Porter of a lack of ambition or scope. In key with that theme, the album features five long tracks of intriguing, almost Wagnerian orchestration and power electronics conveying an awe-inspiring energy and emotive impact which fulfils its implied widescreen brief. Coincidentally it also arrives in the same week as Ideologic Organ's reissue of Iancu Dumitrescu's masterpiece, 'Pierres Sacrées', with which it also shares some similarities in its appreciation of visceral scale, from fizzing particles to ma… Read more
Tim Hecker exchanges bombast for intimacy on his follow-up to 'Ravedeath, 1972' and his 'Instrumental Tourist' with Daniel "OPN" Lopatin. Using the gristly, naked grain and off-key, out-of-phase accents of woodwinds, piano and synthesizer played by an ensemble including Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurdsson, and heightened by his studio alchemy, he highlights tense, almost fraught relationships between all involved with visceral, keening dissonance approaching a narcotic potency when experienced over the full duration of the album. He makes allusions to the ascetic, theological aspiration of early minima… Read more
*10 new versions of classic Tindersticks tracks to celebrate their 21st birthday* "2013 is a landmark year for Tindersticks who turn 21 this year. In this time they have recorded nine studio albums, composed music for films, museums, fashion shows and installations, have toured the world, played with various orchestras, dueted and collaborated with many great singers and musicians, lost their desire, split up, rearranged, reformed, re-kindled their musical passion and in 2012 made what they, and many critics consider to be one of their finest albums The Something Rain. Tindersticks w… Read more
**Captivating recording of a performance using field recordings from a major earthquake in New Zealand, 2011** "On 22 February 2011, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit Christchurch, which combined with a series of massive aftershocks destroyed huge swathes of the New Zealand city. At its epicentre in the port of Lyttelton, sound artist Jo Burzynska (Stanier Black-Five) grabbed a recording device as she ran from her home, leaving it running on her doorstep capturing the aftershocks that ricocheted though her house and the disaster unfolding on the street outs… Read more
"Mississippi Moonchile is the much-anticipated new installment of Matana Roberts' unique and forward-looking project and it finds Roberts conjuring some of the most nuanced, thoughtful and substantial American liberation music of the 21st century. Mississippi Moonchile was developed for an intimately woven New York jazz sextet and represents the next leap forward in Roberts' iconoclastic and complex project of memory and recuperation, where historical and contemporary musical tropes, fragmentary spoken and sung narratives, and Matana's cascading alto saxophone… Read more
*CD in deluxe gatefold sleeve with remus spine, wibalin cloth board, cherry red foil block and hardback booklet* "Last year, Fink aka Fin Greenall performed a concert with one of the world’s best symphony orchestras - the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - in Amsterdam. Fink’s music was rearranged for the orchestra by composer and orchestrator Jules Buckley, one of the most in-demand arrangers in Europe. Now, Ninja Tune are releasing the staggering results. The album, like most Fink releases, comes in a beautiful, high value package that matches the music. With a booklet … Read more
**Edition of 200** 'Fleshpile Sister' is the dubbed-off sibling to former No Bra member Dale Cornish's 'Fleshpile Thematic', released on The Tapeworm earlier this year. Vocals are swiped away and the edges smoothed for easier entry, everything left fragile and pensile in his re-engineered and meditatively detached head space. What we perceive to be gamelan-like chimes are gently struck and reversed, threaded and diffused against and around hovering drones, quiet radio dialogue and location recordings with an effect calling to mind Wanda Group's transportive abstractions, the parallel dime… Read more
*Instrumental rock/metal for followers of of Explosions in the Sky, Mono, Russian Circles, Don Caballero* "After four years of silence, instrumental metal standard-bearers Pelican have come thundering back, with 'Forever Becoming' , an eight-song album destined to be considered one of the most punishingly rewarding albums of the year. PITCHFORK: On this alternate version of "Deny The Absolute", a song that appears on their new album the band's latest, Forever Becoming (out October 14 via Southern Lord) , they hit one of the most fevered churns they've managed in years, with maligned drummer La… Read more
**Edition of 200** Prix Ars Electronica award winner, Nicolas Bernier presents his first piece made entirely of synthetic sounds. Breaking with the musique concrete and field recording traditions he's evolved over the last half decade or more, his 'Frequencies (Synthetic Variations)' sounds like it just escaped the Raster Noton matrix. In 24 minutes, 15 pieces of buckling subbass rhythms, fizzing textures and crisp sine waves manifest in tangled, synaesthetically-pleasing patterns, each as abstract and intricately contoured as the last. We're recommended to play back th… Read more
"Sounds" series part two: Electric guitar explorations Dirk Dresselhaus a.k.a. Schneider TM turned building site noise into music on "Construction Sounds", the album which preceded "Guitar Sounds". On his latest offering, he explores the full potential of the electric guitar and an array of effects. Dresselhaus is no stranger to the instrument, it is fair to say. He played guitar in the 1990s for several experimental indie combos and has made liberal, idiosyncratic use of the instrument over the past couple of decades as Schneider TM in electronic music, film, radio plays and various other s… Read more
Cameron Mesirow presents a plush sophomore side building on the promise of her acclaimed 'Ring' with assistant producer, Van Rivers (Fever Ray/Blonde Redhead). 'Interiors' is conceptually inspired by the artists' move to New York, and manifests her attempt to get inside the city's architecture and their "metropolitan secrets" from a poetic and artistic perspective. Her vocals come off like a sophisticated gynoid simulation programmed with the characteristics of Björk, mapped against ornate, dense and complex arrangements consolidating location recordings, "proper" instruments, and synthetic sources … Read more
**Trifold double CD digipak containing 26 trax** 'Bang The Box!' documents the lost story of Chicago dance music when house was king from the perspective of Matt Warren's little known but vital AKA Dance Music label. Thru 26 tracks released between 1987-88 this awesome compilation renders a spectrum of truly authentic, original Windy City bangers, groovers and shakers hardly known beyond the city limits and the collections of proper house heads. At one end of the spectrum you've got the tantric 10 minute psychedelic… Read more
**Gatefold slipcase with 10-page concertina booklet printed on agrippa paper** 'Les Salauds' is Tindersticks' achingly bleak electronic soundtrack to Claire Denis' "intoxicating and provocative neo noir" film of the same title - their 7th OST for the acclaimed director. We've not actually copped the film (yet) but the hypnotic soundtrack can easily be judged on its own merits. As with BEB's imminent reissue of former Tinderstick, Dickon Hinchcliffe's 'Red Riding…" OST, it's a sumptuously sorrowful affair, transposing the group's patented brand of loner atmosphere and bleak landscaping to purpo… Read more
*12 Track CD Version includes the previous Fly Juice EP as well as the Mad hatter EP* Hyperdub's most colourful producer comes correct with the unhinged machine funk of his 'Mad Hatter' EP, backed with DJ Rashad remix. The title track's a teched-out slice of electro-boogie futurism with canny use of a classic sample in the breakdown; 'Gang Gang Riddim' invokes the Brooklyn band's vibe inna psychedelic bashment bounce; the demented 'Chilli Burrito' finally finds its way off Kode 9's Rinse 22 mix CD and onto the shop 'floor. Rashad's Slip Away remix of 'Walk It Out' joins the mutual dots between ballroom and footwork, culminating a final section like Moodymann gone febrile.
"OPEN will be the Necks' 17th album, and the 11th released by ReR. Here the band returns to the territory for which it is best known: a single, glacially mutating, long-form piece that runs for a little over an hour. The previous record, "Mindset", said bassist Lloyd Swanton, "reached some pretty intense levels at times, and though we never overtly discussed it, I think that on Open, by contrast, all three of us were taken by the idea of working in a field of significant stillness. At least, after a couple of days' recording, it became clear that the music was leading us in this direction." Feeding into… Read more
**Hauntingly beautiful new solo work by the pivotal Supersilent member, his first since last year's massive 'Solidification' boxset and 2008's 'Cartography'** "With Places Of Worship Arve Henriksen moves into the front rank of world class musicians. The Norwegian trumpet player has made his mark over many years, not only as the horn player with the consistently challenging and long lived group Supersilent, but also as the purveyor of exquisite and distinctive solo work that stretches to four solo albums since 2001, three of which are released on Rune Grammofon. Deeply rooted in the sub… Read more
Guillermo Scott Herren, aka Prefuse 73, coins his Yellow Year label with this oneiric Teebs collaboration. It's the first in a proposed series of marriages due to see Prefuse73 working with Nosaj Thing, Lapalux, Synkro, Nathan Fake, and Dimlite, among others, and the latest in an illustrious career spanning a decade+ and as many albums for Warp. Working with Brainfeeder's Teebs has brought out the lushest, smudged side of Prefuse73, tempering his typically ornately jazzy embellishments to a more abstract and hazy aesthetic. Describing its seven parts is like t… Read more
**Archival discovery of supremely endearing bedroom electronic msuic conceived in '80s Manchester** Andy Popplewell's T.R.A.S.E., or Tape Recorder and Synthesiser Ensemble, is one of the loveliest reissues to have emerged from the Finders Keepers camp in recent times. Due to the diligent research of Andy Votel, it was only recently coaxed out of Popplewell, who is nowadays a renowned sound engineer/editor and vintage tape baker who's worked for everyone from Alpha Brussels to ZZT. This double LP worth of gear taken from his nascent recordings documents a vital, explorat… Read more
**2CD suite of five magisterial, extended drone compositions by the deeply influential minimalist, issued in the same week as his 80th birthday** Phill Niblock writes: "These CDs include pieces made in two different ways. Traditionally (since 1968), I recorded tones played by an instrument (by an instrumentalist), arranging these single tones into mutli-layered settings, making thick textured drones, with many microtones. In the early days, I prescribed the microtones, tuning the instrumentalist, when I was using audio tape. Later, I used the software ProTools, and made the microtones as I mad… Read more
Trevor Jackson dances with the zeitgeist again on this bountiful 2nd volume of 'Metal Dance: Industrial/New Wave/EBM Classics & Rarities '79-'88'. The first volume was Resident Advisor's reissue of 2012 and, by all rights, this 26-track collection should be held in equally high regard. If anything, he's gone deeper into his famed collection, pulling out total rarities such as CHBB's 'Ima Iki-Mashoo' and the militant 'Riot Squad' by a pre-ABC Vice Versa alongside classic anthems such as Chris & Cosey's 'Driving Blind' or Ministry's mighty, 'Over … Read more
**Patiently sublime live solo guitar landscapes by Austrian artist, a peer of Fennesz and formerly of Polweschel** "2003, London: the first time I visited Tate Britain, Tate Gallery, and the first time I saw and really experienced the paintings of JMW Turner (1775-1851). Overwhelmed, especially by his late and unfinished works I was stunned by the power of the stillness of his work. 25 years before that something similar; me, as a young man in Madrid; Prado, Goya paintings and etchings - for me an initiation which opened up the door to earlier art and its pioneers.… Read more
Thursday, 03 October
Kieran Hebden looks to classic pirate radio and the spirit of early '90s rave for inspiration on his 8th album proper. 'Beautiful Rewind' draws on the 'ardcore continuum and regression in modernist music as only Four Tet can, offering a pop-wise view of jungle, garage and grime which tempers that febrile rufige with compositional stategies. Even the fact that its eleven tracks are pressed on one slab tells us that its not about visceral weight or impact: he's appropriating and reworking the sounds' signifiers to alter their original purpose, dosing their mania with a wider appeal for those wh… Read more
Brock van Wey and Scott Morgan aka Bvdub and Loscil coax the best out of each other on this epic, romantic dedication to the darkness of night. 'Erebus' takes it name from the Greek mythological figure used to represent "the personification of darkness…one of the first five beings to come into existence, born from Chaos", which provides a suitably classical backdrop for its five widescreen soundscapes. Erebus is said to have fathered several other deities, who lend their name to the track titles. 'Aether' is a thirteen minute ascension thru airy chorales to exalted ambient heights; 'Hespiredes' is … Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 50 with card booklet and riso-printed A3poster designed by the artist** Thomas Shrubsole lends his own name to a slowly expanding constellation of aliases - In The Field, Jesus On Mars, Sub Loam, The Dissolving Orchestra - on his latest for Dissolving Records. Taking cues from Sun Ra and the European avant-garde, 'his 'Space Capsule' is a multi-planar improvisation meshing acoustic afternoon ambience, streaking cosmic jazz and free electric sound with "underground domestic production methods" (read: recorded in his house onto tape). Like much of Thomas' output,… Read more
**Six-panel trifold slipcase contains two CDs with 19 tracks covering classics, rarities and unreleased gear** Dr. Alex Patterson celebrates The Orb's silver jubilee with one disc collecting all The Orb singles 1991-2000, and another featuring rare & previously unreleased remixes by The Orb, Andrew Weatherall, Coldcut, Ganga Kru, Mark Pritchard.
Ambitiously scoped third album from London-based psych band, Teeth Of The Sea. Their first album in three years is a riotous collision of Goblin and Carpenter-esque cinematic themes factored by Prurient-like darkwave assimilations and nods to the driving rhythms of Powell or the heroic might of Moroder's disco templates and Wire's crafty rock muscle. Eight songs (plus intro) oscillate between hi-NRG charge and crashing stadium drums on 'TReaper', to Wire-like rock experimentation on 'The Servant', to the bleakly epic synth-scape 'Siren Spectre, Phase I, Phase II', a churning piece of Pete Swans… Read more
"Following her previous two long players, Baden-Baden and Los Angeles on monika enterprise F.S.K. bassist Michaela Melián now continues the theme of geographically titled albums with Monaco. Again the record is rich in hypnotically woven sounds with a resolute mood reminiscent of film music. In keeping with the previous two albums, the instrumentation is made up of largely classical acoustic instruments which are layered in loops to create mesmerising soundscapes. In addition to the traditional instruments such as Violoncello, Spanish and Electric Guitar and Banjo all played by Melián herself, t… Read more
UK electronica veterans Ultramarine present their first new album in 15 years. Crafted at their studio by the Essex marshes, 'This Tim Last Year' is a wistfully nostalgic, pastoral blend of treated acoustic instrumentation and electronics, knitting delicate, intricate rhythms to shimmering guitar lines and frothy electronics for the come down.