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Thursday, 24 April

FENNESZ - Bécs, Editions Mego
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FENNESZ

Bécs

Editions Mego

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: eMEGO165

**Gatefold jacket - Vinyl Edition** Fourteen years after his abstract pop landmark, 'Endless Summer', Christian Fennesz presents its conceptual companion, 'Bécs' on Editions Mego. He's released a good few albums and collaborative projects in the interim, perhaps most notably the expansive, drone-based 'Black Sea' (2008), and the Fenn O'Berg albums with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg, but none quite as accessible and ambitious as this one. Taking its title from the Hungarian word for his home city, Vienna, 'Bécs' (pronounced 'baeetch') also features additional modular synth from Cédric Stevens (Acid Kirk… Read more
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FENNESZ - Bécs, Editions Mego
FENNESZ - Bécs, Editions Mego
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FENNESZ

Bécs

Editions Mego

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: eMEGO165CD

Fourteen years after his abstract pop landmark, 'Endless Summer', Christian Fennesz presents its conceptual companion, 'Bécs' on Editions Mego. He's released a good few albums and collaborative projects in the interim, perhaps most notably the expansive, drone-based 'Black Sea' (2008), and the Fenn O'Berg albums with Jim O'Rourke and Peter Rehberg, but none quite as accessible and ambitious as this one. Taking its title from the Hungarian word for his home city, Vienna, 'Bécs' (pronounced 'baeetch') also features additional modular synth from Cédric Stevens (Acid Kirk) and Polweschel's rhythm section, Wer… Read more
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FENNESZ - Bécs, Editions Mego
A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN - Atomos VII, ERASED TAPES
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A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN

Atomos VII

ERASED TAPES

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP056

Adam Wiltzie of Stars Of The Lid crosses paths with Dustin O'Halloran for a welcome follow-up to their sumptuous debut album and single as A Winged Victory For The Sullen, this time with a superb Ben Frost re-interpretation. 'Atomos' is the pre-cursor to their 2nd full length album, which also doubles as a score for choreographer Wayne McGregor's long form dance piece. Head of the Random Dance Company and known for work on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, plus Radiohead and Atoms For Peace music videos, McGregor was heavily influenced by AWVFTS' debut album, and has pre… Read more
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A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN - Atomos VII, ERASED TAPES
MIRA CALIX / PLAID / VARIOUS - Quayola - Sounds from Strata Series, NON LINEAR SOUND
**Gatefold double vinyl** Hong Kong's Non Linear Sound & Image present Mira Calix, Plaid, Autobam and Matthias Kispert's exquisite audio scores to the 'Strata' films by UK-based artist Quayola. Six pieces bridge the space between modern classical composition and filigree IDM, interpreting the 'Strata' films' explorations of "the invisible geometries and topologies contained within iconic works of classical painting and architecture" with deeply evocative and arresting effect. Serrated from the digital imagery, the beautiful music clearly stands up in its own… Read more
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MIRA CALIX / PLAID / VARIOUS - Quayola - Sounds from Strata Series, NON LINEAR SOUND

Monday, 21 April

RICHARD CHARTIER - Subsequent Materials (2006-2012), Line
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RICHARD CHARTIER

Subsequent Materials (2006-2012)

Line

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: LINE066

"Subsequent Materials continues in the tradition of his previous releases 2002′s Other Materials and 2008′s Further Materials (LINE_035). This digital edition is a new collection that includes out-of-print compilation tracks, soundtracks for visual pieces, unreleased works, and compositions previously only available as bonus tracks from 2006-2012. Included on this 3 hour long release are collaborative works with AGF, Taylor Deupree, Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand, as well a rework of Autistici."
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OPHION - Pallor Absentis, diametric.

OPHION

Pallor Absentis

diametric.

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 10DIAM

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FEDERICO DURAND - El Estanque Esmeralda, SPEKK

FEDERICO DURAND

El Estanque Esmeralda

SPEKK

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KK028

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Thursday, 17 April

INGRAM MARSHALL - Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem, Arc Light Editions
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INGRAM MARSHALL

Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem

Arc Light Editions

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ALE002

**Screenprinted jacket, printed inner** Arc Light Editions follow up that indispensable Arthur Russell edition with this Interesting reissue of a beautiful suite by American composer Ingram Marshall for brass, tape delay, Serge modular synth and foghorn field recordings. The original version of 'Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem' (1984) was released on Foster Reed's long-running - yet sadly now defunct - New Albion label, combining a piece heavily influenced by the eternally evocative sound of fog horns with a five-piece suite making pivotal use of electronic rendering and envir… Read more
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INGRAM MARSHALL - Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem, Arc Light Editions

Monday, 14 April

OLIVER CHERER - Sir Ollife Leigh and Other Ghosts, Second Language Music

OLIVER CHERER

Sir Ollife Leigh and Other Ghosts

Second Language Music

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 3610155946190

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DAVID NEWLYN - Disintegrating Suburban Dream, HIBERNATE

DAVID NEWLYN

Disintegrating Suburban Dream

HIBERNATE

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HB53

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DOUGLAS DARE - Nile, ERASED TAPES

DOUGLAS DARE

Nile

ERASED TAPES

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP057DS01

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Thursday, 10 April

GAVIN BRYARS ENSEMBLE - The Sinking of the Titanic (Centenary Edition), GB RECORDS
Superlative recording of Gavin Bryars performing his elegy for the Titanic accompanied by an ensemble including his four children on low strings and Philip Jeck playing improvised turntable, among others. Nearly 40 years old now, Bryar's signature and best known composition continues to undergo change and refinement in its partly pataphysical reflection of the tragedy, speculating further on the notion of Bandmaster Hartley's group performing 'Autumn' on the vertical deck of a slowly nose-diving ocean liner, and also below sea level, accompanied by the… Read more
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GAVIN BRYARS ENSEMBLE - The Sinking of the Titanic (Centenary Edition), GB RECORDS
FRIPP & ENO - Evening Star, OPAL
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FRIPP & ENO

Evening Star

OPAL

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: DGMLP2

**180g vinyl reissue** Robert Fripp and Brian Eno originally released their 2nd ambient drone suite, 'Evening Star' in 1975. In the proceeding 40 years it's become a touchstone for myriad artists searching deeper into the musical cosmos. The first three tracks are tranquil tape-loop meditations featuring Fripp's signature guitar swirls looped and textured with piano, synth and all the studio effects afforded to them at the a range of top class studios including Eno's own. The first side finishes with Eno's gorgeous 'Wind On Wind' piece which would later be expanded in his 'Discreet Music' album, before the B-side yields the 24-minute drone flight 'An Index Of Metals'.
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FRIPP & ENO - Evening Star, OPAL

Monday, 07 April

ERIC THIELEMANS - Sprang, MIASMAH
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ERIC THIELEMANS

Sprang

MIASMAH

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MIA027

*A beautiful suite of minimal percussive compoisitions from Eric Thielemans, new on Miasmah* "Adventurous Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans makes a fairly unusual entry into the Miasmah catalogue with the surprisingly positive sounding album Sprang. Thielemans has actually appeared on the label earlier - as guest percussionist on Kreng´s debut album L´Autopsie Phenomenal De Dieu. Although you can recognize the sound on this record, the main focus of Sprang is to revert to the pure joy of sound experimentation and letting go of your foothold. Thielemans's previous exercises in expanding… Read more
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ERIC THIELEMANS - Sprang, MIASMAH
ORCAS - Yearling, Morr Music
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ORCAS

Yearling

Morr Music

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MORR128

*Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri team up with Martyn Heyne of Efterklang for their new album* "For "Yearling" ORCAS members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. Whereas many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote… Read more
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ORCAS - Yearling, Morr Music
SYMBOL - Online Architecture, HOLODECK Records
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SYMBOL

Online Architecture

HOLODECK Records

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HD022/LLR009

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LUC FERRARI - Luc Ferrari: Und so weiter / Music Promenade, WERGO
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LUC FERRARI

Luc Ferrari: Und so weiter / Music Promenade

WERGO

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: WER 67752

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CHARLES-ERIC CHARRIER - Petite Soeur, Gizeh Records
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CHARLES-ERIC CHARRIER

Petite Soeur

Gizeh Records

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: GZH52

"Charles-Eric Charrier is a French bassist and pianist mining the remote seams of music between post-classical, jazz, acoustic blues and ambient. Hidden or distant those seams may be, but all the richer for those who take the time to seek them out. Echoes of innovative artists like Earth, Anouar Brahem, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Chet Baker or even Malian musicians such as Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen sometimes appear on the horizon, only to disappear at the next turn. Charrier’s music as band-leader on ‘Petite Soeur’, his first release for Gizeh Records, is endlessly yearni… Read more
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CHARLES-ERIC CHARRIER - Petite Soeur, Gizeh Records
LUFTH - Distanz und Nähe, Oktaf
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LUFTH

Distanz und Nähe

Oktaf

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: OKTAFCD08

"Lufth´s "Distanz und Nähe" on Marsen Jules' Oktaf Records accompanies the return of German experimental-dubtech and electronica producer Joerg Schuster. With his unique trademark sound and former releases on Source Records, Thinner and Archipel as Digitalverein and Sensual Physics – Schuster already established a loyal and enthusiastic fan crowd all around the world. His debut album as Lufth now introduces us to his most personal and experimental release so far. A 55 minute long collection of nine tracks that have been created over the past decade. As already done in other releases Schust… Read more
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LUFTH - Distanz und Nähe, Oktaf
CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE - Essays in Idleness, Kranky
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CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE

Essays in Idleness

Kranky

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KRANK187

"The third album from Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette sees him expanding his palette by narrowing his sound sources to a self built analog synthesizer. Eschewing the whiplash and/or everything including the kitchen sink style of assembly so common among current analog aficionados, Bissonnette instead applies his signature compositional style of using long held tones and sweeping drones that alternate between, and fuse, pure tonal transcendence and patient, sparkling melodies that slowly reveal themselves. “Essays in Idleness was born from a desire for a more ta… Read more
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CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE - Essays in Idleness, Kranky
STEPHEN VITIELLO - Richmond Tape Club (Volume Five), Richmond Tape Club
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STEPHEN VITIELLO

Richmond Tape Club (Volume Five)

Richmond Tape Club

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RTC05

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Thursday, 03 April

ERIC THIELEMANS - Sprang, MIASMAH
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ERIC THIELEMANS

Sprang

MIASMAH

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MIACD027

*A beautiful suite of minimal percussive compoisitions from Eric Thielemans, new on Miasmah* "Adventurous Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans makes a fairly unusual entry into the Miasmah catalogue with the surprisingly positive sounding album Sprang. Thielemans has actually appeared on the label earlier - as guest percussionist on Kreng´s debut album L´Autopsie Phenomenal De Dieu. Although you can recognize the sound on this record, the main focus of Sprang is to revert to the pure joy of sound experimentation and letting go of your foothold. Thielemans's previous exercises in expanding singu… Read more
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ERIC THIELEMANS - Sprang, MIASMAH
CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE - Essays In Idleness, Kranky
"The third album from Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette sees him expanding his palette by narrowing his sound sources to a self built analog synthesizer. Eschewing the whiplash and/or everything including the kitchen sink style of assembly so common among current analog aficionados, Bissonnette instead applies his signature compositional style of using long held tones and sweeping drones that alternate between, and fuse, pure tonal transcendence and patient, sparkling melodies that slowly reveal themselves. “Essays in Idleness was born from a desire for a more tactil… Read more
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CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE - Essays In Idleness, Kranky
CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE - Essays In Idleness, Kranky
"The third album from Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette sees him expanding his palette by narrowing his sound sources to a self built analog synthesizer. Eschewing the whiplash and/or everything including the kitchen sink style of assembly so common among current analog aficionados, Bissonnette instead applies his signature compositional style of using long held tones and sweeping drones that alternate between, and fuse, pure tonal transcendence and patient, sparkling melodies that slowly reveal themselves. "Essays in Idleness was born from a desire for a more tactile … Read more
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CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE - Essays In Idleness, Kranky
ORCAS - Yearling (White Vinyl Edition), Morr Music
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ORCAS

Yearling (White Vinyl Edition)

Morr Music

Format_dot_vinylLP // £14.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MM128LP

*Limited White Vinyl Edition* "For "Yearling" ORCAS members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. Whereas many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote and developed while staying in Germany during the summer … Read more
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ORCAS - Yearling (White Vinyl Edition), Morr Music
JOHN CAGE & LANGHAM RESEARCH CENTRE - Cage: Early Electronic & Tape Music, Sub Rosa
**180g silver/white vinyl - Historically important pieces documenting John Cage's early electronic and tape practice** "Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios - for example, when he composed Fontana Mix in 1958 - his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the… Read more
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JOHN CAGE & LANGHAM RESEARCH CENTRE - Cage: Early Electronic & Tape Music, Sub Rosa
JOHN CAGE & LANGHAM RESEARCH CENTRE - Cage: Early Electronic & Tape Music, Sub Rosa
**Historically important pieces documenting John Cage's early electronic and tape practice** "Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios - for example, when he composed Fontana Mix in 1958 - his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the age of the loudspeaker, mas… Read more
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JOHN CAGE & LANGHAM RESEARCH CENTRE - Cage: Early Electronic & Tape Music, Sub Rosa
CHARLES-ERIC CHARRIER - Petite Soeur, Gizeh Records
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CHARLES-ERIC CHARRIER

Petite Soeur

Gizeh Records

Format_dot_vinylLP // £15.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: GZH52LP

*Vinyl Edition limited to 300 copies* "Charles-Eric Charrier is a French bassist and pianist mining the remote seams of music between post-classical, jazz, acoustic blues and ambient. Hidden or distant those seams may be, but all the richer for those who take the time to seek them out. Echoes of innovative artists like Earth, Anouar Brahem, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Chet Baker or even Malian musicians such as Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen sometimes appear on the horizon, only to disappear at the next turn. Charrier’s music as band-leader on ‘Petite Soeur’, his first release for… Read more
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CHARLES-ERIC CHARRIER - Petite Soeur, Gizeh Records

Monday, 31 March

SIMON JAMES PHILLIPS - Chair, ROOM 40
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SIMON JAMES PHILLIPS

Chair

ROOM 40

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: RM458

"It is important to remember that sound is ultimately a physical medium. Vibrations, emitted through the airwaves collide with surfaces, reflecting and inflecting in a blissfully chaotic interplay before finding their way to our ear drums. It’s here, in this space of reflection, that Simon James Phillips has created Chair. It’s an album of clustered piano works, where notes compound and flutter in a spiraling flow of attack and decay. Using the natural sustain of both his chosen instrument and the recording environment - the Grunewald Church in Berlin - Phillips’ playing draws out the … Read more
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ILLUHA - Akari, 12K
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ILLUHA

Akari

12K

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MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 12K1080

**Sublime small-sound electronics and neo-classical minimalism** "Akari is the third album from Tokyo duo Illuha. Following 2011’s debut Shizuku (12k1067) and 2013’s Interstices (12k2028), Akari takes the next artistic step for the band. While Shizuku was recorded in the US and completed separately by the artists, Interstices captured the duo creating their exceptionally detailed music together live during a Japaneses tour. Akari, in turn, is the first studio album where Illuha recorded and mixed together, throughout the entire process. The beautiful st-robo studio in Tokyo put a collection of amazi… Read more
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ILLUHA - Akari, 12K