Reviews

Abhilasha Chebolu and Ishmael Ali – “Many Calmly Ordered Rules of Death” [Lurker Bias, 2020]

Abhilasha Chebolu & Ishmael Ali Many Calmly Ordered Rules of Death Lurker Bias, 2020 (LB_142) https://lurkerbias.bandcamp.com/album/many-calmly-ordered-rules-of-death Noise as a genre has the power to unsettle and overwhelm, I think, effectively re-contextualizing the listener’s relationship to sound. At its best, the raw canvas of the sound field can paint a new representation of the world that… Continue reading Abhilasha Chebolu and Ishmael Ali – “Many Calmly Ordered Rules of Death” [Lurker Bias, 2020]

TVE – “Street Calcium” [Hologram Label, 2019]

TVE Street Calcium Hologram Label, 2019 https://hologramlabel.bandcamp.com/album/tve-street-calcium I love TVE’s oblique nihilism. The sound of nothing, disintegration, incidental sound, and the byproducts of raw mechanisms. A study in negative space. I think their main tool is the reel to reel, likely broken, likely with spliced and degraded tape, shuffling barely along against the head. They… Continue reading TVE – “Street Calcium” [Hologram Label, 2019]

youtube user ‘nadia’ – “somebody else” by the 1975 but you’re crying in the bathroom of a party [youtube, 2019]

youtube user ‘nadia’ “somebody else” by the 1975 but you’re crying in the bathroom of a party [uploaded May 23, 2019] https://youtu.be/lDaFFUov1uE This is likely old news to everyone, but I only recently discovered the trend of pop songs, “…but you’re crying in the bathroom of a party”. It’s a simple technique: take a pop… Continue reading youtube user ‘nadia’ – “somebody else” by the 1975 but you’re crying in the bathroom of a party [youtube, 2019]

Francesco Covarino – “Luce / Mantello” [wabi-sabi tapes, 2021]

Francesco Covarino Luce / Mantello [wabi-sabi tapes, 2021] https://wabi-sabi-tapes.bandcamp.com/album/luce-mantello Field recordings capture a specific time and a place. The sounds of a recording define an entire field of symbols and markers that delineate a precise event within our world. The sound of a particular birdsong native to a region or the city streets in different… Continue reading Francesco Covarino – “Luce / Mantello” [wabi-sabi tapes, 2021]

Jürg Frey – “Le poids d’ombre” [INSUB, 2020]

Jürg Frey Le poids d’ombre [INSUB, 2020] https://insub.bandcamp.com/album/j-rg-frey-le-poids-dombre-insub-distances-8-8iva INSUB is a record label from Geneve, Switzerland which “covers the fields of experimental, electroacoustic, improvised & composed musics.” Their output is incredibly diverse, and varyingly challenging. Purveyors of the good shit. Already having put out some of my favorite records this year, I was caught last… Continue reading Jürg Frey – “Le poids d’ombre” [INSUB, 2020]

Gaseous Acolyte / a body without organs / Vomir / [Untitled] – “Untitled Four Way” [Small Worm, 2020]

Gaseous Acolyte / abodywithoutorgans / Vomir / [Untitled] Untitled Four Way [Small Worm, 2020] Small Worm is a small-batch tape label directed by James Shearman, a multi-disciplinary artist based in the United Kingdom, which focuses on “experiments, mishaps, rummaging, field recording, grievous chaotic din, rabble-rousing, wall noise, Styx ferryman whistling tunes, children’s rhymes in dead… Continue reading Gaseous Acolyte / a body without organs / Vomir / [Untitled] – “Untitled Four Way” [Small Worm, 2020]

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Steve Jansen – “Locations” [That’s Cool Records, 2020]

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Steve Jansen Locations [That’s Cool Records, 2020] https://thatscoolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tcr-055-locations-digital That’s Cool Records is an independent experimental record label founded in 2011 by Steve Jansen, a jack-of-all-sonic-trades from the southwestern corners of the United States who, after endless befuddled minutes of ham-fisted independent research, is confirmed to be not Steve Jansen of Japan,… Continue reading Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and Steve Jansen – “Locations” [That’s Cool Records, 2020]

Akiyama / Nakamura / Sugimoto / Wastell – “Foldings” [Confront Recordings, 2020]

Akiyama / Nakamura / Sugimoto / WastellFoldings[Confront Recordings, 2020]https://confrontrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/foldings Foldings, released last month on London’s fearless Confront Recordings (est. 1996), is the final product of a now nearly two decade old collaboration between four of experimental music’s most devoted vanguards of musical silence and lowercase sound art. Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Taku Sugimoto, each master… Continue reading Akiyama / Nakamura / Sugimoto / Wastell – “Foldings” [Confront Recordings, 2020]

Daphne X – “Água Viva” [tsss tapes, 2020]

Daphne X Água Viva [tsss tapes, 2020] https://tssstapes.bandcamp.com/album/gua-viva tsss tapes is a small cassette tape label based in Perugia, Italy. Founded just over a year ago, tsss curates a strain of music that is, in their own words, “Quiet and weird and free.” Last month saw the release of two works to their catalog, Daphne… Continue reading Daphne X – “Água Viva” [tsss tapes, 2020]

Cristián Alvear and d’incise – “Bow down thine ear, I bring you glad tidings ” [mappa, 2020]

Cristián Alvear & d’incise Bow down thine ear, I bring you glad tidings [mappa, 2020] https://mappa.bandcamp.com/album/bow-down-thine-ear-i-bring-you-glad-tidings mappa is a small imprint based out of Lucenec, Slovakia that began in 2016 which operates “various approaches to sound derived from phenomenologies of listening… on a thin border between something and nothing.” Their latest release to an already… Continue reading Cristián Alvear and d’incise – “Bow down thine ear, I bring you glad tidings ” [mappa, 2020]

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