New Rome :: Nowhere (Room40)

New Rome :: Nowhere (Room40)

A rich harmonic vein rooted in classic ambient ‘scapism, seen as if through a glaze darkly, via a ’70s-’90s synth-prism. New Rome is the new musical home for Tomasz Bednarczyk, whom discerning ’00s ambient-electronica watchers will recall [...]
Prosopo :: Prosopo (Lux Rec)

Prosopo :: Prosopo (Lux Rec)

Sitting somewhere between drone, industrial and wave, the 12” has a blighted and bitter character. The recent release of R.R. Hearse’s Call Of Oedipus (1981 – 2013) seems to have rubbed off on June. The [...]
Aleksi Perälä :: The Colundi Sequence Vol. 1 (Clone)

Aleksi Perälä :: The Colundi Sequence Vol. 1 (Clone)

Perälä’s work has a distinctly Millsian flavor with hints of spooked AFX melody. It’s certainly other worldly and many of these tracks could easily slot into a Mills album about planets without anyone batting an [...]
Marshall Watson :: Sitting Near Dreaming EP (Seven Villas Music)

Marshall Watson :: Sitting Near Dreaming EP (Seven Villas Music)

Sitting Near Dreaming is a medley between subtle ambient electronica and melodiously cinematic atmospheres. Efficient and inviting for listeners in quest of deep serenity and reflective mental states. Marshall Watson is a multi-directional sound artist, musical [...]
Carbinax :: Snowglobe Citizen (Self-Released)

Carbinax :: Snowglobe Citizen (Self-Released)

What’s amazing about Snowglobe Citizen is the sheer number of ideas Chris M manages to pack into any one track. With an average running time of over five minutes, this is needed but also afforded by [...]

Features

Synth Wave Revival? “Didn’t know there was one”—A tale of four lads and three decades

Brendan Coyle. Mike Richardson. Neale Potts. Steven Lippert. A music revolution unfolding in their midst. “Being part of the electronic music scene in the UK for many years now I think that music now is very easy to produce using all the software, sounds and recording packages available on the market.” When we talk about technological […]

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Video Premiere—Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

If only you knew…. I would paint the release as dealing with the complexities and fragilities of close inter-personal relationships, when removed from the comforts of the established norms and place. The title track describes the slow process of disintegration and fracturing of such ties. An initial period calm is replaced by chaotic episodes, shifting […]

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Profiles

Oráculo Records :: Synthesizer surprises from a Spanish seaside town

Synthesizer surprises from a Spanish seaside town. Spain has a surprising tradition with electronics. The 1980s, a post dictatorial age, saw a burgeoning synth wave scene develop. This history has been captured by the likes of Domestica, but dig a little deeper and there is more to find. Just above Barcelona, near the French border, you’ll […]

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Reviews

New Rome :: Nowhere (Room40)

A rich harmonic vein rooted in classic ambient ‘scapism, seen as if through a glaze darkly, via a ’70s-’90s synth-prism. New Rome is the new musical home for Tomasz Bednarczyk, whom discerning ’00s ambient-electronica watchers will recall from a trio of accomplished albums, two of them Room40 editions. Summer Feelings and Painting Sky Together were distinguished by ‘restrained almost fragile […]

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Recent Articles

Blochemy :: Da Mear (Clean Error / Sun Sea Sky)

Blochemy crafts a tranquil and retrospective sonic collection that also reveals distant turbulent experiments continuing to spotlight the past while resting itself firmly in the now. In 2013 we covered Adreom released on Clean Error described as exuding “…the perfect intersection between Tri Repetae-era Autechre and Atol Scrap-era Arovane.” Fast-forward to 2016 and we see the […]

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New Rome :: Nowhere (Room40)

A rich harmonic vein rooted in classic ambient ‘scapism, seen as if through a glaze darkly, via a ’70s-’90s synth-prism. New Rome is the new musical home for Tomasz Bednarczyk, whom discerning ’00s ambient-electronica watchers will recall from a trio of accomplished albums, two of them Room40 editions. Summer Feelings and Painting Sky Together were distinguished by ‘restrained almost fragile […]

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Prosopo :: Prosopo (Lux Rec)

Sitting somewhere between drone, industrial and wave, the 12” has a blighted and bitter character. The recent release of R.R. Hearse’s Call Of Oedipus (1981 – 2013) seems to have rubbed off on June. The cold, distant ache of Tsamis’ live recordings is plan to hear on June’s latest foray. Under a new moniker, Prosopo, […]

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Haruo Okada + Fabio Perletta :: Genkai (LINE)

A cross between micro-tonal electronics, processed acoustic textures and sound ecology. Fabio Perletta is an Italian sound artist (now living in Berlin) whose I discovered the music a couple of years ago with a series of editions for his own label Farmacia901. Perletta is also responsible of a number of publications from renown minimal soundscaping artists […]

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Eraldo Bernocchi & Shinkiro :: In Praise of Shadows (SSSM)

Though subtle indeed, In Praise of Shadows summons a certain dis-ease, a sense of the shy and the paranoid, as if the listening mind were an incarnation of the artwork gracing the album. Much of the music made by Eraldo Bernocchi resides on the broken edges of faith, hope and compassion. More sanguine than exsanguinating, Shinkiro (Manabu Hiramoto), whose work […]

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E.R.P. :: Ancient Lights (Solar One Music)

Buttressing electronica with stripped rhythms, E.R.P. creates warm and vivid soundscapes as The Exaltics add some extra thrust for the floor. The Hubble Telescope Series was established with clear intent. Founded with a space-soaked 12” of astral electro by Luxus Varta, the mission was to forge electronics in the form of worlds beyond our own. […]

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Sync 24 & Silicon Scally :: Jack Out EP (Cultivated Electronics)

Beats are cutting, slicing through thick banks of bass. Shockwaves ripple through speakers as the duo sharpen melodies into razor blade peaks. I was perusing a rival—well rival might be a bit much—fellow, brother in arms(!) music blog the other day. All messing aside if you haven’t had a look at Pattern Burst I’d seriously […]

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Aleksi Perälä :: The Colundi Sequence Vol. 1 (Clone)

Perälä’s work has a distinctly Millsian flavor with hints of spooked AFX melody. It’s certainly other worldly and many of these tracks could easily slot into a Mills album about planets without anyone batting an eyelid. If you are not familiar with the back story to The Colundi Sequence then you’re in luck as they […]

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Kita Kouhei :: Akashic Records (Lantern / Nature Bliss)

Minuscule electronic portraits with intense foreign spices. Clicks and cuts, chopped piano extracts, broken melodies and digital symphonies spread across tranquil ambient streams are ever-present on Akashic Records. Bass thumps are massaged across Japanese vocal clips on a few tracks as emotive passages are balanced by glitch-lullaby meanderings. A sojourn of harmonic detail, disjointed keys […]

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Video Premiere—Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

If only you knew…. I would paint the release as dealing with the complexities and fragilities of close inter-personal relationships, when removed from the comforts of the established norms and place. The title track describes the slow process of disintegration and fracturing of such ties. An initial period calm is replaced by chaotic episodes, shifting […]

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L’eoscombu Couti :: Five Cambridge Utilities (Constellation Tatsu)

A fabulous set of heavy-lid hypnagogue ambient drone drift. It’s not long since Constellation Tatsu‘s Winter Batch, which included the lovely likes of Chihei Hatakeyama’s You’re Still In It and Havenaire’s Tremolo. That tape hiss happiness abounds at the margins is down to the likes of Oakland’s self-styled ‘adventurous with spiritual artistic sensibilities’ cassette specialist. Rude health is in continued evidence in its just-in Spring batch, […]

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Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens :: The [Gold Mixtape] (Self-Released)

The [Gold Mixtape] breezes by with its punchy exp-electronic reflections and genre-crossing that somehow just works. A focused collaborative vocal effort coming from multi-talented, Denver-based Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens. Always one to construct and deconstruct a myriad of soundwaves, JWS doesn’t settle for just one genre. The vocal tint on The [Gold Mixtape]—inspired by DJ Charlie Buckett’s […]

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Balance / Lucianno Lamanna :: Double review (Scudiera / Subsound)

There’s a revival of techno in Italy and Lamanna, and like-minded musicians, are at the coal face. Psychological, at times bordering on serpentine, a deep and brooding sound has been sculpted out of ashen images and industrial clatter. It can be hard to keep up with artists, some more so than others. At times it […]

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Red Stars Over Tokyo :: Deconstructing Happiness (Testtoon)

Contrasts melt, comparisons jar as a strange sense of composition is somehow maintained in this immensely absorbing album. Jeroen Lauwers is a staple of Testtoon Records. Under his Red Stars Over Tokyo moniker this soundscape sculptor has delivered two 12”s and a 2LP. And it’s to the Belgium imprint that he returns with a new […]

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Endfest / Layup :: Double Review (Endless Illusion)

Looking over Endless Illusion’s back catalog it’s fair to say that the label took educated risks with its first vinyl outings. This latest pair, lesser known names, sees the Czechs roll the dice and come up trumps. Two releases of daring electronics from artists who deserve more vinyl attention, musicians coming out into the light. […]

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R.R. Hearse :: Call Of Oedipus (1981 – 2013) (June)

R.R. Hearse fits into no category previously explored. Grainy, it’s a record that some will find difficult to grapple with. Nevertheless it’s a bold move and a statement of both confidence and intent from June. In the last few years my zeal for minimal synth has diminished. I still love it, but the volume of […]

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Sturqen :: Cura (Kvitnu)

Exploring an inner violence, Sturqen have inadvertently created a fluid audio distraction of raw industrial soundscapes. As Cura (Cure in English) suggests treatment or restoration of a sick organism, Porto Portugal-based Sturqen (aka David Arantes, César Rodrigues) are a prolific duo that continue to rattle exp-electronics and modular soundscapes. How they intend to organize and explore this inner […]

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Oráculo Records :: Synthesizer surprises from a Spanish seaside town

Synthesizer surprises from a Spanish seaside town. Spain has a surprising tradition with electronics. The 1980s, a post dictatorial age, saw a burgeoning synth wave scene develop. This history has been captured by the likes of Domestica, but dig a little deeper and there is more to find. Just above Barcelona, near the French border, you’ll […]

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Logical Disorder :: Doomed Hope EP (Crazy Language)

A fabric of condensed cinematic melody, heavily textured beats and rhythmic digitized drones, Doomed Hope is both uplifting and brooding in one fell swoop. I have to admit, I really should have been tuned into Logical Disorder (aka Javier Barrero) a long time ago. He’s been very active with an abundance of extended players and […]

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V/A :: Touched Bass (Touched Music / Bass Agenda)

Touched Bass brings together a vast array of artists for a great cause from techno, ambient and industrial. Given the heaviness of a lot of these tracks one could assume the organizers hope to simply beat cancer into remission. Touched Bass brings together a vast array of artists for a great cause from techno, ambient and industrial. Given the […]

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Clara de Asís :: Uno Todo Tres (Éditions Piednu)

Uno Todo Tres fills the mind with ‘is not’ everythingness, transported by the frail waver of the single sound that de Asís, a Spanish electroacoustic composer living in France and playing prepared, tabletop electric guitar, proceeds to infinitely split and splice. That which is not crawls into everything and takes its place (freely from a poem by Ann […]

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Plaid :: The Digging Remedy (Warp)

Firmly back where they belong: luring us in with quirky, brightly colored and accessible melodies, then trapping us in their dizzying maze of surprise, delight and hidden depths. Keep digging. There’s never been a dull moment in the near twenty-five years spent exploring the plaid-wallpapered, carpeted, upholstered, veneered and lacquered dwellings architected by the inimitable […]

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Marshall Applewhite :: We All Die EP (Detroit Underground)

We All Die states the inevitable, but it also aims for audible perfection where slow-motion electrical sounds resonate, rattle and rummage. A bemusing yet impacting downtempo EP, this is multi-directional music for the senses—on and off the dance floor. Marshall Applewhite has had a handful of music released on How To Kill, Clan Destine, Senseless Neon and his own YoSucka! […]

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Anopolis :: Dimokritou EP (Lower Parts)

Drum machine programming is taken to a new level for Dimokritou. Anopolis’ Akropoleos is a record that I’ve practically worn out through overplay, and it’s only been out for two years! It’s a cracking record, one that brings together house, wave, dark and light for a 12” I’ve returned to again and again and again. […]

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Marshall Watson :: Sitting Near Dreaming EP (Seven Villas Music)

Sitting Near Dreaming is a medley between subtle ambient electronica and melodiously cinematic atmospheres. Efficient and inviting for listeners in quest of deep serenity and reflective mental states. Marshall Watson is a multi-directional sound artist, musical engineer and a DJ based in San Francisco. He also composes soundtracks on specific demands in the world of advertisement […]

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Lesley Flanigan :: Hedera (Physical Editons)

On Hedera a beat, generated by a defective tape deck, mangy as it is, is the golden loom on which she warps her voice with exquisite control and detail, replicating it and interweaving it with its own weft. Only squinting very closely in good light reveals that the almost black-on-black cover art of Lesley Flanigan‘s new album depicts a bed of […]

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Philippe Petit :: You Only Live Ice: Music From The Arctic Ice Shelf (Glacial Movements)

You Only Live Ice compellingly presents a landscape initially at rest, then draped, as if in timelapse, in dense tonal swathes, and wracked with electrostatic gusts and the chromatic violence of the Aurora Borealis, tension ratcheting up to a oneiric denouement. The last decade has seen Alessandro Tedeschi rope in a series of artists—the likes of Lull, Loscil, […]

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David Morley :: The Origin of Storms (De:Tuned)

Ambient music with a rich and textured techno depth. Inspired by Conrad Schnitzler, Morley draws on a soft and serene selection of sounds, swirling them into a soundtrack of storms. I love getting in a good ole natter about electronic music. I don’t want to listen to someone drone on about some flash in the […]

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Carbinax :: Snowglobe Citizen (Self-Released)

What’s amazing about Snowglobe Citizen is the sheer number of ideas Chris M manages to pack into any one track. With an average running time of over five minutes, this is needed but also afforded by the source material. That focus on melody means that Carbinax can take the elements of one track and use them […]

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Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate :: World Adapter (DiN)

Bridging the infinitesimal gaps between ambient and electronica, each audible snapshot is a pristine melodic bubble of time and space. Composed and produced by Ingo Zobel (Self Oscillate) and Bakis Sirros (Parallel Worlds), between 2010 and 2014, the two have adapted their sounds based on a plethora of analog machinery for World Adapter on the long-standing DiN imprint. […]

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