Articles By: Owen Vince

TüTH :: Transgression (Umor Rex)

Sometimes, a release falls into your hands which has only magic about it; hearing the first bars, the long and guttural machine cough which it gives out, you close your eyes in anticipation. Transgression transfixes itself within the body, crunching through the listening ear—alert, cunning, and yet almost intolerably gigantic. It is music both depersonalized and […]

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Belief Defect :: Decadent Yet Depraved (Raster)

Decadent Yet Depraved is a music which can only exist in—and reflect—the pulverized remains and contradictions of a giddy late capitalist plunge into its own abyss. As much as Decadent Yet Depraved utilizes the equipment and machineries of contemporary society, its derangement of them and its throttling, absurdist violence—speak to its attempt to identify music (and […]

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Porya Hatami :: Phone To Logos (Audiobulb)

Overall, Phone to Logos details a process by which Hatami’s early and more linear ambience has given way to more disruptive and complex sound signatures, distortion, and rhythms—these do not detract from his clearly brilliant field-recording, but rather work to better depict the complex textures and behaviors of organic and non-organic materials and landscapes. Porya […]

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port-royal :: Where Are You Now (n5MD)

Where Are You Know is an audacious and masterful return for port-royal, who have demonstrated their ability to expertly utilize and combine a variety of influences while never losing their voice in the mix. Where Are You Now is the latest, much anticipated, release by Genoa-based electronica and post-rock band, port-royal. It’s been a tense […]

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ODAE :: (college) (Morning Hour)

An accomplished and exciting EP that does an expert job of retaining a core identity of sitar-inspired and ambient synth keys and tone clusters against a slowed-down and darker almost hip-hop style of drum sampling and tempo. These are big, environmental textures which demand large, cavernous spaces to fill. This new EP from Houston-based ODAE […]

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(ghost) :: Elas EP (n5MD)

Through a combination of new tracks and remixes, (ghost) cements his expertise in melodic and often daring, dramatic, and experimental harmonic techno while opening that sound up to interpretations by a number of artists with both similar and distinct voices and techniques. Elas is the maxi-EP companion release to (ghost)’s 2014 A Vast and Decaying […]

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MUTEK Barcelona :: March 4-7, 2015

MUTEK.ES is about both the new and the “old,” about combining established musicians and new voices. For the sixth year in a row, MUTEK.ES—the sister festival to the flagship Montreal event—brought four days and long nights of electronic music and digital creativity to a number of Barcelona’s best venues, from the underground chambers of City […]

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MUTEK Barcelona :: March 4-7, 2015

Mutek has increasingly aimed to consolidate its audience while expanding into new territories, promising a memorable array of both new and established musicians, workshops, and conversations. Like its fellow and flagship festival in Canada’s Montreal, MUTEK Barcelona—now in its sixth year—offers up a program heavy with audiovisual collaboration, electronic, and experimental music spread across a […]

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ODAE :: If Things Had Memories, The Stories They’d Tell (Morning Hour)

Each track offers something of a carnival of textures, beats and downtempo segments strung around with vocal samples and snippets of conversation. Both as text and texture, If Things Had Memories… contains many stories in fragments, in hints and allusions. What if things could speak to us? What if they had memories? These are the questions […]

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(ghost) :: A Vast And Decaying Appearance (n5MD)

A Vast And Decaying Appearance has an almost anthemic, multi-instrumental core around which its synth, textures and samples rivet and cohere. The background of (ghost) (aka Brian Froh), his compositional background, is in collaborations, in band writing and performance. It’s no surprise that his fascinatingly, satisfyingly complex A Vast And Decaying Appearance, released by n5MD, […]

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Monty Adkins :: Borderlands (Audiobulb)

From its earliest moments, the melodic lines expand and warmly burr at their edges, overlapping with other lines that explore the higher range of the cello, pushing us to imagine its movement into the treble clef, the thumb tracking and shifting. In the 37.45 minutes of its winding, wending length, Monty Adkins’ Borderlands, his fourth […]

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Forrest :: Beyond The Withered Hills (I, Absentee)

A complex and disarmingly creative record whose sounds speak of the mystical and the physical in the same airy breath. Forrest is a project of Warren Kroll (aka Dorosoto), whose previous work has included a split with Moustache Mountain (Anyteazers / Swepstone Songs) and the well-received Summer Sounds Asleep on U-Cover. Beyond the Withered Hills […]

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Tashi Wada :: Duets (Saltern)

These are not regulated sine waves, but rather haunting and arrhythmic sounds which assay and deepen your sense of an almost physical space. The duets drive you to imagine this relationship visually—of lines, chaffed at their edges, spiking and falling together. These four new duets for cello, the third solo release by composer Tashi Wada, […]

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V/A :: Die Welt ist Klang: A Tribute to Pete Namlook (Carpe Sonum)

Truly phenomenal in scope, content and diversity, Die welt is Klang lives up to its ambitious attempt to document an almost translucent, organic world of sound. Die Welt ist Klang is something altogether special. Produced in memoriam for the death of the ambient composer and producer Pete Namlook (AKA Peter Kuhlmann), musicians, colleagues and fans […]

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V/A :: An Introduction To (Soft)

An Introduction To is remarkable not simply for its range, but for the way that David Teboul has brought these different compositional voices together to produce something that is in conversation with itself. Soft Recordings is a newly founded French ambient label from David Teboul. An introduction To represents Soft’s first curated volume—a cabinet of curiosities […]

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Steiner :: At Or From A Distance (Glass Reservoir)

These sounds never overwhelm the ambience but, rather, do it service, almost bubbling up through it to add an inflection or humanity to certain sounds. At Or From A Distance is the third release in Glass Reservoir’s series of commissioned works exploring the interfaces between electronic and acoustic sound. Steiner has risen to the occasion with […]

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Antidröm :: Antidröm (The Association for Depth Sound)

The self-titled CDR release from Cambridge-based ambient and drone musician Antidröm is a sharp and provocative title, making clever and complex use of horror samples and industrial, percussive and decaying drone loops to create a chilling and complex experience. This is Antidröm’s second release, after 2012’s cassette First Things First. Where the first release was […]

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Nickolas Mohanna :: Parallax View (Low Point)

Filled with even more densely layered electronics, ambient drone, and fractal samples. A rich and tightly focused experiment in modular analogue synths, ambient drone and complex, sometimes jarring, always intriguing textures. With Parallax View, the Brooklyn-based musician and artist Nickolas Mohanna has produced a deeply textured and complexly layered fusion of sounds and samples. Building on […]

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Zvuku :: Remnant (Heat Death)

Remnant has a coherence and variety to it that only comes through on listening and re-listening. It is a fuller, bigger and ultimately a more positive sound. Remnant, the crowd-funded vinyl release of Karl McGrath (aka, Zvuku), is the artist’s first full length LP after releasing several distinctive CDrs with Rural Colours, Heat Death and […]

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