Category: "Newswire"

A Strangely Isolated Place, indeed?

To be the victim of four terrible vinyl runs coming back from a pressing plant for a single release seems like carelessness. Lav & Purl’s beautiful ambient album A State of Becoming was worth the wait, but one Ryan Griffin’s A Strangely Isolated Place label really shouldn’t have had to endure. For almost the exact same […]

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Freeform :: Rewind Above/Below/Beyond (Bedroom Research)

It’s 2017, and Freeform is finally making a comeback on Bedroom Research under the umbrella title: Rewind. Thanks to label-owner Matthieu Debliqui’s exhaustive scouring of Pyke’s archives, Rewind is a sprawling three-part retrospective presenting previously unreleased material, with each album focusing on a particular period of his extensive discography. When you think of veterans from […]

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Kiss My Arp OR The Quest for Ceyx (+ Violins)

Ceyx Quest is the latest Handstitched*, by The New Honey Shade, aka audio-visual artist Mark Kuykendall, who, as well as recording himself also produces, masters and engineers sound for films and commercials as well as doing cover design, collage, installations, and directing videos. Let’s talk about Ceyx. Son of Eosphorus and king of Trachis in Thessaly, that is. Myth has it […]

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Denovali Label Night NYC 2017

The prolific experimental German label will host a free entry event featuring Oneirogen, Never Sol, Saffronkeira and Ricardo Donoso on Saturday June 17 in Knockdown Center NYC. Doors open at 8pm. Oneirogen Never Sol Saffronkeira Ricardo Donoso Event page | Ticket reservation | Event page on Facebook | Denovali | Knockdown Center

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Sun Sea Sky :: Three new releases and vinyl giveaway! (Melorman / Blochemy)

Three releases from Charleston, IL-based Sun Sea Sky are due for release in June—Melorman‘s limited vinyl release Somewhere, Someday LP (his first since the well-received 2013 album Waves) as well as the digital Away EP are set for June 6th, while Blochemy‘s Rame for June 13th. Three releases from Charleston, IL-based Sun Sea Sky are due for release in […]

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Dalham :: Waves (Public House Recordings)

Via a variant of woozy tape-saturated electronica that’s at once caustic and caressing, it boldly blurs signifiers of new brutalism and beautiful places. News of a new release whose mix of sci-fi and blue-skied synth is sure to win hearts and minds of Boards and Ghost Box buffs alike. Newcomer Dalham‘s Waves shares both those artists’ musico-cultural coordinates, and likemind hauntology—along with […]

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Esem :: Enveloped – Remaster (Digital Edition)

Enveloped was a thing of beauty back in 2002, but be under no illusions: this new remastered edition is a revelation. The deFocus imprint launched way back in the year 2000 with a small compilation titled Do You See? It then set about releasing a bevvy of ambitious and creatively fertile releases from the likes […]

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The Caretaker :: Everywhere At The End Of Time (HAFTW)

In September 2016, The Caretaker was diagnosed with early onset dementia, beginning an inevitably finite journey into the realms of degenerative memory loss. This journey is set to be cataloged in six separate reports, a historic document of loss, progression and disintegration, with Stage One documented immediately. Here we experience the first signs of memory […]

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Dreissk :: To Nowhere (n5MD), “The Eye Can See” Video Premiere

Dreissk returns with his 3rd full-length album. Igloo Magazine is honored to premiere the video for the album’s opener, “The Eye Can See.” Press release from n5MD: To Nowhere is the 3rd full-length album from Undead Labs sound designer/composer Kevin Patzelt’s Dreissk project. The album features Patzelt’s now recognizable post-apocalyptic slant on ambient, post-rock and industrial […]

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V/A :: Fields (Kahvi Collective)

Continuing to unwrap streams of mind-boggling musical detail across several electronic music genres, Fields is a sonic smorgasbord that doesn’t let up. It goes without question that 2016 yielded, at least for me, an abundance of prime, large-scale compilations—Crazy 10 Years A/V, Sectioned v6.0, Frequencies Of The Mind III, Silicate Recursions, and Touched 3—to name a few. One […]

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Marconi Union :: Tokyo+ (Just Music)

Via Just Music, the British ultra-creative ambient outfit brings one of its more electronic-oriented outputs back to life coupled with a rich dessert in the form of a mesmerizing, cutting edge live performance. Tokyo was originally released by BineMusic in 2009 and delivered a crafty minimalist ambient techno display. Tokyo+ is a double album containing […]

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Loess :: Pocosin (n5MD)—exclusive stream

The multi-talented duo carefully stitch tempered, tranquil, pensive, and robust low-end tones on Pocosin—to be released February 17th with Oakland-based n5MD. Here’s an exclusive stream of “Striae”—a drifting and timeless sound escape that only Loess could navigate. Pine Barrens, NJ-based Clay Emerson and Ian Pullman (aka Loess) return with a new album. Their signature crumpled, colliding, slow-motion […]

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V/A :: CL-X: Crazy 10 Years A/V Compilation (Crazy Language)

Focused on a varietal mix from just about every exp-electronic sub-genre, CL-X: Crazy 10 Years is certainly a welcomed closure to the year, bringing much needed horsepower to propel us into 2017. Here’s another one before we close the books on 2016. Music certainly is a crazy language, and the Berlin-based netlabel celebrates its 10th […]

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V/A :: Sectioned v6​.​0 (Section 27)

Yet another behemoth compilation that spotlights Planet Earth’s finest sonic engineers. Carving, along the way, a splendid cross-section encompassing exp-electronic music and its kaleidoscopic splinter fields. Where do we start with this one? Yet another behemoth compilation that spotlights Planet Earth’s finest sonic engineers. Carving, along the way, a splendid cross-section encompassing exp-electronic music and its kaleidoscopic splinter fields. […]

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Day For Night 2016 :: December 17-18 (Houston, TX)

Day For Night, though only in its second year, is presenting a world-class lineup of forward-looking music and visual art. Organized by Free Press Houston and Work-Order, the festival offers a weekend of live music on four stages (both indoor and outdoor) and a large array of visual art installations. As its two biggest headliners […]

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Day Before Us :: Nihil Interit (Rage in Eden)

Each track develops its own atmosphere, sometimes mysteriously cinematic and underpinned by wistful melodies. Day Before Us is a French based project which originally blends textured electronics with a strong lyrical sensibility of somber beauty. The project was formed in 2011 by Philippe Blache. Titled Nihil Interit, this new album is the third published by […]

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Huron :: The Other Side of Reality (The Remixes)

The Other Side of Reality (The Remixes) is a must have remix collection, one that combines Huron’s original post-industrial audible strands and re-configures them into what feels more like an extended Version 2.0. In 2013 we covered The Other Side of Reality (Raumklang) described as having “…Sharp edges, fluid rhythms, mechanical pulses, chiseled percussion and a darkened veil […]

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Weldroid & Friends :: Silicate Recursions (Section 27)

Weldroid and friends surely pack an electronic punch here—with an abundance of remixes, it all blends into a cohesive, tangible and magnetic whole. Section 27 really deserves more attention. With all of the political riff-raff spread across Planet Earth lately, Section 27 continues to plant its own exp-electronic music seeds, the fruit of which has […]

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Subheim :: Trails EP Track Premiere (Denovali)

The Berlin-based producer returns to Denovali armed with Trails, a brand new 4-track EP featuring his boldest and deepest work to date plus a pulsating, hypnotic techno-ish remix from label mate John Lemke. Scroll down for an exclusive stream of the EP’s third track, “Forsaken Part II.” In the course of a decade Kostas K. […]

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James Murray :: Ghostwalk EP Premiere (Ultimae)

British composer James Murray releases a new EP on Ultimae. Scroll down for an exclusive stream. James Murray, one of the most eccentric artists in the Ultimae roster, finally returns to the label, armed with Ghostwalk, his new EP, an amuse-bouche to his forthcoming sophomore album for Ultimae, Eyes to the Height, out later this […]

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Meat Beat Manifesto :: 2016 live dates, EP and new album

Returning after a six year hiatus since 2010’s Answers Come in Dreams, seminal electronic band Meat Beat Manifesto (MBM) is gearing up for a handful of U.S. shows, heralding the release of new material. (Press Release) San Francisco, CA – Returning after a six year hiatus since 2010’s Answers Come in Dreams, seminal electronic band Meat […]

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Casino Versus Japan reveals Frozen Geometry

Ambient electronica legend Casino Versus Japan unveils a first full-length in over half a decade, Erik Kowalski announcing Frozen Geometry, a self-released double cassette. Ambient electronica legend Casino Versus Japan unveils a first full-length in over half a decade, Erik Kowalski announcing Frozen Geometry, a self-released double cassette. Casino Versus Japan’s work remains immaculate in conception—just that it’s issued […]

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David Fyans’ Somnambulist’s Field Guide

Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, man behind the label’s design aesthetic. ‘Sound has always been an integral part of ritual. The shared listening experience can give a sense of community, of synchronised brainwaves and collective movement.’ (Fyans, The Somnambulist’s Field Guide) Breaking from Broken20, news of an impending audiovisual release from David Fyans, […]

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Touched 3 :: Macmillan Cancer Benefit Compilation (Touched Music)

Planet Earth’s largest electronic music benefit compilation Touched 3 featuring 4 17 songs and over five gigabytes is available now! Touched 3 Touched 3 is the last compilation out by Touched Music benefiting Macmillan Cancer Support. At 417 songs, over five gigabytes and a mere £15 there’s something for every lover of electronic music on this comp. […]

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Melancholy, love and hope :: Donnacha Costello unleashes Mono No Aware

Deep, heartwarming, highly effective ambient. “The techniques and equipment are various, several of the works are generative and some are live recordings. All are tinged with melancholy, love and hope” says Donnacha Costello on the Bandcamp release page of his latest creation, Mono No Aware. Melancholy, love and hope, indeed, it’s all there. Ethereal, mysterious, […]

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Gaudi :: 10” White Vinyl and Digital EP on RareNoise

Spacious, spacey, heavy mystical dub pulses with invincible groove, majesty and might. The highly versatile musician and producer strikes again, this time with a delicious appetizer via the multifaceted RareNoise imprint. The 2-track EP (download comes with a bonus track, “Nocturnal Sonata”) serves as an introduction to the forthcoming full length release, to be titled […]

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Greenleaf :: Organic electronic music excavated from the landscape

Greenleaf explores such themes as AI, man-made lifeforms, artificial landscape and GM crops. Spores succeeds in being at once ironic/detached and serious/engaged, postmodern art work and polemical socio-cultural comment. That’s the stock-in-trade of music producer/audio-visual artist, Paul Greenleaf, whose just-released Spores, with associated self-directed video, has an eye to our Anthropocene Age—a prevailing cultural backdrop of self-learning machines, driverless cars and the Internet […]

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Day Before Us :: Enlightening Secrecy (Triple Moon)

Droning and brooding textured electronic sequences are joined by melodious acoustic lines. Making its name in the understated underground music scene, Day Before Us is at the intersection of various musical registers, from moodily atmospheric ambient, to ethereal dark wave with an emotionally evocative and soundtracky vibe. In five years a number of physical releases […]

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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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