Category: "Reviews"

Robert Crouch, Darren McClure, Miguel Isaza :: 3View (Dragon’s Eye)

2015 sees the 10th year of operations of bespoke LA-based sound art and drone label, Dragon’s Eye. A trio of birthday treats from Robert Crouch, Darren McClure and Miguel Isaza follows. First words from a sponsor… ‘find potential movements of deterritorialization, possible lines of flight, experience them, produce flow conjunctions here and there, try out continuums of intensities […]

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Metatron Omega :: Gnosis Dei (Cryo Chamber)

A highly mystical and brooding atmospheric musical adventure. Prolific but very professional and key label in the development of modern day subterranean, space and dark ambient music, Cryo Chamber, has recently signed a new obscure project titled Metatron Omega, from Serbia. The conceptual background of the project explicitly refers to occult arts and sciences, to […]

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The Exaltics :: The Truth Remixes (Solar One)

Everything that is good about electro is here. The harshness of the genre’s almost draconian parameters and how those limits can be stretched and bent to the musician’s will. Beautiful soundscapes tapered by rigidity, talented illustrations of how this sometimes overlooked style has so much to offer. Quality through and through. Solar One Music has […]

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Rapoon :: Seeds in the Tide: Volume 03 (Zoharum)

The third, double-disc volume in Zoharum’s massive reissue project of rare works by Rapoon, Seeds in the Tide, opens with a quartet of untitled pieces, source material for further belaboring in collaboration with Birds of Tin. The third, double-disc volume in Zoharum’s massive reissue project of rare works by Rapoon, Seeds in the Tide, opens […]

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Diffuse Arc :: Teoria de las Ideas EP (Caustica Waveform)

Streaked with summer sun the entire 12” has an airy and bright aspect. Electro is the predominant style, but not the moody side of the genre. Diffuse Arc managed to cause quite a stir with his first two 12”s. After founding Caustica Waveform, the Madrid based artist delivered the mechanical warmth of Messiah before the […]

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V/A :: Grey City (ZCKR)

Grey City is far from ashen. Leaden clouds hang over some tracks, deluges of audio hail pummeling the unsuspecting listener. But that is just with certain pieces. Sunshine breaks, puddles form and evaporate, skies turn from golden to black before returning to azure. Tautology is a terrible thing. But it can be hard to get […]

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Alex Menzies :: Order & Disorder (Kathexis)

Order & Disorder brings together twenty pieces of contemporary classical music. Flickering machine sounds sit between rich and textured piano sounds. But that would be to do this absolutely wonderful album a disservice. A refreshing musical surprise is a great thing. You think you know something, you’ve got an artist figured out; but you don’t. […]

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Datacrashrobot :: Inline Expansion EP (Bass Agenda)

Beats breaking, lasers beaming and noise bitten glimpse-melodies reveal themselves in dubby dark-knit matter. Datacrashrobot is an electro/experimental project of Sorin Paun that started at the beginning of 2008. Sorin has worked under many names and is a highly visual musician/artist that also goes under the name Randomform which recently released Furtherfield on Detroit Underground. […]

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214 :: North Bend (Shipwrec)

Rich, dark, bright, textured and a cracking record. In all music there are certain names that shine brighter. Some artists grab the headlines. This position in the limelight can be based on past glories or down to sheer volume of releases. Sometimes it can be the all-important nod that shifts attention. Merit can be easily […]

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Concretism :: Town Planning (Self-Released)

Town Planning is neo-brutalism under a constantly anthracite sky. It is conceptual art celebrating its greyness, its standardization and the strange pull it exercises on us today. With a catchy opening theme worthy of Delia Derbyshire circa 1963, Chris Sharp shifts his Concretism onto a new, once promising format, the compact disc, after a themed quartet […]

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Tallesen :: Stills Lit Through (Software)

Stills Lit Through is what metal sculpting would sound like, if it could sing with each fall of the hammer, each bend under the torch, cold rolled steel round stock naked, skinny and gnarled as branches on a winter elm. Stills Lit Through is what metal sculpting would sound like, if it could sing with each fall of the […]

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Ricardo Donoso :: Machine to Machine (Denovali)

Donoso uses his knowledge and skills to bend, stretch and twist the rules. He thinks outside of the box, and reflects it clearly once again with Machine to Machine. Boston based Brazilian born composer, percussionist and electronic musician, Ricardo Donoso, returns with a new album on Germany’s multifaceted Denovali imprint. Pulsating techno pyrotechnics, celestial ambient, […]

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Chihei Hatakeyama :: Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains (Room40)

Throughout, subtle inflictions add a new dimension—more than mere musically mediated scene capture; beyond setting, more of a story told in the tracks, Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains is not just about the eponymous moon light, but the viewer and some emotive state s/he may be navigating. Which ambient guitarist do you go to when you choose […]

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Enmetertre :: Herman The Dog EP (Jens)

So this may be a 12” dedicated to a canine companion, but as silly as that sounds the EP doesn’t lapse into the stereotype. Instead this Gothenburg artist brings together four varied cuts, showcases his abilities and leaves you more than satisfied. Jens Records has been on the go now for a few years. The […]

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Celer & Nicholas Szczepanik :: Here, for now (Self-Released)

Here, for now, then, is a set of sustained streams, constant currents—endless eddies that lull into a sense of serenity, whose falseness is hinted at by undercurrents in the near-dark sighted below. Last heard of in early 2014 with magisterial Eliane Radigue tribute, Not Knowing, there’s been barely a peep since then from previously prolific Nicholas Szczepanik. It smacks […]

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Dronny Darko & protoU :: Earth Songs (Cryo Chamber)

This music breathes. It whispers from the pulsating depths of boundless panoramic dreams, percolates effortlessly through the speakers, creating a window of sorts, a way of looking—and maybe even entering—into another world. For the second time this year, prolific dark ambient label Cryo Chamber distinctly deviates from its signature sound and style. The first time […]

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Guilio Aldunucci :: Spazio Sacro (Time Released Sound)

Without knowing anything about Aldinucci’s relationship to religion, his reenactment of its length and breadth on Spazio Sacro evokes feelings of both wonder and dread. As evident to anyone who enjoyed the dazzling monochromes of Aer, recently exhaled on Dronarivm, Giulio Aldinucci is a seal with a beach ball at balancing field recording, ambient, minimalist composition and musique […]

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Samantha Grace Edwards :: Graceland (Beartown)

Puntastic title aside, this one-act sound playlet brings down a proper, dirty brick chill onto even the most clement day. Out of a damp pedestrian underpass schwooms a braided, steely drone by the London’s Samantha Grace Edwards, opening the twenty-minute, blighted urban pastorale Graceland. Giant gong shimmer rises into a throb and fills the space. Ridges in […]

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The Laborer :: The Changing Tide (Wist Rec)

Ambient micro-tonalism with slow moving and abundant manipulated textures, sporadic noisy frequencies, miniature-like sound sculptures whose original source mainly comes from acoustic instruments, field recordings. The Laborer is the new ambient folk / sound experimentalism project of Richard Cunliffe. Regular listeners of Sound Art radio FM (U.K) are quite familiar with Richard’s passionate monthly program […]

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IAEA Headquarters :: Storm 21 (Clean Error)

The dissection of slanted mechanical sound effects and Autechrean landscapes are seemingly carried by atoms. Clean Error have been on a consistent mission of processing and publishing the finest in abstract electronic music from one skewed angle to the next. These clean errors have literally become the norm and the latest album by IAEA Headquarters […]

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Daniel Lercher :: Missa Brevis (Chmafu Nocords)

Sine tones crawl along the nave, round the apse and ascend to meet Lercher midair, at the pipe organ. A “short mass” commissioned by Austrian public radio, composed and performed by Daniel Lercher and recorded over two days in early October, 2012, at the Heilandskirche in Graz. Order is called and the holy air cleared […]

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Lone :: Lemurian Re-Issue (R&S / Magic Wire)

Layering samples on old tape and making music on all manner of quaintly out-of-date appurtenances—one of the many musical children to which Boards of Canada have a right—both collections spin the radio dial and spray acrylic color all over the place. Lemurian, the 2008 debut album as Lone by Matt Cutler (now re-mastered by Matt […]

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Fis :: The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now (Loopy)

A veneer of unkempt noise and disorder is attended by intimations of hyper-timbral detail and hermetic design. There’s definitely something in the water in Wellington on the evidence of The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now, a set of ‘sonic explorations made in glorious isolation’ whereon Fis gets his debut head from Loopy. Off the back of a series of […]

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Joe Drive :: Anamorphic Age (Kooaad Muzik)

Below some of those ashen elements lies warmth, subtle movements and shifts that elevate this inaugural 12” on KOOAAD into something more. I’ve been covering Joe Drive since the beginning of his career. With releases on Jamal Moss’ Mathematics, 4Lux and Lux Rec, Mr Drive has been exploring the divide between house and techno, arctic […]

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Heidi Lord :: English Electric (Weme)

Each piece is self-contained perpetual motion. Sourcing MRI equipment, modular synthesizers, gongs and guitars, sampled conversation from the grocery store and her own voice, she waxes elegiac, abstract, concrete, and yes, somehow very English. One of the most successful debuts of the year. English Electric is a gallery of sonic sculptures, the first solo exhibition by Heidi […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :​: Urban Patterning (Component)

A dynamic, colorful and cinematic sounding electronic ambient album that will ravish fans of 70s/80s B-grade film scores from sci-fi to thrillers and twister experimental films. Cathode Ray Tube is a multifaceted synthscaping electronic music project formed by Igloo’s own Charles R. Terhune. Before to go into this new EP I made a quick exploration […]

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Alio Die & Parallel Worlds :: Elusive Metaphor (Hic Sunt Leones)

Elusive Metaphor waxes like a benevolent force of nature, one from a time when the world remained enchanted, premodern. Soft, engulfing, and serene sylvan settings, still in their infancy. They are showpieces of understatement, sonic texturing and delicious restraint. Elusive is right, because the collaborators seem to be mulling something over, testing ideas in their collective […]

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T_st and Dronelock :: The Eternal Now (Sphere Gear)

The Eternal Now is imbued with an overarching industrial feel—images of clunking robotic machinery and hissing pistons accompany nebulous synth pads and plenty of unexpected melodic twists. Bradford based producers Martin Cartledge and Alexander Church have been steadily building a solid following around their deep, industrial yet melodic and warm techno productions. Dettmann, Surgeon, Lucy, […]

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WC00160 & Abono :: Untitled EP (ALLISANDNOT)

Deep machine music with just the right balance of bite and bloom. Styles coming together, forming, shaping and gelling into a wonderfully familiar difference. A great start from this fledgling imprint. I like the European project. There ya go. There’s been an awful amount of talk about it over the last five years. Blame assigned, […]

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