Post Tagged with: "Infraction"

Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2017

In 2017 Igloo Magazine celebrated seventeen years of online presence covering several hundred releases from creative musicians around the globe this year alone. Our dedicated contributors continue to cull the finest musical fragments from a variety of genres, and we’ve pooled together a rather large selection of music that traversed higher ground. Here are the […]

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Elsewhereness Revisited #5 selected ambient twerks

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #5. Now near-veterans with a back catalog on Infraction, Own, Barge and Students of Decay after s/t EP (Highpoint Lowlife, 2007), Pausal stop off at Dronarivm. A Touched Music request to perform in Pembrokeshire prompted the New Forest’s […]

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Keith Berry :: Elixir (Invisible Birds)

‘From the more visible we must turn now towards the increasingly less visible which is also most revealing and most true’ (Philippe Jaccottet, Landscapes with Absent Figures) Quote from Invisible Birds, purveyors of hand-packaged ltd. ed. wares ‘evocative of  memory, transcendence, birds, landscape, and nothingness.’ We’re told ‘forms of memory, nothingness and the sublime may include: birdsongs, […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with arpeggiating timbres and shimmering drones, and self-titled (Astro:Dynamics)–IDM-y sounds shot through with post-ambient forms and off-kilter melodies, while his Skogen, Flickan Och […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Smith & Mudd, Experiments in Silence, Drape, Fatih Tuter

Time for this year’s second Winter Transmission. Four albums to keep you warm and cozy yet soul-stirred and mind-stimulated during the cold gray days. Smith & Mudd :: Gorthleck (Claremont 56) This is what dreams are made of. Nine deep ambient folktronica tracks with 70s space music flavors, ethereal post-rock glow and a gentle Floyd-ish […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #2 Man Bites Hypnagogue

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, tube-lubed, cloud-ed, and bcamped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #2 Two reissues on neonate Pre-Echo plus In Summer, a Geographic North tape now d/l-able, top up New-Noise-Romantic Jefre-Cantu Ledesma‘s HQ* (see “Love’s Refrain”‘s Cocteaus vs. chillwave). Lovers of A Year With 13 Moons or any of J-CL’s selected […]

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Beautumn :: Bordeaux (Infraction)

The promo discourse gestures vaguely to ‘something inherently Russian about Bordeaux, about this sound,’ before settling for ‘Tragic, cold, mysterious and beautiful—it is a product of the land whether it is meant to be or not.’ A stereotype perhaps, but with an element of truth to it, presenting as it does against an icy landscape with […]

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Willamette’s Diminished Composition

Diminished Composition brings sad-happy scenes painted in warm tones, strokes of drone deftly drawn. A new recording from Willamette, Diminished Composition, has just been released by Scissor Tail. The WA-based ambient post-classical project—nicely referred to as ‘chamber drone caught in perpetually Lynchian state of romantic, dream-fog rapture’ (Spin)—is formed of Joseph Yonker and brothers Davin and Kevin Chong. Ambient […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2015

So here it is—from ambient drone to post-rock, jazz and modern classical, from IDM to experimental to post-digital microsound; hallucinatory electronics to experimental soundscapery, candy-color post-kosmische to alien noise, intergalactic techno to post-hardcore mayhem and broken bass music, these are igloomag’s picks for the year… Sherpas to your questing climbers 2015: a year of listening, […]

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Offthesky & Pleq :: A Thousand Fields (Infraction)

At the intersection between ambient, minimalism, 4th world, found sound, drone, and post-classical composition. Questing ambient and soundscape exponents with previous form over a slew of labels—Home Normal, Taâlem, Constellation Tatsu, Databloem, dataObscura, Ephre, and Basses Frequences, for starters—commune to create a whole beyond the sum of its differently located parts. Product of a Massillon–Denver–Warsaw pact hatched by […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Slings the Wooze Anew mix

Revisiting the sound and vision of Slings The Wooze, Igloo’s Alan Lockett, aka Mist-maxer albient, Slings the Wooze Anew with more than a score of exponents of blurred ambience, FX-drenched drone and electronic aethers new, renewed, and re-viewed, strung into wondrous wooze—all but opening keynote throwback-bite fresh from this year and last. Artists: 36, Alva Noto, Benoît […]

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Ben Fleury-Steiner :: While The Red Fish Sleeps (Soft Corridor)

While The Red Fish Sleeps is an engagingly queasy immersion in mystery seas teeming with spectral eldritch presence, accompanying text from Beckett providing further anchorage for a hymn to disintegration and transubstantiation. Ben Fleury-Steiner self-describes as ‘an unabashed moody experimentalist drawn especially to flows between hypnotic micro-sounds and vast aural wholes,’ providing ‘opportunities for deep listening.’ His ‘deep listening,’ mind, […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2014

Here it is, well over 160 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electronica, synth, jazz, modern classical, experimental and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews, a Soundcloud player, and a slideshow randomly displaying some […]

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Loren Dent :: Anthropology Vols. 2 & 3 (Infraction)

Anthropology Vols. 2 & 3 has about it a melancholic cast, more rainy-day Autumnal evening than sun-dappled Aestival afternoon. A review of Anthropology Vol. 1 (2009) prompted this author to invoke The Grain of the Voice, Roland Barthes‘ essay on the voice’s potential to tap into some embodiment beyond words, melody, even conventional meaning. Despite a dearth in Dent’s […]

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Pausal :: Along the Mantic Spring (Infraction)

Pausal’s patented minimalist neo-romanticism offsets harmonic comfort zone with subtle experimental edge, finding a fine balance between long-form drones and hushed acoustic twinkles—of the nature tone and of soft synthesis, dense yet gossamer-light, particulate and dissolved. Infraction owner, Jason Bryant has always seemed like a genuine fan—one whose label stewardship feels like an extension of his […]

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Fibreforms :: Treedrums (Infraction)

Treedrums draws on melding instrumental passages of kit drums and guitars with found and treated sounds, psycho-activating vibrant forms and spaces. Back in the mists of 1996—long before the kaleidoscopic rhythm and sound of last year’s Meadow:watt made it to igloo’s Tops, before the smudged texture maps of Dusker (2007), before even the loopstrata and […]

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Keith Berry :: Towards the Blue Peninsula (Infraction)

Towards the Blue Peninsula is possessed of a grandeur that belies the lowercase subtlety of the compositions, bearing a freight of ineffability, the key the finding of a feeling of something somehow transcendent in enigmatic tonalities. In a review of a previous Keith Berry Infraction, The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish, affordance theory […]

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3View :: Infraction

Founded around the turn of the millenium, Infraction Records has played an unerring long game since then. One suspects Jason Bryant subscribes to The Long Now, his labors of love out of a cottage-industry front room in Ohio issuing in just a handful of releases a year. More likely it’s indicative of a presentational and […]

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Ben Fleury-Steiner :: Clearings (Rural Colours)

Clearings seems to describe a trajectory in its passage from organic to more ethereal sounds; a dynamic of slow aperture, a catharsis involving nature’s mediation—these ‘clearings’ seeming polysemic. Over the last decade Delaware ambient axe-scapeist Ben Fleury-Steiner has quietly accumulated an impressive back catalogue spread across Infraction, Low Point, Mystery Sea, and Hypnos, not to […]

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Drape :: An Idea And Its Map (Infraction)

A finely wrought working of materials drawn from the drone-ambient-postrock depository into a coherent flow that feels both of and apart from its tributaries. The passage of Drape’s first LP to final vinyl, after smooth initial delivery, has been somewhat ill-starred. Beset with trouble at the Infraction mill, attended by dark mutterings of ‘natural phenomena’ […]

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Alan Lockett’s Tops of 2011 :: So Far (So Good)

Igloo Magazine Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett’s verdict on 2011’s half-year of music is sofar, sogood, with his picks appearing on two Top lists here. To accompany this, extracts from his thirty picks were chosen and sorted into two piles, broadly designated ambient/drone and techno/dub/idm, and spun into a brace of mixes. :::….:.:::….:::::::..:::::…..::..::::…::::.:.::::..:::…:::….:::.::::.:.::.:::.:::.:::…:::..::…:: 20eleven sogood :: […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: 20eleven sofar | sogood (igloomag mix)

Alan, known to some as albient for his mix-tricks (and occasional audio-doodle) compiles 15 of driftiest dream-dealers in ambient/drone for 20eleven so far, while for 20eleven sogood he channels another 15 of the movie’n’grooviest techno/dub/idm players. Igloo Magazine Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett’s verdict on 2011’s half-year of music is sofar, sogood, with his picks appearing […]

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Keith Berry, Bible & Henry :: Double review (Infraction)

For some years now Infraction Records has been doing us proud with a series of reissues of obscure objects of desire – some limited editions where demand left supply high and dry, others reclaimed from a limbo fallen into perhaps out of insufficient initial release momentum. For some years now Infraction Records has been doing […]

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