Post Tagged with: "Instrumental"

Council of Nine :: Trinity (Cryo Chamber)

The lugubrious and usual droney sound textures communicate with deeply sorrowing and altered melodious phrases mainly obtained by detached piano lines and echoing chordal sequences. Council of Nine is one regular project to be signed on the independent label Cryo Chamber. It is a one man musical entity formed in California by the dark sound […]

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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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Lunar Abyss & Uhushuhu :: Double review (Zhelezobeton)

Double review for Lunar Abyss and Uhushuhu. Aikana Uni by Lunar Abyss Lunar Abyss :: Aikana Uni (Zhelezobeton) A forest, boisterously Amazonian, at night, on a different planet. Crackling, golden atmosphere. Underscored by low radiation drone, while above, a satellite blinks. Thunking air vaguely reminiscent of the helicopters in Apocalypse Now. Ground underfoot that doesn’t quake but trembles. Evgeny Savenko […]

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Zen Land :: Zen Land (Warped)

The musical strength of Zen Land lies in the fascinating and original use of transporting colorful raga-like patterns in a jazzy mood combined to powerful textured electronics and softly driven ambiences. Zen Land is a high standard musical collective which features a bunch of well known artists from the international independent scene. Michael Zentner is […]

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Badun :: s.o.t.s. Respace (Schematic Music Co.)

s.o.t.s. Respace attempts to resign, revisit, re-appropriate, or leave unresolved the stuff we set aside for the taking, forming and forcing new connections and associations along the way, scavenging for and scattering the detritus of life, just an ordinary day. Ornamental, divorced almost entirely from purpose but nevertheless alive with intent, the modern-day remix is […]

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Yair Etziony :: Albion (False Industries) …and inspired mix!

Albion is a conceptual album whose thematic deals with cultural diffusion, global landscapes of ideas, mental forms and knowledge’s under the angle of the neo-colonialism’s hegemonic process. Less than a year ago I reviewed Yair Etziony’s dark psychedelic and “kosmische” retro electronic-tinged effort Delphi which made a nice impression. Was curious to give a listen […]

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Collage Noire :: Black Steel EP (Kaometry)

A six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. Amon Tobin’s Brickolage (Ninja Tune, 1997) immediately comes to mind on Black Steel—especially opening piece “Republica”—a six-track extended player that busts and buries downtempo beats in a low-end mass of jazzy extracts and distorted jungle. […]

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Future 3 :: With And Without (Morr Music)

A studied performance with the most meticulous of production. The trio have preserved something of a soul within. A strong and exemplary effort. This is Future 3’s first record in thirteen years. The trio of producers from Denmark return to their latest album, collaborating with and without guests on the aptly titled With And Without. The […]

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Anjou :: Anjou (Kranky)

An album stark and austere but dynamic, its elements shift like ice floes; colliding, sinking, and smashing into pieces, directed by some mysterious but entirely captivating design. The self-titled Anjou marks the first time Mark Nelson and Robert Donne have worked together since the excellent Fixed: Content by Labradford; here they are joined by Steven […]

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Caught in the Wake Forever & Crow Versus Crow :: Excommunicado (Crow Versus Crow Editions)

The title Excommunicado makes the theme evasive, but while thwarting definitive interpretation, the sound and visuals embrace one another, proving the duo were anything but incommunicado. This distinctive collaboration is audio and visual. All sounds on Excommunicado are the work of Scotland’s Fraser McGowan while Yorkshireman Crow Versus Crow has created the splendid packaging, a plain brown envelope sealed […]

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ZoiD :: Electronic Jazz Fractals

Music has been Jacobson’s life work. His history with jazz and electronic music is lengthy, business minded and academic. His desire to refocus left the strongest impact during our conversation. He had the strength of character to admit he wanted independence in an industry that seldom allows it. After an hour’s chat you’re left thinking […]

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Fragile Balloon :: Lamprophonies (Numb Capsule)

A retreat from the usual, offering a subdued electronic microcosm that merits repeated observation. Numb Capsule is a new imprint based in Thessaloniki, Greece which includes support from John Trifonopoulos (aka Esoteric Sob) and aims to divulge the inner workings of leftfield electronic music and specialized graphic design. Their latest album produced by Fragile Balloon is an […]

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Terminal Sound System :: A Sun Spinning Backwards (Denovali)

The landscape bursting out of the speakers is turbulent and incendiary, soaked in a threatening mist. An unidentified mass, an unstoppable throbbing force on its way to devour universes. I love the winter. It’s my favorite time of the year. When the days are getting colder and the clouds darker, I’m starting to wait for that […]

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3View :: Intangible Cat

A small “scene”—or simply a bunch of friends with benefits like talent, good ideas and a shared sense of whimsy, as heard on ensemble efforts as Amalgamated—is emerging from semi-mythical, Midwestern America, in tidy pretty packages from the Intangible Cat label. Dog Hallucination :: Serving Two Masters A remarkable amount of design for a package the […]

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Stray Theories :: Those Who Remain (Already Dead Tapes)

Beautiful music to comfortably soundtrack the highs and lows of everyday life. As music lovers we will be the first to admit that on hearing new music you love there is an overwhelming desire to crow from the rooftops, share with friends and generally enthuse with much gusto about the sheer brilliance of a new […]

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Clark :: Iradelphic Sessions (Self-Released)

Layered feedback, looped vocal samples, soft rhythms, acoustic instrumentation, and full spectrum pad-work are all loosely sewn together into a beautiful patchwork of disparate and harmonious sounds. I, a relatively recent convert, who first experienced 2009’s Totems Flare, always had Clark down as a riff maestro, whose frenetic brand of techno somehow managed to sculpt a […]

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Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens :: The Holy Dogs of Other Days (Plastic Sound Supply)

Perhaps best suited for long road-trips along the coastline, fuzzy basslines, scorched guitars and sizzling melodic bursts appear from every angle and an acoustic funk emanates from the edges. Secret Frequency Crew, Boards Of Canada, Four Tet and even Genaro come to mind when tuning into Jeffrey Wentworh Stevens’ latest for Colorado’s Plastic Sound Supply. Tranquilized analogous […]

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Weave :: A Part Not Apart (Self-Released)

Taking low-end and twisting it around loops of clicks, clangs and tribal spheres, there are chilled escapes of fluid that percolate around downtempo rhythms. [Release page] Weave’s self-released collection of music from 2006—2012 represents a slight shift in sound where the microscopic electrical beauty featured on Of The Nature Tone (Cactus Island, 2005) and inbetween (Cactus […]

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Brendan Byrnes :: Micropangaea (Spectropol)

Considered perhaps as a hybrid-electronic album with instrumental incisions, Micropangaea is an accomplished body of work that sparks several corners of the condensed, vibrant and textured space it inhabits. [Release page] There’s an immediate wow factor embedded within these eight pieces of sonic delight as featured in the tantalizing world of Brendan Byrnes‘ Micropangaea—a kaleidoscope of […]

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David Ezra Brown :: David Ezra Brown EP (Bedroom Research)

David Ezra Brown continues to twist and pull various strands of organic instrumentation, chilled grooves and timeless acoustic production values that would easily fit any late-night coffee bar playlist. [Release page] David Ezra Brown baffles the ears with a self-titled EP of sparkling instrumental electronics—a blissful snapshot of several genres mashed together in a serene 5-pack collection. Almost […]

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Yellow6 / Egsun :: Worth Wasting Time (Somehow Ecstatic)

It’s a soothing and sophisticated album, ranging from Attwood’s actually quite uplifting “decline” to Egsun’s intertwined plucking and bowing on “Abracadabra,” somersaulting us to the end. Time well wasted. [Release page] Little Greek label Somehow Ecstatic made wise use of its time dividing this split CD between Yellow6 and Egsun. The former blows from cold to warm over […]

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r.roo :: mgnovenie (Tympanik Audio)

The dominant emotion on display in the album is a contemplative moodiness—most tracks are led by acoustic piano melodies, which often interweave with subtly manipulated violin and cello arrangements. [Release page] r.roo has constructed a lovely world on mgnovenie, which comes to us courtesy of Tympanik Audio. The dominant emotion on display in the album […]

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Josh Varnedore :: Sun Chapter (Dynamophone)

[Release page] Fully encapsulated atmospheric emotion is thread throughout each piece of Sub Chapter. Calm, collected and engaging worlds are explored and effortlessly evolved in a plasma-induced stream of forward-moving melodies and glittering bubbles. Micro-layering of abstract details are buried deep within the (ambient) core as sheets of debris reminisce with lava flows of sun-soaked […]

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V/A :: Epitome (A Dynamophone Compendium)

Clips, buzzes, vocals, snaps, tangled bass-lines are drenched percussion slides across the background and allows the label to showcase the epitome of their mission statement described as euphonic experimental music. [Release page] Actual sounds and voices intermixed with lively instrumentation, minimal electronics, sun-soaked shoegaze, abstract ambience and surreal audio panorama’s are etched throughout Epitome, a […]

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Crisopa :: Biodance (n5MD)

While its exterior may shed elements of sun-soaked shoegaze balanced perfectly with lively electronics, Biodance is an abundant kaleidoscope of feel-good ear candy that will surely settle on many a top list for 2012.. n5MD continue their growth into powerful forays of emotion-filled audio extraction—but what’s astounding is when you can physically hear it buried […]

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wAgAwAgA :: Midnight Sampler (Record Label Records)

wAgAwAgA has an unusual take on music, with deep basses, really interesting beats and odd field recordings in abundance. He instantly stands out as having a unique style—not aggressive but not altogether passive. Innovative but not leaving the familiar completely in the shadows. I’ve been a fan of wAgAwAgA for a while now, ever since […]

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aMadoo :: Matsunoo Grand Shrine – Roumon LIVE (Somehow)

Playing at an eighth-century Shinto shrine in Kyoto, the musicians, led by Yuuji Hiromoto, first eye each other inquisitively, violin, muted trumpet, electronics, tabla, as kids with restless legs run up and down a path through the audience. A genuinely startling performance which grows from ambient meditation into electrifying jazz-funk. Playing at an eighth-century Shinto […]

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Ian Boddy and Erik Wøllo :: Frontiers (DiN)

Frontiers is a deeply moving , cerebral and constantly charming spacey musical adventure largely made of majestic floating synthesized waves, sinuous drone textures, hypno-ish rhythmical punctuations, programmed drums and frantic synth-like guitar tones. Part of the collaborative projects directed by Ian Boddy for his musical laboratory and independent label DiN, Frontiers features the presence and […]

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Clark :: Iradelphic (Warp)

Three years of traveling around the world, learning new instruments and his first real collaborations with more conventional vocalists have all gone into the rich tapestry of Iradelphic, and have truly bought Clark’s sound back down to earth with a rich self awareness and an audible hunger to really explore new things. It’s always a […]

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