Post Tagged with: "Shoegaze"

Three on the Radar :: Andi Otto, Tosca, Tornado Wallace

The start of 2017 provided a hefty dose of downtempo electronica, dub and balearica. Here are three records you need to hear. Andi Otto :: VIA (Pingipung) Andi Otto, mostly known for his work as Springintgut, released his fourth solo album, VIA, in late January. It’s his first album under his real name. Already from the first […]

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Vlimmer :: llllll​/​lllllll (Blackjack Illuminist)

Maybe an over-productive project for a few ones but this bunch of nicely made tracks will easily convince fans of dark waving and moodily atmospheric electro-gothic music, mainly from the 80s. Alexander Leonard Donat is one busy, highly prolific, multifaceted and electronic self-produced artist coming from Berlin, Germany. The Berlin underground electronic music scene has […]

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Manie Sans Délire :: Untitled (June)

This latest installment probes the shadows even further. Tracks delve deeper into murky undercurrents, scrutinizing ashen aspects and the pierced psyches of the unseen and, sometimes, unheard. It’s been a pleasure to have been privy to the development of Tsampikos Fronas’ music, both his own as an artist and his eponymous label’s output. June’s output […]

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Understated Theory :: Critical Drift EP (Sparkwood)

Understated Theory’s 2015 EP, Critical Drift, is another example of the fine ears on the folks at Sparkwood Records. Must be something special about the Norwegian cold. Understated Theory’s 2015 EP, Critical Drift, is another example of the fine ears on the folks at Sparkwood Records. Must be something special about the Norwegian cold. At […]

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Lost Trail :: The Lost Trail Orchestra (Shimmering Moods)

The Lost Trail Orchestra gives a large space to warm layers of fuzzed-out guitar drones seconded by dream-pop melodies, concrete noises and minimal patterns. Shimmering Moods is back with two new autumnal albums in the craft based ambient / modern classical / semi-experimental genres: Selected Piano Works by π∆ππ and Lost Trail’s The Lost Trail […]

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Enzo Kreft :: Dark Matter (Walhalla)

There’s a weird and wonderful quality to Dark Matter. It follows no line, in many respects Kreft was one of the progenitors of synth wave and he reached that point through experimentation and change. Tracks and ideas bound and leap, scrolling drone skips joyfully into self-deprecating poetry and beyond into congratulation. It’s hard for an […]

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Eraldo Bernocchi & Prakash Sontakke :: Invisible Strings (RareNoise)

An irresistible east meets west affair. Immaculately produced and expertly executed with the natural expressivity and confidence you would expect to feel from such experienced and versatile musicians. Guitarist, experimental musician-producer and sound designer Eraldo Bernocchi, and slide guitar master Prakash Sontakke are both in that creative point where they have enough experience and skills […]

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Nacho Patrol :: Panter 777 (Minimal Rome)

Panter 777 sees the synth junkie return to one of his lesser employed pseudonyms on the label which first debuted it. As a youngster I tried to stay abreast of releases from an up and coming artist. A bespectacled dutch man, one who looked like a serious amount of time was spent indoor and most […]

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Neud Photo :: Dystopix (Mysidian)

Darker than his last partnership, Dystopix shows the influences of Belgium and greater Europe with its serrated synth stabs and glassy beats. Mysidian is a fledgling US label with a penchant for electro glazed disco and new wave romance. Following his Wall $treet collaboration with Pierre Klein, Nico Nightingale returns for a solo 12” under […]

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nil.co :: Slowly Comes the Morning (Sparkwood)

Seasoned in wildwood, an intimate mingling of cozy indoors and stirring outdoors. Right off the top, a soft, downward swoop that could be the air beneath the wings of a short-eared owl, gliding down the fell in full daylight, quartering off the moorland. As nil.co, Colin Crighton is said to have previously made “deep, swampy music inspired […]

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V/A :: Underground Wave Volume 5 (Walhalla)

Packed with variety, as was the Belgian scene of the 1980s. A spread of weird and wonderful styles are explored. Dense dark bitterness, minimal malaise and even some smiling silliness in this treasure trove. Walhalla seems to be the antithesis of other reissue labels. How so? There are those that pour out records, rivers of […]

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Solar Bears :: Advancement (Sunday Best)

Reversed playback, ambiguous ambience and an emotive shoegaze kaleidoscope are spread about as orchestral arrangements are smoothed into decayed soundscapes of dust and debris. Time-lapsed audio photography of the cinematic kind is revealed on Solar Bears’ third album Advancement, a sun-soaked macrocosm of electronic beauty. Taking off from their krautrock drenched outings on Planet Mu, here […]

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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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R.R. Hearse :: Call Of Oedipus (1981 – 2013) (June)

R.R. Hearse fits into no category previously explored. Grainy, it’s a record that some will find difficult to grapple with. Nevertheless it’s a bold move and a statement of both confidence and intent from June. In the last few years my zeal for minimal synth has diminished. I still love it, but the volume of […]

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Synth Wave Revival? “Didn’t know there was one”—A tale of four lads and three decades

Brendan Coyle. Mike Richardson. Neale Potts. Steven Lippert. A music revolution unfolding in their midst. “Being part of the electronic music scene in the UK for many years now I think that music now is very easy to produce using all the software, sounds and recording packages available on the market.” When we talk about technological […]

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Deru :: 1979: Remixed (Friends of Friends)

1979: Remixed is made of remixes, passing the original tracks through diverse treatments, manipulations and arrangements which are not meaningless or absurd, sometimes revealing or bringing to light muted aspects of the original tracks. Deru is the creative sound art project of electronic music designer Benjamin Wynn, located in Los Angeles. The trajectory of this project […]

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Beneath the surface of Blackwater :: Interview and Mix

And what is that sound? Techno I would say. Not specific enough? Add some of the following and you’ll get a picture. Black. Psychological. Industrial. Melancholic. Introverted. All styles that the London/Rome label of Blackwater has explored in its two year life. I was chatting with Marco Moreno Graziano of Analogic Density about electronic music […]

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Thin Films :: Komerebi/Mantis (Thin Recordings)

The two pieces are comfortable, inviting listens that shape electronic synth leads and brushed snares into an engaging soundtrack to daily life, whether that be studying, working, or any other intellectual pursuit. In listening to Mantis and Komerebi, the two new singles from Dan McRae (Thin Films), I was curious if they would be something that […]

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Aidan Baker :: Dualism (Midira)

Through drone, primal elements and a progressive rock spirit Dualism turns psychically deep with Aidan’s own recording of guitar, bass and drums. The far blow of heavy breathing, winds in deep night, suspense in many thoughts and dimensions, the heart races, slowly looking for a cradle of peace. The far horn is blown, suspensions in time […]

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Visonia / Synth Alien :: Opal’s Sunflowers / Memories (Last Known Trajectory)

The disco currents of past releases have been sidelined, a more mature and developed sound taking its place. In a strange coincidence, the latest two musicians to appear on Last Known Trajectory played in Madrid at the end of January. That might not seem too weird until you take a few factors into account. Ok, […]

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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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Proto Sites :: Daring to be different

An imprint that’s doing something interesting, not over-reaching nor pandering. In short, it’s doing its own thing. It’s hard to find a label that is doing its own thing. Huh? Well of course all labels will argue that they do it their way, and they do. But labels that are pursuing paths that few others […]

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Selles :: Sunwarper (Self-Released)

Sunwarper will appeal to a wide audience where shoegaze meets exp-electronic and nostalgic ambient weaves through pop sensibilities. Without narrowing down individual tracks, Sunwarper reveals an open landscape of moving, tranquil, and engaged musical acrobatics defying categorization. “Music for exploration. Analog sounds and instruments manipulated through digital means.” This is a good starting point for […]

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Lena Muir / Profil Horizontal :: Untitled (Eye for an Eye)

Tough, tear streaked proto-electronics with a wave edge. Bitter, raw and now, unearthed. Forgotten echoes by a disenfranchised for a new disenfranchised. The peripherals can be interesting. They can be hard to find in this internet age, but they are there. When it comes to electronics the margins are generally anywhere away from the epicenters, […]

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The volume settings folder :: Folder #05 (Self-Release)

Devoted to effective memories articulated to narratives and self-reflective mind travels. Nostalgic, sometimes emotionally overwhelmed ambient airs which open on a vast feeling of quietness. The Italian based sound artist Filippo Bordigato works under the moniker of The Volume Settings Folder and made folk, experimental ambient music his creative field of specialization. The project is […]

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December / Kaumwauld :: Half Cuts 1 (In Paradisum)

There’s been a rise in sludge techno in the last few years, industrial essences and experimentation, outsider electronics and a touch of Chicago. The boundaries are well and truly blurred. In Paradisum have been blurring those boundaries from day one. I like music that challenges you. In Paradisum’s output will do just that. Its back […]

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V/A :: The Underground Wave 7″s (Walhalla)

A varied beast. Tracks slide from style to style with little fixity of genre, but that’s what those early innovators were all about. There was no formula and it’s this diversity and independence of expression that is being celebrated.

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Costolloe & Nick Simoncino :: Double review (Signal Code)

These two records give a wide view of what this imprint has been up to over the last few years. A range of styles are explored with the focus being both on and off the dancefloor. Rich textures, cold moments, introspection and retrospection. If you haven’t checked out Signal Code yet get the thumb out […]

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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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