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Here is a list of releases that I'm curious about. I almost certainly won't have the time and money for all of them. And there are sure to be some things I don't expect, or even just ones that I forget to write down. I'll write blurbs for the listed items when the release date approaches, but they aren't reviews, I mostly am writing from the perspective of not yet hearing these releases in full, documenting interest. Though sometimes people send me things early and I greatly appreciate that!

If you want to let me know about something that isn't listed or send a correction in spelling, formatting, or facts on this page, you can contact me on Twitter or by email (itsatripp@gmail.com). I won't write anything substantial about any of these until long after release, but if I'm interested and know about it ahead of time, I'll say something here.

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Endaural Anticipation List

October 23rd, 2020

Actress - Karma & Desire (Ninja Tune)

I'm not the right person to talk about what makes Actress' music significant, it has taken me forever to begin to really appreciate it, and that process is ongoing (I get why my friends were so hyped up about it now, at least). You should probably read this writeup about Ghettoville on Dweller if you want to go in-depth. But even in the position I'm in, I know enough to be very interested in seeing what happens when Actress utilizes vocalists, who are credited on 9 of the 17 tracks on here. It will probably be a while before I grasp the actual significance of this move, but I'm confident for now at least that it will be significant.

junctQín - reTHiNK (Redshift)

This trio of keyboardists was unfamiliar to me, but I got a preview of this new one from them and I have been enjoying it. I'm not heavily focused on listening to piano music, but a lot of what I do hear tends to be on the "serious" side. This isn't unserious music, but I'd say it has a sort of party atmosphere to it. I mean sure, there is this composition on here from Tomi Räisänen that doesn't exactly fit the bill since it sounds like prepared piano noises (though it's still playful in its own way), but elsewhere you'll find toy piano and occassional synths. It all feels very approachable, but not in a way that results in a shallow product. Good stuff!

pantea - Things (Active Listeners Club)

Active Listeners Club is a new label from Ramtin Niazi and PARSA, and they gave me a sneak peek at an upcoming EP. This one may actually come out on the 24th, but whenever it comes out, I highly recommend checking it out. It has the spirit of an old school electronic sound adventure, but with the added benefit of the digital clarity that is available today. I love that sense of carving out a distinct grammar for these unnatural sounds. Like on "Patu (blanket)", there's all of these type sounds being swallowed by waves of noise, and it's like the isolated elements don't seem like they would give a consistent sense of time, but all the flurries of hits, filter changes, flare ups of higher frequencies, and other highly detailed elements all together create a sense of momentum that is variable but still coherent. I am so glad to know this, and will be keeping a close eye on pantea and the ALC label.

Luke Stewart - Luke Stewart Exposure Quintet (Astral Spirits)

I'm not too familiar with Stewart, he plays double bass in Irreversible Entanglements and Blacks' Myths, but he has plenty of other material that I haven't heard. This one seems intriguing though, he's solely credited with the compositions, but the work utilizes the creative spirit of the collective. The album is built out of transcriptions Stewart made from a previous improvisation the group had together, along with some original material he added in. So it makes sense that he is top billed here, but it seems like the approach brings the listener inro the group's creativity through his perspective. The preview track seems to live up to the promise, it holds focus on a groove but still has all sorts of dynamic group activity, a feeling of life that can't just come out of one mind.

October 24th, 2020

Wagon Christ - Recepticon (People Of Rhythm)

There's been a lot of Luke Vibert activity that I've been missing on this page, his music is special for me though, his Wagon Christ album "Musipal" was a big one for me in high school. His combination of slow beats and playful samples and melodies will always have a place in my heart, and the preview on this new one sounds like it will deliver just that! So I can't let this one go by without saying something.

October 28th, 2020

Bass Clef - Orezero (Slip)

The description on this one makes an explicit connection to Bass Clef's "'111 Angelic MIDI Casacde" album that Slip put out last year, and that's great news to me. It's funny, the description also says he thinks he's not so great at harmony and melody, but I loved what he did on the previous album. There's so many great touches, like the way the track "Dear John" starts with a pattern that includes a textured noise, and the noise stretches out as the sequence repeats, until the components of the timbre become a sequence of notes themselves. This new one makes use of ROMplers, these stubborn types of samplers that only allow for their stock sounds, so it will be interesting to see how that fits into the sound environment, since the last one was purely synthesized. Looking forward to having this one brighten my day.

October 30th, 2020

Black To Comm - Oocyte Oil & Stolen Androgens (Thrill Jockey)

Luciane Cardassi - Going North (Redshift)

Nonlocal Forecast - Holographic Universe​(​s​?​)​! (Hausu Mountain)

George Lewis - Rainbow Family (Carrier Records)

Arash Pandi - Exotic Paradox (Zabte Sote)

Barry Walker Jr. - Shoulda Zenith (Holy Mountain)

November 6th, 2020

Pole - Fading (Mute)

Marina Rosenfeld - Deathstar (Shelter Press)

November 11th, 2020

ize - Ize Cream Man (O___o?)

This was supposed to come out a while ago but got pushed back, which was understandable, but also highly disappointing. Because this preview track has fantastic jungle production from AceMo, with forceful rapping from ize that brings enough energy to definitively stay in the foreground, and that's had me very interested in hearing the rest. The wait is over now though! So glad this is coming into the world. I don't know if AceMo is doing production on all of it, he's also doing work on the second single (and it is AMAZING), but even if that's all for him, ize's performance should be something to behold on the rest. [This blurb was written on August 13th but then the EP got delayed again]

November 13th, 2020

brin - Homescreen Glow (Leaving Records)

Ana Roxanne - Because of a Flower (Kranky)

November 25th, 2020

Ashley Paul - Ray (Slip)

Previously Listed


October 16th, 2020

Autechre - SIGN (Warp)

When people talk about Autechre and melody, I think of the episode of Leonard Bernstein's "Young People's Concerts" that was focused on the question "what is melody?". "People usually think of melody as a tune, something you can go out whistling, that's easy to remember, sticks in your mind", he says back in the year 1962. And the constant denial of the existence in melody in Autechre's music for the past 19 or so years is coming from that place, I think. Even on an album like this where so much of it is clean synths, even from people who say they like it, you sometimes hear about how what's happening in the music is not quite a melody. But generally with this one, people are making a big deal about how there's melody now, as though it were absent in the previous releases. But it's always been there. It's significant that the music is stripped back and simplified a bit to let the tones shine through unimpeded, but what really strikes me about this album is the way it presents a unified sounds, constructing what reads as a whole out of numerous layers. Elements will come in and they seem to complicate the sense of a surface for an existing element rather than reading as a distinct element themselves. These flourishes of texture to unlock a range of expressive qualities in melody that hasn't been in their previous music. It's still early days and I'm sure there's more that the album has to reveal to me, but I think Autechre are once again pushing themselves forward into new territory here.

BBsitters Club - BBsitters Club & Party (Hausu Mountain)

I used to have a strong bias against anything jam band related. I've been chipping away at this bias with plenty of improvised rhythm based music, but I never have made the jump into unabashed jam band territory. So when I got the opportunity to hear this new one featuring HausMo heads Doug Kaplan and Max Allison (along with Charlie Olvera and Paul Birhanu), I figured it would be a good time to re-evaluate the bias, and I think I have been a little unfair. There is a lot to like about the way BBsitters Club takes various strains of rock (blues/prog/classic/etc) and runs it thru their jam ethos. "Same As Before" has some country rock vibes but gets into some funky guitar warping, and then a little bit later "Joel Reprise" kind of made me think of the Advantage covering a song from a relatively mellow Mega Man stage, and then a bit later there's a goofy freakout about "Beef Pizza". There's all this variety, but it never felt like they're doing costume changes or anything, each entry is a natural expression of their toolkit. It's not all unabashed party music, but it does seem to be unified in the goal of making a good time. The displays of musicianship always seem to have that good time in mind and it keeps things moving forward purposefully. Give it a listen!

Oliver Coates - skins n slime (RVNG Intl.)

I really enjoyed Coates' 2018 album "Shelley's On Zenn-la", the way he combined his cello playing with tracker-programmed beats sounded like a lost album from Rephlex Records. This new one sounds like it's more off the grid, taking fluid lines out of the cello, layering and exaggerating them with distortion and all sorts of processing. A pretty significant change, but still totally in my wheelhouse so I'm psyched for it.

Ellen Fullman - music for the man who grew common in wisdom (besom presse)

I'm still getting familiar with Fullman, but this one seems like a bit of a curveball from what I would have expected. She's using a Prophet sampler, and plays around with an array of acoustic sounds and then suddenly make it very clear that she is punching in a sequence of buttons, a playful approach that maintains a strong focus on timing. The album is a soundtrack to a dance performance from Deborah Hay. I love it when musique concrete is so directly tied to movement, like with Jacques Lejeune's "Fantasmes Ou L'Histoire De Blanche-Neige", the timing keeps things focused, while the dance medium doesn't constrain the sonic manipulations, so I'm excited to hear this in full.

Good Sad Happy Bad - Shades (Textile Records)

You may be familiar with this band under their previous name, Micachu and the Shapes. Mica Levi has stepped back from the primary vocalist role, and Raisa Khan has stepped up, which makes sense since Levi is busy with movie soundtracks and production work. And Khan has proven herself adept in this role on previous tracks and with her solo work. The band's 2012 album "Never" is one of my favorites, the approach they take to studio-constructed rock music is something that is so difficult to sustain in a business focused on live performance, but the hyper-deliberate crafting of the sound and carving out a sonic space for each track is something I love so much. When they regrouped in 2015 they seemed to be attempting to find a way forward with something easier to translate to the live environment, and now here's the next chapter. I'm not entirely sure what they've got in store, but it should be cool.

Hyph11E - Aperture (SVBKVLT)

I haven't heard much Hyph11E, just some stuff on a collaboration with Slikback, but that was great. Heavy, abrasive beats with enough momentum to power through any of the additional weight of distorted elements. The preview for this one gets into some darker, bass-heavy territory, but doesn't let up on the speed.

James Rushford - Música Callada / See the Welter (Unseen Worlds)

This album features Rushford performing something from Federico Mompou, and then a composition of his own intended to compliment the Mompou piece. I'm not really familiar with that composer or Rushford's piano playing, but he's been a part of so much beautiful music in collaboration with people like Joe Talia, Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, Klaus Lang, Judith Hamann and many more, so I'm confident this will be something I'll need to hear.

Pouya Ehsaei - RocRast (Zabte Sote)

SAHAB - SAHAB (Zabte Sote)

Rojin Sharafi - Zangaar (Zabte Sote)

There's a batch of new releases coming on Zabte Sote, and Boomkat has three of them up for sale earlier than other vendors. This includes the new one from Rojin Sharafi, and if you're not familiar with her but like boundary pushing electronic music that doesn't abandon rhythm, then you absolutely need to hear her 2019 album "Urns Waiting To Be Fed". It's been a year and I'm still not sure exactly how to talk about it, there's something very special in its sound grammar, the way it all makes sense together. I am so excited to see where she's going next. I am unfamiliar with Pouya Ehsaei and SAHAB, but the previews sound promising. SAHAB's track has a colorful synth backdrop that sounds well done but I still wanted something to push it over the edge, and then these fried vocals come in and they totally do the trick. Ehsaei's album is more on the menacing side, with all these crackling rhythms and lower frequencies that have a brain tickling approach to spatialization if you have headphones on. It's always a treat to hear more from this label, do not miss what they have to share!

October 13th, 2020

Choi Joonyong/Jin Sangtae - Hole In My Head (Erstwhile)

This is one I've already heard, if you get the preorder you can download the album in full. I remember a few years back I was in a chatroom with some friends taking turns playing "noise music" (basically anything abstract without a consistent meter, and at least some sounds that could be considered difficult listening), and someone had played one of the dotolim concert series videos, I think maybe this one featuring both of the performers on this album. Give it a quick peek to see what they're about, there's CDs spinning out in the open and mixers and all sorts of great sounds. Someone in the chat room was complaining about the quality of the recording, and the person who played the track said that noise music is supposed to sound bad, and I did not agree with that sentiment. I didn't think the fidelity was that bad to begin with, but I thought at the time that it would be great to hear an excellent recording of what these musicians do. And this album feels like every sound is captured exactly as it should be, just a superb documentation. I'll need a while to actually get into the substance of this music, but it seems safe to say that if you're into this sort of thing, you should pick it up.

October 9th, 2020

J. Pavone String Ensemble - Lost and Found (Astral Spirits)

I heard Pavone's previous string ensemble album last year, and it had a fantastic approach to distorting time with beautiful sound. The component instruments all seemed to fit together with a looseness but still seeming like they were exactly where they needed to be, as though the composition was about carving out grooves for them to glide down, with room to slide around the track a little. I'm not sure what all happens on this album, I guess I actually did get the opportunity to hear it early but I am bad at reading my e-mails, but the preview track gives me the impression that this is going to make the end points of the sound events less clear but still driven by a strict internally consistent sense of time. I'm very intrigued to hear more.

October 6th, 2020

Dustin Laurenzi's Natural Language - A Time and a Place (Woolgathering Records)

Laurenzi had some stuff on Astral Spirits where he led performances of music by Moondog, I still haven't heard it, but I've heard it's very good. The preview on this new one sounds very appealing, so I might end up checking it first. It starts right off with this sax/guitar unity, and it's so warm and inviting. Even as the music makes clear that it is not wallpaper for the background and demands engagement, that warmth is maintained. Seems like a difficult spot to hit, but I think Laurenzi has found the balance.

October 2nd, 2020

Eartheater - Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin (PAN)

The hook on this one, which I gathered from this interview with i-D, is that it's acoustic post-apocalyptic music, since "if shit hits the fan and there is no power, if power goes out, then who is going to be playing music together?". Eartheater has never been a total stranger to acoustic sounds, but there's always been some aspect that is processed or synthetic from what I've heard, and it seems like a great idea to pursue this because it seems like it will emphasize her unreal approach to vocal melody.

Loraine James - Nothing EP (Hyperdub)

Last year's album from James was so refreshing. She takes influence from intricately programmed music by people like Aphex Twin or Telefon Tel Aviv, but doesn't feel especially beholden to any of them (due in part to the ways her music is in conversation with more contemporary genres). Through the variety of styles on the album, a unique voice clearly emerged, and it was clear that she is someone to watch. I was able to get a full preview of this EP, at first I thought it would be a bit more subdued since the main preview track featuring Jonnine from HTRK is on the mellower side of things, but the A side has more bite to it. And even with the relative peacefulness of the B side, you still get drums that carry substantial weight. James really knows how to work with the smaller scale of an EP to still deliver a fulfilling experience, the description says that there was an intention for a "narrative from numbness through to a kind of clarity", and I think the attempt was successful, each of the tracks have their own evocative sound palette and their sequencing leaves me feeling like I went through a complete experience by the end. Don't miss this, it's great!

Kassel Jaeger - Meith (Black Truffle)

Just a little less than three months after his amazing album for Shelter Press, Kassel Jaeger has another one, this time for the similarly prestigious Black Truffle label. Last time, I predicted that there would be "electroacoustic sounds that carry a rich character, unfolding at such a deliberate pace that it will lead to accusations of ambientness by people who don't catch how eventful the music truly is", after not hearing any previews for the album. I was correct. I'm similarly blind on this one, and I'm going to make the same prediction. In fact it may be even more apt for this one, since it's all one big piece, so it's probably going to have a stronger overall cohesion.

Rian Treanor - File Under UK Metaplasm (Planet Mu)

The Nyege Nyege Tapes label that has been bringing wider attention to the singeli sound from Tanzania also has a festival, and this had led to some interesting crossovers like when Errorsmith had a track on that tape from Jay Mitta And Sisso. Treanor flew down for the festival in 2018, and it seems like singeli music has made a major impression on him, judging by the opening track here. I guess there's more to it than that, The Quietus have a review that mentions speed garage and footwork also having a big influence in the sound for the album. Seems like it'll have lots of fast beats and all of the far out synthesis bringing the strange tone colors, this should be a fun one.

Various Artists - 3afak: Love to NYC (3AFAK)

3afak is a project from DJ Sanna & Bergsonist, doing parties in NYC and mixes, and now this compilation album featuring people they've developed relationships with thru doing this work. Or at least, that's what I've put together as a non-resident. I recognize some names, but many are new to me. The first two tracks that are up for early streaming suggest this will have quite a range, the Maral track seems idiosyncratic but still oriented towards dancing, and the Sadaf track skips right over my body and sends me into my head. Looking forward to seeing where else this goes.

Various Artists - New Neighborhoods (Freedom To Spend)

The Ernest Hood album "Neighborhoods" was reissued last year by Freedom To Spend, it's a wonderful mixture of field recordings and synths, probably one of the most successful electronically musical attempts at expressing nostalgia. "New Neighborhoods" is a sort of follow-up, featuring many artists I enjoy (such as Felicia Atkinson, Ka Baird, or CV & JAB) making their own attempts with the style. Proceeds on the first edition of this will go to "Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD)’s Center for Community Leadership (CCL) program, one of New York City’s longest-running organizer training programs, providing grassroots leaders and organizations with the skills, resources, and community necessary to advance sustainable political change on a local and regional level", so it's all for a good cause, too!

September 25th, 2020

Tim Heidecker - Fear of Death (Spacebomb)

I've never had a strong connection with the 70's singer-songwriter music that Heidecker's influenced by, so I didn't give his stuff much of a chance when he started doing music in addition to the comedy work that I knew him from. I still gave the title track of this new one a listen when it got released as a single, and I thought it was nice, but I wasn't losing my mind over it. But then it kept getting stuck in my head, and I began to appreciate what a finely put together song it is, I'm so glad to know it now. I'm not the right person to critically analyze how this fits in a historical context, but I think it sounds great and I'm interested in getting to know this music and the influences much better.

Sarah Hennies - The Reinvention Of Romance (Astral Spirits)

If you are unfamiliar with Hennies' work, I recommend setting some time aside to watch this 30 minute performance of the piece "Falsetto". What may seem abstract in a pure audio form is clearly demonstrated to be about concrete issues with exhaustion in sustaining a performance. There always seems to be something substantial driving her compositions, and this video seems like a good demonstration of that. I'm not sure what this new one is about, I'm waiting until I can hear the entire thing before diving in. But if you're still on the fence and need to learn more, the recent interview and collection of reviews from Tone Glow will probably have more info for you.

Sophia Loizou - Untold (Houndstooth)

I was really struck by Loizou's 2016 album "Singulacra", it reminded me of Lee Gamble's music in the sense that it had connections to dance music, but was filtered and missing elements in a way that evoked the memory without actually being the thing. Except Loizou's album at times felt more like remembering the euphoria of the moment, it was a fantastic experience. This new one doesn't feel like a betrayal of her sound, but seems like an ambitious leap into new territory. The description says that the goal was to not "make it human-centric" and that the composition is shaped by sounds taken from nature. Normally that would mean birds and creeks or whatever (which I like, I can't lie), but the examples given are a lion roar and the rhythm of a dolphin's echolocation emissions. I still heard the presence of humanity in the preview tracks I heard, and since at the end of the day she has the final word on what this music has, I don't know if it'll even be possible to meet the goal. But it just might, and even if not, it seems like she's brought her music to a very fascinating place.

Moor Mother - Circuit City (Don Giovanni)

Another one for a prolific year from Moor Mother, and it seems like this one is just as essential as all the other incredible music she's been a part of. If you heard the Irreversible Entanglements album from this year, this is probably closer to that than the other releases, because there's jazz instrumentation with Moor Mother's vocals (though she also does some electronics stuff on this new one. But this still seems pretty different, there's more of an unrelenting sonic force here, judging by the preview. Who knows what the rest will hold, but all signs point to it being amazing.

Mouchoir Étanche - Une fille pétrifiée (Cellule 75)

Marc Ricter has been doing some great music under his Black To Comm moniker for a while now, but recently he's been branching out with new aliases, first with Jemh Circs in 2016 and now with the new one here. I really enjoyed the Jemh Circs stuff, he plundered from the depths of YouTube for a musical collage that is made seamless through transformative processing. This seems like this new one is similar to Jemh Circs in the flow of evolving sound, but with the timbres closer to something more natural. There is some sampling, but there's also a mixture of physical and emulated instruments, and also some field recordings. The way that it stays with at least one foot grounded in reality makes for quite a surreal experience, which I appreciate a lot. I find great beauty in this music, but not the austere varitey, there is a hint of absurdity from the surrealness that gives a prominent role for imperfection in this beauty, like finding the quality while in a state of delirium. I was able to get a full preview of this album, and it really couldn't have come at a better time, I think people could get a lot out of this.

WEȽ∝KER - GULP (Conditional)

This is a duo, I'm pretty sure I'm unfamiliar with both members, but Conditional does a lot of computer music that I can get into, so I checked the preview. It's just the first track, I don't know if things explode after this, but there was a lot of patience in how the performers went back and forth with sending out a sound and then sending out the response, leaving enough empty space for a clear delineation between the two, eventually letting some harder sounds and rhythms flare up, but never giving the impression that a direction is irreversible. I'm very curious to see what they have going on for the rest of the album.

September 18th, 2020

Caldwell/Tester - Little Flower (Astral Spirits)

Jackson / Baker / Kirshner - So Glossy and So Thin (Astral Spirits)

Jeb Bishop Centrifugal Trio - Jeb Bishop Centrifugal Trio (Astral Spirits)

Nakatani / Parish / Rowden - Live at Static Age Records (Astral Spirits)

There was an interview with the head of Astral Spirits on the Free Form Freakout radio show in October of last year, and he said something about possibly slowing down in 2020, which seems kind of ridiculous almost a year later. In fairness, they had something like 34 releases in 2019, but this batch of 4 releases puts them at something like 22 releases this year, with at least another 3 on the way. It still seems like a pretty substantial amount of music, and it's hard to keep up with, I think I've even missed a few for this list. But I want to hear them all. There's been some releases I like more than others, but I've never felt like my time was wasted, and this recent batch doesn't seem like it will change that trend. The first release is from Landon Caldwell and Mark Tester, and I've only ever heard Tester from his appearance on the Crazy Doberman album AS put out earlier this year, but they have this cosmic synth & piano thing going, and it is totally the sort of thing I need to hear more of. Then the next one features Jim Baker on piano (he played beautifully on the Charles Rumback album that AS put out earlier this year), and then Julian Kirshner on drums and Keefe Jackson on saxophones. I'm unfamiliar with those two, I haven't checked the 2016 recording all three of them did together (also released by AS). But you can preview the second half of this album, it's really cool how each member all maintains a strong presence in what's happening even when Baker starts getting into some moderately harsh synth sounds. That seems difficult to balance, I'm excited to hear more. This Jeb Bishop trio album has members who are all entirely unfamiliar to me, but they each have connections to musicians I admire, so it seems like it will be good to be introduced to all of them. Bishop is on trombone, and I've been enjoying how much fun that instrument can be from people like George Lewis, so it's a great time for me to be hearing more. And the rest of the trio is just drums and bass, so it seems like the stage is set for the trombone to be a focal point. Though there is still plenty of interesting stuff happening with the drums and bass on the preview track, I think there will be a lot to like. And then this last one has Zach Rowden, he pops up on this list as a person of interest, but the other two are also unfamiliar to me. This one's got Rowden on double bass and then Parish on nylon string guitar and Nakatani on percussion, and the preview makes it seem like it gets into a moody, contemplative space but in a way where the sharp and vivid yellow/blue/red of the album cover feels entirely appropriate, the music is not at all desaturated. All of these releases seem like they will have a different character to them, but they all feel like they fit snugly within this network of improvised music that AS is building, and the walls of the network never lead to claustrophobia, because there's always these expansive additions of players I didn't know about.

Baby T - I Against I (Central Processing Unit)

I'm not as in touch with the club music scene as I want to be, so I had no idea about Baby T. She previously had some releases under the name B.Traits, and I guess she has some sort of thing on BBC1 Radio, but she was completely off my radar until I saw this CPU release. But it turns out that she makes fast electronic music with squelchy basslines and restrained build ups to irresistable dance beats. So I am very glad to have this introduction, and I'm excited to dig in further.

Sarah Davachi - Cantus, Descant (Late Music)

If you've been enjoying extended duration music these past few years, I'd bet Davachi has been on your radar already, and if she hasn't then that is something you need to fix. She has an engrossing approach with the minute details of a timbre while also maintaining satisfying developments in what eventually happens with the pitch. She has made so much incredible music that I can't recommend enough. This one seems like a step into the unknown though, because I'm not sure if she's ever had something with more than 10 tracks on it, and this one is 17. And it's just a 2xLP, which means that there's definitely going to be some short tracks on here. There's also going to be a whole bunch of pipe organ, along with piano and mellotron and other instruments. So I'm sure we'll get the sort of incredibly rich timbres I've come to expect from her, but I think there should also be some very exciting developments in how she plays with durations.

Deradoorian - Find The Sun (Anti- Records)

Deradoorian came to my attention first from working with weird indie Daves in the 00's, but she's been doing some very cool stuff of her own for a while now. And this new one seems especially geared toward my interests. The previews I've heard have all had a serious krautrock groove to them, three tracks even stretch past the 7 minute mark. On this one called "Saturnine Night", she's doing cool stuff with her overdubbed voice, all of these overlapping long notes that have a slow pitch glide, and I find the way that it mixes with the propulsion of the rest of the instruments to be very compelling.

MJ Guider - Sour Cherry Bell (Kranky)

2016's album from Guider had a whole bunch of great nocturnal mood songs wrapped in howling synth winds. All I can really say for sure about this new one is that the clarity seems to be higher, but it still sounds like it'll be some great night music.

Martin Taxt - First Room (Sofa)

I've heard Taxt play his microtonal tuba music in a microtonal tuba trio with Robin Hayward, and in a duo with Toshimaru Nakamura on no-input mixing board (it sounded like the feedback from that instrument was climbing inside of the tuba, and it is great). The concept on this one has me a little confused, the score is a tatami mat and the piece is a mixture of studio recording and live performance, it'll take me a while to figure out the significance of all of that, but the preview has the type of slow moving clouds of sound that I enjoy, so even if I never gain anything from the conceptual side, there should still be plenty for me to get into.

WaqWaq Kingdom - Dokkoisho (Phantom Limb)

Here's a new one from the duo of DJ Scotch Egg and Kiki Hitomi, doing their energetically bizarre club music with a wide array of influences. The preview for this one makes it seem like the energy is dialed back just slightly, opening up room for a smoother, less caffinated type of joy. It's an intriguing development and I think it should make for a very nice EP.

Tatsuhisa Yamamoto - Ashioto (Black Truffle)

I've heard Yamamoto doing drums on Eiko Ishibashi albums, or on that Bonjintan album from earlier this year. I'm still not sure what to expect on this one, as he's credited with electronics, synth, piano, and field recording on top of the percussion. He's got Ishibashi and Jim O'Rourke joining in, it's on Black Truffle, and it's just one track split over two sides, so I'd guess we're going to get some free improvisation with a sense of musicality that is as unusual as it is undeniably musical. But I haven't heard a note of it so who knows, it'll probably be good though.

September 11th, 2020

Lucrecia Dalt - No era sólida (RVNG Intl.)

I should have known that Dalt was someone I needed to know. I heard her on this psychic collaboration group called Terepa from 2015, where she joined Julia Holter, Kouhei Matsunaga, Laurel Halo, Rashad Becker, and some others to record music at a specific time and try and pick up on each other's vibes. It was cool, though all of the participants I was familiar with have done work that I loved a lot more. But on account of all that love, I probably should have figured that the unfamiliar people would have work I'd be interested in, but it took me until 2018's "Anticlines" to actually start paying attention to Dalt. And what a fantastic album that is, the combination of vocals that thrive on the line between spoken word and singing, with a heavy emphasis on rhythm established through grimey synthesized sounds, accentuated with eerie tones that coalesce into melodies. I have no idea what this album will sound like, because I think it will be better to just let the album tell me what it is all at once. I don't need any more convincing that this is something I'll need to hear.

Brett Naucke - EMS Hallucinations (American Dreams)

EMS stands for Electronic Music Studios, which may sound generic (and it is, since it's easily confused with the company that made the EMS Synthi), but it's a location in Stockholm that has unaffordable synthesizers. Many musicians I enjoy end up doing some sort of residency at the space, and good music ends up being made. The approach to this one seems relatively distinct from all the other uses of this space that I'm familiar with, because the stated goal is to shoot for something that evokes 70s musicians like Ruth White, but it comes at this academic electronic sound with the awareness of the innovations from dance music. The music lives by its pulse, but also makes compositional use of the distinct timbres you can get out of these analog machines. It's an ambitious undertaking, but the previews are quite promising and I think he's gonna pull it off.

Sam Prekop - Comma (Thrill Jockey)

The first time I heard Sam Prekop was as a guest vocalist on the debut Prefuse 73 album, on the song "Last Night". Most of what I've heard from him after this has been instrumental. He was in the Sea & The Cake, who I've enjoyed but never really focused on. I've probably spent more time with the electronic solo music he's been putting out since 2010, like "Old Punch Card" or "The Republic". This new one continues on that line, but seems closer to the breezy vocal performance that introduced him to me. There can be a rigidity to the step sequencer patterns in this music, but there is a sense of relaxation that manages to come through with the melodies.

Zach Rowden - Two for the River (Carbon Records)

Rowden came on my radar a while back with the Leila Bordreuil collaboration on No Rent Records in 2017, a truly fantastic combination of cello and double bass, and I've heard a few other things he's featured in since then, like "Tide (for ten basses)", or the Tyshawn Sorey album "Pillars", which featured four people credited with playing double bass. The point is, I wasn't expecting tape loops that gradually evolve and exhibit a great deal of patience for holding on a specific moment, I was expecting double bass. But judging by the preview, this is going to be all about the tape loops. You can hear the whole first half of this at the link. When I started listening, I wondered if this was going to be one of those conceptual kind of things where nothing actually happens, but the constancy that gets established is necessary to get you used to the time scale, for the changes that occur later. It's a great piece and I'm looking forward to hearing the second one.

Skeletons - If the Cat Come Back (SHINKOYO)

I first heard Skeletons way back in 2007, with their album "Lucas". They were doing that thing where they had frequent variations in band name, at this point they were Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities, but they've settled into just being Skeletons. I didn't really keep up with them too much after that album, but I heard spme and it all seemed good, so when I saw this new album was up and available to stream, I figured I should check it out. And it's good stuff! It's that slow sort of electronically processed studio constructed rock music, with the capacity to flare up and get wild, but most of the focus is on quiet moments. Don't let the first track scare you off here, there are drums on this album. But most of it stays in a moody space, so if that is discouraging then there might not be much in the album that interests you. But if you're open to the quiet moments, this album has a lot of beauty to share.

David Toop - Apparition Paintings (Room40)

David Toop - Field Recording And Fox Spirits (Room40)

Not one but two from Toop! I'm mostly familiar with his "Entities Inertias Faint Beings" album, but he's been around since the 70's, doing music and writing. So the album with field recording in the title, that one seems to be focused on field recordings. The only preview is the 30 minute "Fox Spirits", but the other titles being locations and dates makes me think you're not going to find a lot of traditional instruments. Fox Spirits is a massive collage of all sorts of times and spaces, the assembly creates a particular forward momentum to sustain interest. I'm curious about the rest, but the other one has more of a pull for me. It has deliberately generated music from instruments, featuring collaborators like Rie Nakajima and Áine O'Dwyer on some tracks. The first preview for it sounds like it has many choices that are technically correct for the creation of music, but they utilize a sense of wrongness for additional musical purposes, and the whole leaves you with a wholly distinct amazement.

The Zonke Family - At The Studio (Philophon)

Normally, my interest comes from existing connections to music that I already like. But this one caught my eye purely based on the album art, and after reading up on it, it turned out to be exactly the sort of thing I'm into. It's traditional music from Zimbabwe, with two people playing the matepe, a type of mbira. You can see them holding it up on the cover, if you're curious. I love the sound of this type of instrument, so the mere presence would be enough to have me interested, but the preview tracks show that the performance is so intricate, with many layers of melodic lines coming out of the instrument. This is exactly what I would hope to see happen. I am very glad I paid attention to the cover here, this seems like it will be quite rewarding.

September 4th, 2020

9T Antiope - [Unknown Title] (PTP)

There was mention of this coming out in a tweet, but I've got no other info on what to expect. But this duo of Nima Aghiani and Sara Bigdeli Shamloo do some great work, making a sort of noise that doesn't shy away from quieter moments or letting the details shine through. But I'm not sure what to expect, because they also had something last year that was cleaner sounding, with distinctly identifiable physical instruments and unprocessed singing. So yeah, no idea what this one will hold but I'm looking forward to finding out.

Anz - Loos In Twos (NRG) (Hessle Audio)

I can't remember how I heard of Anz, but I'm so glad I did. I think it was on one of these Bandcamp promotional fee waive days, someone suggested her music so I checked out Invitation 2 Dance, and there is this incredible life affirming combination of rich melody with rhythms that demand motion, I've had such a great time hearing and sharing it with friends. And then to find out that she'll just put these mixtapes on soundcloud that are full of gems, I really wish I was sure of who to thank for the introduction here because there has been so much to love. She has something new coming out and I don't need to hear any amount of a preview for it to know that it will be worth checking out.

Vic Berger IV - Late Enough to See the Moon (Flannelgraph Records)

Just found out about this one on today's Office Hours After Hours podcast (if you're on their Patreon, you can watch the episode and see me calling in to briefly talk about not knowing how to drive). Berger is celebrated for his brilliant video comedy, but he's also been quietly making music for decades and not sharing it with anyone. He finally started compiling them on a release in 2018, but it turns out he has even more to share with this new one. Don't go in expecting comedy, the music is expressing sincere emotions, and he's able to pull off the vulnerability without a hitch. The preview track makes it clear that he did not deplete all of his great tunes with the first release, it is some fine rock music. Should be a cool one!

Russell E.L. Butler - Blah Blah (Mister Saturday Night Records)

I could have sworn I had something from Butler featured on this page previously, but I guess I've just been dropping the ball on keeping up with their work. They had something earlier this year called "Emotional Bangers Only", and it completely lives up to the title, highly recommended. The preview on this one doesn't have the emotional melodic aspect of that one, it emphasizes the rhythm. God, I wish I could hear this on a loud soundsystem, dancing with people. It seems like it would thrive in that environment, but it still is great for just moving around at home. Very excited to hear the rest!

Whettman Chelmets / qualchan. - Theme∞Variations (Strategic Tape Reserve)

I had seen qualchan's name around a bit, but hadn't spent the time with his music until he was kind enough to send me a copy of "the book of sleep", a collection of miniatures that have all of these lovely organic colors illuminating the pulse that drives them. Chelmets is someone I've heard a bit from, but haven't spent near enough time with, though it seems like any of that experience would do me no good, since their half of this split is a bit of a curveball. The description makes a comparison to what µ-Ziq did on Royal Astronomy, with the classical type of tracks, but the use of space distorting effects is so much different, and there's so much depth to the melody. A very exciting development. And then there's the qualchan side, I'm not knowledgable enough to reflect on how the preview operates within his whole style but it seems really fucking cool, I'm psyched to hear it.

Phew - Vertigo KO (Disciples)

This one is actually already streaming on the Bandcamp page, didn't need special access or anything. I don't have any experience with Phew, she came onto my radar last year from a collaboration with Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi, but I never actually got around to hearing it. She's been active since 1979, and has worked with many musicians that I respect, so I should know more about her work. This album is compiled from unreleased material recorded around two different albums that came out in 2017 along with some new stuff, so it seems like there would be a better way to get introduced to her work. But I decided to take the plunge on this one, and I don't regret it. It starts out with an evolving mass of sound that dissolves time (an approach that fits this year particularly well), but then it gets into a combination of drum machine, voice, and processed long duration sounds that are great at establishing a sense of space. Even though there are drum machines, it never feels like the music is tethered to a grid, everything floats and drifts a little bit off the surface, even when the song is a cover of The Raincoats. I obviously need to hear more from Phew, but even with my inexperience this music still feels pretty essential.

Shabbat - Morning In America (Primordial Void)

I got a preview of this one in full, and it's some really good stuff. It's got beats that mostly stick with a rhythm and power through occassional disruptions of effects blasts, and some synths and other sounds filling things out. It plays with a sort of buried tape style of fidelity, but has some choice flashes of clarity to keep things from getting too consistent. Seems like a nice one to have as we move into fall. Sorry Southern Hemisphere! But don't worry, it'll still sound great in your season, too.

September 1st, 2020

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe - ¿¿Ohh​?​? (for Folke Rabe) (Self Released)

If you haven't heard Folke Rabe's 1967 composition "Was??" (translated to English: "What??"), you should make the time for it. It at first seems like one whole sound, but it will pull you in and shift the perspective so that the whole becomes a consistent flurry of tiny pieces. It's a great experience. When I saw that Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe was releasing a tribute piece, I knew this was something I needed to hear. To quote an earlier blurb of mine on this page, "Lowe's approach to sound and rhythm in his electronic compositions is something I find so rewarding to hear, and I really think anyone who is interested in what might be called experimental electronic music or any of the more specific synonyms should hear what he is doing." As this is a tribute, this may not be the best way to get acquainted with his voice, but anyone who is familiar should know that this is not to be missed.

August 28th, 2020

Siavash Amini - A Mimesis Of Nothingness (Hallow Ground)

The latest album from Amini is a collaboration with the photographer Nooshin Shafiee, the physical package includes photos of their hometown Tehran, and if I understand the description correctly, the music was meant to depict a similar emotional experience as the photos. I haven't seen these photos besides the cover, and the only music I've heard is the preview track Moonless Garden. So I can't speak to how the entirety of the experience will work, but this seems like it will be quietly powerful. There are these slowly unfolding sounds that are all over the spectrum of natural to artificial, with representatives on each pole via something that sounds like it could be from a string instrument / near perfect sine waves, but also much of the inbetween with what appear to be grain clouds with a variety of textural manipulations. The music feels like it's designed to pull you in to appreciating all of the varieties in the textures, I could get lost in all the shifts in variations, it's incredible. It's tonally monochrome, but derives richness from the way it deploys contrast without neglecting all the various shades around the middle. All signs are pointing to this partnership being a great success.

Bellows - Undercurrent (Black Truffle)

This is a duo of Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti, I'm mostly unfamiliar with their work together, but I did really like the 2017 album on Shelter Press, it has lots of disorienting rhythms that feel like stumbling without ever actually falling, which I find quite compelling. I haven't heard any previews, but the description makes it sound like they're moving away from beats, but still using tape loops to play with irregularities, so I think this should still give me the good dizzy feeling while leaving my stomach unharmed.

Eric Copeland - Dumb It Down (Post Present Medium)

It's so wild how Copeland has developed from his first solo album and all the Black Dice stuff to where he is now. Look at this video. I don't know if you've seen the earlier video work, this new video was done by an outside party, but the way it stays true to the collage style while moving into a much cleaner space is fantastic. The effects work isn't blanketed over the entirety of it, there's more targeting, which lets the underlying structure shine thru all the brighter. And this makes sense, because that's where it feels like Copeland has taken his music. You really can't miss the song now. I love the older stuff, but this development has been so great to see and I am psyched for this next batch.

FR/BLCK/PR - I Don't Write Rhymes, I Write Code (Temporary Whatever)

A new one here from Busdriver, it's an art book with an accompanying CD, though that physical format is looking like it's sold out. And it looks like the digital version is abridged, the tracklist and lengths appear to be shorter than the description promises, though maybe the rest will get tacked on to the download. Even if it's not, this seems like a special one. The vocal performance is more spoken word than rap, and the production... well, I'm not sure exactly how to describe what I heard from the previews. But it sounds far out. Even if I only get to hear this smaller portion, I'm looking forward to hearing it.

Gooooose & DJ Scotch Egg - JAC (SVBKVLT)

There was this DJ Scotch Egg album in 2005 that I really enjoyed, KFC Core. It was these casio synths doing goofy music with a sort of gabber pounding that would come in, really goofy fun stuff. I guess in the time since then, he joined Seefeel for a while, and was a part of this WaqWaq Kingdom project that I saw catching some praise (I still haven't checked it out though). I'm not familiar with Goooooose, but I figured I'd check out the preview here, and it sounds great. This duo met up at the Nyege Nyege Festival so there seems to be an influence in the rhythm happening from the voices that get collected around there. There's not much resemblence to the old album that I heard before, but it sounds like the amazing talent remains, and it will be good to start catching up on what I've missed.

Catherine Christer Hennix - Unbegrenzt (Blank Forms Editions)

Blank Forms have had some great archival issues of Hennix's work over the past few years showcasing her important contributions to minimalism (The Well-Tuned Marimba is highly recommended), and this seems like quite an interesting one. It is a performance of a Stockhausen composition, but it's one of the Aus Den Sieben Tagen pieces with a simple text instruction score, in this case "play a sound with the certainty that you have an infinite amount of time and space". It sounds like the perfect prompt for Hennix to take on.

claire rousay - Both (Second Editions)

I first became aware of rousay's work from her 2019 album Aerophobia, and I was like "oh hey, this is cool unusual drumming, she is a drummer I will have to keep an eye on." It's been a little more than a year since then, and it's been a highly prolific time for her. I quickly learned how inadequate and inaccurate a simple label like drummer is for her work, each release made me less confident about any sort of label for what she does. I am now in the very exciting position where I feel like I've seen so many facets of what she can do, while also having no idea what is going to happen next.

August 21st, 2020

Lisa Lerkenfeldt - Collagen (Shelter Press)

I've been missing all of the clear signals that I should listen to Lerkenfeldt's music, she had something on that Longform Editions label last year, they put out cool stuff from Ahnnu, Matchess, Marja Ahti, and many others I consider to be great. And then earlier this year, she had a shorter tape release that came out on Shelter Press, the label co-founded by Felicia Atkinson, who have put out so many of my favorite releases. I still haven't gotten to that tape, but I'm going to be making a serious effort to check out this one. It seems like her music is a type of musique concrete that uses a reasonable amount of patience, sitting with synths that exhibit small change but without any sense of strict meter, so that time gets all blurry, but without sacrificing clarity anywhere else, while other sounds that I have difficulty attributing to any particular source distort the surface. What struck me about the preview track on this one was the timbre of the synth, it felt like it was lingering in a serious moment from some kind of non-existent SNES JRPG, but with a bit more richness than that system would ever allow. I feel like I'm going to think it's been foolish of me to have waited so long to have explored this world.

Matmos - The Consuming Flame: Open Exercises in Group Form (Thrill Jockey)

When I was in school I did a project in this one music class where I got every other student to let me record them doing some kind of sound, and assembled it all into one big piece. There was a very serious guest professor who was quite critical of my finished product, comparing it to the stratified presentation of foods in a grocery store. It wasn't helpful to hear at that point, but honestly, I was in over my head, and you'd need the years of experience and skillful ability at mantaining a clear melodiic voice that an act like Matmos have to pull something like this off. And on their latest project, they've taken sound from 99 various contributors, and assembled them into a 3 hour work at a consistent 99 beats per minute. The contributor list is full of names that I love, but it's the consitent 99 BPM that has me most intrigued. Because that seems so relevant to the old criticism that I recieved, like the concept is designed to develop and fulfill expectations about when things will appear. I've only heard the official previews, so I can't speak to the flow of the entire experience, but what I've heard suggests that they will avoid the potential grocery store criticism of this concept, and utilize all of these contributors in a way that transcends the collection of categorized aisles and puts the focus squarely on the whole of the community.

Saint Abdullah - In God's Image (Psychic Liberation)

Speaking of massive undertakings, this 2CD work from Saint Abdullah, who I'm otherwise unfamiliar with, seems very interesting. The full first disc is up for preview before the release, and I've only heard a bit because I don't want to spoil the experience of the whole, but it's got a blown out distorted sound, with naturally sourced sounds combined with electronic rhythms. There's programming involved in the beats, but it feels like the music is realized in the moment. Honestly I don't know the words to do it justice, but it seems like essential music. The group is a duo of Iranian expats living in New York, and it feels like they bring their fully bring their lived experience into this, with reference points from their history colliding with the present and future.

August 14th, 2020

Ellen Fullman & Theresa Wong - Harbors (Room40)

My mind was blown when I saw the YouTube clip of Voice Crack going nuts on a long string in their Kick That Habit film from 1993. But it turns out that Ellen Fullman has been doing incredible work with her Long String Instrument for a much longer time. She started developing this in 1980, and it's much more advanced than a single string that you beat away at. I'm nowhere near as familiar with her work as I should be, so I'm excited to take the opportunity to hear what she can do with it while drawing from decades of experience. This is done in collaboration with Theresa Wong, who seems very cool but who I also do not know much about. This seems like it will be an absolute feast of incredibly rich sound.

NYZ - MILLZ EXPZ (Important Records)

So I know that some people have criticisms of the Buchla modular synthesizers, and honestly, it's all fair. They're stupidly expensive, easily fetishized for marketing purposes, and it's like the machines themselves want to make a disgusting mess of a sound. But I think they can still be used to achieve great things, and I trust David Burraston to do so. For starters, he's using the facilities of Mills College, accessing the Buchla 100 system they have there, with some sort of rare module that doesn't exist anywhere else. So he didn't have to pay for the whole beast. But he's also coming in with his MANIAC Cellular Automata sequencer, and he's done a bunch of great work using it that I've sung the praises of on this page. I think he can overcome any of the issues with the primary sound generating machine.

Still House Plants - Fast Edit (Blank Forms Editions)

I like the rock music that feels like something is wrong without totally abandoning what feels right, the kind of stuff you could call deliberately damaged, but not in a Joker forehead tattoo kind of way. Where there's an awareness and reference to the clean way of doing things, but something happened to move away from that. The preview tracks on this one feel like they carry that damage as a part of the songwriting, it's not an effect or affect, it's something that substantially exists at the core of the music. There's been hype around all sorts of UK rock bands breaking up the tedium of the genre, and this band is no exception with the praise from The Quietus and Tone Glow (though they still have dissenters), but I think this is one that will really click with me.

August 7th, 2020

Duma - Duma (Nyege Nyege Tapes)

You can count me among the chorus of people celebrating the output of Nyege Nyege Tapes, though this one is a bit different than their previous output, it's like an electronic grindcore thing. You can and should read more via this interview at Tone Glow. I remember this one album that was an electronic grindcore thing from 2006, Drumcorps - Grist, I think it would maybe sound a little cheesy to me now but I enjoyed it at the time. It had an electronic precision to the timing on the drums, everything seemed like it was carefully assembled in a digital environment and there was heavy utilization of overlap tones from rapid repetitions. The preview on this makes it seem like Duma avoid that potential, obviously there are programmed elements but it all feels within the realm of possibility of hands in real time, and the distortion generates an energy that blurs out the seams. I'm excited to blast this one.

Gajek - Vitamin D (Throttle Records)

Gajek's debut album "Restless Shapes" had this electronic minimalism thing going on, where the melodic side was reduced to the point of scales, but something about the pattern stacking really grabbed me. I couldn't quite get into the follow-up "Bastard", there was more of an emphasis on instrumental songs, with melodies, and I couldn't click with his approach there. But it appears like he has developed his approach to melody, and it sounds very interesting to me. There is a bonkers energy to the preview track "The Shape Of Pipes To Come", with a distorted vocal melody over an irregular rhythm with glittering synths filling in the remaining space. There's a krautrock influence, but it feels like it's more connected to the way that collections of large machines can have their clanks overlap in strange ways while still maintaining propulsion, rather than the typical reference points for that genre. I think I'm back on board, and if you're unfamiliar this seems like a great time to hop on.

JOBS - endless birthdays (Ramp Local)

These guys weren't on my radar at all but I got a preview copy of the album, and it is right up my alley. It's electronic rock with an emotional restraint to the vocals. On the preview track "Brian", there's layers of vocals that feel like they're all chaotically trying to crowd through the same door at first, but eventually they find unison over the combination of guitar, electronic drums, and tones that are difficult to assign to a single instrument. There's something reminiscent of Liars going electronic, perhaps, but the particular joy of hearing the process of combination seems unique. The performance on all instruments feels subdued, they rarely feel like they're going full-throated, but arrive at something powerful through the total assembly.

The Microphones - Microphones in 2020 (P.W. Elverum & Sun)

I haven't kept up with Phil Elverum's work at all, there were a few albums before "A Crow Looked At Me" that I hadn't heard and it felt like it would be in poor taste to check back in with the stuff that was heavily informed by grief. But I have had some fantastic experiences with his music. I heard about "It Was Hot, We Stayed In The Water" from Cex's blog, and all of the 8-track home studio song construction on that one and "The Glow Pt. 2" made a huge impression on me. Some great work followed under the name "Mount Eerie", but I gradually lost touch with it. I don't have any criticisms, my attention just went in a different direction. But with all of the chaos of the world, any impression of going back to those easier days, such as the return of The Microphones moniker, is greatly appealing to me. So I think I'll be checking back in with this one.

July 31st, 2020

Amazondotcom & Siete Catorce - Vague Currency (SUBREAL)

I spent a lot of time with Amazondotcom's EP from last year, the music is lively and full of many unexpected turns that all manage to support the groove. This profile of her from Resident Advisor goes in-depth and is a great read if you're not familiar. This release also features Siete Catorce, who I haven't heard, but I guess they both run this SUBREAL label together. This release features a pair of solo tracks from each of them along with one collaboration. I've only had a quick listen to the preview track but it seems like some interesting developments are happening and I'm looking forward to hearing the solo tracks to put it all into context.

Amanda R. Howland - Meeting Dr. Ancient (unifactor)

There's another batch of three releases from unifactor this week. They have put out some good stuff this year, including the outstanding debut from {arsonist} (highly recommended!). I'm unfamiliar with Howland, but the preview sounds very intriguing, it's in a noise music style, but not a totally unrelenting one. There's a vocal performance that emphasizes breathing and makes it feel like space is opened by the respiration. My tastes are totally in favor of all the layered yelling and feedback, but it seems like there are distinctions here that will be worth digging into.

Lil Asaf - Sawa Sawa (Astral Plane Recordings)

I'm operating thru a language barrier here, but it still feels like something vital is being communicated in this music. There's two previews with music videos (for Msll777 and 3wwe) that are over before you know it. They both capture my attention and I don't know how to articulate why, exactly. It doesn't really have the overwhelming maximalism or speed that I find easy to associate with urgency. The rapping seems lightly distorted in a way that compliments what Khadije is doing on the production, but there's something more going on here that I'm looking forward to exploring.

Max Loderbauer - Donnerwetter (Non Standard Productions)

The Ambiq albums that Loderbauer was a part of are favorites of mine, he did the synth work on them, so he seems like someone I should hear more from. But I've never actually heard any of his solo music, and I barely have an idea of what this will be like. The preview is just a lovely interlude rather than any of the tracks with more substantial durations, so it's difficult to say how this will relate to anything else on the album, except I'm pretty confident there will be more synths. But I know he can do some great work with electronics so it's not like I really need to be sold any more than that, I'll be checking out the whole thing.

Regular Citizen - Patsy Hangdog (Presto!?)

This is on Lorenzo Senni's label, which I hadn't realized when I listened to the preview track and was reminded of him. Though there's plenty of difference that you can see in the preview track "Self-Contained Fidgety". You'll find bright synths making their point with rapid repeated stabs, but I find there's something less intuitive about the staggering in the rhythm and the use of distortion, and I'm really intrigued by it. I had actually missed the debut album last year, but I went back and listened to it after hearing this track, and he showed an interesting range, sometimes including drums and going big, or sometimes stripping things down and obsessing over a melody for five minutes. So now I'm very curious to see what he has in store for this one.

Robert Rental - Paralysis (Dark Entries/Optimo Music)

I wasn't even aware that this was a person, I thought the name was just a good Ekoplekz track title. But it turns out he was a notable player in some of the British DIY stuff in the late 70's and early 80's. It's probably better to let someone from the UK explain, so you can read more at the BBC or from Ekoplekz's old blog. This is a reissue of Rental's first solo single, with three bonus tracks from the archives. Listening to the instrumental "Ugly Talk" immediately made it clear that he has had a significant influence on music I've enjoyed, and that I need to hear everything.

Nate Scheible - Prions And Scrapie (unifactor)

So I was pretty confident that I had never heard of Scheible, but I looked at the cover for his album fairfax and I know that I've seen it before. I'm pretty sure I saw someone who really enjoyed it, and it seemed like something I should hear, but then I never got around to it. I think I should probably get to it though, because the preview on this new one has these great waves of synths washing down, the sort of moves that feel familiar, but are always easy for me to appreciate when well executed. But then it began to appear as though one of the layers was coming from a highly processed long breath/throat sound. The whole take on organic electronic music seems like it's coming from an interesting perspective, I'm looking forward to seeing how Scheible explores it.

Silvia Tarozzi - Mi specchio e rifletto (Unseen Worlds)

A lot of my interest in new things comes from seeing how they fit within the networks of things I already appreciate, due to the satisfaction from how each participant in the new connection feels more significant from having it. So a description like the one on the linked page here is like catnip for me. The list of associated performers and composers has personally significant names like Eliane Radigue, Michael Pisaro and Cassandra Miller. And then one of the reference points for the sound of it is Franco Battiato's "Fetus". Though there appear to be many disparate reference points for the overall picture, the two preview tracks show a pretty high range just between themselves. The album features many instruments credited to Tarozzi, and then another 9 musicians covering others. The first track is a lovely classical tune, but then the second sounds like a straightforward and clean sort of prog rock that transitions into an extended instrumental collapse. And then there's 14 other tracks, so this seems like it could have all sorts of wonderful surprises in it.

Anna Webber - Rectangles (OOYH Untamed)

I've probably already mentioned it when writing about the Webber/Morris Big Band album from earlier this year, but Webber's album Clockwise grew into being one of my favorites from last year. She draws from composers like Stockhausen, Xenakis, or Morton Feldman on this album to compose a highly musical complex-geometry lattice jazz, and it's incredible. I've been interested in hearing more from her, but everything I've heard has been studio recordings, so it was particularly interesting to see that this label Out Of Your Head Records was doing a new series of releases for live and home studio recordings, and they have this live set from Webber that occurred in December of last year. I'm not sure to what degree she even has overdubs in the studio stuff, but the preview excerpt shows that the band gets into the headspinning shifts in patterns that I loved on Clockwise, and it's great to hear it with the knowledge that it was happening in the same room at the same time.

Whisker - Straight From The Bottle (unifactor)

Ben Billington was just here on this list last week with his Quicksails album, and now here's a duo project that sounds completely different. It's two tracks that are seemingly in the fifteen minute range, with Billington on synth and then Andrew Scott Young on upright bass. They're both in the group Tiger Hatchery, which I haven't spent too much time with, but that group is like some wound up shredding. And this is, to quote the description, something that "begins in an unglued state and deterioriates from there". The entire second track is up to stream, I didn't listen to the entire thing because I want to hear the whole release in one go, but that description seems apt.

July 24th, 2020

Bergsonist - Womankind's Beauty feat. Tonina (Hypercolour)

Earlier this year, Bergonsist put out Middle Ouest, a great album that does a sort of frame drum techno thing that I find to be very special. She's also continued to be prolific with self-released material on her Bandcamp, I haven't kept up with it but I really need to. But those always come as a surprise and I don't get to mention them here, so I want to make sure to call attention to this new EP. I'm not entirely sure what to expect or how it will differ, though the first track does feature a collaboration with a singer/songwriter, which seems like an interesting place to be taking the music.

Damaged Bug - Bug On Yonkers (Castle Face)

This is the synth-focused project of John Dwyer from the Oh Sees' band with all name variations. I haven't kept up with that main outfit for a while, but I really enjoyed what was happening with this solo project. Though now it's a band, there's more people on drums and other instruments, Brigid Dawson is even there with a vocal credit. And they're covering the songs of Michael Yonkers, who I'm not familiar with, but it seems like he has some great songs, I'm looking forward to the introduction to his work.

East Man - Prole Art Threat (Planet Mu)

I haven't really spent any time with the music of Basic Rhythm, or the work from the East Man alias, but I was kindly given a preview of this new one. And now it's clear to me that I need to go back and listen, because this one is a blast. I'm also not particularly knowledgable about grime, so I can't say too much about how this relates to the rest of the genre. But this album has beats with a slightly unhinged energy to them, featuring an assortment of MC's with an incredible talent for focusing that energy. There's this one track that you can hear now on the link, "Who Am I" featuring Ny Ny, the beat has this woozy bass thing on it and lots of space between flurrys of hits, but she brings this selectively rapid delivery that fills in the momentum gaps and it's like a realization of something I wouldn't have thought the beat was suggesting, but it's absolutely what needed to happen. A great one to play loud, don't miss it.

Eiko Ishibashi - Hyakki Yagyō (Black Truffle)

There's been some self-released activity from Ishibashi this year, and I still need to hear all of it, but Impulse of the Ribbon gets a big recommendation from me. It's a single cohesive piece that runs that mixes field recordings with delightful synth work. I'm not sure what this one will sound like, but the description says there's more synth and field recordings, along with contributions from Jim O'Rourke on double bass and Jim Talia on percussion. The description suggests this will be deeply meaningful music reflecting "an attention to persistent dangers, myths and evasions in Japanese culture – as well as the lurking uncertainties that might threaten positive change", which seems like it would be building off of the personal work of 2018's The Dream My Bones Dream. So I'll need to really spend some time with it to say anything meaningful about that aspect of it, but I know that this will be worth that time.

Nick Klein & Wilted Woman - Cafe Music 2: Werewolves of London (Alien Jams)

I haven't spent much time with Klein's work, but I know Wilted Woman has an incredible range. She's got weird bangers, tuneful delights, and frenzied headcleaners. She's someone to keep an eye on. The first collaboration from these two was all spacey and exploratory, and the preview clips on this suggest that will be the mode here as well. Expect to be taken on an adventure through unstable terrain. I think it'll be worth signing up for.

Jessy Lanza - All the Time (Hyperdub)

I got scared off by the hype around Lanza's 2016 album "Oh No", I thought "oh I'll listen to this when it's less crowded with expectations and I can let my thoughts exist without any value to the conversation". But then I never ended up getting around to it, but I'm thinking that was a mistake because she seems to have a great take on synthpop. Of course, the lack of experience means that I'm not really the best person to tell you why this is special, so maybe give a read to this interview in Bandcamp Daily or Boomkat's blurb. But I'm excited to not repeat my past mistake for this one.

New Tendencies - Everywhere (Conditional)

This artist is new to me, I guess he has a few under his belt with this name and other aliases, there's some stuff on the CO-DEPENDENT label under the name må, according to his website. That label is cool, I need to pay more attention to them. But yeah, I always try to keep an eye on what Conditional is doing since they put out some thoroughly electronic music that I enjoy a lot. The preview on this one seems like it's economical in the sounds being used, but with a solid amount of character to the sound that is present. It seems intriguing, I'm not entirely sure how to talk about what I heard, but I like being put in that position.

Proem - Low Noise Floor Sessions (Live Stream)

This is a live session series that has been happening late at night on weeknights, usually starting around 2:30 AM (EST), with the announcement coming on his Twitter. So it's not just this Friday, there could be one happening whenever you read this, unless it's a weekend. I haven't been keeping up with the shows, but I happened to catch one the other night and it was a fantastic experience. Proem has been putting out electronic music since 1999, and he takes all of the experience and gear accumulated in that time to improvise some music, live from his floor. The set I caught enveloped me in rich sounds that stretched outward, but had a sense of meter emerged from fixed timing on pitch changes for the mass of sound, though it was not so strict that the grid could be described as assertive. There was a patience behind the music, but with a steady procession of significant changes so that it felt like we were always going somewhere. I haven't checked the previous broadcasts, I guess some range has already been covered, so who knows what the future will hold. But I'm looking forward to catching some more, and catching up with the previous ones.

Quicksails - Blue Rise (Hausu Mountain)

I was introduced to Quicksails from 2013's "Mayville Dream" on Spectrum Spools, and I still have some gaps in his discography, but this is turning into my favorite from him. I was lucky enough to get an early preview, and I think this strikes an incredible sweet spot where it uses a cohesive sound, and (after being influenced by the cover and title) you might think it all sounds like it shares a color, but it still manages to make every track feel like they each have something distinct to offer. It all feels definitively of the same whole, but each part is distinct in its own way. The album is all heavily synth-powered, and there's a sense of scale generated from reverb, but there's something I can't entirely identify that helps avoids cliches with the effect. It doesn't keep taking you to the same exact virtual space. And then on an emotional level, the same applies, it keeps opening doors into different feelings with gestures and tones that don't look as significantly different as they feel. I have a lot of fondness for this type of music in general, but it feels like everything goes right here in a way that is hard to pull off.

shiwashiwa - I'm Here (Primordial Void)

I have a difficult relationship with music that gets stuck in my head, I get frustrated by my inability to control the phenomenon and it quickly becomes unwelcome. But I've found all of the music here to be quite welcome when I'm sitting in silence. I was given a preview copy for this one, it's a debut album which was "written and recorded over the course of four years and made entirely using GarageBand" according to the description. The synthpop contained here suggests that all of those years were spent crafting songs that, through their joy and straightforwardness, are able to make it seem like absolutely no concessions had to be made to the relatively limited (though clearly still powerful) production tool. Nothing feels wasted, or left to obstruct the melody's ability to catch you. And I am so glad for that, because it is so good to have it with me.

July 21st, 2020

Toshiya Tsunoda/Taku Unami - Wovenland 2 (Erstwhile)

One of the reasons why I've come to love so many releases on Erstwhile is that I wasn't told what made them special, or even what made them music, and I came to the realization about those issues myself, after repeated attempts at figuring out what the hell is going on. So it seems like a spoiler to tell you much about this, I don't want to take that experience away from someone. Which makes telling people about the music a bit of a challenge. I guess after the "Extract From Field Recording Archive" box set from Tsunoda last year, it's no big secret that he works with field recordings. And as this is the 2nd part of a planned trilogy, and the track titles are extremely straightforward, it doesn't feel like revealing too much to say that the additional unnatural processing that Tsunoda and Unami explored on their first outing remains as the unavoidably dominant characteristic here as well. But even if I wanted to reveal more than all that, I don't think I'd be able to. The official release date may be next Tuesday, but the digital copy has been available for purchase for a little bit now, so I have been able to hear the whole thing. But I'll need to live with this for a while. I still am in the "what the hell is going on" stage. It helps that the album comes with a pdf file with clear technical notes, but I don't know how to talk about how it makes me feel. Or maybe I just don't want to hurry the process of turning how I feel into language. I am going to savour it.

July 17th, 2020

Brin - Highspeed Light Body (Phinery)

My introduction to Brin was a release earlier this year called "Microdose Skyline", a nice quickie with a somewhat murky construction of samples and its own sense for timing. The clarity on the preview track for this new one sounds like jumping from SD to HD, and the track is almost as long as the entire previous release. The whole album built off of live radio performances, and the hand played nature of the weird electronics comes through strong. I think this will be an excellent way to go beyond the taster and have a full course meal out of his sound.

Crazy Doberman - hypnagogic relapse and other penumberal phenomena (Digital Regress)

After the Crazy Doberman release on Astral Spirits earlier in the year, I wanted to dig more into the large group's equally massive discography, but I haven't gotten around to it. They've even had (at least) one more release in addition to this new one, and I had completely missed it. The previews on this seem cool though, and like it'd be a nice way to find out more about the whole psycho jazz thing they have going on.

Gila - concentrics : SIX (Phinery)

So I have no idea about who this is or what they're doing, but I guess this is their sixth one of whatever it is. But it's also coming out on Phinery alongside this Brin release, and based on my excitement for that, and the excellent Karl Fousek album they put out, and all of their old material from artists I like, I figure I should have an eye on this.

Laraaji - Sun Piano (All Saints Records)

I haven't spent as much time as I should with Laraaji, but I've had friends play his effected-into-bliss zither and keyboard songs, and it seems like a wonderful sort of music that I really should have more of. I may wait a bit for this new one here though, because I guess it features him returning to the piano after originally learning music on the instrument. I think I need to build more of an appreciation for what he's built before diving in, but for anyone already familiar, this seems like it'll be a noteworthy development in his musical output.

G.S. Sultan - music for a living water (Orange Milk)

There always seems to be a playful quality in the computer noise music that I like, like it's coming from a place of joy that it gets to use sounds that have no basis in the natural world. What I've heard of Sultan's music absolutely fits the bill there, but this one actually seems like it's going to evoke reality, without shying away from the artificial. The preview track has warped vocals and percussive synths that seem to be modelled after physical ones, and a synth with an envelope that makes it sound like it's something real that's been reversed. It's a "love-letter to liquid" according to the description, and if that means that the fluidity of this track will continue with the rest of it, then I think this might end up being something quite fantastic.

Tiger Village - Amblyopiac (Suite 309)

This is Tiger Village's 10th album, though I'm mostly only familiar with last year's "Modern Drummer" on Hausu Mountain. It seems like he gets into some really great stuff with busy, erratic rhythms, and his approach to using machines that aren't personal computers keeps things feeling like they're performed in the moment, even when the moment seems incredibly complicated. There's nuances to how this new one sounds different, and I'd really need to hear the previous work to say something different about it, but I think fans of irregular electronic music with beats should check out what's going on here.

July 10th, 2020

Galcher Lustwerk - Proof (Ghostly)

It's nice to see this new EP following last November's delightfully warm "Information". I guess this one won't have the live drums that were present on that album, and while I did like those a lot, there's ample evidence that Lustwerk can do phenomenal work without them. The specific way he can blend the tone of his voice over deep house sounds captures exactly how I want to feel when I'm up late. The only preview I've heard is the AceMoMa remix, so I'm not too sure what all to expect from the rest, but I'm confident it will be high quality stuff.

Kassel Jaeger - Swamps / Things (Shelter Press)

I fell in love with Kassel Jaeger's music with 2014's "Toxic Cosmopolitanism" and I have found many rewards since that point. I'll be going in blind on this one but I figure there will be electroacoustic sounds that carry a rich character, unfolding at such a deliberate pace that it will lead to accusations of ambientness by people who don't catch how eventful the music truly is.

NYZ - ROMTYZ (The Wormhole)

Getting my subscription to the Noyzelab Bandcamp has paid dividends, the meditation drone stuff on there has gotten a lot of play during the lockdown. The generative cellular automata material is also fantastic, and this new one is going to be some of that, powering instruments that play back some sort of stock sound, or something like that. There's something special about the way the sequences take shape and evolve. It's cheap to call this sort of thing "alien" but it has a way of going against my intuition of how music will move from moment to moment when it's directly based on decisions from humans, while still sounding highly musical.

WRS - ZONE 2 (Self Released)

A lot of people I'm friends with tend to be talented in arts and music, and I have this weird hangup about considering their work in the same way that I do with people I don't know. There's already a vulnerability in talking about music, through the exposure of the part of myself that drives the feelings, and then on top of that, now there's a person you talk to and you've seen them expose the part of themselves that felt good about their music existing. I need to get over that hangup, because I think the people I know are worth hearing about. I've only heard the two preview tracks on this, but this new one from WRS sounds like a goofy sort of electronic pop, a mechanically active music with deep quirks in the core, with a lightly abrasive side to it. Lots of really engaging stuff in the composition, I think I should have a place for this alongside my music from strangers.

July 3rd, 2020

Diamond Soul - Maya'mi (Orange Milk)

Never heard any of Diamond Soul, but I checked out the first preview track here, and I need to hear more. There's a rapid micro-collage quality to the music, but it's not overwhelming or tripping over itself, it stays relatively steady and focused in the exploration of the established sound palette. I don't know enough to say anything wide reaching about what he is doing in music, but I'm very curious to learn more.

Gaika - Seguridad (NAAFI)

I'd meant to get introduced to Gaika's music through a live show in 2017, but there were travel complications and he wasn't able to make it, and in the following years I never followed through with checking out his stuff. I'm realizing I made a big mistake in not doing so, now that I'm finally catching up. If you're unfamiliar, I'm not going to be able to do as good a job at describing the music as this interview at The Quietus, so just read that if you need a primer. This album will feature a lot of collaborations with NAAFI-affiliated artists, and it seems like they will make an excellent match.

Gong Gong Gong, Anton Rothstein and Angel Wei Bernild - Rytme Og Drone III | 節奏與嗡鳴三 (Self Released?)

Last year I spent a lot of time with Gong Gong Gong's Phantom Rhythm 幽靈節奏 (幽霊リズム), their stripped-down and repetitive rock music fit in nicely with all the other minimalist rock stuff that I've been enjoying. I still haven't explored much of the rest of what's happening in the Beijing scene they exist in, so I'm not familiar with the other artists on here. I also haven't heard any of the preview tracks on this, so I can't speak to anything specific about the sound of this one, but I feel confident that it'll be a great time.

Alvin Lucier - Works For The Ever Present Orchestra (Black Truffle)

Black Truffle continues documenting the amazing late-period work that Lucier has been doing. The material I've heard has had lots of focus on exploiting weird phenomena that can happen with sound in physical space, so I imagine we'll see more of that here. If you haven't heard any of this stuff, the description on Bandcamp says that the album is "some of the richest and most inviting that Lucier has composed and is an essential document of the current state of Lucier’s continuing exploration, as well as offering a seductive entry-point for anyone who might yet be unacquainted with his singular body of work". So if you're on the fence at all, this seems like the time to jump off and dive in.

Various Artists - Music In Support Of Black Mental Health (Objects Limited/Planet Mu)

Not only will the proceeds from this release go towards 5 different charities based in the UK and USA, but it will feature tracks from some long-time favorites of mine (µ-Ziq, Datach'i, Bogdan Raczynski), and more recent artists (Speaker Music, Beatrice Dillon, Jlin) who have been doing phenomenal work. That's not even all the examples in both camps, and there's plenty of names on the tracklist that I still need to get familiar with. This one is a very easy purchase for me.

July 1st, 2020

Jordan Nobles - Chiaroscuro (Redshift)

This is some truly outstanding orchestral music. I was lucky enough to get an early copy, which is good because Nobles wasn't on my radar at all and it would have been very unfortunate if I had ended up missing this. While the title of the album is taken from one of the two pieces contained within, it also seems apt for the album as a whole, because there is a night and day difference between the halves. The 2nd one is an older piece, Pulses, and as the title suggests, it is similar to that propulsive sort of minimalism, though the plural in the title is key. It doesn't feel locked in to a single grid, it's dynamic and seamlessly moves through complimentary speeds. An amazing piece on its own, but it's made all the better by coming after the first. The forward motion is basically absent, and it's more like experiencing the shadows cast by various overlapping perspectives of one frozen moment. There's a lot of variety in color combinations, and it's not like some kind of consistent droning sound, there's lots of clear variation in shape and amplitude. I love it, and it sets things up so nicely for the movement that follows.

June 26th, 2020

Arca - KiCk i (XL Recordings)

I'm not on the level of the superfans, but I've enjoyed a lot of Arca's work since those Stretch EPs back in 2012. There's been some serious and thoughtful writing about her lately, and I don't think I can add anything significant to that. If you haven't been keeping up, maybe read Philip Sherburne in Pitchfork interviewing her about the live streams she's been doing, or check out what some of the people at The Singles Jukebox thought of her recent mixtape "@@@@@".

Dan Drohan - You're A Crusher / drocan! (Self Released)

Drohan gets around in a bunch of different projects, and I wasn't familiar with any of them. But I was lucky enough to get a copy of this sent my way, and I'm glad to have the introduction. It's this endangered sort of music where you have live drums along with some other instruments and singing from various collaborators, all being used for studio/computer constructed songs that would require serious adaptation to be replicated in the live environent. With the devaluation of recordings and reliance on live performance for musician income, it seems like there has been an understandable shift away from this sort of thing, so I'm grateful to see it can still happen and be done well. The expanded possibilities of the studio constructions don't end up quantizing the life out of the recordings. This album seems especially quixotic because the more immediate song material is in the second "drocan!" half of the album, with no concern for the risk of people being scared off before that point, but I hope it finds its people because I thought it was quite a nice package.

Quin Kirchner - The Shadows and The Light (Astral Spirits)

Kirchner is mostly new to me, I missed his top bill debut from 2018 and most of the projects he's been in, but the KVL album from last year (he's the K) was some gorgeous slow moving jazz that has made me curious to hear more from this drummer. Though from the title track that's available for preview, this seems like it will get into some higher tempos and more elaborate structures. But on the other hand, the description from Kirchner says that this will bring many of his different influences together, so it's probably foolish to draw too many conclusions from one sample. I think this will be a fun ride though.

Gábor Lázár - Source (Planet Mu)

Lázár's old music sounded like a rhythmic psychoacoustic i-doser type of experience to me, and the way he's turned it into something danceable has been a great thing to witness, I've never felt like he's betrayed his sound along the way. I actually got an early copy of this new one, but I don't know if I've spent enough time to really speak to what's developed since his last one in 2018. I kind of just want to say "it's just better", but you're supposed to justify a statement like that, and I can't say exactly why I have that preference. But take the single "Excite" for example, that one's up for preview. The way the melodic elements all play off each other works so well for me, that initial bass line and then the more sound design type layer (that still carries pitch) set against the soft pad sounds, all setting the stage for the main line, it comes together beautifully. I think this album has more of that kind of experience for me than the last one.

Bérangère Maximin - Land Of Waves (Karlrecords)

So this has already been streaming on Bandcamp and available for purchase semi-recently, but this is technically the release date so I'm rolling with it. I've heard it, and I still don't really know how to talk about it. Maximin is one of those artists that can give me the slow-burn experience, where after 6 month of accumulated listens I finally recognize what has been drawing me in. I'm not there yet, but I like what I hear. If you have an interest in electroacoustic composition, I think she is someone you should know. Check out this Bandcamp Daily write-up on 2017's Frozen Refrains for more information, though this new album seems very significantly different from that older one, so maybe do that later.

model home - One Year (Disciples)

I mistakenly thought this came out earlier, here is what I wrote about it back in May: "I found out about this Disciples label from the archival Bogdan Raczynski thing they put out last year, wasn't sure what to expect but it seems like this label has some range. This track will let you know that we should be in for something special here. I guess some people are already aware, since this is a compilation from a bunch of mixtapes that this MC & producer duo have been putting out, and they have this meaningful lo-fi homespun weirdness. The sort of thing where even after the initial shock wears off, there's a lot going on with the music that will continue to be rewarding."

Pale Spring - DUSK (Doom Trip)

I didn't hear last year's debut from Pale Spring, but I liked the track on the recent Doom Trip compilation, so I should really be following up on that. I'm getting some lush night vibes from the singles, as the title suggests, so this is quite a victory for the southern hemisphere to see it come out so close to the solstice. I'm bashful, so I was afraid to call it "sensual pop" but I am emboldened by the apparent usage of the term from Decayed Tapes. It would be dishonest to avoid mentioning that this music from songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Emily Harper Scott and husband/co-producer Drew Scott appears to have romance and bodies as a primary subject.

June 22nd, 2020

Nicole Mitchell & Lisa E. Harris - EarthSeed (FPE Records)

Mitchell's Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds is a major favorite for me. The sound that she brings together is remarkable, it's like the palette has color combinations that produce physical distortions in the same way that a burned retina produces a color with closed eyes. I'm unfamiliar with Harris, but judging by the preview track, their collaboration will get into similar strange territories with it's own distinctions, and I can't wait to go on the journey that awaits.

June 19th, 2020

Amnesia Scanner - Tearless (PAN)

I thought this was already out but I guess it got delayed to this day. I've enjoyed the trajectory Amnesia Scanner have followed, venturing into disgusting rainbow vomit music. I'm a big fan of A Man Called Rom=Pari, so that's a sound I can get into. The cover art made me think they'd be going hard in that direction, but from the singles, it only seems like the title track gets into that kind of space. So who knows, maybe this will be more cleaned up and unnauseated, which probably makes more sense from a commercial standpoint. I guess we'll see.

Arnold Dreyblatt - Star Trap (Black Truffle)

Dreyblatt is one of those names that I've heard people say, but I've never taken the time to listen to his work. I'll probably go check out some his more established and celebrated music before checking this one out, because I guess he does some music using a double bass strung with piano wire, and that sounds like it could be amazing. But it is not featured on this album. This archival recording from the 90's has him composing for other musicians, but there's still something involving a broken escalator recording being used as a gate for the performers, that seems like it could be pretty cool.

Christian Michael Filardo - Rare Volume (Phinery)

This Phinery label popped up on my radar via a Karl Fousek release a little while ago, and I hadn't realized at the time, but this is actually the relaunch of a label that had been around from 2015-2018. Looking over their back catalog, I notice so many names that I associate with great weird electronic music, like LXV, Mukqs, More Eaze, G.S. Sultan, and plenty more. They've even got something from Jay Glass Dubs' The Hydra alias. So anyways, they're back, I've missed a few of their releases that have come out since that Fousek one, but there's another new one coming. I have no idea what it's going to sound like, but I feel like this is a label I need to be following, so I'll be checking it out.

Ingrid Laubrock & Kris Davis Duo - Blood Moon (Intakt Records)

I'm gradually finding out about Laubrock's brilliance after hearing her Contemporary Chaos Practices from 2018, and it seems like a great next step for me to check out this duo with longtime collaborator Davis, isolating their distinct approach to sax and piano interplay. The preview sounds so tuneful and powered by telepathic unification, this seems like an excellent showcase of Laubrock's talents while also being a great opportunity to find out about Davis'.

PERSONABLE - ROUGHS (Self Released)

PERSONABLE - TUMBLE (Self Released)

M Geddes Gengras has started pulling some music from his archives with the proceeds going to charities, and he has another two coming out on Friday. The first one seemed a bit focused on specific times and places, and TUMBLE follows that template, featuring material composed for a performance in 2017. ROUGHS is different, it's a general orphan compilation, featuring assorted pieces from live sets and mixes from 2015-2019. And it has a Chris Morris Blue Jam sample! That should be fun.

Rudy Royston - PaNOptic (Greenleaf Music)

Greenleaf put out the Webber/Morris Big Band album earlier this year, I hadn't been paying attention to them before that, but I figured they'd be worth keeping an eye on since that was really great. This new one from Royston will see the proceeds go to the MusiCares COVID-19 release fund. I'm unfamiliar with his work, but I'm intrigued by the description here. It's a solo album where he's credited with drums, cymbals, and voice, and I guess it opens with a performance of The Beatles - Black Bird that gets interrupted midway by Bad Company, followed by other pieces with direct inspiration. Then there's a group of tributes, some sacred music, and then another collection with direct references. Maybe this doesn't make the most sense as an introduction, but I'm very curious about this experience.

Omar S - Simply (FXHE)

This was announced as being titled "Fuck Resident Advisor" but I'm seeing this title on his website now. I've always heard that one of the fundamental rules of dance music is that you don't put a clap on the 1 and the 3, but Omar S will do it sometimes in a way that doesn't call attention to the rule breaking, he just makes it work. The previews sound great, and the site says it's only 12 dollars for a double lp, which seems like an incredible deal with how expensive records get.

Brandon Seabrook Trio - Exultations (Astral Spirits)

Seabrook is new to me, but his guitar on the first track has me convinced that he is someone I need to know. The rest of the trio is a rhythm section of Gerald Cleaver on drums and Cooper-Moore on a single-stringed bass instrument called the Diddley Bow, and they set down a foundation of perfectly measured chaos for Seabrook to fill with ecstatic sequences of notes, augmented by some restrained use of additional processing. The other track that's up for preview is a bit more subdued sounding, but it seems like this will have some thrills.

Speaker Music - Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry (Self Released)

I have no idea what this will sound like, but Deforrest Brown, Jr.'s work is always essential, regardless of medium. I only know about this because of the recent interview he had with Joshua Minsoo Kim at Tone Glow, but they don't really cover what's up with this one, at least not explicitly. His previous solo releases centered rhythm in a way that I still struggle to adequately describe, but who knows if that will apply here. But I am confident that whatever shape this takes, it will be worth giving your full attention.

Wife Signs - Beneath the Weight of Care (Healing Sound Propagandist)

I was given a promo copy of this debut from Kellen Perry, it's only around 20 minutes but it still felt like the time flew by when I listened. The music draws influence from the brilliant Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou's approach to tonality, chopping up his own recordings of scales that she used. This doesn't attempt to imitate the way she moves through time, and instead gets into the an endless moment. It could all be broken down into distinct sound events, it's never too blurry in the moment, but when it's finished I'm left with the impression of the color rather than the fine details. It is quite a nice haze to be left with.

June 12th, 2020

James Ferraro - Neurogeist (Self Released)

There's no previews on this, but the description says "Four Pieces for Mirai Op II", so I'm expecting something like the distinct synthetic take on modern classical he had on the referenced album. I love hearing Ferraro's talent for melody showcased front and center, so that sounds good to me.

Kate NV - Room For The Moon (RVNG Intl.)

Kate NV's 2018 album для FOR is an absolute delight that I love to come back to, it's electronic music that is full of accumulating patterns that make great use of smaller sounds with no tail, so that the empty space becomes a significant presence and establishes contrast with the colorful tones. I've only heard the singles for this new album, but it sounds like that principle is being applied to creating incredible pop music here. I highly recommend checking out the artwork for the singles and the music videos, it's a whole complimentary package. I have every reason to believe that this is going to soundtrack my summer.

Kentaro Minoura - 今戸焼 (Primordial Void)

I've never heard this artist, but this label seems cool, they reached out and let me know about this highly unusual duo featuring Gobby they'd released (since it was after it came out I didn't put it here, but it's a good one). They also gave me a couple promos for their upcoming releases, including this one, but I haven't been too focused lately so I still haven't listened in full. But I did recently hear the track that's available to stream for everyone, and I'm kicking myself for not taking advantage of having the whole thing. It's a long jammy track with lo-fi synths and electronic drums, not in a murky sense, more of a deep fried sort of sound. It has a peculiar rhythm to it that I think keeps it out of the aimless meandering, this totally sounds like something I need to hear.

Nihiloxica - Kaloli (Crammed Discs)

This joint venture between Uganda's Nilotika Cultural Ensemble and the UK's pq and Spooky-J has been putting out some cool EP's on Nyege Nyege Tapes over the past couple of years, and now they've got their debut album ready. From live videos that I've seen, it's just one guy on synth, and then the other five members on live percussion. It gets darker than the singeli music that Nyege Nyege Tapes is most famous for, but never in a way that is absent of life. The preview tracks sound incredible, the way the drums rapidly unfold while the synth tones drag out make me imagine a staircase materializing around an ascending figure. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest, this is going to be a blast.

June 8th, 2020

Upsammy - Zoom (Dekmantel)

June 5th, 2020

Amirtha Kidambi / Lea Bertucci - End of Softness (Astral Spirits)

Piotr Kurek - A Sacrifice Shall Be Made / All The Wicked Scenes (Mondoj)

Machinefabriek with Anne Bakker - Oehoe (Where To Now?)

Mike Pride / Jonathan Moritz - The Invitation (Astral Editions)

June 1st, 2020

Kyle Bruckmann - Triptych (tautological) (Carrier Records)

Bruckmann does some really cool stuff with oboe and/or electronics, he has a great collaboration with Olivia Block and also had some cool albums on Entr'acte. The latter ones were the type of electronic music that feel totally in the box, with no presence of physical space or real air, but this one seems like it will be taking corporeal form. The description mentions Wandelweiser and the New York School, along with the presence of an old EMU analog synthesizer, this seems like one I'll be into.

May 31st, 2020

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe - La Dialectique Peut​-​Elle Casser​.​.​. ? (Self Released?)

Lowe's approach to sound and rhythm in his electronic compositions is something I find so rewarding to hear, and I really think anyone who is interested in what might be called experimental electronic music or any of the more specific synonyms should hear what he is doing. I'm not sure what this one will sound like, half of it is available to stream right now but I think I will just go in blind. This is going to be two longform pieces taken from performances at GRM and Presencias/electrónica MX, I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with the extended durations.

May 29th, 2020

Deerhoof - Future Teenage Cave Artists (Joyful Noise Recordings)

There was a live stream of this around a month ago that I was able to catch, but obviously haven't been able to listen again since then. I've been eager to get back into it though! I mentioned in an earlier blurb about how I lost track of what Deerhoof had been up to, but what I heard reminded me of just how great it can feel to hear their music, how it can be surprising without betraying anything about who they are. I'm looking forward to hearing this one again.

Greg Fox - Contact (RVNG Intl.)

You may know Fox from his drumming in projects like Guardian Alien (featuring Alex Drewchin aka Eartheater), Ex Eye (featuring Colin Stetson), or other places (I quite enjoyed the Fox/Soper Duo album from 2016). This new solo album he's got seems very intriguing. The preview track I heard is dominated by the sound of the drum kit without any transformative processing on the sound, but there's some kind of sound triggering thrown in that expands the available selection of sounds without changing the physical process of generating them. I feel like this sort of thing can end up a bit cheesy but there's a deliberate limitation here, it's only bringing in some kind of abstract processed noise and something like an organ, and they're not all over the track, so it seems like it will be a complimentary support for Fox's already existing talents in highly expressive drumming.

David Grubbs & Taku Unami - Comet Meta (Blue Chopsticks)

Unami's collaborations in the previous decade were a huge part in progressing my ability to access musical listening, where I'd initially be mad at what had happened and really believe that something was wrong before I found my way to loving it as music. I had no such challenges with this album but the experience has been just as rewarding. I was very lucky to get a promo for this one, and on my 5th listen I made a note that I was surprised how familiar this music was to me already, how it felt like it had to have existed for a long time already. And I guess there is some truth to that, as I saw Philip Sherburne tweet that he "got a fleeting glimpse of Satie's "Vexations" in one of the songs". I wasn't familiar enough with Satie to catch that, and maybe there are other references in here as well. The album features a great deal of Grubbs and Unami together on guitar, building melody in a way that feels intricate and so deliberate but shows none of the weight of egos that want you to know how hard they worked, and that's what immediately hooked me. And the album offers up some other sounds as it goes on, but the core tunefulness stays throughout. It's an easy place to step into as a listener, but still has rewards that run deep, and I have found that to be a particularly valuable quality in the past few months. I hadn't actually heard the first collaboration these two had back in 2018, but something about this felt a bit sharper to me, I'd need to spend more time with it to really put my finger on it. Even without that experience though, I feel comfortable recommending this as highly as I can, I believe this album has a lot to offer.

Samuel Rohrer / Max Loderbauer / Stian Westerhus / Tobias Freund - KAVE (arjunamusic)

Rohrer and Loderbauer are two thirds of Ambiq, and I really enjoyed the albums from that group. It was like spaced-out electronic jazz, with drums and clarinet but also with everyone having some kind of electronic instrument as well. This one seems like it might not feel as much like jazz as it won't have any instruments powered by breath, except for some singing. But the preview track I heard suggests that it's going to have a similar sort of vibe, that kind that makes even more sense when I'm lacking sleep. So I'm pretty confident this will be something I'll need to hear.

Roly Porter - Kistvaen (Subtext Recordings)

This is Porter's first new release since his 2016 album Third Law. I enjoyed that one, some powerful sheets of colored noise with some rhythmic elements that go all dynamic in tempo so that they become a part of the fury rather than any clear divider of time. The preview track I heard suggests that this will be in the same ballpark, but I'll probably need a full listen to have an idea of whatever has changed in the 4 years that have passed.

May 27th, 2020

BONJINTAN (Sakata / O'Rourke / Di Domenico / Yamamoto) - Dental Kafka (Trost Records)

This one is a group that already had an album but I haven't heard it yet. If you don't know about Trost, it's a jazz label that has had a strong relationship with Peter Brötzmann for a while now. He's not on this album, but still, what I know from this label can get onto the extreme side of free jazz. This group is led by Akira Sakata, who I haven't heard much from but he's primarily an alto saxophonist who has been active since the 70's. He has a large body of work, which I'm only just now learning includes a Rie Nakajima collaboration from last year! I'll need to hear that. But anyways, the preview for this new album doesn't suggest it's on the scary side of free jazz, it's just avant-garde jazz, which I guess means free jazz except it doesn't sound like the instruments are mad as hell at each other. Sakata doesn't play in that skronk assault style, and then there's a passage where he drops out and Jim O'Rourke on double bass, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto on drums, and Giovanni di Domenico on piano all play something super inviting together, and Sakata eventually joins in and elevates it really nicely. I'm very interested in hearing the rest.

May 22nd, 2020

Andrea Borghi/Giacomo Salis/Paolo Sanna - MOT (tsss tapes)

Here's a trio of artists I haven't heard yet, but it looks like they release on labels I'm interested in like Dinzu Artefacts and Falt. The whole first side of the tape is available for a preview stream, and it has a sort of organo-mechanical feeling to it, like Rie Nakajima's motorized devices but with a bit of damp flesh in there. After establishing the dynamic, they throw in a twist that has me looking forward to finding out what the second side holds.

Karl Evangelista w/Alexander Hawkins, Louis Moholo-Moholo, and Trevor Watts - Apura! (Astral Spirits)

I'm not familiar with any of the names on here, even the ones who have been around for a while like Watts, but Astral Spirits do great work and the description on the link here suggests a deep sincerity in pursuing humanity through improvised music. You should just follow the link and read that. I'll need some time to digest in full before I can approach describing it but I feel like it could live up to the idea of putting life into music.

Rafael Anton Irisarri - Peripeteia (Dais Records)

Irisarri is one of those names that I've heard celebrated by people I trust for a while now. But I haven't spent anywhere near the same amount of time with his music that they have, I can't be the kind of advocate for him that they were to me. I did hear his one last year, Solastalgia, I was overwhelmed by the unrelenting force of the distorted synths and I couldn't really bring myself back to it. It's not harsh noise or anything, but it just felt kind of draining. I respect the hell out of it but I still need to really spend time with his stuff and I haven't gone back to the older stuff yet. This new one seems like it might be a nice way in though, the first preview track has a clear and steady step sequencer (or something like that) giving the consistently spaced bloops, and overall feels less like the end of the world. So this might be a good way to ease myself in to what Irisarri is about.

Giovanni Lami/Chemiefaserwerk - Globuskorbmaschine (tsss tapes)

Lami has had some releases in the past that I've really enjoyed, like one called Bias from 2016, it had an overall sound that was degraded to the point of becoming impressionistic but still maintained shape and momentum. I'm not sure what the story is with Chemiefaserwerk but they're probably cool, both the performers are credited together with field recordings and tape machines so I feel comfortable going in blind with no preview.

Bill Nace - Both (Drag City)

Nace is one of those guys who has played with so many people that I think are great (Joe Mcphee! Chris Corsano! Okkyung Lee! Greg Kelley! Samara Lubelski! Susan Alcorn! Leila Bordreuil!), but somehow I've never heard any of the stuff that he's on. It's a huge oversight on my part, but now he's got a new solo album so it seems like the perfect opportunity to set this right. I only listened to the first preview, Part 5, and it's a collection of sounds that all originated from guitar but have been pedalled into different sound spaces and they make a wonderful kind of sense together. Really looking forward to seeing what I've been missing with him.

Nídia - Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes (Príncipe)

New releases from Principe are always worth keeping an eye on, but the first new release from Nídia since 2017 is particularly exciting news. That last one was a lively and distinct mix of dance music subgenres that originate out of Angola, and I guess other subgenres too. I get confused about genre boundaries, but I can say with confidence that it's so much fun to play loud and move to, and the preview for this one sounds huge and immediately had me needing higher volumes, this is going to be a blast. And there's a separate 7 inch coming out as well! Very glad to be seeing more from her.

Jim O'Rourke - Shutting Down Here (Portraits GRM)

Joshua Minsoo Kim did an incredible interview with Jim O'Rourke recently, and there was a mention of an upcoming release connected to INA-GRM, he said it was on the level of The Visitor but for that electronic side of his work. Thanks to a tweet from @JoelPBrady I found out that the Editions Mego site says it is coming soon! And then suddenly it's been revealed to come out tomorrow! I didn't expect this to move so fast but I'm excited to hear it.

Christine Ott - Chimères (pour ondes Martenot) (NAHAL Recordings)

I found out about this from Steve Smith's Night After Night newsletter. I'm not a paying subscriber yet, but he did share a free post with his own list of notable upcoming releases, which included this album. I'm not familiar with Ott or the two musicians who join in on processing the sound, Frédéric D. Oberland & Paul Régimbeau. But the basis of the album (judging by the preview tracks) is Ott playing the ondes martenot and then Oberland & Régimbeau taking the nearly century old electronic sound and using it for separate contributions that operate with a sound grammar that wasn't available when the instrument first existed, but in a way that supports Ott's performance and the joys of this instrument's distinct sound, rather than obscuring it. So this seems like something I'll want to hear.

Lucy Railton / Max Eilbacher - Forma / Metabolist Meter (Foster, Cottin, Caetani, and a Fly) (Portraits GRM)

In addition to the O'Rourke album, Portraits GRM will also be putting out a split release, with Max Eilbacher from Horse Lords and Lucy Railton from the amazing collaboration with Peter Zinovieff that dropped earlier this year. Very glad to see these two getting highlighted here, I'm more familiar with Eilbacher's sonic head trips but Railton also seems to have a great approach to sound and I'm looking forward to learning more.

TALsounds - Acquiesce (NNA Tapes)

You may know TALsounds as part of the Good Willsmith trio, her most recent release was a solo album in 2017 called Love Sick. If you haven't heard it, you really should go back and listen, it's all singing and synth sounds and it manages to perfectly capture the queasy beauty of the title, I would recommend it for anyone who is a fan of songs. The preview tracks on here sound like they have more stability to them but still have a rich sound, so I am really looking forward to seeing the full development here.

May 19th, 2020

Joseph Sannicandro - I Always Worked (Dinzu Artefacts)

Sound Kite Orchestra - The Venice Session (Dinzu Artefacts)

Philip Sulidae - Tupik (Dinzu Artefacts)

May 16th, 2020

Graham Dunning - Panopticon (Every Contact Leaves a Trace)

I saw Dunning stream some gameplay from Half-Life but with the sounds replaced, so that he would be able to make music by existing in and interacting with the game environment. That process is featured on this album, and I'm very curious to hear how it's come together.

May 15th, 2020

Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now (Atlantic / Asylum)

Charli XCX has been very open and collaborative with the process of putting this album together, and I haven't been keeping up with it. So there's going to be all sorts of significant aspects of this for the dedicated fans that I won't be picking up on. But even without that, she's a great songwriter and I like how she puts things together, so I'm sure there will still be plenty of ways this can work for me.

Crazy Doberman - Illusory Expansion (Astral Spirits)

The credits on this one are stacked with names that I'm not sure if I'm familiar with, I'm counting 16 of them. Oh wait there's John Olson at the end there, member of Wolf Eyes and a million other things who does a lot of internet meme stuff on top of that. So this is psychojazz music. That's what you're getting here. The group has a ton of cassettes and I haven't heard any of them, but I probably should because this sort of secretly careful improvised messiness iin the preview track is totally something I can get into.

Jordan Edge & Navid Asghari - Anamnesis (Opal Tapes)

Both of these names are new to me, Edge has a few releases out there and it looks like Asghari has been soundtracking British television shows and movies, and I don't have experience with any of it. The preview has a noisy electroacoustic quality to it, scrapes and tones, large vibrating metal coming into conflict with other metal or something that mimics it. I like that sort of sound, and the preview suggests a method of control that I find intriguing and don't understand, like the music takes me to a few places but the reveal is slow, if that makes any sense.

Golden Retriever and Chuck Johnson - Rain Shadow (Thrill Jockey)

Golden Retriever is the duo of Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff. Carlson is responsible for one of the freakiest, most amazing doses of voice and synth from the last decade with The View From Nowhere, but Golden Retriever are more about the slow beauty. I haven't heard much recorded from Johnson but I saw him live, doing some very nice pedal steel guitar. I think these three should mix together well.

Kassel Jaeger & Jim O'Rourke - in cobalt aura sleeps (Editions Mego)

I already heard this one since Editions Mego are weird about release dates, but it will be fully released on Friday. I'm a big fan of both O'Rourke and Kassel Jaeger, and their previous collaboration was great so there was no way I was going to miss this. This one is a similar sort of well-paced sound voyage, maybe with a few more passages that feel as though they're obscured by darkness that make me want to turn up the volume to be more sure of what I'm hearing. Be careful doing that if you have thin walls and neighbors though, because they do step into the light as well.

Kazuma Kubota - Mind (Opal Tapes)

Haven't heard anything from Kubota, I guess they do noise stuff? I'm not sure if it's "noise" or "harsh noise", the preview is a bit harsh, but this still feels pleasant to me. It's not overly piercing and there's some dynamics so that it's not all loud all the time, I don't have to pull the structure out of the muck, it's clearly visible.

C. Lavender - Myth of Equilibrium (Editions Mego)

This is another one I got the early purchase on. You're going to want some headphones for this one, it's recorded in a geodesic dome with binaural equipment, and so if you've got headphones on this album basically will transport your head into that space, you'll hear all sorts of drones and soft noises with an extreme sense of clarity about where they are in the dome. And these are very well crafted sounds, if they weren't up to snuff then they'd fall apart when subjected to this sort of intense focus, but they meet the challenge.

Jerry Paper - Abracadabra (Stones Throw)

Paper has pretty firmly settled into this smooth, sort of loungey music, I don't know if it's breaking down any barriers but I think he comes up with some really nice tunes. This sort of sound could easily turn me off but there's something to his music that avoids the pitfalls, like a specific type of gloss that he avoids or something, I'm not sure. I can't really articulate why his stuff works for me, but I like hearing it.

Christian Rønn & Aram Shelton - Multiring (Astral Spirits)

Here's one I'm completely blind on, haven't even checked out the preview, but my friend Brian recommended I keep an eye out for it and Astral Spirits does great stuff with improvised music so I'm just gonna find out what the deal is when I hear it.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Mosaic Of Transformation (Ghostly)

I first heard Smith's music in 2015 from a post on Gorilla Vs. Bear, and between that point and the end of 2017 she released three solo albums and a collaboration with Suzanne Ciani. It was remarkable to see her push her sound at such a consistent pace. But then 2018-2019 only had minor releases, no major statements. So I'm very excited to see what she's cooked up here. It's easy to get lost in the modular synths that she uses, but she has a great knack for shepherding a song through the tangled wires and managing to keep it shining through on the other end. I haven't really checked out any of the previews so I'm not sure what sorts of developments to her sound are in store here, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

Sote - MOSCELS (Opal Tapes)

Sote's music can feel like riding a rollercoaster that is itself riding another rollercoaster, like you're going through a loop while the coaster itself is plunging down 100 feet. He has a way of making exaggeration real and I love it. He's recently been doing incredible work combining synthesis with traditional Persian techniques and instruments, but on this one he's focused exclusively on synths. This is going to be so much fun.

Tim Stine Trio - Fresh Demons (Astral Spirits)

I haven't heard Stine or the other members of the trio, but guitar, bass and drums is a fun combination. Nobody's breathing with a direct musical purpose, everyone's just doing hand stuff. The preview has some really fucked up timing, the bass keeps things from going totally free while the guitar and drums get delightfully freaky. I'm into it.

Sugarstick & Xerox - Sugarstick & Xerox (Opal Tapes)

So here's another trio, but this time it's synth, drums, and bass clarinet. The shorter preview track sort of reminds me of that Greg Fox and Ryan Soper duo album Magenta Line a little bit? That album was really cool, and the bass clarinet here seems to add a lot of potential to that sort of colorful percussive blast music, I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of this turns out.

Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet - Det Var Folk Där Ute. Dom Är Borta Nu. (Opal Tapes)

This Swedish duo is new to me. Google Translate says this album title means "There were people out there. They're gone now." I didn't think it would come out to be something that depressing, maybe it's just bad timing and the title had earlier significance from before the global pandemic. The preview track isn't exactly upbeat, the first preview has that moody melodic ambient type of sound, everything's a bit floaty without being tethered down with strict timings, but it still maintains a form and doesn't get bleak or anything. So don't let that translation alarm you, I think there's some hopefulness in here.

Toiret Status - OTOHIME (Orange Milk)

I don't listen to enough Toiret Status, but I've enjoyed what I've heard. This is probably going to change that first part. The first preview track here, "#67" (don't worry, it's track 2 and there's only 10 total) sort of carries the spirit of heavy DSP abuse in 00's IDM, but with modern sensibilities towards having space between sounds and a playful approach in the sound selection helping it avoid what makes a lot of that older music seem so limited to me now. It's got a Co La collaboration on it as well, I think I'll be spending a good amount of time with this one.

Vladislav Delay Meets Sly & Robbie - 500-Push-Up (Sub Rosa)

I haven't heard the first collaboration between the reggae/dub duo Sly & Robbie and Vladislav Delay, but it's an interesting sounding combination so I put it down here. Vladislav Delay recently took a turn from spacey dub techno into much more abrasive territory, so maybe that quality will be more present here than in the first one.

Otomo Yoshihide & Chris Pitsiokos - Live in Florence (Astral Spirits)

Yoshihide does some really cool stuff with playing the turntable, the Les Sculpteurs De Vinyl album that he's a part of is a great one. He plays guitar and turntables on this one, and he gets some really cool sounds going on the preview track. I'm not familiar with Pitsiokos, but he's doing some great work matching the energy on alto saxophone, and it looks like he's credited with electronics as well, so it seems like we're going to get some really far out sounds on this one, and the duo format will really let the individual contributions shine.

May 8th, 2020

Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat - Genetic (Black Truffle)

Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle label is always putting out cool stuff. This one is vinyl only, which means it's gonna be a while until I actually hear this one even if I did order this right now (and I can't really do that right now). But it seems very interesting. Alit is an Indonesian composer who has an affiliation with that Bang On A Can ensemble, I don't think he's on any recordings but he's done live stuff. The Gamelan Salukat portion of the name represents gamelan instruments developed by Alit, performed by 25 local young musicians. Hopefully I don't have to wait too long to hear this!

Madeleine Cocolas - Ithaca (Room40)

I keep missing stuff that Room40 puts out (though sometimes they seem to come out suddenly, I think the Lawrence English thing that came out last week was a surprise though maybe I just missed the announcement), but I took a listen to the preview tracks for this one and they seem quite nice. I'm unfamiliar with the artist, but what I heard was the sort of mix of piano and electronics that keeps on the pleasing sound but has that direct melodic quality that keeps me from using it as mood wallpaper, seems like it'll be nice to engage with.

Daedelus - What Wands Won't Break (Dome of Doom)

I discovered Daedelus' music in high school from the Tigerbeat6 Inc. compilation, and kept up with his prolific output over the years. Odds are even if you don't know the name, you've heard the music sampled on Madvillain - Accordion. But then I did my dumbass thing where I left college and wanted distance from who I was, and the combination of their distinct approach to melody and a move into cleaner sounds led me to stop keeping up. This one caught my eye though, because it's supposed to have a reduced emphasis on melody and a less clean sound. The preview tracks seem to confirm this and sound like a lot of fun, I think I'm back in.

Fire-Toolz - Rainbow Bridge (Hausu Mountain)

Honestly you should just read this profile in the Chicago Reader if you're not aware of this album or Fire-Toolz. But if you're in a hurry, I guess I would call her music risky, because she's synthesizing all sorts of influences that can be off-putting to people, the sort of things that follow statements like "I like all music except...", like there's harsh metal vocals and bright synths and just so much activity, the listener is given so many opportunities to check out. But the sincerity behind it is so clear, and every aspect of it that's pushed me out of my comfort zone has been greatly rewarding, I love it.

France Jobin - Death is perfection, everything else is relative (Editions Mego)

Technically, the release date for this got bumped up to May 1st on Bandcamp, and I missed that, but it looks like it's hitting other retailers and I'd imagine the streaming services as well on this date, so I'm featuring it here. I've heard a little bit of Jobin's work via the 2016 album Singulum. The gorgeous and slow moving approach to electronic sounds seems like it is continued on here, though on an emotional level it seems like this like this will get into some heavier territory, going by the description the label has.

Okkyung Lee - Yeo​-​Neun (Shelter Press)

Here's something I've already listened to via the preview stream that The Wire put up. I've heard some of Lee's music and it had a lot of noisy and far out cello playing, very cool stuff but probably not the sort of thing you'd want to listen to with your parents, unless you have a sonically adventurous parents. But this album is a quartet with Lee on cello and three other musicians on harp, piano and bass, the music is full of melody and it is not scary! Wonderful stuff, safe for the whole family without any sacrifice to substantially interesting musical content.

Grischa Lichtenberger - kamihan ; il y a peril en la demeure (Raster)

This took me a bit to put together because the Boomkat description appears to be from an earlier album, the first in a 5 part series that Lichtenberger started in 2015. So I thought this was a repress, but it said this date for the digital release, so I did a bit of digging and saw on Forced Exposure that this is in fact the conclusion of the series. Apparently I missed the middle of this series that was covered by a triple EP. I'm glad I figured it all out though because Lichtenberger does really great work with making hard-hitting beats that twist up mechanical sounds using all sorts of irregular human qualities, it's always great to hear something new from him.

Michele Mercure - Pictures of Echos (Freedom To Spend)

I love the perspective that Freedom To Spend has developed in the archival releases they put out, they've helped pull so much character-rich electronic music out of obscurity and it all makes sense together in a way that I don't know how to explain. They put out a previous compilation from Mercure called "Beside Herself", it has this song called "An Accident Waiting To Happen" and it's such a fun one to play to people, it takes screeching tires and crash noises and mixes them with drum machines and driving synths, coming out at the end with a total jam. And she's got a lot more range than just that! I haven't heard any previews of what is on this one but I'm sure it is cool.

Ways + Simon Toldam - Fortunes (Lorna Records)

This is one I was lucky enough to get a promo for, but I still don't know if I have a good handle on it. I like to be in this position, so I've got no complaints. Ways is a duo of alto sax and drums, and then Toldam plays piano, and they make very restrained music that gets a lot of strangeness out of a minimal sound. There's something to it that makes me think of cylindrical piano rolls with plenty of blank space driving each instrument, with irregular sizes driving the potential for looseness in how long a cycle can take or how closely they sync up, and through that process finding unusually perfect synchronizations. I don't think I can do the whole thing justice in a description, that certainly doesn't describe everything this album holds. This is absolutely something I want to go deeper with.

May 7th, 2020

Sote - Parallel Persia Remixes (Diagonal)

Mark Fell & Rashad Becker turn in remixes for Sote's amazing album from last year. These three names are behind some incredible electronic sounds so this is an extremely packed small release and I will not be missing it.

May 5th, 2020

Beatriz Ferreyra - Huellas Entreveradas (Persistence Of Sound)

After recently being converted to Ferreyra fandom via the Room40 release in March, here she is with another three pieces of musique concrete. This one features a recent composition from 2018, so I'm really interested in seeing what that's like. But if anything was clear to me from the previous release, I need to hear Ferreyra music from all possible eras, so this is all very welcome.

May 1st, 2020

Bit Folder - Silicon Frontier (Central Processing Unit)

Not familiar with this artist but I'm trying to keep up with CPU because I've found that I really enjoy what they put out. I'm bad at genres but I keep seeing electro thrown around for a lot of these, alongside IDM and techno, and it seems like that applies here but I can't say that confidently. But maybe that gives you some idea if this is of interest to you, it definitely sounds good to me.

N. Chambers - [Unknown Title] (Self Released)

Norm Chambers has said that he'll have something up for Friday, and he has such a fantastic approach to making music with synthesizers, utilizing distinct timbres and relationships between sounds that avoid the cliches of what the machines want you to make. I am always interested in seeing what else he has to offer.

Elysia Crampton - OCORARA 2010 (PAN)

First things first, "all proceeds go to the American Indian Movement West / AIM SoCal chapters", so your money is going to a good cause should you choose to grab this one. Crampton has been putting out some amazing music over the years, often getting placed under the deconstructed club banner but bringing an anti-colonial perspective to the use of influences that really sets her apart. This was originally a commision for Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018, so it seems less explosive than what I normally expect from her, but it sounds like she is creating something beautiful in this format so I've got no complaints.

CV & JAB - Landscape Architecture (Self Released?)

Christina Vantzou and John Also Bennett's first collaboration left me feeling very confused. There was something to the music, that much is sure, but I didn't really know what to make of it. But recently I have been experiencing great relief from Bennett's Music For Save Rooms, so I think I'm in a better position to recieve whatever they've cooked up together.

Sarah Davachi - Five Cadences (Self Released)

No idea what is up with this one but I saw Davachi mention she had this coming on Twitter, and she does incredible stuff, her recent performance for Experimental Sound Studio's Quarantine Sessions was the sort of captivating cloud of long notes that pulls me in

Deerhoof - Surprise Symphonies (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Here's a b-sides and rarities compilation from Deerhoof that was included with the massive cassette boxset they had earlier this year, so it's previously released on multiple levels but I'm pretty sure this will all be new to me. They were a big part of my musical life when I was at college but I think I put too much of that time into them, because I ended up distinguishing the next stage of life by having significantly less Deerhoof in it. But I've been coming to realize that they've kept doing great work in the time since then, so it will be nice to catch up on some of this stuff that I missed.

dreamcrusher - Panopticon! (PTP)

I listened to the preview track for this after watching a YTP (YouTube Poop), and the YTP did the thing that a lot of them do where one part of the video is suddenly VERY LOUD. So I was primed, but I was still shocked by how loud and noisy the song I was hearing was getting, and it just did not let up the whole time. Like you can still make out that this is a song and that there's instruments and structure, but the noise is so strong here. I am very glad I'm paying attention to PTP (the label) because I hadn't heard anything from this prolific artist and they seem cool.

Emeralds - [Unknown Title] (Self Released)

John Elliott said on Twitter that they're starting up an Emeralds Bandcamp and it will include "unreleased, rare and live stuff". As a fan of synths, linear music, and zoning out, this is good news! A lot of that rare stuff will be new to me because I never went too deep into their huge catalog, it'll be fun to see what I've been missing.

Karl Fousek - Another Use For Time (Phinery)

Fousek just released an album of short pieces for a serge modular system, which led me to finally get on his Bandcamp subscription. And now here's another new one, part of which draws from a show 11 months ago that I attended. There was a lot of cool spatialization stuff that seems like it was translated nicely to stereo recording, which is important because what he's doing with accumulation really benefits from it. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of it all fits together.

M. Geddes Gengras - Time Makes Nothing Happen (Self Released)

Gengras has a new one with 10 tracks of "rhythmic synthesizer music" lasting 55 minutes. He gets some wonderful sounds out of these machines and I'm always glad to hear some more. Most of what I've heard from him is stuff that I get lost in, where time doesn't feel all strictly divided, but this sounds like you could dance to it. This preview track "bend (edit)" has repeating step sequences that make gradual changes, and great reverb usage like at the beginning where it's a high frequency drum hit will ring out and evoke one space but then this mid-frequency envelopeless sound comes in after and has a different sense of space to it, so there seems like there will still be plenty to get lost in. But you can do that while dancing now.

Sarah Hennies - Forager (Self Released)

Here is the full hour long version of a piece that appeared on Hennies' 2018 album Embedded Environments. If you're not familiar, she does really incredible compositions primarily featuring percussion, last year's Reservoir 1 is an amazing experience. This piece was recorded in a silo, resulting in a very interesting magnification of all the sounds.

Klara Lewis - Ingrid (Editions Mego)

I haven't spent enough time with Lewis' previous albums, but I don't think they would have prepared me for this. Looks like it's going to be a longform loud ambient type of thing, I can be kind of particular about the timbres in that music but the preview sounds good to me.

Koeosaeme & CVN - Split Series Vol. V (Orange Milk)

I've only seen this mentioned on Twitter but I guess it'll be up on the Orange Milk Bandcamp on Friday if it's not already. And Orange Milk are having a huge sale for Friday, 50% off with the code 50off, so you should definitely be stopping by there anyways. These two have had some really cool releases on the label, the Koeosaeme one from last year is quite the sound adventure, so this split should be worth checking out.

Lord Of The Isles feat. Ellen Renton - Whities 029 (Whities)

Whities does cool stuff, not familiar with the musician or poet involved here, but the preview tracks have a nice mix of synths and poem reading so I'm interested in seeing what this is all about.

LXV - Fyzz (Self Released?)

I've mentioned before how much I enjoyed LXV's album from last year, and this is more electronic music with a bright album cover featuring a drawing of an insect. But this track shows a whole lot of new things for me to enjoy, everything feels slower and smaller, the rhythmic elements are degraded down to small fragments and shy tones peek out from a blanketing one. The way I'm engaging with this and feeling pulled into the music seems different from how it went with the last one, and this expanded vocabulary seems very promising.

Sean McCann / Matthew Sullivan / Alex Twomey - Saturday Night (Recital)

This short clip gives some idea of what this will sound like, but who knows? I would be extremely pleased if it kept up this vibe of slow quiet instruments and room noises, there's this tasteful warm weirdness to it that I am completely on board with. But I'm sure if they push into other territory that could work too.

Prants - Axon Ladder (anòmia)

Prants' sole 2015 release Hot Shaker Meet Lead Donut has been a favorite of mine since I came across it. The duo of Bhob Rainey and Chris Cooper made this 29 minute electroacoustic thing that ranges from harsher tones to smaller sounds, it's a dynamic experience. I was struck by how quickly I cared about what the sounds were doing. Even with the element of harshness, I found it really easy to throw it on and have a good time, and I've spent a lot of time with it. Now they've got this much larger release, it's gonna be a CD/DVD I guess so the DVD can provide quad audio, and look at this artwork in progress, there's so much. So I'm probably not going to have the same easy "just toss this one on" relationship here, but I think these guys can absolutely deliver on something ambitious, this could be huge.

The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? (Thrill Jockey)

Drew Daniel's Soft Pink Truth has documented many of his genre interests that don't get covered under the Matmos stuff, but none of it has ever seemed like something I would call smooth. Just look at this video. There's still a vibrancy to the music, the colorful video is appropriate, but the contributions from Deradoorian and Sarah Hennies and all the sounds Daniels brings in are all really beautiful. The harshest element is probably like the drum component that has a phaser on it or something, which is a really nice touch. But yeah I am so psyched for Daniel to explore this part of his interests, and it looks like he's brought a lot of good people along to help and that's awesome too.

Speaker Music - Percussive Therapy (Self Released)

DeForrest Brown Jr. has been making some excellent moves into producing music after doing so much with writing about it, his 2019 Planet Mu album was this amazing combo of trumpet and electronic percussion. His approach to rhythm disrupts linear time in a way that I'm still not sure how to adequately talk about, but I love hearing it, and from the preview here it sounds like he's continuing to develop that sound and I am very excited to hear more.

Sunwatchers - Brave Rats (Amish Records)

It hasn't even been a month since Sunwatchers' album came out and now here's an EP on Amish Records. I'm mostly familiar with Amish from their Required Wreckers series of far out electronic sounds, so it'll be nice to check off two boxes and get more into Amish's main stream and also get another dose of Sunwatchers' psychedelic jazz-rock.

Max Tundra - [Unknown Title] (Self Released)

Some "long-lost Tundra relics" will be showing up on Friday, and I'm glad to hear it. I was just listening to Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be for the 20th anniversary of that album, and it still blows me away how that album can be so much fun and so impossible to categorize. Maybe this new thing will be from an earlier era or from the later synthpop stuff, I figure if it's "long"-lost then probably more like the former, but I'm eager to find out.

Various Artists - New York Dance Music Vol. 2 (Towhead Recordings)

Volume 1 for this came out in March, and I still haven't heard it but there's a lot of people who have been doing some really cool stuff recently like AceMo, MoMa Ready, Kush Jones, and J. Albert. There's also a bunch of names that I need to be introduced to, so I think both of these compilations will be good to hear, it seems like some fantastic dance music is being produced here lately.

ZULI - Trigger Finger Remixes (Haunter Records)

If you've been checking out recordings of Aphex Twin's DJ sets over the past few years, you've probably heard some of ZULI's stuff even if the name is unfamiliar. You should know his name if you're into that sort of thing, he does not fuck around. This release has a bunch of remixes from people like Lee Gamble, AYA, and Acre. They have some great source material here, should be cool to see where they all take it.

April 24th, 2020

Frans de Waard & Martijn Comes - Various Weights (Moving Furniture Records)

Something in the experimental/sound art field, a collaboration with two solo tracks, where each person is working with sounds provided by the other. I'm unfamiliar with the artists, but I've been meaning to look into Moving Furniture more, and I like this sort of remix approach to collaboration, so I'm interested in checking this one out.

Filmmaker - Royal Dungeon EP (Opal Tapes)

Haven't heard much of Filmmaker yet, I'm not super deep into the whole industrial techno thing, but I like some of what I've heard from both Filmmaker and that genre as a whole.

Matthew D. Gantt - Diagnostics (Orange Milk Records)

This got some kind of early Bandcamp release and I didn't notice, but I guess it'll probably be on the other streaming services this Friday. What I've heard from it is far out, like there was this whole thing 10 years ago with a collective called paintfx.biz, you can still see some of the art there, but their whole thing (which I remember seeing referred to as Defaultism among other terms) is what I think of with the contemporary use of basic MIDI soundfont sounds, and I am into it, especially when it gets as abstract as this one.

Ewa Justka - Upside Down Smile (Editions Mego)

Here's another one that had an early Bandcamp release, though Editions Mego are always fuzzy with release dates. Justka is one of those wild genius types, a PhD student who has all sorts of knowledge about building electronic instruments, and applies it to the creation of weird headflossing music with this really precise approach to distortion and all sorts of other treats for the ears.

Dane Law - Algorithmic Music for Synthesised Strings (Astral Plane Recordings)

Law had a collaboration with Of Habit on Opal Tapes that I really enjoyed, and I like algorithmic stuff so this should be worth checking out.

Steven Lehman - Xenakis and the Valedictorian (Pi Recordings)

Pi Recordings is beginning a series of digital releases to raise money for freelance musicians affected by COVID-19 with this recording of Lehman on alto saxophone in his car. It seems like it's short pieces, the preview track is under a minute and sounds pretty wild. Apparently it was made as a gift for his 80 year old mother with supremely adventurous taste, like she played Xenakis - Bohor for his haunted house themed 10th birthday party according to the description. So you can celebrate a cool mom for a good cause with this one.

Macula Dog - Breezy (Wharf Cat Records)

I saw Macula Dog play live where they each had some kind of headgear on with projections of their faces coming out of the back of the head, so that they'd have their heads on the wall bouncing around based on how the actual heads moved. I've heard they make zolo music, and that genre seems made up, but I guess they can be a little goofy. But it's necessary, the compositions couldn't be what they are without the cartoonish exaggeration in the sounds, and you have to have some sense of humor for that.

more eaze - mari (Orange Milk Records)

I found out about more eaze from that recent claire rousay collaboration, and that is one of the highlights of my listening this year (why not give it a listen). Her approach to vocal presentation and melody seems like it will lead to some really fresh pop music, so I'm very interested in seeing what this one has in store.

Ervin Omsk - Peilen (Orange Milk Records)

I think I am going to have a lot of fun discovering how these sounds make sense together.

Osheyack - Memory Hierarchy (SVBKVLT)

Taken from a live performance at 2019's Unsound Festival, this is some sort of dance music with lots of different wordless voices popping up with shouts and gasps, at least on the preview track. Though the description on the release makes it a bit difficult to tell what exactly to expect, it seems like it should be interesting.

Lorenzo Senni - Scacco Matto (Warp)

Senni is a really interesting character, he has a label called Presto?! that will put out some really abstract stuff from people like the guy who wrote the book on granular synthesis, Curtis Roads. But Senni's music is this really immediate drumless construction of synth lines, with a heavy connection to trance. I sort of flirted with getting into trance with some mp3.com artists back in the day before going in a different direction, but I think this guy can help bring me to the joys of it and open my mind a little.

Chad Taylor Trio featuring Brian Settles and Neil Podgurski - The Daily Biological (Cuneiform Records)

Here's Chad Taylor showing up again, that guy has been busy. Here he is leading a drums/saxophone/piano trio, and that's a nice combo (listen to Diom Futa if you don't believe me).

Various Artists - HausMo Mixtape II (Hausu Mountain)

Here's a great opportunity to hear tracks off of the many great release Hausu Mountain has already put out, and a preview from the hotly anticipated Quicksails album.

Zeroh - BLQLYTE (Leaving Records)

The vocal performances on the preview tracks for this show so much range, Zeroh moves from rapping to singing and varietes of processing in a way that so confidently makes it's own kind of sense. And the music around the voice is full of all sorts of dark flourishes, this seems like it could all come together very nicely.

April 17th, 2020

Rob Clutton Trio - Council Of Primaries (SnailBongBong Records)

I've actually heard this in full because I was given a promo, which is cool because this wasn't really on my radar at all. Clutton has been on some recordings with people I know of, but his activities and those of the Toronto jazz scene in general weren't really something I was close to stumbling into unprompted. But I'm glad I was, because there's something I need to dig in on here. The drumming on here from Nick Fraser will jump from clean hits to some sort of technique that warps the sound, and feels like some sort of inversion, creating a vacuum where he was previously pushing outward. I was really struck by the track Thing One, the way Clutton plays for some of it, it's like he's establishing a tempo and then jumping to a different one. I've been a bit unfocused with my listening habits due to all of the quarantine stress, so I need to go much deeper with this one, like I don't even know how to address Karen Ng's saxophone but the range she covers seems very significant to making this album what it is. I'd certainly recommend this one, it has some particular delights to it.

James Brandon Lewis / Chad Taylor - Live in Willisau (Intakt Records)

Taylor has been showing up with some great drumming on all sorts of albums I like, from the Sticks and Stones stuff with Joshua Abrams and Matana Roberts in the early 00's to the Chicago Underground Quartet album that just came out a few of weeks ago. I'm unfamiliar with Lewis, but I guess he had an album last year with Jaimie Branch on it so I'll probably need to check that out if I like what I'm hearing here.

Alvin Lucier - String Noise (Black Truffle)

Lucier is not just the guy who was sitting in a room, he is an active composer, with some great stuff that explores sound's capacity to act as a carrier of space in a way that resonantes with younger composer's, like the Lea Bertucci album that just came out a couple of days before this. One of the compositions on this is from 2019 and Google says he is 88 years old, that's so cool.

Plone - Puzzlewood (Ghost Box Records)

It has been 21 years since Plone released their last album and I am so excited to hear where they're at now. Even if they're not making as music as wonderful and playful as they used to, I'll still be happy to see what it is. But looking at the colors on the cover, it seems like it's going to be a playful one.

Tomeka Reid / Alexander Hawkins - Shards and Constellations (Intakt Records)

I forgot to keep track of what Intakt was putting out, missed a few but this caught my eye. I've been hearing Reid play cello on some stuff like Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds from Nicole Mitchell, and she always seems to be an active part of why the music is great, so I need to be trying to hear more from her. I'm not familiar with Hawkins, he's in the UK, playing with people like Evan Parker and Han Bennink, so he's probably someone I should know. So this should be a fun way to learn more and also this is just a piano and cello album, it's nice to get some drumless jazz going.

See Through 4 - False Ghosts, Minor Fears (All-Set Editions)

This is another album I've got a promo of, though I wasn't able to spend as much time grappling with it as the Rob Clutton Trio album. It features Karen Ng and Nick Fraser as well, but with a different double bassist named Pete Johnston behind the compositions, and piano from Marilyn Lemer. This one can get slow, but never seems to be using negative space the same way as the Clutton Trio album, there's always some sense of propulsion to it and it can even get quite jaunty at times. I mean, the tonality of the piano and sax together is a bit weird so maybe this isn't traditionally the sort of thing that you'd call jaunty, but it would work for a very specific type of upbeat stroll. I'm not sure how I'd describe the whole sound, even if I had listened to it many more times I don't think I'd be able to describe it better than the "prog chamber jazz" description it has on the bandcamp page. If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, this one is worth checking out.

Mako Sica / Hamid Drake - Balancing Tear (Astral Spirits)

The frame drum work that Drake does on Joshua Abrams - Magnetoception is some of my favorite drumming, so I'm always going to take an interest in seeing his name pop up on something new. I'm unfamiliar with Mako Sica but apparently they're some sort of trio, one of the people is credited with a wide assortment of instruments, and the preview track sort of has that cosmically spiritual thing going on. That all sounds promising to me.

April 15th, 2020

Lea Bertucci - Acoustic Shadows (SA Recordings)

Bertucci makes some incredible music that does a lot of great stuff with sound's capacity to act as a carrier for space, and the language of sounds she gets out of her alto saxophone is so rich and precisely developed. This album is an adaptation of a live event, constructing two 20 minute pieces out of multiple performances with additional musicians in a massive enclosed space under a bridge. I can't wait to be enveloped by it.

April 10th, 2020

DJ Python - Mas Amable (Incienso)

The preview track here is doing a sort of weird dub/illbient thing with heavy delay feedback on some slowly spoken words in a way that reminds me of Leslie Winer & Jay Glass Dubs - YMFEES, and I love that album so I'm definitely going to check this one out. The preview track has a bit of a different approach to rhythm than YMFEES, there's some stuff that I don't understand but I'm into it in a big way.

Laurel Halo - Possessed (The Vinyl Factory)

Laurel Halo is one of my favorite artists working today, and even though this is a soundtrack (something I think is difficult to make work on its own since it's tied to another medium) I still think this could overcome my biases against the format.

Menzi - Impazamo (Hakuna Kulala)

I haven't dug into the Gqom music coming out of South Africa, so I'm not at all qualified to speak on what it is or isn't, but the preview track on this sounds really cool so maybe this will be my way in.

Bogdan Raczynski - Debt EP (Unknown To The Unknown)

Raczynski had an excellent archival release last year of material from the 90s, but it seems like this EP is some brand new stuff. He has proven over and over that he knows how to have a great time throwing drums all over the place (I can't recommend his "I Will Eat Your Children Too!" EP enough), but the drums on the preview track here seem much different to me, with a steady bass drum that glides around on the pitch a little, but otherwise steadily throbs away while other loops accumulate around it. It gets changed up after some time, but the loop process seems very central to what this music does, in a way that seems pretty different from the old stuff. I'm very curious to see how the rest of this shapes up.

Charles Rumback - June Holiday (Astral Spirits)

Back in October of last year, Astral Spirits sent out an email describing their 2020 planned releases, saying that this one would be a "Vince Guaraldi-esque piano trio record", and I thought that sounded promising. The prospect sounds even more appealing to me right now.

Squarepusher - Lamental (Warp)

I guess I already own this digitally because I got Be Up A Hello through Bleep. That's cool. I liked that album, so I figure I'll get something out of this companion EP as well.

Sunwatchers - Oh Yeah? (Trouble In Mind Records)

I actually have heard this one already via a stream from The Wire, it's a lively sort of instrumental rock music that uses lots of repeating lines on a linear structure. They have a saxophone too, so I want to make a comparison to the big minimalism rock of bands like 75 Dollar Bill and Horse Lords, though the specific way this one can get rollicking makes it feel like its own beast.

Various Artists - Doom Mix Vol. IV (Doom Trip)

Doom Trip is a label with a wide range of sounds presented in their catalog. They've built up quite a roster, with this compilation featuring exclusive tracks from Fire-Toolz, Nmesh, Mukqs, Dntel, Cruel Diagonals and more. The Bandcamp description suggests that a lot of care was put into making all of this different music make sense together, it's a difficult thing to pull off but I think they may have done it.

Various Artists - NAAFI X (NAAFI)

This compilation celebrates the 10th year of NAAFI. They're a label out of Mexico City with a focus on dance music. I haven't explored them enough, but they seem to be putting out some very interesting stuff that gets into futuristic territory while drawing from regional music of Mexico.

April 7th, 2020

Hiele - Stadspark (Radio Tests Antwerpen)

Hiele came to my attention from the end of 2016 list that Entr'acte had made for Boomkat, which highlighted a really peculiar album that has a mix of synth tones and drums that manage to stay soft without sacrificing excitement. In the years since then he's had a soundtrack and very recently a short release of buchla music easel sketches, but this new one sounds like it will build on what drew me in with the 2016 album. There's a queasiness in the preview track that seems to be some different territory, but I feel just as hooked as before, very excited to see what the rest of this sounds like.

April 3rd, 2020

Félicia Atkinson - EVERYTHING EVAPORATE (Shelter Press)

Very nice to wake up to a surprise album from Atkinson scheduled for the immediate future. She does really great stuff with contemporary fidelity, using voice recordings that make breath noises matter and allowing sounds to have a sort of matte finish. The description says this features additional voices, I am very curious to see where that takes things.

Clarice Jensen - The experience of repetition as death (130701)

Jensen is a cellist who released something last year called "Drone Studies", and it was such a great combination of performance with the cello and processing/construction, the way it moved through layered constructions into a unified sound with that little bit of extra push on processing a specific sound out of the source, I thought it was some really engaging stuff, and I'm interested in this followup.

Minor Science - Second Language (Whities)

I love the songs I've heard from Minor Science, he has a really cool way of creating something idiosyncratic from various areas of dance music while still being something I could dance to, and now here he is with a debut album, very excited for this one.

RXM Reality - blood blood blood blood (Hausu Mountain)

I hadn't heard this artist at all but I watched the performance he gave during one of Experimental Sound Studio's Quarantine Concerts (check out their schedule for lots of more cool looking events, and give a donation for the artists if you are able!), this performance was so awesome, a thrilling blast of sounds. It seems like it's difficult to reach this level of intricacy in construction without getting in the way of the forward motion, but I can still bop around to it.

Sun Araw - Rock Sutra (Drag City)

I haven't kept up with Sun Araw as much as I should, but apparently this is "the first album recorded live-to-midi with the band", so I guess I hadn't missed this bonkers development. This track "Catalina" sounds weird as hell and I love it. There's this tiny beat doing this dizzy rhythm while artificial sounds irregularly stab around it until they feel regular, and they all exist in this isolated virtual space but then there's this swelling sound that exists separately and sometimes provides a sense of being in the open air. And also there's vocals.

Thundercat - It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder)

Artists sometimes can get to a place where I see them as inescapably themselves, they grow and change and get older but there's never anything that betrays how they seemed when I was introduced to them. I think this is more an issue for the listener than the artist, I don't think it's an artistic problem that should necessarily be addressed. But I kind of get that way with Thundercat. Maybe this one will change it, but even if it doesn't that's OK.

Trash Panda QC - Jumps 19 (Conditional)

Conditional is good at finding people who do great work with the advances in live computer music, and the preview track is quite the journey into some abstracted rhythm, sounding the way it looked when you get a scrambled, somewhat legible signal for a cable tv channel that you aren't paying for.

Webber/Morris Big Band - Both Are True (Greenleaf Music)

This one chat room I'm in had some people pushing Anna Webber's album from 2019 "Clockwise", and I'm so glad they did because it was something I needed to hear. It's this peculiar jazz that draws from 20th century percussion composition from people like Xenakis and Stockhausen, and finds a place for all of it in this powerful, colorful statement. I'm mostly unfamiliar with Angela Morris, but she is on J. Pavone String Ensemble's album from last year and that was also really great. This album has Webber and Morris leading a big band of 18 musicians, so this seems like a great way to see new aspects of these two composers and find out about a bunch of other musicians that I don't know yet.

Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind (Warp)

I've really liked what Yves Tumor has been doing, the transition from the ethereal sounds of Serpent Music to the more direct songs of Safe In The Hands Of Love was so cool to see, and the single from this album suggests they're really making a play at something more popular, while still continuing to do the weird multi-tracked constructed super-vocalist thing from the previous album. This should be interesting, and will also end up being compared to so many different artists, and none of the comparisons will entirely make sense.

April 2nd, 2020

Klaus Filip & Moé Kamura - p a s s a g e i n (Winds Measure Recordings)

I know Filip s music from fantastic electroacousic improvisation albums like Messier Objects, and Kamura has done vocals and guitar with Taku Sugimoto on those lovely and quiet Saritote albums. No idea what sort of music they'll make together but it should be cool.

March 27th, 2020

David Behrman, Paul DeMarinis, Fern Friedman, Terri Hanlon, and Anne Klingensmith - She's More Wild... (Black Truffle)

This is some archival thing from 1981, never released. No idea what it's going to sound like but Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle label does extremely high quality work. With that in mind, plus the album cover and the description from the artists of "Western Performance Noir", I'm sure this will be worthwhile.

Chicago Underground Quartet - Good Days (Astral Spirits)

I like what I've heard from Rob Mazurek, Jeff Parker, and Chad Taylor, but have never heard the Chicago Underground Quartet album they took part in back in 2001. The preview track on here is a take on Alan Shorter's piece Orgasm, and I especially love how Parker's guitar and Taylor's drums go off when it really gets going. It may not be too indicative of how the rest of this will go since the rest is all composed by the group members, but it sure does seem promising.

Gerald Cleaver - Signs (577 Records)

I saw Dave Segal mention this, the first solo album from a jazz drummer who has worked with people like Henry Threadgill, working in the field of electronic music. Segal's write-up in The Stranger is good so if you really need some convincing just give that a read.

ELEH - Harmonic Twins (Important Records)

The description says this is "slow moving monophony tuned to the overtone vocalizations generated by a particularly beautiful sound sculpture made by Harry Bertoia". You should take a look at Bertoia's Sonambient sound sculptures in action here to get an idea of what we're dealing with here, if you've never seen or heard them. I'm thinking this will be a very nice one to get lost in.

Liberty Ellman - Last Desert (Pi Recordings)

I'm unfamiliar with the artist, but I've really been enjoying diving in to the jazz tha Pi is putting out, so I'd like to see what's going on here.

Bernard Fort - FRACTALS / Brain Fever (Recollection GRM)

Recollections GRM has reissued and also dug up unreleased archives of some wonderful far out electronic sounds, this one is from an artist I've never heard and features an older previously released piece (released in 96 but recorded in 81) and something newer from 2017. Only heard the preview of the older piece, it sounds like a playful mass of crunchy long sounds that glide around in pitch, I'm very curious to hear the whole thing and see how the newer work compares.

Annie Hall - Fum (Central Processing Unit)

Still making my way into CPU's catalog, so I haven't heard Hall's previous EP. But the preview here sounds like some great melodic IDM so I'll be checking it out.

Roscoe Mitchell & Ostravaska Banda - Distant Radio Transmission (Wide Hive Records)

I saw this listed on Forced Exposure, no idea what it sounds like but I like what I've heard from Roscoe Mitchell and the cover shows him with an orchestra, and the description talks about it being based on a transcription of an improvisation and other interesting stuff, I would like to hear this.

The Necks - Three (Northern Spy)

I've never listened to The Necks, but I've heard a lot of people speak highly of them so I figure I'll give this one a try.

Razen - Robot Brujo (Hands In The Dark)

Hands In The Dark have put out some really cool albums from people like Byron Westbrook or Piotr Kurek, they seem worth keeping up with so I'm going to check this one out without knowing much about it.

Nick Storring - My Magic Dreams Have Lost Their Spell (Orange Milk Records)

I've slowly been realizing that Storring is a really great musician via his Exaptations and Qualms albums, they both consist of two pieces that are around 20 minutes long and go through a whole emotional journey with numerous acoustic and acoustic-sounding instruments. This one will have shorter durations, so don't get intimidated if you're unfamiliar, this looks like a great place to jump in.

March 20th, 2020

Container - Scramblers (A L T E R)

I've really enjoyed Container's music over the years, it's the sort of thing that makes me wonder why I'd ever need coffee if I have his noisy live techno to blast. The sample track makes me think this is going to be an especially concentrated dose.

Beatriz Ferreyra - Echos + (Room40)

Recollections GRM put out a compilation of Ferreyra's music and I still haven't listened to it. The preview track here makes me think that I am making a huge mistake by remaining ignorant, this is some incredible musique concrete. It is time to take the overdue journey into what she's doing.

Nick Forté - Enter The Jargon (Schematic)

I enjoyed Forté's IDM stuff on Schematic and Sublight back in the 00's, but what really blew me away was this extremely wild release from 2015 for Amish Record's Required Wreckers series. He manually crafted 5 one second waveforms without listening to them, and used those to build the album. That album is essential. This one seems to fit in more with what I know from his 00's output, but there's some really intriguing things going on in how the preview track is constructed, I'm on board.

Golem Mecanique - Nona, Decima et Morta (Ideologic Organ)

Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ label (a sub-label of Editions Mego) puts out some cool stuff, no idea about this musician but from the description she has some sort of weird hurdy-gurdy type instrument that I am assuming is behind the rich drone on the preview track. Or maybe that's something else, but whatever it is, it sounds fantastic. There's vocals too, so don't go thinking that drone is all this has. I might not be ready for however ominous this one will get, but on the other hand maybe I'm exactly as ready as I should be.

Hoshina Anniversary - Odoriko (Alien Jams)

I've enjoyed what I've heard from Alien Jams, they seem to cover a fair amount of territory going from music connected to electronic dance music subgenres, like Nochexxx - Planet Bangs, to more abstract longform explorations from Kepla. This seems to be on the former side, but the bandcamp description mentions "mesaured dynamic atmosphere", which seems like exactly the right term. The preview track doesn't come out guns blazing and drums banging. It's not relaxed, it didn't sound frantic or anything, but there's a compelling restlessness that brings unexpected twists driven by subtle details.

Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You? (International Anthem)

The first Irreversible Entanglements album was a really striking mix of urgent, substantive poetry from Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother) with a sort of free jazz that rises to that urgency while holding a groove together when needed. I am excited to see what they bring to this moment.

JC Leisure - Mutations For (Warm Winters Ltd.)

I'm pretty sure this guy is behind the release JC - HEAVY_LAYERS_0​.​5​.​wav, something I came across through some random circumstances. I had a blast with the overdriven and fragmented sampling of jungle, garage, and hardcore mixtapes from 1994-2002 on that album. This seems like it's going to be pulling from similar sample sources, but with a much quieter approach if the preview track is any indication.

Mukqs - Anaglyph (Self-Released)

You may know Mukqs from co-running the Hausu Mountain label or from the group Goodwill Smith. This is a very recent recording, from March 17th, taking material that had been developed for a live set last year and running it through a chain of loop devices. That may make it sound like you're going to get some sort of loop soup here, but the preview track has all sorts of jagged edges to it, it's not getting lost in the murk, it's living in a relaxed whirlwind of synth sequences. You also might be thinking "well it's rushed out tho so it's going to sound rough", but that's wrong too, it sounds like Angel Marcloid did a fine job on the mastering.

Prolaps - Pure Mud Volume 7 (Hausu Mountain)

This is Machine Girl and Bonnie Baxter, who you may have heard collaborating on the track "Vomit" from Machine Girl's 2017 album. Both of them have been doing great work since then (go check out Bonnie Baxter's solo releases), so I don't even need to hear any previews to know that I want to see what they can do together over an entire album.

Seven Orbits - EP0001 (SVBKVLT)

I started paying attention to SVBKVLT after last year's releases from 33EMYBW, Slikback & Hyph11E, and Gabber Modus Operandi. Those were all some very fresh and thrilling doses of beat-centric electronic music. This is the debut release from Seven Orbits sounds like it will keep up the trend, I guess it's using some sort of software live performance setup for audio and visuals. Even if the visuals will be missing here, the preview track makes me think that the live performance aspect will lead to some very interesting quirks in the music.

March 18th, 2020

Heaven Copy - Carry Me Home (A R C H I V E)

The people I follow on Bandcamp were buying LXV's album from 2019, and it had a very striking cover. So after seeing it multiple times I decided to check it out, and I was blown away by the distinct sound and approach to non-overwhelming abstraction. This is an alias I've never heard from LXV, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the deal is.

March 17th, 2020

Fean - II (laaps)

I saw this one popping up in my bandcamp feed, I'm unfamiliar with the artists, but the previews make me think this is going to be some sort of quietly weird improvised music that plays with a sense for melody and edits performances down to keep things focused. Which means I should probably hear the whole thing.

March 16th, 2020

Triple Negative - God Bless The Death Drive (Penultimate Press)

Penultimate Press came to my attention through their release of far out sounds, they've been doing lots of Henning Christiansen archival releases lately, and also had a fantastic album from Jérôme Noetinger and Anthony Pateras last year consisting of piano and revox tape machines manipulating the piano. But this is rock music! Nothing straightforward, the preview track rides on a groove and mangles the fidelity in a way that enhances the drive while assorted vocals shamble in around it. I didn't give their first album enough of a chance but I don't think I'll make the same mistake here.

March 13th, 2020

Acolytes - STRESS II (Haunter Records)

I heard Acolytes in 2014 after I saw they came out on Helm's label and figured it would be worth taking a chance on, I didn't keep up with the 2018 release, but this sounds very different from what I remember. I should really listen to that 2018 one. But this looks like it's going to be all long tracks, the preview is some 12 minute thing, driven by rhythm and going through some significant evolutions in sound.

Richard Chartier - Variable Dimensions (LINE)

Chartier also records music under the name Pinkcourtesyphone, runs this label LINE, and this new one seems to fit into the genre of music called lowercase. That covers a lot of music that has been on my periphery but I haven't really focused on, and so I figure why not give this a try and see where it leads me.

Electric Indigo - Ferrum (Editions Mego)

I thought this wasn't coming out until next week but it looks like it got bumped up. Not familiar with the artist but this caught my attention due to it being released on Editions Mego. Seems like it'll be some actual metal sounds, not those synthesized metal sounds that are popular right now, but with a synthetic element from all sorts of processing. Seems like it'd be up my alley.

The Fear Ratio - They Can't Be Saved (Skam)

I was under the impression that when I'd heard James Ruskin recently, he was brand new to me, but back in 2015 I heard something from The Fear Ratio, his duo with Mark Broom. It sorta had some hints of dubstep being incorporated into the IDM amalgam sound, not overwhelmingly so, probably still had hip-hop beats as the primary influence. Not sure where they're at now but I'm curious to see.

Four Tet - Sixteen Oceans (Text)

It's been 19 years since I first heard Four Tet and it has been interesting to see him push what he's doing into new territory over that time. I'm not sure if it's possible to compete with the unreasonable nostalgia I have for the first half of those years, even if he went backwards to that early sound and bettered it, the person I am now wouldn't connect with it like the person I was then. But I don't need it to compete, it'll be nice just to see what he's doing.

Horse Lords - The Common Task (Northern Spy)

I've been enjoying all of the music coming out lately that has drums and guitar and plays with constancy, without droning on with just one thing. 75 Dollar Bill and Kukangendai both had albums last year that sort of fit that bill, though they both sound quite different from each other, and Horse Lords have their own distinct character as well. I listen to their 2016 album Interventions a lot and it is still just as thrilling as when I first heard it. I am going to listen to this ASAP.

Nazar - Guerrilla (Hyperdub)

I'd missed Nazar's EP that came out at the end of 2018, but I decided to check out the preview track on this new one and I'm not entirely sure how to describe it. I want to say it's vivid without being pretty, aggressive without going into morose greyscale, distinct without sounding like all the other stuff being clumsily shoved under the umbrella of deconstructed club. I don't know if that will all hold up when I actually hear the album but I want to see it.

Stephen O'Malley - Auflösung der Zeit (Editions Mego)

I like O'Malley's solo work, that one on Shelter Press was cool, and of course his work with Sunn O))) is a great time. So I don't even really need to look into what this is about or check any sound samples, I'm already interested.

March 10th, 2020

more eaze & claire rousay - If I Don't Let Myself Be Happy Now Then When? (Mondoj)

I've been really enjoying digging into rousay's recent odd percussion output, I'm not familiar with more eaze but from the sound of the preview on this, I really need to be, because this sounds like it really goes places and I do not know how to write about them lately so you should just listen for yourself.

March 6th, 2020

Foodman - Dokutsu (Highball Records)

Foodman is amazing, I've been lucky to see him live a few times and see the changes in his style that have come up since he switched from dedicated music hardware to using computers. As demonstrated in this video, it seems much easier to dance to, it's like he's going for something in more of a house music style. Looking forward to seeing what else he's got on here.

Jasmine Guffond - Microphone Permission (Editions Mego)

I was recommended Guffond's album Yellow Bell years ago and never gave it enough of a chance, so this seems like a good opportunity to try again. I haven't even checked out the preview track, but I've been seeing a fair amount of praise for this new one so I figured I'll just let it show me what it is when I play it.

Celia Hollander - Recent Futures (Leaving Records)

I haven't heard anything from Hollander, she has released music under the name $3.33 in the past, I should probably check that out because the first preview track on this one has an approach to rhythm that I am into, a structure that goes places and puts the work into getting there, and there's these scissor-type sounds pinging between each ear that are a lot of fun on headphones (when it'd be so easy for that to turn annoying). If the rest of this works as well for me, I'll definitely be checking out the $3.33 stuff.

Mads Kjeldgaard - Akkorder (Ambitious Tapes)

This is one that you can already stream and I already bought, some headspinning computer music with very persistant synths that pipe up at regular intervals and create a macro-structure that could give the impression that not much happens, but inside the sound (best accessed through headphones) there is all sorts of activity and it is so much fun to sink into.

LEYA - Flood Dream (NNA Tapes)

Mostly unfamiliar with this group but they had something with Eartheater at the end of last year that I thought was nice. They're a harp and violin duo where they both take vocal duties as well, and then there's some guest contributions from people like John Also Bennet on a couple tracks. Seems a bit on the dark and tastefully dramatic side of things, so I'm not going to start my day with it, but I have the impression this will be good night listening.

Temp-Illusion - Pend (Zabte Sote)

Temp-Illusion are a duo based in Tehran, and this album appears to be in response to the psychological violence of the constant threat of war that has been levied at Iranian citizens. They're a part of a scene of electronic musicians working in the country that Sote has been highlighting with his Zabte Sote label, and I think they do have a talent for intricate beat programming that doesn't blanket the entire composition or weigh down the momentum when the intricacy really gets going. If that's your sort of thing then you may want to check this out, and then investigate further with the massive Girih: Iranian Sound Artists compilation from 2018.

March 5th, 2020

Norbert Möslang - Patterns (Bocian)

Möslang was in Voice Crack back in the day, an amazing pioneering group for noisy improvisation, and while I haven't kept up with everything he's done, I've enjoyed a lot of what I've heard. This one features a lot of different musicians contributing with brass and woodwind instruments so I'm curious to find out what that's all about.

February 28th, 2020

Afrikan Sciences - Have It Tall b/w Daily Gates (ESP Institute)

A 12" single from Afrikan Sciences , who is doing some really incredible stuff with rhythm-oriented electronic music in my opinion, I am always willing to see what he is doing.

{arsonist} - Reality Structure (unifactor)

The sample track on here sounds like my kind of mixing of strings and synths, with a beautiful sound but also a composition worth paying attention to.

Big Blood - Do You Wanna Have A Skeleton Dream (Feeding Tube Records)

This is a band I haven't totally kept up with, I heard them in college from my friend Brian, they had a tour CD with a cover of Can - Vitamin C. I've seen this one described as having some girl group vibes, and the sample track seems to live up to that, so I think this will be a good one to catch up with.

Caribou - Suddenly (City Slang)

Dan Snaith has had a big impact on my listening, both with his own music as Manitoba/Caribou and also through his mixes that he would put on to his tour CD's. So just on that legacy alone, I can't miss out on seeing his next move.

Jeremy Cunningham - The Weather Up There (Northern Spy)

Not familiar with this artist but it's a jazz album featuring Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, Ben LaMar Gay, and Tomeka Reid among others. It seems like it has a compelling concept to it, and Northern Spy have a good track record for me, so I'll be interested in checking this out.

Werner Dafeldecker - Parallel Darks (Room40)

I like what I've heard from Dafeldecker, and I like music that operates in the worlds of field recording, musique concrete, and electroacoustic sounds, so of course I am going to listen to this.

Alabaster DePlume - To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 (International Anthem)

I have no idea about any musician involved with this, but I like what International Anthem are doing so I want to see what this is about.

The Giving Shapes - Earth Leaps Up (Elsewhere)

I pre-ordered this already, which in this case means I can listen to the whole thing early, and I've been listening to it frequently. It's a duo of harp and piano, with both players singing as well. The label that put this out hasn't ever put anything song-oriented like this, so I was very curious to see how that would go. I'm very glad I decided to take a look, because I probably wouldn't have thought this would be my kind of thing without some kind of prompting, and it's cool to know that I would have been wrong.

Calum Gunn - Addenda (Central Processing Unit)

CPU are a cool label, and this artist has some involvement with Entr'acte, another label that I enjoy (but I don't hear enough from them because they're usually on a physical-only approach). The samples here sound like my kind of IDM.

House Panther Dream Ensemble - Five Questions (unifactor)

This has John Elliott from Emeralds in a trio with two musicians I am not familiar with, but from the preview it sounds like they're making some beautiful music here so that's got my interest.

Moth Cock - Mystics and Statistics (unifactor)

Moth Cock are a really fantastic band who make hard to describe music. This one seems like it's gonna be a bit headier and drawn-out, maybe not the best way into them (I'd recommend the one they had last year on Hausu Mountain for that) but I'm excited to see what they do here.

NYZ - Millz Medz (Important Records)

David Burraston came to my attention from his very indepth Syrobonkers interview with Aphex Twin, and since then he's been getting a lot of his own music out into the world, and it all goes really deep with knowledge of sound making machines and experimental processes, I love it and will be taking advantage of his bandcamp subscription offer very soon. This one has him using Barbara Hero's Lambdoma tuning system on a Buchla 100. I have no idea what the implications of Lambdoma are, this is the first I'm hearing about it, but I'm excited to learn more and see what happens.

NYZ / ELEH - Split LP (Important Records)

David Burraston again, doing a split with ELEH, who I keep hearing about but haven't really given a good amount of focus. The NYZ track is going to be something with FM synthesis and I absolutely love what he did with it on his album NTE GDN so I will not be missing this.

Leo Takami – Felis Catus & Silence (Unseen Worlds)

Unfamiliar with this artist, but Unseen Worlds puts out great music so I'm fine just going in mostly blind here. And I like how the cover art has a cat on it.

U - Lowlands (Where To Now?)

This has been available to stream and purchase digitally on the bandcamp page, so I'm not exactly anticipating it, but I am anticipating telling people that they should listen to it when it's more widely available because the first track has a really great breaks and squelchy synth combo that still manages to sound fresh to me in spite of hearing so much music that fits that description. And then it goes on to other territory, this one is really worth checking out.

Wasted Shirt - Fungus II (Famous Class)

I haven't really spent too much time with Ty Segall's music but I've enjoyed the songs I've heard from him, but this is a collaboration with him and Brian Chippendale from Lightning Bolt. I've spent a lot of time with that band's music and from where I'm sitting right now, I can see my copy of Chippendale's book Ninja. So I figure there's a good chance I'll have a lot of fun blasting whatever this is.

Vladislav Delay - Rakka (Cosmo Rhythmatic)

I've heard some Vladislav Delay and appreciated it but never really got to the level of knowing and cherishing it as much as the fans (though I think eventually I still could), but I'm still very curious to check this one out, especially because it seems to be a new, more abrasive direction for the project.

February 26th, 2020

RM Francis - Nth White Dot (Conditional)

This guy is local to me so I've been able to see him live and get my mind blown, and Conditional Records puts out some really great computer music, so there's no way I'm missing this one.

February 25th, 2020

Dean Roberts - Not Fire (ErstPop)

I'm a big fan of Erstwhile Records, and have been slowly learning about how Dean Roberts is amazing, so this was easily placed in the "must hear" category. I've been listening to the whole album via pre-order, and I think it is some excellent post rock (the kind like Talk Talk I guess, though no comparison is ever perfect). Erstwhile Records is having a sale right now, but this one is new so it doesn't count, but you'll still need to use promo code 2020 at checkout to get the regular price.

February 24th, 2020

FOQL & Fischerle - Personal Wastelands (Paralaxe Editions)

I found this through Shawn Reynoldo's First Floor newsletter, no idea about the artists or anything but the preview sounded like some interesting electronic music with a heavy rhythm, so I'd like to check it out.

Urs Graf Consort - Uva Ursi (bison)

I have no idea about any of the musicians involved, only found out about this through Jennifer Lucy Allan's monthly column for The Quietus, but the preview tracks sounded very intriguing and difficult to describe, so I'll be making sure I get to checking out the whole thing.

February 22nd, 2020

Henning Christiansen - Peter der Große / Gudbrandsdal (Institut for Dansk Lydarkæologi)

Found out about this one from National Sawdust Log, I've really enjoyed the Christiansen that I've heard, and this archival release that features predominantly electronic sounds seems like it could be an interesting chapter of his work.

February 21st, 2020

Ka Baird & Muyassar Kurdi - Voice Games (Astral Editions)

I hadn't been keeping up on the activities of Ka Baird at all until last year, and I still have a lot of catching up to do, but her album had some amazing stuff with flute and voice, so I'm interested in keeping up with whatever she's got next. And I'm unfamiliar with Kurdi so this will be a good opportunity to find out a bit about what she's doing. And it's on a sublabel of Astral Spirits, so I'm sold.

Various Artists - Kearney Barton: Architect of the Northwest Sound (Light In The Attic)

I found out about this one from Dave Segal writing in The Stranger, it's a compilation that Segal also wrote the liner notes for, showcasing numerous bands recorded by the engineer Kearney Barton. I'm unfamiliar, but the tracks linked in the post make me think this will be a cool one.

CP Unit - One Foot On The Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown (Ramp Local)

Here's something I saw on the National Sawdust Log, their On The Record section covers upcoming releases and I'm using it to investigate areas of modern composition and improvisation that I don't know so well, and when I saw the description mention Ornette Coleman's harmolodic funk alongside noise rock and musique concrete as reference points, I figured this would be one I'd need to hear.

crys cole - Beside Myself (Students of Decay)

I liked crys cole's electroacoustic album Sand / Layna from a while back, haven't heard her Oren Ambarchi collaboration that's come out since then (I need to get on it especially now that it's on Bandcamp), but I want to try to not take so long to get to this new solo one from her.

Davey Harms - World War (Hausu Mountain)

I'm unfamiliar with the artist but Hausu Mountain does great work and the preview track sounds like weird noisy techno, I'm into it.

Jan St. Werner - Molocular Meditation (Editions Mego) (Editions Mego)

Werner is in Mouse on Mars and also does some really cool stuff on his own, and this one is on Editions Mego, I like a lot of what they put out so I won't be missing out on this one.

Roger Tellier-Craig - Études (Second Editions)

I've been meaning to keep up more with this Second Editions label, I've only heard their Karl Fousek album but they have some other artists that I want to hear more from. I haven't spent any time with Tellier-Craig solo, I've heard him in a trio with Fousek and someone else, and I guess he was also in Godspeed You! Black Emperor from 98-03, and in Fly Pan Am and Set Fire To Flames, so he has some significance in that Montreal post-rock scene. So I'm curious to see what happens on this one.

Jennifer Walshe - A Late Anthology Of Early Music Vol. 1: Ancient To Renaissance (Tetbind)

I haven't spent much time with Walshe's music but there's so many signals that I should, from Drew Daniel writing the liner notes to her 2019 album ALL THE MANY PEOPLS, to trustworthy sources like the National Sawdust Log and Jennifer Lucy Allan (writing in The Quietus) plugging this new one. This album involves machine learning trained on Walshe's voice performing early Western music compositions, as far as I understand it, and that sounds like something I'll want to hear.

February 20th, 2020

Dj Diaki - Balani Fou (Nyege Nyege Tapes)

This label has been gaining a lot of attention for their singeli music releases, an exciting new sort of dance music that gets fast, but they've been covering some other areas as well. This one gets into the "Balani Show" stuff that has been happening in Mali, which you can read about in the linked album description.

Thomas Köner - Motus (Mille Plateaux)

I remember Mille Plateaux from way back in the 00's with their Clicks n Cuts style of music, and then I saw that Köner had an album coming out through them. He's an ambient musician I've been meaning to explore further, so those two factors combined means this is one I'll need to hear.

February 14th, 2020

Anáhuac - Anáhuac (Astral Spirits)

Haven't heard the previous release from this trio out of Mexico City, but they sound like they hit a lot of my interests in improvisation with electronics and double bass.

Anáhuac - ascua (Astral Spirits)

That's right, they have two albums coming out on this day. Worth noting that both of these are mixed and mastered by Werner Dafeldecker, who is very good,

Melaine Dalibert - Anastassis Philippakopoulos: piano works (Elsewhere)

I haven't explored any of this Wandelweisser affiliated composer, but Dalibert's music on Elsewhere makes me think they'll be a great performer for the introduction.

Euglossine - Psaronius (Orange Milk)

Another musician I am relatively unfamiliar with, but I do like a lot ot what I hear from Orange Milk and the preview sounds like it could be up there with the best of the label.

Katie Gately - Loft (Houndstooth)

I probably would've completely missed Gately's 2016 album cover if a friend going back to college days (Brian) hadn't told me about it, and I really enjoyed the maximalist glitch pop thing it had going on. While this one seems to be a departure in some ways based on the preview, I'm still very interested in seeing where she's going.

Cindy Lee - What's Tonight To Eternity (W.25th)

Some friends have been very enthusiastic about this music from a former member of the band Women, but I haven't really given any of the output a fair chance. This seems like a good opportunity to change that.

MHYSA - NEVAEH (Hyperdub)

MHYSA's work under her own name and as a part of SCRAAATCH have been a cool part of what was happening in electronic music last decade, I think it will be very interesting to see her launch into this new decade with a debut on Hyperdub.

Rrose & Silent Servant - Air Texture Volume VII (Air Texture)

This is a mix with what I believe are exclusives from artists like Lucrecia Dalt, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Laurel Halo along with many others. And I've liked what I've heard from Rrose so this seems like something I'll need to hear.

Sign Libra - Sea To Sea (RVNG Intl.)

Didn't know this artist but RVNG have a great track record for me, so I watched a video for a song on this and I'm not sure what to say but it's got my attention.

Jacoti Sommes - Travel Time (Orange Milk)

More from Orange Milk, featuring a Columbus, OH that was discovered by label co-owner Keith Rankin upon moving to the city. Always great to see that sort of thing, and this case in particular seems like it'll be a fun one.

February 7th, 2020

Beatrice Dillon - Workaround (PAN)

Villaelvin - Head Roof (Hakuna Kulala)

February 2nd, 2020

Afrikan Sciences - Journey Into Mr Re (Self-Released)

Spiritczualic Enhancement Center - Transporting Salt (Crash Symbols)

February 1st, 2020

Steve Beresford & John Butcher - Old Paradise Airs (Iluso Records)

January 31st, 2020

The Ah - Mere Husk (NNA Tapes)

Siavash Amini & Saåad - All Lanes Of Lilac Evening (Opal Tapes)

Asa Tone - Temporary Music (Leaving Records)

Whettman Chelmets - I Don't Want to Let Go, but I Need to Let Go (Misophonia)

Seth Cooke - This Content Is Unavailable In Your Country (Self-Released)

Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar (Domino)

Will Guthrie - Nist-Nah (Black Truffle)

Life's Track - Race Against Time (Opal Tapes)

Lucy Johnson - Soundtracks 2013 - 2019 Vol. 1 (Opal Tapes)

Long Distance Poison - Technical Mentality (Hausu Mountain)

Men With Secrets - Psycho Romance & Other Spooky Ballads (The Bunker New York)

Proswell - Amaterasu (Touched)

Squarepusher - Be Up A Hello (Warp)

Tryphème - Aluminia (Central Processing Unit)

January 28th, 2020

William Fields - Shackamaxon (Conditional)

January 27th, 2020

Schacke - Artificial Intercourse (Instruments Of Discipline)

January 24th, 2020

Charles Curtis - Performances and Recordings 1998-2018 (Saltern)

Jennifer Curtis & Tyshawn Sorey - Invisible Ritual (New Focus Recordings)

Robert Haigh - Black Sarabande (Unseen Worlds)

Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown (International Anthem)

January 17th, 2020

Bergsonist - Middle Ouest (Optimo Music)

Jim Black Trio - Reckon (Intakt Records)

John Chantler / Steve Noble / Seymour Wright - Atlantis (1703 Skivbolaget)

Liz Durette - Delight (Feeding Tube Records)

Aly Keita / Jan Galega Brönnimann / Lucas Niggli - Kalan Teban (Intakt Records)

Nick Malkin - A Typical Night In The Pit (Soda Gong)

Manuel Pessoa de Lima - Realejo (Black Truffle)

Britton Powell - If Anything Is (Catch Wave Ltd.)

OOIOO - Nijimusi (Thrill Jockey)

Oval - Scis (Thrill Jockey)

Pulse Emitter - Swirlings (Hausu Mountain)

January 15th, 2020

Green-House - Six Songs for Invisible Gardens (Leaving Records)

January 10th, 2020

Brunhild Ferrari & Jim O'Rourke - Le Piano Englouti (Black Truffle)

December 13th, 2019

Fred Anderson Quartet - Live Volume V (FPE)

a•pe•ri•od•ic - for a•pe•ri•od•ic (New Focus Recordings)

Daniel Lopatin - Uncut Gems Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Warp)

December 9th, 2019

Stellar OM Source - I See Through You (Dekmantel)

December 6th, 2019

Avey Tare - Conference of Birds / Birds in Disguise (Domino)

Clark - Daniel Isn't Real OST (Deutsche Grammophon)

Wendy Gondeln and Mats Gustafsson, with Wolfgang Voigt and Martin Siewert - The Shithole Country & Boogie Band (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Russell Haswell - 37 Minute Workout Vol. 2 (Diagonal)

Arto Lindsay, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Phil Sudderberg - Largest Afternoon (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Joe McPhee and Fred Lonberg-Holm - No Time Left For Sadness (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Speaker Music - of desire, longing (Planet Mu)

Melanie Velarde - Bez (Commend)

Ben Vida - Reducing the Tempo to Zero (Shelter Press)

November 29th, 2019

Doon Kanda - Labyrinth (Hyperdub)

Jay Mitta & Sisso Meet The Modern Institute And Errorsmith - At The Villa (Nyege Nyege Tapes)

Moth Cock - If Beggars Were Horses Wishes Would Ride (Hausu Mountain)

Rie Nakajima - Fusuma (tss tapes)

Oto Hiax - Two (Editions Mego)

November 22nd, 2019

Robert Ashley - Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) (Lovely Music)

Clark - Branding Problem (Throttle)

Galcher Lustwerk - Information (Ghostly)

RAMZi - Multiquest Level 1: Camouflé (FATi)

November 15th, 2019

Tetuzi Akiyama / Nicolas Field / Gregor Vidic - Interpersonal Subjectivities (Astral Spirits)

Ekoplekz - In Search Of The Third Mantra (Front & Follow)

KVL - Volume 1 (Astral Spirits)

Lee Gamble - Exhaust (Hyperdub)

Benoît Pioulard - Sylva (Morr)

Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream (Audika)

Ziúr - ATØ (Planet Mu)

November 8th, 2019

Thomas Brinkmann - Raupenbahn (Editions Mego)

Frank Denyer - The Fish that became the Sun (Another Timbre)

FKA twigs - MAGDALENE (Young Turks)

Peter Ivers - Becoming Peter Ivers (RVNG Intl.)

Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci - Phase Eclipse (Astral Spirits)

Sean McCann - Puck (Recital)

Oval - Eksploio (Thrill Jockey)

Andrew Pekler - Sounds From Phantom Islands (Faitiche)

Rrose - Hymn to Moisture (Eaux)

Shapednoise - Aesthesis (Numbers)

Matt Valentine - Preserves (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)

Steven Warwick - MOI (PAN)

Wobbly - Monitress (Hausu Mountain)

November 5th, 2019

Jim O'Rourke - to magnetize money and return a roving eye (Sonoris)

November 1st, 2019

Malibu - One Life (Joyful Noise/UNO NYC)

Joe McPhee/Graham Lambkin/Charlie McPhee/Oliver Lambkin - Live in the Batcave (Black Truffle)

Joséphine Michel / Mika Vainio - The Heat Equation (Touch)

Yann Novak - Slowly Dismantling (Room40)

October 25th, 2019

Ka Baird - Respires (RVNG Intl.)

First Tone - Reactions (Spectrum Spools)

Kepla - Within The Gaze, A Shadhavar (Alien Jams)

Grischa Lichtenberger - Re: phgrp (reworking ›Consequences‹ by Philipp Gropper’s Philm) (Raster)

Anna Meredith - FIBS (Black Prince Fury)

Meara O'Reilly - Hockets for Two Voices (Cantaloupe Music)

Pita - Get On (Editions Mego)

Francis Plagne - Rural Objects (Black Truffle)

Sunn O))) - Pyroclasts (Southern Lord)

Teebs - Anicca (Brainfeeder)

François Tusques - Alors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingénieux (Finders Keepers)

October 18th, 2019

Anunaku - Whities 024 (Whities)

Battles - Juice B Crypts (Warp)

Ilia Belorukov & Vasco Trilla - Laniakea (Astral Spirits)

Eartheater - Trinity (Chemical X)

Guerilla Toss - What Would The Odd Do? (NNA Tapes)

Steph Horak & Renick Bell - Live at Pirate Studios, Bristol (Conditional)

HXXS - Year Of The Witch (Captured Tracks)

Sarah Belle Reid - Underneath And Sonder (pfMENTUM)

Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis (Constellation)

October 15th, 2019

George Barton & Siwan Rhys - Kontakte (Stockhausen) (All That Dust)

Cassandra Miller - Songs About Singing (All That Dust)

October 12th, 2019

Formanex - 20 Years Of Experimental Music (Mikroton Recordings)

October 11th, 2019

808 State - Transmission Suite (808 State)

Bonnie Baxter - AXIS (Hausu Mountain)

Jaimie Branch - FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise (International Anthem)

Richard Dawson - 2020 (Weird World/Domino)

Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel (Thrill Jockey)

Bill Orcutt - Odds Against Tomorrow (Palilalia)

Marcus Schmickler - Particle/Matter-Wave/Energy (Kompakt)

Masahiro Sugaya - Horizon Volume 1 (Empire Of Signs)

October 4th, 2019

Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿ (Warp)

Carla dal Forno - Look Up Sharp (Kallista)

Julia Reidy - In Real Life (Black Truffle)

September 29th, 2019

Cristián Alvear / Klaus Filip - 6 Chords (Ftarri)

September 27th, 2019

John Coltrane - Blue World (Impulse!)

Girl Band - The Talkies (Rough Trade)

Hecker - Inspection II (Editions Mego)

Tyshawn Sorey & Marilyn Crispell - The Adornment Of Time (Pi Recordings)

Telefon Tel Aviv - Dreams Are Not Enough (Ghostly International)

Galen Tipton - Fake Meat (Orange Milk)

September 20th, 2019

Maria Chavez - Plays (Stefan Goldmann's Ghost Hemiola) (Macro)

Luc Ferrari - Photophonie: Bandes magnétiques inédities (Transversales Disques)

Keiji Haino / Jim O’rourke / Oren Ambarchi - In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims with the push of the button (Black Truffle)

Sarah Hennies - Reservoir 1 (Black Truffle)

Inoyama Land - Commissions: 1977-2000 (Empire Of Signs)

Cameron Shafii - Pithy & Prolix (anòmia)

somesurprises - somesurprises (Drawing Room)

Carl Stone - Himalaya (Unseen Worlds)

Tomaga & Pierre Bastien - Bandiera di Carta (Other People)

Topdown Dialectic - Vol 2 (Peak Oil)

xin - Melts into Love (Subtext Recordings)

Ai Yamamoto - Going Home (Dragon's Eye)

September 13th, 2019

Bass Clef - Hard Lessons Hardly Learned / Holy Days Wholly Dazed (Open Hand Real Flames)

Charli XCX - Charli (Atlantic / Asylum)

Ned Collette / James Rushford / Joe Talia - Afternoon-Dusk (Feeding Tube Records)

Daphne & Celeste - Sunny Day (Remix EP) (Balatonic)

Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love (Sacred Bones Records)

Anne Imhof - Faust (PAN)

JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs (EQT Recordings)

Mukqs - Any% (Doom Trip)

Nicholas Langley - Plays The Vitamin B12 (Strategic Tape Reserve)

Shasta Cults - Configurations (Important Records)

Philip Thomas - Morton Feldman Piano (Another Timbre)