CLEARED – The Key (Sundry Items)
CLEARED are Steven Hess & Michael Vallera. The Key was assembled and mixed by Vallera at home in the winter of 2019-2020. Chicago’s pale, uncertain winter light, which renders objects with a kind of clarity, shorn of glamour or pretense, may have lent something to the album’s aura of lucidity. Meditative and purposeful, Cleared display a preternatural ability to hover on a suspended moment, at the edge of what is yet to come – a liminal space between anxiety and calm.
mssv – Main Steam Stop Valve (BIG EGO Records)
Just out on BIG EGO records. What a ride.
Mike Baggetta – guitars
Stephen Hodges – drums
Mike Watt – bass, vocals
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Kuma – Time Makes Memory Of Us All (Soundtracking The Void)
‘Time Makes Memory Of Us All’ is the debut release on Soundtracking The Void from Canadian producer/DJ Kuma. His feet firmly grounded in the dubstep community after releases with Bristol’s Immerse and TKG this record marks something of a change in direction.
A selection of drifting ambient pieces recorded throughout May, ‘Time Makes Memory Of Us All’ is a set of invocations to exorcise demons with organic drones and glistening ebbs of sound.
Goldmund – The Time It Takes (Western Vinyl)
Pennsylvania native Keith Kenniff’s output as Goldmund has established him as one of the preeminent composers of minimal piano-based ambient music alongside peers like Hauschka, Dustin O’Halloran, and even Ryuichi Sakamoto, who himself once described Kenniff’s work as “so, so, so beautiful”. His recordings tread sincerely along paths laden with dusty timbres, diffuse synthesizer, and soaring string textures tinted by the muted glow of a cloudy analog sky above
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‘From Ajanta to Lhasa’ is an intense and unique work with mystical and exotic references that sees the light for the first time in 40 years, and find its place among the must-haves artifacts of the Italian experimental/minimalist scene.
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Dregs of Zen – S/T (Weird Garden)
A confounding blend of lo-fi electronics, samples and field recordings, pulsing beneath murmured slices of pot-poetry and socially (un)conscious discourse.
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Henrik Palm – Poverty Metal (Svart Records)
Like Ghost gone a bit Voivod
Black Mekon – The Lumpiness Of Demand (PNKSLM Recordings)
serves up the sort of nastiness that makes rock-and-roll a still-dangerous proposition in 2020. – review via A Pessimist is Never Disappointed
The Dead C – Unknowns (Ba Da Bing Records)
perfect gloomily zonked soundtrack to a very driech day from the dead c
Cryogenical Excision – Micro Surgery (Inherited Suffering Records)
Parlez-vous francais slam? Oui oui!
Fina’s Finlet – Fireflower Interactive (Fireflower Foundation)
Genre: vaporwave, vgm
Join Fina the happy dolphin and her friends on a wonderful journey to uncover the secret of the magical finlet. Packed with hours of underwater fun and seahorse shenanigans for ages 5 and up.
SINNEN – PROSM (TQN-aut)
Prosm by Sinnen is an album of seven tracks that never out stay their welcome while still managing to leave a deep and lasting impression on the listener. Messrs. Holloway, Simpson and Persson are a power trio that enigmatically cloak up inside their own magickal darkworlds and expound metallic psych-ambient tinged missives of exaltation, dissonance and thick richly meditative atmospheres while still keeping an eye fixed on the torque.
LATITUDE – Mystic Hotline (Emotional Response)
…”An alternate universe where Brian Eno produced “Rumours” and Alex Chilton wrote songs with Blondie…”
San Francisco 5 piece LATITUDE sophomore album “Mystic Hotline” builds on the foundations of their acclaimed 2017 Debut with a triumphant foray into 21st century power pop.
Holy River – Courage (Self Released)
new album from Richmond VA’s Holy River. used to be called Lobo Marino,but seasons&people change&i guess so do names.
it’s ‘earthfolk’. folk with energy&a touch of drone, covered in an ambient spirituality.
(&its cheap enough for anyone to check out)
Radical Kitten – Silence is Violence (Hidden Bay Records)
Radical Kitten is a queer and feminist Toulouse-based band, formed in 2018 by Marion (drums), Iso (guitar) and Marin (bass, vocals). Having previously released a 3-track demo, ‘Contre-nature Han’, the kittens have built a solid reputation as a live band in the South of France. Influenced by post-punk, noise and rrriot punk, their sound is tensely drawn between incisive riffs and chanted vocals.
nofriendsonline – RAD (Self Released)
A tiny collection of two tracks that didn’t make it onto BETAMAXXX, and two remasters of some old tracks!
Flora Yin-Wong – Holy Palm (Modern Love)
mastered by Rashad Becker
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HHY & The Kampala Unit – Lithium Blast (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
Initiated by musician and artist Jonathan Saldanha (HHY & The Macumbas) during his Nyege Nyege residency, HHY & The Kampala Unit is a futuristic exploration of a fresh, yet submerse territory in music mixing up dub, techno, traditional drumming and elements of trance over ghostly and unnerving cinematic passages. A collaborative venture featuring visionary Saldanha on electronics and production, fierce trumpet player and ghetto activist Florence Lugemwa joined by percussionist Omutaba on hybrid drums plus the special appearance of the Kampala Prison Brass Band.
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Scarla O’Horror – Voltage Controlled Parade Music Vol.1 (Not Applicable)
Emerging from a the charred remains of their time travelling wheelie bin, Scarla O’Horror are voyagers from a world where Albert Ayler has replaced the house band in David Lynch’s Lost Highway and are now under attack from B-movie aliens controlled by Sun Ra’s Moog and Patrick Gleeson’s ARP 2600.
Kawabata Makoto 河端一 – I Wanna Eat You (Self Released)
Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Leader of Acid Mothers Temple.
While he’s best known for his earsplitting, guitar heroics with AMT, he’s also the founder of his own school of ecstatic guitar drone using bowing and glissando techniques.
MiddleClassComfort – vertigo (First Class Collective)
MiddleClassComfort’s debut release, Vertigo, travels through the horror of anxiety and depression.
“6 tracks made through my darkest moments. A trip starting from mental high to low points. Spiral down to the depths of hopelessness. Just make sure you don’t get ‘Vertigo.’
A suite of nocturnal zones for low lit encounters.
Moving away from the American surf pop manipulations of his debut ‘Lady’s Mantle’, Jake journeys through a nocturnal city-scape meandering the dimly lit streets via club back rooms and decadent boudoirs; his ode to the endless night and those who take residence under it’s cloak.
Sam Moss – Shapes (Lost Honey Records)
This fingerpicking guitar virtuoso characterizes the folk spirit in its finest sense. – Paste
Chris Randall – Depth of Field (Triplicate Records)
Nine tracks of audio mood ring