Archive for the ‘Album Reviews’ Category

There is something dark and sinister in the atonal chords of Roll The Dice. I take a break from listening and double-check if it is the very same group which I covered back in 2011, when the second full length by Malcolm Pardon and Peder Mannerfelt, titled In Dust, was picked up by the Leaf Label. Indeed, it appears […]

Much press has been made of how long it has been since Richard D. James released music as Aphex Twin, as if we’ve been clamoring in a drought of new music from him, but in reality he’s been quite active. Not only in the privacy of his studio, no doubt cranking out tunes at his […]

Deru 1979 Friends of Friends Benjamin Wynn a.k.a. Deru first made a name for himself in the 00s with IDM releases on Neo Ouija, Merck and Mush. 1979 is his first album in a few years, and it’s gorgeous. As its title implies, this is music that looks to the dusty nostalgia of the past, though […]

Benn Lee Jordan’s music as The Flashbulb has really evolved over time, starting off as a somewhat petulant drill’n’bass producer with ADHD (hot on the heels of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher styles) and then migrating progressively into more and more lush and accomplished production. Nothing Is Real continues along the same trajectory, with a whopping twenty-two pieces […]

i want more… everything… maybe too much… Two years ago, in 2012, Richard Chartier surprised the scene (and yours truly) with a marvelous record under a new moniker, Pinkcourtesyphone. And it wasn’t only the alias which Chartier dusted off from the many years prior, when he first used it as his DJ name back in […]

North Atlantic Drift and Northumbria are both two-man instrumental music projects based in Toronto, Canada that share ambient and post-rock as the descriptors of their work. Despite those commonalities, one could be forgiven for being surprised to see them sharing a split album. Listening to the six tracks on this new release on Polar Seas Recordings […]

Joshua Eustis, best known for his work in Telefon Tel Aviv as well as being a part of Puscifier, reveals his first music since the sad passing of his TTA partner Charlie Cooper. I was curious to hear what Eustis would do next, since the last TTA album on BPitch Control, Immolate Yourself (2009), was quite good […]

Hildur Guðnadóttir is one of those players, able to extract the essence of an instrument until it takes on a human life form. In the hands of Guðnadóttir the cello often moans, sighs and wallows, through a ritualistic communion with the composer’s soul. Hildur Guðnadóttir is one of those musicians, able to drive a particular piece through […]

“… and the trees, like earth’s wistful sighs to the sky.” K. Janiszewska Touch had a very productive summer in 2014. The focus of this recommendation is an album by Jacaszek & Kwartludium, titled Catalogue des Arbres. The former has been a favorite of mine since the discovery in 2008 by Erik K Skodvin for his Miasmah label, and the introduction […]

[Editor’s Note : We were actually ready to publish this review back in May, when the album hit the streets, but spent the next few months chasing Ben Frost around the globe during his tour for a complimentary interview to go alongside this review. Alas, he still appears to be extremely busy, so we are […]

During the first quarter of the new millennium I was fascinated with with the clicky, glitchy, and shuffling lo-fi spectrum of electronica, with Telefon Tel Aviv‘s Fahrenheit Fair Enough (Hefty, 2001), Boards of Canada‘s Geogaddi (Warp, 2002), Dictaphone‘s M.=addiction (City Centre Offices, 2002) and Skyphone‘s debut release Fabula on Rune Grammofon. I specifically remember getting […]

Lucy Claire Collaborations No​.​1 This Is It Forever Records Lucy Claire set her own bar quite high with her Suite EP last year, but she has delivered a new work just as satisfying and even more expansive with Collaborations Vol.1 on This Is It Forever Records. The EP revolves around two new compositions, each featuring […]

Listen… I’m here to tell you that IDM lives on, and so does the purveyor of the genre, the monumental Manchester-based Skam Records. Established by Andy Maddocks in the early 90s, the label’s very first release was a self-titled LP by Lego Feet – the duo of Sean Booth and Rob Brown, known collectively to the world […]

I may have not covered much of Adam M. Raisbeck’s work as Sense, but that doesn’t mean that I have not been paying attention. In fact, I have been following his releases going back to 2000, when his music surfaced on compilations by Merck, Miasmah, Cactus Island, and of course, Sutemos‘ Intelligent Toys series (speaking of […]

Pjusk / Sleep Orchestra Drowning In The Sky Dronarivm Drowning In The Sky brings together the creative forces of Norwegian duo Pjusk (Rune Sagevik and Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik) and UK artist Sleep Orchestra (Christopher Pegg). Seeds of their partnership sown when they met at the Storung Festival in Barcelona came to fruition when this record […]

Although I spend a lot of time listening to music ‘on the go’, there are a few records that I have in reserve for my intercontinental travel. These are the albums that slowly lull me away, distracting my mind from any other thoughts, beckoning the attention to a complex kaleidoscope of images behind closed eyelids. […]

Intensive Collectivity Known as City, Idlefon’s new full length release on Tympanik Audio, is further evidence of a burgeoning electronic music scene in Iran. Idlefon himself is Hesam Ohadi, a computer musician and sound artist based in Tehran. He is also a member of the post-rock/ electronica band Photomat along with Siavash Amini and Nima […]

Rob Clouth Clockwork Atom Leisure System I’m not sure what I’m mostly surprised, impressed or excited for – my new discovery of Rob Clouth and his newest three-track Clockwork Atom EP on Leisure System, or my discovery of the label itself. With only eleven releases behind its belt, this independent Berlin-based Berghain residency imprint entered […]

Once upon a time, a vinyl release was taken for granted; now it’s a goal to which artists aspire. After numerous releases over the course of five years, Saåad [comprised of Romain Barbot and Greg Buffier] has finally scored its first LP. We share in the duo’s joy, not only because we love records, but because […]

Olaf Bender (Byetone) and Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) have spent the last 15 years or longer along a similar trajectory, exploring digital minimalism, rhythm, and noise with a fairly severe ear. Along with Frank Bretschneider, they’ve curated a legacy befitting their aesthetic via Raster-Noton, a label whose visuals and sounds all fall directly in line […]


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