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erasure through auditory burial It feels like it’s been some time since I’ve heard from or wrote about Lawrence English. I last interviewed this Australian composer, and founder of Room40 label back in early 2012, after his release of The Peregrine on Experimedia. Since then, English put out For/Not For John Cage on Line, Lonely Women’s Club on Important, and a few splits […]


What other word could we use to describe the year 2014 for the Iranian Porya Hatami but prolific? He has already given us two excellent solo albums in the form of Shallow (Tench, 2014) and The Garden (Dronarivm, 2014) as well as a pair of full length collaborations, The Longing Daylight (Carpe Sonum, 2014) with Lee Anthony Norris […]


Imprints Data Trails Serein Imprints is a trio from London, and Data Trails is their second release (after a two-part self-released début) on the Welsh Serein label. The album is broken up into five pieces, and it starts off beautifully with the twelve-minute “Horror Birds”. Patient listeners will no doubt be rewarded as it progresses from […]


I’m not sure if you guys picked up on this, but there’s something interesting going on at Mute Records, a British label founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller which has brought us Depeche Mode, Erasure, Moby and of course many other popular names. Sometime in 2011, the parent label, Mute Artists Ltd, began licensing music […]


There are some people who despise the term ‘psybient’. I’m not exactly sure why. I suppose there is a certain distrust in the merging of the ‘psychedelic’ anything and the ambient music genres. I don’t particularly tend to favor one word versus another, although I would rather prefer to use the word ‘psybient’, instead of ‘downtempo’, […]


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 […]



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