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    James A. McDermid – Tonal Glints

    "This album is dedicated to my sister, Harriet, who died in August 2016. Throughout the 2 years she was ill - leading up to her death - I had started writing music as a way to privately articulate what I was feeling. After she'd passed away, there was the question around what to do with the many tracks I had written; they had, in all honesty, been written for her. For me to perhaps leave them sitting on a hard-drive seemed a disappointing end to what amounted to, in my mind, a tribute to her. About 6 months later, I was fortunate enough to be offered a 25 track album release (titled Ghost Folk) though Canadian label, Polar Seas Recordings, in April 2017. Her death is the worst thing that's ever happened to me; once the original shock dissipated, a wall of grief fell on me and, as a result, I found it an almost impossible task seeing my world in quite the same way as I once had. The wear and tear of life became suffocating, so I continued with the idea of channeling what I was feeling, into music; however, coming to terms with Harriet's death, rather than her illness, started to cloud and confuse what I was doing. In the end, it was Sophie Calle's book Exquisite Pain - a book arguably about grief in its various forms - that provided me with the clarity I needed. Calle's writing - in particular the people in it trying to come to terms with their own similar tragedies - helped shape and direct my own thoughts; Exquisite Pain acted as a conduit for what I was both feeling and trying to convey. Tonal Glints is the end result." - James A. McDermid
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    Ljerke (CD / DVD)

    Limited Edition x 2 discs (disc + dvd) - digisleeve / sealed and numbered... Ljerke is a multidisciplinary live project which took form in the Frisian landscape as as source of inspiration. The project includes some music artists from Netherlands (Romke Kleefstra, Jan Kleefstra, Sytze Pruiksma) and Norway (Alexander Rishaug, Hilde Marie Holsen, Michael Duch) completed with the video artists Marco Douma (NL) and Haraldur Karlsson from Iceland. A new project of live impro music, poetry and film, in the same context of former projects as Seeljocht (Piiptsjilling) and Skeylja (The Alvaret Ensemble). It’s their first album studio.
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    Zuydervelt / Belorukov / Aquarius – The Red Soul

    Comes in a matt finish digipack... After making several films without music, director Jessica Gorter went for a different approach for her recent film ‘The Red Soul’. Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek) was brought in to make the soundtrack for the documentary. They quickly agreed that the score needed to be very subtle, and not cliché-driven or overdramatic. An old bakelite record with a speech from Stalin and a few old LPs with Soviet songs became the starting point for the music. Fragments of these were sampled, transformed and combined with the saxophone of Ilia Belorukov and percussion by René Aquarius (of Dead Neanderthals). The result is a series of textural and tonal collages that evokes a sense of decay as well as (false) nostalgia, perfectly fitting the theme of the film. On the soundtrack album, the various parts of the score are assembled to be heard as one seamless piece - as a story in itself. The Red Soul was selected for the prestigious IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) International and Dutch Competitions.
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    Aaron Martin & Machinefabriek – Seeker

    In 2012, choreographer Iván Pérez asked me to work on a score for a dance piece of his, Hide And Seek. And to do this in collaboration with the great Aaron Martin. I don't think he knew at that point that Aaron and I had been working together previously (on Cello Drowning, an EP released on Type in 2007). Living in the US, Aaron started recording parts and sending them to Iván and me. Then I would use his recordings to build the score with; processing them, editing them, adding sounds, etcetera. The tracks on the Seeker album are basically (the refined versions of) the first sketches we made, trying out how our sounds would blend, and what directinos and atmospheres could be used in the dance performance. After this, these tracks were morphed into one long collage, tailored to the choreography. This final score is added to the album as a digital bonus.
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    Machinefabriek – Becoming

    Becoming is the fourth dance piece by Dutch/Spanish choreographer Iván Pérez to feature an original soundtrack by Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek). After ‘Hide & Seek’, ‘Attention the doors are closing’, and ‘Exhausting Space’, the duo sharpened their collaboration with a new piece by having the music performed live on stage for the first time. The choreography and music were created simultaneously, rehearsing together, and developing a movement and sound ‘vocabulary’ for the piece. The end result is structured, but still leaves a lot of room for improvisation in order to keep a natural flow. Each performance is different, with the musician and the dancers (Wei Yun Chen, Majon van der Schot, and Christopher Tandy) having a real-time dialogue.
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    Rutger Zuydervelt – Astroneer Volume II

    Astroneer is a sci-fi exploration and adventure game from developer System Era. In the game, the music plays continuously and is reactive to the player’s actions. This album presents the musical themes as edited tracks. It's the second volume of Astroneer music.
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    Aaron Martin – A Room Now Empty

    Aaron Martin’s album "A Room Now Empty" sees him returning to the memory-based recordings of previous albums such as "Almond", "River Water" and "Chautauqua", where layered meanings in the music and titles don’t allow a single clear-cut reading of the music. “A Room Now Empty is similar to the concept of Day Has Ended where Christoph Berg and I created music to encompass the passing of a day, but stretched out for the passing of a lifetime or at least a portion of a lifetime,” says Aaron. Using cello, electric guitar, bass, roll up piano, banjo, concertina, acoustic guitar, voice, ukulele, singing bowls and lap steel, "A Room Now Empty" keeps the same intimacy and directness of Aaron’s previous albums, with a slightly more processed sound creating distance within the music.
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    Ian Hawgood & Giulio Aldinucci – Consequence Shadows

    'Consequence Shadows' marks the first collaboration between Ian Hawgood and Giulio Aldinucci after years of development. Initially getting to know each other when Giulio released 'Tarsia' on Ian's Nomadic Kids Republic label back in 2011, the two have become firm friends and have continued to work on music together steadily since. 'Consequence Shadows' was initially termed 'snow sketches' as they shared files back and forth between Giulio's home in Italy and Ian's homes in Japan, the UK, and now Poland in this time. This working name for each piece (each noted as parts 1 to 5 in their correspondence) has lent heavily to the overall feel, highlighting the imbued sense of fragility in the subtle melodies as they evolve through the field-recorded white noise frequencies throughout. Whilst 'Consequence Shadows' will no doubt be (rightly) marked as an ambient work, the pieces stretch genre definitions as they converse with submerged beats, freckled frequencies, guitar echoes, direct vocal studies, and sustained piano chords, among many other directions. The closing piece is the nearly twenty minute beautifully epic reworking of 'Other Ashes' by Belgian artist Stijn Hüwels.
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    Ian Hawgood & Danny Norbury – Faintly Recollected

    Glass mastered CD in reverse board 4 panel card package... This release falls under the ambient genre, even with the primary inclusion of the cello, which is of course a mainstay in classical and modern composition – one of its most prominent arteries, in fact. The very nature of the long form piece promotes deep solitude and rest, a quiet evening in with only the music and the ghostly company of these two treasured artists. It not only deserves but needs to be played in its entirety. It’s continuity encourages a one-sitting–listen, and only then is its beauty truly revealed.
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    Dalot & Sound Awakener – Little Things

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    Made by hand... 10 unique book-bound cover variations (1260 g/qm FSC certified), lined inside / outside with luxury Italian paper from Florence, sealed with washi tape, glass mastered CD (not CDR), vintage glass slide (circa. 1890-1950), vintage botanical print, dried flower, scent. All rests inside luxury hand cut envelopes. Individually numbered / sealed. Made with love...
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    Various Artists (Eilean 58)

    Deluxe end of year edition : metal box / Inside : glossy color A3 recto-verso poster : 42 cm-20,6 cm / 5 stickers / black foam / sealed & hand numbered... Artists involved in alphabetical order : 9t Antiope / Ben Rath / Bill Seaman / Cicely Irvine / Daniel Mc Kenzie / Danny Clay / Francesco Giannico / Giulio Aldinucci / Jacek Doroszenko / Josco / Josh Mason / Jura Laiva / Monolyth & Cobalt / Monty Adkins / Nathan Mc Laughlin / Sonmi451 / Sound Meccano / Spheruleus / Stijn Hüwels / Tatsuro Kojima / Toàn
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    Sonmi451 – Panta Rei

    Sonmi451 is Bernard Zwijzen, creating his own blend of atmospheric ambient music from the city of Hasselt Belgium. His music is perhaps best described as a hybrid between subtle, shimmering electronica and delicate soundscapes. Every Sonmi451 track is a sort of mini-universe where field-recordings and lovingly crafted samples are combined with carefully chosen atmospheric ambiences. Sonmi451 likes to explore the inner aspects of sound and stillness, the cracks and loopholes that exist between sounds. "This album is dedicated to the rivers and streams, crossing the exquisite mountain-landscape of the Alps and Dolomites in the beautiful region of Southern Tirol." Bernard Zwijzen
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    Jacek Doroszenko – Wide Grey

    Jacek Doroszenko is an audio-visual artist, treating sound phenomena as a legitimate material of visual art and highlighting listening as a practice. The artist engages with the contemporary soundscape to select and rephrase the notion of noise as redundant element. The first artist’s release on Eilean Records contains a suite of compositions produced during Artist-in-Residence programs in Norway and Greece. Using field recording as the basis for further musical compositions, artist reveals the power of audible juxtaposition and natural potential of a certain place. Ostensibly unnecessary sound events are treated here as the key components, revealing massive landscape of possible progressions.
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    Ben Rath – Black Heart Music

    Ben Rath is an amateur musician currently based in Manchester, UK. He makes experimental, ambient music using original recordings of guitar, keyboard and piano, as well as samples and field recordings. He has been recording and releasing music through a variety of labels since 2014 and has also released a short EP of improvised acoustic guitar tracks under the name Slow Heart Music.
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    Rod Modell – Dawn, Dusk and Darkness

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    CD plus Deluxe limited edition book size 30cm x 24cm, 72 pages, soft-touch hardcover with varnished details... 2017 will mark a homecoming for one of our most beloved artists! Ten years after "Plays Michael Mantra" (his last work for Silentes), 13 / Silentes will be releasing the first book of photography by ROD MODELL. A collection of over 100 personal photographs made during a 10 week stay in Barcelona during April-June 2016. A CD of Barcelona field-recordings and emotional atmospheric sounds by Rod Modell (that were influenced by the images) will also be included. These unique images and musical textures emphasize the darker, nocturnal side of Barcelona, and capture fleeting seconds that occurred between the moments that others noticed. A collection of mysterious images that reveal deeper layers with each subsequent viewing.
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    Zbeen – Tonal Whiplash

    After a 3 years hiatus, Zbeen (Entr'acte, Ripples) comes back with a cohesive album filled with unpredictable dynamics and the duo's distinctive dense complexity. Zbeen is Gianluca Favaron and Ennio Mazzon.
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    Gigi Masin – Il Silenzio Dei Tuoi Passi

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    Limited CD album from Gigi Masin packaged with a deluxe 68 page deluxe photographic hardback book...
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    Underthesnow – Popsongs

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    Popsongs' is the new project by Underthesnow. A collection of thoughts and sounds about pop. The cd is attached to a 40 pages 8" booklet that includes eleven collages by Stefano Gentile, two exclusive drawings by Massimo Giacon, an exclusive card designed by Lapo Belmestieri and writings (in Italian and English language) by Vittore Baroni, Manuel Gentile, Paolo Cesaretti and Marco Pandin.
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    Alec Cheer – S/T

    Nice looking full colour CD housed in a cardboard gatefold sleeve that has a full colour matt finish...
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    Gianluca Favaron | Anacleto Vitolo – Zolfo

    "Zolfo" is born by the collaboration between Gianluca Favaron and Anacleto Vitolo. Both involved in many projects and music collaborations - Favaron with Corrado Altieri, Deison and in groups like Lasik Surgery, Maribor, Zbeen and Under The Snow; Vitolo with Doublebass player Francesco Galatro, Viola player Michela Coppola, Domenico Stellavatecascio (Internos) and many other. The album was composed, recorded, and mixed between January and May 2016 and is a mix of several music elements and techniques, such as tape loops, cymbals, microphonic works and live electronic processing. The result is a combination of musique concrète, noise and drone music.
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    Vetropaco – S/T

    "Vetropaco" is a brainchild of Gianluca Favaron and Andrea Bellucci (a.k.a. Red Sector A). Favaron's de-compositions join Bellucci's rhythms structures creating a work where aseptic sounds are combined with patterns borrowed from Techno, with Breakcore and IDM digressions. "Vetropaco" represents a further step forward in the musical research of the two artists, and is aimed at fans of innovative electronic sounds.
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    Deison | Mingle – Innersurface

    After crossing wastelands lost in oblivion (Everything Collapse[d], Aagoo, 2014), and being skeptically moved by listening to pulsations of a weak life (Weak Life, Aagoo, 2015), Cristiano Deison and Andrea Gastaldello (aka Mingle) are arriving at their final destination, Innersuface, the last stop on their journey. They suddenly fall into a hole and are trapped in a slimy pit overflowing with mud and industrial liquids. Everything is dense and oppressive. Their physical movement stops, the chaos in their head remains, they look around and everything is irreversibly changed. And while looking at the road they have just walked along, they glimpse the edge of a forest brimming with life, with its appearance unchanged over time...will it stay like this forever? Created, recorded and mixed between December 2015 and April 2016, at Mingle's Tower Home Studio and Deison's 1st Floor Studio, Innersurface continues the perfect blend of Deison and Mingle sounds: drones, field recordings and processed loops superimposed with disturbed rhythms, distorted beats and electronic processing. As always, the electronics are dirty and extremely evocative, sounds that we have become accustomed to.
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    Vetropaco – Subvoid

    On "Vetropaco"'s second album, we see once again Gianluca Favaron (Zbeen, Ab'SHE, etc.) and Andrea Bellucci (Red Sector A, Nerva, Dio<X>ide, etc.) joining their forces. The target of this new work is to further expand the concepts and themes touched upon in the first album, making this collaboration as homogeneous as possible. In "Subvoid", Favaron's sounds act like the main binding force on all the tracks and appear to be more in the foreground compared to the previous album. The project is enriched by new solutions where digital and analogue sounds melt together, searching for a form of expression that is both pleasant and engaging, and never taken for granted. Rhythm tracks take shape from Favaron's palette, whose sounds are bended and elaborated exactly to form a unique blend with Bellucci's textures, where they get lost and come to light again.
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    Qod – Absequence

    "Absequence" is the debut album of a new project called "qod", which showcases the collaboration between Moreno Padoan (MP, Artcore Machine, Otur Boyd) and Andrea Bellucci (Red Sector A, Subterranean Source, Vetropaco, Nerva, Dioide). In "Absequence", Padoan's devastating Rhythmic-Noise meets, merges and blends with Bellucci's polished IDM-Techno Ambient, giving life to nine tracks of pure electronic delirium. The album's target is to explore the possibilities offered by the meeting of two well-defined characters, who search for a communal code of expression, largely represented by intricate rhythmic textures and very refined and elaborate sounds. An extremely dangerous experience!
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    Lorenzo Masotto – White Materials

    Handmade edition featuring a lovely four panel sleeve, glass master cd and download code... White Materials is Masotto's fourth album and it's a work that almost completely dissociates from the kind of writing used previously. For this reason, according to the stylistic choices of compositions and sound combinations found in "White Materials", the artist decided to produce the album completely by himself, so that you can listen to it without reference to labels or music genres. The album is composed, recorded, mixed and mastered in his home studio.
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    Visionary Hours – Beyond the White

    Hand-assembled, limited edition, pressed CD… "Beyond the White" is an album of collaborations with artists including Bruno Sanfilippo, Richard Youngs, Western Skies Motel, Adrian Lane, Trigg & Gusset, Isnaj Dui and 3+ among others. “I wanted to collaborate with different artists, but still keep some kind of control over the pieces,” says Visionary Hours. “In some cases, I sent the same acoustic guitar piece out to more than one artist, with the idea that two artists would unwittingly collaborate with each other on that particular piece – a blind collaboration, if you like.”
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    Trigg & Gusset – Legacy of the Witty

    Hand-assembled, limited edition, pressed CD... “The starting point for Legacy of the Witty was to create slow dark repetitive music with a certain amount of improvisation,” says Erik van Geer (clarinet, saxophone). “So Legacy for the Witty is a trip down the chambers of dark jazz. Somewhere in this darkness, light can be found and the end of the tunnel – although it’s possible that the end of the tunnel might never be reached...
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    Leo Takami – Tree of Life

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    Entitled, “Tree Of Life”, these 10 patient, languid tracks take their time in evolving…peaceful and innocent in tone…soft and sensitive in nature…almost not there at times…these gentle sounds are made for those most relaxing moments of the day, when you can lie back, empty your mind, and wind down to these seemingly slowed moments in time. Available in one hand made version, in a limited edition of 100 copies. Each of the factory pressed CD’s comes housed in a double pocketed package made from folded sheets of vintage grasscloth wallpaper. The front of each folder has attached to it a hand stamped square of wood veneer, each one unique. The disc in it’s cotton sleeve is folded inside an illustrated page from a vintage book on the timber industry. There is also a beautifully stamped and sewn strand of 7 vintage kanji language learning cards. Imagery of Japanese landscapes and flora and old musical lesson cards are also contained within. And finally…strung from the front of each folder is an antique wooden Hanko signature seal. And it all comes in a forest green, hand stamped envelope.
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    Tatiana Alamartine – Searching

    Digipack CD Album with 2 Bonus Tracks included... The first of a new series named Acoustic Collection at VoxxoV Records. The creation of the album Searching began in the Conservatorio di Musica Giovan Battista Martini in Bologna, Italy, during a six month residence in 2014. The rest was done in two months in Lyon. Tatiana Alamartine worked with a famous Bosendörfer piano, a rare and prestigious Viennese instrument. This piano is unique and has a powerful and melodious tone. The pianist Rainer Keuschnig will even say that "Bösendorfer is authentically Viennese, because it presents all the various aspects of the Viennese personality which expresses itself in the eye which smiles or cries". This famous piano was the one used by numerous famous composers, including, Franz Liszt and Charlemagne Palestine for his album Strumming Music. Tatiana's album follows the tradition of solo piano albums with wintry tones while also having a colored and warm composition at the same time. Classical music lovers who liked Vora by Rauelsson or Winter Musik by Nils Frahm will surely be delighted with Searching by Tatiana Alamartine. The themes’ diversity makes this album complex yet approchable. In many ways, this album sounds like a collection of compositions mixing improvisations and interludes, a brilliant achievement of a three years musical ressearch diary.
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    Norman Westberg – The Chance To

    Comes housed in LCR's a lovely hand-printed letterpress packaging with CD wrap and digital collage cover by K. Craig... Many listeners to Westberg’s solo recordings have noted the depth and subtlety of his compositions and these four tracks are no exception.They have a rare ability to echo both the clarity of minimalism and the maximal intensity of the best overdriven rock bands. Opening track ‘Andrea F’ is a case in point, moving from clashing overtones to an almost-choral central section before introducing pitched bass tones that move the track into a new realm. There are moments elsewhere that have an unsettling quality, but the patience and care taken with the sounds ensures the album as a whole retains a warm humanity rather than moving into alienating territories. Fundamentally, there is always a lightness of touch to Westberg’s compositions.
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    DR – Field Recording Meets Sound

    DR is the project of German sound artist Dominic Razlaff.
 The idea of his third official album was to create sounds which support the field recordings recorded in 2017 in his town (Braunschweig, Germany). To create the sounds/textures he used Novation’s Xio Synthesizer and a ukulele with granular synthesis. The result is an emotional album of 15 tracks, a special soundtrack for the winter arriving.
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    Bill Seaman – The Epiphanies

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    The Epiphanies sees Bill Seaman in fine fettle, driving along phosphorescent-lit roads marked by the heavy dew of mystery and slow-to-develop intrigue. Delayed secrets are now only coming to light. The setting sun is the glorious backdrop as The Epiphanies coasts along a deserted road, its dark road-trip music glinting like the lightless, metallic chrome of the car’s body. A pack of coyotes come out to play, and further down the road some lusty, post-jazz musings at a local bar hint at dark dislocations. Nothing is right – the neon sign is too bright and things are a little off-kilter. Reality slips slowly away, like water through the fingers, drained as if from the last bottle of whiskey, until it can’t be grasped at any longer. The sick, cloying perfume of cigarette smoke hangs in the air like a tired apparition. The lingering, too-wide smile of a cute bartender with a string of strange tattoos along her back and an old episode of Tiny Toon Adventures (circa 1990) rather than the latest game from the NHL graces the television’s pulpit, adding to the subtle sense of dislocation, and the music only gets darker, its dying light duelling with the fading sunset. The headlights are a lonely splash of colour at two in the morning, and as the music enters the long hours a velvet-smooth carpet of asphalt spreads out before the listener, the unfolding ambient textures helping to shape a smooth, virgin-pure road. Dark wet trees and swaying branches are illuminated as the car drives through an eerie, sleeping town, with nothing but a slumping, somnambulant piano strolling up and down the dark, leaf-strewn sidewalk. Distant notes seem to croon into the space, somehow filtering in through the dead radio that needed replacing months ago, luring you into its monochromatic musical world. You are the first visitor. You are also the last. There isn’t any other traffic…
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    Ghost and Tape – Vár

    Heine Christensen (the man behind the ‘ghost and tape’ moniker) and I have been friends for a number of years now, and I’ve been a fan ever since I discovered his first self-titled release for Akira Kosemura’s superb Schole label quite randomly in a record store in Tokyo while admiring the artwork. I ended up buying this based on the art alone, and immediately went back the next day to buy the only other album I could find by him, ‘Home’. The music of ghost and tape is deeply intricate, and so careful is he in the work he does, this marks only his fourth studio album since his debut back in 2010. I’ve always admired people who take their time with their music for they appreciate the finer details and seem to understand music as a timeless quantity. This is a sadly rare quality now as things come and go, but in line with Home Normal’s ethos is a belief that truly lasting music must in its very nature have a certain timelessness that transcends whatever maybe ‘in’ at a particular moment in time.
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    Steven Kemner – Gradation Movements

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    You can’t predict the weather. Sometimes, life throws something at you. When it does – not if but when - hopes and expectations lie like shattered spokes. Is it fate, destiny, or circumstance? No one knows, but paths can change when there’s a sudden shift in the weather, and something that once seemed so sure and stable starts to become the opposite: uncertain and unfair. Promises peter out as a drop of rain appears. You have to stop and change course. A natural disaster plunges normality into desolation, and the same is true of our longed-for futures which so often disappear into the ether. Disappointment ensures: inclement weather. You can’t prepare for it; the hurricane warning arrived too late. Steven Kemner recently went through such a change: “I needed to move away from everything that I loved to a place I had no desire to go. This change complicated music, life and a sense of belonging”. - Steven Kemner Like the changing of the weather, ironclad clouds can appear from out of nowhere, eclipsing the sun with blackened totality, and the deep, roiling textures within the music of Gradation Movements are full of rain and turmoil, of leaving and moving on. The slow swells and hard-fought movements are indicative of clouded spells which obdurately block out the blue hope of the sky like a cruel shield. Coated in sleek silver, the notes shadow the steps of the people below. Rainy season stalks the soul; it doesn’t seem to matter where the notes walk, because the cloud always follows, indiscriminate with its downpours of rain and its trident spears of lightning. Rainfall is needed in order to grow, and that includes us. The rainy spells can make us stronger, helping us to rise up in troubling times…but too much of it, and we drown. The cirrus patterns and the cycling of the wind may be hard to understand – we may never understand – but they still have a purpose. The purpose may seem obscure, but it’s there. There’s a strong energy at work within them, and troubled times often reveal things that, in hindsight, we later come to appreciate. When sunlight fails, the music’s tones lie hidden in a shroud of slow mist. The clouds don’t always disperse. You can’t predict the future - you just have to roll with it until you finally come to terms with the strange weather.
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    Bruno Sanfilippo – Lost & Found

    Lost & Found is the latest album from Sanfilippo. The artist takes four songs that were once buried and lost in other collections, curating them together to create a new sound and feel. This reimagination allows the listener to discover each piece, as if for the first time. The songs have the power to pull memories from us, of either real or imagined experience and the ethereal sounds are, at once, familiar and an exploration. This transformation invites the listener to experience Lost & Found as an act of losing and finding something again.
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    Max Ananyev – The Way to the Ocean

    "I wanted the music to immediately immerse the listener in a new state, but without relying on all the usual techniques composers often make use of in the ambient acoustic genre,” says Max. “In the measured style of my playing, I’ve tried to put across the core idea of the ambient genre – a change in the listener’s state, the transition from thought to contemplation and the perception of time.” "Max Ananyev keeps things to the essentials on the subdued intimate moods of “The Way to the Ocean”. Arrangements possess a meditative quality to them ... The usage of silence further adds to the appeal of the album..." – Beach Sloth
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    Adrian Lane – Playing With Ghosts

    On his album "Playing With Ghosts", Adrian Lane uses 100-year-old cylinder recordings as the starting point for new compositions – chopping them up, reordering them and playing along to build up a series of completely new compositions. “I’ve always liked the idea of collage and often include this in my visual art,” says Adrian. “So I wanted to do something that incorporated this approach in my music.”
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    Ales Tsurko – Microscale

    Created in real-time from random Wikipedia articles, "microscale" is a web-based, generative album. Each Wikipedia article functioning as a step sequencer – where the letters are the sequencer steps and the track titles are regular expressions that switch the steps on and off. The web version is generated in real-time and is also hackable – this means that the regular expressions, samples, tempo and other parameters can be edited or replaced – enabling "microscale" to be used as an instrument and sequencer for the listener’s own music.
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    Mess_Montage – The Death of Optimus Prime

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    DR – Hovering

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    Jurko Haltuu – And In My Tears…

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    Bionulor – Furniture Music

    Professionally manufactured high quality CDr's, limited to 30 copies. Handmade artwork, each hand numbered. Different metallic wallets with envelopes. Wallets 250g paper, outside cover envelope 120g paper, transparent bag...
    “Furniture Music” is – after “Erik” (2012) and “Vexations” EP. (2014) – the third one from the series of Bionulor’s records dedicated to the person and work of Erik Satie.  This particular one is inspired by Satie’s idea of „musique d'ameublement” , but also – to some extent – by the way John Cage had interpreted the piece “Vexations” during the first public performance. Bionulor, as always, invites you to deeply immerse yourself in sound... but this time also to use “Furniture Music” while cleaning, washing up, reading, taking a nap or even sunbathing...
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    James Osland – Departures (CD)

    Professionally manufactured high quality CDr's, limited to 30 copies. Handmade artwork, each hand numbered. Brown kraft wallets with envelopes. Wallets 250g paper, outside cover envelope 120g paper, transparent bag... Departures was recorded in areas of Europe, South-East Asia and Australasia over a period of two years. The album seeks to explore our relationship with sound, memory and place. Thank you to everyone that helped make this album possible. All tracks composed and mixed by James Osland.
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    Post Global Trio – Minus Seven (CD)

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    James Murray – Heavenly Waters

    Each cover of the Printed Edition has been professionally printed with artwork derived from a vintage star map of the constellation Eridanus. Constructed around the same hand-inked custom double sleeve design as the Stamped Edition, this is a heavyweight package containing glass-mastered CD and a professionally printed insert. James Murray's tenth solo album carefully charts all nine Heavenly Waters constellations. This delicately nuanced celestial meditation is many years in the making and confirms Murray’s unwavering commitment to original, emotionally weighted, concept rich music of equal parts subtle melody and inventive, meticulous sound design.
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    Five Layers

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    Ogawa / Shepherds of Cats / Pietrushka

    Recorded during the improvised session that took place in May 2016 at OPT www.opt-art.net Wroclaw, Poland...
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    omrr – Devils for my Darling

    4-panel digipack, gloss finish... Omrr is the stage name of Omar El Abd (born 22 September 1983), a self-taught musician, guitarist and sound artist based in Cairo, Egypt. omrr’s sound is based on glitch, noise, micro-sounds, sampling and field recording. He uses a variety of instruments and software to create free form, dynamic and dense sonic landscapes.
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    Cicely Irvine – Excavation

    Outside : Glossy Paper / Inside : Thick Paper Card & Glossy Paper / Digisleeve : White Paperboard / Sealed (like old book) & Hand Numbered... Cicely Irvine (b. 1990) is a musician and sound artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is making music and sound design for film, radio and performance art. The release on Eilean rec is her very first and a collection of music made between 2007 and 2017.
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    Norihito Suda – Light Snowfall (2 x CD)

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    Galatimosconi – Penombra

    Limited Edition handmade sleeve with cover album in polaroid format inside eco packaging... When the environment becomes hostile, men must struggle with nature for their survival; but, in the dim light, sheltered from everything, always watching with deference and wonder.
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    Jason van Wyk – Opacity

    Presented in our locally produced 4 panel recycled card package in an edition of 500. Alongside the alluring dusty-starred photography of Gregory Euclide, in 'Opacity' Jason has created an album that is timeless and bold; a freeing work of piano-focused tenderness, and huge luminous pads. We can’t wait to share this with you. - Ian Hawgood
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    Memory Drawings – The Nearest Exit (2 x CD)

    Limited edition 2 x CD edition with bonus 10 track remix album... The Nearest Exit is the third album from Anglo/American collective Memory Drawings. Led by the hammered dulcimer of Minneapolis-based Joel Hanson, the band also features Richard Adams (Hood / The Declining Winter), Sarah Kemp (Brave Timbers), Chris Cole (Movietone / Manyfingers) and Gareth S Brown (Hood). Accompanying The Nearest Exit is a 10-track remix album which functions as a companion piece to the original instrumentals. The band looked far and wide for collaborators and have had their work interpreted by the likes of former The Boats duo The Humblebee, Tape Loop Orchestra, Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots, Bristol’s Manyfingers, ambient-music pioneer Robert Rich, and London-based kraut-pop groups Astronauts and The Leaf Library.
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    Kryshe – March Of The Mysterious

    Four panel, gatefold CD Digipak with clear plastic tray. Printed on the reverse side of the card for that nice textured finish... March Of The Mysterious is a new album by German artist, Kryshe (Christian Grothe). The album stems from music made to accompany a showing of the 1915 silent film, Alice In Wonderland. Straddling the worlds of modern classical, avant-jazz and ambient music, multi-instrumentalist Kryshe plays piano, brass, guitar and percussion with a hefty dose of electronic processing to produce music every bit as enchanting as Lewis Carroll's tale. Live performance is an important aspect of Kryshe's music. Since his last album (Insights for Unperceived Records) followed a more traditional, studio-based approach, Christian was keen to bring some of his techniques from live performances into the studio for March Of The Mysterious. Blurring the lines between composition and improvisation, spontaneity and deliberation, the resultant music feels measured but alive.
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    Morgen Wurde – Assassinous Act

    Weather patterns around the world are shifting…and although it’s fortunately cooler than usual here in California this summer, tempers are still on the rise, tensions ride high, and criminal intent is always in the air! Our latest release reflects these sentiments…and for TRS072 we are bringing back an artist that we released last year. We are very pleased to re-welcome Morgen Wurde, aka Wolfgang Röttger, and his latest release, Assassinous Act! We had told Wolfgang earlier in the year that we would be doing a “crime release” of sorts in the near future, and he promptly and enthusiastically agreed to compose a fictitious soundtrack for us to this non existent crime that is reflected in the packaging for TRS072. He has done a fantastic job to that effect! Dark and ominous at times…mysterious and reflective at others…the thirteen tracks here take us through the conception of the crime, to the actual acting out of it and beyond, to a final redemption and reckoning of sorts. With his "accomplices", Maria Estrella Aggabao and Georges-Emmanuel Schneider, he has indeed provided us with a fitting soundscape to this release!
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    Astrïd & Rachel Grimes – Through the Sparkle

    After years of mail and email back and forth over the ocean, from Nantes to Kentucky, astrïd invited Rachel to come for a residency to make music together and play shows in France. They gathered for a few days, here and there, in 2012 and 2013 to write songs in Cyril and Vanina's home studio in the countryside. The compositions found on Through the Sparkle glow with a unique, connected energy and a pure, instinctive musical understanding. Considered contributions from all sides allow the pieces to unfurl naturally. Each note and phrase feels like it simply couldn’t be placed anywhere else in the album.
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    Ludmila – 1 Day 1 Track

    Each highly limited collectable Whitelabrecs release is built around a set format as follows: 50 x vinyl-effect CDrs with card vinyl-style sleeves, rubber stamped titling, a polaroid print of the cover artwork housed inside a plastic case to keep it looking mint. Ink, font style and sleeve colours will vary for each release, chosen by the artist. In ‘1 Day 1 Track’, Jori set about recording one track every day for a week in which he describes it as the ‘best holidays ever’. Each track on the album is a cropped section of a recording session that lasted from between 10 and 20 minutes, a process repeated each day. In one very peaceful week, Jori recalls playing free from thought, with the takes being improvised without the aid of a computer. Often when artists embark on the creative process, rules and pressure are applied and a lack of quality time devoted to one’s craft can breed frustration. By taking time out during his holidays for just a short period each day, the music flowed and a beautifully cohesive album was born.
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    Steve Pacheco – The 4th

    Each highly limited collectable Whitelabrecs release is built around a set format as follows: 50 x vinyl-effect CDrs with card vinyl-style sleeves, rubber stamped titling, a polaroid print of the cover artwork housed inside a plastic case to keep it looking mint. Ink, font style and sleeve colours will vary for each release, chosen by the artist. The 4th is an album themed around cherished memories, loss and letting go as each track is deeply connected to memories he experienced during his time in Sante Fe. The first three tracks are set in Santa Fe whereas the final piece ‘Completion’ is a reference to Steve’s return to Los Angeles for a new job opportunity. The title of the album is a reference to the Chakra system, with the fourth of these being the heart. Whilst the deeply personal events and circumstances that inspired the work within this album may not translate to you the listener, it is intended that the material will inspire memories and feelings dear to you as the warm textures will envelope you.
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    Sea Trials – ST

    Each highly limited collectable Whitelabrecs release is built around a set format as follows: 50 x vinyl-effect CDrs with card vinyl-style sleeves, rubber stamped titling, a polaroid print of the cover artwork housed inside a plastic case to keep it looking mint. Ink, font style and sleeve colours will vary for each release, chosen by the artist. The self-titled Sea Trials album is the debut from Irish born, Hungary based artist Ian McCarthy who has previously released in the Techno field under monikers Romart and Wilhelm on labels such as Flux Recordings, Nice Try Records and I Had An Accident Records. Sea Trials was spawned in 2015 as the foundations for Ian’s idea began with him creating a pool of material to draw from as he planned a number of recordings and we’re pleased to present his eponymous debut album to serve as the perfect introduction to this sound. The 9 tracks were created from source material recorded to old or damaged cassette tapes which were treated by either being left outside exposed to the elements, by being burnt or submerged in salt-water for long periods. Inevitably, the deterioration of sound and medium became a crucial part of the process and became the concept: decay and rebirth.
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    Guenter Schlienz – Peace

    Over several years, Guenter Schlienz has graced labels such as Constellation Tatsu, Sacred Phrases, S.I.N.K. CDs, SicSic, Preservation so we are very excited here at Rural Colours to be added to that list with his latest work Peace. After noticing that several friends had begun to end emails marked 'Peace', Guenter Schlienz, ever full of questions, started to ponder on the meaning of the word in this context. Around the same time he started to read Henry Miller's book 'The Collossus of Maroussi' and was intrigued by a couple of paragraphs devoted to exactly this question: what is "the meaning of peace". He came to the conclusion that there is much more to "peace" than just the absence of war. The albums track titles are words by Henry Miller, and the work is Guenter's humble attempt to gather sounds and atmospheres around those lines. Using modular synths combined with tape loops, analog and digital delays, vintage electronic organ and guitar, Schlienz works within a romantically inward looking framework, creating music that comes from deep within. His compositions reflect themes of tenderness, alienation and homecoming and feature a range of guest musicians including Masako Kamikawa (piano on 'Reverberation of the Pandemonium') and Niko Lazarakopoulos (guitar on 'Faint Whispers') and even an anonymous busker from the streets of Stuttgart on 'Who Put the Demons There?'
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    Monty Adkins – A Year at Usher’s Hill

    Monty Adkins is experimental sound artist based in remote countryside of the north of England. His work is deeply influenced by the visual arts and psychogeography resulting in collaborations with a number of painters and digital artists. Inhabiting a post-acousmatic sensibility, Monty’s work draws together elements from ambient, acousmatic and microsound music producing a soundworld characterised by slow shifting organic textures derived from processed instrumental sounds. His work can be found on various labels including Audiobulb, Cronica, Signature, and empreintes DIGITALes.
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    Giannico / Aldinucci – Reframing

    Electroacoustic musician, videoartist and web designer, Francesco Giannico founded in 2010 AIPS and in 2013 Oak edition with Alessio Ballerini. His musical approach is better described as a cinematic journey which pushes the boundaries of digital media. He collaborated with many artists like: Kim Cascone, Ben Chatwin, Fabio Orsi, Alessio Ballerini. Giulio Aldinucci has been active for years as a composer in the field of experimental electroacoustic music and in the research on soundscape. He wrote music for theatre, video art, documentaries and short movies. With Attilio Novellino he launched the project Postcards from Italy. Giannico & Aldinucci’s works have been released on some labels such as Time Released Sound, Unknown Tone Records, Dronarivm and Home Normal. After their first release on Dronarivm in July 2016, they present their second album together.
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    Josco & Spheruleus – Folded Distance

    "Folded Distance is a record about travel, but it is also about staying where you are and staying where you feel you belong. One of us moved around a lot and the other stayed relatively still; although we were geographically separated, we could communicate instantly across the incredible land mass between us - the more we set about weaving Josco's drones and the exotic sounds of Asia with the sleepy rustic fields of Lincolnshire and Spheruleus' instruments, the more the concept of 'folding distance' became apparent to us, and the more it became realised by us. We settled on a mutual appreciation of maps and had the idea that folding the pages of a map or atlas would bring the two points of the two locations closer. We were dealing with enormous distances, that 200 years ago would have felt impenetrably foreign and unreachable. Through technology and discussion, we were able to bring the sounds and the atmospheres of these two places and our own roles within these places together. Field recordings and track titles are taken from Thailand, Turkey, Austria, UK, Ireland and Morocco. Over the five year recording period, both of us grew and changed. The record is about that five year period, ourselves, the changes we went through, the places we were and how they were at that time and our communication and vision for the album during this time." - Josco & Spheruleus - May, 2017
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    Toàn – Histós Lusis

    Toàn is a French electronic musician based in Britain. As a beatmaker, he has produced several albums mixing jazz and hip hop influences under the pseudonym of Qiwu Selftet. Toàn is now focuses on freer musical forms, close to ambient and modern classical. Without using any synths, Histós Lusis is entirely composed by samples found on old records, live instruments and field recordings.
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    Taylor Deupree – Somi

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    Gareth Dickson – Orwell Court

    Gareth Dickson is ghostlike. From the dark outskirts of Glasgow he has sent three studio studio albums in to the world - Collected Recordings (2009), The Dance (2010) and Quite A Way Away (2012). These albums have bewitched a growing inner circle, including some of the most innovative musicians around today - Juana Molina and Vashti Bunyan to name just two. Gareth has been the only constant member of Vashti’s touring outfit over the past ten years and latterly they have stripped down to a duet on their worldwide travels. Vashti indeed makes a spectral apparition on the first track of Gareth’s new album Orwell Court. Gareth Dickson’s music is both beautiful and dark. A quiet Scottish melancholy underpinned by a grace and ethereal purity paired with a unique impression where the delicacy of Nick Drake mixes with the openness and space Brian Eno. Gareth’s music is often stripped down to the spare elements of voice and acoustic guitar, but a complex and mysterious music hides beneath the surface, demanding but generous and surprising. Clearly picking up where his previous albums left off, Gareth throws in a few surprises. Gleaned from his time spent touring and experimenting between albums the addition of a drum kit, some keyboards and guest vocalists enrich the palette. But fear not, these elements, while previously unheard of in his music, are approached with the subtlety that his listeners expect. They are a texture that adds dimension throughout the album. The hush is still there in its most genuine form.
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    Vitiello / Berg – Between You And The Shapes You Take

    Between You And The Shapes You Take is the second collaborative album by Richmond based musician/sound artists Stephen Vitiello and Molly Berg. As with the duo’s previous release, The Gorilla Variations (12k2013, 2009), tracks are created out of improvisations and sculpted through editing. Molly Berg’s clarinet and vocalizations tend to cover the CD’s lyrical content while Vitiello’s guitar and processing covers a good deal of the textures. Two of the tracks on the CD feature violin by the multi-talented Hahn Rowe, once a member of the group Hugo Largo. There’s an immediate air of melancholy and longing to a number of the tracks. An initial demo recording for the album was remarked on by a listener who said “I’ve fallen face first into a machine that erases the memories of an ended relationship as if it were a sound instead of a real life that fell in love with the girl again in the end.” A strange amount of truth exists in that statement and the entirety of it was momentarily considered as the album title. Instead, Between You And The Shapes You Take is a borrowed quote from Wallace Stevens’ poem The Blue Guitar.
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    Illuha – Interstices

    Start with a room, a cleanish one, not too rustic, not too slick, and then fill it with tools, fill it with anything that can be used to make other things. Put the room in the forest, but not too deeply in, let’s have the city on the distant horizon. Then, let’s have two craftsman, artists, explorers. Tell them a bit about where the room is, but not exactly. Make them find it, together. When they finally do they will embark on their creations, but it won’t be the immerse-and-shut-yourself-off-from-the-world type of creation. To them, creation involves talking, travelling, experiencing, not just working. They are Illuha and this hints at how they operate. They are true musicians and artisans with a slew of talents that become all twisted and morphed when combined. On their 2011 debut, Shizuku, their room was a century-old church in Washington state and their tools; whatever instruments they could haul over from Japan and the pianos they were lucky enough to find inside. As creators they have an obsessive attention to detail but also know that the strength of creation doesn’t always lie merely in the act itself. Illuha knows the power of communication.
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    Illuha – Akari

    Akari is the third album from Tokyo duo Illuha. Following 2011’s debut Shizuku (12k1067) and 2013’s Interstices (12k2028), Akari takes the next artistic step for the band. While Shizuku was recorded in the US and completed separately by the artists, Interstices captured the duo creating their exceptionally detailed music together live during a Japaneses tour. Akari, in turn, is the first studio album where Illuha recorded and mixed together, throughout the entire process. The beautiful st-robo studio in Tokyo put a collection of amazing equipment at their fingertips, from vintage mics and outboard gear to a vast collection of instruments, both acoustic and electronic. Their writing sessions were numerous and long with details meticulously obsessed over for nearly a year. The result is the most bewildering music Illuha have created to date. An album swimming with the most delicately tactile sounds and instrumentation that draws the listener in with hushed, motionless attention.
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    Solo Andata – In The Lens

    In the Lens, Solo Andata’s fourth full-length album, was born from recordings found in the interstices of decades-old hard drives, lost email threads from disused accounts, and forgotten samples recorded on cassette dictaphones. These fragments were combined and re-worked with newer elements to create an album very much in the spirit of the band’s debut Fyris Swan (Hefty Records, 2006), an album touched by both folk and jazz and swathed in a dusty, narcotic haze. Solo Andata’s Kane Ikin and Paul Fiocco have always pushed aside the digital studio in favor of a more haphazard and hands-on workshop vibe to their productions. They prefer near-broken acoustic instruments, cheap microphones and, as can be witnessed by their live performances, tend to turn anything they can get their hands on into a beautiful sound-making object.
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    Federico Durand – A Través Del Espejo

    It’s no accident that Federico’s music has a dusty air of nostalgia surrounding it. It has always been a very personal affair. Songs inspired family, local life and the world around him are woven by hand with a selection of very physical instruments. He works like a craftsman, piecing together fragments of sound from cassette recorders, small instruments and loopers and creates music that’s as softspoken as he is. No pretenses, no disguises, just the most honest and down-to-earth music that can be made. Broken melodies spinning from tape reels, the sounds of bells and small found objects being played with care... The music is as beautiful as it is introspective, like a small window of antique glass looking right into Federico’s soul.
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    Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer Twine

    The instrumentation on Twine is simple - electric piano, bells, stringed instruments... With careful and deliberate physical manipulations the sounds is subtlely abstracted, as can be heard on “Buoy,” where the tape machine mechanics themselves join in the recording to create a piece suggestive of the abandoned dock the two photographed in Iceland a couple of years earlier as it quietly knocked against the cold winter shore. Imagery like this abounds through the tracks. Slow, haunting melodies under a layer of warm tape hiss and accidental physical sounds give the listener plenty of room for imagination, reflection and the stirring up of lost memories. The intimacy of the tape loops combined with the lonliness of the sounds gives Twine a complexity beyond its simple form. Deupree and Fischer have created a intensely focused new work that draws upon all of their creative interactions since their 2010 debut.
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    Odd Nosdam – LIF

    This is a limited edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 300 gsm white recycled cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist and information printed on a 160 gsm dusty purple cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card. Confusion. Longing. Confidence. Loneliness. Fear. Love. These are but a few of the emotional states absorbed when encountering LIF, the new ambient and minimal album from the Bay Area's Odd Nosdam. As an artist that's presented sonic portraits coalesced in the legacy he's carried with the co-founding of Anticon, LIF finds connectivity to new roads and ethos within the body of electronic. A bridge to universal emotions and boldness, displayed in a state of duality with the tenderness and delicacy of a dandelion and the power and magnetism of solar winds.
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    Crisopa – Transhumante

    This is a limited edition of 150 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 360 gsm olive cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist and information printed on a 190 gsm saffron yellow cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card. Crisopa is the solo electronic project of Santiago Lizón, based in Madrid, Spain. Since 2005 and bringing together influences as diverse as idm, shoegaze, post-rock and classical, he has released three albums and three EPs on labels such as n5MD, Plataforma-LTW, Persona-Isla, Add-Sensor and Escala.
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    Liam J Hennessy – Held

    This is a limited edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 300 gsm white recycled cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist and information printed on a 160 gsm light blue cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card. Liam J Hennessy is a composer, based in London, UK, crafting his own brand of wonderfully intricate, melodic songs using a unique blend of natural and electronic sounds. From 2010 until 2014 he recorded under the alias of Drops, having released a 7” vinyl and an EP on Heat Death Records and a self-released split EP together with Umber. Since 2014 he has focused on writing music for film and television shows and throughout 2016 he worked on a new project, based on the idea of writing and recording one song every month.
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    Moshimoss & Stabilo – FIIElI

    Moshimoss is the solo project of Kosuke Anamizu, based in Yamanashi, Japan. Focused on delicate ambient soundscapes, he has released two critically acclaimed albums on Dynamophone Records and Nothings66. Apart from Moshimoss, he has also released music under his real name and the aliases of Preghost and Shewasasea on many other labels such as n5MD, Mule Electronic and Traum Schallplatten. Stabilo is the solo project of Yasutica Horibe, based in Hiroshima, Japan. He is also member of the post-rock/shoegaze band Speaker Gain Teardrop with whom he has released seven albums so far. Stabilo was born in 2002 when he started making music using mainly a laptop that was difficult to be expressed by his band. To date he has released his music on labels such as U-Cover, Novel Sounds, Mimi Records and others and has many self-produced releases either solo or collaborating with other artists, including FJORDNE, Gallery Six, Kazuya Matsumoto, Moskitoo, FourColor and many more.
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    Anthéne – Orchid

    This is a limited edition of 150 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 360 gsm dark green cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist and information printed on a 190 gsm olive cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card. Anthéne is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Brad Deschamps, based in Toronto, Canada. To date he has released three albums, two EPs and one split release with M. Mucci, on labels such as Cathedral Transmissions, Assembly Field and his own Polar Seas Recordings. Apart from Anthéne, Deschamps is also known as one half of the ambient/post-rock duo North Atlantic Drift with whom he has also released five albums and three EPs.
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    FJORDNE & stabilo – Andrew

    This is a limited edition of 150 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 240 gsm grey cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist and information printed on a 190 gsm blue-grey cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card. Andrew consists of four tracks, two from each artist, that showcase an approach of modern classical and cinematic ambient. Textures of echoed piano and swirling drones perfectly blend with jazz elements, subtle electronic glitches and field recordings, creating warm soundscapes full of nostalgic mood.
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    Brave Timbers – Secret Hopes

    This is a limited edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 360 gsm olive cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist and information printed on a 190 gsm mocha brown cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card. Secret Hopes is a wonderful collection of exclusive new tracks in conjunction with reworked versions of tracks from the highly acclaimed Hope album which was released earlier this year. The new tracks were recorded during the Hope sessions, a really creatively intense and productive period for Brave Timbers, and were intended for this album but missed the cut late in the day. The reworked tracks came as a result of following an invitation from national Australian Radio ABC to do a couple of session tracks for a radio show. This invitation gave the duo the impetus to look again at a number of tracks trying something quite different, so they not only recorded two tracks for this radio session but finally reworked about half of the tracks of Hope album which they present on Secret Hopes.
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    Amp – Switched On And Live

    This is a limited edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 260 gsm azure cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert sheet containing tracklist and information printed on a 190 gsm blue-grey cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card.
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    Leigh Toro – Layers of Ash

    Leigh Toro has been producing music for the past twenty years. Back in the day he recorded under the guise of Flotel and released works on the excellent Expanding Records. More recently he has been recording under his own name and has had albums out on Eilean Records and Handstitched. We are excited here at Rural Colours to bring you his latest work Layers of Ash, an album of frayed granular resonances. Layers of Ash started life as a series of short improvisations which were then woven together to create more developed pieces. Leigh tells us that he is currently producing longer form pieces of music that explore the textural qualities of digital distortion, bit reduction and resonance. He enjoys exploring the balance between the harsh noise and more subtle delicate sounds and how that balance can evolve over a longer period than he has worked on before.
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    Pleq – Re​:​composition

    "The conception of 'Re:composition' as an album was easy. It consists of 11 remixes of my music which had been previously released on various labels including mAtter, Basses Frequences and Infraction Records between 2010-2016. All the artists who provided a remix for 'Re:composition' had previously released music on the label Dronarivm. By bringing together a creative group aligned to Dronarivm it is my hope that the record will fulfil the expectations of music lovers of ambient and drone". - Bartosz Dziadosz (Pleq)
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    Pausal – Avifaunal

    Taken as a whole, the resulting album is a diverse affair but could be said to have more in common with their heavier work to date (such as "Forms", 2012) combined with an appreciation of texture (previously evident on "Sky Margin", 2013) than the ambient material they are perhaps better known for ("Lapses", 2010 and "Along The Mantic Spring", 2014). From the crackling drone fog of "Murmuration I" and darkly psychedelic "Murmuration II" - through to the urgent percussive metallics on "Scatter" and serene synth-scapes of "Soar"; there is a wide ranging sound world here for the listener to experience and just as the title of the record suggests, they are encouraged to allow mind to take flight...
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    Olan Mill – Cavade Morlem

    “Writing and recording ‘Cavade Morlem’ was one of the smoothest experiences I’ve had producing an album. The tracks were originally created to be played at a handful of concerts throughout the end of last year. The shows were performed using processed guitar, violin and some pre-recorded samples of voice and organ. I was joined by Mike Jessop on violin for many of the songs and his contributions are sampled at various points on the record. I spent the beginning of the year reworking recordings from the live sets and trying to piece together something coherent. The resulting album is a far calmer experience than the original performances and I hope listeners find a state of mindfulness while experiencing the work”. - Alex Smalley
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    Jason van Wyk – Attachment (Re-Release)

    Pre-Order: Ships 01.09.17 Presented in our locally produced 4 panel recycled card package in an edition of 500. This album was originally released in March 2016 in a 130 CD(r) limited edition on Eilean Records. This edition has been completely remastered to focus on the original recordings, and to accompany Jason Van Wyk's follow-up 'Opacity'. - Ian Hawgood
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    Ian Hawgood & Wil Bolton – Transparencies

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    Altars Altars – Small Hours

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    James Murray – Killing Ghosts

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    Tobias Hellkvist – Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

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    Ian Hawgood – Love Retained

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    Mere – Mere III

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    Mere – Mere II

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    Giulio Aldinucci – Goccia

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    Various Artists – Rough Imaginary

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    Narcisi & Fidanza – The Accordion Sessions

    Deluxe digipak version of this release in an edition of only 100 copies... TRS's latest offering is from Francesco Maria Narcisi & Giacomo Fidanza, and is entitled “The Accordion Sessions”. Giacomo has provided the beautifully dense and drone filled accordion ambiances, and Francesco has worked his magic manipulating and processing these sounds, with added field recordings, into a glorious and at times even industrially fueled, expansive wall of aural bliss and intensity. Melodic, and yet fiercely relentless and driving at times. TRS071 is both a fitting soundtrack to these seemingly overpowering days we live in now, and an avant homage to this favorite instrument of more peacefully innocent and nostalgic times.
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    The Greatest Hoax – Expiration Compositions

    Four panel CD Digipak with clear tray, sleeve printed on the reverse for natural matt finish. Performing as The Greatest Hoax, Washington, D.C.-based composer Taylor Jordan debuts a new conceptual album of contemporary classical music. Produced by Rafael Anton Irisarri, Expiration Compositions, his sophomore album presents a brooding yet hopeful take on a soundtrack to a peaceful death. Jordan displays an innately human fear of death through nine sequential tracks grounded in somber piano and ambient textures. Each composition adds nuanced layers of emotional complexity with the addition of a string quartet led by cellist Mark Bridges of Kranky Records. Expiration Compositions melds a fascination with how life ends with brave imaginations of that very process. The result is an album that disconnects the listener from daily life while guiding them gently through that which most frightens them.
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    Bill Seaman – Erasures and Displacements (2 x CD)

    Disc 1 : 01 - A Visual Record Of Scratches Reflecting On Time 02 - A Structured Removal, The Balance Of The Pulse 03 - Collections Of Relational Introspections 04 - Altered Instruments, The Removal Of Time 05 - Entering The Library Of Collapsed Moments 06 - The Somber Space Of A Word 07 - Watching From Within The Library Of Melancholy Gestures Disc 2 : 01 - A Circulated Compendium Of Machinic Thoughts 02 - The Lie Of The Perfect Empty Set 03 - Slow Motioning Through Scattered Reflections 04 - The Reflections Inherent To A Chosen Room 05 - The Machinic Exhale 06 - The Sea's Enfolded Signatures 07 - The Illusive Space Of A Thought
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    James Murray – Floods Returned

    I've always cared more about what's left unsaid, the less certain truths lightened through nuance not statement. It's unsurprising then that scattered throughout layers of the original twenty-one tracks are half-remembered melodies and fragments of what might have been. I knew the final released mixes could only be versions, as definitive as possible but ever fertile for reweighting, rebalancing and reimagining. Simply to recombine a few elements on many of these productions is to invite another composition to spontaneously unfurl, often equally faithful to the spirit of my intent as the original. Artists are all circling their private collection of hopes, fears, dreams and disappointments, looking at this strange assemblage from every angle, pushing and pulling to see what falls out. It's through this focused, sustained introspection that we occasionally get a glimpse of something beyond ourselves, enough perhaps to convert into something worthwhile to say aloud. I'll continue to look inward in my work in hopes of finding this gold of the soul, but here, now, I invite you back to one of the richest veins I've struck to date; to the waters that submerge, the patient, extended hand and the aching foothills of regret. Floods Returned. - James Murray
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    Dale Cooper Quartet – Astrild Astrild

    The Dale Cooper Quartet & The Dictaphones are returning with their 4th album called "Astrild Astrild". Like all of the previous albums, the band recorded the seven pieces at home in Britanny during several sessions between 2013 and 2016. The characteristics of this full-length are classic drone soundscapes mixed with deep tone saxophone parts that became the band's trademark since the release of their debut album in 2006. Slowly paced, the new tracks are following the Quartet's basic structure and classical sound. Apart from that the new full length conceals more live takes including guitars, bass and Rhodes keys and even piano sounds are haunting for the first time at the end of 'Ocho Acenteur'. With these new elements the songs of "Astrild Astrild" are pushed further into a large tunnel of deafening rhythmic parts and field ambiant textures.
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    Orson Hentschel – Electric Stutter

    Describing Orson Hentschel only as a composer of contemporary music does not do him justice. In his self-conception as an audio-visual artist he creates his own live show, combining lights, visuals and fog to a stunning atmosphere, which cannot be eluded. Supported by live-drummer Lukas Baumgart, Hentschel delivers a sound, whose energy is physically palpable and electrifies the audience. A live-show generating an intense experience, going to the limit and erasing any sense of time. Orson Hentschel moves perceptions not merely through sheer volume, but with driving repetitions and extensive tension.
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    Bleach For The Stars – The Time For Silver Flowers

    Glass mastered and manufactured CD, comes in a 4 panel CD Card Wallet, shrink-wrapped. Additionally included is a printed card with the poem "The time for silver flowers" by Bleach For The Stars... Bleach For The Stars is the dark ambient, drone & industrial project of Benjamin Power, hailing from the UK. His music is best described as an intense, raw and powerfully emotional journey into the dark regions of his mind. Ben uses his art to deal with his past and his life's experiences. Without going into his personal details it is clear to the listener that Ben has had his fair share of tragedy and bleak moments in life. This results in extremely profound musical pieces that create a mencing feeling but also make you appreciate them as something very pure and unreserved. Seldomly has music been such a direct and stark statement as with this album. "The time for silver flowers" is a therapeutic and dramatic expression by an artist who is truly fascinating.
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    Machinefabriek – Assemblage

    Assemblage is a collection of short film soundtracks, and pieces that appeared on compilation albums and out-of-print CDRs.
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    Machinefabriek – Crumble

    Machinefabriek’s new album, ‘Crumble’, is full of dramatic turns, immersive drones, glitchy electronics and intimate gestures. The long form piece was made by having violin player Anne Bakker and vocalist Edita Karkoschka improvise on an electronic track, and using these recordings (and added electronics and field recordings) to sculpt the 34 minute ‘Crumble’. Rutger Zuydervelt started doing music as Machinefabriek in 2004, and has released a slew of albums since. Besides operating solo (from his homebase Rotterdam or live on stages worldwide), he’s a keen collaborator, working with (electronic, jazz or classical) musicians, film makers as well as choreographers. Rutger didn’t study music, but graduated as a graphic designer.
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    Rutger Zuydervelt – Astroneer

    Astroneer is a sci-fi exploration and adventure game from developer System Era. In the game, the music plays continuously and is reactive to the player’s actions. This album presents the musical themes as edited tracks.
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    Various Artists – White Label

    The Green Kingdom - Ben McElroy - Maps and Diagrams - Andrew Lang - Nocturne - Floor Overhead - Felix Gebhard - The Restless Fields - Frank Baker - Ondrej Zajac - Offthesky - Philippe Lamy - David Kolhne - Wil Bolton - La Petite Vague - Net - Spheruleus - Darkroom - José Soberanes - Dave Kirby - Jazzdefector First compilation album on White Label features a top drawer of Ambient and Experimental music featuring well known artists in the scene such as Offthesky, Maps and Diagrams, The Green Kingdom, Wil Bolton and Darkroom as well as contributors to our discography and other friends. The album is presented as a small-scale fine-art vinyl LP imitation package, with a printed outer photographic/graphic sleeve, white card inner sleeve and a printed vinyl-effect CDr. There's not a rubber stamp or white label in sight, as we wanted to present something truly special and hopefully, the start of a series.
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    Notilus – ST

    Notilus is the new project of five established French musicians combining cinematic soundscapes, energetic jazz and atmospheric live electronics. With a decent amount of performances at several French festivals the quintet presents its s/t debut album via Denovali in spring 2017. The cleverly compiled repertoire varies from positively trombone and sax driven jazz parts with a deep sense for sophisticated melodies to calmer, melancholic soundscapes back to beat driven, dynamic, buzzy sound cascades. Sometimes the albums delivers a feeling of a soundtrack for a 70s crime movie - sometimes it sounds like an intergalactic, retro-futuristic trip - always with an ironic and positive view on the own creative work
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    Left Alone​​ – Home Find Me

    Limited edition of 67 handnumbered copies only... Side project of Sadness, Left alone... is one of those entities that delivers pure and raw emotions, great feelings of solitude, melancholy and beauty. A desolate contemplation of the world and nature. 60 minutes of massive black metal soundscapes and piano interludes that will take your soul deep into the further and will not let it go back. - DV
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    Hüwels / Clay – An Unintended Space

    Outside : Glossy Paper / Inside : Thick Paper Card & Glossy Paper / Digisleeve : White Paperboard / Sealed (like old book) & Hand Numbered... Stijn Hüwels is a Belgian musician with a profound fascination for minimalism, mainly using processed guitar, loops and field recordings. He has been released on Dauw, Home Normal and more and he's also curating Slaapwel Records. Danny Clay is a composer and sound artist from Ohio, now based in San Francisco, drawing upon elements of musical games, open forms, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the everything in between. He has recorded works for IIKKI, Parlour Tapes+, Pinna Records, Unknown Tone Records, and more.
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    Nick Webb – Music For Severn Sirens

    An atmospheric ambient album featuring 8 distinct tracks from Nick Webb... The title track is based on recordings of the "Severnside Sirens". These are warning sirens based along the coast from Avonmouth towards Clevedon in North Somerset. There are 12 siren stacks which would be used in the event of a chemical leak or fire on Avonmouth docks. The sirens are tested once a month and create a live "Steve Reich" style phase track. You hear the different sound sources coming in and out of phase as the sound travels from the various sirens.
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    Phil Maguire – This This

    Limited edition (50 copies only) professionally duplicated CD in case with wraparound sleeve printed on brown sugar paper. Each copy contains a unique genuine Victorian photographic portrait... "This This" is an extraordinary collection of sounds made with a Raspberry Pi (the credit card sized bit of circuitry which is used to teach kids about coding). Maguire manages to create a world of microscopic sounds, clicks, whirrs and fields of electrical noise that are compellingly alien, and yet capture something of the excitement of those early forays into "glitch" music of the mid '90s. It's a whole new delicate beauty..
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    Paskine – The Shapes of Collapses

    The Shapes of Collapses is Paskine’s sophomore album. His debut album Nimod was released in 2014 by VoxxoV Records. His new album is composed of ten tracks (and two bonus tracks) mirroring the different shapes of collapses and explosions. It is a die-hard work striving to reach sound abstraction as close as possible, and it sometimes achieves this goal. As a result, the melodies, the rhythmics, and the other repetitive elements constantly evolve until they collapse and drown in their own sonorous and abrasive streams. It only comes to mutation and the evolution of sounds. Consequently, this album can be equated with a repetition of cycles freely inspired by natural disasters such as the melting of ice caps, volcanic eruptions, meteorological anomalies and so on. The sound elements are all exclusively electronic. The Shapes of Collapses is the result of several years of work and research. The latter were accomplished especially thanks to the gmem CNCM in Marseilles, who offered their invaluable help during a research residency in 2015 and 2016.
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    Gaetan Gromer – Noise Level

    Noise Level is an attempt of sound illustration of this idea and, like in the short story, the library holds a central place. All compositions are built from real sounds recorded in ordinary libraries. After transformation, these heterogeneous sounds blend into a new environment, where a coffee machine might as well be a melodic instrument and the sounds of book handling, a percussion set. The creative gesture then represents a link between the concrete manifestations of reality and the imaginaries…
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    Damian Valles – Strand

    Strand is a work of brilliance, blurring the boundaries between exceptionally bleak drone and haunted minimal industrial, with mind-numbing static electricity buzzing behind your eyes, motorik rhythms made from detritus tumbling around in empty oil drums, and deep low-end generator thrum vibrating under the sound of hanging scythes clanking like wind chimes, these are the sparse & ominous sounds of the heavy woes carried through life, the ones nobody sees but everybody endures, when you catch a glimpse of Death in your reflection, Valles’ music helps you dismiss it and just focus on the insanity at hand.' - Justin Snow
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    Machinefabriek – Mort Aux Vaches

    I was (and still am) pretty excited that I could release a cd on Staalplaat's legendary 'Mort Aux Vaches' series in 2008. Normally, the recordings are made live in the studio of the Dutch VPRO Radio, but lacking live experience (and the nerves) at that moment, they were so kind to let me record this at home...
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    Sadness – Rose / Lavender

    Limited edition of 57 handnumbered copies only: Includes 2 inserts with lyrics on back and card with quote
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    Aube Grise – Hanterieur

    Handmade release. Limited edition of 44 handnumbered copies only: Includes card with quote and notes d'intention... Aube Grise is the musical moniker of Anna M, photographer and graphic designer. This new ep consists of 2 songs for and from the wasted memories. Dedicated to Katerina Golubeva.
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    Sadness – Somewhere Along Our Memory​.

    Limited edition of 63 handnumbered copies only... We are very proud to release the mastered version of this beautiful album, for the first time on Cd with a previously unreleased song & an alternative artwork (first edition released on tape by Depressive Illusions). Over an hour of contemplative black metal along with post-rock soundscapes. A beautiful violence, raw and pure emotions pouring bliss and sadness in your heart, filling your soul with love, hate and a sickened intensity. - DV
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    Misery – Asthenia

    Limited edition of 42 handnumbered copies only... ASTHENIA n. [gr. astheneia, weakness, fr. a- priv. + sthenos, strength]. 1. The lack or loss of strength or energy ; weakness ; debility. 2. PSYCHIATRY. Lack of dynamic force in the personality. Kinds of asthenia include myalgic asthenia and neurocirculatory asthenia. See also adynamia. asthenic, adj.
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    Bionulor – Stary Pisarz

    Limited edition of 99 numbered and signed copies. The album wholly inspired by the works, person and biography of William S. Burroughs. Oriental beats, oneiric sounds, hallucinatory drones, atmospheres of the Moroccan medinas... And all of this based on reminiscence of the writer...
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    Bionulor – Theatre Music For Skazana

    Limited edition of 99 numbered and signed copies... Bionulor's soundtrack for the authorial monodrama by Sylwia Oksiuta “SKAZAna”, raising the subject of a girl sexually abused by her stepfather (2012). Dark spaces, anxious drones, tranquil final – giving hope and respite...
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    Bionulor – Theatre Music For Coriolanus

    Limited edition of 99 numbered and signed copies... Bionulor's soundtrack for “Coriolanus” by William Shakespeare premiered at Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw, Poland (2011). Claustrophobic atmosphere of political intrigues, feel of danger, distant echoes of war, melancholy of love...
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    Hotel Neon – Context

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    Pre-Order: Release Date 01.05.17 Two tone / 4 panel hand made letter-pressed Somerset cotton covers, glass mastered CD, set of ten prints by Nieves Mingueza pressed on luxury 250g gesso card, antique (1890-1940) photograph that has been hand distressed to hold a secret message; hold to the light and all will be revealed! A set of hand numbered vintage negative prints; one black & white photo and one film slide. All of the above rests inside stitched / sealed glassine bags with patchouli scent. In the spirit of honoring the power of contextual cues and lenses on the musical translation process between artist and listener, Hotel Neon set about the task of creating an album as open to context as possible. This is a theme we had previously explored with other projects (i.e. “Forms” by The Sound Of Rescue), but never with so much awareness and personal experience driving the endeavor. “Context” is an intentionally minimal experience and although the intensity of the tracks ebbs and flows, it is equally at home in the background and foreground. This is an album ready to be enjoyed and appreciated in any circumstance or setting, and we await the interpretations. - HN
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    Aldinucci / M. Gri – Segmenti

    Limited edition: elegant handmade sleeve with cover album in polaroid format inside the eco packaging… Segmenti is the first album born in 2016 by the artistic collaboration between Giulio Aldinucci and Francis M. Gri. A strong emotional work recorded in a difficult year that has definitely influenced the creative process of the five songs. Earthquakes, terrorist attacks, social fractures, walls, hatred, fear, are tragic events that have certainly shaped the sound of this album. An hypnotic and pulsating sound that combines two different styles naturally balanced in “Segmenti”. Ambient textures and field recordings, piano and guitar are the instruments that the two musicians have used to give rise to an unrelenting flow of kaleidoscopic sound suggestions.
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    Federico Mosconi – Colonne Di Fumo

    Limited edition: elegant handmade sleeve with cover album in polaroid format inside the eco packaging... 8 undefined and changing soundscapes as the figures drawn by the smoke, columns of sound to create illusory structures, expanded spaces, eclipsed images to re-emerges transfigured. Sporadic noises of objects and nature seem to suggest the listener a reading key, but it is a moment, not enough to create a sharp image. Only Imagination takes shape, and if the viewer will surrender to the flow it will be part.
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    Delirium Cutlet Impaste

    Music by BBBlood / Posset / Stuart Chalmers... Limited edition of 50 CD-Rs, housed in a full-colour 300gsm ‘greeting card’ sleeve, featuring a collaborative collage produced by BBBlood, Posset, Stuart Chalmers and Crow Versus Crow, in a hand-stamped, numbered and sticker-sealed envelope. This record reflects an open-armed engagement with a shifting, tumultuous, uncertain contemporary world. It is a raw, joyful expression of the creative process in, and in spite of, the environment from which it is born.
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    Scott Sherk – Alentejo

    "The Alentejo of Portugal is a sparsely populated area of gentle savannah with cork oak and ancient olive trees.  It has been inhabited since Metholithic times, and is rich in prehistoric stone sites.  Sitting quietly beneath an oak tree one imagines that not much has changed over time. We were lucky to be residents of The Obras Foundation. It is a special place beautifully situated on a hillside overlooking pastures, tangled gorges, orchards, and a distant castle.  There is little sound—except the wind.  It is a place to clear your head and regain the ability to listen to the world around, as well as the landscape within. I walked through the dry, dusty fields, mesmerized by their stillness, except for the wind.  When the wind came, it swept across the fields in waves that the dry grass made visible.  I was excited by the tangible experience of the space around me.  I could see it, feel it and hear it. As I was making recordings, Pat Badt was painting notes of color.  Taken by the intensity of the light and the endless sky, she painted many, many paper sketches of color and form...
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    Sound Meccano – Salty Wind / Inner Fire

    Sound Meccano is an alias of Rostislav Rekuta, a seasoned sound designer and field recordist from Riga, Latvia, who's been making electronic, electroacoustic and ambient music since 1999, most often - in collaborations with various local musicians. While this name might not yet ring a loud bell worldwide and the number of records released till now has been sparse, it was definitely not because of lack of quality or work put into the music. In fact, it's the opposite, and hopefully the recent string of releases might change that. Continuing the collaboration with the fellow ambient guitarist Jura Laiva (whose alias is a pun on his first name and words in Latvian, and which loosely translates as Sea Boat), first documented on 2 recent EPs on Crónica and Flaming Pines, Sound Meccano presents the first full-length album of this configuration.
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    Tatsuro Kojima – a -> b

    Tatsuro Kojima is a Japanese self-taught music artist born in 1977, working with field recordings, synthesizer and electronics. His sounds are closely connected to his visual approaches collaborating with artists and labels around the world. He has released two albums on Audiobulb records and he's also active in web design, graphic design, and mobile app development.
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    Andrew Tasselmyer – Resonant Moments

    Handmade artwork, each hand numbered. Different colored wallets with envelopes.  Wallets 250g paper, outside cover envelope 120g paper, transparent bag... Looking back on the past year – the most fulfilling of my life – I find particular truth in Benjamin’s eloquent description of the power of resonant memories to transcend time and context. My reflection doesn’t reveal frozen, sequential timestamps; rather, these experiences live, breathe, and resonate even more today than they did when they occurred. Time collapses. - AT Similarly, this album is my necessary attempt to distill individual sights, sounds, and feelings from December 2015 – October 2016 into a tangible collection. Field recordings capturing particularly Resonant Moments across the US, Canada, China, India, and the Caribbean were injected into the most honest reflections I could compose.
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    Rime Trails – Solstice

    Professionally manufactured high quality CDr's, limited to 40 copies. Handmade artwork, each hand numbered. Brown kraft wallets with envelopes. Wallets 250g paper, outside cover envelope 120g paper... Rime Trails’ “Solstice” album is a fitting tribute to this yearly phenomenon of the seasons, where embracing becomes the paramount objective. There is much to savor in this new album!
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    Gallery Six – Vibrancy

    Professionally manufactured high quality CDr's, limited to 40 copies. Handmade artwork, each hand numbered. Brown kraft wallets with envelopes. Wallets 250g paper, outside cover envelope 120g paper... Let's say, I hold a pen, she pours a cup of coffee. If we look down at them, they are squirming, they are all overflowing, and slightly vibrating.
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    Snufmumriko – At First Light

    Professionally manufactured high quality CDr's, limited to 40 copies. Handmade artwork, each hand numbered. Brown kraft wallets with envelopes. Wallets 250g paper, outside cover envelope 120g paper, transparent bag... One of the themes of this album is, I would say, dawn, new beginnings, taking the first steps on a new journey and so on, and many of the sounds used on it were recorded early in the morning. Several feature water, be it rain or a gently burbling forest stream. The recorded sounds were then processed in various ways to create soundscapes which hopefully have something of the life and organic feel of nature in them. A commentator online once described my Snufmumriko music as ”soundscape cloth woven from field recordings” or something along those lines, and i think that’s an apt description. There’s also an almost spiritual dimension to these tracks, and I was often in a very introspective mood as I created them. - SM
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    øjeRum – Naar Vi Vaagner

    Professionally manufactured high quality CDr's, limited to 60 copies.  Handmade artwork, each hand numbered. Different color wallets with envelopes.  Wallets 250g paper, outside cover envelope 120g paper, transparent bag... The next level of øjeRum sound comes into full bloom on Hvid Hvile Sort Ro and Naar Vi Vaagner, still rooted in the same melancholic minimalist hypnotic repetition, but here it takes on a more dynamic styling, a more nuanced character, a more profound close listening experience, neatly connecting the dots within the correlated set of William Basinski, Brian Eno, Greg Gorlen, Tim Hecker and Skittish Arm, as øjeRum applies his fragmented folk modus operandi to his long form ambient noir outlet, yielding two striking collected works that are more immediately engrossing than his more involved epics He Remembers There Were Gardens (his alternate soundtrack to the film La Jette) and Syrenen while remaining just as potent and immersed. Highest possible recommendation. - PSI LAB
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    David Kolhne – Granular Canvas

    Each highly limited collectable Whitelabrecs release is built around a set format as follows: 50 x vinyl-effect CDrs with card vinyl-style sleeves, rubber stamped titling and a polaroid print of the cover artwork. Typically, Kolhne’s work is structured from soft and hard synth recordings along with recordings of his custom-built instruments, transformed into carefully assembled environments of micro sound. ‘Granular Canvas’ is no different as it sets off on a journey through some 54 minutes of carefully formulated Ambient paintings. However, they are not so much pictures or paintings as they are colour washes, as deep strokes of blue, grey and green dominate the palette. Such tones evoke a sort of sea-spray shade and as you listen, you will be struck by a suggestion of pressure yet somehow, a sense of relaxation. The sounds have the power to both immerse and sooth as you take your own thoughts and ideas to them each listen, day or night, rain or shine. Kolhne works completely free from concept however, particularly within Granular Canvas as he strips away all narrative in favour of allowing the sounds, noises and tones a voice in which to tell a story. A blank canvas, if you will.
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    Net – HS

    Each highly limited collectable Whitelabrecs release is built around a set format as follows: 50 x vinyl-effect CDrs with card vinyl-style sleeves, rubber stamped titling and a polaroid print of the cover. HS is an album full of gentle granular textures that weighs in generously at 55 minutes and is pristinely mastered by Fraser McGowan, who suggested that Edward approached Whitelabrecs as a home for the project. HS is a sort of spiritual successor to RS which was released in 2012, with both records being dedications to Edward’s maternal grandparents. In fact, opening track ‘Ptarmigan’ includes a sample of his grandmother singing back in the 1940s. Aside from this, HS is free from a set concept as the net traps and envelopes many of Edward’s unrelated experiences and ideas during the album’s creation: 'Plaza' was inspired by the overwhelming metropolis of the planet Trantor in Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. 'Werel' is an attempt to capture the beauty, stillness and vast, textured summer evening skies of the Rauhaniemi beach in Tampere. In the summer of 2014, several days before the birth of their son, Edward and his wife Annika chanced upon a nestling bird helpless on the pavement in an old red-brick industrial area of Tampere. Unsure from where it had fallen, they took it in and kept it fed overnight. The next day, they located the nest in the wall and returned the chick safely. This bird is the fellow that can be heard chirping in 'Nestling'.
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    José Silva – Modulated Tones No​.​1

    Each highly limited collectable Whitelabrecs release is built around a set format as follows: 50 x vinyl-effect CDrs with card vinyl-style sleeves, rubber stamped titling, a polaroid print of the cover artwork housed inside a plastic case to keep it looking mint. Ink, font style and sleeve colours will vary for each release, chosen by the artist. The cinematic starting point gave birth to the album’s photographic concept as José found himself regularly surveying his VSCO feed of images. Modulated Tones No.1: Music For Framed Works is a soundtrack for surveying a photographic collection to provide a space for a slow introspective processing of the shots, as thoughts or memories flicker in your mind. This will be a personal experience from one listener to the next and is the ideal environment for this album to be consumed.
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    Selffish – He She Them Us

    CD edition of He She Them Us. Housed in a 4 page Digipak with clear tray and sleeve printed on reverse for a tactile matt finish. He She Them Us is an album of precise, purposeful electronica that recalls and expands upon the output of labels like Mille Plateaux, April Records, raster-noton and City Centre Offices in the early 2000s. The music is not purely electronic though, atop the bursts of static and staccato beats are many layers of field recordings and live instrumentation. The field recordings represent an important anchor point for Andrejs whose work on He She Them Us began at a very turbulent time in his life. Finding solace in the stillness and beauty of the countryside around his home city of Riga, he would record the sounds of these places and return with them to his home studio: "Each time I went to visit a secluded corner of nature outside my hometown, I usually felt a strong desire to produce music. Especially when hearing the sounds again at home”. The music could be seen as a further distillation of these moments of reflection spent outside, an attempt to recreate some fleeting moment. The live instrumentation throughout brings another dimension to the work. Andrejs himself plays grand piano and electric piano, we also hear double bass, bowed strings, saxophone and guitar. These elements bring a warm, humane quality to the music and each instrument is played with absolute finesse. One feels that great care has been taken to allow breathing space for every new moment that unfolds. No matter if it’s a piano note or a field recording, each is savoured and treated with the same respect. Every sound has a purpose without ever seeming contrived. Obviously, Andrejs is a composer and producer to whom the finer details matter a great deal.
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    The Cray Twins – The Pier

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    The Cray Twins are fascinated by how audio systems, electronic and acoustic, are like human systems, and have set out to find the borders areas on this album, regions where things are no longer the same, where sound or the perception of it changes or breaks down. It’s a collabora- tion irregularity, in order to find the edge.

    This is also where the image of the The Pier comes from; the pier as the limit of human extent, our furthest outreach onto the depths, after witch the space opens up to the unknown, the unheard.
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    Ensemble Economique – In Silhouette

    Four panel digipak... "In Silhouette" is unmistakably the product of Brian Pyle, who once again returns as Ensemble Economique. Well over a decade ago, Pyle and his merry band of Starving Weirdos popped onto the scene from out of nowhere. Truth be told, that ‘nowhere’ is Humboldt County, California whose grand mythologies about its marijuana industry dwarfs all others. The Weirdos, not averse to method acting through Humboldt’s prized chemistry, stood an unusual chimera in the world of out-rock and avant-garde practitioners. Electronic-Improv, fuck-all auto-didacticism, and monotone psychedelia. Too feral to be AMM, too electronic to be NNCK, too discordant to be :zoviet*france:. As the Weirdos slowed to halt, Pyle’s restless energy insisted that he go on. Hence Ensemble Economique. Over an impressive catalogue of albums, he steadfastly continues down this rabbithole, polishing and refining his craft into a signature polyglot of expressionist collage.
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    Paco Sala – The Silent Season

    After the release of last autumn's 6 track "Ko Yo" 12'' on Denovali, Paco Sala return with a fifth full length album, their first since 2015.  The Silent Season is the net result of a full tibiofemoral dislocation, a lot of surgery, a lot of really heavy drugs, a seemingly open-ended period of housebound isolation & a subsequent hazy regression to roots and influences. The Silent Season is a fever-dream, embodying the period of physical stasis & marking a shift from the outsider pop structures of previous releases. Here instead the duo employ delirious, morphing synth structures intertwined with semi-lucid samples and haunting vocals. All tracks were recorded in improvised sessions over the course of January 2016, before being shared for finishing touches in Berlin. Tracks are presented inclusive of the players' errors, recording mistakes & creative decisions made without reference to consequence.
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    Rosenqvist / Collings – Hello Darkness

    Four panel digital... After his highly acclaimed 'A Requiem For Edward Snowden' LP, Matthew Collings returns with a collaboration with Swedish sound artist Dag Rosenqvist. 'Hello Darkness' is dark and it is bleak and it’s fragmented. It feels like those days when you want to just annihilate everything, and then stare at a river. It demands your attention. It sounds like it’s breaking from the inside. It’s serious. And not...
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    Baker / Brentnall – Delirious Things

    Limited edition of 175. Housed in a double-panel, hand-screen-printed card sleeve with two card inserts... Delirious Things is an exploration of Aidan Baker's interest in 80s-influenced cold-wave, shoegaze, and synth-pop from such recording artists as Factory Records' Durutti Column, Joy Division, and Section 25 and 4AD's Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil. Combining song-oriented tracks with abstract interludes, the primary instrument on Delirious Things is a 1980s Casio synthesizer, rather than Baker's usual guitar, though the synth is processed through his usual guitar effect pedals, creating heavy, layered washes of droning synth sounds overlaying electronic rhythms and pulsing bass lines. Baker is joined by guest vocalist Claire Brentnall (Shield Patterns) whose voice is reminiscent of Liz Fraser and Kate Bush but still distinctly her own.
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    Christine ​Ott – Tabu

    Limited edition of 175. Housed in a double-panel, lino printed card sleeve with two card inserts... Just a few months after the release of​ ​her highly acclaimed album, Only Silence Remains, Christine ​Ott proposed a new album to Gizeh Records for​ ​its Dark Peak Series of releases. Tabu is an original, live soundtrack, composed in 2012 for the movie ​of the same name​ by F.W. Murnau and Robert Flaherty and a performance that she's playing regularly as a ciné-concert​ ​throughout France and Europe.
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    Nadja – The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun…

    Housed in a 6 panel matte finished digifile sleeve... Nadja return with The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With a Knife - their first release for Gizeh Records. The Canadian/Berlin-based ambient doom duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff continue their ultra-prolific output with a monolithic record which explores the depths of heavy noisescape-related music. Encompassing distorted riffs and hypnotic rhythms the album sonically attempts to continue on from the more structured elements of the duo’s recent Queller album, coupling that approach with Nadja’s more traditional sprawling, dense and challenging sounds. 
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    A-Sun Amissa – You Stood Up For Victory…

    Limited edition of 175. Housed in a double-panel, hand-screen-printed card sleeve with two card inserts...  You Stood Up For Victory, We Stood Up For Less sees A-Sun Amissa moving in a more dense direction, the drones are heavier, the sound thicker and with the added bass-clarinet of Gareth Davis there a new slightly darker jazz element now to the music. The two tracks were conceived initially as two drone guitar pieces, following that, work was done on the composition and atmosphere of the tracks adding the bass-clarinet, viola, vocals, field recordings and piano. The finished works produce an unsettling but hypnotic listen with melodies moving in and out of the mix throughout these two pieces.
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    Christine Ott – Only Silence Remains

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    6 panel digipak... French composer and Ondes Martenot virtuoso, Christine Ott releases her first full-length album since 2009 and her debut record for Gizeh Records. Only Silence Remains is beautifully melodic and filled with mystery, seeing multi-instrumentalist Ott performing on a variety of different instruments throughout the record.
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    Barnacles – One Single Sound

    Gatefold CD with limited edition poster... Bored of working for years on microsounds, crick & crocks, drones and field recordings, Matteo Uggeri launches a new project based on field recordings, drones, crick and crocks, microsounds and ignorant beats. Each of these four tracks is then built using only 1 drone, 1 field recording, 1 sampled drumbeat. Then a lot of effects. Inspired by the letters of Charles Robert Darwin to William Darwin Fox. "I am at work on the second vol. of the Cirripedia, of which creatures I am wonderfully tired: I hate a Barnacle as no man ever did before, not even a Sailor in a slow-sailing ship. My first vol. is out: the only part worth looking at is on the sexes of Ibla & Scalpellum; I hope by next summer to have done with my tedious work."
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    Paul Beauchamp – Grey Mornings

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    Two years after the release of the critically acclaimed, Pondfire, Paul Beauchamp returns with his second solo album, Grey Mornings. Once again tapping into geographical influence for inspiration, the nine tracks of ambient drones reflect the feelings and emotions experienced during the early hours of grey, foggy mornings in both the Piedmont region of Beauchamp’s birthplace in North Carolina and the Piemonte region of Northern Italy where he now resides. Beauchamp continues his research into experimental ambient but at the same time has deviated into new territory moving away from the minimalism of Pondfire through the use of various acoustic and electric instruments, field recordings and incorporating the studio as a creative device in and of itself together with the engineering aid of Julia Kent during the recording process.
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