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    Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet – Wisconsin Mining State

    The Rust Belt refers to a largely-deindustrialized portion of the United States surrounding the Great Lakes. Once a powerhouse of manufacturing, the region is now known for being a poster child of economic decline, and perhaps swinging a presidential election. Thet Liturgiske Owäsende are Swedish experimentalists Linus Schrab and Johan Fotmeijer, and their Wisconsin Mining State release sonically explores the sparseness and melancholy of small towns in this region. In fact, four of the six tracks are titled after mining towns with populations of less than 2000 each. Using synths, guitars, and field recordings, Schrab and Fotmeijer provide drones with mechanical rhythms and pulsing bass, evoking post-industrial soundscapes – a place where the machines have largely shut down, but occasionally fire up for a few minutes at a time. Platteville begins with a slowly repeating drone melody that grows and ebbs with lightly-distorted walls. Hazel Green offers dark ambient atmospherics interspersed with ominous crescendos. Iron Ridge consists of oscillating drones and a sparse, repeating bass line. Klar Piquett features throbbing, distorted walls. Mineral Point, perhaps my favorite track, is dominated by a start/stop mechanical cadence overlaid with varied percussive patterns. Rajah is a more traditional spacious, ambient drone, and somewhat out of place compared to its companion tracks.
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    Svetlana Maraš & Bodies Under The Waterfall – Angry Ambient Artists Vol​.​2

    After kicking off the Angry Ambient Artists series with two of the most established and respected names in contemporary composition; Machinefabriek and Philippe Petit, Volume 2 sees the series look to two new talents - Svetlana Maraš and Bodies Under The Waterfall in their efforts to make some creative sense of these dark times. AAA Vol.2 sees both artists making their solo release debuts in an exacting and intense fashion.
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    Tomonari Nozaki – Triptych

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    Triptych sees Forwind end the year on a high with the hugely well received Credence, Decadence and Concession EP’s merged into a fully actualised spectacle with our final physical release of 2016. Keeping the much deliberated sequencing of the original productions intact, Triptych extends and completes the original vista with a freshly tailored closing piece ‘Coda’ that brings Tomonari’s opus to completion. After the increasing intensity of the first 60 minutes the new composition adds the final waypost to the lush and epic audio landscape as it dissolves into the ether with something that is both splendid and graceful. A fitting finale.  
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    Machinefabriek / Petit – AAA Vol. I

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    C12 cream cassettes with black print, supplied in clear cassette cases with full colour printed artwork. Limited edition of 100... Following on from the hugely well received EP series by Tomonari Nozaki, Forwind begins a new audio adventure with the first instalment of our new cassette and digital series, ‘Angry Ambient Artists’. Vol.1 kicks off the series in uncompromising fashion featuring two intense outsider cuts to add some scares to those simmering summer nights.
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    Atom Eye – The Otolith Sessions

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    CD release with a limited edition, 50 page book complete with beautiful images and texts eluding to the recording materials, machinery, processes and personnel. The book also encompasses an audio cookbook with recipes for you to create your own experimental audio loops and soups. The culmination of a year’s worth of sound experiments with machines of a bygone era, The Otolith Sessions sees Elsie Martins ‘Atom Eye’ project realise it’s most ambitious and complete work to date. A meticulously programmed full length as opposed to a collection of tracks the album develops and unfolds with a palpable sense of purpose and adventure over the albums six storied compositions. The visceral nature of the beautiful but abstruse music is no fluke but a deliberate result of the unhurried nature of the albums writing and production process. The Otolith Sessions was mixed & co-produced by James Aparicio (Liars, Spiritualized) and features guest appearances from regular collaborators; award-winning percussionist Pete Lockett (Björk, David Holmes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream) and Mute Artist, Composer and Producer Simon Fisher Turner (whose work includes soundtracks for Derek Jarman’s Caravaggio, The Last of England, The Garden and David Lynch-produced Nadja).
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    Tomonari Nozaki – North Palace

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    Wonderful full length from emerging Tokyo composer and producer Tomonari Nozaki. He may not be the only artist to have forsaken the convenience of producing his music on a macbook but there haven’t been many we have heard who have produced such a thoroughly captivating sound from their old reel to reel tape units and analogue equipment in recent times. ‘Tomo’s’ hugely immersive sound feels like opening an old dusty wooden box and hearing a frayed melancholy soundtrack to somewhere standing outside of time and the concerns of the world. It manages to be remote and indefinable in parts but has such spirit and warmth it’s hard not to let yourself become completely absorbed. Tomonari has been previously released under his UNKNOWNjp. alias on the Slovakian Label Soun Records. ‘North Palace’ sees him make his physical release debut, the first of hopefully many more. Anyone who has been following the forwind story so far will know we don’t go for bluster. Hand on heart this is genuinely sublime stuff.
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    Sonnamble – Blindlight

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    Initially released in mid 2011, a remixed/remastered version is now available and sounds better than ever… Blindlight is the second release from London based electro-acoustic improvisers Sonnamble, again consisting of Conor Curran on electronics and software and Peter Marsh on stringed instruments. Again the focus is on Marsh’s lap steel guitar, whose drones, chords and twangs are coaxed into expansive ambient fuzziness or atomised into grains of noise by Curran’s home-cooked software patches. But there’s a spareness and a more pronounced spikiness to the music this time round; it’s still immersive tuff, but more edgy…
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    Sonnamble – Seven Months In E Minor

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    Seven Months In E Minor is a record which unveils its profound beauty with great care, and requires a level on commitment to fully appreciate its depth. This said, the great ease with which Sonnamble arrange the various components at their disposal into consistent pieces and the deep level of understanding between the two musicians makes it a wonderfully enjoyable record. – themilkfactory
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