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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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    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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    Eight years into their collaboration, Wil Bolton and Home Normal main-man Ian Hawgood have finished their first full-length album. Transparencies is a tender release full of intimate interplay of instruments and sounds: Bolton and Hawgood are perfectly suited to one another, sharing a subtle melodic approach. Released on Home Normal in a limited edition of 500 CDs.
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    Altars Altars – Small Hours

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    A half an hour continuing the mastery of ambient haze lifting off magnetic tape and peacefully drifting into you consciousness. Four tracks on this cd, two long and two short. A mix between sparkling light dancing across the water surface and becoming mesmerized by a wonderfully droning moment in natural existence. All four tracks are very different but combine exceptionally well making Small Hours way to short in time of play - Lost in a Sea of Sound
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    James Murray – Killing Ghosts

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    This comes in our 4 panel reverse board card package in an edition of 500. In the spring of 2014 my wife and I stayed at a remote log cabin in the Black Mountains. Anne was taken ill from the moment we arrived and barely left the bed all week. I’d packed a laptop, small midi keyboard and portable hard disc recorder, and resolved that if we weren’t to have a break together I’d at least salvage something from the trip. I’d spent a lot of time around then thinking about how haunted we are by our lost loved and not-so-loved ones. About how these ghosts can be more than just absences, that they can actually exist in some real sense as shadows cast by our fears and regrets. The horse-whisperer who owns the cabin told us when we arrived of the local belief that up in those mountains the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest. From the first nightfall to the very end of our stay I felt like the atmosphere in that place was charged, agitated somehow, like everything was on the verge of cracking.  
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    Tobias Hellkvist – Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

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    One of Tobias’ little known releases appeared on our little sub-label Tokyo Droning back in 2011. ‘Kaskelot’ was a four-track E.P. that was incredibly popular in Japan, and coming housed in locally-sourced packaging, it was one of the highlights of this six-release label that was re-opened just after the Tōhoku earthquake. Being incredibly limited as a Japan-exclusive, the album has long been sold out. We are so happy that we will be releasing the updated edition of a personal favourite release of ours, and one that has continued the fine work Tobias had published for Home Normal with his revered ‘Evolutions’ in 2010, and his follow-up ‘Everything Is Connected’ in 2012. We had discussed a reissue of sorts for many years, and over a number of emails back and forth (and a good old chat in London when Tobias performed at The Vortex for us in March 2013), we came up with a list of remixers to expand on the original pieces which have since been remastered. - Ian Hawgood
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    Ian Hawgood – Love Retained

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    This release marks my first and last solo release on the label I founded with my friend Ben many moons ago, and also marks me fully stepping down from the label after returning for a bit in 2016. This album has been designed by Christian Roth who has been a dear friend for so long, and along with another great friend in Jeremy Bible, they helped the aesthetic of the label right in those early days. I am so happy and proud of what we have achieved between us, and thank you all for listening and supporting our work. - Ian Hawgood
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    Mere – Mere III

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    Glass-mastered CD with: insert to front featuring photography by Peter Nejedly / obi credit strip / hand-embossed printing / unique vintage large format negative / extra download code slip / packaged in a vintage glassine bag
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    Mere – Mere II

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    Glass-mastered CD with: insert to front featuring photography by Peter Nejedly / obi credit strip / hand-embossed printing / unique vintage large format negative / extra download code slip / packaged in a vintage glassine bag
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    Giulio Aldinucci – Goccia

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    Glass-mastered CD with: insert to front featuring photography by Peter Nejedly / obi credit strip / hand-embossed printing / unique vintage large format negative / extra download code slip / packaged in a vintage glassine bag
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    Various Artists – Rough Imaginary

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    On April 15th 2016, we hosted a rare live event at London Fields Brewery with ISAN, Paco Sala, A New Line (Related), and R. Elizabeth. Prior to the concert, the artists came together to create a wonderful collection of rare unreleased and live works that flowed beautifully together and inspired us to create this album in celebration of the coming together of such great artists and friends on a truly wonderful night. We are incredibly proud to present this collective work, 'Rough Imaginary'. - Ian Hawgood
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    Butterfly In The Snowfall

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    Butterfly In The Snowfall are a group made up of members from the Rune Grammofon band, Astrïd, and Sylvain Chauveau. Astrïd performed at the HomeNormalism festival in summer of 2013, blowing the audience away with their incredibly organic, transfixing music. Their music has been likened to Laughing Stock-era TalkTalk, which is a very apt description really. Formed in 1997 around Cyril Secq and Yvan Ros, as a guitar/drums duet, Astrïd has stabilized with successive arrivals of the violinist Vanina Andreani (1998) and the clarinetist Guillaume Wickel (2005). Their music takes its roots in improvised music, 70’s folk and jazz, classical and contemporary music, from Ravel to Arvo Pärt. From 2007, the group has lived and worked between Nantes and Marseille (France). They are also well known as common collaborators and performers with Rachel Grimes.
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    Rene Margraff – Phasen

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    René Margraff lives and works in Berlin. He started Pillowdiver in 2008. Before this he also pretended to be a Japanese girl under the name of Le Mépris. Previously he released on Home Normal with the highly acclaimed Two People In A Room album back in 2011. This is René’s first work under his given name and to say it covers a lot of ground would be a massive understatement. From contained harmonics through to the comedown choral end, ‘phasen‘ is a beautiful play in light refraction and subtle inflection. The frequencies open up, bringing forth shining melody as the light refracts, only to be covered by new objects, diminishing the index into the dimmest of views, a claustrophobic nightmare. Indeed, if ‘phasen’ were a film, it would be a Norman Bates character on an acid- trip journey through a futuristic Tokyo; all neon lights, rain, and well…Blade Runner really. How would that end? When all things go dark, what shards would be left to hang on to? Through glimmers, the faintest of which reach our eyes, we see that light does in fact remain…the index run ragged.
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    Faures – Continental Drift

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    “It let them float and drift, break apart and converge. Where they broke away, cracks, rifts, trenches remain; where they collided, ranges of folded mountains appear.” – Hans Cloos Continental Drift came about from an idea inspired by Alfred Wegener’s book The Origin of Continents and Oceans. Fuzz Lee (elintseeker) is a believer in the romantic notion that a person is truly shaped by the landscape and environment the person is in. A person’s personality and character in daily life, because of the environment that he or she is in, will also be expressed naturally in musical form. With that in mind, what would the results be when three individuals from three different continents with their own unique approach and style to music making are made to work together? René Margraff (Pillowdiver) from Germany and Samuel Landry (Le Berger) from Canada were specifically invited by Fuzz to join him in this musical experiment. The tracks are made in a 3-way ‘triangular’ process. Each musician has to come up with two tracks or samples, pass it on to the second musician from the next continent to work on and once that musician is done, he will then pass the tracks on to the third and final musician from another continent who will do the same. The tracks can only be worked on once for each musician. If you replace ‘continents’ with ‘sound’ in structural geologist Hans Cloos’ quote about the continental drift theory, the creation, mixing, layering and other working processes of the samples and tracks are not too dissimilar, “It let them float and drift, break apart and converge. Where they broke away, cracks, rifts, trenches remain; where they collided, ranges of folded mountains appear”. These 6 tracks are the ‘trenches’, the ‘cracks’, ‘folded mountains’ and ‘rifts’ in musical form.
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    Birdt – Place For One Day

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    Birdt, a wonderful group from the Netherlands who make incredibly wistful and tender folk, with a hint of electronic. The group is made up of Janne Mansens on violin and second vocals, Sascha Schmitt on accordion, our very own Gareth L. Davis on bass clarinet, and led by the very talented Bardt van der Dennen on guitar and vocals. It always surprises people when they find out that Home Normal is not just an ambient label, with a strong love for really excellent songwriters, harsh noise and electronica when its right. The focus has and will always be good old organic music after all, and at the very root of the birdt full album debut ‘Place For One Day’ is a beautifully organic and free spirit.
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    Ithaca Trio – Music For Piano & Patience

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    Ithaca Trio is Leeds based artist Oliver Thurley. He is one of our favourite artists, with notable releases on Hibernate and Under The Spire, as well as his highly praised split with Machinefabriek ‘Par Avion’ in 2010. He is currently studying a PhD in Composition at the University of Leeds, UK. ‘Music For Piano & Patience’ is a beautiful two piece album based on piano loops run through reel-to-reel. It was mastered on degrading 1/4” reels.
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    Wndfrm – C60 / Tmkutekt

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    Wndfrm is Tim Westcott, from Portland, Oregon. This is our first release with Tim, although we go way back now after his cloudburst moniker produced the excellent Resting Bell release ‘Katedra’ in 2008. ‘c60 / tmkutekt’ are two long-form compositions he created with grant funding from the Canada Council for The Arts. The source field recordings for “c60” were obtained exclusively from within the “Biosphere Museum of the Environment”, which at the time of recording was located in the geodesic dome in Parc Jean- Drapeau, Montreal. Indeed all the sounds used in these two compositions were derived from field recordings obtained during a visit to Montreal, Canada, in the early summer of 2011. The work was greatly inspired by the performances and atmosphere of the MUTEK Electronic Music and Digital Arts Festival.
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    Rion

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    Rion are Ian Hawgood and Ryo Nakata, although both veterans of the scene this is their debut outing as a duo. Inspired by the magic of low light periods and the quietude of a summer spent in the countryside, Fireflies, is an album of organic, magical and hazy presence. Ian Hawgood has immersed himself in musical projects for longer than he cares to remember; in recent years he has released through the likes of Experimedia, Dragons Eye and his own Home Normal label as well as through several netlabels. Ryo Nakata hails from Sapporo, Japan and records under the name Ryonkt. He runs the Small Fragments label and has had EPs and albums out on labels such as Smallfish, The Land Of, Resting Bell and Twice Removed. The album also features vocals from Rie Mitsutake (Miko). Fireflies was recorded over a two year period. Ryo recorded layers of drone guitar at home while Ian spent about a year gathering field recordings in parks and the countryside, as well as recording instruments such as Rhodes, church organ, harmonium, guitar and double bass in music shops, churches and so on. The idea was to keep the album fresh, improv-like and just quite unique in approach. All these elements were recorded to a small multitrack cassette and then multi-layered onto reels, no software or laptops were used. The cover photograph is by renowned ambient artist Fabio Orsi and acts as a beautiful juxtaposition to the theme of the album. On first viewing it is a decayed, urban environment, and yet the image has a beautiful magic to it.
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    Chronovalve – Trace Of Light

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    Comes in a new 4 panel thick card package designed by Christian Roth and Ian Hawgood, in an edition of 500… Chronovalve is the ambient music project of Mike Engebretson. For those that don’t know the work of this amazing artist, we’ve known him since his (sadly missed) Smallfish days. The connection with Smallfish Records (see Isnaj Dui, bvdub…and really, a huge amount of what we have put out and one of the main sources of inspiration for the label) continues as Chronovalve was a key component of the Smallfish realm. Smallfish was an incredible record store and highly regarded label based in east London. I happened to live right opposite the store for a year. It was here that I gained my real music education into more minimal / ambient work, going daily to the store to see what new music they had on offer. After Smallfish sadly closed its doors a number of years ago, many of the artists on the label went off to release some wonderful work. Perhaps the best known of these would be bvdub, Celer, and Isnaj Dui of course. However, one of my favourite artists from the Smallfish days seemingly went under the radar, and that was Chronovalve. Now, some 5 years after discovering this wonderful artist, and after not releasing anything in that time, Chronovalve is finally back. We are thrilled that we are able to carry on the Smallfish torch, even if it is in a small way. His work has always been wonderfully melodic and textured, but ‘Trace of Light’ develops further with its choral tone, and haunting (even angelic) melodies and structures. It may well have taken its time to get here, but we are so glad that it finally has.
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    Fabio Orsi & Pimmon – Procrastination (CD)

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    “When ideas float in our mind without any reflection or regard of the understanding, it is that which the French call revery, our language has scarce a name for it.” – John Locke Procrastination haunts us. Even the most studious amongst us occasionally finds themselves trapped by a lingering daydream or escapist vision; one that absorbs us and removes us from the moment. But procrastination often masks a industrious subconscious flow. I posit, procrastination is a disconnected deep-thinking, a sub-dreaming, a hidden imagination that trickles in the deepest caves of our brains, which eventually join the conscious rivers of our mind. It’s procrastination that is to blame for the tectonic elegance heard on the debut collaborative effort from Italian musician Fabio Orsi and Australian laptopper Pimmon. After discovering a mutual admiration for their respective outputs, the two decided a collaboration was in order. Before long, Orsi passed Pimmon a set of recordings Pimmon felt “were, in my mind, fully realised”. Considering them as finished pieces, Pimmon was flummoxed as to what he might bring to the collaboration and he entered, as he calls it, “a zone of procrastination”. A deadlock ensued, as Pimmon ploughed through other projects unsure of how to resolve the question of the collaboration. 18 months had passed since the pair first exchanged files and Pimmon, whilst on break along the picturesque Margaret River found himself revisiting the files. Suddenly procrastination broke and the deadlock of directionlessness evaporated. The subconscious trickles had formed rivers and the rivers pounded together creating a tidal wave of sonic ideas that saw Orsi’s files transformed in quick succession. The source recordings shattered through a web of Pimmon’s processing devolutions, re-arranged and re-edited to reveal an entirely new perspective on Orsi’s sonic matter. – Lawrence
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    Orsi & Pimmon – Procrastination

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    Limited run of 250 copies on heavyweight 180grm wax: “When ideas float in our mind without any reflection or regard of the understanding, it is that which the French call revery, our language has scarce a name for it.” – John Locke Procrastination haunts us. Even the most studious amongst us occasionally finds themselves trapped by a lingering daydream or escapist vision; one that absorbs us and removes us from the moment. But procrastination often masks a industrious subconscious flow. I posit, procrastination is a disconnected deep-thinking, a sub-dreaming, a hidden imagination that trickles in the deepest caves of our brains, which eventually join the conscious rivers of our mind. It’s procrastination that is to blame for the tectonic elegance heard on the debut collaborative effort from Italian musician Fabio Orsi and Australian laptopper Pimmon. After discovering a mutual admiration for their respective outputs, the two decided a collaboration was in order. Before long, Orsi passed Pimmon a set of recordings Pimmon felt “were, in my mind, fully realised”. Considering them as finished pieces, Pimmon was flummoxed as to what he might bring to the collaboration and he entered, as he calls it, “a zone of procrastination”. A deadlock ensued, as Pimmon ploughed through other projects unsure of how to resolve the question of the collaboration. 18 months had passed since the pair first exchanged files and Pimmon, whilst on break along the picturesque Margaret River found himself revisiting the files. Suddenly procrastination broke and the deadlock of directionlessness evaporated. The subconscious trickles had formed rivers and the rivers pounded together creating a tidal wave of sonic ideas that saw Orsi’s files transformed in quick succession. The source recordings shattered through a web of Pimmon’s processing devolutions, re-arranged and re-edited to reveal an entirely new perspective on Orsi’s sonic matter. – Lawrence English
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    Fujita / Harris / Shirley / Thoben / Troyer – Tesseract

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    Simon Harris (electronics), Jan Thoben (drums, percussion, objects), Kassian Troyer (guitar), Masayoshi Fujita (vibraphone) are members of the experimental improv band Pan Am Scan. Based in Berlin, the group perform with Rainer Kohlberger with live-generative visuals. Ian was first introduced to their work through mutual friends Craig (Moteer) and Yasuhiko (Flau), whom they have previously worked with on Flau and Our Small Ideas.
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    Hatakeyama / Asuna – Scale Compositions

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    ’Scale Compositions’ sees the return of Chihei to Home Normal after his 2010 release, ‘A Long Journey’. However, this time he is joined by the excellent Asuna, whose live improv and recorded work I have long admired (‘Flowers’ is one of my all-time favourite records). Anyway, let’s make this more digestible: – About Scale Compositions ‘Scale Compositions’ is made up of two parts: ‘Crown Scales’ and ‘Folk Scales’. ‘Crown Scales’ was recorded in a house in Nishiogikubo on January 20th, 2009. ‘Folk Scales’ was recorded at the SuperDeluxe live venue on January 23rd, 2009.
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    Nicolas Bernier – Music For A Piano / Music For A Book

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    ’Music For A Piano / Music For A Book’ is the latest release from Nicolas Bernier. ‘Music For A Piano’ was due to be released after his wonderful ‘The Dancing Deer EP’ back at the end of 2010. However, the project was pulled back, developed further and along with ‘Music For A Book’, presented as a double album in an amazing package designed by Urban9.
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    Ekca Liena & Spheruleus – Mapping The Boundary Layer

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    Surrounded in blossoming serenity, and drenched in raindrops of radio static, we start to descend into the deep, atmospheric mass which Ekca Liena and Spheruleus have carefully covered. Faint static crackles as if from an approaching cyclone, carrying electrical currents in the air as it passes closer and eventually surrounding us. A chime rings out and arises, arriving on a cool breeze and releasing the evolving ambient textures ever outwards on the breath of the air. Like Loscil expressed when he was making Grief Point, Ecka Liena and Spheruleus’ collaboration is shrouded in real ambience.
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    Ian Hawgood – The Shattered Light

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    Stunning new album from Ian Hawgood that comes in a 6 panel digipack in limited edition run of 500 copies…  In 2007 and 2008, Ian finally decided to start sharing his early recordings through a handful of net labels. In addition to this he released two split E.P’s on Mobeer and U-Cover. In 2009, he released reworked limited editions on a few close friends’ labels: ‘We Are Better For Being Built This Way’ (Slow Flow), ‘The Great Allure’ (Experimedia), ‘Wolfskin’ (Hibernate) and ‘Snow Roads’ (Dragon’s Eye).
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    offthesky vs Kinder Scout – The Curio Collection

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    Kinder Scout are the trio of Jason Corder, Ian Hawgood and Danny Norbury. Their first release was a Japan only release on the awesome Preco label in 2011. ‘The Writing Life’ was actually their first album as a trio together, but in fact their second work. Using live takes from Ian and Danny, Jason composed their first fully fledged collaborative effort to critical acclaim, with nobody quite sure whether to define it as post-classical, jazz, ambient or a pop variant of all of the above. Their first work together was before the trio fully formed which stemmed from initial collaborative pieces between Jason and Ian, Ian and Danny. ‘The Curio Collection’ is actually their first album in a way then, but their second release now. Due out on Home Normal in 2012, the release is actually offthesky (Jason) vs Kinder Scout as Ian and Danny appear predominantly across the entire album which Jason made from 2009 – 2011. Both albums have been mastered by their dear friend Miles Whittaker.
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    Philippe Petit & Friends – Cordophony

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    Gorgeous 6-panel digipack… A filmic adventure where luscious string arrangements convey a whole world of emotion, and the organic sound of instruments is never outshadowed by machines. “Cordophone” is a French word which refers to musical instruments whose sound comes from the vibrations of one or several strings. Cordophone shows Philippe Petit playing with string parts by many talented friends in order to create an imaginary world of dense mixtures of electro-folk acoustic instrumentation, post-classical orchestral arrangements filled with collected field-recordings, vanguard soundscapes, manipulations of glass and vinyls.  
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    Konntinet – Closer Came The Light (2 x CD)

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    ‘Closer Came The Light’ is the follow-up to Konntinent’s ‘Opal Island’ for Home Normal. It was recorded in the mad London heat of summer 2010, most of it improvised single-take recordings. We hope you like it. – HN Harrison has a deft touch with composition and production – and, while the majority of tracks sit between 8 and 18 minutes, nothing feels overlong, there is a real variety in mood and structure across the album, and the subtle developments within tracks keep the listener engaged throughout. Naturally, with this album being released on Home Normal, you would expect it to come highly recommended – and it does. – Fluid Radio
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    Wenngren / Bissonnette – The Meridians of Longitude

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    How long does a moment last? Well, it depends. On the speed at which you’re moving, for example. It is said that a particle in a particle accelerator, as it approaches the speed of light, experiences a corresponding slowing down of time. At such a momentum, a single second lasts the equivalent of many years lived at a more sedentary pace. This effect is called time dilation, and is one of many described by Einstein’s famous equation e = mc2.
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    Autistici – Amplified Presence

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    David Newman’s work as an artist and label owner has always quietly amazed me and been a source of great inspiration, but his most recent record marks David out as one of the most talented, unique and wild (yes, wild) artists around. Autistici’s ‘Amplified Presence’ is one of the most expansive and deeply imaginative works we’ve heard in a long time.  
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    Félicia Atkinson – O-RE-GON

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    O-RE-GON was recorded by Félicia Atkinson in Portland, Oregon at Adam Selzer’s Type Foundry Studio. The album was made on one rainy day in July 2010, when Félicia had already been traveling for 2 months coast to coast in the United States. She was just recovering from a Lyme disease she caught a week before in upstate New York in the deep woods. The sound engineer Adam Selzer showed Félicia all the instruments she could use, most of them she never played before: a fender rhodes, a marimba, and a harmonium, but also some she had used before: a (this time) golden electric guitar and a piano: this is how this day of musical wonder began. Félicia didn’t have any idea what she wanted to play, she had not touched an instrument for two months and wanted the tracks to be completely improvised. So they captured one track in the morning, Grey & Green, and one track in the afternoon: Green & Grey.  
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    Davis / Kleefstra / Kleefstra – Tongerswel

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    Gareth Davis and the Kleefstra brothers got to know one another when Jan Kleefstra received an album from Gareth by mail-order by mistake. He liked the album though and told Gareth through MySpace. The contact was made and a plan to meet up and make some music was quickly formed.  
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    Mountain Ocean Sun – Peace Conference

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    Mountain Ocean Sun’s search for deep peace, heavy drones, and sound healing has found them jamming with Deerhoof in Detroit, starting an organic music society in the extreme tropical heat of the Matthaei Botancial Garden on new years day, and all the way back to their first performance at a 500 year-old buddhist temple in Osaka, Japan.  
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    Elian – Whispers, Then Silence

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    To say Michael Duane Ferrell (the man behind the Elian moniker) is a patient man would be something of an understatement. But then the work of Elian is all incredibly understated anyway, so it all fits nicely. I first heard Elian’s work through mutual contacts, my first experience being ‘We Are All Visitors Here’ on the rather wonderful Test Tube label. In fact, if you go over the work he has released, you will instantly notice a person who clearly takes his time and treats each album as a labour of love in the fullest sense.  
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    Chris Weisman & Greg Davis – Northern Songs

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    Northern Songs is the blissful sound of Chris Weisman leaving his body and dissolving into the universe; he sounds very free. Greg Davis (electronic music composer, fractal maker) helps the usually obsessive Chris (psychedelic four-tracker, music artist) surrender to the void.
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    Gurun Gurun – Gurun Gurun

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    Gurun Gurun is a Czech-based experimental, weird ambient & improvised music collective formed in the autumn 2007 by guitarist Tomas Knoflicek and keyboardist Jara Tarnovski… Their musical work combines guitars, analogue synthesizers, turntables, acoustic instruments and digital effects to span musical spaces ranging from hypno-minimalist atmospheres to warm tones of slow moving, repetitive melodic stanzas. Their twelve track debut album is a balancing act of frenetic yet sedate melodic layering that dances between chaotic and considered; multiple tones vie for space around central melodies that sound as though they could have been sampled from multiple genres of film soundtrack.
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    Marihiko Hara – Credo (CD)

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    I first came across Marihiko Hara’s work in 2007, with his ‘Cesura’ release on the excellent Italian net-label – Zymogen. It really drew me in more than most other work that was doing the rounds at the same time. It had the sort of organic details and attention to beautiful subtle developments that I had only really heard in offthesky and Nicolas Bernier before (both label mates on Zymogen I should add). It became my soundtrack to that year and an album I returned to almost daily during the winter months. After this I followed Marihiko’s work carefully, from his rather fantastic 2009 ‘Icon’ release on Cotton Goods to his recent ‘Prosa’ collaboration with Tomas Phillips on Tench Records.
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