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    Mark Templeton – Jealous Heart

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    Mark Templeton presents Jealous Heart, an album which reimagines the story of his sound in an approach that is both staid and deeply emotional, re-orienting what is offered and what is held back through a myriad of smeared stringed instruments, fragmented horn phrases, tape loops, and found-sound-driven explorations.

    Templeton’s music is always difficult to truly classify, which is part of its charm. It is way too dense and detailed to qualify as ambient in a traditional sense – instead developing itself into a highly organized, spacious clutter. It is electro-acoustic music that hearkens to tape machines and misused instruments of yesteryear, viewed whole-heartedly through the prism of ultra-modernity, of an awareness of what has transpired in-between.

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    Tidal – Being Still Being

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    Limited edition run of 65 3″ CD-R’s on hand stamped recycled packaging…

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    Panabrite – Illumination

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    300 copies pressed on 140g vinyl in heavyweight reverse-printed sleeves…

    Norm Chambers’ music travels like a deep mental odyssey in a labyrinth of serene echoes. Beyond the sounds, there is the sentiment of peacefulness, a cinematic mosaic of colors, flashing in your mind. Searching for constant illumination, you slowly float in open space…

    Random sequences of data wandering the sky, quick streams of light buzzing around you, lost in hypnotic corridors leading to new environments, discovering glittering gems…

    A fantastic trip filled with dystopian drones, analog birds & IDM beats. Get lost in the light. – Francesco De Gallo. Mastered by Seth Christman. Artwork by Aaron Troyer.

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    Lunar Miasma – Passage To The Unknown

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    Limited edition run of 65 3″ CD-R’s on hand stamped recycled packaging…

    Lunar Miasma is the alias of Panos Alexiadis. Passage To The Unknown is a lush synth based trip into the cosmos. Think Tangerine Dream fucked on MDMA soundtracking a NASA mission exploring the outer reaches of the galaxy. Dreamy!

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    Regular Music – The Work EP

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    Limited edition run of 65 3″ CD-R’s on hand stamped and numbered recycled packaging…

    Regular Music is an improvisational electronic trio from Portland, Oregon that uses modern synthesis in real-time, as well as analog synth, acoustic drums and percussion for a sense of exploration and sound that is sympathetic in nature to early electronic pioneers, cinematic kosmische, and psychedelic post free jazz acid synth inner space music.

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    Dozens – Curving Quest

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    Limited edition run of 65 3″ CD-R’s on hand stamped and numbered recycled packaging…

    Dozens, are the Montreal duo of Francesco De Gallo (Hobo Cubes) and Ryan Connolly (Sundrips).

    Curving Quest is a 19 minute smudged vapour trail of guitar and synth.

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    Black Eagle Child – Go Around, Again

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    Boasting a resume of twenty five releases as Black Eagle Child, Michael Jantz has established himself as a versatile artist capable of evolving with medium and melody. Go Around, Again further establishes Jantz as a formidable talent enabled by his creativity and the ability to transform intricate idea into blissful sound.

    Born during the recording of Lobelia, Go Around, Again bears little resemblance to its epochal twin. Jantz explains the differences between the two by referencing the clever wordplay of the album title: “It’s a conceptual title playing on the minimalist compositions, repeating patterns, etc.”

     

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    Quicksails – Silver Balloons In Clusters

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    Under The Spire has struck gold again with this, a vinyl reissue of Quicksails’ Silver Balloons In Clusters, which was originally released on cassette by Deception Island in early 2011. Ben Billington drops the sticks for the most part here and wires up the synths instead. Quicksails is a radically different sound for the man best known for his drum work in Tiger Hatchery and some almighty solo percussion sessions. Anyone who knows him from White Prism will have a better idea of what to expect.

    But that’s not to say the album is totally without a beat. ‘Must Never Catch It’ shakes past breezily on a tribal clatter and ‘A Million Knots’ unravels out of regal Kosmiche layers to start throbbing subtly at your temples, the loops loosening on their spools as gorgeous washes of pure space flow around them. Having said that, there are less percussive elements at play here than on past Quicksails releases. Instead Silver Balloons In Clusters allows samples and effects to carry it forward. ‘Deep Creak’, for example, is the aching sound of ghost ships approaching through thick fog. The ancient groans and crashing waves are pitted against alarm sounds, blaring out as if preparing shore-dwellers for imminent doom.

     

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    Concessionaires – Artificial Interface

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    Concessionaires is the duo of Brad Rose and Pete Fosco. Brad is of course the mastermind of the esteemed Digitalis label and Foxy Digitalis webzine and is known also for his many musical projects, such as The North Sea, Charlatan, Altar Eagle, just to name a few. Pete is a guitarist born in Cincinnati Ohio and now resides on the other side of the Ohio river in Kentucky…he also plays in Early Tunnels with Jon Lorenz and as a sometimes guest member of Wasteland Jazz Ensemble.

    In the spring of 2010 and 2011 the Foscos made a road trip to Digitalis headquarters for the purpose of building friendships, sharing brews, and recording some messy synthesizer meets Fender Telecaster jams. After a few tape releases on Gift Tapes and Dial Square Tapes the boys decided it was time to do an LP. The always stellar Matt McDowell (Sagas, Waterfinder, Biological Radio) was kind enough to mix, remix and master from hours of long jams, and Artificial Interface is the result. ”Best enjoyed with a pot of chilli and a Bourbon barrel ale.

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    Refractor – Locus Suspectus

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    Edition of 200 Vinyl LP’s… All sound passed through a single synthesizer. Mixing, panning, decay, and reverb manipulated within the instrument. This was to embrace the limitations of one-take recordings with no additional editing. Sawtooth waves of synthesized ramblings with Marshall McLuhan and Aldous Huxley in mind. A Brave New World soundtrack to feed the connected one’s insatiable appetite for distraction.

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    Strategy – Super Awareness Is Fruit

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    Limited edition of 200 copies on clear vinyl. One 20-minute, deeply layered and psyched-out dub track from Paul Dickow’s Strategy project split over two sides* Super Awareness Is Fruit comes as a welcome expansion of the multilayered ambiences that made up Dickow’s Music For Lamping long-player, tackling the contemporary drone-scape with an agenda that eschews minimalist convention in favour of a sparkling, densely populated narrative full of dissolved acoustic timbres, wah-wah filtering treat.

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    Hess & McFall – The Inescapable Fox

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    I think I speak for Steven and I both when I make mention of the fact that a great deal of the materials used to create this release stemmed from a mutual interest in working with taped (analog) recordings. So, when we began working together we started by sending analog recordings back and forth by mail. Most of my recordings are done on treated tape, whereby the binder material is subjected to hydrolysis prior to the recording phase. Steven recorded some of the more sound/precussive elements for the inescapable fox on some of my tapes and his as well. He sent them to me and I began editing the material from there. I’ve been working with piano, voice and field recordings for some time now, so I tailored these source recordings specific to the tracks on the release. As far as ideologies are concerned, we approached the collaboration process thematically in order to attempt to focus our work for this release.

     

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    Zelienople – Hollywood

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    Hollywood has a real sense of symmetry, dividing itself into two pieces of almost identical length (both hover around the twenty-one-and-a-half minute mark), capturing the Chicago avant-rockers in starkly tenebrous form, carving out drone-shaped sounds from synthesizer, percussion, saxophone and flute.

     

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    Wreaths – Like Sparks From Throats Falling

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    Wreaths is the moniker of Michael R Donaldson. He creates experimental music with a variety of instruments and techniques and has an idiosyncratic approach to capturing the ideas which reside in his head.

    Like Sparks From Throats Falling opens with ‘Nautical Almanac’. The track begins with long drones and electronics. Slowly building, the effect is mesmerising, then suddenly everything falls away into the abyss, ending with hushed tones, a hint of what’s to come.

    ‘O! Like Falling Snow’ proffers a more melancholic mood, with plaintive guitar playing backed by mournful strings. The piece is sublime and the delicate guitar feels like it may falter and fall apart at any moment, the fragility lending emphasis to the beauty present.

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    Boduf Songs – This Alone Above All Else (CD)

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    The fourth Boduf Songs extended play was created using Mathew Sweet’s standard recording set up of a single microphone and a small array of instruments, but it comes with a few surprises – most notably the prominence of electric guitar, bass and stomping drums on a few tracks.

    All of the elements that make his previous sound creations so arresting are still present; the impeccable song structures, the minimal approach, the delicate yet dominant singing.

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    Sound People – Teatime (CD)

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    Jesse Johnson and Paul Dickow, collectively as Sound People, present Teatime, a document of their multiple sessions of sonic exploration during 2008 and 2009. Fueled by countless cups of high-powered exotic teas, these vivid and lush recordings reveal the two friends united in their search of new dubbed out sound worlds on the fringes between ambient coasting and rhythmic syncopations.

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    Matt Christensen – A Cradle In The Bowery (Vinyl)

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    It’s raining outside. The faint noise of the rain in the trees perfectly couches the moment I start listening to this album in melancholic anticipation…

    The album, since you’re asking, is A Cradle In The Bowery, the first solo record from Chicago’s own, the brilliant, Zelienople; going under his given name, Matt Cristensen.

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    Myrmyr – Fire Star (Vinyl

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    This sophomore release from Agnes Szelag (Evon, Dokuro) and Marielle Jakobsons (Darwinsbitch, Date Palms) is an album of astonishing fragile beauty and darker, more foreboding atmospheres. Following their critically acclaimed debut album, The Amber Sea (Digitalis, 2009) Fire Star was recorded during a snowstorm on Shasta Mountain April 6-9 2010. The duo performs on violin, cello, voices, harps, bells, and electronics. It is recorded by The Norman Conquest and mastered by Miles Boison.

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