Harry Towell's Whitelab Recs had a big 2017. With seventeen releases (of which I got sent these four and the Covarino/ Incorvaia release sent by the artists themselves). The label even managed to snag a placing in A Closer Listens Labels of the year list - a great placing considering their one in seven strike … Continue reading Whitelab Recs x 4: Teleferik/Polaroid Notes/Overshift/The Prairie Lines.
"King of Corns" is an ensemble piece constructed by Italian experimentalist Enrico Coniglio (last seen on these pages with his collaboration with Mateo Uggeri on the Dronarivm. This particular release on double LP, CD and digital saw the light of day through the US label Infraction, hone to the likes of Offthesky & Pleq, Celer, … Continue reading My Home, Sinking – King of Corns.
Theo Alexander is a Prague based London composer who has appeared on labels such as Blank Editions and 1631 Recordings while also releasing music himself with cd, cassette and digital release. "Palliative" is a standalone digital single that will appear on his forthcoming "Broken Access" release which was inspires by various live performances throughout 2017 … Continue reading Theo Alexander – Palliative.
In the last decade Modern Classical has soared in popularity for both releases and artists coming through the genre. Credit can go to the likes of Frahm, Arnalds, Richter, Johannsson and labels like Erased Tapes and 130701 in helping popularize the music. You can add Argentinian Bruno Sanfilippo to the list. His earliest release dates … Continue reading Bruno Sanfilippo – Lost & Found / Doll.
Spanish musician Lee Yi has already appeared on this blog this year as half of Emilìa with the stunning "Down to the Sadness River". This time 'round he is in is solo mode and again it has been released in small collectible copies (now sold out) on Rottenman Editions. According to the label "An Instant … Continue reading Lee Yi – An Instant For A Momentary Desolation.
Two releases from the German label Blackjack Illuminist Records (whose Leonard Donat "Deer Traps" I reviewed some time ago) have been on the list for a while. But a wealth of material being received plus the usual work/life balance have seen them sit in the queue. Time to listen and cover them, although with 33 … Continue reading In Brief: Sana Obruent – August / Vlimmer – Randow (Original Soundtrack).
The fourth Ghost and Tape album was released on the nomadic (Japan/UK/Poland) Home Normal label and it is a perfect fit for artist and label. Mastered by James Plotkin with photography by Hitoshi Ishigara and layout design by Jason van Wyk and label boss Ian Hawgood, "Vár" sees Heine Christensen inspired by nature. According to … Continue reading Ghost and Tape – Vár.
The first time I came across A.R.C. Soundtracks was via their submission on "The Pomona Comet" on the "Sequence 8" compilation. This, their third release following on from "Archive: Volume 1" (Little Cracked Rabbit) and "From a Shattered Beam" (Sacred Tapes) finds them on the Gizeh label which is well suited to their dark, experimental, … Continue reading A.R.C. Soundtracks – DERELICTION // MIRROR.
One of my favourite albums of 2017 was Lorenzo Masotto's "Aeolian Processes" on Dronarivm. I was excited to see a new self released album, his fourth, arrive in my in box a short while ago. While it is in my (rather large) review queue, this video for the album's fifth track "Trees" is a nice taster. … Continue reading Lorenzo Masotto – Trees (video).
I have been a fan of Preserved Sound and was lucky to discover them early on and have several of their releases in my collection. Over the years they have maintained a handmade aesthetic while producing releases over a variety of genres while cultivating a roster that includes Vitaly Beskrovny, Tess Said So, Adrian Lane, … Continue reading Interview with Hayden Berry – Preserved Sound.