martes, 30 de noviembre de 2010

36 ::: MemoriesInWidescreen

36 ::: MemoriesInWidescreen
Genre : Ambient, Electronic

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1 Before Time 5:33
2 After Time 9:06
3 Drifta 6:20
4 Drowning 5:18
5 Disappear 4:54
6 The Mirror 3:19
7 Lucid 4:43
8 Memories In Widescreen 5:11
9 Melt 5:48
10 Slide 4:46
11 Vesl 7:03
12 Revert Time 4:29
13 It's You (It's Me) 3:26


"Memories In Widescreen" is the first vinyl-exclusive album from 36,
with 13 tracks spanning 70 minutes of material.

The intense, bitter-sweet melancholia of "After Time" converses with the
touching, dreamlike quality of "Lucid", whilst the huge bass drones of
"Vesl" preclude the haunting "Revert Time", bringing the album to it's
heart breaking conclusion.

"Memories In Widescreen" is available in limited edition 2xLP picture
disc vinyl. The record includes a free coupon to download the digital
version for free, including 2 exclusive bonus tracks. Each record is
individually hand numbered from the artist, with the first 50 records
including a bonus CD, with unreleased tracks, never heard before

domingo, 28 de noviembre de 2010

Pospulenn - Sun People Sleepwalker

Pospulenn - Sun People Sleepwalker
Genre : Ambient, Electronic,Electroacoustic,

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Farther Twig And Grasshopper Song

Feather Gem Drift

Luno's Outer Scale

Rainbowed For A Fish In The Wind


This Is How I Sing To The Moment

Frozen Beach

Mint Mountain

Silver Lake

Lazy Oasis

Frozen Beach Pt. 2

Porcelain Solar Halo (Live 10/07)

Safe In The Cedar Alcove (Live 10/07)


Once again, the fine folks at Housecraft have put out a release that is unnecessarily limited. Each release on the label is unique to one another, in that they all bring the listener into a new environment completely of their own. Artists like Xiphiidae, Peat Raamur, and Samsara Vista all have an eerie yet enveloping feel in their sound. Pospulenn's Sun People Sleepwalker is of a completely different breed.

Pospulenn was an alias of Kane Pour (of Tricorn & Queue and Hundreds) that was mainly guitar-based in its sound. Sun People Sleepwalker is a compilation of Kane Pour's recordings under the Pospulenn name, which total up to over an hour in length. This release, I would say, is the best work I have ever heard from Kane Pour as of yet. In all 13 tracks, melodies are layered over one another as the songs build, and each one hits every single note in its key. In the midst of the guitars, field recordings faintly add density. This combination creates a dream-like feeling that seems completely new to me. During their slow builds, the songs begin to sound so lush that they form a drone that is absolute ecstasy. For its entire 69 minutes, Sun People Sleepwalker never loses its momentum.

I would highly recommend seeking this out, though unfortunately due to its limited amount of 50 copies, I doubt many distributors still have this tape in stock. Due to this, I hope Sun People Sleepwalker receives a proper vinyl release someday. However, if this can be found at the right price, grab it immediately... it's a gem.

sábado, 27 de noviembre de 2010

Murralin Lane - Our House Is On The Wall

Murralin Lane - Our House Is On The Wall
Genre : Ambient, Electronic

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Our House Is On The Wall is the debut release from Swedes Murralin Lane, a duo formed by David Wenngren and Yiva Wiklund. While regular followers of Wenngren's main project, Library Tapes, will no doubt be expecting some of his signature piano work, Our House Is On The Wall makes a clean break from that sound, instead framing Wiklund's vocal pieces within crumbling lo-fi tracts fashioned from distorted tones and drones. The vocals themselves take on a certain abstract beauty, often calling upon decay-fixated effects or ramshackle recording scenarios (e.g. directly into a mobile phone). The resultant sound of these pieces (you could probably call them songs, in fact) is quite hard to define. While the prospect of faded vocals and corroded, droning backdrops might seem like a fairly familiar concept there's something in the execution of this album that's very fresh. Perhaps it's to do with the kind of 'lo-fi' sound being explored here. Generally when that term gets thrown around it's in reference to cassette or other such analogue aesthetics, yet everything that greets the ear on Our House... is very digitised; instead of muffled tape sounds you encounter heavy spectral filtering or the kind of sonic side-effects caused by noise reduction plugins. Perhaps if Fennesz and Grouper got together to record some tracks the end result would be something along the lines of 'She Was Climbing' or 'She Collected'. Another very fine 12k release.

viernes, 26 de noviembre de 2010

Oathless - Standing Where Our Paths Shall Meet

Oathless - Standing Where Our Paths Shall Meet
Genre : Ambient, Electroacoustic, Electronic

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1. Under Porcelain Wings
2. Cascading Skies
3. A Single Rose
4. Winter (A Prelude)
5. White Horizons
6. Tigerlily
7. Winter Into Autumn
8. Ghost Providence


When Oathless was initially conceived as an acoustic folk effort in late 2006 by Simon Housley, the current sound associated with the project that has constantly evolved in the past four years would have been hard to imagine with the raw and simplistic sound that once existed. “Standing Where Our Paths Shall Meet” is an ambient release of much more sophistication and quality than the original three-track demo released in 2007. From the moment the first resonating ambient sounds of 'Under Porcelain Wings' reach your ears, there is a much darker sound than heard in previous releases. Following on from 'Zephyr' (the last release by Oathless), the sound of the album focuses on the upcoming cold of autumn and winter, embodied in particular in the aforementioned opening track and 'Tigerlily'. What has become a theme of more recent releases is still present, the slow, reverb-drenched strings that ooze. Heavily processed piano also underlies a number of tracks, none more so than the album's closer 'Ghost Providence', which ends the album in a very minimalist style to evoke a feeling of isolation and cold as winter approaches. Through subtle melodies and slow, reverberated chord changes, Standing Where Our Paths Shall Meet is an album that the listener can either choose to sit down and relax to use as a soundtrack for autumn and winter, or to listen to in more depth and to find more meaning in the sound after each listen, maybe attributing and associating their own experiences to the sound encapsulating them.

jueves, 25 de noviembre de 2010

apparat / telefon tel aviv - Sayulita EP

Apparat / Telefon tel aviv - Sayulita EP
Genre : Electronic

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01 - Apparat - Sayulita (DJ-KiCKS)
02 - Telefon Tel Aviv - Lengthening Shadows
03 - Apparat - Circles


Collecting the exclusive tracks from Sascha Ring's new DJ Kicks compilation, this EP brings you unmixed versions of both Apparat cuts, plus the previously unreleased Telefon Tel Aviv contribution. 'Sayulita' is typically clinical in its pristine, spacious production, but the chiming guitar melodies give the track a driving, emotional edge that takes the track beyond the confines of a dancefloor-focused mindset. 'Circles' is less beat-oriented, instead treading into Four Tet territory with its spiralling string plucks; otherworldly vocals and scrappy percussion join in too, making the piece all the more abstract. Telefon Tel Aviv are in great form for 'Lengthening Shadows'; its undoubtedly cut from a similar cloth to Apparat's work, shaping crystalline electronics around a kind of vapourised song structure - when it all comes together it all sounds pretty massive.

lunes, 22 de noviembre de 2010

VA - n5MD: The Reconstruction of Fives

VA - n5MD: The Reconstruction of Fives
Genre : Electronic, Experimental, Drone

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CD 1 - Cover Versions

01. Pale Sketcher - Secret Knots 5:18
02. Nadja - I Used To Be Sad 7:00
03. Architect - Blood Tracer 5:45
04. Worriedaboutsatan - 63 (She Was Trying To Sleep, I Was Trying To Breathe) 7:47
05. Bersarin Quartett - The Deep And Lovely Quiet 4:10
06. Ben Lukas Boysen - And By Sweet I Mean 6:06
07. Jasper TX – Colder 8:01
08. Rafael Anton Irisarri - A Storm Tore This House 5:19
09. Dalot – XX 7:28
10. Winterlight - National Geographic 5:45
11. Boy Is Fiction - Oh! Toronto 6:17
12. Miwon - Amidst 4:45

CD 2 - Original Versions

01. Proem - Secret Knots 3:06
02. Port-Royal - I Used To Be Sad 4:41
03. Tobias Lilja - Blood Tracer 8:55
04. Plastik Joy - 63 (she was trying to sleep, i was trying to breathe) 7:31
05. SubtractiveLAD - The Deep And Lovely Quiet 5:25
06. Proem - And By Sweet I Mean 13:44
07. Bitcrush - Colder 4:13
08. Last Days - A Storm Tore This House 5:45
09. Hologram - XX 6:04
10. Run_Return - National Geographic 2:41
11. Lights Out Asia - Oh! Toronto 3:53
12. Another Electronic Musician - Amidst 5:13


To mark the imprint's 10th anniversary n5MD has assembled a very special budget priced compilation with a slightly different viewpoint. “The Reconstruction of Fives” features songs from the n5MD catalog covered by a hand picked group of like minded and personally admired artists. Pale Sketcher (Justin Broadrick/Jesu/Final), Nadja, Architect (Daniel Myer/Haujobb), worriedaboutsatan, Bersarin Quartett, Ben Lukas Boysen (Hecq), Jasper TX, Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below), Boy Is Fiction, and Miwon all re-envision their favorite n5MD tracks in their own signature styles. Two of n5MD latest signings Dalot and Winterlight also weigh in on covers from two of the label's alumni. A different perspective on n5MD's output which is a must have for fans of the label or any of the participating artist's bodies of work.

sábado, 20 de noviembre de 2010

library tapes - Like Green Grass Against Blue Sky

library tapes - Like Green Grass Against Blue Sky
Genre : Ambient, Electronica,

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1. Terese
2. 02
3. Enslig
4. Klosterg.
5. Like grass straws against a blue sky
6. Om du är en fågel
7. Accidental theme pt.1
8. Ren tystnad
9. 09


Self-released on his Aeutic label, this is the 5th album from David Wenngren's project, Library Tapes. Lasting just under half an hour, Wenngren has slowly refined his ideas into one of the more distinctive modern classical variants we've heard in recent months. Simple but evocative piano motifs hover over field recordings and other indeterminable sounds, lulling the listener into a semi-conscious state. Long-term fans will be glad to know that the two long tracks, '02' and '09', feature long-term collaborator and esteemed artist in his own right - Danny Norbury, who adds his haunting cello arrangements to flesh out the piano and swirling drones in inspired style. Followers of Peter Broderick, Max Richter and Sylvain Chauveau would do well to check in on this fine album, a gorgeous swirling and soothing release to wrap yourselves in as the cold winter nights draw in.

miércoles, 17 de noviembre de 2010

Taylor Deupree - Shoals

Taylor Deupree - Shoals
Genre : Ambient, Electronica,

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01. Shoals 11:28
02. Rusted Oak 9:37
03. A Fading Found 12:07
04. Falls Touching Grasses 12:06


Almost 3 years have passed since the release of Northern, Taylor Deupree’s last proper full-length album on 12k. For Deupree, Northern was a particularly personal work, with the added pressure of following up what many considered to be his seminal album, Stil. By many accounts, Northern was even more widely praised than its predecessor and set Deupree on a path of a more tactile organic sound. Since Northern, Deupree has released a number of short solo works: Sea Last (12k2011), 1am (12k2004), and Live1:Mapping (12k3006), as well as the remixed reissue of Northern (12k2009). These works have seen Deupree incorporate more acoustic instrumentation into his sound world, culminating with Weather & Worn (12k2012), which not only saw its release on vinyl (a first for 12k) but was also Deupree’s first work created without synthesizers.

The path then had been laid for Shoals, an album referencing the sonic and emotional world that can be discovered by scraping away surfaces to reveal a worn interior of comfort and time.

Shoal: a sandbank or sand bar in the bed of a body of water, especially one that is exposed above the surface of the water at low tide.

Shoals is perhaps Deupree’s most specific album in material concept and sound. In late 2009, he was invited to an artist residency program at the University of York (UK) Music Research Center. He was given the freedom to create a project with the resources of the University and staff at his disposal. The idea was to find a unique idea that he would be unable to realize in his own studio – and this was when he discovered the University’s extensive collection of Javanese and Balinese gamelan instruments. Without hesitation, the groundwork was established for his project at the residency: he would create an album using only these instruments by developing a simple yet powerful audio looping program in the Kyma programming language to capture it all and provide the structure for the finished pieces.

After the first day in the studio, Deupree quickly realized that he was less interested in the traditional ways these instruments were played and more fascinated by the sounds of the surfaces of the instruments. And so he began to utilize their edges and undersides and find their flaws, such as broken strings. These instruments, played by scraping, tapping, or with an eBow, became the basis for long and meditative looping beds of sound. In addition, the microphones in the studio would by accident occasionally pick up the sounds of Deupree moving around, brushing the edge of an instrument or setting down mallets. These incidental sounds became as important as the instruments themselves and lend an incredibly physical element to the recordings. Much of Shoals is the sound of microphones in a room as Deupree loops and composes live.

The software Deupree developed in Kyma allowed him to very simply layer loops and change pitches of his sounds, often transposing them down 2 or 3 octaves to further emphasize the cracks and fragments. After recording many hours of densely layered loops during the residency, Deupree returned to his 12k studio and finessed the works into the 4 tracks on Shoals, each based around one of the loops.

The result is an album that has the slow pace of Stil. mixed with the acoustic imperfections of Weather & Worn and the randomness of Occur. Particles of percussive sounds – bells, wood, mallets – are caught by the loop and repeated into a hypnotic underbelly that is coated with a loosely strung Celempung droned by an eBow. The unexpected and almost playful sounds of the instruments’ natural surfaces and room sounds are in stark contrast to the smooth tonal melodic elements, yet together they create an immersive space that seems to offer a microcosm of exploration.

Given the strict instrumental concept Deupree placed on himself, Shoals is certainly one of the most challenging and singular visions he has created. Abandoning any hint of the “pop” elements that have sometimes crept into his music in recent years, he has combined the structure of his past with the sounds of his present to create a truly warm and alluring album (that Deupree recommends for night-time listening) that connects the floating dots of his most important work into a cohesive and definitive statement.

jueves, 11 de noviembre de 2010

Kangding Ray / Alva Noto / Ben Frost - Pruitt Igoe

Kangding Ray / Alva Noto / Ben Frost - Pruitt Igoe
Genre : Electronic, Experimental

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Enhanced and incredibly produced bass music from the Raster Noton camp courtesy of Kangding Ray, reinforced with stunning remixes from Alva Noto and Ben Frost. With 'Pruitt Igoe' Kangding Ray augments his sound to Raster's current avant-techno agenda, logging onto the 'floor with the burly swing of 'Rise' and 'Fall', both echoing Dubstep's move into slower tempos and elevated groove technology like some uncompromising Teutonic cousin to Pinch's 'Croydon House' sound or a steel-plated Shackleton rhythm trip. Of course this is all in line with Raster's overriding agenda of intense, considered minimalism, striving to eke the optimised impact from every sound and eschewing the need for any unnecessarily conventional melody or harmony. On the remixes, Alva Noto continues a streak of rhythmically charged form, following remixes for Greie Gut Fraktion and Vladislav Delay with a colossal remodel of 'Rise', filtering the original's distorted field recordings of street singers from Uttar Pradesh into something like an inverted version of Ancient Methods' stentorian techno funk. Finally, Ben Frost returns Kangding Ray's programming favour on his 'By The Throat' album with a gripping refix of 'Fall', placing kicks like boulders strewn on arctic tundra while dynamically contorting the ghoulish synths into nightmarish figures looming from the inky blackness. As you can probably tell, this is pushing our buttons, hard. So good.