Vital Contrast is a gorgeous release coming 25th June from Paul Oednom on the ever-reliable Serein label, operating out of Wales, UK. Check the player for an exclusive preview of ‘Flux’, the opening track from the EP. Guitar and synths ebb and flow as one, into a psychedelic tapestry of tones.
Balmat’s first release comes from Luke Sanger, a Norwich, UK-based artist whose two decades of electronic music-making have encompassed a range of tools and techniques, from MaxMSP to modular synthesis. Along the way he has built an extensive catalog encompassing ambient atmospheres, abstract soundscaping, and more. With Languid Gongue, he puts multiple approaches into play. Experiments in microtonal composition balance out pieces in standard tunings, while esoteric electronic machines merge with familiar acoustic treatments and microphone techniques.
The result is a constellation of his signature sounds: freeform new-age fantasia; spring-loaded toytronic arpeggios; quartz-driven braindance clockworks. Drifting between consonant, almost lyrical compositions and shape-shifting textural sketches, the album drifts with the nonchalance of a sky-high cirrus cloud, and it glows as if illuminated from within. When we heard the material, we knew that it was the perfect choice to launch the label. To us, it sounds like a roadmap for points unknown.
Pre-order now via Balmat
|Theraflux||The Untold Story|
|Tom Trago & Young Marco & Awanto3||Physical Thrill (Axel Boman Remix)|
|John Tejada||the Mess and the Magic|
|Gnork||Sexxxx In Space (Gnork’s Exxxxtra Dream Mix)|
|Björk||Human Behaviour Dom T. Mix|
|Wladimir M.||Reasonable Doubt|
|Vulva||Rock Me Baby|
|Monzasound||Cold Hard Cash|
|Cylob||Smack ’em Up Sharp|
|Move D||Ground Zero|
|Pev & Kowton||Low Strobe|
Split cassette featuring two long form jams from drone duo The Transcendance Orchestra (aka Daniel Bean and Anthony Child) and label owner Ali Wade.
The A-Side features five melded movements: entrance, acceleration, abstraction, revelation and obliteration. Which range from contemplative tones, to hyper spatial widescreen drones. Flipping for Demon’s and Wade goes on an off-grid excursion, visiting some varied and impeccably produced textures, from clean and shiny, to the soft and clouded.
Looks like this is already sold out, that was quick. Digi still available on their Bandcamp.
It’s hard to keep up with all the amazing DIY labels these days. Woodford Halse is one particularly prolific outfit, releasing a couple of tapes and CDs every month. Here’s a quick round up of what to expect in June/July 2021.
As usual, lots of music from the label features in our monthly radio show. Pick of the bunch for me is the Xylitol tape ‘Inside a Stone of Cream there is a Language’, with bubbling resonant synth tracks like Popcorn evoking some serious Raymond Scott vibes and mellow library-esque moments with Business Direct.
Consider this post a heads up, as generally these releases sell out on pre-orders, so stay frosty people and keep an eye on their Bandcamp.
Since free market reforms and opening up to foreign trade in the late 1970s, China has been among the world’s fastest-growing economies. Along with pulling 800 million people out of poverty, it has also become the world’s largest economy and with it a growing cultural and arts scene.
China’s experimental music and sound art scene began to take shape in the post-Tiananmen era in the late 1990s. A few musicians from the mainland’s underground music scene started to experiment with new ways of making music while the music industry co-opted the once revolutionary and independent rock music scene.
This particular collection of pieces runs the gamut of experimental styles, from music concrete to drones, arpeggiated synth pieces to field recordings. All achieved in a pure and focused dedication to the sound. A really stunning anthology musically and excellent curation from the label.
Great to see local sound experimentalists and noise enthusiasts, Eastern Ear (formally NNSAC), have started releasing recordings of music performed at their events.
Their first release by Twinkle3, consisting of Clive Bell (shakuhachi and other woodwind), David Ross (drosscillator and percussion) and Richard Scott (electronics and analogue synthesiser), was a very memorable gig. So it’s great to hear the sounds again, in clean digital form (especially that wonderfully blooping and burbling EMS Synthi).
A mesmerising blend of futuristic alien rhythms, electro-acoustic interludes and 1950’s synthesis.
In case you’ve been living under a virtual rock, ‘Bandcamp Friday’ is where the website waives their commision fees for a day each month.
On one hand, this results in every artist with an instagram account shouting further into the void. But on the other, labels and artists are now planning their release schedule around this day, to capitalise on releasing and pre-releasing new music. So it is certainly worth a dig!
Here’s our top picks from yesterdays busy, yet fruitful Bandcamp Friday (2nd April 2021).
Polypores – Shpongos
Black Girl / White Girl – Hyper Reality
Benge – Syndrones and Syntones
Apologist – Air Foundry
Ben Pest – On The Three
Dexorcist – Body Clock EP
|Zoe De Souza||Clearwater|
|Nick Ingman||Lazy River 1|
|Tim Burness||Touch Together|
|Duncan MacKay||Gin Sing|
|Cath Baxter||Canon in D|
|Orchestra Arcana||Life Class|
|Jimi Bazooka||Countryman Pt 2|
|Anaalivaihe||0.11.2012 (Gatto Fritto Edit)|
|Dane Close||Johnny Hatez Jizz|
|Soft Rocks||The Crazy Frog|
|Tarjei Nygard||Suratkorps (Target’s Handarbeidsversjon)|
|John Cooper Clarke||(I Married A) Monster From Outer Space|
|Man from Uranus||Aeroplane to Australia|
|The Metronomes||Sex I|
|Tombo no Yu||Mineral|
|Ash Black Bufflo||Go ‘way Old Ghosts|
|Lewis Hunter||Bye Then|
|Gareth E Rees & Polypores||Everything is Interesting|
|Lewis Hunter||Builds Ago Ekei|
|Apologist||No Closer Than The Moon|
|Passepartout Duo||Epigram III|
|Me Lost Me||Nightingale (accapella)|
|Dead Leg||A Series of Embrasures|
|Andrew Tuttle||Ascending Spring Clean|
|Passepartout Duo||Epigram V|
|Lewis Hunter||Bye Then|
|Controlled Weirdness||Drifting Through The Streets|
|Gareth E Rees & Polypores||Dream Motion Trip|