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posted a review of Stephan Mathieu - Radiance. about 1 year ago
12 CDs jam-packed with electro-acoustic goodness. Static but evolving, organic and electronic, timbral and tremendous. Drone at its finest. For those of us who thrill to Phill Niblock and Eliane Radigue, this is manna from heaven.
posted a review of Vivian Stanshall - Sir Henry At Ndidi's Kraal. about 1 year ago
Extremely disappointing sequel to 'Sir Henry...'. Buy that uproarious classic instead. Avoid this unfunny travesty.
posted a review of Ennio Morricone - The Thing. over 2 years ago
Classic soundtrack that's as good to listen to as a piece of stand-alone music as it is to accompany the classic film.
posted a review of Arkhonia* - Trails/Traces. over 2 years ago
Prime slice of Mancunian drone; somewhat reminiscent of the drone poems of Peter Wright, though somewhat more relaxed and smooth than the latter's. A gem.
posted a review of Conlon Nancarrow - Studies For Player Piano. over 2 years ago
Nancarrow is one of the giants of 20th Century music. This box set is obligatory.
posted a review of Air Formation - Air Formation. over 2 years ago
Seashine is worth the price of admission alone. Fantastic Shoegaze!
posted a review of Severed Heads - Clifford Darling, Please Don't Live In The Past. over 2 years ago
Just---odd. Tuxedo Moon meets The Residents meets synth pop like Depeche Mode. Sounds good to me!
posted a review of Peter Wright - Desolation Beauty Violence. over 2 years ago
Masterpiece from this masterful ambient/drone/experimental UK-based New Zealand-born guitarist. Minimal, delicate, robust and maximal all at once. These pieces build steadily over time and often achieve an almost beatific and rhapsodic intensity. Seek ... See full review
posted a comment on Bob Mould. over 2 years ago
I saw Husker Du twice at the defunct 'International' In Manchester on their Candy Apple Grey and Warehouse tours. Fucking intense. Met them afterwards: Bob was snappy, Grant maniacal and loud, Greg sat with us and talked about our lives- a great man ... See full review
posted a review of Sugar (5) - Beaster. over 2 years ago
Sugar and Mould's masterpiece. More intense than Copper Blue... 'teeth-grindingly hard' was Bob's mission statement. And boy, does he deliver, and then some. Allusions to religious imagery abound in the titles and the lyrics, and the final track is a ... See full review
posted a review of Tetsu Inoue - Inland. over 2 years ago
Another excellent release of Fax from master Tetsu. Drifting and enveloping, rather like his previous release 'Shades of Orion 2'; but this is a more hermetic affair, with ebbs and flows in the drones, somewhat similar to Eno's Ambient albums in his ... See full review
posted a review of Silence - Silence III. over 2 years ago
Rather wonderful entry into the SILENCE catalogue- which is without doubt the best project that Namlook did. All 5 entries are worthy, with I and V being masterpieces. Why didn't Namlook do more world/ethnic/drone/Eno-esque works like this? It seemed to ... See full review
posted a review of Towering Inferno - Kaddish. over 2 years ago
For my money the be(a)st album of the 1990's. An incredible, emotionally-charged, abstract yet soaked in tradition narrative of the Jewish experience: repression, fear, isolation, claustrophobia, persecution.
A song-cycle, really, with written texts ... See full review
posted a review of The Interstellar Cementmixers - Monochrome Gravity. over 2 years ago
Cosmic black hole entropy soundtrack music. A brilliant and disturbing aural odyssey for fans of Klaus Schulze's 'Irrlicht' and Tangerine Dream's 'Zeit'. Modern Kosmiche from the Midlands.
posted a review of Magpie Lane - A Taste Of Ale. over 3 years ago
Fantastic collection of drinking songs from mediaeval to WWI. a pleasure to listen to and sup along to.
posted a review of D_rradio - Leaves. over 3 years ago
Superb and sublime double cee dee of immersive ambience, sometimes sounding, in its pastoral elegance that slowly unfolds and shifts in a sea of increasing reverberation, not unlike the works of William Basinski and his 'Disintegration Loops'. And ... See full review
posted a review of Skin Crime - Case Studies In Early Taxidermy Techniques. over 3 years ago
Essential for noiseniks, this comprehensive box is pretty much the definitive word in American Power Electronics. If you like this kind of thing, a compulsory purchase, especially before it sells out and market forces dictate how much it spirals upwards ... See full review
posted a review of Bertoia* - Sonambient (Complete Collection). over 3 years ago
I was one of those who pre-ordered to help important release this huge set, as i had a copy of his 'Unfolding' on Japanese import, and new his sculptures were brilliant. But little prepared me for this. Even the irritation over the £12 import charge that ... See full review
posted a review of Sargasso Trio - Get To Grips. over 3 years ago
Corking album, my favourite of the year 2012. Mixes synth-pop and folk with Samba and latin influences to create something wonderful.
posted a comment on Various - Ambient 4: Isolationism. over 3 years ago
Indeed. But were they not known as 'dark ambient' or 'gothic ambient'? The term 'isolationist' was coined by the compiler of this Cd, Kevin Martin, in much the same way Eno coined 'ambient' on his Discreet Music, even though ambient music had been around ... See full review
posted a review of Evan Parker - 50th Birthday Concert. over 3 years ago
One of the highlights of the Leo catalogue. Schlippenbach is on fire on piano, with birthday boy Evan equal to the conflagration with stratospheric free jazzy soloing. Lyrical, too. Gets way out there very early, then raises the bar. Incredible playing ... See full review
posted a review of AMM - Laminal. over 3 years ago
If you're a fan of AMM's more abstract and lahar concerts, like The Crypt, then these three volcanic and essential eruptions are the place to have a blast. Abstraction is high, as is the excitement; and these are some of the most exhilarating concerts in ... See full review
posted a comment on Fink - Ever Since I Was A Kid It Seemed I Collected Something. over 3 years ago
Spot on. Recently i've selling my old records to put some money in the bank, and i've spent all the proceedings from those sales on other records......
posted a review of Conlon Nancarrow - Studies For Player Piano - Vol. III & IV. over 3 years ago
Unbelievable, mad washes of blues, boogie woogie, jazz; spinning delirium, minimal, maximalist, freeform, abstract: a whole bunch of words that apply to these amazing soundworlds. A genuine example of how a quiet maverick can work away virtually ... See full review
posted a review of Roger Eno - Between Tides. over 4 years ago
Fantastic album, the younger Eno comes closer to Satie's concept of 'furniture music' than Brian ever has, despite the latter's public intentions and proclamations. Chamber ensemble melds with minimalistic ambience in a perfect and agreeable fusion that ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Sound Traffic Control Presents Swarm Of Drones. over 4 years ago
Another corking installment in Asphodel's '...of drones' trilogy. Exclusive or excerpted material from rare and obscure material, these two discs contain many gems hidden amongst the nuggets. If you're into drone, then these Cds are pretty much ... See full review
posted a review of Sister Sledge - Lost In Music (1984 Mix By Nile Rodgers). over 4 years ago
One of the greatest songs ever recorded. Bernard and Nile were incomparable at their peak.
posted a review of Paul Bowles - The Pool K III. over 4 years ago
Excellent piece of musique concrete/ faux field recording. Some of it resembles hearing a slow Gamelan orchestra underwater (!), with slow echoing percussive drips, reverb, distortion..... bizarre and fantastic, unheralded and odd; wonder what Bowles ... See full review
posted a review of Charles Ives - Universe Symphony. over 4 years ago
Excellent realization of an unfinished Ives piece. From percussive pulse to microtonal stasis recalling Ligeti's micropolyphony pieces of the 60's, this is an eye-opener and a must for Ives fans.
posted a review of Nils Frahm - Solo. over 4 years ago
Essential piano pieces treated with gorgeous reverb: a wall of sound that Satie would have approved of (?). Think Harold Budd or Roger Eno circa 'Voices'. Stately and advancing forward by increments. Get a copy.
posted a review of Anthony Manning - A Manning Compendium. over 4 years ago
Excellent overview of Manning's work on the Irdial label, one of the unsung heroes at the experimental interface of ambient and minimalist techno stylings. Much of 'Chromium Nebulae' seems to share a musical kinship with early (and best) Aphex Twin, with ... See full review
posted a review of John Cage - Kenneth Patchen - The City Wears A Slouch Hat. over 4 years ago
Absolutely gripping, ecstatic piece of soundart meets a lyrical noir, as a christ-like figure encounters many of the empty souls on a New York night, to Cage's exhilarating percussion landscapes. Surely this was his outstanding musical dialect. Amazing ... See full review
posted a review of Alan Lamb - Archival Recordings: Primal Image / Beauty. over 4 years ago
M' learned colleague mjb summed up this whole album very nicely. And the introduction stirs memories in me too, as in the early 1980's my friend introduced me a similar phaser-gun sounding structure: a girder of steel spanning the local river. Straddle ... See full review
posted a review of Leif Elggren - Talking To A Dead Queen. over 4 years ago
Y'all, i think that this could well be in my all time top 10 albums. So bizarre, yes. But it has that something that pulls you back again and again.
Starting with a brief history of the late Queen's last hours and autopsy, read in a blank manner over the ... See full review
posted a review of David Sylvian ∙ Holger Czukay - Flux + Mutability. over 4 years ago
Pretty much THE Ambient album. Relaxing, inventive on-the-hoof as well as taking in the bigger picture; evolving; involving.... the maddest thing is this was an exercise in IMPROV. How to make a soundscape live. Like Miles' 'A Kind Of Blue', you think ... See full review
posted a review of Iasos - Timeless Sound. over 4 years ago
Awful New-agey cover belies the artifact within, which consists of two sublime ambient drone meditations. Never heard of this geezer before, but the cover, the titles, his photo and even his name pointed to Greek bombast a la Vangelis. I was wrong. ... See full review
posted a review of Ashra - New Age Of Earth. over 4 years ago
Brilliant spacey Kosmiche noodling from the unabashed hippies, released right into the maelstrom of Punk. Later Ashra stuff would veer too close to Pink Floyd for my liking, but here they make a thrilling ambient statement with the requisite 70's guitar ... See full review
posted a review of Arcane Device - Devices 1987-2007. over 4 years ago
The first disc is of unreleased/compilation material that is inevitably patchy. The second disc, with its symphony in four movements, is the real grist here: abstract, noisy and the sound of a no-input mixer's molecules of air colliding and feeding back. ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Ambient 4: Isolationism. over 4 years ago
Kevin Martin (Techno Animal/The Bug/Ice) compiles a zeitgeist-busting compilation of musics that actually didn't have a scene or a 'name' until Martin christened it Isolationism ( in retrospect all 'scenes' are the same- artists doing similar things ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Ghost Orchid: An Introduction To EVP. over 4 years ago
Absolutely fascinating! Although as a rationalist i have my doubts indeed that these are voices from beyond (and some of the last tracks from a couple of physicists from CERN posit that maybe the true source is within our subconsciousness, as a form of ... See full review
posted a review of Various - The Ambient Eclipse. over 4 years ago
Excellent compilation of spacey ambient pieces. Some well known names amongst the artists, and the lesser familiar are brilliant as well. Spacey and drone-based, but not static and not dark-ambient. All the pieces are gems and all are worthy of your time ... See full review
posted a review of From Within - From Within. over 4 years ago
Excellent collaboration between Namlook and minimalist Techno boffin Hawtin, aka Plastikman. Again, Namlook often works best in collaborations when someone is prepared to up the ante and take control of the session, leaving Namlook in a more supporting, ... See full review
posted a comment on Various - North - The Sound Of The Dance Underground. over 4 years ago
When i first heard this it blew my mind. I had stopped going to the Hacienda for a few years, and in my absence a revolution had occurred in my own backyard! This turned me onto dance music, onto black music (my tastes had been very indie and white until ... See full review
posted a review of Silence - Silence. over 4 years ago
Quite possibly the best release on Fax, and Namlook's for that matter. Four lengthy pieces, captivating, ethereal, compulsive, haunting. The earliest Namlook are the best; and this is the first Fax release ever, so...
My copy is a Rising High release, as ... See full review
posted a review of Brian Eno - Music For Civic Recovery Centre. over 5 years ago
From David Toop's Soundart exhibition, this is a 'remix' of Kite Stories and Parts of The Shutov Assembly, and close to the spirit of Thursday Afternoon. Drifting, meditative, sublime with multiple sound sources weaving a mesmerising pattern. Much, much ... See full review
posted a review of Eliane Radigue - Trilogie De La Mort. over 5 years ago
Peerless and sublime. Essential.
posted a review of Harold Budd & Clive Wright - A Song For Lost Blossoms. over 5 years ago
Absolutely sublime. the kind of thing David Gilmour should have done with The ORB, instead of the vapid 'Metallic Spheres'. Budd's best work in years, revitalised by the ambient and sympathetic guitar work of Wright. Why such a low rating? Buy a copy, is ... See full review
posted a review of Silence - Silence IV. over 5 years ago
The best series Namlook was ever involved with, and really the only consistently great one too- though Shades of Orion and 2350 Broadway, Dreamfish are excellent as well. Easily as good as the first two albums in the series, as well as the final ... See full review
posted a review of Hildur Guðnadóttir - Mount A. over 5 years ago
Sublime work of organic and errant drones; A work in progress; Unifying a concept; ravishing, at times: purchase!
posted a review of Muslimgauze - Betrayal. over 5 years ago
My favourite Muslimgauze. All the tracks are variations on a theme/remixes, but in here are some of his most compelling rhythms and ad hoc percussion and found sounds, especially track 9. there is a mountain of Jones' recordings out there now; but this ... See full review