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posted a review of Out Out - Deepsound. 2 days ago
Either/or. An expression few of us think about and even fewer use. This dangling combination’s latter half has had an album now fashioned out of it. Imagine if you will a sort of music which combines a particle accelerator and the gold extraction process ... See full review
posted a review of Out Out - Deepsound. 2 days ago
He just doesn’t sleep, that’s the only conclusion I can draw from his heightened schedule of releases. We had ‘Ridotto’ not too long ago and now we get a double set of new music from him. Right, let’s get to it.

Out Out have a love of dub and if that’s ... See full review
posted a review of Shrine - Celestial Fire. 10 days ago
Shrine’s evolution out of dark ambient continues on his latest and I have to wonder how long it’s going to be before some director gets in touch with him about a project. You see, while so many happily clamor inside that black iron kettle of safe, ... See full review
posted a review of Black Nail Cabaret - Pseudopop. 15 days ago
The experimental pop record. Many feel the need to attempt one, few finish. Of those who complete the task, even fewer are worth the time it takes to listen. I can count those which have merit on one hand, which is fitting because Black Nail Cabaret’s ... See full review
posted a review of Stairway Maze - Hollow Spaces . about 1 month ago
Timing be damned, Stairway Maze’s material had to digest. I’ve no doubt he spent quite a few evenings revising this album and it shows. There’s nothing out of place in these purported hollow spaces, in fact one finds a plethora of electronic detailing ... See full review
posted a review of Darkness On Demand - Post Stone Age Technology. about 1 month ago
We have a very interesting album to contend with here, 3/4 of Dance or Die operating under a new name somehow managing to not sound like it; this is my first time hearing Wagner away from A.N.G.O., I suspect it will be for quite a few others but it is no ... See full review
posted a comment on Engram - Das Kapital. about 1 month ago
They’ll let the samples do the talking, thank you very much; dark though the vision may be it is also one of flawless technical execution. Begun in the 1990s, Engram is a project I never expected to hear in album format and yet here I am basking in it’s ... See full review
posted a review of Frozen Rabbit - Real Lower Limit. about 1 month ago
I don’t know what it is but whenever Phil Western and Tim Hill team up the results are just mind-blowing. You can trace this chemistry back to 2001’s sublime ‘Dark Features’ and though Frozen Rabbit releases infrequently it is potent. So potent that its ... See full review
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posted a review of Alien Sex Fiend - Possessed. about 1 month ago
All those years ago they penned a tuned named “Get Into It” and here I am thirty two years later still into what they do. “Oh my God, what is going on?” Nik Fiend once asked, allow me to with regard to ‘Possessed’. I don’t even count how many albums they ... See full review
posted a review of Phil Western - No Love Lost. about 1 month ago
I didn’t much care for this one when I first got it, which is precisely how I like my Phil Western work these days. If it doesn’t challenge me, if it doesn’t force me to broaden my frame of reference then there really is no point in listening. Phil’s ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Creeping Cinquefoil (Five Years Of Buried Treasure). about 1 month ago
The gang’s all here. Celebrating five years of existence, Buried Treasure doles out a fine selection of their wares and even manages to give you a pair of coasters so you can enjoy a libation while you tuck in. This label and those who are behind it have ... See full review
posted a review of Galloway (7) - Hallogalloway. 2 months ago
With a garbled transmission, we’re off on Galloway’s debut album, one which has been a while in coming but has been worth the wait. Before I get too far into the auditory wasteland this one chronicles I’d just like to say that his half of the ‘White ... See full review
posted a review of KSDS (2) - Out Of The Void. 2 months ago
I never knew they had it in them, the ability to make such an approachable release. ‘Out of the Void’ could not have been more aptly named as it’s predecessor, ‘Black Abba’, was quite a demanding record to play. I say that with both reverence and fear, ... See full review
posted a review of Galloway (7), Commodore Meniscus - White Peak / Dark Peak. 2 months ago
What’s in a name. Well in this case we have two destinations being demarcated on this release, one by a name new to me (Galloway) and the other by an individual who has already been at my grey matter on numerous occasions (Commodore Meniscus). I’m ... See full review
posted a review of Alison Cotton - All Is Quiet At The Ancient Theatre. 3 months ago
Discarding the pretty side of things, this half of The Left Outsides goes full-on experimental with her debut solo release. All of the elements which could be employed to make what we’ve heard out of her are there but they’ve been re-purposed. There is ... See full review
posted a review of Monolith - Falling Dreams. 3 months ago
Ever since re-emerging a few years back, Monolith have gone from strength to strength; this record was simply too good to let slip into the ether. I’ve been following him since he debuted this name back in 1997 and I have to say that ‘Falling Dreams’ ... See full review
posted a review of Vortex (26) - As Gods Fall. 6 months ago
Dark Ambient as a style is at a bit of a crossroads currently, there’s a lot of it being pumped out with the majority having all the menace of camomile tea; formula is driving many of these artists coupled with amusing new terms which keep appearing. ... See full review
posted a review of Appleblim - Life In A Laser. 6 months ago
A very pleasant surprise, this, a full length from one of the odder artists operating out there. As one half of the duo who co-piloted the glorious Skull Disco label, Appleblim demonstrated early on his chops in the production and imagination ... See full review
posted a review of Sieben - Crumbs. 6 months ago
Ah just look at him on the cover in his Sunday tea time best. Flip the panel and you’ll see how thin the veneer is as a Guy Fawkes mask and full fencing uniform greet you; there can be no doubt that we’re living in extraordinarily perilous times with one ... See full review
posted a review of Pieter Nooten - Stem. 6 months ago
Another five years have passed since we heard from Pieter Nooten last; funny thing, time, it really doesn’t have much bearing on what he does musically. The fads come and go, the blossom of youth fades from another series of pop progeny but his work ... See full review
posted a review of Ozymandias - Dans Mon Monde. 6 months ago
Hello again, fellow travelers, we’re on his road once more. What road is this, you ask? One which has for many many years now taken us to places of stark contrasts and devastating beauty. Against a continual background of silence, Christophe Terrettaz ... See full review
posted a review of Polypores - Sacred Drift. 7 months ago
Serenity can so often be deceiving; on its face, this new album from Polypores is all about naturalist escapism but just beneath the placid surface all manner of activity is going on. From the sporing of new life to the decay of what is no more and is ... See full review
posted a review of Eclipsed (3) - The Probabilistic Mind. 7 months ago
The state of things these days at the experimental end of artistic expression is perilous, to say the least. Enter Aliens latest issuance, a project between Samhain and KIFOTH named Eclipsed. There’s a definite reason they chose this name, ladies and ... See full review
posted a review of Lychgate (2) - The Contagion In Nine Steps. 7 months ago
I like it when albums fight me, refusing to give up their secrets until they’re stuck in my head. Such is the case with England’s Lychgate, an act who count Ennio Morricone and Autopsia among their influences; oh yes, they operate in a musical sphere of ... See full review
posted a review of Revbjelde - RRLR. 7 months ago
While we wait for their second album to appear, Revbjelde dole out some more sonic delicacies for us to investigate. They have been remixed by a very diverse group of artists which include Time Attendant and Assembled Minds; the latter of these two I’m ... See full review
posted a review of The Transit Board - A New Kind Of Temporary. 7 months ago
Uncertainty. It comes in many guises and it often hides right in plain sight as a reassuring friend. For The Transit Board, this kind of transitory state forms the basis of their second release and like the concept in question it never lets one remain ... See full review
posted a review of David Galas - A Long Hard Road To Nowhere. 7 months ago
With a title like this you know things are about to get interesting. For many years now, David Galas has been hard at work releasing some of the most exhausting and exhilarating records you’re going to find out there. The intensity of his solo albums has ... See full review
posted a review of SN-A - Distance. 8 months ago
The surprises just keep coming.

Sinewy textures and interstellar scope are what first jumped out at me when listening to the latest album from SN-A, a completely engaging take on time and space. It’s been a while since this formation had anything out, ... See full review
posted a review of Out Out - Asteroid 99 Soundtrack And Other Experimental Works . 8 months ago
Whatever expectations or conceptions you have about Out Out no longer apply. I’ve been a fan since his days on Axis records and even I could not have predicted what I’m hearing here. Another analogy would be of a script being completely re-written with ... See full review
posted a review of Adrian Dziewanski - The Trail Loops Back. 8 months ago
Should you ever have occasion to visit Vancouver, British Columbia make sure you include Stanley Park on your itinerary. Why’s this? Because there is a trail which cuts through the heart of it this release could easily form the soundtrack to. As you make ... See full review
posted a review of Jemh Circs - (untitled) Kingdom. 9 months ago
Picture a construction site after the day is done, observe the myriad scraps shuffling about the place. Is there a pattern to their movements, does it even seem from time to time as though they’re communicating amongst themselves? Now take all of this ... See full review
posted a review of Tor Lundvall - A Dark Place. 10 months ago
“Cursed by sensitivity”

For having been at this as long as he has, Tor Lundvall hasn't been one to lay his cards on the table like this before. What few vocal albums he’s done have always contained opaque lyrics, open to all manner of interpretation. ... See full review
posted a review of Out Out - Ridotto. 11 months ago
All those years ago when he stated that techno was alive and well and had left the building, I’d wondered where it had gone off to. Specifically, the brand which Out Out practice; we had a small taste of it when he put out the ‘Breathing Again’ EP and ... See full review
posted a review of The Heartwood Institute - Secret Rites. 11 months ago
Right. Here I am in 2018, writing about the music of Jonathan Sharp, wild.

On his latest offering we find all manner of sonic tricks and trademarks; not the least of which are those long, droning notes he has always enjoyed stretching out across what he ... See full review
posted a review of Autumn Tears - The Origin Of Sleep. 11 months ago
For being gone over a decade, Autumn Tears pick right up from where they left off with ‘The Hallowing’. The list of contributors for this EP is lengthy but as I took it all in what became apparent is that each individual was a small piece in a very ... See full review
posted a review of Jeffrey Siedler - Logic Formations. 11 months ago
It may have taken some time to digest this but the process was undeniably worth it, this is the sound of past and present colliding with spectacular results. The background to this record can be sourced on Buried Treaure’s site but the meat of the matter ... See full review
posted a review of The Mighty Lemon Drops - World Without End. 11 months ago
There are many records out there scattered across my youth but there is none more bittersweet than what these four Wolverhampton residents unleashed on the world in 1988. Oh sure, they weren’t massive here in the US and you could be forgiven for noting ... See full review
posted a review of Panamint Manse - The Gravel Ghost. 12 months ago
So once more we’re back out in the desert with Panamint Manse only we’re there after a rainstorm. If you’ve ever been in his sort of landscape after one you’ll soon notice just how much life such a place can hide; the colors burst forth from his sonic ... See full review
posted a review of I/O (7) - Saudade. about 1 year ago
Ever since Dif Juz ended in 1987, I have been looking for a band to fill the incredible void they left behind and with their debut album, Boston’s I/O have managed to do this. While not as abstract or experimental as they were, I/O are so melodic and so ... See full review
posted a review of Various - All The Merry Year Round (Dawn Edition). about 1 year ago
A Year in the Country would have to be the major revelation in my musical world this year; it is both this artist’s platform and a label which boasts an impressive roster of individuals pursuing their own creative visions. ‘All the Merry Year Round’ is ... See full review
posted a review of Mentallo And The Fixer* - Arrange The Molecule. about 1 year ago
Gary Dassing loves his trilogies, throughout his career he’s given us installments of each phase using this construct. This latest one has taken over a decade to come to fruition; once again, Mentallo & The Fixer take yet another left turn into a region ... See full review
posted a review of Vampire Rodents - Noises in the Wall. about 1 year ago
There are three constants in the world which the Vampire Rodents inhabit: suspense, cynicism and funk. I know that sounds strange, but then this is no ordinary artist. You can add longevity to that mix as we’ve not heard from D. Vahnke since his Ether ... See full review
posted a review of X Mal Deutschland - Viva. about 1 year ago
Two albums into their career, one of 4AD’s hidden gems Xmal Deutschland jumped ship and released via their own label -fittingly named Xile- a true masterwork of the era: 1987’s ‘Viva’. Now you probably are wondering why it is you haven’t heard of this ... See full review
posted a review of Francesco Covarino - Olive. about 1 year ago
The standard approach with drums is having them anchor everything else, there’s also a tendency to insert dramatic flourishes in one’s playing so as to let people know who’s the engine. Francesco is not one of these types; no big runs through the toms ... See full review
posted a review of Martin Hoogeboom, Gusev K.P., Paul Mimlitsch - Trapped!. about 1 year ago
In their continuing exploration of what nobody else will acknowledge is very much out there in the underground, Thirsty Leaves have given us an album by a rather strange trio of fellows for whom the stereo field is a blank slate just waiting to be ... See full review
posted a review of Virlyn - Inner Emigration. about 1 year ago
Empty spaces have a tendency to bring out the philosopher in all of us, their existence is a wide-angle lens for piddling humans to make sense of their existence through. For many, however, this emptiness is not to be found externally but within. There ... See full review
posted a review of Moev - One Minute World. about 1 year ago
Yes, they are still with us. Their profile is greatly reduced and they don’t really play live much anymore, but there was a time when both those things were the exact opposite. Forever remembered for their 88 – 93 period, people don’t seem to realize ... See full review
posted a review of Felix Flaucher. about 1 year ago
Another night in the kitchen with Frank... and the sound of his broken guitar. Rest in peace, Felix.
posted a review of Akwalek - Ektoplasmik Boor Selekt. about 1 year ago
The last time I was in a paint store I couldn’t help noticing the machines agitating said cans; now imagine those running all night, then picture how it’d look the next day after all those cans had slipped out of alignment and exploded. You’d no doubt ... See full review