We’ve price-slashed another handful of random picks this week, and the low prices will be good through April 9th or while supplies last.
The Winterhouse – Sanctuary –Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
“Sanctuary, the third Winterhouse collaboration, will entrance with its deep, flowing textures and rich expressive details. The five long pieces seem to engage cinematically, drawing sonic vistas and sending the listener drifting on excursions of discovery. Rich drone bases overlaid with strings, grainy pads, subtle melodies, and sonic gems of many kinds.”
LISTEN to “Rememberance of Things Past” from this album.
Sgnl_Fltr – Vebra –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
The album opens with “Nomo”, which jumps right in to a stuttering rhythm and heavy punchy bass. Very modern and edgy stuff, yet altogether accessible. “Pranka” slows things down but remains firmly rooted in synthetic electronics, with soft shuffling percussion and more bass. “Empak” is a brief abstract piece with little clicks and wind-like synths whooshing by. “Glacion” has an appropriately chilly feel, a la Biosphere with sparse drones and effects. “Run-Ra” stomps steadily along with a nice bit of crunchiness, for lack of a better word. “Lono” moves semi-spastically along, with quirky pulses carrying a wide variety of sound samples along for the enjoyable ride. It is equal parts Spyra, Pete Namlook, and similar sources of intelligent electronica. Each track is an experiment, a blank canvas to which a sonic abstract painting is applied. “Nkuh” saves the best for last, moving at a moderate clip in a cool groove, abruptly bringing Vebra to its conclusion. -databloem.com
LISTEN to “Nkuh” from this album.
Maurizio Bianchi & Craig Hilton – PU 94 –Regularly $8.99, right now just $5.99
“Extremely dark atmospheres, restless and dramatic… Sharp masses of metallic noises cleave pulsating substrates of low frequencies, mixed with magmatic agglomerates of more processed sounds of an unrecognizable nature… Moments of stasis and apparent quietness… Handfuls of minutes of an unutterable, hanging and distressing tension… Sudden showers of vibrant frequencies that emerge from nowhere and bury everything under an heavy and devastating sonic mantle… A real masterpiece of incredibly dark and subterranean music.” -Silentes
LISTEN to a bit from this album.
Northern – Drawn
–Regularly $7.99, right now just $4.99
Debut release from Canada’s Northern. Northern is all about clean digital samples and warm tones. northern is all about lovely guitar meanderings and skittering textures. Perhaps it is the frozen nature of Canada’s landscape or the endearing dismay of the season’s discontent that has transformed us. Winter reminds us all of polaroid pictures and places that exist only in dreams.
LISTEN to “Manage” from this album.
Vidna Obmana – Anthology 1984-2004 –Regularly $13.99, right now just $9.99
2004 celebrates the 20th anniversary of vidnaObmana. These past 20 years signified vidnaObmana as one of the most wilful independent exprimental artists around. He recorded more than 35 CD albums, whether solo or in collaboration, of music that explored the abrasive side of electronic composition, the freeform landscapes of the isolationist ambient aesthetic, the structured interactivity of Fourth World soundscapes, international music traditions and post-classical experimentations. VidnaObmana’s anthology 1984 – 2004 release marks this celebration and covers vidna’s oeuvre from 1984 up till 2004. For the first ever, this anthology links vidnaObmana’s most succesful ambient period with his most obscure earlier phase. A period in his career that vidnaObmana refused to recognize up till a year ago when he realized that his experimental and noise phase created the foundation for what he has produced up till now. 12 selections which range in style from ambient music in the vein of River of Appearance and his ambient Trilogy to harsh noise electronics from the early 80’s. An unique and provocative document confirming vidnaObmana’s essential position in the field of electronic and modern experimental music. This CD, the first in a series of anthologies also stands for the birth of vidnaObmana’s own label Ikon (This first release is in alliance with Projekt). The circle is complete and a new path lies ahead.
LISTEN to “The Nocturnal Air” from this album.
Robert Rich – Open Window Regularly $8.99, right now just $4.99
While better known for his electronic textures, Robert Rich often includes piano solos during his live concerts. Open Window documents his improvisational approach to acoustic piano, with influences ranging from Alan Hovhannes, G.I. Gurdjieff and Erik Satie to Terry Riley and Keith Jarrett.
Rich chose to record Open Window on his own 1925 vintage A.B. Chase baby grand, an instrument with a more intimate sound than a full-size concert piano. Over a period of two months, he kept a daily schedule of piano improvisation, with microphones set up to record at all times. The pieces selected here reflect special moments during this concentrated period. These were the moments when effort vanished, and the music seemed to write itself.
LISTEN to “Corners” from this album.
Gnome & Spybey – Beyond Willie’s Place –Regularly $15.99, right now just $9.99
“Mark Spybey’s been having his way with rhythm and noise for so long that the motifs he’s ascribed over the years are practically commonplace amongst the novice post-industrialist, or hell, the post-whatever. His is a sound that summons any number of nocturnal beasties from the ether. Throughout the last 25-plus years, he’s plied his trade and remarkable sonic mojo both solo and in the company of many a forward-thinking electronic engineer. His collaborators include cEvin Key, Eric Pounder, Jean-Yves Theriault, Jarboe, Mick Harris, Martin Atkins, James Plotkin, Mark Nugent, Orphx, Phil Western, David Wright, Zev Asher, Darryl Neudorf, Ryan Moore, Niels van Hoorn, Kinder Atom, Evolution Control Committee, Chris Connelly and others. It’s as Dead Voices On Air, however, that some of his most startling ideas emerge fully-realized and fully-armed; of course, to hear Spybey tell it, once art leaves the nest it’s up to (once again) the recipient to assume the role of engager: “My work is created in isolation from external references. That is the ideal I strive for. Only in this way is it possible to allow the listener an opportunity to create their own understanding of the music, or, as the artist Joseph Beuys once said, ‘One should resort to interpretation only in an emergency.’” -Tourette Records
LISTEN to “Rotes” from this album.