Review: The debut self-titled ?? comes in a limited edition of only one hundred tapes. These four tracks are separated into vignettes, running about forty minutes and contain evocative drone work, from the faint abyss to luminous, jettisoning abandon. Radiance purrs of low-fi tranquility that skims the thin layered surface, with a warm base. Night Shineth as the Day collects some outdoor field recordings, bird sing sweetly paired with a sinewy mid-tonal synth alternating between a lackadaisical afternoon and hazy daydreaming.
Review: Songs of an Empty Room' is the second solo album from Iranian sound artist Maryam Sirvan, also one half of the electronic duo NUM. 'Songs of An Empty Room' is a static inner journey into infinity, a story of a secluded room on a dull, grey summer evening.
Review: Pattern' is a new, two song slow burner by Japanese sound artist duenn. This album is an hour long sonic journey bathed in shimmering reflections with a profound sense of stillness and quietude.
Review: Orchestral Tape Studies is a compilation arranged and produced by healing sound propagandist, ??. OTS is a group of richly layered movements of fragmented orchestral loops, paying homage to minimalist symphonic composers and orchestras. ?? incorporates field recordings and faint drone billows to accompany these selected samples of orchestral loops. With an emphasis on tone and recurrent murmurs, these four arrangements offer 32 minutes of delicate repetition, reticent sound treatments, and subtle manipulations. OTS is intended for low-volume listening.
Review: Swedish producer Ludvig Cimbrelius, also performing under the monikers Purl, Eternell, and Illuvia, has crafted a new collection of blissful sounds, utilizing layers of processed vocals over a bed of delicate guitar swells and luscious atmospheres. These four long pieces effortlessly flow together while drifting transcendently with the listener.
The Stars In Your Head & The Earth Beneath Your Feet
Heron Song (He Waits In The Fog)
Meager Smiles For A Better Tomorrow
Review: Hidden Amongst the Trees and Foothills' was recorded this past spring during what I would describe as a very weird time for me. I was experiencing a constant sense of isolation and feeling disconnected with both myself and others. Playing guitar has been a constant source of peace for me and these are some tracks that came out of this difficult period. Looking back now, I feel like I'm in a different, better place now. I hope this music will bring peace to others just as it has done for me.
Review: Fragments' was created by using a method of composition James has been perfecting, where he takes small pieces of unreleased music that he has written stretching over the last 10 years, and runs them through different modes and methods of granular stretching and FFT processing. In some cases, the original audio source was no longer than 20-30 seconds long.
Review: NUM's latest effort is a haunting journey into the dark silhouettes of avant-noise; if there was a soundtrack to accompany a journey into a black hole, 'False Awakening' would be it. NUM have created an ominous sound that goes far beyond any beaten path, stretching and exceeding uncharted territories that spirals into an infinite abyss. The 32 minute arrangement is comprised of two movements that incorporate processed voice, electric guitar, field recordings, electronics and saxophone.