Review: It's been nearly three years since the release of Christian Fennesz's last solo album, which is almost an eternity given his track record of serving up several albums a year. The gap is in part down to a lengthy period between studio spaces, a situation that forced the Vienna-based experimentalist to go back to basics and record with minimal equipment in his bedroom (a similar process to that used in the early days of his career). Impressively, the results are every bit as beguiling as you'd expect, from the slowly unfurling manipulated guitars, swelling chords and heartbeat pulse of opener "In My Room", to the shoegaze ambient warmth of "We Trigger The Sun", via the fuzzy field recordings, thunderstorm electronics and emotion-stirring melodies of "Rainfall".
Saint Pancras (The One That Holds Everything) (4:08)
Review: Multidisciplinary artist Philip Jeck releases his twelfth album on the legendary Touch imprint. The album features revised recordings from London, New Jersey, Athens and Krems over the last few years. The shorter compositions featured being more recent works completed in his own Liverpool studio. There are some truly haunting yet breath taking moments captured here such as on the chilling, near glacial feeling soundscapes of "Bend The Knee Part 1..." and "...Bend The Knee Part 5" and "Station View" taken from Octopus Collective's Full Of Noise Festival in 2014. Highly recommended.
Review: This is something of a treat for fans of the late, great Mika Vainio. It's a book and CD combination that was first discussed by Vainio and photographer Josephine Michel in 2017. The book contains 100 pages of artful, close-up photos of "quasi-scientific imagery" that Michel took following discussions with Vainio before he passed away. The accompanying CD is icy, pulsing and abstract and provides a surprisingly fitting accompaniment. It's a recording of a particularly potent set that Vainio performed at ContraPop in Ramsgate in 2016. The label claims it's as good as anything the Finnish experimentalist released during his lifetime. While that's a bold claim, it's certainly very impressive.