Blinkhorn – Input/Output

•February 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Blippy techno from Blinkhorn on none-more-electronic-named Input/Output.

Blinkhorn is Patrick Blinkhorn from Washington DC, who’s also managing editor at Blisspop. Input / Output is his new release on Emkan records.

His range of styles includes ambient and that means whilst Input is techno it is also a reflection of that broader palette. Starts off a bit quietly this one before broadening itself out to a bunch of blippy sounds and a surprisingly sinuous groove. Beats are there but never dominate. This is robot dancing, all digital, nothing human here. Jerk along.

Output is a different proposition. A tune not prepared to go quietly. A less restrained, more experimental bent. Techno as computer symphony with an acid conductor. The blips and bloops are more dynamic and strident. If input/output is the communication between an information processing system, such as a computer, and the outside world, then Output is saying you will dance, flail if you must but move your self.

Music for the microprocessor in your life.

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Mute Yourself by Slighter

•February 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Slighter’s back with some post-rock ambient industrial. All growling and stalking in treacle. There’s a vocal version but that need not detain us here. The instrumental gives the track more space. Electronics buzz and the bass heaves like the movement of tectonic plates. The remainder is full of drones and impending doom.  Name your price download.

Blurb: New single from Slighter’s forthcoming album ERODE! Free download, or donate however much you’d like!  “Mute Yourself” puts Colin’s vocals against a brooding piece of Industrial influenced Electronic Rock. Guitars, synths & drum machines combine in a hypnotically catchy song that sets up what to expect from his next album. Flip for the instrumental, for those who prefer a non-vocal experience.  

Return To Good Karma by Chris Coco

•February 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Chris Coco is always welcome on this blog. His downtempo, often Balearic, stuff is always a pleasure. Here’s a new 6 track release entitled Return To Good Karma. An album of slowly unfolding electronic ambient daydreams.

The album opens with the title tack. Of the album Chris says “This album is inspired by time spent on the magical island of Bali. It’s a sort of spiritual journey of discovery, on the way to finding a better way of living.” That spirit of contemplation is evidence on Return To Good Karma, with its spoken intro and Chris Rea sounding guitar work from Nick Cornu.

The next track, The Impossible Road also starts with a spoken piece intro recorded on Bali before 12 minutes of contemplation follow. Bells and chimes move around as if sounds caught on an unreliable breeze. Otherwise, there is an inner calm being sought here in this totally ambient piece.

A Place of Greater Storms is the first track with no spoken intro. There’s ambient noise to serve as an intro. Then, piano and wood blocks drift in and around. Villa Infinite Horizon returns to the spoken word intro format, serving as a paean to nature and the universe. The track itself is so nearly not there that it’s almost 4:33. A bit too yoga mat this one.

The album closes with Enjoy Your Breath, a conscious Buddhist reference. The track offers both a way out of the album and a return to the world. It is a musical deep breath, held, released and eyes open.

The album works best in a spirit of contemplation. It’s not one for doing the housework or homework. Stop. Sit down. Enjoy.

 

 

Selman – Crabshells

•February 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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When you hear “experimental”, what’s your reaction? Is it “indulgent” or is it “new frontiers”? I’m afraid mine tends to be the former. All too often experimental is a synonym for tuneless. Sometimes a little more effort has been put in. Selman has managed to cross the threshold from indulgent to wondrous on Crabshells. It has a sense of ambient reminiscence, a harking back to a simpler past, a pastoral sense of Englishness, a walk collecting seashells from the beach, a lost innocence. There’s a lot in here which reminds me of Ultramarine’s folk techno but mostly it reminds me of an album that’s refusing to come to the front of my mind that used recordings from the sixties of is grandmother and this is irritating the hell out of me.

Blurb: This single release comprises music recorded between 2013-2014 through a combination of magnetic tape and modern recording techniques, with roots in both electronic and acoustic traditions. Fragments of guitar and Dictaphone recordings are built upon by keys, brass, weightless percussion and stripped down synthesis. Released on Chloride City (CC003)
Buy Here – www.chloridecity.com/#/geranium-det…tor-by-selman/

Wade Williamson – Bloom And Wilt

•February 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Wade Williamson offers influences ranging from Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky and ISAN but this is more than amalgam of those influences. Bloom and Wilt has a soundtrack sensibility and takes a little from post rock tones. But the electric piano/guitar line gives it a depth and a pathos that sets it apart.

http://www.williamsonsound.com

Pocosin by Loess

•February 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Aural silt producers Loess produce wonderful ambient album Pocosin.

There I was grumbling meaninglessly about experimental music yesterday when I should have been complaining about pretentious release write ups. Yeah, a bit pot kettle I know, since someone did once think I was Simon Reynolds. Anyhow, I’m drifting off the point. If there is a point it is that what is written can put you off stuff and you might miss out. So, take this album for instance. The accompanying blurb talks about the last ice age in North America and concludes “Flash forward to the present, and the duo of Clay Emerson and Ian Pullman may seem to have gone the way of the glaciers and all but disappeared. Instead, their signature loose aural silt has been slowly and methodically accumulating and now makes up their new full-length Pocosin” Had I stopped there, eyes rolling backwards in my head, I would have missed out. Big time. This album is up there with anything released in the early 90s boom of ambient. A gorgeous drifting, drone ambient album that never gets beyond torpor or stupor. And that’s a great thing.

Full album (comes on digital and vinyl)

Blurb:

During the last ice age glaciers slowly carved away the landscape creating mineral rich sediment. For hundreds of thousands of years melt water carried this fine-grained sediment downstream to parts of North America. In some areas strong winds carried this sediment and deposited it forming a network of ridges and dunes. These deposits of loose silty wind-blown, or aeolian, sediment are called Loess. Flash forward to the present, and the duo of Clay Emerson and Ian Pullman may seem to have gone the way of the glaciers and all but disappeared. Instead, their signature loose aural silt has been slowly and methodically accumulating and now makes up their new full-length Pocosin. Others may have no point of reference and Pocosin is a welcome introduction to the sound of Loess; in a mere blink of an eye from when they began. Pocosin will be out in February 2017 on n5MD and will be available on limited edition white with black swirl vinyl, clear vinyl and compact disc.

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released February 17, 2017

Wild Reflection – She Disappear

•February 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Wild Reflection (Johan Lindberg) is from Denmark and She Disappear is a lovely downtempo tune. There’s a mix of deep house and lo fi electronica going on. Has strong elements of repetition but sets a prevailing mood of deep chill.