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Diamanda Galás – All The Way / At St Thomas The Apostle Harlem

Intravenal Sound Operations

Diamanda Galás – All The WayI wanted to start this out avoiding the clichés that plague writing about Diamanda Galás — “banshee” &c — but there’s a problem. There’s an analogue between how challenging her work is and how challenging writing about it in a non-facile way is. It requires a pretty expansive vocabulary.

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Wolf Eyes – Undertow

Lower Floors Music

Wolf Eyes - UndertowThis newbie from Wolf Eyes is taking the dark broodiness that defined 2006’s Human Animal to new claustrophobic highs. Gone are the headache-inducing colours of the past in favour of something more nefarious.

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Kelly Moran – Bloodroot

Telegraph Harp

Kelly Moran - Bloodroot

Sanguinaria canadensis, or bloodroot, is a perennial flowering plant native to the north-eastern United States. The root and the juice of the root are characteristically red and has been used medicinally, but is highly toxic.

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Blown Out – Superior Venus

Riot Season

Blown Out - Superior VenusSublime monsters, idle, learned, sick of ancient gold, their ships akin to ancient caravans, taking their treasures to Kazhann. Their museums are their temples. Their parks, the entire planet.

Philippe DruilletChaos

Superior Venus consists of two monumental planet building tracks that take you into the beyond

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The Fall – Totales Turns / Grotesque / The Marshall Suite / A Part Of America Therein / Perverted by Language

Westworld

…as I always say, anyone who looks at the Fall track-by-track, rather than the correct way, which is as one discrete body of work – is, no pun intended, a fool.

Tobi Blackman, Dictionary Pudding

The Fall - GrotesqueWhen I was doing my masters, there was a seminar several times a week where the phrase “what is at stake with [x]…”

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Richard Barbieri – Planets + Persona

Kscope

Richard Barbieri – Planets + PersonaOK, I’m going to have to admit this from the very start that Richard Barbieri is one of my musical heroes. I first saw Japan live when I was sixteen, they were the soundtrack to my teenage years, and Richard’s wonderful synthesizer work was a massive part of that soundtrack.

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Dead Can Dance – The Serpent’s Egg / Aion / Spiritchaser

4AD

The Serpent’s Egg (1988)

Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's EggThe Serpent’s Egg was a solemn secular experience for the most part, seeking sanctuary in the monastically sparse, a warm cathedral backing to some prized vocal action, Lisa Gerrard‘s phonic phoenix of a voice glinting Byzantine.

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Docetism / Ghosts of Breslau / Ixora – Circuit Intégré Volume 2: A Compilation Of Contemporary Electronics

Zoharum

Circuit Intégré Volume 2: A Compilation Of Contemporary ElectronicsThe second instalment in Zoharum’s Circuit Intégré series brings together a trio of electronic artists from the Polish musical underground, each providing three pieces in turn for the compilation.

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Dead Neanderthals – Craters

Consouling Sounds

Dead Neanderthals - CratersThe very definition of slow-burning, Dead Neanderthals‘ début release for Consouling Sounds draws out what at first listen seems like an introduction over half the length of the CD’s single track and across the whole of one side of the vinyl edition.

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Masselys – High Fantasy Low Fantasy

Mottomotto

Masselys - High Fantasy/Low FantasyMasselys are a Norwegian supergroup of sorts with members coming from Salvatore, 120 Days and whalesharkattacks. This supreme meeting of minds has resulted in the most affecting romp through the last forty years of leftfield western music, its eclecticism only matched by the wealth of ideas.

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Nowa Ziemia 2 – Adrjanczyk | Banasik | Krychowiak

Zoharum

Nowa Ziemia 2 - Adrjanczyk | Banasik | KrychowiakNowa Ziemia 2 is the name used for the collaborative music-making of Artur Krychowiak for this album of two duets, one played with Michał Banasik (Tranquilizer), the other alongside Dawid Adrjanczyk of Akpatok. Using guitars as the main instruments, here the trio create two distinct and highly immersive tracks.

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Expo 70 – Live In The Pit On KFJC 89.7 FM

Zoharum

Expo 70 - Live in the Pit KFJC 89​.​7 FMContinuing their series of re-released (and new) Expo 70 albums, Zoharum present a double CD set gathering together two radio sessions recorded in 2008 and 2010 on KFJC 89.7 radio in Los Altos Hills, California.

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Parlor Walls – Opposites

Northern Spy

Parlor Walls - OppositesThe first track literally hammers through with blinding insistence, a powder keg of percussive energy and squally sax. This staggered vocal from Alyse Lamb magnetically drawn over it, pulling you deeper into the fray

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Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism

Room40

Lawrence English - Cruel OptimismDescribed by Lawrence English as a record of “protest against the immediate threat of abhorrent possible futures”, Cruel Optimism finds him focussing on power relations in the new era of extreme fragmentation which draws ever-nearer.

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Kim Myhr and Lasse Marhaug – On The Silver Globe

SOFA Music

Kim Myhr and Lasse Marhaug - On The Silver GlobeKim Myhr and Lasse Marhaug have never worked together before, but they are both well established in the Norwegian experimental music scene: Marhaug as the uncrowned voice of noise, with hundreds of releases and projects under his belt, and Myhr is acclaimed in Norway as a composer and jazz guitarist of the explorative kind.

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