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Ocean Floor – Four Shadows

Aphelion Editions

Ocean Floor - Four ShadowsStraight from the cultural antenna of Aphelion Editions comes this intimate sonic experience, tonally chased in whirlpooling vibrato.

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The Tear Garden – The Brown Acid Caveat

Metropolis

The Tear Garden - The Brown Acid CaveatAh, The Brown Acid Caveat. We’ve all heard of it, though not necessarily by name. Delivered over the PA at Woodstock, it was an exhortation to avoid a particular type of tab that was doing the rounds. Probably well-meaning, it almost certainly led to a huge amount of freakouts among people who up until then had been tripping away merrily on that self-same acid.

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Various – Anthology of Lithuanian Art Music in the 21st Century

Music Information Centre Lithuania

Various - Anthology of Lithuanian Art Music in the 21st CenturyThis has the descriptive title of Anthology of Lithuanian Art Music in the 21st Century, which could mean a few things, but what we actually have is a load of contemporary compositions from Lithuania.

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Makemake – Something Between

Zoharum

Makemake - Something BetweenRecorded in the vast space of the CK Agora theatre in Wroclaw, Something Between is an album that reflects the size and shape of the venue in which it was performed through its reverberant feeling of volume and density.

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Gravetemple – Impassable Fears

Svart

At tGravetemple - Impassable Fearshe intersection of Stephen O’Malley‘s mammoth-sized drones, Oren Ambarchi‘s avant electronica and Attila Csihar‘s throaty imprecations lies Gravetemple; a ponderous yet often surprising three-headed beast that wallows and grinds its way from the depths further downward, if that were possible, into the cthonic shallows that lie beyond human understanding or desire.

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The Telescopes – As Light Return

Tapete

The Telescopes - As Light ReturnI remember listening to The Telescopes at the back end of the ’80s, but was never as convinced of their power as that of the likes of Loop and My Bloody Valentine. I am sure Stephen Lawrie is sick of hearing the comparisons and after a long time, it was interesting to dip my toe back into their murky waters.

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Temple ov BBV – Temple ov BBV

Rocket

Temple ov BBVSometimes, a little gentle trepanation is what’s needed to broaden the psychic horizons; at others, it’s less optimal than a plain old hole in the head. Temple ov BBV is seemingly all about the downsides; it’s not a happy album by any means, but it might cheer those prone to schadenfreude up

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Circle – Terminal

Southern Lord

That rock-hopping, prog-psych behemoth that is Circle - TerminalCircle have been comfortably straddling every rock-related genre that you can imagine for the best part of twenty-five years now and have been haemorrhaging albums at the rate and quality that would have most bands green with envy

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Sula Bassana – The Ape Regards His Tail OST

Sulatron

Sula Bassana - The Ape Regards His Tail OSTBeautiful artwork by Komet Lulu is wrapped around this new release by Sula Bassana, which already tempts the listener to give it a spin. This is Sula’s first soundtrack album and is for Michael Yates’s new movie The Ape Regards His Tail.

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Larkin Grimm – Chasing An Illusion

Northern Spy

Larkin Grimm - Chasing An IllusionSeeing Larkin Grimm at the (now demolished) Seymour’s Family Club in Bristol back in 2006(?) was a real pleasure, that incredible voice of hers just held its own, her musicianship spurring and stirring her wordy glow-forms.

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Nadja – Touched

Consouling Sounds

Nadja - TouchedThis is a first for me, listening to Nadja. For some reason they didn’t cross my radar, but on the strength of this re-release, I have seriously been missing out. Consouling Sounds have chosen to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Alien8 release of this album by reissuing it with an extra disc containing an unreleased live studio version of the album and it is a very fine package indeed.

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A-Sun Amissa – The Gatherer / You Stood Up For Victory, We Stood Up For Less

The Gatherer

Consouling Sounds

A-Sun Amissa - The GathererA-Sun Amissa‘s The Gatherer weaves a rich cadaver of intrigue. A sombre dream horned by a raspy clarinet yarn and a trickle of hypothermic piano. A poetically pinned bleed with a lysergic slur of percussion and convulsive coils of sax, burning bright in sulphurous melodics to be cut back to a gorgeous microcosm.

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Strom Noir – Maľované Kvety & Xeroxové Motýle

Zoharum

Strom Noir - Maľované Kvety & Xeroxové MotýleEmil Mat’ko‘s tenth year of recording as Strom Noir is marked by the collection from Zoharum, bringing to light old and new material alike.

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Rapoon – My Life As A Ghost / Rhiz

Zoharum

Rapoon - My Life As A GhostHallucinatory and suffused with a sense of being largely abstracted from place and time as it is generally understood to exist, Rapoon‘s My Life as A Ghost seethes with fluctuations in the space-time continuum. Drenched in reverberant FX, the album is in part a product of its era

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Various – Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989 / Sammlung: Elektronische Kassettenmusik Düsseldorf 1982-1989

Bureau B

Magnetband: Experimenteller Elektronik-Underground DDR 1984-1989

Various – Magnetband Experimenteller Elektronik Underground DDR 1984-1987Like Play Loud!‘s excellent Ende Vom Lied, this collection from those bastions of Germanic goodness Bureau B gives you another whistle-stop tour of the DDR’s vibrant underground tape culture. Magnetband is a fourteen-track compilation from the mid- to late Eighties salvaged from a load of brave documenters

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