Complex times breed complex albums.
A sign of the times, maybe.
Not unlike Matthew Colling's album mentioned before, Lawrence English's new album "The Wilderness of Mirrors" presents a "tectonic auditory offering, an unrelenting passage of colliding waves of harmony and dynamic live instrumentation".
Complex times breed complex albums.
Matthew Collings (Scotland) has not only recorded and performed as a solo artist, but also worked together with Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX), Talvihorros and Ben Frost.
He has been performing live using custom-made software, and composed movie scores - such as a live score for "Man with a Movie Camera".
"Silence is a Rhythm Too" is his second solo-album, and it turns out to be quite different from its more 'minimalist pop' orientated predecessor"Splintered Instruments" (which is rereleased together with the new album).
D.RHÖNE - III (EXODE)
While creating music as Monolyth & Cobalt, Mathias van Eecloo saved some of his more abstract sounds with the filename D.Rhöne: "...a project to be close to the minimalist and repetitive music, the most closely to a drone state..
In 2012 and 2013 he self-released the first two albums under that same name, and now the third (and last) chapter is available as a free download. (There is also a very limited cd-release but that will probably be sold out by the time you’re reading this).
Lomechanik is a dutch independent experimental music label celebrating their 25th release with the compilation called "Places": a 'Name Your Price' (!) download of 25 tracks (over two hours) especially created for this project by "old familiars as well as newly involved artists, with a certain place and/or memory as a starting point."
Souvenirs van de Woeste Grond
"Souvenirs van de Woeste Grond" (roughly translates as "Souvenirs from the Wasteland") is a part of a landscape-inspired art project inspired by the Dutch province "Overijssel".
"In this project two artists (Heidi Linck and Hans Jungerius) collected stories about the countryside landscape in order to save them from obscurity. In the second phase of the project eight different artists make a souvenir based on the collected stories."
This particular album (available as digital download or limited edition CD released by the adventurous Esc.Rec label), is one of those 'souvenirs'!
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - CLAROSCURO
Classically trained musician and composer Bruno Sanfilippo (Spain) presents a beautiful romantic and somewhat melancholic set of modern classical compositions for piano, violin (Pere Bardagi) and violincello (Manuel del Fresno).
"With the fragility and beauty of some Arvo Pärt compositions and a high cinematic touch, "ClarOscuro" brings the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie."
Rutger Zuydervelt - Stay Tuned
+ Machinefabriek - Stillness Soundtrack
Imagine a single 50 minute track album with contributions from more than 150 artists....
I can't even begin to list names here but you should definitely check the list on the Bandcamp page - I'm sure it'll raise your interest to find out more about Rutger "Machinefabriek" Zuydervelt's project"Stay Tuned".
Not counting their recent collaboration "Drowning in the Sky", with Sleep Orchestra, "Solstøv" is Pjusk's fourth release - and their third for the 12K label.
Since their debut in 2007, the Norwegian duo (Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik and Rune Andre Sagevik) have built themselves quite an impressive reputation.
With "Solstøv", (Sol - Sun / Støv - Dust) they don't disappoint - to say the least!
In the Shortlist sections, I will mention the albums that I enjoyed listening to, but couldn't find the time (or the right words) for a "full" review for. Still, I definitely think they deserve your attention, with ór without extra words!
RAPOON - THE FIRES OF THE BORDERLANDS
Originally released in 1995, this is considered a landmark album in the impressive catalogue of Rapoon (Robin Storey) releases. It became out of print long ago, but now receives a well-deserved expanded re-release: the double CD features a (near) 40 minute live recording for KFJC Radio (San Francisco) from 1996, next to the remastered version of the original album.
Inner Vision Laboratory is a musical project from the Polish artist Karol Skrzypiec, who describes his music as 'basically industrial dark ambient, also including elements of ethnic music, classical music, et al."