REVIEWS

ROSS GENTRY – PRISM OF DUST (POLAR SEAS RECORDINGS)

Recording under Villages and under his own name, I’ve heard Ross Gentry’s work across a variety of mediums and labels including some GOAT American and European experimental documenters like Bathetic and Oscarson. Landing on Polar Seas Recordings seems like a natural fit compositionally and as a torch bearer for earlier boutique labels focusing on ambient …

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SHMU – THE UNIVERSE IS INSIDE MY BODY (ORANGE MILK RECORDS, 2021)

The latest album from Austin-based artist Samuel Chown, a.k.a. Shmu, sees him veering out into even more experimental territory – with often thrilling results. A peek into the discography of Samuel Chown, also known as Shmu, shows a voyage of intense creativity and artistic restlessness. On past albums like Bliss, Vish, Shhh!!!!, and Discipline/Communication, Chown …

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ELMOREA – BEND EP

Reacting with the chance connections and neuro-landscape of the modular synth brain and watching these decisions branch and spread from their source, Bend by the Canadian artist Elmorea is a beautifully configured and highly generative piece of synth based composition. In it we hear the crackling of noise gates being turned on and off at …

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NICK SCHOFIELD – GLASS GALLERY (Backward Music, 2021)

The latest release from the Canadian composer sees him using classic architecture and a vintage synthesizer to create a collection of immersive, ambient beauty. The ambient and new age music that thrived in Japan in the ‘80s (lovingly compiled in Light in the Attic’s Grammy-winning collection Kankyo Ongaku) was, in part, a celebration of the …

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WOLFF PARKINSON WHITE – VERITABLE RAPUNZEL (Self-Released, 2021)

Drummer Jochen Rueckert revives his experimental (and drum-less) electronic project Wolff Parkinson White, and it’s another wild, adventurous ride. For more than a decade, the German-born, New York-based drummer Jochen Rueckert has enjoyed stepping away from the drum kit to indulge in what he refers to on his Bandcamp page as “hard-to-listen-to electronic music.” Indeed, …

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NO VISITORS – LIVE FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT (RURAL ISOLATION PROJECT, 2021)

An absolutely brutal and unrelentingly bleak noise album by No Visitors under the Rural Isolation Project imprint. Live From the Bottomless Pit was composed from five months of field recordings in 2020 – which itself was an unrelentingly bleak and isolating year. Matt Turner – who performs under No Visitors composed this double CD with …

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BREDNOTBRED – NEST (SELF-RELEASED, 2020)

Coming from the furtive Pittsburgh, PA experimental music community, Brednotbred’s modular synth workouts on Nest are deeply satisfying works that showcase a real, human heart beating at an odd time signature amongst the opening and closings of thousands of perfectly timed noise gates. Brednotbred work in the realm of warped IDM and experimental modular synth …

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NICK KEELING – QUEENSGATE (TORN LIGHT, 2020)

The neighborhood of Queensgate means little for the uninitiated, un-chili fed masses not living in the greatest Rust Belt city of all time – Cincinnati. For most Cincinnatians, the neighborhood of Queensgate means very little. It was once known as the Kenyon-Barr neighborhood of Cincinnati’s historic West End that was razed to the ground. Literally …

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