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Experimentalist David Grubbs Documents a Live Set with '​October 19, 2017'

David Grubbs' October 19, 2017 is a live LP released online that showcases a 32-minute solo set to mark the release of that year's Creep Mission LP. It's nothing short of magical.

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Less Bells Offer Poignant Post-Classical Ruminations on 'Mourning Jewelry'

Less Bells' Mourning Jewelry is not light music in the sense of weight, but it might be light in the sense of brightness or contrast. It's an engaging little series of tropes about loss and processes of grieving.

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TENGGER Unleash Blissed Out Electronic Soundscapes with the Gentle and Exotic 'Nomad'

Ambient electronic ensemble TENGGER take cues from nature and world travel to inform their latest album, Nomad.

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TALsounds Offers Controlled Bliss on ​'Acquiesce'

TALsounds' Acquiesce reminds us that it's important to notice how brief moments of confidence or peace can unfurl in real-time, forming solid ground for us to walk forward.

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Noveller's 'Arrow' Creates Mini-Symphonies for Guitar and Effects

Experimental guitarist, Noveller's Arrow suggests discoveries, open spaces, the sense of a calm certainty re-occurring over repeated listens.

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Fave Five: Rafael Anton Irisarri

As one of the most celebrated ambient composers working today, Rafael Anton Irisarri continues to evolve. We celebrate his metal-tinged new album Peripeteia with a look through the albums that made him.

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Colin Stetson Goes to the Movies with Loud, Garish 'Color Out of Space'

Adventurous multi-instrumentalist Colin Stetson scores the new horror film from director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space, and it's a noisy, deeply enjoyable headphone trip.

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Blanck Mass Brings Violent Visions to L​ife on Stage in Manchester

Benjamin John Power of Fuck Buttons fame takes his latest Blanck Mass record, Animated Violence Mild, to the stage, exposing the full blown brutality of his extravagant electronics.

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Daedelus Concludes His 'End of Empire' Trilogy in Exquisite Fashion with 'The Bittereinders'

By abstracting the sounds and ideas of his earlier work, electronic/hip-hop producer Daedelus has created one of his most challenging works to date with The Bittereinders.

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Feeding the Machine: Emptyset Take a Bold Sonic Move with 'Blossoms'

Experimental electronic duo Emptyset make unrelenting noise on their latest project, Blossoms.

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Blanck Mass' 'Animated Violence Mild' Critiques Excess with Excess

Blanck Mass' Animated Violence Mild drops unrelenting electro-industrial melodies, practicing excess to explore personal grief and the global devastation of consumerism.

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'Pale Bloom' Is an Assertion of Sarah Davachi's Stature as a Composer

Sarah Davachi asserts herself as a composer rather than a mere ambient artist on these four ghostly tracks that comprise Pale Bloom.

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The Beginning (And Ending) of KiTsuNe – Brian the Fox

An end of a career for one, a change of identity for another, Canterbury legend Robert Wyatt meets Japanese darkwave mirage the Future Eve for a suite of vaporous farewell drones.

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Light Conductor Traverse Into the Realm of Minimalism with 'Sequence One'

Light Conductor produce an immersive journey through drone, kosmische musik, and psychedelia with Sequence One.

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Markers Challenge the Boundaries of Drone Music on 'Heaven in the Dark Earth'

London duo Markers strike a balance between their love of melody and structure, and the abstract touch of experimental ambient music on Heaven in the Dark Earth.

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Black to Comm Returns with an Immersive Ambient Work, 'Seven Horses for Seven Kings'

Sound artist Marc Richter produces a terrifying record in Seven Horses for Seven Kings by implementing elements of dissonance, off-kilter sampling, and intriguing sonic landscapes

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Sarah Davachi's 'Gave in Rest' Sounds Like Music That's Been Floating Around for Eons Waiting to Be Bottled

One of ambient's most austere artists, Sarah Davachi, expands her sound, but her music is more mysterious than ever on Gave in Rest.

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Tim Hecker Explores the Negative Space with 'Konoyo'

While carrying over many of the practices of his previous record, Tim Hecker shifts his perspective away from the dreamscapes of Love Streams and explores a darker spiritual realm on Konoyo.

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Experimental Electronic Producer Automatisme Produces a Work of Sonic Cubism with ' Transit'

On Transit producer William Jourdain a.k.a. Automatisme takes his avant-garde notions to the next level.

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A Reminder of Byla's Brilliance and Jarboe's Powerful Presence

Translation Loss unearths the stunning collaboration between three prominent musicians of the extreme experimental scene, which sheds light on one of the previous decade's forgotten gems.

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Hior Chronik - "Magnolia" (video)

Greek neo-classical composer Hior Chronik shares his latest gorgeous video for "Magnolia".

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Every Scene Fades: An Interview with Ambient Producer Rafael Anton Irisarri

He was one half of the duo behind PopMatters' top pick for Ambient/Instrumental album of 2017, and now Rafael Anton Irisarri is taking ambient music in a surprising direction: one that's intended to remind you of the apocalypse.

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New Age's Laraaji Creates Blissed-Out Pop on 'Vision Songs, Vol. 1'

The new age lifer and Brian Eno affiliate's ease with himself is infectious on Numero Group's new compilation of his devotional songs.

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Big ‡ Brave: Ardor

The Montreal-based experimental rock outfit Big ‡ Brave presents the next chapter of its sonic evolution, further diving into a realm of abstract compositions and free form drone rock.

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Low Flying Hawks - "Space Wizard" (video) (premiere) (interview)

Mysterious, Krautrock-influenced sludge merchants team up with acclaimed Mexican film director, members of Melvins for new video.

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Loscil: Monument Builders

Monument Builders is a tribute to those who have sought to make grand artistic statements in their medium of choice, and Scott Morgan subverts this concept by adhering to a minimalist script.

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All Them Witches: Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

For all its variety, this is a damn fine rock album, plain and simple.

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Swans: The Gate

Michael Gira’s lauded experimental rock group returns with an apocalyptic shriek.

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Sunn O))) + Phurpa: London - 18 August 2015

This is an uninterrupted, dynamic journey to the purity of sound, to decomposition, rather than its opposite, to the destruction of music in the search of silence

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Blanck Mass: Dumb Flesh

Like a shiny penny left submerged in Coca-Cola, the elements of dance music corrode here in Benjamin John Power’s hands.

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Le Guess Who?: Utrecht - 21 November 2014

Utrecht's experimental music festival takes over the college town for a weekend in November.

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Horseback: A Plague of Knowing

Odds-and-sods compilations are a tough proposition, for sure, but if you’re able to crack their code, much like the one surrounding Horseback, you’ll find a wealth of excess, a musical cup overflowing with ideas, vitality, and energy, always on its way towards becoming something else, something greater.

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Boris: Präparat

While Boris could be playing in a whole other genre in their future releases, Präparat, a highly limited vinyl-only release, is a concise, well-structured LP that brings a little bit of everything that makes this band great to the table.

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Grouper: The Man Who Died in His Boat

Grouper's five-year old collection culls some of her most accessible material ever, just in fragments.

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Alex Cobb: Passage to Morning

Lulling and introspective, and with its heart firmly within reach, Alex Cobb's Passage to Morning is an exceptional drone album, albeit one that ends far too soon.

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Grouper: Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

Kranky reissue Liz Harris's classic record of beautified drone.

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Switchblade: Switchblade (2012)

Switchblade [2012] drips with a syrupy, devilish disposition, and the glacial space between notes plays as strong a role as the thickness of tone -- which, as it happens, is ladled on with staggeringly heavy relish.


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