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'Underground London' Dazzles with Its Scope and Anti-Establishment Music

Cherry Red issues a gargantuan collection of anti-establishment music associated with the 1960s London counterculture, a movement which challenged the norms and conventions of mainstream society by drinking from the well of psychedelia, free jazz, Beat poetry, musique concrete, electronics, and minimalism.

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Graham Reynolds' Concerto About the Fervor of Invention Gets New Lease on Life (album stream)

Graham Reynolds' The Difference Engine: A Triple Concerto is available on vinyl for the first time with remixes from remixes: DJ Spooky, Octopus Project, and Demian Galvez.

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Less Bells Explore the Mystique of Joshua Tree on 'Solifuge'

Multi-instrumentalist Julie Carpenter a.k.a Less Bells unveils her new project with Solifuge, a record of controlled experimentalism, serene atmospherics and great depth.

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The Durutti Column's 'Without Mercy' Gets the Expansive Reissue Treatment

A forgotten classic or a pretentious misstep? Durutti Column's Vini Reilly doesn't like Without Mercy, but he just might be wrong.

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Luke Cissell Is Joyfully All Over the Map with 'Thinking/Feeling'

Musical polymath and classical composer Luke Cissell releases another album that's impossible to categorize but very easy to love.

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20 Questions: Kaada

From quirky pop to classically-affected modern compositions, John Erik Kaada has returned with his first solo album in nine years, so wants to do what any regarded musician would: talk about Homer Simpson and Norwegian environmental policies.

Evan Sawdey
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Jean-Michel Blais Takes Things into His Own Hand(s) on 'Dans Ma Main'

Jean-Michel Blais manages to transform simple motifs into weightless complex structures into (as Paul Simon noted in a different context) "angels in the architecture".

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Ketil Bjørnstad's Beautiful Ode to Solitary Travel

Pianist Ketil Bjørnstad, singer Anneli Drecker, and poet Lars Saabye Christensen have created an unassuming masterpiece with A Suite of Poems.

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Partners in Dissonance: Michael Gordon and the Kronos Quartet Team Up for 'Clouded Yellow'

On-and-off collaborators since 2001, the Kronos Quartet and Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon present an arresting collection of their shared works.

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All Four of Arvo Pärt's Symphonies Are Brought Together to Show Us a Fascinating Journey

Arvo Pärt's symphonies have sometimes been dismissed as too bracing and academic to be enjoyed on a basic appreciative level. This new set from ECM seeks to prove otherwise.

Evan Sawdey
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Cal Raasay Shows Off the Grand Majesty of the Scottish Landscape on "After All" (premiere)

Cal Raasay has a flair for taking the simplest of ideas and finding its emotional heart as we hear on the stunningly beautiful "After All".

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Hior Chronik Creates Moody and Ambient Composition on 'Out of the Dust'

Rich in ambience and atmosphere, Hior Chronik's Out of the Dust is an ideal record for those who don't mind slight variations on a dreamlike theme.

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Nils Frahm Shakes Up His Sound on Wholly Immersive New Album 'All Melody'

All Melody is as artistic an album as anything Nils Frahm has created before, owing as much to abstract art as classical music.

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Jenny Lin: Philip Glass: Complete Etudes for Piano (album review)

With virtuosic technique and poetic musicality, Jenny Lin's Philip Glass: Complete Etudes for Piano is a required recording for new music aficionados.

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Michael Vincent Waller: Trajectories

Composer Michael Vincent Waller just keeps on writing, even when trying to settle on instrument arrangements.

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Conrad Winslow: The Perfect Nothing Catalog

With The Perfect Nothing Catalog, composer Conrad Winslow explores attention and arrangement with assistance from the Cadillac Moon Ensemble and Aaron Roche.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Orphee

Orphée is the first album by Jóhann Jóhannsson not associated with a film since 2009’s Fordlandia, and from the opening track, it shows itself as a work to be heard on its own terms.

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Ensemble Signal: Music for 18 Musicians

Ensemble Signal reproduce Steve Reich's '70s minimalist masterpiece with inhuman precision.

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Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was (take 2)

Two Constellation instrumentalists produce an organic work of seismic proportions.

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Michael Price: Entanglement

Entanglement is a very personal expression of my obsessions: music, love, physics and the inter-connectedness of things.

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Otto A Totland: Pinô

Fans of Nils Frahm must be introduced to Otto A Totland, whose delicate piano melodies will forever feel like home.

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Hauschka: Abandoned City

Abandoned City is a concept that is invigorating to listen to, and the push and pull between various strands might leave you, at times, feeling utterly and completely and totally breathless.

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Nils Frahm: Spaces

After years of charming his fans, this modern classical pianist delivers a collection of his most intimate performances.

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Olan Mill: Hiraeth

Majestic nostalgia for the places within.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree: Disappearance

Inspired by their collaborative live performance, Sakamoto and Deupree create an elegant and sublime soundtrack for meditative mind.

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Schiller: Opus

A perfect marriage between classical and electronic music as consecrated by Deutsche Grammophon.

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Robert Haigh: Darkling Streams

See how the father of 'ambient drum'n'bass' evolved his sound into gorgeous modern classical.

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Mariel Roberts: nonextraneous sounds

She performs alertly, attackingly, seriously, and without ego, letting Akiho cut her up and allowing Tristan Perich to hailstorm her with 1-bit waveform data.

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Jefferson Friedman: Quartets

The mood of Friedman's two quartets, which combine romantic emotion with an absence of forgiving softness, gives the strings a chance to try out two things they do especially well.

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Todd Reynolds: Outerborough

"Daredevil" composer Todd Reynolds has offered up a huge album, plentiful in every possible that way music can be. It's worth the trouble.

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Kronos Quartet / Kimmo Pohjonen / Samuli Kosminen: Uniko

Did you know that if you threw an accordion, percussion, electronics, and an accordion into a blender that you might end up with one of the best albums of the year?

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Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante: The North Green Down

Chris Hooson and Emanuele Errante craft an extended work in memory of Hooson's sister-in-law.

John Garratt
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Sentieri Selvaggi: Sentieri Selvagi Plays Gavin Bryars & Philip Glass

Sentieri Selvaggi reveres these two elder statesmen of minimalism. And that's about all there is to it.


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