Antroprophh - Outside the Circle

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Compared to the self-titled release, on the newest release the members of the Bristol psychedelic rock band Anthroprophh stay much closer to the bombastic, overdriven spirit of The Heads, the main vehicle of the band’s members. While the self-titled sounded like a psilocybin fueled soundtrack to a spy movie with low-profile, crawling music, Outside the Circle is an explosion of energy, an ecstatic upwards spiral, which walks triumphtantly through different shades of psych rock with disarming ease: there’s a bit of krautrock, space-rock, druggy post-punk and God know what else here. Vocals, guitar soloes, fuzzy sound, trippy effects and everything else a psych rock fan migtht need to have their receptors blown. Recommended!

Sun An - Ice Cream Memory Card

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Alright, so you want some ambient music. Not just ambient, ambient ambient. You’ve just listened to Kissy Suzuki’s album, yet it appears that there is this little bit of a body that didn’t just disintegrate entirely with that release. If that’s the case, Sun An's Ice Cream Memory Card (these album titles are getting weirder every year, I’m telling ya!) will do the trick just fine. Six tracks of completely flat, eternally sustained angelic ambience that pushes its droning drone to the extremes, never getting down from the stratosphere. This is goddam bliss.

Panabrite - Wasteland Cycle

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Even when getting lost in the woozy IDM area, the Berlin-inspired stargazer Norm Chambers aka Panabrite becomes the normcore (in a positive way) of relaxing music, staying in one place while others move forward in a flurry of fleeting micro-genres. Techno now, glitch tomorrow, plunderphonics the day after that, fads last one day before another fad coems - that what Panabrite seems to think and gets to create his own niche within the progressive electronic, purely Kosmische field. Wasteland Cycle is one of his 2014 releases, along with Pavilion (Immune Recordings) continues the path of shimmering, somewhat derailed Berlin School by Norm Chambers, who just keeps on delivering, no matter the current fashion.

Lasy Państwowe

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Lasy Państwowe (“National Forests”) is a new, field recording-oriented subsidiary of Warsaw based label BDTA. Started in 2014, it’s a side-jump from the world of avant-rock and experimental electronics into location based sound art into what you could call a collection of “sound postcards” from various places in Poland. What started in Warsaw (the first release) soon moved to a more distant area - namely the Hel peninsula between the bay of Puck and the Baltic Sea. The idea is a bit similar to Bolesław Wawrzyn site-specific work, although with Lasy Państwowe the morbid edge is gone. What’s left are the sounds of the nature and some accidental sounds of civilization cutting in occasionally, as if to remind the listener that the Earth is still occupied by humas. Unfortunately.

Interview: Le Révélateur

This is an iterview I’ve been meaning to conduct for quite a while. One of the most brilliant Kosmische Musik revivalists, Canadian musician Roger Tellier-Craig, a.k.a. Le Révélateur, has just dropped a new LP on Root Strata, entitled Extreme Events. In this short interview, he gives some exhaustive answers about his creative vision, points out the literary influences and explains his collaboration with video artist Sabrina Ratté.

Aaron Martin - Chapel Floor

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Aaron Martin's Chapel Floor is a kind of a release that just gets released silently and modestly on a cassette and kinda stays in the distance, hiding the sound world contained within. Featuring an artwork that would rather fit a sci-fi novel collection, it’s a raw take on slow, droning modern classical minimalism, as filtered by the nostalgic take on the American midwest. Cello, synths and church organs are played in a series of slowly ascending and descending meditations on life and death. There’s something strangely Kubrickian about that cover. Something Ultimate. And a piece of that Ultimate is present in Aaron Martin’s music. A piece of the Ultimate many will miss. Maybe you’ll miss it, too. Maybe not.

Horse Lords - “Outer East”

Hidden Cities, to be released by NNA Tapes on November 4, is the second release proper by the Baltimore based krautmath team Horse Lords. With the opening monster “Outer East”, it becomes pretty clear that what we’re dealing with here is a condenter for an AOTY title, even if it’s gonna be in the deep underground section (which is a crying shame). Horse Lords redefine the meaning of krautrock, infusing the truly Germanic sense of rhythmical ordnung with some of those african polyrythms and minimalist composers obsession with alternative tunings, where one of the guitars becomes a playground for experiments with just intonation. On the course of the 13-minute jam, the sounds the band oscillate between arabesque math rock and sloppy dub with some Terry Riley smeared on the top. And that’s not even the entire first side. I’m telling you, Hidden Cities is going to be the bomb. But you have to find out for yourself. Pre-order the LP now and get yourself armed with some patience, because this will blow your mind.

Anthroprophh - Anthroprophh

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Anthroprophh are an offshoot of a legendary Bristol psychedelic high-rollers The Heads, yet the sound of the new project is devoid of The Heads’ bombastic energy and general rock glamour. Instead, it goes even more for the psychedelic aspect, while reducing their sound to a series of crawling, slithery droning space rock compressions, switching between burned-out cavernous guitar solos and slowly paced, organ-based shamanistic excursions in the vein of early, VU-inspired incarnation of Religious Knives. In fact, I wouldn’t be suprised if Anthroprophh turned out to be one of Skullflower’s numerous side projects. Same extremely murky vibe with a bit of hasheeshian haze to it.

Giant Claw - Dark Web

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Wow, now Dark Web is something else. Sure, Keith Rankin got us used to some electronic sound overkill and extremely busy track structures with Giant Claw, but the new album really set things apart - because it’s almost like he’s trying to erase his 8bit geek image entirely in favor of something… completely different? There’ still an air of playfulness here, winking occasionally to the listener, but on this release he’s travelling into some smooth, silky, alluring areas with a glitchy demeanor. Sure, you can throw around some hot names to draw some sort of a mind map, but you’ll never completely nail down Giant Claw’s sound this way. R Plus Seven? Maybe, but way less conceptual and self-indulgent. James Ferraro? Way more refined and less sloppy. D/P/I? Sure, there’s plenty of glitch and micro-sampling, but it’s almost pop compared to that guy. It’s a completely idiosyncratic amalgam of vaporwave, R&B, glitch and whatever the hell else the web is high on right now. Dark Web is a lovely niche, in which way, pumping melodies just from fractured, trap-influenced beats and MIDI experimentals. This album just keeps delivering and gets better with every listen. It’s a labirynth. Highly recommended!

White Manna - Come Down Safari

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The newest release from the Arcata, CA based caverockers White Manna sees the guys slowing down a bit compared to their previous albums. Here, on the newest one (courtesy of Debacle Records, every once in a while they keep reminding me of their existence with yet another mindblowing album), the hypnotic krautrock lock-the-groove forever jams reign only partially, giving the way for psychedelic desert commune rituals, slowly evolving, yet always retaining the hallucinatory droning atmosphere filled with string ghosts and bassy afterimages. Go for a mind safari with White Manna. And prepare some food for the munchies.

Death Blues - Ensemble

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Don’t be fooled by the name; Death Blues is in fact a really life-affirming and optimistic release, with each track one-upping the one before in the richness of compositional arrangements and post-rock’s baroque tendencies translated into a mostly folk-oriented instrumentarium. In short, Ensemble, released on Rhythmplex, is what post-reincarnation Swans would have sounded like Michael Gira & co. didn’t fucking hate everybody on Earth and would rather translate their ritualistic skillz into moody, wood-ornamented heavy folk paintings. The images of American folklore and ragged frontier are clashed with monumental visions of Godspeed You! Black Emperor to create an eclectic and breathtaking mix. Post-folk, anyone?

Kristen - The Secret Map

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Kristen are the long runners on the Polish rock scene. 17 years with no changes in the original three-strong lineup and still going strong. And their new album, The Secret Map, just dropped on September 30. The album sees the group enhancing their trademark sound that walks the fine line between frenetic kraut/noise rock and melancholic indie rock ballads. Compared to the groups previous efforts, The Secret Map might be their most experimental work to date, preferring the slowly ascending, free roaming echoing rock semi-improvisations somewhere between The Dead C and Tarentel. However, there are still energetic, funky freakouts like “Music Will Soothe Me” to shake you out of the murky, psychedelic atmosphere.

Riohv - Moondance

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The work of the 22 year old Ottawa based producer Braden Thompson aka Riohv comes with one of the most mind-bogglingly cute artworks I’ve seen this year. The sound of 1080p debut tape Moondance is equally quirky and elusive, avoiding any clear descriptions as the artwork itself - definitely fun and weird at the same time. It’s a scrambled collage of minimal house, dusty repetitions and far-flung escursions into the prime time drone zone, perfected on “Nowhere Now”, where bursts of vibrating, reverbated synth explode over a looped sample of a chattering crowd, like Daft Punk’s “Revolution 909” by way of early OPN. Even the older ones will find something for themselves here with the occasional washes of 90’s acid house nostalgia.

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Kissy Suzuki - Proposte Monochrome

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Kissy Suzuki is back with a new album - and it’s just as sprawling, huge and completely enveloping as ever. When the first track on your new release is longer than what most ambient heavyweights can crank out on their full albums, then it means you must be in for some next level shit. And Proposte Monochrome is the next level. The title track is the ambient’s ambient, the purest, most distilled ambient one can get, complete with huge drones that move at a truly geological pace (using the word “glacial” would be speeding it up too much) and experience-enhancing field recordings woven into the fabric. A tribute to the gone-too-early genius Yves KleinProposte Monochrome works like a musical translation of one of his intense blue paintings, hypnotic in their minimalism and emotionally stimulating in their subtlety.

Pre-order the CD from Soft Records. Out today.