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electronics, synth, post-rock, jazz, beats, house, avantgarde, musique concrète
Ah, that classic A Year in the Country mixture of vintage synth sounds and haunted British folk. The Shildam Hall Tapes is one of this year’s excellent compilations on the roster, feat. great tracks by Circle/Temple, David Colohan, et al.
Cannonball Adderley Sextet - Nippon Soul (1963, Fantasy, Inc.)
Extremely solid jazz from the sextet here, with a starring role for some great Yusef Lateef compositions, enhancing the eastern sound of the album.
HØRD’s synthpop on ‘Parallels’ (2018, Avant!) is kinda dark, but not nearly as oppressive as the creepy cover suggests. These are eight relatively mellow midtempo songs with a strong production and wistful, shoegazey vocals.
My soundtrack to this morning’s cleaning is low.poly.exception’s mysterious synthwave electronics on MEGASTRUCTURES. This one is giving me great 90s/00s videogame soundtrack feels.
Roex always do a stellar job of bringing extremely bright and tight synthwave. As sleek as the mechas that adorn their covers. Dissension (2018, Business Casual) features long compositions on an extremely long album, but somehow they make it work.
Sonny Rollins - What’s New? (1962, RCA Victor)
Last week’s Rollins was hard bop all the way, but when I put this one one, it was immediately party time, because Bossa Nova. The rest of the album is swingin’ too, with an upbeat latin atmoshpere.
SUGAI KEN’s 岩石考 -yOrUkOrU- EP (2018, Yerevan Tapes) is a brilliant blend of field recordings, Japanese traditional instruments, and electronic manipulations. Dark, weird, and heavy, using the music of stones as a point of departure. Points of reference: Yoshimi, The Akira Soundtrack.
Venetian Snares - Thanks You For Your Consideration (2015)
Drumming, bassing, sampling, chopping, and screwing. Chaotic and energetic!
Wizard Apprentice - I Am Invisible (2018, Ratskin)
A lovely folksy synthpop poetry album. Check out the full review.