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electronics, synth, post-rock, jazz, beats, house, avantgarde, musique concrète
Leave your expectations at the door for the new Alpha DreamDrift X album… Ætherloop runs the gamut from electropop songs and and oldschool house/D&B atmospheres to gorgeous swathes of ambient synth. Masterful, and peerless in its diversity.
Synth-heavy, and as warmly spooky as ever (yes, that’s a thing), The Quietened Mechanisms is perfect A Year in the Country material. Class A material by The Heartwood Institute, Howlround, Grey Frequency, Listening Center, Sproatly Smith, et al.
Classic drones and synth whirlings from FOUDRE! on their fourth album KAMI 神. As always, the improvised, ritual quality of this quartet’s music is enthralling. Out November 18th on Gizeh Records.
John Coltrane - Lush Life
Yes, we love transcendental free jazz Coltrane, but let’s not forget about late 50s laid back Coltrane. This is loungy, but infused with sophisticated lyricism. Just a trio on the first three tracks (Coltrane, Earl May, Art Taylor), and with an expanded band on the last two, which are taken from different sessions.
Keith Jarrett’s Staircase (1977, ECM) is a suite of four pieces for solo piano. Jarrett keeps time, ascending and descending, moving with the seasons. This is free, meandering, and confident, often with a whiff of his voice underpinning his play.
The Ultimate Climax by QUAL (2018, AVANT! Records) is crazy, dark, powerful. Hardcore coldwave for those who like it a bit on the freaky side. Put on your mask, do a little dance, get down with QUAL’s depravity.
Sidewalks and Skeletons’ latest is also their best… The Void (2017, 2018 Geometric Lullaby) nails the aesthetic, but also brings the music deeper into a kind of goth shoegaze territory. This one gives me solace, makes me want to slowdance with myself.