Mike Caratti, Rachel Musson & Steve Beresford – Hesitantly Pleasant / Musicianer – Slow Learner (Iluso Records)

Iluso Records was established in 2013, releasing avant-garde jazz and metal. Their two most recent releases are an exercise in contrasting approaches to music-making. ‘Hesitantly Pleasant’ is by a trio of Rachel Musson (saxophones), Steve Beresford (piano and electronics) and Mike Caratti (drums and percussion). Moving between violent ruffling and amenable weaving, the elements making… Continue reading Mike Caratti, Rachel Musson & Steve Beresford – Hesitantly Pleasant / Musicianer – Slow Learner (Iluso Records)

Music From The Woods: Elizabeth Veldon / Eastville EVP / Jorge Boehringer & Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh / Queef! / Three Eyed Makara

A few releases that have been variously inspired by, recorded in, or physically coated with the debris of woodland spaces. Elizabeth Veldon's  'Songs For The Summer Walker In The Woods'  has for nearly half of its 30 minute duration a gulf of silence before sparse clusters and single ringing piano notes amble into view. Occasionally… Continue reading Music From The Woods: Elizabeth Veldon / Eastville EVP / Jorge Boehringer & Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh / Queef! / Three Eyed Makara

Laurel Halo – Dust (Hyperdub) / Children of Alice (Warp)

Two recent releases showcase different approaches to psychedelic electronica. Laurel Halo’s latest album for Hyperdub, ‘Dust’, is an excellent collection of mind-altering future-pop, vividly evocative. ‘Jelly’ is constructed like a view swiping past a moving car’s window: all sun glare, heat and breeze; fidgeting beats and oscillating electronic squiggles; harshly corrosive software-burnt vocals act as… Continue reading Laurel Halo – Dust (Hyperdub) / Children of Alice (Warp)

Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry – Crime Waves (Don Giovanni)

Moor Mother follows her amazing 2016 album, 'Fetish Bones', a collection of home-recorded protest songs that are as fierce as they are strange, testaments to troubling time, with this, her second release on the Don Giovanni label. 'Crime Waves' is a collaboration with producers Mental Jewelry. Continuing with the subject matter of 'Fetish Bones': racism… Continue reading Moor Mother x Mental Jewelry – Crime Waves (Don Giovanni)

Lodz – Settlement / Clouds Once Before Molten Rock – Live in Alsager (Wild Silence)

Wild Silence is a label run by Delphine Dora. Not settled on any particular genre or mode of playing, it instead releases a diverse range of recordings, from Delphine’s own piano explorations to the wilder territory of Mami Wata’s haunting voice and glassworks. The label's two most recent releases are typically captivating. Lodz is an… Continue reading Lodz – Settlement / Clouds Once Before Molten Rock – Live in Alsager (Wild Silence)

Fallout Shelter Disks: Elizabeth Veldon

In a previous incarnation of Ears For Eyes, a feature was launched that asked artists to list records and items that they would take with them into a fallout shelter. Resemblances between this and a certain BBC Radio 4 programme are purely coincidental. Relaunching Fallout Shelter Disks, Elizabeth Veldon has selected six musical works, one… Continue reading Fallout Shelter Disks: Elizabeth Veldon

Ian Stonehouse – Voyage en Kaleidescope (The Lumen Lake)

‘Voyage en Kaleidescope’ was assembled by Ian Stonehouse over a number of years and consists of collages of field recordings and found sounds, manipulated into strange new forms, released now after a ‘maturation period’ presumably watched over like an anxious scientist observing some writhing, worryingly vigorous slime-mould stressing the boundaries of its glass dish. The… Continue reading Ian Stonehouse – Voyage en Kaleidescope (The Lumen Lake)