Delphine Dora & Sophie Cooper – Think Away (Was Ist Das?)

‘Think Away’ by Delphine Dora (piano) and Sophie Cooper (trombone) is magical in an ambiguous Studio Ghibli sort of way. Their music captures a sense of the uncanny that is on the border between menace and wonder; a Leonora Carrington reading would benefit from a live improvisation from these two musicians. ‘Stillness and Movement’ pairs… Continue reading Delphine Dora & Sophie Cooper – Think Away (Was Ist Das?)

EUH! – EUH! 1 (self released) / April Larson – Up Below (Polar Seas Recordings) / Lofe – Spit Wine (Crushing Objects Records)

EUH! are an anything-goes free-jazz cosmic car-boot-sale noise band, consisting of Wayne Rex (drums) and Hacker Farm alumni, KEK-W (electronics).  The album is a bracing shot of washed-out spookiness combined with a hectically eclectic approach to instant-composition. A fluid, muddy music. Chaotic improvisations that border on the surreal. ‘Whipporwill’ is metallic clatter in conversation with… Continue reading EUH! – EUH! 1 (self released) / April Larson – Up Below (Polar Seas Recordings) / Lofe – Spit Wine (Crushing Objects Records)

Dead Neanderthals – Craters, Molar Wrench (with Sly and The Family Drone), and The Depths (various labels)

Dead Neanderthals are a scorching free-jazz noise fire-duo, made up of drummer Rene Aquarius and saxophonist Otto Kokke. In 2014, they released the astonishing ‘Prime’, a blistering cataclysm of a record, a ceaselessly furious eruption, which saw another saxophonist, Colin Webster, joining them to add that extra density needed to progress from recklessly confrontational to… Continue reading Dead Neanderthals – Craters, Molar Wrench (with Sly and The Family Drone), and The Depths (various labels)

Bridget Hayden – Incantations From Yin Valley (Fort Evil Fruit)

'Incantations From Yin Valley' begins like a heads-down doom rock noodler in the vein of Bardo Pond but the warm fuzz refuses to settle into a consistent groove. This sets the tone for the rest of the album, throughout the tape any propulsive force is usually smoothed out laterally into slow drones and swells. Bridget… Continue reading Bridget Hayden – Incantations From Yin Valley (Fort Evil Fruit)

Phil Legard – Hesperian Garden (Larkfall)

A lilting conversational tone opens ‘Hesperian Garden’ by Phil Legard; voices synth-mashed into Enochian John Dee angel burble, layered and accumulated gradually. The unhurried moss-like thickening of detail is a musical strategy employed throughout this album. Drones build in stature, becoming steadily more malign and dark. The third track ‘Threshold II’ is a highlight, incongruously… Continue reading Phil Legard – Hesperian Garden (Larkfall)

Saltland – A Common Truth (Constellation)

‘How did we get ourselves here?’ asks Rebecca Foon (aka Saltland) on ‘Light of Mercy’, a typically heart-tugging track from her new album, ‘A Common Truth.’ The question isn’t answered but offered instead is a musical and emotional evocation of what ‘here’ is and what it feels like. ‘Here’ being a world heading towards potentially… Continue reading Saltland – A Common Truth (Constellation)

The Doomed Bird Of Providence – Burrowed Into The Soft Sky (Front & Follow)

The Doomed Bird Of Providence have been threatening this album for a while. Not in terms of press-releases or trailers, although the notes surrounding this record are interesting and worth reading. Instead, the inherent violence that has always been controlled and channelled in previous albums has here been unchained. Mark Kluzek’s words: barked blood-soaked tales… Continue reading The Doomed Bird Of Providence – Burrowed Into The Soft Sky (Front & Follow)