AMN Reviews: Haunted Me – Plague (2017; Bandcamp)

Here is a uniquely-positioned dark ambient offering from Claudio Begovic, aka Haunted Me. Influenced by Brian Eno and William Basinski as much as the northern European pioneers of that broadly defined category, Begovic’s latest covers a lot of ground across its seven tracks.

Incorporating oscillations, rhythmic object percussion, echoing bass lines, boiling soundscapes, slow electric guitar themes, and harsh noise wall components, Plague is not only remarkable for its diversity, but also its singularly compelling nature. No two of these tracks sound like one another, whereas most artists that incorporate any one of the aforementioned styles tend to stick with that particular approach. In contrast, Begovic produces sound art that varies in dynamics, instrumentation, source material, and feel. These compositions are both complex and understated.

But even if one prefers not to analyze Plague by taking it apart, at a surface level the album is a disturbing and (yes) haunted journey through unfamiliar landscapes and moods. Plague could easily have been a soundtrack for a psychological horror movie, but works remarkably well as a standalone effort. Highly recommended.

AMN Reviews: Skullflower – The Spirals of Great Harm (2017; Cold Spring Records)

UK’s Cold Spring Records puts out recordings of a wide variety of unsettling music: dark ambient, neo-folk, harsh noise, and experimental. Skullflower, which centers around Matthew Bower, fits the more extreme end of that spectrum. Bower has recorded under numerous monikers for over 30 years and this double-album reflects the confidence that comes with experience.

The Spirals of Great Harm features traditional instrumentation, particularly guitars, rather than just electronics. But this might not be apparent initially. To that point, the album is a viscous, ever-shifting series of noise walls featuring long drones from distorted chording. Hidden in these walls are some subtleties that careful listening will pick out – a melody or two within the mass of sound. But Skullflower ultimately offers an overwhelming post-post-rock and post-industrial set, fitting for both foreground and background absorption.

Comparisons to early 70’s Krautrock are not out of order here, though without the rhythmic emphasis. A welcome slab of dissonant, twisted darkness from an early purveyor of the same.

Cafe OTO in March

Paal Nilssen-Love

Source: Cafe OTO.

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 6pm
Oto Project Space:
Seijiro Murayama / Luciano Maggiore
£5 Door Only

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 7.30pm
Victor Herrero + Billy Steiger + Douglas Macgregor
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

2–4 March 2017
Peter Hammill – Three Day Residency

Sunday 5 March 2017, 2pm
Realistic Monk (Carl Stone + Miki Yui) – Matinee Show
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Sunday 5 March 2017, 7.30pm
the Spirit Farm
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

Monday 6 March 2017, 7.30pm
Rodrigo Amado / Joe Mcphee / Kent Kessler / Chris Corsano (Quartet)
£12 £10 Advance £8 Members

Tuesday 7 March 2017, 7.30pm
Kammer Klang:
Klara Lewis + Phaedra Ensemble Performs Leo Chadburn + plus Special Guests to Be Announced
£9 £7 Advance £6 Members

Wednesday 8 March 2017, 7.30pm
Cesura//acceso Issue 2 Launch with Claire Potter, Federica Frabetti, Lisa Jeschke and Lucy Beynon, Vindicatrix, Billy Steiger
£6 £5 Advance £4 Members

9–10 March 2017
Graham Lambkin – Two Day Residency

Saturday 11 March 2017, 7pm
Beartown Presents:
Anla Courtis + Paul Watson + Posset + Duncan Harrison &Amp; Yoni Silver
£5 Door Only

11–12 March 2017
Lula Pena – Two Day Residency

Monday 13 March 2017, 7.30pm
Junko + Taku Sugimoto
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 7.30pm
Lullaby for Pauline: a Concert Commemorating the Life and Work of Pauline Oliveros with Vocal Constructivists
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Wednesday 15 March 2017, 7.30pm
G.h. (Modern Love) + Ramzi + D-a
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

Thursday 16 March 2017, 7.30pm
Japan Sound Portrait:
Makoto Nomura + Kumiko Yabu + Midori Komachi + Abirdwhale + Verity Lane
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Friday 17 March 2017, 7.30pm
[Modern Ritual] – Charles Hayward + Laura Cannell + Hoofus + Jennifer Lucy Allan + Luke Turner
£12 £10 Advance £8 Members

18–19 March 2017
from Here Records Weekend:
Stick in the Wheel Present from Here: English Folk Field Recordings Feat. Fay Hield + Jon Boden (Sat) + Martin Carthy + Peta Webb + Ken Hall (Sun) + More Tbc

Sunday 19 March 2017, 3.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Ingrid Plum – Workshop + Performance
£12 £10 Advance

Monday 20 March 2017, 7.30pm
Norberto Lobo + Chris Cundy
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Tuesday 21 March 2017, 7.30pm
Irene Kurka
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

Wednesday 22 March 2017, 6.30pm
Oto Project Space:
Fourth Page
£5 Door Only

Wednesday 22 March 2017, 7.30pm
Marc Baron / Pascal Le Gall (Duo) + Alessandra Novaga + Matthew Sullivan
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

23–25 March 2017
Oto Nove Swiss
More Info &Amp; Tickets

Sunday 26 March 2017, 7.30pm
Giuseppe Ielasi + Phil Julian
£8 £6 Advance £4 Members

Monday 27 March 2017, 7.30pm
Mari Ohno
£8 £6 Advance Free for Members

Tuesday 28 March 2017, 7.30pm
Lean Left (Paal Nilssen-love / Ken Vandermark / Terrie Ex / Andy Moor)
£14 £12 Advance £10 Members

Thursday 30 March 2017, 7.30pm
Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents:
King Ayisoba + Zea
£15 £14.20 (Ticket Abc)

Friday 31 March 2017, 7.30pm
Coum Flakes (Foxtrot Echo / Roboray / Jason Williams / Yats)

Musique Machine Reviews

Merzbow, prominent Japanoise musician, in 2007

Source: Musique Machine.

Roland Etzin – Sonic Drawings
Wehrmacht Lombardo/ RRR – Red Tape
RRR – Border Of Nowhere
The Necks – Unfold
Fire – She Sleeps, She Sleeps
André Stordeur – Complete Analog and Digital Electronic Works 1978-
Merzbow – Kakapo
Anonymous Masturbaudioum – Asphyxiating Synthetic Obsession
Grand Goat Glorification – Demoicum
Relicuum – 2500 A.D
Fouke – Woods Devil

5049 Records Podcast Episode 105 – Susie Ibarra

Source: 5049 Records.

Since the early 90s, Susie Ibarra has been one of the most exciting and compelling composer/performers to come through the world of New York experimental music. As a drummer, there is really no one like her, a top notch improviser who turns her kit into a fine tuned orchestra. She’s worked closely with Ikue Mori, John Zorn, Sylvie Courviosier, David S. Ware and many more and continues to inspire drummers all over the world. For this talk, Susie takes me back to her upbringing in Texas, where as a teenager she opened for the Flaming Lips, her early days in New York, and much much more.

Bob Drake Interview

English: Bob Drake with the Peter Blegvad Trio...

Source: Lancashire Evening Post.

Bob Drake‘s shifting pop-rock has solidified his identity as a musical alchemist. But it’s only one among a host of epithets: cult hero; recording engineer; multi-instrumentalist musician; and founder of Thinking Plague, to name a few. Before he takes to a Preston stage tonight with the mysterious Bonanza Tungsten Ladies, punk band ALL HAIL HYENA! and experimental rockers Condor Moments, the LEP caught up with him to talk about song-writing, genre labels and recording tracks for Engelbert Humperdinck…



February 26, 2017
Sarah Bernstein Exolinger, Legion Bar
Sarah Bernstein

February 26, 2017
W-2, Legion Bar
Sam Weinberg Chris Welcome

February 26, 2017
Three Tunes by Albert Ayler, Legion Bar
Ariel Armoni Shayna Dulberger Jon Irabagon Yoni Kretzmer Chris Welcome

February 26, 2017
Jason Ajemian Folk-Lords, Legion Bar
Jason Ajemian Jaimie Branch Nathaniel Morgan Angela Morris Jason Nazary Andrew Smiley

February 23, 2017
Tony Buck Solo, ISSUE Project Room
Tony Buck

February 23, 2017
Lloyd Swanton Solo, ISSUE Project Room
Lloyd Swanton

February 23, 2017
The Necks, ISSUE Project Room
Chris Abrahams Tony Buck Lloyd Swanton

February 23, 2017
Chris Abrahams Solo, ISSUE Project Room
Chris Abrahams