AMN Reviews: Sly Horizon – The Anatomy of Light (2019; Iluso Records)

This album is the debut from the trio of Rick Parker (trombone, electronics, and synths), Álvaro Domene (7 string guitar and electronics) and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums and electronics), who come together as Sly Horizon. In short, the result is a highly compelling amalgam of free improv, metal, and electronic music that comes across as the homicidal step-child of David Torn’s Cloud About Mercury.

The opening track, literally self-titled as Sly Horizon, builds from slow echoing trombone and guitar atmospherics into a loosely structured improvisation driven by Carlstedt’s aggression. Domene bends mildly distorted notes while Parker uses space to accentuate his statements. She is a Hero consists of extended guitar techniques with feedback and effects over jagged rhythms and synth noodling, with the electronics taking on a leading role. This continues throughout A Moment of Clarity, with Parker and Domene fighting one another across angular, rhythmic themes. Magic Spells and The Anatomy of Light are the closest the group comes to being melodic (in something of a jamming post-rock fashion), with Domene’s generous use of delay, Parker’s brighter tones, and Carlstedt’s periodic restraint. But even that is a stretch as the emphasis remains on distortion, feedback, and an indistinct sense of menace.

Collectively, Sly Horizon has accomplished a remarkable feat with this release.  It is an album in which every note, twist of the knob, and beat has something to say.  Where raw electronics are tamed just enough to blend into the acoustic instrumentation.  And in which each track ends in a place you could not have possibly predicted given its beginning. Bravo, gents.

New From Midira Records

Source: Midira Records.

After releasing the highly acclaimed album “The Downfall” via Midira Records, Tegh aka Shahin Entezami from Iran returns with a new mini album called “Unusual Path”, which features one 20minutes long track on the A side. An epic journey through melancholic electronic sounds that float gently to build a massive noise drone piece. The B side features two 10 minutes long remixes by iranian artist Siavash Amini and greek musician Zenjungle.

We are very happy to present you this little masterpiece by Alessio Dutto from North Italy. An album about having or not having borders and boundaries of any kind. Dutto mixes electronic sounds with massive drones and noise walls and creates a very own signature sound, close to the aesthetics of Tim Hecker or Ben Frost. Mastered by James Plotkin.

VÉHICULE “LE TEMPS DU CHIEN” TAPE | 61 copies, full body printed bronze shells in thick natural coloured o-cards
One more new artist in our roster. Sylvain Milliot from South France surprised us with this album full of shimmering unveilings. It´s a very unique trip including modern classic cello works, experimental sounds and ambient soundscapes. If you take time to listen to this beautiful offbeat album, you will discover something very special.

Tectonics Glasgow Reviewed

Source: The Guardian.

Curated by Ilan Volkov and Alasdair Campbell, much of Tectonics’ Sunday programme explored the porous boundaries between classical, noise and sound art. Downstairs in the Old Fruitmarket, Scottish vocalist Nichola Scrutton breathed deeply into a mic, the sounds mirrored by clarinettist Alex South across the room. In between, the audience were caught in a dexterous layering of breath that felt like the wash and roll of the sea.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Christian Lillinger’s Open Form For Society – Open Form For Society (Plaist, 2019) *****

The Zyklons – s/t ( Concrete Noise, 2019) ****

Axel Dörner, Agustí Fernández & Ramon Prats – Venusik (Multikulti, 2018) ****

Two from Axel Dörner

Axel Dörner, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Clayton Thomas & Tony Buck – Invisible Cinema (Self, 2018) ****

Areni Agbabian – Bloom (ECM, 2019) ****½

Paal Nilssen-Love/Ken Vandermark – Screen Off (PNL Records) ****

Two more from PNL!

Even Atheists Listen to Spiritual Jazz

Source: Forced Exposure.

Let me say, right up front, I am a free jazz guy. I came to jazz via rock music, and most of my favorite jazz is loud and raw and screwy. That said, I have lately been involved in a collaborative writing project about free jazz that has forced me into parsing some of the differences between “true” free jazz, and a similar hybrid known as “spiritual jazz.”

Like all such genre distinctions, this one is arbitrary, subjective and almost imaginary.