AMN Picks of the Week: The Necks / Butcher, Smith, & Walter / Vmthanaachth / Newsome & Pilc / Gerschlauer, Fiuczynski, DeJohnette, Garrison, & Mikadze

English: Weasel Walter playing bass, with Marc...

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

The Necks – Unfold (2017)
John Butcher / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter – The Catastrophe of Minimalism (2017)
Vmthanaachth – Inferotemporal (2017)
Sam Newsome / Jean-Michel Pilc – Magic Circle (2017)
Gerschlauer / Fiuczynski / DeJohnette / Garrison / Mikadze – Mikrojazz (2017)

The Best New Ambient Music on Bandcamp

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

There are infinite atmospheric worlds available on Bandcamp. From the dreamy to the nightmarish, and the meditative to the deeply unsettling, these compositions often fall under the ambient umbrella. Albums without words that are deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking in their own way—these releases come from all corners of the globe. Every month, Aurora Mitchell will take you through the best ambient releases. In this debut edition, we present releases from both June and July. There’s environmental field recordings sourced from a trip to Turkey; nostalgic, Boards of Canada-indebted sounds from Russia; and beautiful, nature-heavy ambient from Japan.

AMN Picks of the Week: A Bunch of Minus Zero Releases

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Bernstein, Marcelo, Popejoy, and Podgurski – Propolis (2017)
Goldberg, Brown, and Anderson – The Reckoning (2017)
Bruckmann, Pluta, and Young – Live . Elastic . 10 . 20 . 16 (2017)
Moser, Dresser, Anderson, and Modirzadeh – For My Mother (2017)
Devin Hoff – Baile As Baile (2012)

5049 Records Episode 126 – Fay Victor 

Source: 5049 Records.

Fay Victor is a vocalist and composer who has become an increasingly regular and vital participant in the world of New York City jazz and improvised music. She grew up in Long Island, cut her teeth in Brooklyn and has worked with a broad range of contemporary artists from Butch Morris to Anthony Braxton, Ken Filiano to Joe Morris. Her vocals and lyrics express a deep courage and vulnerability. For this talk Fay takes me back to her early days of musical exploration, through her time in Japan and the Netherlands, up to her current work. A good one.

How “Bitches Brew” Blew Our Minds

Bitches Brew

Source: Salon.com.

In an era awash in commodified violence and gore — death metal and dark industrial, serial killer studies, Headline News Network, embedded war reporters — the opening seconds of Miles Davis’s album, “Bitches Brew,” remain the single most ominous thing in the infinite man-years of experience and consumption that pop culture has produced.

15 Artists Pick Their Favorite Brian Eno Records

Photograph of Brian Eno at a 2006 Long Now Fou...

Source: The Vinyl Factory.

While very few contemporary musicians can stake a claim to the creation and communication of a genre, it is an accolade publicly bestowed on Brian Eno. Fela Kuti, one of Eno’s heroes, is another. And yet, while both now retrospectively stand as figureheads of ambient and afro-beat, theirs is a legacy built on subtle rather than seismic shifts in musical form.

And where Fela Kuti’s explosive take on highlife didn’t materialise in a vacuum, Brian Eno’s form-stretching electronics are as rooted in expansive prog and avant garde pop as they were in highly structured ’50s rock ‘n’ roll. It’s this which shines to the fore in the quartet of new reissues honing in Brian Eno’s early albums, the 1974 debut Here Come The Warm Jets, his follow up on Island Records Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), 1975’s iconic Another Green World and Before and after Science originally released on Polydor in 1977.