Reviews You May Have Missed – November 2022

Last month we published a number of original reviews of some very interesting music. Check out the list below.

New Releases From Minus Zero

Source: MINUS ZERO. As always, all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

Actual Air
Robert Dick – flutes / Reuben Radding – double bass
Recorded July 2nd, 2007 at Studio STATS, Brooklyn, NY

Assemblages
Robert Dick – flutes / Uli Johannes Kieckbusch – piano / Alfred Zimmerlin – cello
recorded November 29, 2017 at Musentempel, Karlsruhe, Germany by Frank Baumann

Breathing Room
Darren Johnston – trumpet and compositions / Carmen Staff – piano / Michael Formanek – bass
recorded June 3rd, 2021 by Christopher Benham at Big Orange Sheep

Boojum Quartet
Dan Clucas – cornet / Vinny Golia – saxophones and clarinets / Steuart Liebig – electric contrabasses / Alex Cline – percussion
recorded and mixed by Scott Fraser at Architecture, Los Angeles, July 2018 and March 2019

Commedia Dell’ Arte!
Logan Perry – percussion, ukulele, samples, voice
recorded between January and November 2022

New and Recent Releases from Floating Limb

Source: Floating Limb.

SPHAGNUM MOSS – THE DWELLER OF THE HOUSE

One longform piece in two parts, or two longform pieces making one whole. Manipulated synthetic chamber choir, scrawled strings, restless sines, fielded recordings, rapturous devotions, mangled tape and discordant barrage.

OLIVER BARRETT – AERIAL

“When we moved into our current flat, there was an old TV aerial wedged precariously between two sections of the roof. It had obviously been blown down years ago and it was now stuck there about 25 feet above the front door to the building…”

OLIVER BARRETT – THERE THE SUN ALSO RISES

There The Sun Also Rises is a short story and album by Oliver Barrett; both parts inspired by and extrapolating on the other. Told by a man looking back on his life, the things he’s left behind, and all the decisions that led him to up to a single revelatory experience, the story is both a wide-eyed, cosmic science fiction tale and a deeply personal reckoning with what has come to pass.

SPHAGNUM MOSS – RIG CURVE

A strange tone you’ve been hearing in your dreams suddenly made manifest and no, actually, not that one at all. Several synths left out in the rain and then dried in the tumble drier on the wrong setting. A storage box of rhythms with holes in the knees that you’ve grown out of suddenly pitching down the stairs. Like a lift shaft falling down a lift shaft…

SPHAGNUM MOSS – THREE ROYAL HEADSMEN

Three pieces named for three people alleged to have been the executioner of King Charles I. The execution of King Charles I in 1649 was the defining act of the English Civil War, resulting in a temporary abolition of the monarchy and symbolising a significant step towards potential democracy in this country (one day, maybe)…

SPHAGNUM MOSS – PARAPET IN GOLDEN LIGHT

‘Parapet In Golden Light’ is the first release under the Sphagnum Moss moniker, invoking longform tonal shifts and structures with an emphasis on density. The two pieces blur the lines between acoustic and electronic sound sources, physical and synthetic, high fidelity and low fidelity, taking a home organ and a harmonium as sonic starting points, respectively.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1363

Source: Vital Weekly.

THORSTEN SOLTAU – GEWÄCHSE IM ZWIELICHT (CD by SYM) *
FRANCISCO LOPEZ & DANIEL MENCHE – SACRIFICED PHLOEM (ZANNEC LINE) (CD by SYM) *
JOÃO CASTRO PINTO – FAUX NATUREL (CD by Unfathomless) *
ANNA KALUZA & CELINE VOCCIA & MATTHIAS BAUER – ACM (CD by Aut Records) *
MARTIN PYNE & DAVID BEEBEE – RIPPLES (CD by Discus Music) *
GUILHERME RODRIGUES – ACOUSTIC REVERB (CD by Creative Sources Recordings)
VOLKMAR KLIEN & MAHD – CAPITAL MUST ACCUMULATE, IT’S A LAW OF NATURE (CD by Loewenhertz) *
ANTHONY BRAXTON & JAMES FEI – DUET (CD by Other Minds Records)
DAS SYNTHETISCHE MISCHGEWEBE – GREASER IN THE GHOST HOME (CD by Tribe Tapes) *
GERSTEIN – THE DEATH OINTMENT (CD by Tribe Tapes) *
DEAF LIONS – EINE NACHT (cassette by Tribe Tapes)
THREADS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK – REVEALS NEW FACE (cassette by Tribe Tapes) *
SUNSWEPT SUNDAY – HALFWAY TO DAWN (CD by Ma Records) *
FREEK DEN HARTOGH – CANDOR (CD by No Can Do Music)
PHILIPP SCHAUFELBERGER & PIERRE FAVRE – DECAMERON (LP by Wide Ear Records) *
LIMINAL HAZE – VOLUME 6 (CDR by Kirigirisu Recordings) *
KM: – VINYL (CDR by Kirigirisu Recordings) *
PRESSURE COOKER RELIEF VALVE – TWO PIECES FOR UNPREPARED GUITAR (CDR by Kirigirisu Recordings) *
RAOUL VAN HERPEN – ANCHOR BREATH (CDR by Minimal Resource Manipulation) *
ORPHAX/PHIL MAGUIRE – RIMPELS/(SANG IN THE WET TREES) (cassette by Chitin Press)
ONUR ŻŁOBNICKI – 355​/​113 (cassette by Fluxus MT) *
DEVELOPER / LUER (split cassette by Fluxus MT) *
NOW DAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC label review; part 2:
ROEL MEELKOP – 2 (LIVES) (90 minute DAT) *
CALINECZKA – FOUNDATIONS, CRACKING (120 minutes DAT) *
MODELBAU – ANNEX ANNUM (120 minutes DAT) *
ORPHAX – HET CONGLOMERAAT (34 minutes DAT) *
HOWARD STELZER – WE ALL ARE (48 minutes DAT) *
COAGULANT – ABSTRACTION IN THREE DIMENSIONS (60 minutes DAT) *
RICK SANDERS – DRONES (90-minutes DAT) *
NŸLAND/SCHEERLING – TWEIDUSTER (60 minute DAT) *

AMN Picks of the Week: Archer, Thomas & Hunter / Sarah Davachi / The Attic / 5uus (Dave Kerman) / Cecyl Ruehlen

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.

Archer / Thomas / Hunter – Forensic Trio (2022)
Sarah Davachi – Two Sisters (2022)
The Attic (Amado / Almeida / Govaert) – Love Ghosts (2022)
5uu’s / Dave Kerman – The Quiet in Your Bones (2022)
Cecyl Ruehlen – Levitation Elixir (2022)

Coming to Seattle

Source: Wayward Music Series.

December 2, 2022 | 7:30 PM |$5 – $20 donation at the door
Annapurna Dharma Communion: The Wind That Rolls Upon the Water
Joey Largent presents his most recent composition in collaboration with movement/costume/installation artist Katrina Wolfe for an acoustic just intonation ensemble composed of practitioners of Burmese vipassana, musicians, and friends. Composed primarily on the Olympic Coast and in the North Cascades near the Lower Curtis Glacier, the work follows an exploration of changing natural landscapes and physical masses as the …

January 13, 2023 | 8:00 PM |$5 – $15 donation at the door
St Celfer
“Seattleʼs St Celfer writes immersive electronic songs that encompass both haunting beauty & wild experimentalism.” – BANDCAMP St Celfer, of Korean and American origin, currently lives between São Paulo and Seattle, the latter living off/on since 1990. A fan of Seattle grunge, was, once upon a time, in the 00’s New York scene performing, among other places, at CBGB’s, The …

January 20, 2023 | 8:00 PM |$5 – $15 donation at the door
Dennis Rea + Carol J Levin
Guitarist Dennis Rea presents a rare solo set of original pieces, interpretations of Asian and other world music, improvisation, and select covers.

Active since the mid-1970s, Rea has led or been a key contributor to musical innovators Moraine, Iron Kim Style, LAND, Savant, Flame Tree, and Earthstar, and has worked with such trailblazing musicians as Hector Zazou, Stuart Dempster, Cui …

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Ivo Perelman – Reed Rapture in Brooklyn (Mahakala Music, 2022)

Kirk Knuffke – flexing the tradition

Mali Obomsawin – Sweet Tooth (OOYH, 2022)

Jacob Wick – Standards (Full Spectrum Records, 2022)

Mikołaj Trzaska, Petr Vrba, Mark Tokar, Balázs Pándi — Malá Pardubická Vol. 4 (Gusstaff Records, 2022)

Cécile Cappozzo Quintet – Hymne d’automne (Ayler Records, 2022)

An Interview with Cécile Cappozzo

Basher – Doubles (Sinking City Records, 2022)

Complete Communion: Jazz For November

Source: The Quietus.

Newly unearthed archival recordings of live dates from the 1960s, a profound homage to the swing-and-drag aesthetic of drummer Paul Motian from former collaborators, a new quintet from the veteran Swedish drummer Sven-Åke Johansson, and a thrumming quintet session from drummer Tom Skinner of The Smile are featured in Peter Margasak’s latest round up of jazz and improvised music

The Best Ambient on Bandcamp: November 2022 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Somehow, the last column of the year (outside of our end-of-year wrap-up) is upon us. Luckily, we’re closing 2022 with a bang. Thanks to releases from artists including Burial, Pulse Emitter, Jordan Reyes, and many others, this month’s roundup showcases the multifaceted tonalities of atmospheric music. Press play and get reading to dive into acid Western soundscapes, rave-ready downtempo, and so much more.

Wadada Leo Smith in Beacon NY, December 3

Source: Dia.

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 2 pm
Dia Beacon
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, New York

Provoked by the formal qualities of Jack Whitten’s art, and to honor the artist’s lifelong interest in experimental music, Dia has invited trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith to musically interpret Whitten’s Greek Alphabet paintings on view at Dia Beacon. This rare performance by one of the foremost figures in contemporary music will take place in the museum galleries.