Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

If, Bwana, Clara Nostra (CDR Echomusic)
Is a re-issue of an already obscure piece really a re-issue, when it only comprises ninety-nine copies? Literally, yes. But unfortunately we fear not enough eager listeners will have the chance to hear this frankly remarkable half-hour drone somehow created out of the mouths of four clarinets… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 11:13, 03 Nov 2009

Sil Muir, Sil Muir (Diophantine Discs)
Sil Muir is the brand-new ambient constellation consisting of guitarist Andrea Ferraris and veteran sound manipulator Andrea Marutti. Together they have conjured four grand, huge blocks of dark grey slate, while working away at them exposing every fissure and delving deep into each crack,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:09, 02 Nov 2009

Ólafur Arnalds, Found Songs (Erased Tapes)
Elfen Icelander with gigantic, as-yet barely uttered talent. Ólafur Arnalds (b. 1987) has only been recording for a short while now, intent on bridging the gap between the pop audience and the classical one – like Englishman Max Richter, for instance. Optimistic, young Romantics, really. His… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 02:47, 29 Oct 2009

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Josh Lay – True Mask
True Mask is an engaging & atmospheric sonic psychodrama in four parts that takes in elements of brooding & gritty cinematic noise matter, panicked yet atmospheric black art guitar flays, grim & emotional pained black metal growls, and generally troubled grimy ambience & pained/ atmosphere heavy noise matter.

Isolrubin BK – Crash Injury Trauma
Isolrubin BK was Brian Williams (of Lustmord) carcrash themed industrial & noise project & this is a much deserved reissue of the projects one & only album from 1993 which sees William brew-up a very grim & violent mixture of car crashing samples, sirens, smashing glass, screams, car & crash related dialogue sanples, and all manner of car crash related sonics.

Vomir/ Selymes Viragszirom – Self titled
This is a crudely & violently coarse two way Hash Wall Noise split between Frances notorious blacked bag Vomir & Polish now sadly defunct project Selymes Viragszirom. Each project offers up a twenty mintue or near example of high-end blacked HWN.

Starving Weirdos – Into An Energy
Into An Energy finds the Starving Weirdos offer up quite a sleek , often lushly produced & filmatic take on their atmospheric, distinct improvised & heady psychedelic soundscapes.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Cover of "Edom"
Cover of Edom

From All About Jazz:

Eyal Maoz’s Edom
Hope and Destruction (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Paul Giallorenzo
Get In To Go Out (482 Music)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Marty Ehrlich
Things Have Got To Change (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

The MacroQuarktet
Each Part a Whole: Live at the Stone (Ruby Flower Records)
Reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Joe Morris
Today On Earth (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Wu Fei
Yuan (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Cyro Baptista‘s Banquet of the Spirits
Infinito (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Joel Roberts

Jim Black / Alas No Axis
Houseplant (Winter & Winter)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Vijay Iyer Trio
Historicity (ACT Music)
Reviewed by Chris May

Positive Catastrophe
Garabatos Volume One (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

John Surman
Brewster’s Rooster (ECM Records)
Reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Taylor Ho Bynum & Spidermonkey Strings
Madeleine Dreams (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Ivana Ng

The Frame Quartet
35mm (Okka Disk)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

The Ed Palermo Big Band
Eddy Loves Frank (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

Joelle Leandre / George Lewis
Transatlantic Visions (Rogueart Records)
Reviewed by Stuart Broomer

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

DJ Spooky
The Secret Song (Thirsty Ear Recordings)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Peter Evans
Nature/Culture (Psi)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Acoustic Ladyland
Living With A Tiger (Strong And Wrong)
Reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Darius Jones
Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Eugene Lee
equilibrium (Pure Potentiality Records)
Reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Evan Parker
Evan Parker Solo 1975 & 1989
Reviewed by Martin Longley

New Jazz Composers Octet
The Turning Gate (Motema Music)
Reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Fred Frith
Fred Frith: To Sail, To Sail, Pas de Deux & The Big Picture/Still Urban
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

Harris Eisenstadt
Canada Day (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Eyal Maoz / Asaf Sirkis
Elementary Dialogues (Ayler Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Oliver Lake
Makin’ It (Passin’ Thru Records)
Reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Split the Difference (Reel Recordings)
Reviewed by Andrey Henkin

William Parker
William Parker: Live at the Sunset, In Transition, Live at Dunois, Double Sunrise over Neptune
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Gerry Hemingway
Gerry Hemingway Twofer: Less is More & Demon Chaser
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: Denmark
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

The Fonda/Stevens Group
Memphis (Playscape Recordings)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Upsilon Acrux
Radian Futura (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Aluk Todolo – Finsternis
It’s seems like an eternity since occult & kraut-rock three piece Aluk Todolo justifiable raved about début album Descension appeared, but in reality it’s only two years- I guess it’s true what they say ‘absence makes the heart grow founder(or grimmer in this case)’. Anyway here is the bands second hypotonic blacked rock fruit in the shape of Finsternis.

Jason Kahn – Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point sees the welcome return of one of the great tension building improviser & artistic noise makers Jason Kahn who also ran the excellent tense improv label Cut which sadly closed its doors last year after a run of 25 near perfectly releases.

Klaus Schulze – La Vie Electronique 3
This is the third volume in the La Vie Electronique series of cd sets that brings together a selection of early tape material by electronica godfather and Space music /Kosmische Musik legend Klaus Schulze.

Klaus Schulze – La Vie Electronique 2
La Vie Electronique 2 is the second in the series of cd sets that brings together a selection of early tape material by electronica godfather and Space music /Kosmische Musik legend Klaus Schulze.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Cover of "The Crucible"
Cover of The Crucible

From All About Jazz:

07-Sep-09 Gutbucket
A Modest Proposal (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

07-Sep-09 John Zorn
The Crucible (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

07-Sep-09 Klang
Tea Music (AllosDocuments)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

07-Sep-09 Gunter Hampel
Vibes Vibes (Vibrafon Solos 2008) (Birth Records)
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

05-Sep-09 James Carney
Ways & Means (Songlines Recordings)
Reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

05-Sep-09 Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records)
Reviewed by Ted Gordon

05-Sep-09 Multiple Artists
Violin Twofer: Stefano Pastor & Mark Feldman
Reviewed by Karla Cornejo

05-Sep-09 Joey Baron
Joey Baron: Secrets, I Believe & Live at the Vortex
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

05-Sep-09 Multiple Artists
Global Unity: Belgium
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

05-Sep-09 Multiple Artists
Four on Clean Feed: Darren Johnston, Luis Lopes, Daniel Levin, Avram Fefer
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

05-Sep-09 Satoko Fujii
Satoko Fujii: Chun, Heat Wave & Summer Suite
Reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

04-Sep-09 Samuel Blaser
Pieces of Old Sky (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

04-Sep-09 simakDialog
Demi Masa (Moonjune Records)
Reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

03-Sep-09 Dennis Gonzalez
A Matter Of Blood (furthermore recordings)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

03-Sep-09 Susanna and the Magical Orchestra
3 (Rune Grammofon)
Reviewed by John Kelman

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Simon Whetham, Lightyears (Traceable Echoes)
Simon Whetham is a Bristol-based sound artist and composer whose work has previously appeared on labels sensitive to the smallest sounds, like Entr´Acte, Trente Oiseaux and Gruenrekorder. Lightyear is a half-hour excerpt of the soundtrack he created for visual artist Kathryn Thomas´… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 05:58, 04 Sep 2009

Philip Sulidae, The Blacken Solver (3″ CDR Dontcaresulidae)
Australian sound artist Philip Sulidae issues two small white slabs of dark, dense experimental ambient on twin, three-inch CDRs, each lovingly slid into black-on-grey, flocked paper sleeves. His chief means are field recordings, organ, and “synthesis”. The Blacken Solver is gloomy, beautiful,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:35, 03 Sep 2009

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