Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Jon Mueller – Physical Changes

Percussionist and composer Jon Mueller’s discerning creativity does not rule out a willingness to put the listener’s ears through the ordeals. His music is often bewilderingly violent, yet retains a pumping nucleus connecting it with all that matters in life, good or bad: bodily functions, natural phenomena, ecologic disasters, contagious enthusiasm. The […]

Barry Guy & Mats Gustafsson – Sinners, Rather than Saints

Sinners, rather than Saints is only the fourth meeting on record of English bassist-composer Barry Guy and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson over almost two decades, and for that alone this vinyl-only release on Lithuanian imprint No Business should be more than a curio. The duo format is an interesting one, which […]

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Sonomu Reviews

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From Sonomu:

B?Tong, Structures (Noecho)
An artist who dips his foot in many different pools. A Swedish émigré living in Basel with over a decade´s recording experience. For Structures, he moves effortlessly between small-scale sound experiments and shifting moods and modes, to a darkness so remininiscent of Robert Rich and B…. [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:47, 25 Mar 2009

Feu Follet & Miina Virtanen, The Icicle Lectures, Vol. 1 (CDR Ex Ovo)
On this latest release from his young CDR label Ex Ovo, Tobias Fischer (in the guise of Feu Follet) divvies up the record between himself and Miina Virtanen, a Finn residing in Germany. This first (of three promised) “Icicle Lecture” has its origins in a live performance in Dresden. Fischer appears… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:36, 25 Mar 2009

Various Artists, Escaping from Color: Rapoon Recomposed and Remixed (Quasi Pop)
Even Rapoon´s artwork has been remixed by the compiler for the cover. Rapoon, aka Englishman Robin Storey, is one of the most successful and influential ambient artists of the past twenty years, they key to which is his investing the music with both a sense of industrial forboding and ethnic colour… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:25, 25 Mar 2009

Takahiro Kido, Fleursy Music (Plop)
“Flower-ish” (absolutely not “flowery”) music – “fleursy” is Takahiro Kido´s own coinage, but the neologism kind of rings wrong and sounds like a respiratory illness brought on by contact with flora. The music itself has quite the opposite effect, tearing down the walls of hipness and irony… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:00, 25 Mar 2009

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