NEW MUSIC: Harrison & Dunkley – In CD

‘In CD’ is a collaborative release from UK duo Stuart Harrison and Peter Dunkley who have played in post-punk bands together in the past but more recently reconvened to explore intstrumental minimalism in the vein of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich.

‘In CD’ is a piece in two parts. The first section is built around keys and guitar circling, looping and overlapping as they build up a hypnotic pulsing post-rock sound. At the track’s mid-point the mood changes, while some of the central repeating motifs still drive the piece along, albeit with a more subdued and reflective tone.

Says Stuart Harrison: “We don’t think that In CD sounds anything like In C – but we took some of the compositional elements, and in particular how Riley instructs ensembles to play his piece, as ‘inspiration’ as we constructed our music. We compose through a process of continual improvisation without necessarily having a defined outcome or even a structure, which tends to take us into unexpected. We’re constantly surprised at what we produce! With this piece, however, we took certain motifs and played them in slightly different ways on different instruments, particularly in the second section.”

Says Peter Dunkley: “Actually, it should have been ‘In DC’ as the first part is in D and the second C. We thought In CD was funnier, though!” 

Check out their profile on Spotify for a bunch of other new compositions.

NEW MUSIC: Tallinn – At The Freeport

Liquid bass, stuttering heartbeat rhythms and melodies that fold in and out of the mix, overlapping dancing with free-spirited interplay. These are the hallmarks of Tallinn’s track ‘At The Freeport’, an art-pop song that inhabits a beautiful sonic space.

The song comes from Varieties Of Exile II, the second in a series of EPs from the New York-based experimental pop project of Scott Whittaker.

NEW MUSIC: Rhian Sheehan – Still

New Zealand composer Rhian Sheehan has recently released a new album, Recollections, Vol. 1, which features a number of new tracks, and a number of tracks performed as part of his 2018 A Quiet Divide Album Release Tour.

Still‘ is a beautifully percussive and textured track that peppers an undulating piano line with clickety-clack rhythms that conjures everything from a ticking clock to a typewriter, or even metronomic footsteps. There’s a gentle lulling quality to the track for the first few minutes before tension is added using the same shapes but with greater push and a deeper synthetic swell.

Elsewhere on the album there are deeper electronic synth excursions, ambient and drone compositions and grand post-rock soundscapes.

Recollections, Vol. 1 is out now on Loop Recordings Aot(ear)oa.

NEW MUSIC: Chris Child & Micah Frank – Static Wheels

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US composer Chris Child & sound artist Micah Frank have recently released their second collection of songs – Tape Pieces Vol. 2, featuring this fine track, ‘Static Wheels’. Experimental post-rock and ambient drone are at the core of it, generated by the heavy use of filtering with effects so the loops blur together and bear just an echo of resemblance to its original. The ebb and flow of the track makes for a wonderfully immersive listening experience with David Lynch/Den Hurley elements in its atmospheric mood.

Tape Pieces Vol. 2 was created with TASCAM 4-Tracks, the two recorded layers of short tape loops using a few vintage synths and a Rhodes. The loops were further disseminated into drones though an array of guitar pedals. Field recordings from Portland’s coasts were subtly woven in, providing a tactile sense of place which inspired the moods of these pieces.

 

NEW MUSIC: NOUS – Blush

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NOUS have conjured up a swirling sonic miasma of musical nerves and tension, winding martial rhythms around droning, spiralling textures that add up to quite a glorious and immersive kosmiche post-rock sound.

New York experimental music project NOUS – led by producer and composer Christopher Bono – is an experimental music project with a fluctuating group of artists exploring ritual and spontaneity within music. NOUS III (May 29th) is the third from the project’s opening trilogy of releases, culled from a five-day musical retreat & social experiment wherein 13 musicians were invited to join Christopher at the legendary converted church Dreamland Studios, with producer Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus) on an intensive seven-day immersion — recording for five days, with two live performances at the conclusion.

NOUS band members on this recording:

Christopher Bono (Composer, Ghost Against Ghost)
Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Zs, Ben Frost, ex-Liturgy)
Shahzad Ismaily (Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Bonnie Prince Billy)
Thor Harris (Swans, Angels of Light, Amanda Palmer, Shearwater)
Grey Mcmurray (itsnotyouitsme, So Percussion, Tyondai Braxton)

 

NEW MUSIC: Future Museums – Leaving The Vessel

 

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Future Museums has released ‘Leaving The Vessel‘, a five minute long piece of sparkling, glistening kosmiche electronica that sounds like a robot stepping, blinking into the warm sunlight of a new day. The track from Austin TX-based multi-instrumentalist Neil Lord pulses with an analog new age Krautrock quality, the combined results of Lord’s experimentation with guitar, synths and drum machines.

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NEW MUSIC: Sugar Factory – Birdie

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Sugar Factory (Greece) is the solo project of Stelios Gagaris, who has been releasing 7″, cassette and digital recordings for the last decade. ‘Birdie’ comes from the new seven song cassette release Home and finds him digging into some propulsive and angular instrumental psych rock sounds. It’s heavy but the dynamics give it weight and relief in all the right places. Elsewhere the release contains some really nice post-rock/indie rock guitar workouts with similar energy and twists and turns.

All official releases, as well as live recordings, demos etc. are free to download through Sugar Factory’s Bandcamp page – http://sugarfactory.bandcamp.com

The project’s live performances are accompanied by visual material, which harmonically complements the industrialized sounds and ‘sweet’ melodies, creating a complete atmosphere. Sugar Factory has opened concerts for God Is An Astronaut, Wovenhand, Piano Magic, Hidden Orchestra and The Underground Youth among others. In 2014, Sugar Factory opened for the international music documentary film festival ‘In Edit’, projecting original visual material. Later on, Sugar Factory played the Loop Festival in Lefkosia, CY in March 2017 and the Let Me Know Fest. in Athens, GR in September 2018.

NEW MUSIC: Alex Henry Foster – The Hunter (By The Seaside Window)

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Alex Henry Foster recently released the video for his single ‘The Hunter (By The Seaside Window)‘, the centrepiece of his new album Windows In The Sky. The song is an epic 14 minute piece of post-rock, with an ebb and flow of tension, poetry and ascent into grand, sprawling and expansive electric guitar playing that at times reminds us of Lift To Experience. Interwoven with Foster’s (mostly) spoken word are indecipherable recordings of a female voice – in another language, which adds to the mystery and intrigue.

“The Hunter (By the Seaside Window) emerged from a 30-minute jam of a noisy, out-of-breath and tortured kind of dark, spiritual, emotive, and redemptive sonic journey. It reflects on the symbiotic notion of inner struggles feeding the growing illness of the relationship between the different entities we kept on feeding within oneself, as a sort of an out-of-step addiction to pain and resignation, but also to hopelessness and mercy, as much as to salvation and grace. The cycle only ends once we decide to let go, whatever it may mean for anyone’s beliefs… as we are both the hunter and the prey” – Alex Henry Foster

Alex Henry Foster (AHF) is a Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, author, producer, and composer, best known as the frontman of Juno Awards nominee Post-Rock / Noise band Your Favorite Enemies. The impressive and gripping short film for The Hunter was produced and written by Alex Henry Foster’s longtime collaborator, French filmmaker Jessie Nottola.