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"Gravity pairs"

Beacon’s third full-length record enters sight as a work of meticulous revision and refraction. Returning home to New York in 2016, four years and several tours since the duo's first release with Ghostly International, Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett knew the next direction would be different.
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Heather Leigh takes her Throne as queen of pedal steel with a suite of heartbleed ballads cauterised with burning riffs. Leigh's artwork (which she photographed and designed) is a visual mirror of the songs on Throne. It is an album of cosmic echoes, abstractions and introspection, of characters and stories that make up Leigh's first best pop record, its melodies and hooks set alight with the fiery core of her unique and distinctive pedal steel.
[ file under: editions mego ] nulla di nuovo sotto il sole...cdalso available in LP


Eighteen months on from his last new release, Vancouver-based singer / composer Ian William Craig returns with an album-length release that collects together eleven new tracks. Entitled Thresholder, the record sees Craig return towards the smudged and scoured beauty of his 2016 opus, Centres, a record which was universally acclaimed, making many end-of-year lists – including the likes of Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Wire, The Quietus and Drowned In Sound.
[ file under: electronic soundscpaes ]

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"Universal beings"

Paris-born, New England-raised, long-time Chicago-residing Makaya McCraven has been at the forefront of genre-redefining movements in jazz since 2015, when he introduced the world to his unique brand of ‘organic beat music’ on the breakout album In The Moment. Culled, cut, post-produced & re-composed by Makaya using recordings of free improvisation he collected over dozens of live sessions in Chicago.
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"Evanescence of a thousand colours"

Ever since his widely acclaimed debut LP Migrations was released in 2006, tone color has always been an important aspect of Emanuele Errante’s music. Drawing from both electronic and acoustic sources, his compositions paint impressionistic vignettes with sonic intensities.
His fourth LP The Evanescence of a Thousand Colors, his second solo release on the Berlin-based Karaoke Kalk label, deals more explicitly with color than before.
[ file under: electronic ambient ]

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Ultraviolet is the first Warp album from New York-based composer, producer and keyboardist Kelly Moran, ripe with dazzling inflexions of jazz and dream pop, classical composition and black metal. Having made an early name for herself in New York collaborating with dance performance and composing for long-term John Cage collaborator Margaret Leng Tan, while recent months have seen her perform in prestigious venues around the world as part of Oneohtrix Point Never’s live Age Of tour ensemble.
[ file under: experimental piano ]

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"Faithful fairy harmony"

Josephine raises a stained-glass lamp and shepherds us spelunking the depths of spirit in this four-part double album. Accompanying herself on guitar, piano, organ, harp & autoharp, this cycle of 18 new songs hearken back to various facets of Foster's anachronic oeuvre.
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"For my crimes"

The eighth album from Marissa Nadler, For My Crimes, is the sound of turmoil giving way to truth. Following the release of 2016’s acclaimed Strangers, Nadler’s relationships were put to the test as she left the Boston area on tour. She wrote throughout 2017 about this tension, and ended up with three times as many songs as she needed.
[ file under: alternative ]

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"Private life II"

Dam-Funk swings back to his Garrett alias for a smoking 2nd ‘Private Life’ session on Music From Memory after the project debuted in 2017. Vibes for eons on this one, hustling pure dusky hues from his synths and coaxing some of his smoothest drum machine patterns across seven tracks of gilded deep soul bliss.
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For their new album Plus, Danish tinkerer trio System (Thomas Knak, Anders “Dub Tractor” Remmer and Jesper Skaaning) spent a couple of years turning sensitive arpeggibro keyboardist Nils Frahm’s source material into something likable. Various iterations of incandescent ambience, elegantly sculpted around damp and clicky digital processes, ensue.
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