Decha - Hielo Boca (Malka Tuti)
Decha is Viktoria Wehrmeister, also known as the frontman of Toresch (alongside Tolouse Low Trax & Jan Wagner). Viktoria’s debut solo album under the alias of Decha brings nine personal, abstract (yet always playful) pieces. Hielo Boca is an enchanting record that explores vast and curious music terrains, an LP that definitely enriches and puts a color on this beginning of the year.
G Y D A – Evolution (Figureight / Dia Mond )
Gyða’s new album, Evolution, features her original compositions and was co-produced by Alex Somers. Other collaborators were Shahzad Ismaily, Albert Finnbogason, Aaron Roche, Julian Sartorius and Úlfur Hansson. The recordings took place in New York and L.A., in two 10 days sessions with a day off in the middle. Strings swirl, electronics hums gently, voices enter – and then exit – gracefully. This is a sturdy yet elegant album – delicate and powerful at the same time. Gyða’s distinctive vocals remain in the foreground, her cello always inventive and highly personal, underlining a dignified craftsmanship.
Lustmord - First Reformed (Self-Released)
As Lustmord, Welsh musician Brian Williams is the „godfather” of the dark ambient subgenre, all but inventing this more doom-laden and sepulchral cousin to Brian Eno’s ambient music in the early 1980s. Here, he does an amazing job scoring 2017’s First Reformed movie written and directed by American director Paul Schrader. Speaking of the works he’s done for past movies, Lustmord says in an interview for The Attic
that ”the idea is to do your best work from a creative point of view. You give them want they want. Some want me to bring my sound in their project, which is more interesting and gives you more freedom. I happen to do my own music and I’ve been lucky enough to also have a job from making music, which is a privileged position to be in, considering there are periods when there is no work and no money.”
Massimo Discepoli - The Right Place On the Wrong Map (DOF Label)
The Right Place On the Wrong Map is an amazing new album made by Italian musician Massimo Discepoli, a one-man orchestra juggling with drums, electronics, bass guitar, piano and synths, in order to create a beautiful ambient soundscape. Throughout 7 pieces, the album evokes a wide orchestra of feelings, from nostalgia and melancholy to crepuscular and dreamy atmospheres, large spaces, sparse melodies and abstract drums. A beautiful ride through electronic, improvised music, jazz, leftfield and beyond.
Mondkopf - How Deep Is Our Love? (Hands In The Dark Records)
Paul Régimbeau, aka Mondkopf, joins the Hands in the Dark ranks this Spring with a new album, ’How Deep Is Our Love?’ Based on minimalist instrumental improvisations, ’How Deep Is Our Love?’ will become the soundtrack for the new film adaptation by Diana Vidrascu of the Kafkan play, 'The Silence of the Sirens'. Composed of four long, bright, poetic, contemplative pieces, which grab you by the heart strings and keep a tight grip until the very last note.