Rob Frye - Chihuahuan Desert / Birdscapes (Astral Spirits)
Rob Frye is a musician from Missouri and currently based in Chicago. In 2010 he graduated DePaul University’s school of music, and since then he has pursued the muse of sound along with the rest of the artistic community embedded in Chicago, and alternated his summers between working as a field biologist and counselor/resident artist for Chicago Park District’s culture arts and nature programs. This is his recent work Chihuahuan Desert / Birdscapes
, out on Astral Spirits.
V.A. - Sound Storing Machines: The First 78rpm Records from Japan, 1903-1912 (Sublime Frequencies)
Compiled by sound artist Robert Millis from recordings made by Fred Gaisberg, a legendary producer and recording engineer who travelled the world working for the Gramophone Company (later His Masters Voice), these collected gems offer a return trip to the now-distant past. Swaddled in a dreamlike haze of surface noise that emphasises their alien allure and peculiarity, the set is all the more remarkable for the fact it was recorded only a decade after flat disc recording and playback technology was invented as a successor to Edison’s wax cylinder tekkers.
Stian Balducci & Kjetil Jerve - Tokyo Tapes: Piano Recycle (Dugnad Rec)
From the Norwegian transcendent artist Kjetil Jerve and producer Stian Balducci comes the record Tokyo Tapes: Piano Recycle
, an epic archival collection fusing ambient, drone and experimentalist textures. Performed with a live emotion in mind, this aspect of the collection adds to the innovative spontaneity and the duo’s dynamic musicianship.
Tasos Stamou - Antiqua Graecia (IKUISUUS)
is the third of the trilogy of electroacoustic compositions inspired by Greek music culture. It comes to complete a vinyl trilogy of Greek-based themes by capturing the essence of the rural mainland countryside.
The Red Microphone - And I Became of the Dark (ESP-Disk)
Following up on their well-received 2017 ESP-Disk’ album backing poet Amina Baraka, The Red Microphone added guitarist Dave Ross to its roster and went into the studio with Ivan Julian (guitarist of punk icons Richard Hell & the Voidoids). A few other veterans of the downtown NYC jazz scene joined in to help accompany the provocative, political poetry of John Pietaro, who doubles on voice and drums.
Tristan Kasten-Krause - Potential Landscapes (Whatever's Clever Records)
Tristan Kasten-Krause’s debut solo record Potential Landscapes
finds the New York based composer and bassist immerse into a deep sonic excursion. Kasten-Krause has been tapped by iconic composers Steve Reich and Alvin Lucier and has played in Oklahoma! on Broadway in addition to actively participating in the local DIY and experimental scenes. On Potential Landscapes
, he blurs reality and perception, making music that feels real but is, in actuality, impossible.
Unknown Me - Bishintai (Not Not Fun Records)
The inaugural album by Tokyo Metropolis electronica entity Unknown Me, Bishintai
explores “the unknown beauty of your mind and body,” appropriately named for a kanji compound meaning “beauty, mind, body.” Crafted with software, synthesizer, steel drum, rhythm boxes, and robotic voice by the core quartet of Yakenohara, P-RUFF, H. Takahashi, and Osawa Yudai, the album unfolds like a holographic guided meditation, soothing but cybernetic, framed by subways and sky malls.
Women of the Pore & Arrington - Hot Town - Rip Up the Streets (Jollies)
American cassette imprint Jollies presents a new music project comprising the Women of the Pore and Saxophonist Arrington de Dionyso. If the identities of the Women of the Pore still remain a mysterious dilemma, the music itself splendidly blends hybrids of electronic music with bunker jazz, leftfield, free-jazz, drone and beyond. What does, Hot Town - Rip up the Streets
sound like? Well, if you can imagine getting left behind and locked into to a fairground after closing, you might have an idea", suggests the album’s description.
Wukir Suryadi - Garu (agricultural tool) (self-released)
"One of my methods of making instruments is to present old objects / items and reuse them as sound instruments or musical instruments, by giving them some Sound material on those objects. In 2011 news from television about the condition of the food at that time inspired me to meet the Garu – looking for, finding and processing it until the Garu, which was originally used as an agricultural tool, became a musical instrument", says Indonesia musician and sound artist Wukir Suryadi (one half of Senyawa).