I have to thank my friend Yasen Kazandjiev for quite a few upcoming reviews of some of the most intriguing music I’ve heard in some time, starting with this EP by Dresden-based band Subact. There are elements of bands like Ozric Tentacles and other psychedelic prog groups as well as sample work reminiscent of Front …
Kauan are a band out of Kyiv, Ukraine, who sit somewhere between prog rock and post-rock. You hear influences as disparate as immanu el, Yes and Godspeed You! Black Emperor in bits and pieces of their music.
Ethiopian music is doing rather well in Israel, if this new single by the Hoodna Orchestra is any indication of what’s going on there. The first track is a warm paean to old 60s and 70s music out of Addis Ababa, and the next is pure dub meatiness.
Yet another African music reissue specialist has popped up. This time, it’s Hot Casa Records out of Paris, France. Their latest is a remastered gem from Beninois singer Stanislas Tolon which was recorded in Ghana in 1979.
Nevyansk, Russia’s Astral & Shit have scores of releases out of Bandcamp. This is their most recent; an album full of long, dark, spacey tracks which don’t do too much but drone on and on in a pleasant, almost enveloping way.
Though I loathe that I can’t simply buy a download from Edward Ka-Spel (too many of his latest Bandcamp releases are truncated version so that you’re forced to buy a hard copy, be it vinyl or CD), that’s his prerogative. The music is up to the standards one expects from the Legendary Pink Dots‘ frontman.
Wave after wave of beautifully crunchy, hypnotic drone is what makes JOHN 3:16’s new release (a reissue from 2011, apparently), a 30-minute affair, so appealing. The guitar playing is so heavily textured that you feel like a sonic blanket has wrapped you up, making you forget, albeit temporarily, the vagaries of the world. Drone …
Oriol Roca is a percussionist based out of Barcelona, Spain who has collaborated with improvisers like Jan Bang and Paolo Angeli. It seems the local Barcelona jazz and improv scene is becoming one of the best in the world.
I normally don’t cover much noise because the scene is filled with garbage. Most of it consists of nihilists more interested in shocking their readers with crap record covers than constructing sonic art. Most sound like a teenage kid flipping on the switch to their mother’s vacuum, recording it, and tacking on a diatribe and …
What a magnificent find! Salah Ragab is the father of Egyptian Jazz. He produces a sound that blends the best elements of the venerable genre, as well as bits of Latin, soundtrack, and even cha-cha-cha in his concoction.