Perhaps the bleakest accordion music I’ve ever had the chance to listen to, Russian musician Kirill M (see his website here) pairs up with Nam-Khar, a project from Germany, on this self-released EP. It is well-mixed, eerie, and worth further exploration.
Mia vita, a te non chiedo lineamenti
fissi, volti plausibili o possessi.
Nel tuo giro inquieto ormai lo stesso
sapore han miele e assenzio.
Il cuore che ogni moto tiene a vile
raro è squassato da trasalimenti.
Così suona talvolta nel silenzio
della campagna un colpo di fucile.
Cudù(Paolo Lotti and Luca Mazzantini) were a duo from Italy during the 1980s and 1990s who worked mainly in improvisation. The first time I came across their music was when they were recording for the now-legendary Materiali Sonori record label out of Milan, and their work stood out. A touch of jazz, progressive, and even a bit of a nod to Frippertronics. It’s really a shame they didn’t become more famous in the world of improv, but this, and several other links, catch their playing for posterity’s sake.
Lars Pedersen (When) is a Norwegian post-Industrial/Avant-Progressive/Proto-Black Ambient composer whose work never really got its fair due. I actually came across his work in several progressive rock magazines, as well as the seminal experimental publication ‘Music From The Empty Quarter’ (RIP), who didn’t quite know what to make of his work. If he is still active and making music, I’m sure he’s taking advantage of the upgrades in technology. The raw material he had to work with was bleak, unnerving, and quite amazing.