[Music] Sote – Holy Error [Opal Tapes]

Sote are a very impressive experimental music band out of Germany, headed by Ata Ebtekar and supplemented with fellow musicians from Iran taking a far more interesting view of the genre than most.

They do have a Bandcamp site for this particular release if interested, here.

[Music] NDIO – Airback

Saxophonist Frank van der Kooij was a member of the Hugh Hopper Band for many years. When that project finally closed up shop, Frank asked Hugh to participate in a new project, NDIO. This is one of the fruits from that collaboration.

[Music] JOHN 3:16 – עשר


Our friend from Alrealon Music and JOHN 3:16 main man, Philippe Gerber, has graced us with a new, extremely powerful release.

Right from the outset, Gerber hits us with the (early) Floydian drone of The Sun Shall Be Turned Into Darkness, which is so reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s evergreen, Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun, without the percussive elements, but focusing more on a lilting drone.  As the disc progresses, you are treated to genre-splicing par excellence.  Progressive rock drifts into post-rock, supported by a skeletal percussive framework and an ethereal drony element serving as ether holding everything together.

In all, this release has 29 tracks, which makes עשר such a generous offering.  Philippe has much to be proud of with this release.

[Music] Kim Oki – The Great Root

I have to thank Andrew Jervis who publishes Bandcamp’s weekly radio show for hipping me to this release!

Kim Oki is a saxophonist and composer out of South Korea who hashes together a sweet combination of free jazz, Korean traditional music and fine psychedelic rock and folk into a warm, coherent, and at times, challenging stew.  Very pleasant listening!