Joe Acheson of the Hidden Orchestra come at us with his masterpiece. Soft, subdued, but an absolutely incredible listen.
I don’t know what’s going on in Jerusalem these days, but it seems there’s quite a goth/darkwave/witch-punk scene brewing over there.
Thanks kindly to Tamar Singer for recommending me the work of her colleague Vlad Shusterman (working as Ghost Bike), whose work reminds me of bands like early Sisters of Mercy, Rubella Ballet and X-Mal Deutschland in their calmer moments.
I love unsolicited material coming into one of my many inboxes. I ended up having the pleasure of discovering Zeresh, a neofolk band out of Israel who rather deftly interpret, on three of the four songs, the poetry of William Ernest Henley (of Invictus fame).
There is a lot of dark, pulsating music that would have been rather comfortable inside of the earlier releases of Current 93. Looking forward to hearing more, obviously.
Mark McGuire is a guitarist and improviser out of Cleveland, Ohio, who has a large body of work available via Bandcamp, but this one caught my ear because of pleasant, gentle, floating music within. There’s a vibe here that reminds me less of psychedelic music, and more of something akin to early Pink Floyd or Krautrock.
Kudos to Wirephobia, an experimental/noise project based out of Erbil, Kurdistan in Iraq, for doing their part in developing a local noise music scene in what one could imagine is a hostile area.
The music on Kurdistan, released in 2016, is a pastiche of ethnic recordings and bolts of feedback, radio emissions and it all seems to work quite well.
Trumpet player Dusko Goykovich released one of the finest jazz albums to ever come out of the Balkans in 1967. Swinging stuff.
This release pairs him with librettist Emily Loseva in what I could best describe as avant-opera. Wonderful, challenging, but still somewhat accessible.
Lebanese DJ and crate-digger supreme Ernesto Chahoud has done sterling work collecting some of the most impressive 7-inch sides to come out of Ethiopia. BBE Records has done a great job in remastering and packaging this collection. What I’m looking most forward to is seeing the 3-LP collection. It looks gorgeous.