[Music] NERATERRÆ – The Substance of Perception

Alessio Antoni is a friend of the blog, having made a previous appearance with his disc The NHART Demo​[​n​]​s in March of 2018.  His latest release surpasses even that dark masterpiece of a debut, partly because he continues to explore the depths of sound, and partly because he was a few guests adding a few jewels to his crown.  Read on those guests who are participating in this recording.  They are the best of modern dark ambient music.  Alessio deserves to be held in the same esteem.  We look forward to see what he has next for us.

From his Bandcamp site:

NERATERRÆ’s debut album “The Substance of Perception” (out on Cyclic Law records) is a daring collaborative work featuring some of the finest artists from the Dark Ambient, Drone, Cinematic and Ritual Music scene: Northaunt, Alexey Tegin from Phurpa, Treha Sektori, New Risen Throne, Flowers For Bodysnatchers, Taphephobia, Ugasanie, Xerxes The Dark and Infinexhuma.

The sound palette shifts between both stark atmospheres, melancholic ambiance and dense claustrophobic drones. Alternating between obscurity and light and oscillating between the ineffable detachment from the tangible and the relentless transmogrification of the self.

[Music] Kiriakos Sfetsas – Greek Fusion Orchestra – Χωρίς Σύνορα [Vinyl Rip]

Kiriakos Sfetsas and the Greek Fusion Orchestra provide a cool combination of jazz fusion and a light touch of ethnic Greek music.  A VERY light touch, but it works beautifully on this album.

Composed By – Kiriakos Sfetsas
Acoustic Bass – Giorgos Theodoridis
Alto Saxophone – Stelios Vichos
Baritone Saxophone – Giorgos Halkiadakis
Clarinet – Manthos Halkias
Drums – Λευτέρης Τζήμας
Guitar, Lute – Nikos Tatsis
Liner Notes – Nikos Kizilos
Piano – Yannis Terezakis
Tenor Saxophone – Tassos Poulimenos*
Trumpet – Yannis Theodoris*

[Music] Rob Mazurek Octet – Skull Sessions

Rob Mazurek is a cornetist, composer and sound explorer out of Chicago who has collaborated with some of the best groups and instrumentalists in the world of experimental music.  He has collaborated with Jim O’Rourke, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Stereolab, along with fellow Chicagoans Tortoise.

The record sounds like a paean to Miles Davis-era fusion where he collaborated with Hermeto Pascoal, but adding a more free, weird, avant-progressive angle to his work.  Beautiful noise.

[Music] Petyaev-Petyaev – The Double

Fancy Music releases another stellar album.  The brothers Petyaev, Peter (saxophone) and Pavel (guitar) front a band that would be favorably comparable to legendary 1980s New York jazz-funk bands like Material or Mark Ribot’s many collaborative efforts, but there’s also a very dark, angry, post-punk vibe to this album, thanks to the fine bass playing of Ivan Bashilov.  Russian improv is my kind of improv these days, thanks to records like this.

From the Fancy Music Bandcamp site:

The brothers Peter and Pavel Petyaev (saxophone and guitar) and Ivan Bashilov (bass guitar) recorded this album with two sets of musicians.

Karina Horhordina (trumpet) and Viktor Tikhonov (drums) tale part in the first four tracks. Here, in free noise improvisations, a lyrical musical narration is often born out of chaos and rage, which is then again replaced by expressionistic blasts of sound. Pavel Petyaev gravitates towards the lyrical pole of this music. Echoes of both Russian folklore and gloomy blues in the spirit of Tom Waits and Mark Ribot can be heard in the guitar chords. Saxophonist and painter Pyotr Petyaev is responsible for shrill and screaming timbres of the ensemble. The way Pyotr plays resembles expressive colors of his paintings.

Drummer Sergey Balashov and pianist Fedor Amirov appear in the second part of the album. Tense roaring bursts and abstract textures in Amirov’s masterly performance are resolved into hip-hop rhythms, funk and melodic musical passages. Poetic and emotional harmonies now and then appear in compositions that formally resemble songs. The vocalist’s place, however, is taken by the roaring saxophone of Peter Petyaev, and a constantly pulsating rhythm section breaks the musical fabric in expressive moments and dances in an irrational whirl.


released July 12, 2019

Peter Petyaev saxophone
Pavel Petyaev guitar
Ivan Bashilov bass
Carina Khorkhordina trumpet, noises [1-4]
Victor Tihonov drums, noise machine [1-4]
Feodor Amirov piano [5-9]
Sergei Balashov drums [5-9]

Recorded by: [1-4] Nickolay Samarin, Orange Studios, Moscow, 12th September 2018, [5-9] Igor Pavlov, Pravda Production Studios, Moscow, 19th October 2018
Mixed, mastered by: Stanislav Baranov, DTH Studios, Moscow, November 2018 – January 2019

[Music] Benoît Honoré Pioulard – Roanoke

I quite enjoy the field recordings and soundscapes Benoît Pioulard composes, though, for the life of me, I’m not sure how long this long line of great composers using field recordings will remain relevant, as all good scenes must come to an end, but it’s my hope that this sort of music will remain timeless, as it makes for good listening to set one’s mind at ease, even if it might not be Pioulard’s intention to do so.

An important note from his website:

Companion piece to the album “Hymnal” (kranky, 2013), Recorded October 2012 in Portland, OR.