A-BELL is the one-man project of Leonid Churilov out of Minsk, Belarus. There is a dark, creepy, lo-fi soundtrack vibe to his work.
ZGA were an experimental music band who were based out of Riga, Latvia, and were seen form years as one of the leading lights of the then post-Soviet experimental and improvisational music scene.
Bandleader Nick Sudnick is still making music, and has been reissuing the ZGA back catalog on Bandcamp recently. This particular title brings fond memories as I had the pleasure of working with the venerable David Katznelson in bringing this album onto CD for the first time.
Faarwind are an ambient music band out of Kazakhstan’s former capital city and cultural powerhouse, Almaty. They produce a very gentle, lilting ambient music one can simply relax and unwind to. It blends in well with the natural sounds of the house, and the compositions have a very pleasant feel to them.
Australian-born, England-based composer Paul Schütze hasn’t been terribly active musically for a few years now, but not because he hasn’t been creative. These days, it seems that his passion is in making perfumes of exquisite quality.
Still, it’s nice to go back to hearing the masters after enduring a barrage of good, but not-quite-brilliant ambient music releases. This classic was first issued in 1992 by Extreme Records in Australia and followed up by Big Cat in the United Kingdom. Hopefully New Maps II will also be reissued forthwith.
LJERKE – Ljerke (Eilean, 2018) Ormai veterani della scena sperimentale olandese e protagonisti di innumerevoli collaborazioni (con Rutger Zuydervelt, Gareth Davis, in Piiptsjilling e The Alvaret Ensemble) i fratelli Jan e Romke Kleefstra hanno intrapreso in Ljerke un ambizioso progetto di improvvisazione che coinvolge trasversalmente linguaggi artistici e musicisti di estrazione affine. Accanto a loro […]
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We’re treated to the year’s first Bandcamp surprise, thanks to our beloved friend A.M Ferrari Fradejas, currently based in Barcelona, Spain.
Despite its 13-minute length, the composition packs a lot of time changes, churning guitars, an eerie choral section reminding one of a solstice ritual melded with her trademark progressive/improvisational sound. I hope that either a full album is forthcoming soon, or that works in this style are further expanded upon.
The incredibly prolific Jeff Gburek, currently based in Poland and partnering with violinist Karolina Ossowska, put together their latest labor of love, and though I don’t normally engage in Top-Ten lists for year’s end, I think it fair to say that this release is his most beautifully crafted, most thoughtful and profound releases.
The album was recorded in Romania and Poland between September 2016 and October 2017. On top of the incredible range of instrumentation, there are many field recordings which give a life to each track that one rarely finds in experimental music.
Of particular interest are the spoken word portions of Track #4, Hyperions 4 (Lift Not The Painted Veil). From the notes left by Gburek and Ossowska, the first text is a piece written by Percy Bysshe Shelley bearing the same name. The second is a work penned by Gburek himself. Both are read with a warm but darkened tone which envelops the listener as much as the instrumentation does.
Easily one of 2018’s best releases, regardless of genre.