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sardanpavlov on 11/18/2013 at 06:45PM
Check out the most recent EP from Montreal imprint Jeunesse Cosmique co-proprietor Catherine Debard, a short collection of freeform ambient psychedelia featuring Eddie Wagner on the opening track. Debard also has a new A Sacred Cloud LP out with fellow JC co-proprietor Chittakone Baccam, currently available on LP via Jeunesse Cosmique after a successful cassette edition through Arachnidiscs Recordings.
sardanpavlov on 09/05/2013 at 10:32PM
Decoder hasn't left much of a footprint at FMA recently, while we've been working out the kinks at our website, but we're to get back into the swing of things by sharing this new work from Michael Hann, aka Rejections. The Jt Wrks are an hour long installment in Hann's experimental radio show, Transmit to Fade; Sonic Router described it aptly as "...an incredibly different exploration of musical tension," composed as it is of contextually varied and subsequently distorted field recordings. Hann describes it...
Transmit to Fade (T2F) is an extension of the nervous system which runs through and from the Teesside based Reject and Fade label, which is managed by producer, writer and film maker Rejections (aka Michael Hann) and will be broadcasted on the international digital radio station Basic FM.
The first episode from T2F is called The Jt Wrks, a soundscape created by Rejections out of field recordings and samples taken on a family holiday in Whitby in 2009. The piece unfolds in a dreamlike manner to explore the finite nature of memory, the tensions inherent in familial relationships, time and loss.
sardanpavlov on 10/31/2012 at 05:19PM
This week I reviewed Nouveaux Gymnastes, the debut collaboration from Polish composer Piotr Kurek, aka Pietnastka, and French drone musician Mika Perez, aka Sylvia Monnier. In the process of writing my review, I came across Kurek's earlier release, Dalia, released on the same enterprising Polish experimental label that handled the collaboration: Sangoplasmo Records. Since Dalia had sold out of its original cassette pressing, Kurek and Sangoplasmo both consented to having the album available here at the Free Music Archive. I called the thing "a sprawling and epic synthesis of experimental composition with the traditional melodies of eastern Europe", which - God willing - will read as an enthusiastic recommendation.
sardanpavlov on 09/21/2012 at 07:20PM
We knew we had to upload this after reading: "Ricamatrici takes its inspiration from industrialized garment production". The album takes as its heroines "seamstresses, women who spend their lives sewing in factories and basements – leaving their dreams and aspirations behind". The sounds of ?alos bear that inspiration out in myriad aural flourishes and patterns of textured home-recordings throughout Ricamatrici. Pan y Rosas Discos writes further of the composition, "sewing machine as sound creation. Electronics. Blindfolded piano played by instinct, touch, feeling, listening. Gull songs and small fragments of sound narration – alarm clock, pen, snippets of piano denote times and places – advance the narrative, the journey of a seamstress. Arrival in the city via train. Hopes and dreams to be crushed. Departure and a new start in a new town." Though the finality with which we're told this poor seamstress is going to fail may make that narrative a little more difficult to sync up with, the effort is hugely rewarding.
sardanpavlov on 07/20/2012 at 03:00PM
Earlier this week we covered the release of Harmoos' new album All the Learning on Decoder and got quick permission to share it through the Free Music Archive. Here's our coverage and some tracks we thought stood out...
"Regarding their new tape with Massachusetts musician Will Henriksen, aka Harmoos, Arizona art label Holy Page Records asks us to 'think Brian Eno and James Taylor running into each other really fast and becoming one person'. Henriksen has crafted his music nicely in that vein, making delicate folk songs and producing them to perfection on this album, All the Learning, the first new release from Holy Page since spring and proprietor Christian Filardo's newest release in the epic unfolding of his moniker, Good Amount. He also writes of All the Learning, 'As light fades the echo of the day rings out through the night and the quiet sets in. A heavy thought represented in the lightest way'. That is this album, at times dolorous in its passage, but always engrossing for the precocious completion of his ballads through technical mediation. To me it seems an album about living well in the world." -Decoder Magazine
sardanpavlov on 07/11/2012 at 01:54PM
Living Room Visions is a prolific, international multimedia arts collective that holds its meetings on facebook, uniting a disparate network of home experimenters and fringe composers from Johnstown, Pennsylvania to Spain's blandly contested exclave Melilla on the coast of Morocco. Through a series of associated and equally prolific imprints, the group makes itself known. Having already said prolific twice, I hesitate to say it again, but these labels are prolific. The group's most active imprint is Sunup Recordings, who've loaded themselves down with what must be hundreds of releases in almost no time - check out their bandcamp if you don't believe me. Others, like Ailanthus Recordings, operate on only slightly smaller scales. The more recently founded Illuminated Paths can still go either way. Regardless of the volume of their output, these imprints distinguish themselves in that the boundary between personal art project and "entrepreneurial project" is invisible. These projects enshrine the utopic vision of one of the most fegund group of idealists we've ever known and they've been a pleasure to cover this last year via Decoder, particularly since the highly successful release of their first entirely collaborative effort, a double cassette mixtape that collects tracks from all the diverse partisans of Living Room Visions, running the gamut from oblique sound collages to hyper melodic pop. We couldn't be happier to have made it our first contribution to the Free Music Archive's collection.
In addition to the Living Room Visions Summer 2012 mixtape, we've also uploaded a recent release from Ailanthus, Melillan composer Afrika Pseudobruitismus' album Waikiki Kosmos. His work to some extent matches the whole range of Living Room Visions, sound collages with buried melodies and moments of pattern that emerge from his mostly improvised compositions. Download the mixtape here.
To round out our first batch of contributions, we picked Gums, the new EP and third release from Sacramento born visual artist David Mohr, who moonlights as electro-pop band FAVORS in addition to running a small imprint called Future Push. Like Living Room Visions, he is a fundamentally kind and considerate operator; humble but so talented you want to tell him to stop. Download Gums here and listen to a little below.
In any event, we'll probably be adding plenty more nonsense soon. Thanks for reading and thanks for caring enough to support a site like FMA!