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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Lend Me Three Radios


A neglected trove of listening riches: 50 compelling tracks spread across three playlists chucked together over the past quarter. Each should have been shared here in our Lend Me Your Radio series already, but oops...

The many highlights include the first resurfacing of Richard Skelton's Harlassen in nine years (a blistering addition to his Archival series that amplifies & expands our conception of 'new' Skelton, also embodied by his 'Delerious' Inward Circles soundtrack), plus a reminder of his classic sound through a 10th anniversary collection; a ravishing Jacob Kirkegaard piece for Holotype; &, first up, a rich meshing of Robert Donne, Stephen Vitiello & The OO-Ray's sounds on Geographic North. 

As always, please accept these lists as inevitably partial pictures of the period. No doubt other entirely worthwhile stuff should also have featured - but this is what grabbed these ears as they trawled through SoundCloud over the quarter.   

































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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Sea-green ink


These ears have made few more welcome new acquaintances this year than Alex Alarcon's Sustainer. No real surprise, though, considering the pedigree of his ravishing Radiolas - released on Lawrence English's Room40, mastered by Stephan Mathieu

Frosted with shortwave fuzz & punctuated by morse-like bleeps, these eight pieces constitute a hymn of & to communicating across the darkness - a set of aural messages in a bottle, pushed into the void out of hope & longing. 

& now there's Taps too - a lovely, glowing exercise in a kind of muffled domestic Gamelan via Tessellate

Blurbs: "There is a history of music stemming from time spent recovering from injury. On such example is Brian Eno’s story of creating ambient music, following a prolonged period being couch bound with a broken leg.

Sustainer’s Radiolas, shares a similar tale of horizontal inspirations. Whilst recovering from a serious health condition, Alex Alarcón aka Sustainer, began working with a very limited palette of equipment at arms reach. This mix of small recorders, pedals and other electronics become a processing chain through which he started to feed shortwave radio recordings. 

Having worked with radio recordings previously it didn’t take long for these recordings to take on a very personal and cathartic aesthetic. “Years ago i used to record things with another shortwave receiver at my parents house,” Alex explains, “because it was near the sea and you could catch easily stations from north of Africa. Sometimes I was even able to reach marine stations from boats crossing the Mediterranean Sea. It was an incredibly inspirational feeling tapping into these streams of sound."

[Taps] "During the recording process, Alex searched for every resonant object in his home and found that metal, ceramic and crystal items were of particular use. These were struck with rubber-textile mallets and fed into a loop pedal via contact mics. Once these sounds and tones were collected, they were then carefully polished into fluid timbres, using various techniques. 

He strived to create a record made entirely from the sounds of his environment, using his home as an instrument. He wanted to create textures that reflected the peace of home which could only be achieved there, since outdoor field recordings can be so noisy at times."















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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Lend Me Your Band


Not everything is on SoundCloud, though it can sometimes seem that way. So our 'Radio' round-up of releases that attract these ears is splitting up, with a separate exploration of new material only encountered on Bandcamp alongside a dig into the monthly SC playlist (try this one & this if you're after our as yet undocumented latest...)

This Japan & live performance-oriented first LMYB features Andrew TuttleChihei HatakeyamaCinchel, Laica, Machinefabriek, Marcus Fischer, Matt Christensen, Michel Banabila, sleepland & Stephan Mathieu

If you're interested, LMYE is on Bandcamp here



















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Monday, 5 October 2015

Lend Me Another Radio


Another month, another belated, inevitably partial sample of the period's riches...

Highlights include a strikingly poised, shimmering Christopher Bissonnette piece (from a forthcoming kranky release)ravishingly bucolic, meditative version of LMYE's old flame Le Bergerfor Home Normalthe glowing, gathering warmth of Maxwell August Croy & James Devane's returning En (on the ever more essential Students of Decay); a quite lovely Lee Ranaldo workout for Importanta valuable "atypical & personal" Chris Herbert set of "phasing & stippled atmospherics" for Sydney's Ears Have Ears; & a refracting first taste of the as-yet unreleased Tsjinlûd (a Frisian collective that includes Jan & Romke KleefstraAnne Chris Bakker, who appears under her own name too...). 

Also notable, TVO & Andrew Sharpley's provocative, caricaturing 'Feast Of Fools' - leering at the "dancing bears" of the "dead-eyed" Labour leadership losers, with exemplary agility (released at the moment of the Corbyn coronation)

Further contributions from the Broken20/Moving Furniture axis are a powerful Digisizer dirge from Orphax & yet more rumbling longform beauty from D. Fyans (aka Erstlaub). 

September's 'radio' also features compelling new work by Chambers (Michael Red & Gabriel Saloman), Will Bolton, Scott Cortez, Emptyset, From The Mouth Of The Sun (Aaron Martin & Dag Rosenqvist, who also appears in his own, post-Jasper TX right...), L A N DThe OO-Ray, Andrew Pekler, PERILS (Kyle Bobby Dunn & Benoit Pioulard), Ruhe, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, Small Things on SundaysUndisclosed & Voyou

The full 3-hour SoundCloud playlist, plus a few supplementary streams & videos, is at the bottom here. 

Disclaimer: no doubt September brought reams of deeply worthwhile releases besides this lot. Apologies that these ears haven't got to them yet. 






































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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Lend Me Your Radio


Harvesting August's riches, finally: from the ultimate space rock of Robert Curgenven's (inter)stellar Climata ("made entirely in Turrell Skyspaces...for best results use an external speaker, pointed upwards or away from you") to Stephan Mathieu's predictably mesmerising Stasis 6 ("a stereo mixdown from an excerpt of a 58-channel installation piece of 52 minutes duration" from his Before Nostromo for The Morning Line) - & via a host of LMYE loves (including William Basinski & RIchard Chartier [both with & without each other, & Chartier both under his own name & as Pinkcourtesyphone], Duane Pitre, Ezekiel Honig & Yann Novak) & discoveries - here are 25 pieces that stood out for these ears over the month...

Also featuring Danny Clay & Greg Gorlen, Erstlaub, Fennesz & King Midas SoundBilly GombergRafael Anton IrisarriTatsuro KojimaDarren McClureToshimaru Nakamura & CelerOfftheskyYui OnoderaNils Quak, Benoit Pioulard, Simon ScottAndrew TuttleSimon Whetham, :zoviet*france: & a raft of Dauw/Eilean Records artists. 

Note Pitre's comment that the moving, strikingly serene Bayou Electric is his "last “solo” album 4 foreseeable future"...

Note too that all proceeds from Tuttle's 177 go to the Malindza Refugee Camp Library "where your enjoyment of great experimental music goes to continuously fund the library that serves over 400 refugees from all over Africa". 

Finally, most of the 25 are gathered into a 3-hour playlist if you've got some time (it's also at the bottom here). A few not on SoundCloud (Erstlaub, Mathieu) or where the preferred version is in another format (Fennesz & King Midas Sound, Simon Scott) are bunged in alongside...



























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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Puddles of light


Compelling, expansive sounds from recent collaborators (Naked Island) Felicia Atkinson & Brian Pyle - FA in another trans-Atlantic, male/female pairing (La Nuit), this time with Peter Broderick


Where La Nuit's Road Snakes is a writhing, echoing vamp adhesively shaped around that intimate but distant voice's swerves between English & French, Ensemble Economique's From The Train Window, Red Flowers On The Mountain is all lulling wide-screen stillness - a tranquil, glowing tone poem. 

Broderick on La Nuit: "after she left I treated those words as lines of an opera under which to make a ghostly string arrangement"...






Back-dated bonus tracks:






NB: artwork at top by Felicia Atkinson. 


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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

'a liar all my life'


While Will Long's staggering fecundity as Celer has finally slowed lately (mid-June already & only two new albums this year?!), the beauty & emotional weight of his work is unflagging. Indeed, the three most recent Celer releases - Sky Limits, Jima & the snappily-titled How could you believe me when I said I loved you when you know I've been a liar all my lifefeature some of his most ravishing, affecting sounds. 

Pieces like the quavering, gossamer Tangent Lines (from SL) are as delicate, as precious as the noting, investing & storing moments of significance that Long describes ("Someday, I won't be in these same places again, and for now, this is what they sound like. Even these minor moments are important when you look back on the memory, and then look out from this overlook, seeing the city lights blinking in the distance..."). 

Memory is a notable theme across these releases. The literally sun-baked How is especially rich with reminiscence ("Revisiting these pieces after living in Japan for several years, they instantly reminded me of the trip, and what I left behind in the United States. The tapes fluttered and stuck, drenched in hiss and grime. The record skipped, wavered, and dropped in and out. Yet with these imperfections, it completely reflected my memory of the places, and what they represented. There are sides to everything, whether it causes you to change or not...").  

Out of "the most basic format-inherent effects", Long conjures something profound, embodied in the exquisitely simple, lulling Bleeds & swell bends

















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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Dark asphalt


A little LMYE paean to Gareth Hardwick, whose Low Point (our label of the year back in 2010*...) has now racked up a decade as a beacon of challenging, compelling music - both his & others'.

Below, a vaguely reverse-chronological immersion in Hardwick's deeply reflective, always affecting work - not quite all the way back to that Bologna Pony LP001 or his subsequent solo I Dream of Red, but almost: from the soothing dreaminess of 2005's home-recorded Three Degrees of Separation to the rich, inter-locked textures of this year's Two Songs


* Profile includes an illuminating interview with Hardwick that explores Low Point's "logical progression", as well as vinyl love & label challenges...




Blurb: "Employing the same minimal palette of guitar and field recordings but now drawing upon urban, rather than coastal themes; Two Songs is iron, brick and dark asphalt in response to the grey-blue swell and salt wind of Of the Sea and Shore
Side A is built around a buzzing drone, an arc light on concrete, which by degrees dissolves to an autumnal hiss; that low, constant mixture of rain, distant traffic and human life which sits just below the threshold of consciousness for anyone living in a city framed by spare, untreated guitar. The same drone, now dulled and ragged, reappears on Side B as a coda to a gently oscillating wash of interwoven harmonics. 
Small shifts in texture, timbre and dynamics are concisely entwined to create an atmospheric and evocative EP." 










(from sound&fury comp Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow, Vol. 1)
Photos by Abbey Rees-Hales.
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Friday, 1 May 2015

Bells At Boudha


Two exemplary, contrasting releases in support of Nepal: Hibernate's Dayalu / for Nepal & Aaron Dilloway's Sounds of Nepal Volumes 1 - 3. Beneficiaries are the British Red Cross & the America Nepal Medical Foundation, respectively. 















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