From 50s Vietnam to Freero in the future. You get it all in here.
Avery Gabbiano & Chris Zickefoose - Ascendant Solstice (DNSN 012)
Some absolutely resplendent ambient sounds here on Dionysian Tapes. Both based in Baltimore, Gabbiano is a "sonic artist" who's previously released on Spring Break Tapes and Woven Autonomo Collective, while Zickefoose seems to work largely with physical materials. For this release it seems like it was a joint composition that Zickefoose played on piano before Gabbiano took it in new directions in production. Could be wrong on that front though. It's beautiful anyway.
TSR 010 - People & Music Series Volume 1: CD 1 EP of 1955 field recordings from Vietnam; CDs + Tuluum Shimmering
This is an amazing release from last year. It's one CD of short recordings from 1950s Vietnam, the sounds of various kinds of percussive instruments, all beautiful but frustrating on account of their brevity. Following that we have two CDs of modern music incorporating the music taken half a century ago. It's lilting, repetitive and hypnotic, fascinating in how different it often is from its source material.
Dave Clarkson - A Red Guide to the Coastal Quicksand of the British Isles
See the title. Field recordings taken as far north as Ulverston and right down at Land's End, treated with creepy synth tones and melodies.
Ellen Arkbro - For organ and brass
This is gorgeous. As its title suggests, it's quite straightforward in its construction, built around the interplay between four instruments. 'Mountain of Air' is particularly great. Long, drawn-out tones slowly swapping emphasis, chords growing and dying, it's so captivating that I let out a deep breath when it came to an end.
Beast Nest - Worst Ever
Nice weird glistening rolling ambient electronic weirdness. It's from Sharmi Basu, an Oakland-based artist who released the incredible Taste Of India tape a while back.
Driftmachine — Live @ MUTEK Mexico & MUTEK Spain
I nearly called this a live show but it's actually an hour taken from two different shows. It moves between surly noise and considered beats, heavy vibes central throughout.
Morning ~ Gardening With Jenn #2 DDR 04.04.17
An absolutely lovely show from Dreamcycles on DDR. Part psych pop, part folk art, part synth bops, there's a lot of shiny fun to be had here.
1833 Mix Series, Vol 100: Composuresquad
This mix is definitely a trip. It somehow shifts from Björk and Wayne Wonder to Lil B and Boards of Canada, incorporating recent hits from Migos and 2 Chainz along the way, with bundles of noise and excitement underneath.
Radio One Tribe 001: Duckett
Duckett inaugurates the podcast series of the new One Tribe festival. It's a non-profit event raising money for the Green Paw Project, an international foundation supporting veterinary care. The radio show is an hour of Duckett doing his floral modular thing, and there's no one like him for that. It's a delight.
EHRH Podcast 008 By YASCHA
This week is full of weird mixes and podcasts. This one starts with flighty noise and drifts through swirling synths and languid melodies, it's really great. No idea who Yascha is, mind you. Any help on that front is most welcome.
I spent a lot of this week listening to S-Town. Hard to believe. I'm selling some records and tapes at a fair in Dublin tomorrow, at the Bernard Shaw from 12-5. Come along!