Category: Recordings

Kukangendai – Palm

From the first stuttering moment, as bass, drums and guitar gently jostle this is different. What is this so-called music? A mathematically precise drunkard’s walk? Brownian motion made sound? A Morse-like code to whose hidden meaning we lack the key? On first hearing, it’s almost hypnotic but always with a beat ‘out of place’, a…




Eiko Ishibashi – The Dream My Bones Dream

There was no 2018 end-of-year list for this writer, as Japanese songwriter Eiko Ishibashi’s The Dreams My Bones Dream put the button on the close of that year, being both the record that held the ear and imagination the fastest and the instrument with which he badgered friends and colleagues the most frequently by way…




RAIC – Multiplicity

In their bio and liner notes, RAIC claim various genres – noise, post rock, classical, black metal, free jazz, avant garde, film scores, big band, 70s car chase themes, and lounge  – and in this release from January, they pretty much go all-in. Multiplicity indeed. The opening track – Balance Of The Three – is…




Anthony Osborne – The Language of the Birds

Anthony Osborne – soprano saxophone, Bb clarinet, harmonica, electronics, bulbul tarang, Ting-Sha, processing. On The Spiritual Dimensions of Boolean Logic Blues For Myself But Ronald, Why Are You Laughing? Japan in Autumn Sunlight On Concrete, Tree Blossom The Last Few Stars Burn Out In A Sky Of Eternal Night (32:31) Muteant Sounds Anthony Osborne should…




The Best Jazz & Noise of 2018…?

Well, once again I’ve listened to far less than I would have liked to this year (excuses range from alien invasion to the lack of 25 hours in a day to pure ninja-level laziness)… and yet, I have absolutely no complaints about the contents of my ‘top ten’ (your mileage, of course, may vary). In…




The End – Svårmod och vemod är värdesinnen

Sofia Jernberg – voice Mats Gustafsson – baritone & tenor saxophones, live electronics Kjetil Møster – baritone & tenor saxophones, electronics Anders Hana – baritone guitar Greg Saunier – drums and voice Svårmod Vemod Translated Slaughter Don’t Wait Rich and Poor Both Sides Out (43:43) RareNoise RNR097    The End begin with a warm bath…




Møster! – States of Minds

Kjetil Møster (saxophones, clarinet, electronics, percussion, drums) Hans Magnus Ryan (guitar, electronics) Jørgen Træen (modular synthesizer, lap steel guitar) Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen (electric bass, electronics) Kenneth Kapstad (drums) Brainwave Entrainment Unhorsed by Chivalry Plate Sized Eyes Mystère Bow Shock Life Wobble Phantom Bandotron Sounds Like a Planet Mon Plaisir What a Flop Waking Up (82:31)…




Patrick Shiroishi – Sparrow’s Tongue

Patrick Shiroishi – alto & tenor saxophones, field recordings The Footsteps of Crows Grasshopper Tactics The Crocodile’s Dilemma Be a Lion, I Will Still Be Water When the Dog Got His Cat Eyes (33:53) Fort Evil Fruit   In this solo album, Shiroishi uses few ingredients, and those sparingly. Long breathy drones evoke a wandering…