Saturday, January 11, 2020

Maurizio Bianchi ‎– Dates

Another one of those early reactivation releases of MB around 2000, in which he plays surprisingly calm and hopeful new-wavey ambient. 2001 cd on EEs'T Records.


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Louis Sclavis ‎– Characters On A Wall cd

Melancholic jazz dominates on the new album by Louis Sclavis, the two highlights of which are his beautiful bass clarinet playing and the very expressive drummer Christophe Lavergne. 2019 cd on ECM.


Monday, January 6, 2020

Heinz Holliger, György Kurtág ‎– Zwiegespräche

Heinz Holliger's Beiseit / Alb-Chehr was the first ECM-released recording I had ever heard and I still spin it quite often. In this recording, Holliger tracks are interwoven with tracks by Romanian composer György Kurtág, many of which are sung by a soprano singer. The tone of Holliger's oboe is unmistakable and the atmosphere here is so fragile and wintry, that it makes you just need to lie down and listen to this without doing anything. Superb. 2019 cd on ECM.


Thursday, January 2, 2020

Anguish - Anguish

Crazy collaboration between MC Dalek and Mike Mare of Dalek, Mats Gustafsson and Fire!'s drummer Andreas Werllin and Hans-Joachim Irmler of Faust, giving an expanded sense in the 2000s collaborations between Faust and Dalek. This is dirgy and super-dark and combines the best of Dalek's industrial/ambient hip hop, Faust's motorik psychedelia and the free jazz madness of Fire! and Gustafsson's sax torture. 2018 cd on RareNoise Records.