Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet —
Landfall ... CD Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy ...
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
An incredible record from the glory days of Flying Dutchman! The session's one of a rare few cut by electronic musician Jon Appleton, and it's a stunning blend of analogue electronics and sonic cut up material – a record of musique concrete compositions to rival the greatest work coming out ... read moreCD
A fantastic record – and a really mindblowing mix of spiritual jazz and electronics! The set is an amazing collaboration between trumpeter Don Cherry and pioneering electronic musician Jon Appleton – one of those rare meetings of the minds that goes far deeper than you'd expect! On ... read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from Joanna Brouk – an artist who was sometimes lost amidst the new age scene of the 80s, but one who's got a much deeper, more intellectual approach overall! True, Brouk's music does have a certain meditative spirit – but she also was a student of Terry Riley and ... read moreCD
One of those landmark meetings of mighty talents that sounds even better on record than it does on paper – as the set somehow finds this really special space that's completely between all the best early 70s modes of both Terry Riley and John Cale! Cale was really coming into his own at the ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Robert Cohen-Solal —
Les Shadoks ... CD WRWTFWW (Switzerland), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ...
Weird and wild sounds from the equally weird and wild French animated series at the end of the 60s – served up here by a classically-trained musician who also had a lot of experience with electro-acoustic sounds at the GRM studios! The music here is a dark mix of familiar elements – ... (Soundtracks, Out Sound)read moreCD
The most beautiful album we've heard so far from keyboardist John Ellis – a set issued by the Gondwana label of trumpeter Matthew Halsall, and a set that's every bit as spiritual as his work too! There's maybe a bit more of an overall structure to the record – which partially feels ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
The second Jazzland album from Farvel – a group who definitely work in the deeper, darker reaches of the label's style – particularly that place where standard genres break down in search of new modes of expression! There's a subtle, beautiful magic going on here – as trumpet and ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
Henry Flynt in 1981, but sounding much more like some lost minimalist performance from the New York scene of the 60s – like sounds that might have come from John Cale or Tony Conrad – from the instrumentation right down to the spooky vibe of the production! The set features one long ... read moreCD
Fantastic percussion pieces from this ultra-cool New Zealand ensemble of the 70s – a group who take their name and inspiration from the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew – but who also work in a more intimate setting, with lots of instruments of their own creation – with a ... read moreCD
A stunning collection of sounds from the legendary Philip Glass – a complete set of every single one of his recordings for Columbia Records – which is the label at which he did most of his important music! The set's a treasure trove of modernist musical moments – not just a ... read moreCD
A beautiful score from Philip Glass – the kind of spare sounds that make his soundtrack material some of our favorite in his large catalog of compositions! The tracks here are all for a stage production of The Crucible – the famous play by Arthur Miller – but the music works ... read moreCD
A fittingly massive collection of works by one of the most important electronic composers ever! The 12CD Polyphonies features material chosen and remastered Henry himself specifically for this box set in the months before he passed away, so he's pretty well in charge of his legacy here. It's made ... read moreCD
Johann Johansson —
Orphee ... CD Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 2016. New Copy ...
A beautiful re-interpretation of the myth of Orpheus – handled here by composer Johann Johannsson in a beautiful style that recalls some of the best Deutsche Grammophon projects from Max Richter! The composer plays a variety of keyboards – including electric and pipe organ – in ... read moreCD
We're not sure we hear any failings at all here – as the music is completely compelling, right from the start – and one of the most sonically-intense records we've heard from reedman Mats Gustafsson in years! The album's a bit of an electro-acoustic outing – in that Mats plays ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
A double-length set of work from Laraaji – all contemporary tracks, done with producer Carlos Nino – but with a vibe that really takes us back to his mindblowing explorations in the early years! Bring On The Sun represents the first half of the album – and features Laraaji ... (Global Grooves, Out Sound)read moreCD
The "contra" here is a contrabass clarinet, not a stringed contrabass – yet John McCowen manages to play his instrument in a way that greatly resembles the larger wooden source of acoustic sound! The tones are very deep, and very slow-rising – used by McCowen in this ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
Wonderful sounds from space – put together in a rare album that was initially issued in a small batch, to coincide with the Seattle Worlds Fair in 1962! For the set, Art Mineo comes up with an amazing batch of spacey sounds that were played at the fair in conjunction with a machine called ... (Now Sound, Out Sound)read moreCD
Didier Petit —
D'Accord ... CD Rogue Art (France), 2018. New Copy ...
Beautiful sounds from an improvising musician who's always followed his own special path – able to effortlessly mix darkness and light, richness and lyricism, almost always without any sort of input from other musicians at all! This sublime set was recorded in China – and although the ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
Picnic ... CD Data/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1985. New Copy Gatefold ...
Free jazz, and lots lots more – a lost nugget from an especially creative period in the Dutch scene, headed up by cellist Tristan Honsinger! At some level, the music echoes other improvised work by Honsinger – but at others, it also reflects the criss-crossing of genres and scenes that ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
A beautiful project from pianist Tom Rogerson – a record that features his work on the acoustic keys in a sonic setting provided by Brian Eno – a beautiful blend of organic elements that almost feels like some of the best of Eno's Ambient projects from the late 70s, or the more minimal ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
An amazing lost trove of work by electronic music Raymond Scott – sounds that were never issued commercially, and which may well represent the last corner of his genius yet to be explored! The music here was all created in Scott's home studio on Long Island – and is a fantastic blend ... (Sound Library, Out Sound)read moreCD
Electronic music from a very far-flung source – served up here in a set of vintage recordings by one of the leading experimentalists in Indonesia at the end of the 70s – an artist with a sound that's nicely different than preceding decades of American and European electronic pioneers! ... read moreCD
Midori Takada & Masahiko Satoh —
Lunar Cruise ... CD RCA/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1990. New Copy ...
Beautiful beautiful work from this spare Japanese duo – Midori Takada on marimba, gong, bells, and drums – and Masahiko Satoh on piano and electronics! The pair work here in a style that's not quite jazz, but also not much like some of the other Japanese instrumental sounds of the 80s ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Yugen ... CD Jazzland (Norway), 2017. New Copy ...
Yugen is a pretty interesting little duo – Marthe Lea on saxes, guitar, voice, and percussion – and Hakon Aase on violin, kantele, percussion, and harmonium – both coming together with sounds that are way more than the sum of their instruments! There's a moody, atmospheric vibe ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
Expo 1 ... CD Deutsche Grammophon, 2017. New Copy 2CD ...
Call it neo-classical, post-classical, or whatever you want – there's been a heck of a lot of new sounds and styles happening in the world of "serious" music – recordings that include both newly experimental work from artists who'd previously played in a more conventional mode ... (Classical, Out Sound)read moreCD
A deep look at the electronic music underground in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – not the academic theoreticians who were slaving away in university laboratories, but the more independent, freewheeling talents who were using the initial analogue moment to open up their own boundaries in time and ... read moreCD