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Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Scandal (Room40, 2021)

A trio of lost recordings from 1992 to 1995 flies in the face of the idea that Merzbow is overly-prolific.  If you’ve ever read any reviews of Merzbow, or any … Continue reading

June 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Techno Tuesday: Illuvia – Iridescence Of Clouds (A Strangely Isolated Place) album review

Illuvia’s Iridescence Of Clouds for the increasingly essential A Strangely Isolated Place is a gorgeous slice of ambient drum ‘n bass worldbuilding. Yr hovership descends, swooping in on a rose … Continue reading

February 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Arca – Madre album review

Arca ditches the dread, leans into the digital sublime on Madre. Arca’s earliest music is the soundtrack of digital anxiety – sounds converted to shrapnel, endlessly whizzing past yr ears … Continue reading

January 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Merzbow Monday: Merzbow – Mukomodulator album review

Two tracks of raw, unfiltered harsh noise from the master Masami Akita, recorded live at a gallery in Tokyo in November 2020. For noise fans, we’ve heard the same tired … Continue reading

January 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

9 Noteworthy Dark Ambient Albums Of November 2020

This dreadful year is creeping towards its close. It’s a strange time… the holidays are still approaching while much of the world is still hibernating in bunkers, waiting for a … Continue reading

December 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nightports W/ Betamax album review

Leeds-based sound experiment Nightport show how much can be done within the confines of a very simple premise on their second album, this time sculpted in conjunction with The Comet … Continue reading

June 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Best Dark Ambient Albums of March 2020

The streets are all empty. We are all living in quarantine. We are essentially living inside of a Dark Ambient album now. Now is the perfect time to listen to … Continue reading

April 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ringo Deathstarr – Ringo Deathstarr album review

On their first album in 5 years, Austin, TX’s Ringo Deathstarr trade in more mainstream shoegaze for more esoteric influences. When My Bloody Valentine were on an indefinite hiatus in … Continue reading

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Best Dark Ambient Albums Of February 2020

February is an interesting month. For much of the Northern Hemisphere, yr still frozen solid, hibernating away from the cold and the ice and the howling winds, praying for the … Continue reading

March 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

England’s Dreaming: Craven Faults – Erratics & Uncomformities (The Leaf Label)

On Erratics & Unconformities, enigmatic British synth outfit Craven Faults departs the industrial ruins of Northern England for wilder climes.  To say that Britain has been undergoing a ferocious transition … Continue reading

January 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

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