Archive for November, 2010

MINAMO + LAWRENCE ENGLISH: A Path Less Travelled (Room40)

themilkman on Nov 4th 2010 01:18 am

Minamo + Lawrence English: A Path Less Travelled

A Path Less Travelled
Room40 2010

05 Tracks. 42mins02secs

Amazon UK: CD US: CD Boomkat: CD

The latest release to come out of the Room40 workshop is a collaboration between multi media artist and head of label Lawrence English and Japanese experimental quartet Minamo, which uses the latter’s extremely minimal template, built from electronic textures and processed and live guitars, as a platform to expand from, with Lawrence English adding electronic processing and field recordings as well as contributing bass and harmonium. In just over forty minutes of delicate grainy soundscapes, split into five tracks, Minamo and English create a very evocative soundtrack, set somewhere in between their respective sonic realms.

The album was recorded over a couple of years in both Brisbane and Tokyo, but there is nothing in its course that hints at such a time frame. Continue Reading »

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BRIAN ENO: Small Craft On A Milk Sea (Warp Records)

themilkman on Nov 3rd 2010 01:12 am

Brian Eno: Small Craft On A Milk Sea

Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Warp Records 2010
15 Tracks. 48mins56secs

Amazon UK: CD | LP/CD BOX | DLD US: CD | LP/CD BOX | DLD Boomkat: CD | DLD iTunes: DLD

Musician, producer, composer… there is little Brian Eno hasn’t tried his hand at. For his latest album, his first for Warp, he has teamed up once again with regular collaborators Jon Hopkins, with whom he had most notably previously worked with on his 2005 album And Then So Clear, and guitarist Leo Abrahams, who has appeared on a number of Eno’s records in the last ten years, to create an album which, like many of his previous work, is inspired in part by film soundtracks.

As one of the pioneers of electronic music, and one of the most influential musicians of his generation, it seems quite fitting that Eno is making an appearance on Warp, a label which has over the years channelled many of Eno’s followers and has, in its own right, been a vehicle for many defining electronic artists of the last twenty years. Continue Reading »

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HARUKI: The Land That Lies Behind Us (Hibernate Recordings)/Snowed In Food Shelter (Klanggold)

themilkman on Nov 2nd 2010 01:33 am

Haruki: The Land The Lies Behind Us Haruki: Snowed In Food Shelter

The Land That Lies Behind Us
Hibernate Recordings 2010
05 Tracks. 22mins01secs

Snowed In Food Shelter
Klanggold 2010
05 Tracks. 29mins10secs

The Land That Lies Behind Us
Boomkat: CD Norma Records: CD
Snowed In Food Shelter
Amazon UK: DLD US: DLD iTunes: DLD

Haruki is the solo experimental project of Belgian musician and sound artist Boris Snauwaert. Already responsible for a handful of very limited releases on a variety of labels, Snauwaert released the rather superb To Humble A Nest on The Land Of last year, followed this year by two mini-albums, once again published in a very small run, one for UK imprint Hibernate, the other for Germany-based Klanggold, each taking a slightly different approach to Snauwaert’s granular organic electronic music.

Released earlier this year, The Land That Lies Behind Us comes as a 3” CD presented in a three-fold cover wrapped in a white envelop. Built from a wide array of sound sources, ranging from acoustic instruments to field recordings, some processed, others left in their natural state, the textured landscapes with which Snauwaert experiments are particularly evocative. Continue Reading »

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