The struggle for identity

Tanya Tagaq doesn’t always sing specific words, sometimes she just makes a sound, builds an echo, a shamanic voice mixed with anger and evoking ghosts of the past. Tongues is an eloquent and very powerful reckoning with Canada’s current post-World War II colonial grip on the Inuits.

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Different types of trance

The albums of Tanz Mein Herz, Natural Information Society and Driftmachine present different perspectives on trance music and minimalism. When the sound motif is looped is when they sound best, functioning outside of time. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska 6 minutes of reading, 210 minutes of listening. That’s how much time you’ll need for the three albums described below. Reading […]

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Scandinavian and Australian Stork

Two brilliant albums by Anthony Pateras and the trio of Christer Bothen–masterful aural composition and alert improvisation – are strong entries in this year’s Bocian Records catalogue. *(that’s ‘bocian’ in Polish) Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska Once upon a time, in 2019, when concerts were still a thing, Anthony Pateras visited as many as three Polish festivals […]

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Listening in/to the dark

Although they rely on completely different means of expression, Yvette Janine Jackson’s radio operas and heavy doom metal played by Divide and Dissolve both aptly recount the oppression suffered by minorities in a globalised world. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska After the bizarre and sad 2020, the beginning of Yvette Janine Jackson’s Freedom is perhaps what we […]

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