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Saxodrones

Two brilliant records that combine the saxophone and drone music: Lea Bertucci generates reverberating pieces by playing in a huge grain elevator, while Julius Gabriel uses added effects to create his narcotic musical visions.

SOTE: sonic deconstructor

– I spent most of my life outside of Iran. This was never my choice, so I felt a sense of void or longing for my homeland. In my mid-twenties, I started listening to more and more traditional Iranian music, until I felt like it was time for me to come up with some sort of Iranian music in that electronic synthesis framework – says Iranian composer SOTE.

Imaginary folks

Some refer to it, others prefer to distance themselves from it. In my opinion, Opla and Širom’s latest records sound like contemporary folk made in large cities and their peripheries. Fiery and delicate at the same time, it takes a winding slalom course leading back to tradition.

Holiday compilations #1

Travel to 1980s Brazilian underground, Peruvian sound-art, French children’s music, Melbourne’s blossoming jazz scene and Wrocław’s futuristic electronica. This is the first in a new series where I describe the most interesting compilations I’ve come across.

Paris goes “pop”

With the summer festival season almost drawing to a close, the faint of heart dreading the gloomier seasons of the year had better plan some happy distractions in advance. Check out the first autumn festival recommendation, the Paris Popfest.

Still breathing monsters

Four artists representing four different musical worlds are breathing new life into organ music. Ellen Arkbro keeps developing new conceptual ideas for using this instrument, Maja Ratkje adds additional sounds to it, Sarah Mary Chadwick uses it as an accompaniment to her songs and Kali Malone creates long, meditative drones, putting the ideas of deep listening into practice.

Pulsating hits

ent albums by FOQL and Jakub Lemiszewski brilliantly showcase music based on incessantly pulsating rhythm, which forms a crazy yet coherent conglomeration. Dren’s rhythms, on the other hand, are as steady as they are sinister, and the duo skilfully create their ambient space.