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"Crepuscular Hour is an epic, hypnotic one-hour piece for three choirs, three pairs of noise musicians, and church organ, to be performed in a cathedral or similar location with musicians surrounding the audience. The room fills with sound in an intense, but almost meditative hour, as the voices blend with the distortion, the noise sometimes takes over, and the organ eventually takes the music to a new level. The visual design of this concert is a play on the crepuscular rays -- rays of sunlight that...

"Maja Ratkje is a remarkable vocalist and composer based in Norway. Her work ranges from orchestral and chamber works to electronics, improvisation and creative combinations of all of the above. This special collection of Maja’s work showcases several...

Almost a decade after their last album, Rattlemouth regroup and re-emerge with a splendid new album. Rattlemouth's roots go back over 25 years to the great art-rock-punk community in Richmond in general, and to the amazing & legendary Orthotonics...

"New York Days features Italy's highly inventive jazz musicians Enrico Rava and protégé Stefano Bollani, together with three leading American jazzmen: master drummer Paul Motian, bassist Larry Grenadier, and, in his ECM debut, saxophonist Mark Turner....

"Enrico Rava is jazz royalty in his native Italy. In the more than four-decades since he gained his initial acclaim in the then burgeoning avant-garde scene as part of Argentinean saxophonist Gato Barbieri's band, he has not only mentored two...

Enrico Rava: trumpet
Gianluca Petrella: trombone
Giovanni Guidi: piano
Gabriele Evangelista: double-bass
Fabrizio Sferra: drums
with Giacomo Ancillotto: guitar

"Since his return to ECM with “Easy Living” in 2003, the gran

"This is a beautiful duo album by two of Italy's greatest jazz musicians. The repertoire showcases marvelous linear playing by two master improvisers making freely lyrical jazz together - inspired by jazz history, South American music, the Italian song...

Ada Rave tenor sax / clarinet and flutes on 4
Nicola L. Hein prepared guitar
Wilbert De Joode contrabass

"The Argentinian contribution to the universality of jazz is measured by everything Leandro “Gato” Barbieri gave to the music, and the gauge was put very high by the late saxophonist. Every sax player who emerged, after him, from the Buenos Aires scene had that extra challenge, and that’s the case of Ada Rave, who choose Europe – she’s based in Amsterdam – instead of the United States..

Pianist Sarah Cahill performs on this terrific set of Ravel's piano music. The liner notes say that Sarah spent 3 years playing nothing but Ravel's piano works & it certainly shows! Bravo! [New Albion]

Gabriele Marconcini: Vocals
Samuele Santanna: Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Fabrizio Trinci: Moog, Synth, Organ, Piano, Fender Rhodes and Backing Vocals
Marco Geri: Bass
Francesco Carnesecchi: Drums
The new (fourth) album by RAVEN SAD has personality, depth and a rare narrative strenght, evoking infinite spaces and deep breaths. Thanks to the “Gilmour style” that Samuele Santanna, mind and heart of the band, has made of him over the years with all the resulting emotional...

“Composer, electronic music innovator and Pere Ubu's synthesist Allen Ravenstine returns with this collection of two EPs.
Using a singular blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, each track on Nautilus, weaves it's own wayward travelogue amidst stray bits of audio verité and wafting musical fragrances-by turns tropical and foreboding.
Rue de Poisson Noir takes cues from it's fragmentary companion both in palette and approach, slithering between cinematic intrigue, off-brand jazz...

"Archive release from the veteran synthesist of Pere Ubu. Terminal Drive is studio recording of a mythical piece of electro-acoustic music composed and performed in 1975 by Allen Ravenstine with assistance from Albert Dennis on string bass.
Terminal Drive's significance in terms of Cleveland underground music cannot be understated and has been cited as partially responsible for Ravenstine's invitation to co-form the musical unit Pere Ubu in September 1975.
Ravenstine gained recognition for his..

"Allen Ravenstine, erstwhile eminence grise of classic-era Pere Ubu, was one of the best-integrated and least predictable pioneers of analogue synthesis in rock until, in the late 1980’s, he quit both the public and the musical arena to pursue entirely different interests. But he never lost his interest in, or his feel for, analogue electronics. A few years ago, with Pere Ubu’s current synthesist, Robert Wheeler, he recorded ‘Farm Report and City Desk - in the context of a documentary about modular...

"Eccentricity in music is tricky in that it's difficult to embrace it in moderation. There's risk of having it come off as either overly (and gratingly) deliberate, or teetering over the precipice into full-blown novelty. Pere Ubu co-founder Allen Ravenstine's Waiting For The Bomb is one of these rare exceptions where peculiarity, nuance and genuine warmth align in such a way that it's perched right on that edge and all the more evocative because of it. One of the album's most striking and disorienting...

First album by a UK proto-progressive outfit that was released in the fall of 1970. Their second album, Time Is, is a minor classic and this isn't as good, but if you want more by them and you dig that 1970 exploratory vibe...

This London-based quintet's ambitious and highly entertaining debut touches on psychedelia, progressive rock, jazz and pop, with imaginative arrangements and superb musicianship. Issued on the tiny Evolution label in the autumn of 1970, it sank without trace, with original...

Vicki Ray: piano, prepared piano, stylophone, voice, Andes 25
Scot Ray: lap steel slide guitar, electronics, live-looping

“Generally speaking, there is nothing remarkable about the idea of a brother and sister playing together. Images of children involved in some privately invented game spring to mind. In the case of brother and sister Scot and Vicki Ray, included in the idea would have to be playing music together in their Great Falls, Montana, living room, Scot on brass instruments...

"Active Vapor Recovery combines extreme Jazz, avant funk, liquid Americana and skronk blues. Think - James Brown meets Sun Ra on a front porch somewhere in rural Montana. The Scot Ray Quintet features Scot's amazing multiphonic trombone, Nels Cline on...

Second album from this excellent finger-style guitarist seeped in the best of the primitive Americana stylists (Basho, Fahey, etc) but with her own unique and dark slant.

“Welsh musician Gwenifer Raymond's 2018 debut album, You Never Were Much of a Dancer, introduced a new voice on acoustic guitar, receiving 5 stars in The Guardian, big spreads in MOJO and UNCUT, and airplay on multiple BBC programs. This led to months of touring on the European festival circuit. Her latest, Strange Lights Over...

"TransCollaboration is the five year project of David Cooper Orton (England) and James H. Sidlo (USA). David and James started this project out of mutual interests in looping, having "met" on The Looper's Delight mailing list. Looper's Delight is an...

"Guitarist and composer Dennis Rea presents a completely different but equally compelling facet of his musical personality with his most ambitious release to date, Views From Chicheng Precipice. A key presence on the Pacific Northwest creative music...

Siegfried Meier (guitar, flute)
Paul Döing (guitar)
Johannes Brackmann (bass)
Reinhold Stania (drums)
This is the sort of thing that Garden of Delights do so delightfully well; this is a previously unreleased album by a basically unknown outfit from 1975 who were a local, underground / experimental German outfit. But not only do you get the album, which was never released anyway, you get 20' of bonus live tracks. Yow.

"There is only one single laquer that exists of this (studio

Never-before released in physical form, this was released as a legitimate download a few years ago. It was supposed to be the group's third album, but even though it was completed, it remained unreleased and not even suspected to exist until 2010...

A trio of guitars/vocals, keyboards & drums. "If you like Yes circa "Going For The One" then this a must."

"Questions, questions, questions" ... are a conceptual must when it comes to Realtime Research, who are less about the idle presentation of results than about the character of the process that research itself is made up of.

The commonplace called "The journey is the reward" though couldn't be more distant with this very mixed septet. Being less of a band and more of the staff for an idea to become audible, Realtime Research are research within realtime rather than the search for it. A look...


“The group produces a jazz-inflected sound recalling at times Soft Machine, Hatfield and the North, and related bands of the 70’s, as well as newer bands such as Squonk Opera. Moller’s vocals are the most pronounced ‘instrument’ and harken to those of Dagmar Krause and Elaine di Falco.”-Avant Music News

“They merge a consortium of unruffled, breezy jazz passages amid brusque unison breakouts and thorny tine signatures... This enterprising band is a precision machine.”-Glenn Astarita, All About...


“Red Bazar formed in 2007 as an instrumental trio featuring Andy Wilson on guitar, Paul Comerie on drums and Mick Wilson on bass and keyboards. The line-up released ‘Connections’ in 2008, which was their first release.
Connections is now presented as a ‘new old’ album, featuring the current line up of Andy Wilson guitars, Paul Comerie drums, Peter Jones (Camel/Tiger Moth Tales/Francis Dunnery Band) keyboards and Mick Wilson bass.”

"Whilst much of music these days drifts aimlessly in a reality-TV-induced slough of mediocrity, progressive rock appears to be in rude health – bucking the trend with a slew of tremendous albums released already this year.
Add to this list Red Bazar’s ‘Things As They Appear’ – the Nottingham band’s exceptional follow-up to ‘Tales From The Bookcase’ which was runner-up in the Classic Rock Society’s ‘Album Of 2016’.
Originally founded as an instrumental prog band in 2007 (an explanation, perhaps

Very arty new-wave album from 1980 by Mayo Thompson and originally on Rought Trade, with guests like Epic Soundtracks, the Raincoats' Gina Birch, Pere Ubu's Allen Ravenstein, Laura Logic, etc. [Drag City]

“With a command of countless genres and a vast list of credits, composer/guitarist Jason Schimmel is a musical polymath whose talents know no bounds. A long time member of Trey Spruance’s legendary ensemble Secret Chiefs 3, his brilliant guitar work embraces a wide variety of traditions and styles, from blues, jazz and surf rock to Balkan folk and heavy metal. Visions of the Void is his masterpiece, an intense program of eclectic music that jumps quickly and seamlessly from one style to another. Years...

“After the minor gap of eighteen years between albums, the Jaspers decided to take just a year to come back with the next one. Nick Harradence had only ever joined the band to help on the previous recording, and by now he had been replaced by Florin Werner on the drum seat. Sohelia came back to provide vocals on another song, and although there was no Pat D'Arcy, interestingly there was a guest appearance on guitar from Tony Heath, who just like Pat had been a member of the band for the 'Sting In The...

Even Helte Hermansen – Baritone guitar
Trond Frønes - Bass
Bernt André Moen – Rhodes
Torstein Lofthus – Drums and percussion

“Distilling order from a crushing whirlwind of chaos has been the stock in trade for Red Kite since the Norwegian jazz-rock supergroup joined forces in 2014. Apophenian Bliss, the much-anticipated follow-up to the quartet’s powerhouse 2019 self-titled debut references the tendency in the human brain to find patterns and connections even when none actually..

"Concocting a head-rush tempest of swirling psychedelia, heavy rock crunch, prog virtuosity and free-jazz experimentation, Norwegian jazz-rock power quartet Red Kite releases its highly anticipated self-titled debut via RareNoiseRecords. The exploratory and electrifying supergroup features members of some of Norway’s best-known prog outfits, including Elephant9, Shining, Bushman’s Revenge and Grand General.
Red Kite brings together guitarist Even Helte Hermansen, bassist Trond Frønes, keyboardist...

“For better or for worse, there have been many artists and bands over the years that will defy expectations when releasing their next musical project, Prince and Neil Young come to mind, creating confusion within their fan base. THE RED KRAYOLA were one of the first, starting with a forced respelling of their moniker after receiving legal threats from Binney-Smith, the manufacturer of Crayola crayons.
The first clue to their musical sea-change was the minimalist cover art of their new album 'God...

Fourth album for this band. They manage to sound rough-hewn in an attractive way, while executing some pretty interesting/complex musical maneuvers in a way similar to The Work, although they don't sound like them. I found parts of this reminiscent of...

Following on the enormous success of her Radical Jewish masterpiece Trilectic, composer, singer, bandleader and hellraiser Jewlia Eisenberg has created a rocking collection of songs about women, men, relationships, more women and romance. Performed by ...

Very good progressive band from Canada who are obviously indebted to the sound of the 1st few Marillion albums. Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass and drums all play well and there's some genuine sparks here. Four songs: two 'side long epics' and two shor...

"Ultra-rare recordings by '70s UK avant-rockers Red Square, the missing link between original free-noise practitioners like AMM, Nihilist Spasm Band, and Peter Brotzmann and post-no wavers à la The Blue Humans, Borbetomagus, Fushitsusha, and The Dead C. Named after the early Soviet Constructivists, Red Square is a pioneering free-improvising, avant-rock band. They bridged the worlds of psychedelic rock, noise, and avant-jazz, and many of the techniques and approaches to music that they helped to pioneer...

"The Red Trio is quite a unique case in the Portuguese jazz and improvised music scene. The free music played by Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano, prepared piano), Hernâni Faustino (double bass), and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums, percussion) have no attachment to...

Rodrigo Pinheiro piano | Hernani Faustino double bass | Gabriel Ferrandini drums and percussion | John Butcher tenor and soprano saxophone.
"Known for the way they manage the energy factor, going from extreme subtlety, almost near-silence, to aggressive noise making, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernâni Faustino and Gabriel Ferrandini, the members of Red Trio, brought sharp ears to their presentation with John Butcher as guest during last year’s Jazz em Agosto festival. “Summer Skyshift” is the recording of...

Nate Wooley trumpet / Rodrigo Pinheiro piano / Hernani Faustino double bass / Gabriel Ferrandini drums and percussion.

"The history of improvised music is full of successful and even magical first encounters, but more common are the occasions...

This is the 1st solo release by Mark Cawthra, formerly of Cardiacs, who plays all instruments and contributes all vocals and gives the album a full band feel. "After what seems like an eternity, finally the first album is finished and soon to be avai

"...constructed from a diverse and unfashionable set of instruments, Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores are as bizarre as they appealing. This is wonderful stuff -- brave and experimental, yet warmly human. Make room on your folk revival shelf for....

"They say it's all been done before, so when an artist has a unique, hauntingly beautiful sound it's rare and Alec K. Redfearn, Eyesores and all, are one of a kind. That alone is a difficult feat." – Jessie Jayne

"If Can, John Cage, X, and my grandma’s polka records got in that machine from The Fly, maybe this would come out instead of a half Goldblum, half bug. Absolutely enjoyable and recommended."...

Alec K. Redfearn – electrified accordion, vocal, Realistic MG-1, loops, ceremonial bell, combo organ
Ann Schattle – French horn
Christopher Sadlers – contrabass, loops, vocals
Matt McLaren – drums, percussion

Eleven chimes usher listeners into the world of The Opposite, the 8th album by the hypnotically eclectic Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores. Eight songs later, another set of eleven chimes release us from the music’s hold. In...

The Seizures is one of Alec's newest projects. Basically a more compact version of the Eyesores, it is easier for him to tour and gig with 4 musicians than 8 or 9. Of course. The group is:
Alec K. Redfearn- Vocal, Accordion and Ukulele
Chris Sadlers- Contrabass
Matt McLaren- Drums and Percussion
Orion Rigel Dommisse- Vocals
The music is very much what we expect from Alec; great songs, unusual instrumentation, morbid lyrics and wonderful performances. Highly recommmended, even if I...

Last five copies in existence!

"The Eyesores are an accordion-driven, gypsy cursed band that specialize in funeral marches and hypno-drone trance music, among other, equally odd things. The Eyesores are bad ass motherfuckers in an entirely new way. Recommended." - The Noise.

This one is a little bit different and also rather special. A huge nine-piece band (accordion/vocals, guitar, French horn, violin, electronics, alto sax, string bass/vocals, drums and percussion), they...

Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores have been making uniquely rewarding music for over 15 years. They are one of the great uncategorizable, creative ensembles of our time, crafting a music that is distinctly theirs alone...

“Conceptually derived from the work of Japanese minimalist composer Satoshi Ashikawa, I have composed an album which hopes to engage, enrich and reflect the listener's surroundings, an Environmental Music"-Gareth Quinn Redmond.

“Working with Still Way as a base for inspiration, Gareth Quinn Redmond takes Ashikawa's meditative sound designs to more dramatic and lyrical landscapes, gracefully instilling his personal touch into the master's melodic patterns and presenting six pieces which blend and..