Review: The Explosion is a trio, headed up by Versatile founder Gilbert "Glib'r" Cohen, that can trace its' roots back to Chateau Flight's wonderful 2014 covers of vintage Terry Riley material. Since then, the combo has been meeting for nightly jam sessions, some of the results of which can be seen on this superb debut full-length. Rooted in experimental, atmospheric ambience but with regular nods towards American minimalism, kosmiche, dub techno and acid electronica, the album's six tracks are evocative, imaginative, dreamy and intensely beautiful. While intellectual and well thought-out, the most striking feature of The Explosion is the heady, intoxicating feel of the music; even at its' creepiest (as on the low-slung, "Disco Blind"), it's an album that bristles with tuneful intent.
Review: A stirring musical translation of Georges Bataille's 1941 novel Mademe Edwarda, composer Mirco Magnani paints 11 stark chapters that range from modern classical to more abstract electronica, each one tessellating with the last. We're ghosted through history as Ernesto Tomasini adds spectral layers of stirring falsetto textures. Taking lines and passages from the book, there's a timeless, supernatural quality that's both alarming and arresting. A genuinely unique concept.
Review: Inaugurating the Kingdoms imprint in 2017 was the new project by Francis Harris (ex Scissor & Thread) and Gabe Hendrick named Aris Kindt, with their rather impressive Swann & Odette LP. Next up on New York City based imprint are the duo of Brandon Wolcott and Emil Ambrayan - who first came to prominence on Nicolas Jaar's Clown & Sunset label in 2012. Both having a history in theatre, sound design and classical composition, Wolcott and Abramyan create experimental electronic music via a diverse tapestry of sound that avoids strict genre pigeonholing. The music is performed completely live with Wolcott on electronics and Abramyan on cello. Wolcott is a Brooklyn based artist that has released music on Wolf + Lamb, Archipel Records and Jaar's sublabel Other People as well performing in his 'dance-music' project Smirk. Contained on this LP are some lush and evocative modern classical compositions that will certainly appeal to fans of Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm or Peter Broderick.