SINGLES CRUISE

YASUYUKI UESUGI – “BARBAROUS PUNISHMENT”

The Japanese all-analogue electronic artist has created a minimalist exercise in linear growth and expansion. A meditation on a single rhythmic pattern, “Barbarous Punishment” pushes further and further into the red until it becomes a tortured visage of what it once was. With everything recorded live in one take, we witness Uesugi reacting and interacting …

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HANNA OJALA – “ON THE DARK SIDE OF A STAR / FINNISH SUMMER / SPRINGING SONG”

I am focusing on three recently released songs by the Finnish artist Hanna Olaja. The first is “On the Dark Side of a Star” which floats effortlessly on shifting ambient pads and gentle arpeggios that pull inherent melodies through the haze. Embedded in this work is Ojala’s excellent field recording work – a through line …

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ALEX NADZHAROV + IRAKLI SANADIRADZE – “SUDDENLY”

“Suddenly” is a totally improvised / free-jazz piece by Russian and Georgian collaborators Alex Nadzharov and Irakli Sanadiradze. The two use a variety of percussive instruments / non-musical objects / piano to create completely new textures and combinations that represent the fluidity and spontaneity of two musicians feeling out new sonic terrain together with a …

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KEITH CANISIUS – OPENNESS IS DREAMINESS & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN (DARLA, 2010)

Keith Canisius, who captured our hearts with his so (x 1,000) good remix of Aarktica’s “Autumnal” on the In Sea Remix album and his 2009 Waves album, has a body of work that is an addendum filled tome, from the multi-layered exploratory percussion, to buried-under-an-avalanche-of-effects to clear-as-a-bell assured guitar lines, to his multi-tracked, often keyed up but …

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MARTINA BERTONI – “IMPOSSIBLE ROUTINES”

“Impossible Routines” is the lead single off of the Berlin-based cellist’s new album All Ghosts are Gone. In it we hear Bertoni’s cello take impossible shapes: it creates lapping, droning passages, delicate plucked rhythmic measures, dark arpeggios and textural tonal shifts that veer into the red. None of what I described, however, sound like they …

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