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killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
Talking of Sweden, the latest 'Fire!' album 'The Hands' from earlier in the year is well worth a listen. An alternative power trio led by the prolific Mats Gustafsson on saxophone, backed by bass and drums with occasional electronic noise thrown in. The bass is more upfront than previously and the music is all the better for it. Not quite free jazz as bass and drums are too structured - not a criticism.

cheers, will give this a go - enjoyed the Fire! Orchestra album from a couple of years ago.
 

Casual Observer

binoculars
Sarah Davachi released two albums this year, both of which are very good and will probably make my year-end top 10. You'd probably call it minimalist modern classical if you like categories. Or instrumental tracks of ineffable sadness. I'll be honest in that both albums contain the odd clunker that doesn't quite work. Having said that, the overall humdinger/clunker ratio is more than healthy for both albums. Might take a few plays before the magic really seeps in...

Let Night Come On Bells End The Day

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sunnysidedown

caput mortuum
Casual Observer have you heard Caterina Barbieri? Well worth checking out if you’ve not heard her.

Ive been really enjoying the recent Christian Vogel album (the Ballad of Agnete and the Merman) and M.Geddes Gengras’ new one (Last Pipe).
 

Casual Observer

binoculars
Casual Observer have you heard Caterina Barbieri? Well worth checking out if you’ve not heard her.

Ive been really enjoying the recent Christian Vogel album (the Ballad of Agnete and the Merman) and M.Geddes Gengras’ new one (Last Pipe).
The Caterina Barbieri is a bit too upbeat and rhythmic for me. M.Geddes Gengras is probably nearer to what I go for with this sort of stuff - slowly undulating and with a whiff of sadness about it. After your comment on the 1978 thread, have also dug out the ATV box set from a couple of years ago to have another listen to The Image Has Cracked.
 

sunnysidedown

caput mortuum
Yes she gets a bit bonkers rhythmic, a little less so on her latest.

M.geddes other release this year (Hawaiki tapes) has some nice moments too.
 

Buddy Bradley

Pantheistic solipsist
Apparently I never recommended The Beths debut album in this thread, which is an oversight because it's excellent, really great pop-punk-rock from New Zealand:

 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
Picked up the new LP by Baltimore duo WUME at the weekend - it isn't out for a week or so, but there's a couple of taster tracks on bandcamp - the rest of the LP is very nice - cosmische electronics with motoring live drums and monotone vox. Shades of the berlin school, Laurie Anderson, etc etc.

 

Plumdaff

joy in people
Been listening to Accü debut album after falling in love with her song "Am Ser" after hearing it on the radio. I'm enjoying the album so far a lot, it's dreamy psychedelic electronica. If, like me, you like Gwenno, Cate le Bon etc you'll like this.
Echo The Red by Accu
 
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rutabowa

LOSE IT
And there is def a new Yung Lean album dropping this friday, the preview track is nice and creepy for halloween, vid has american horror story freakshow vibes mixed with um scandinavia
 

Casual Observer

binoculars
I'm liking this. It's the debut album from an Icelandic woman who lives in Berlin. The album features nothing but theremin and very occasional voice. The theremin is put through a load of pedals/software and doesn't really sound like a theremin. Has a church-like, mildly spooky feel about it. Different and enchanting.

 

sunnysidedown

caput mortuum
^I'm liking that, will check out the album.

Have you heard the new William Basinski & Lawrence English album? ‎Selva Oscura, well worth a listen.
 

sunnysidedown

caput mortuum
yeah i got a bit obsessed for a while, the new one definitely feels more LE than Basinski, although I'm sure that may change with repeated listens.
 

Favelado

Half to the Tower, please.
I'm liking this. It's the debut album from an Icelandic woman who lives in Berlin. The album features nothing but theremin and very occasional voice. The theremin is put through a load of pedals/software and doesn't really sound like a theremin. Has a church-like, mildly spooky feel about it. Different and enchanting.

WOW
 
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