Staff Picks - July

Staff Picks - July

Written By:

Dragoș Rusu

Published:

August 6, 2018

This is what drew our attention musically during July 2018. What's new, what's good, what's hot or not, what's obscure or under the radar, music wise, if you think that we've missed something or want to send a tip, please get in touch.

2. From Borusiade to Fernweh

Anadol - Uzun Havalar (Kinship Records)
Anadol - Uzun Havalar (Kinship Records)

Anadol - Uzun Havalar (Kinship Records)
Recorded and mixed in 2015, the album Uzun Havalar is built around three long synth tracks referring to the improvised unmetric folk songs “uzun hava” in middle Eastern music. You can hear drummers laughing and playing guitars, composers howling, screaming, record collectors playing synths, actors mumbling and tuning in to the geography of Anadol's synth compositions. Anadol is a traditional continuation of lone synth experimentalists like Bruce Haack and The Space Lady with their childlike curiosity for electronic sounds, pushing the boundaries of minimal equipment.

Borusiade - Their Specters (Unterton)
On her Unterton debut, Their Specters, Borusiade offers four different takes on atmospheric, industrial electronics and chopped rhythms, composed around the themes of ecological and human self-destruction. 2018 has already been an active year for the Romanian-born, Berlin-based electronic musician, who released her debut LP A Body on Cómeme in March and has since toured her live set throughout Europe. Known for a hybrid sound between noisy electronics, techno, post-punk, and dark disco, she has also released EPs and 12“s on labels such as Minimal Wave sublabel Cititrax and Jennifer Cardini’s Correspondant.

Fernweh - Fernweh
Fernweh is a project of musicians and sound designers based in La Spezia, Italy, playing noise/kraut/electronic music. Their self-titled debut album has been entirely produced, recorded and mixed by themselves and it has been mastered by David Campanini at the Soniclab Studio.

Luboš Fišer - Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Valerie a týden divů) (Finders Keepers Records)
Having grown in status from an obscure and misunderstood socialist-era art house oddity, via the hands of risqué foreign fluff merchants, to finally find its rightful audience as a bonafide surrealist cinematic masterpiece of world class standards, this 1970 film adaptation of Vítezslav Nezval’s 1935 avant-garde novella (a film that literally cross-pollinated Max Ernst’s A Week Of Kindness and Lewis Carols Alice In Wonderland) has garnered widespread critical acclaim. Inspiring ongoing generations of visual artists, musicians, writers and filmmakers – all of whom regard this truly individualistic and inimitable surrealist film poem to be an indelible influence – Valerie continues to impregnate their daily artistic referential fabric.

Magnétophonique - Une Cartographie Idéale (Not Not Fun Records)
Une Cartographie Idéale collects 12 gems from the Magnétophonique catalog to map a nuanced portrait of his evocative mirage exotica, wavering between bliss and abandonment, paradise and prison. Isolation and island fantasy intermingle in bewitching delirium, the sound of waves and tropical birds refracted through heat-stroked haze while melting cassettes unspool refracted melodies into lost horizons. Escape is heaven – until it isn’t; in the artist’s words: “You’ll never belong here.”

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3. From Matteo Nasini to Michal Turtle

Panchasila - S/T (Discrepant)
Panchasila - S/T (Discrepant)

Matteo Nasini - Sparkling Matter (Yard Press)
“In order to observe deep sleep and the mystery surrounding it, in Sparkling Matter the musical composition has completely been delegated to the act of thinking in its more unknown form, when the mind is free to dream. This open-ended exploration of the unknown gave voice to the diverse states of consciousness. Fourteen electrodes have been used to monitor the electrochemical activity of the brain. Each one of them is able to send an independent signal to a conversion software. These programs transform, in real time, the encephalogram data into signals recognizable by an audio software, which translates them into sound,” says Matteo Nasini.

Michal Turtle feat HOVE - Middle of the Road Less Travelled (Light Of Other Days)
Middle of the Road Less Travelled is not only the debut release by Michal Turtle on Light of Other Days, but it is also his first new material released since the amazing reissues put out by Music From Memory in recent years. The music on Middle of the Road Less Travelled is a continuation of Michal’s musical exploration into other-worldly territory. Michal is a master in building hypnotic textures from repetitive rhythms that collide with trippy and atmospheric synthesizers. The delayed and dubby guitar lines by HOVE were recorded during rehearsal sessions in Michal’s living room in Basel and the last track of the EP Agallo (Real) ends with vocals performed by Lucianne Lassalle.

Oliver Coates - Shelley's on Zenn-La (RVNG Intl.)
For 'Shelley’s on Zenn-La,' Oliver Coates designs a complex of bending truths and reverse walkways to vernal states. Open ears can peer down hidden aux channel corridors, while melodic patterns present two-way mirrors to rooms of other retinal colors. An endless euphoria is just beneath the dance floorboards of 'Shelley’s,' and an inquisitiveness unencumbered by the institution of knowledge surrounding its frame and inhabitants.

Panchasila - S/T (Discrepant)
Panchasila are the duo of Juan Jose Calarco (Bloque del Sur) and Guillermo M. Cerredo (M3Y, VLUBÄ) from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They started playing together with Panchasila around 2012 and define their sound as a mix of Dub music techniques applied to Cumbia and other South American rhythms. On this self-titled debut tape they took inspiration from Bollywood, Thai films and Indonesian music to create an unique melting pot of genres and styles defying categorization.

4. From Ron Morelli to Svitlana Nianio

VA - Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan (Ostinato Records)
VA - Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan (Ostinato Records)

Ron Morelli - Disappearer (Hospital Productions)
Composed over the last two years in various foul states, Ron Morelli’s new album is a fusion of base level hardware programming, open room mic recordings and extensive computer processing, all finalized in the Paris studio of Krikor Kouchian. Compositionally, Morelli has fused the brute immediacy of his then controversial now cult 'Spit' debut album with intricate compositional cut-ups of cassette culture with the updated crushing production having circled and lived Europe’s nightclub circuit for close to a decade.

Svitlana Nianio - Kytytsi (Koka Records)
Svitlana Nianio made her debut with Kyiv's "Tsukor Bila Smert'". "Kytytsi' is Svitlana's very first solo album. The aura of her voice and simplicity of her compositions suggest folk roots. However, its base is in fact derived from musical avant-garde of today. Straight from the heart of ancient folk songs comes the tenderness in her voice; Svitlana frames it with sounds of pure New York minimal tradition. Deeply rooted in primeval myths, her music creates a world of magic realism, in which the temporal dimension and the other world constantly move and permeate.

VA - Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan (Ostinato Records)
Ostinato Records' fifth album, following our Grammy-nominated "Sweet As Broken Dates," revives the enchanting harmonies, haunting melodies, and relentless rhythms of Sudan's brightest years, fully restored, remastered and packaged luxuriously in a triple LP gatefold and double CD bookcase to match the regal repute of Sudanese music. A 20,000-word liner note booklet gives voice to the singers silenced by an oppressive regime. Take a sail down the Blue and White Nile as they pass through Khartoum, carrying with them an ancient history and a never-ending stream of poems and songs. It takes two Niles to sing a melody.

VA - We Out Here (Brownswood Recordings)
A primer on London’s bright-burning young jazz scene, this new compilation brings together a collection of some of its sharpest talents. A set of nine newly-recorded tracks, We Out Here captures a moment where genre markers matter less than raw, focused energy. Surveying the album’s running order, it could easily serve as a name-checking exercise for some of London’s most-tipped and hardworking bands of the past couple of years. Recorded across three long, fruitful days in a North West London studio, the results speak for themselves: they’re a window into the wide-eyed future of London’s musical underground.

VA - Zamaan Ya Sukkar - زمان يا سكر (Radio Martiko)
Zamaan Ya Sukkar is a rich musical portrait from the time when Cairo was the vibrant cultural heart of the Middle East and the grandeur of the leading orchestras was incomparable. Unearthed Latin and jazz-tinged tracks will let your mind drift off to the glamorous nightlife of 60's Cairo. Meet some forgotten souls of the Egyptian music scene and cinema world. Sensual voices and Bollywood-like orchestra sounds inflame the senses of the body with an intangible exotic twist! All music is remastered from original 45's produced by Sono Cairo.

About the Author

Dragoș Rusu

Co-founder and editor in chief of The Attic, as well as artistic director of Outernational Days festival in Bucharest, and allround music adventurer.

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