Laurence Crane & Asamisimasa Sound Of Horse
HUBRO. CD/DL/LP The sound of Northern Europe in winter, Norwegian ensemble Asamisimasa breathe frosty life into the elemental compositions of English composer Crane; melodic drones of spare, hibernal beauty alongside surreal text pieces of softly-sung melancholy; the words lifted from a February 7, 1997 edition of The Guardian.
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AURORA. CD/DL Following a 2013 collaboration with Susanna Wallumrød, for their debut album proper this 12-piece Oslo ensemble perform slow hazy, pieces by Alvin Lucier and Oren Ambarchi & James Rushford, alongside three new compositions by group members, which clatter, gabble, dance, sing and soar with a surreal bewitchment.
Lawrence English Cruel Optimism
ROOM40. CD/DL/LP A threnody “against the immediate threat of abhorrent possible futures”, the Australian composer, plus avant-jazz-noise stars Mats Gustafsson, Mary Rapp, Tony Buck and Chris Abrahams transform the heavenly melodic decay of the Australian Voices national choir into a vast swirling dystopia of euphoric white noise.
Line Gøttsche Omonia
VELVET MODE. DL/LP With repeated listens, this 28-minute waltz for piano, bare vocals and occasional chamber accompaniment from Copenhagen violinist and singer Line Gøttsche Dyrholm – late of duo Belle Ville – becomes gradually more peculiar. On this solo debut, Björkian pop elements fall away to reveal looking-glass narratives of solitary heartache, and melodies of oblique beguiling sorcery.