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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.

En­sem­ble neoN neoN

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.

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