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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.

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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.

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