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    Hull of Light – Gilded Liminal Shrines

    Here we have Hull of Light, an “…international collective of cosmic cowboys and cowgirls with members from Megason, Suffering Hour, Zeresh (our beloved friends), Underground Spiritual Game & Sleepwalker [夢遊病者].”  The music was absolutely not what I was expecting, as a few of these come from a raw, powerful black metal background.  Not this EP.  This sounds like it would have fit with early 1980s post-punk.  There is an aggression, a lo-fi quality to it that screams to be noticed.  I thoroughly enjoyed having my ears blasted by this.

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    Marcos Valle & Leon Ware – Feels So Good

    Thanks to Marcos Valle doing a bit of cleanup in his home, Far Out Recordings proudly present a 7-inch single of a track Marcos and the late Leon Ware worked on in Los Angeles during the 1980s.  Here’s the back story, courtesy of Marcos’ Bandcamp site: “In 1979, together in an LA Studio, Valle and Ware recorded a demo which would remain unfinished for 44 years, as Valle recalls: “This demo tape Leon and I recorded… I found the tape on a shelf in my house, it must have been there for over forty years! I showed it to Daniel…

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    Hatis Noit – Aura

    Compared to the human voice, everything else is mimicry.  Hatis Noit is an Japanese artist working out of London whose experimental vocal works compare favorably to artists like Laurie Anderson and the ever-wonderful Anna Homler.  It’s a strangely soothing listen.

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    Tidiane Thiam – Africa Yontii

    From Tidiane Thiam‘s Bandcamp site: “Hailing from the sleepy fishing Senegalese fishing town of Podor, home of the great Baaba Maal, Thiam taught himself guitar by playing along to late-night radio broadcasts of Manding music. He soon developed his style, often reworking Pulaar folk themes into his compositions. On Africa Yontii, Thiam’s third album for Sahel Sounds, he teamed up with hip-hop beat maker Ndiaye Moctar from studio M.N. Records to provide accompaniment, integrating unexpected elements such as field recordings and electronic sounds”

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    Gunesh – Гунеш

    Gunesh were from Turkmenistan and had one of the greatest drummers and percussionists to ever beat the skins in Rishad Shafi, who passed on a few years ago.  This holds itself admirably compared to western fusion bands.  Worth your time!

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    Ambient Folklore – Bestiary

    The Bulgarian band Ambient Folklore have a new album out, and it surpasses any neofolk/dark-folk album I’ve heard over the past two years.  The sounds on this record are heavy and foreboding, made more so by very prominent hurdy-gurdy expertly played by Petar Delchev.  It sounds as if mid-period Death In June discovered Balkan music and incorporated local instruments into their sound, but with better recording production.  A gorgeous album.

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    Various Artists – Touch: Isolation

    Touch Records introduced many experimental and post-industrial music fans to some of the most crucial artists of the past 40 years or so.  This compilation originally came as 28 single tracks which were available via subscription only, but since that option was shut down, the label thankfully compiled these tracks into one album.