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    Seirios Savvaidis – Moly (μώλυ)

    Seirios Savvaidis is a Greek singer and songwriter who brings a raw, ancient sound to his brand of folk music.  One can hear not only his acoustic guitar, but also bagpipes, bouzouki, percussions, electric guitar, accordion, synths, and polyphonic ensembles.  The music is dense, rich, and harkens back to a hazy, mystical era in Greek history. A really impressive album.  This will appeal to fans of the Japanese band Ghost, Krautrock like Popol Vuh and perhaps to those who like Current 93 as well.

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    Jeff Gburek – Three New Albums

    We have the tremendous pleasure of announcing three new albums by composer Jeff Gburek. The first album is in collaboration with his partner Karolina Ossowska, who plays violin, ocarina and kalimba on this release.  Gburek performs on zither, mandolin, miniature bandura and something called a blue-sky instrument, something new to me.  The music is quiet, thoughtful, and meditative.  It was a relaxing experience hearing Jeff’s and Karolina’s interplay. The next release deals with shortwave radio sounds.  This is in keeping with the best of experimental music, where one lets the noises speak for themselves.  Jeff states: Flux and Permittivity is…

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    Coagulant – The Typhonian Experiments

    Coagulant hail from Uruguay, a country not known for a deep experimental music scene.  This release, however, should attract attention to those who enjoyed those ritualistic post-Industrial music cassettes of the 1980s.  There’s a heavy B-movie soundtrack vibe to this release mixed with electroacoustic music. Quite enjoyable.

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    Lagas Turmales – §︴

    Lagas Turmales is a producer out of Monterrey, Mexico who produce a quiet, droning, monochrome ambient music.  It’s lack of dynamics is precisely how ambient music should sound to me, if we’re talking about a purist definition of the genre.  This is warm, rippling ambient music worth relaxing to.  One could say it would fit in well as part of a Tarkovsky soundtrack. This is a project I’d like to know more about.  Transitory Tapes is responsible for releasing this intriguing album.

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    Hiiro Issiki – 1000 Plateaux

    1000 Plateaux is the debut record by Hiiro Issiki, a Japanese composer.  I don’t find too much information on Issiki’s background, but this record is a musical chimera, sprouting patterns and shapes at will, yet maintaining cohesion, and in many parts, beauty.  What a stunning piece of work this is! Respect goes to Bedouin Records out of Bangkok, Thailand, for releasing this album.  It’s motivation to explore their catalogue further.  

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    Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

    While I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day too seriously (traveling and lack of a suitable mate at this time will do that), and adding that Eastern Orthodox don’t celebrate the venerable Saint’s day until July 30, I do want to wish my friends and the kind readers who show up here a lovely day with your partner. A bit of Roberta Flack singing Ewan MacColl’s masterpiece, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, should set the mood for the day nicely. Tell me these words wouldn’t make your lover swoon: The first time ever I saw your face I thought…

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    Emel – The Tunis Diaries

    NPR does a great disservice comparing Tunisian singer Emel’s voice to Björk.  There’s absolutely no comparison, and I say this as someone who likes Björk’s work a lot.  Emel is simply a better singer. Her album, The Tunis Diaries, is something closer to the Portuguese band Madredeus, whose singer, Teresa Salgueiro, Emel bares some vocal resemblance to. The production is sparse, and it works perfectly for this album.  She also does a great rendition of David Bowie’s, The Man Who Sold The World, which you can hear below.  Remarkable.