Poland-based label Mecanica has announced a new compilation entitled Nihon No Wave. It features 19 tracks of Japanese new wave and post-punk culled from a variety of rare records. The 2xLP can be purchased on the label's website here. A digital version of the album can be purchased on the label's Bandcamp page here. You can stream a track from the compilation above. The tracklist for Nihon No Wave is below. As a note, C. Memi's Heavenly Place was reissued this year by Bitter Lake Recordings.
Adam Asnan has launched a new project entitled AA-REC. The website currently features more than a dozen recordings of live performances that have taken place throughout the past couple years. The project is "dedicated to recording performances of Electroacoustic, Improvised and New musics of particular merit" and is "motivated by the belief that a recording is not simply the representation of an occurrence, but is an artefact of context and quality, with it's own value."
Recordings include performances from Bryan Eubanks, Joseph Foster, and Michael Thieke; Chris Abrahams and Phil Durrant; and Mario De Vega and Daichi Yoshikawa. Each recording is available for download in both lossy and lossless formats. Recordings are to be added to the site periodically, including those featuring "special collaborations."
Room40 has announced two new albums to be released in September. The first comes from Olivia Block and is entitled 132 Ranks. The piece was composed for the Skinner rgan at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. The piece was performed in April of last year and featured six speakers placed throughout the chapel that played sounds that were meant to interact with the performance space. You can listen to an excerpt of the recording above. Pre-orders can be made on the Bandcamp page here. The album is out September 7th.
The second new release that Room40 has announced comes from M. Geddes Gengras. The two-disc album is called Light Pipe and features ten pieces that interact with the various interior and exterior spaces in which they were performed. You can listen to the third track from the album, "Nave", above. Pre-orders can be made on the Bandcamp page here.
Glistening Example has released a new batch of records. The first comes from Hardworking Families and is entitled Emergency Window. The album contains five tracks which feature field recordings taken in numerous locations including Krakow, London, and Berlin. Its first track is a realization of a score by James Saunders. You can download and purchase the album here.
The second new album to come out from Glistening Examples is from Matthew Azevedo under his Retribution Body name. The album is called Self Destruction and is comprised of expansive, long-form drone pieces. You can download and purchase the album here.
The final album to be released from Glistening Examples is a reissue of a limited 2017 tour cassette from Jason Lescalleet. The album is entitled Almost Is Almost Good Enough. This reissue features a bonus track that was taken from a live recording in June 2017. You can download and purchase the album here.
Unfathomless has released two new albums today. The first is a solo Jeph Jerman album entitled Imbrication. It contains a single track that features recordings that Jerman made in the Verde River Valley in central Arizona. You can stream the album above or via the Bandcamp page here. You can also purchase a limited edition CD on the same page, which features four double-sided art cards and liner notes. Only 50 copies are available.
The second new album is a collaboration between Mathieu Ruhlmann and Joda Clément. The album is said to be a "distillation of our field recording and life adventures" and features recordings taken in and around East Vancouver. The two focused on large transportation hubs in order to observe the relationship between man-made sound events and their consequent 'stillness' when not in use. You can stream the album above or via the Bandcamp page here. CDs are also available for purchase on the same page and feature an art card.
Tea Rockers is a group of musicians who perform improvised music based on the tea they drink. In the description for their new album Fictions, member Yan Jun notes that "the two main relationships between humans and the world are eating and economic consumption. In between the tea that already exists and music that has not yet sounded, we are looking forward to see other relationships by listening intently."
Fictions was recorded in 2015 at Men Studio in Chongqing. You can listen to songs from the album above or via Yan Jun's Bandcamp page here. You can purchase the CD on the same page. The CD comes with a booklet containing calligraphy.
Billy Gomberg has a new tape out now on Dinzu Artefacts. The album is entitled Beginners and features five tracks. The tape is limited to 100 copies and will be available on Bandcamp after the tapes are gone. The J-card features photographs from Gomberg himself. You can listen to an excerpt from the album above. Beginners is part of the label's new May batch which also includes albums from Riccardo Bandi and Num. You can purchase the entire batch at a discounted price here.
Rhizome.s has released two new albums. The first is entitled affinités sélectives volume 1 and features five tracks that span 68 minutes. The first four tracks—"Back Feeder I" through "IV"—is performed by Gaudenz Badrutt, Ilia Belorukov, and Alexander Markvart. The fifth track is entitled "Gezeugt" and is performed by Quentin Conrate, Matthieu Lebrun, Laure-Anne Pudbut, and Fréderic Tentelier. You can find more information about the album here.
The second new release from Rhizome.s comes from Morgan Evans-Weiler and is entitled iterations & environments. The album features two compositions, the second of which finds Evans-Weiler accompanied by Emilio Carlos Gonzalez. You can find more information about the album here. Both albums are available for streaming above and on their respective Bandcamp pages.
Lionel Marchetti and Aki Onda have released a new 40-minute piece entitled "Le Dieu Nu". The two performed the track in 2010 during a residency-tour in the Netherlands that was curated by Frans de Waard. The piece also features vocal contributions from Perre Mottron and Yôko Higashi. You can stream the entire composition above or via Marchetti's Bandcamp page here. You can purchase a digital copy of the track on the same page.
Cuspeditions has released the newest album from Miki Yui. It's entitled Mills and features seven tracks spanning a total of 37 minutes. The album features Yui working with "field recordings, synthesizer, solar oscillator, and sampler." The press release describes Mills as saying, "Miki Yui’s harnessing of solar energy, both materially and symbolically, feels like a joyous salute to the sun in all its manifestations."