Penultimate Press have just released two new archival Henning Christiansen albums. Both are soundtracks to films created by his partner Ursula Reuter Christiansen. The first is a soundtrack for The Executioner, Ursula's first film released in 1971. The second is a soundtrack for her second film Den Røde Skov (english translation: The Red Forest), released in 1986. You can listen to samples from both albums above. You can find more information about the albums and purchase them on their respective pages on the Penultimate Press website here and here.
James Rushford and crys cole teamed up last year as Ora Clementi and released Cover You Will Softer Me. Back in August, the two went on a mini tour back and one of its stops was at Issue Project Room in New York. Penultimate Press have just released a live recording of the show for digital download on their bandcamp page here.
In other news, crys cole will be performing at the Tone Deaf festival in Kingston, Ontario on November 7th. More details on the festival can be seen here. She will also be performing in Tokyo at Super Deluxe on November 10th. That show will also feature a performance from a trio involving Jim O'Rourke, Oren Ambarchi, and U-Zhaan. More info can be found here. cole released her first solo album, Sand/Layna, this past summer on Black Truffle Records.
Mark Harwood aka Astor is releasing his third album entitled Lima in Nida on Penultimate Press in November. The press release for the album is as follows:
Mark Harwood's third album under his Astor moniker slips away from the obtuse atmospheres and concrete field recordings of Alcor and Inland (released on Graham Lambkin's Kye label in 2012 and 2013 respectively). Lina in Nida sits more in a melodic electronic framework covering a wide range of sonic and emotional states.
"The East" initiates proceedings as a proposed anthem for Britain during a potential invasion by ISIS. Things soon move into the uncomfortably claustrophobic "The Landowners," where an oblique narrative by Estonian artist Kris Lemsalu spirals into a blurred fantasy of musical roads, nocturnal wanderings, and entrapment under floorboards. The B-side relocates itself further out as "They Cling to Each Other" hovers over uncharted ketamine lows while "The Sleepwalkers" lurches around a spider-like environment. "Amusement" tackles a cosmic music, but one that hurtles itself far beyond the outer regions of the cosmos, while "5:00am" contains within the greatest sound known to mankind. As a further shift from reason, Lina in Nida is a thrilling expose of intense atmospheres, emotional states, and ecstatic physics.
Recorded in a bedroom in Clapton, East London, throughout 2014 and '15.
Mastered by Rashad Becker in August 2015. Matte sleeve with artwork by Mark Harwood and design by Maja Larsson.
Lima in Nida will be limited to 400 copies. The tracklist for the album is below and album cut "Amusement" can be heard above. You can pre-order Lima in Nida by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more information on the album here.
Lima in Nida Tracklist:
A1. The East
A2. The Landowners
B1. They Cling to Each Other
B2. The Sleepwalkers
Étant Donnés were an experimental French duo made up of brothers Eric and Marc Hurtado. In 2008, Vinyl-on-demand released a 6 LP box set comprising their early tapes from the late 70s to early 80s. Musique concrète practices were present even then and continued to develop throughout the 80s. This culminated in a trilogy of records—Aurore, Royaume, and Bleu—that Étant Donnés released in the early 90s. They were more nuanced and incorporated field recordings and whispering more purposefully than anything they had created before. The result feels very much like the musical embodiment of a fever dream.
Aurore, the first album in the trilogy, is out now. You can hear the first two tracks from the album above. Royaume, the second album in the trilogy, will come packaged with the tracks that ended up on Étant Donnés' split with D.F. Sadist School in 1992. Aurore is limited to 500 copies and comes with a fully-printed high-gloss inner sleeve. Rashad Becker handled the remastering. You can find more information on the album and purchase it over here.