Forests 森林 – Idol Collapse (vinyl, cassette, Lonely God)
“Left Hand Path presents the second full-length LP, IDOL COLLAPSE, from Forests 森林. Written by Jon Du, Kuo-Hung Tseng, and Zun Long in Taipei, Taiwan. Eight songs in 36 minutes that unfurl like a flower and expand like a mushroom cloud, designed for utter osmosis and total absorption. The helix twists; the loop is closed. The cycle begins anew”
For fan of old school industrial (metal percussions, electronics, guitar, bass, voice) with a tiny SPK and Last Dominion Lost influence, especially on the great track Non-marginal. I release not to be missed !
“Left Hand Path 推出「Forests 森林」第二張黑膠專輯「IDOL COLLAPSE」，收錄Jon Du、國宏及尊龍共同創作，總長 36 分鐘的八首曲目。想像凝視著一朵正在綻放的花，在你回神意識到時已開展成鋪天蓋地的蘑菇雲，這是張有意識地滲透聽者每一絲神經的專輯，既是捻捆的雙螺旋、閉鎖的迴圈，又在每次輪迴產出新聲。”
Pupa – Lies (cassette & digital, Ujikaji Records)
“PUPA is a cooperative of two: Jun and Zeek, names to place in action bubbles in a hypnagogic, homoerotic episode of Batman (and his Boy Wonder) starring Adam West; boys with their toys electronic, ringing the body electric.
The music on Lies has a fuzzy temporality, conjuring an electronica that could have come from 1998 as it could 2018. But if ’90s electronica – growing alongside the early days of the internet – was a dream of the future rife with utopian possibilities, the music in Lies seems instead to commemorate a laundry list of unrealised dreams. In sound and mood, Pupa are fellow travellers with artists like Boards of Canada, The Caretaker and William Basinski. Lies moves at a ponderous pace, as if surveying the wreckage of time caused by everything that has prevented the promised technological utopia. Tape loops underscore the passing of time as uncluttered elements build with the subtlest of shifts. Tape loops re-released on tape, the Basinsking of the Titanic, repeat a lie enough times and it becomes…”
Xiang – Gateway 出入口 (digital, self-released & Prajnasonic/Atmos)
Chinese composer Xiang presents five minimalistic compositions made of vocal samples, field recordings taken in various locations in France and China, and analogue synthesizer (performed by John Richards and Max Wainwright). The result is a very beautiful cinematic composition that flirts with dark ambient (without the usual clichés), noise drones and industrial music (without current the distorted techno beats trend).
Teenage Granny – Glossolalia (The Harsh Sounds of the Internet) (cassette & digital, Gerpfast Record)
Filipino electronic artist Teenage Granny got a physical release of her Glossolalia album previously published on her Bandcamp page,
“Glossolalia (The Harsh Sounds of the Internet) is a collection of raw sounds of random Internet data (html files, photos, text, etc). These contents have been converted, translated, and databended into audio using a variety of programs. The result is harsh and defining of our online culture and consumption. The piece shows, however, that with noise coexists sound, in which we may form our own meanings, which in turn form the rhythm of our lives. We struggle to hear through this raucous nebula but through critical subtraction and selection, our plights and intentions will be heard, whether we are speaking for ourselves, or for those without a voice. ”
Das torpedoes / Torturing nurse – Split (lathe cut & digital, foreign lands)
US project Das torpedoes, relocated in Shanghai if I understood well presents a drony, ambient, industrial piece, while Torturing Nurse presents his usual powerful harsh noise.
若潭 ruò tán – Live at L’homme Sauvage (CDr, WV Sorcerer Productions)
Chinese project 若潭 ruò tán recorded live at L’homme Sauvage Festival in France in September 2018, one long take (45 minutes) of ritual industrial, noise and dark ambient music.
Pisitakun – SOSLEEP (cassette & digital, Chinabot)
“Created shortly after the death of his father to cancer, Thai artist Pisitakun has combined traditional mourning instruments with harsh noise and techno beats, wrapping them around intimate recordings of the hospital machinery keeping his father alive during his final days.
The result is SOSLEEP, a meditation on the raw, messy chaos of grief. Opening with the sound of a Buddhist monk’s funeral chants, the record’s BMP is led by real recordings of his father heartbeat, turned into electronic blips by the hospital pulse gauge.”
Eartaker – Harmonics (vinyl & digital, Bedouin Records)
Japanese trio Eartaker (Goth Trad, Die Suck, Masayuki Imanishi) presents a mixture of dark industrial electronic and doom music. Few parts of the release remind me a bit of Ichiro Tsuji’s project : Dissecting Table blended with a voice closer to the one of Rully Shabara (Senyawa). Their music unique and fantastic mixture doesn’t come as a surprise, knowing that Goth Trad has collaborated with Boris and is part of the dub and drum n bass duo Rebel Familia
Lafidki – Derichan (cassette & digital, Chinabot)
“Saphy Vong was born to Cambodian parents in a Thai refugee camp. He has lived in cities across Europe and Asia, from Paris to Phnom Penh to Riga. These experiences have seeped into his music – a vivid, high energy collision of synths, samples and off-kilter polyrhythms”
“I wanted to give a voice to ethnic minorities, indigenous people, environmental activists who’ve been killed or jailed in Cambodia. I used samples from field recordings of Cambodian tribes, made in 2015 with the help of ethnomusicologist Julien Hairon.”
The interesting result is an electronic music album that navigates between ambient, electronica and traditional music samples.
v.a. – Pop Hits Bootleg Chiptune Compilation (1984-2008) (digital, Indochip)
An Indonesian chiptune compilation that include covers of popular hits such as Boys don’t cry (The Cure), Creep (Radiohead), Song 2 (Blur), etc. – Yes, Indonesia, apart of hosting one of the biggest grindcore, punk or noise scene in the whole Asia also hosts a very important chiptune scene, check it out ! Featuring : Astrojo, Chips4breakfast deat. Givana, Giffari Rifki, Gyld, Little Sound Orchestra, Lonely Tunes, Luglio, Patrick Electric, Remedmatika, Shakaboyd.
33EMYBW – Golem (digital, SVBKVLT)
Sinotronic ? 33EMYBW is a member of Chinese duo Duck Fight Goose, her electronic music incorporates a lot of Chinese music elements (but no world music stereotypes !), she is part of a new generation of Chinese composers who managed to blend modern and very dynamic, rhythmical electronic music and an original Chinese influx, such as Zaliva-D, among many others.
You can also watch a video clip made by Fang Yang on Youtube.
Safira Anjani & ɟɐɥɯı ɯnɹsʎıp – Illusion (digital, self-released)
Fahmi Mursyid is a very prolific artist from Indonesia who often collaborates with other musicians, this time pianist and singer Safira Anjani. The three tracks presented in this release bring the listener to an ambient, almost eerie universe, nevertheless delicate and beautiful. You can read more about Fahmi’s work in this article : Eerie, amazing sounds from tape loops, patches – like whales in space by Peter Kirn.
Necromishka – The space between us (CD, digital, self-released)
Necromishka is an Israeli duo that operates in the field of ambient, drone and (noisy) dark folk. Expect blurry atmospheres, distorted instruments and melancholic melodies.
Miteai Narico / Synthmolación – If there was a light, it was gone (digital, No Records)
Japanese artist Miteai Narico composes ambient and drone loops that remind me of Japanese musician Aube, Synthmolación, from Paraguay plays straight in the face noise music.