New Music – July 2018

Arp – Zebra

I randomly stumbled across the track Fluorescences which lead me to Arp’s long player Zebra. I normally have a very low tolerance for anything remotely new age music revivalist, but this really got under my skin.

Kuniyuki Takahashi – Early Tape Works 1986 – 1993 Vol 2.

In a similar vein, and perhaps preparing the ground for Arp, I’ve been enjoying Kuniyuki Takahashi’s Early Tape Works 1986 – 1993 Vol 2 on Music From Memory recently. Taken straight from an era that Arp’s Zebra subtly references, Early Tape Works seems to transcend a lot of the tropes of its time, possibly due to Takahashi’s clearly thoughtful production.

Skee Mask – Compro

It took me a while to connect the two aliases of Skee Mask’s Bryan Müller aka SCNTST. But listening back it makes perfect sense. For someone so early in their career Müller demonstrates a deep understanding and love of the music he references. Compro is a masterclass in 90’s electronics with a contemporary bent.

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