Delicate Steve - "Butterfly"
Electro-congnoscentes Ghostly International continue to showcase groundbreaking work in the realms experimental music from around the world. Seven years ago they initiated a perception-challenging compilation, SMM, meant to herald the significant blurring of boundaries between classical minimalism, electronic and drone compositions, film soundtracks "and fragile imaginary landscapes."
SMM: Context continues in that vein and simultaneously acts as Ghostly's inaugeral collection in a new series of yearly compilations.
Here's a track (on Context) from Christina Vantzou (part of The Dead Texan with Kranky), an artist who reflects the compilations themes of multifaceted exploration (as she also works in illustration, audiovisual installations and graphic design.
Christina Vantzou - "11 Generations of My Fathers"
While I have you - here's two tracks from an up-and-coming South London duo who will provide a fix for diggers of sublime shoegaze and woozy dream pop lullabies -
Echo Lake's main components, Linda Jarvis and Thom Hill are fresh out of art school and rounding out as a full band. The band has an EP out on No Pain In Pop that's likely to conjure plenty of Isn't Anything-era My Bloody Valentine - coarse but coaxing, spectral but somewhat sweet...
Echo Lake - "In Dreams"
And then... there's this creature... recently having reared its head(s) at Small's in Hamtramck... stay tuned.