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Anne-James Chaton & Andy Moor: Transfer (CD, Unsounds, May 2013)

I find Anne-James Chaton strangely wonderful. He has appeared here reading out the serial numbers from receipts found in Carsten Nicolai’s wallet on Alva Noto’s unitxt, and reading news reports of important events of 2009 along with other texts (like the terms and conditions on train tickets) associated with those dates on his solo Événements 09, both […]

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Anne-James Chaton: Événements 09 (CD, Raster Noton, March 2011)

I first encountered the French avant-garde “sound poet” Anne-James Chaton on Alva Noto’s unitxt: he features in the phenomenal opening track, apparently reading out all the serial numbers he can find in Carsten Nicolai’s wallet. This CD is essentially the logical continuation of that idea. The only (I think) sound here is Chaton’s voice, this […]

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Alva Noto: Unieqav (2LP, Noton, March 2018)

Ah, lovely Alva Noto. This record is a follow-up to 2008’s Unitxt and 2011’s Univrs and very much a continuation of those works, although with elements of the Xerrox sequence in there too — it’s considerably less surprising than Glass, his latest collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto. There are those skittering glitchy clicky beats that I just love, there are those […]

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My albums and (new feature!) track of 2013 (an out of band post)

Time for another annual round-up. In addition to picking my top albums, which has been giving my fun and headaches for four years now, I’ve added a top track selection, which is basically me cheating to get myself out of a tricky position. In alphabetical order, my Albums Of 2013 are: French avant-garde poetry and […]

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My Albums Of 2011 (an out of band post)

While prepping my Albums Of 2012, I realized that I’d completely failed to do 2011. So let’s backfill. In alphabetical order: Balam Acab’s bizarre squeaky-voiced psychedelia Wander/Wonder.  Byetone’s unashamedly catchy clicks’n’bass monster Symeta. Jóhann Jóhannsson’s gorgeous, nostalgic, and uplifting The Miners’ Hymns. John Tejada’s sublime shuffling techno classic Parabolas. Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer’s endlessly enthralling […]