Woke up this morning in a post-NLCS game one daze; eased into the day accordingly... with some seasonally appropriate sounds for an overcast October Sunday morning.
Koen Holtkamp “Motion” Thrill Jockey, 2014 // Beautiful and shimmering soundscapes from digital/analog sources that echo Popol Vol and other German synth pioneers. Recommended.
Jon Hassell / Brian Eno “Fourth World Vol. 1 - Possible Musics” Glitterbeat (Germany), 2014 / 1980 // Haunting sounds from a distant galaxy; visions of another planet and the musical language of its inhabitants. Maybe its the way the reverberating horn conjures an empty and alien space, but this is just a lonely thing, all around. I've been drawn to this record since first hearing it, but it's also always been an uneasy journey.
Terry Riley / Don Cherry / Karl Berger “Köln – February 23, 1975” modern silence (Germany), 2016 // While this session went down on a late-February evening in Germany, this record is undeniably October. Riley's sad, psychedelic grooves form a perfect fog for Cherry's mournful trumpet, which sounds like its calling out for help in the haze. A contemplative record for contemplative times.
“Night Flights – Night Flights Vol. 1” Agitated Records, 2015 // Side A is pure ambience a la Windy & Carl or Stars of the Lid... an IV drip of liquid bliss. Side B takes a groovier turn, picking up some Schultze and Cluster vibes before crossing into the darker 80s synth underworld. Unsettling. Not the spiritual lift I can end this on.
Ariel Kalma ”An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979)” Rvng Intl., 2014 // This excellent collection of unreleased work shows off the breadth of Kalma's sonic exploration, but the one thing that unites much of the material here is its interest in music as inducing trance. A winner.