- Loscil :: Coast / Range / Arc (still excellent)
- bvdub :: I Remember (picked this up because of people talking about it, but I'm unimpressed)
- Bonobo :: Black Sands (beat driven, some interesting tracks)
- Biosphere :: n-plants (kinda growing on me ... slowly)
that loscil indeed be some good stuff, as are all his recordings. i'm a pretty big aficionado of brock van wey's (bvdub) stuff, and found 'i remember' pretty much as enjoyable as earlier works (in fact, his new one on darla is currently en route). don't care for bonobo. liked the new biosphere as well, as it recalls the halcyon days of 'patashnik' though not quite as inspired.
np: terry riley's 'persian surgery dervishes' - full-on meditative/electronic/minimalist classic, as utterly compelling 30 years on as it would be if released today...resonates particularly well during the evening hours...spellbinding, hypnotic, dreamy, the descriptive adjectives are endless...
lately in rotation:
- kevin braheny 'lullaby for the hearts of space' - cassette dubbed on to CDR and one that kevin does in fact need to release on CD, as it's perhaps his best & least recognized work...two long, minimal, quasi-drones for serge modular, wind instrument and plaintive atmospherics.
- ryonkt 'small conversations' (experimedia) - expertly processed field recordings-cum-found soundscapes...microbial & macroscopic.
- patrick o'hearn 'transitions' - have gone through pat's new one three times and still fairly blasť about the whole thing. his records are always expertly recorded, played & executed, but he seems intent on resurrecting himself as a chamber-music performer/electronicist...this disc could have easily sat on either ECM or windham hill (no problem with either, certainly), but it's all somewhat inert; beautifully well done, yet i find the compositions patchy & strangely uninviting...successive plays? or right mood, perhaps?
- heretic 'yagyoi dreams' (belle antique) - picked this one up used & very rare indeed, on a recent trip to boston, and it's a very experimental & unique amalgam of electronics, asian winds, bells, gongs, guitars, etc. this japanese musician is aligned with the prog crowd, but this is quite far from rock, way too abstract, more of a bizarre melding of (edgier) kitaro with TD's 'zeit' or the more out-there heldon albums.
- thomas kessler group 'untitled' - very little known 'jazz' keyboardist, here firmly in jansen/karn/barbieri / late-period japan (the band) mode, mixing low-end funktronix with some more 'normalized' sax interludes and all manners of rubbery percussives and fourth-world-ish rhythmic patterns...obscure, and damn good (he has others, all of which i recently ordered quite inexpensively via amazon - check him out).