Claire Rousay, Elliott Sharp, Álvaro Domene, and Mike Caratti, Maria Faust, Tim Dahl, and Weasel Walter, Miller-Adams-Scully Trio, John Zorn, and Alfred Vogel & Sylvie Courvoisier

Claire Rousay – Several Erasures (Already Dead Tapes)

Percussions is my weak spot. There’s something about it that fascinates, entrances me. I guess this goes with me being much more into rhythm than melody. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that I really adore percussionist Claire Rousay‘s works, which I started following with Neuter. On Several Erasures, Claire demonstrates a finer control than ever on the instruments and objects at her disposal, and creates an aural world unique and captivating. It’s a beautiful album!

Elliott Sharp, Álvaro Domene, and Mike Caratti – Expressed by the Circumference (Iluso)

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Weekly Release Dump

Saturday, 13 April

From the Petrified Forest – Marzipan [EP] (progressive rock)

Portland, Oregon

Hybrid Nightmares – Obelisk [EP] (progressive black metal)


Magam – Another (avant-garde jazz)

Thessaloniki, Greece
On Thirsty Leaves Music

Reto Suhner & Fabian M. Mueller – Am Grund (modern jazz)

Zürich, Switzerland
On Anuk

Sam Andreae, David Birchall, Toshimaru Nakamura, and Otto Willberg – Live at Ftarri (free jazz)

Manchester, UK
On Raw Tonk

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RAIC, Slow Evolution Ensemble, Five Agents, Black Flower, Untu, and Scatter the Atoms That Remain

Richmond Avant-Improv Collective – Lamentations (Arichnidiscs)

It seems not so long ago that I reviewed an album by the Richmond-based collective, yet here we are again so soon! Lamentations will be released at the end of April and consists of the same avant-garde free improvisation that made RAIC what it is. On this record, however, the here-nonet band conjures images and sounds from the South of the United States. As always, the result is an outstanding free jazz effort with a punk attitude. It’s an eerie and at times unsettling adventure, and that’s why it’s so great!

Casper Nyvang

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Weekly Release Dump

Saturday, 6 April

Cognitive Dissonance – Demo [EP] (progressive black metal)


Crater – Suffer Existence [EP] (progressive death metal)

Davenport, Iowa

Drumming Cellist – Abraxas (contemporary classical)

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Shamin – Fine Gnaw (experimental jazz, progressive rock)

Brisbane, Australia

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Sunday, 7

ადილეი (Adilei) – ადილეი (Adilei) [EP] (folk, polyphony, choir)

Tbilisi, Georgia

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Poil, Ikarus, The Mercury Tree, Kooba Tercu, Amogh Symphony, and Samo Šalamon

Poil – Sus (Dur et doux)

Sus is far from Poil‘s first gross indecency. However, I must say that I think it’s their best so far. The French trio has carved a name for itself by playing eccentric, off-kilter, psychedelic, and complex prog, and it’s evident as to why when you take a slight listen to their upcoming effort. Eclectic and surprising, Sus is a stellar record that belongs in any avant-prog shelf. Out on April 26.

Ikarus – Mosaismic (Iapetus)

The incredible German modern jazz group Ikarus is about to deliver a new opus with Mosaismic. The … Read more