Monthly Recommendations: September 2020

Ghost Rhythms – Imaginary Mountains

The French jazz fusion collective Ghost Rhythms began to release their new album, Imaginary Mountains, back in April, drop by drop, and with each new song added to the release page a new adventure awaited. Now, the album was [nearly] completed on September the fourth with “Horizontal Ascension”, a ten-minute epic concept progressive jazz masterpiece. So, there are admittedly some transitions and interludes to work out before the final release date of the opus, but it’s finalized enough to consume and enjoy and marvel and fall into and discuss and become amazed.

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September in 230 Albums

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Tuesday, 1 September

The Abyss inside Us – Aerialist

Athens, Greece

Atrium – Shapeless

progressive metal
Provo, Utah

정은혜의 과 조민기Abyss

free improvisation
Seoul, South Korea

Gerrit Hatcher, Rob Magill, and Patrick Shiroishi – Triplet Fawns

free improvisation
Los Angeles, California

Mostro – We All Know a Ghost or Two

avant-garde black metal
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Clown Core, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Convulsif, Bathe, Layma Azur, Corps fleur, Shrouded Serenity, Autocatalytica, and Zerpents

Clown Core – Van

I never gave Clown Core the full credit they deserve. When they released their hit single “Toilet”, I thought it was alright, but didn’t hear from them since. However, when they released a new single—”Van”—they also released two full EPs on Bandcamp. That’s when I realized that “Toilet” was more than a single, and how dumb I was. So, as a way to catch up for my mistake, I’m recommending Van to you all. Clown Core actually has an utterly entrancing rhythm section, backed up by “horrorcore” style synthesizers and a saxophone that’s always on point, … Read more

Weekly Release Dump

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Friday, 18 September

Ancst – Summits of Despondency

blackened hardcore
Berlin, Germany

Art the Band – Art the Band

jazz fusion, progressive rock
Toronto, Ontario

Bangladeafy – Housefly

New York, New York
Nefarious Industries

Chaosbay – Asylum

progressive metal
Berlin, Germany

Cooper-Moore & Stephen Gauci – Conversations, Volume 1

free improvisation
Brooklyn, New York

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The Sound that Ends Creation, R’luhh, Alpha du Centaure, Bave, Ghost Rhythms, and Camila Nebbia

The Sound that Ends Creation – Memes, Dreams, and Flying Machines

Texas’s Sound that Ends Creation is a one-man mathgrind operation with a bit (quite a bit) of zaniness thrown in. Think Diablo Swing, Zappa, Unexpect, and music dreamed on krokodil. Their previous album came out late last year, so this one comes less than a year after, but is an improvement on an already-successful formula. Just listen to “Slurp’n Up That Ice Cream Baby”—or any of the other singles really—to have a good idea of what to expect from it when it drops!

R’luhh – Li

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