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Fade To Grey (A Strangely Isolated Place)

… on the isolation of individuals using (and often abusing) technology as a means of escapism…

Dennis Huddleston explores the outer reaches of our reality, “where social media has become a weak substitute for human interaction.

ASC

Trans-Neptunian Objects 2 (Auxiliary)

… on dwarf planets and asteroids that lay in Kuiper Belt

Featuring another seven astral excursions into deep space and beyond and spanning just short of 70 minutes, Trans-Neptunian Objects 2 is the final journey in the series

Thom Yorke

Suspiria (XL)

“… a weird form of darkness […] exploring the darker side of what could be loosely described as music, or, experiment, or sound […]”

Thom Yorke’s very first film score, with all original music, composed for the same-titled film by Luca Guadagnino

Taylor Deupree

Fallen (Spekk)

“Half-broken tape machines and plenty of ghostly echoes helped hide the honesty of the piano as I hid myself, and my music, away under the cover of abstraction.”

I often speak of music used for meditation. This is an album to be tucked away for such a time… a timeless masterpiece.

Richard Devine

Sort\Lave (TimeSig)

“I wanted the record to sound very different to my previous works which had been more cold, digital, clinical even and had all been made using computers.”

No matter how deformed these atonal sounds are the cadence of the piece holds up its monumental structure… this allows for a formation to stand strong while free abstraction sways through open trails…

Ólafur Arnalds

re:member (Mercury KX)

“For me, [re:member] means the opposite of dismemberment – to become yourself again, to become a member of yourself…”

[…] incorporating transcending rhythms into a cinematic piece of music, which lifts it from the slowly crowding stage of comfort zones, onto a plinth, where Arnalds is uniquely on his own.

Chilly Gonzales

Solo Piano III (Gentle Threat)

“The musical purity of Solo Piano III is not an antidote for our times, it is a reflection of all the beauty and ugliness around us.”

Chilly returns with his third, and hopefully not a final album, of whimsical and clever tunes.

Murcof

Lost In Time (Glacial Movements)

Lost in Time plunges us into perpetual renewal, each ending leading to a new beginning.

A soundtrack to Patrick Bernatchez‘s same-titled film; “a sound project that is part of the explorations around Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” initiated in Berlin in 2010.

Helios

Veriditas (Ghostly)

Viriditas is a word meaning vitality, fecundity, lushness, verdure, or growth. It is particularly associated with abbess Hildegard von Bingen, who used it to refer to or symbolize spiritual and physical health…

After a decade of albums on his very own Unseen label, this Boston-based modern classical and film composer gets a backing from a well-respected Ghostly International imprint.

Ital Tek

Bodied (Planet Mu)

“the music focuses on the interplay between the minuscule and the vast, beauty and brutalism…”

A powerful entry in the Planet Mu‘s catalogue, and an outstanding follow-up to Alan Myson’s 2016 release, Hallowed.

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Fordlandia (4AD)

Fordlandia brings together the soaring grandeur of its predecessor […] moving between heady, melting cadences and crystalline motifs with gorgeous, dreamlike logic.

This coverage of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s sixth studio album is a continuation of my personal revisit through the albums that have changed my life, as yet another entry in my occasional RECITAL series.