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Hikkikomori - …and these were the war cries of our enemies

Release Date: November 17


For their first release on the label, UK-based duo Hikkikomori are bringing something interesting to Bent Window Records - jazz. Seasoned drummer Valentine Smith brings an energetic type of jazz influence to meld exceptionally well with the harsh but varied noise provided by Tom Wilson. The result is ultimately fascinating and jarring and shifting warping noise meets with odd rhythmic structures to create perplexing compositions that will send you into minor brain seizures. Even more notable is how well the duo seems to coordinate their efforts, allowing room for one element to take over seamlessly from the other with surprising regard for meter and timing not often seen in the world of noise. Currently available on digital with cassette available beginning on the 17th.



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Charlie Butler - Darmok

Release Date: November 19


Sitting somewhere in between ambient, drone, and doom, Charlie Butler brings his first release to UK-based tape label Dub Cthonic later this month. There is an odd quality to this album as it seems to cleverly toe the line between heavy and light. For example, on "When," the repeating pads seem almost celestial as they are accompanied by a crushing distortion that slowly rises throughout the duration and an ever-present consistent thumping of something like a kick drum keeping a kind of uncanny energy in the track. This melding of harsh distortions juxtaposed with soaring and often beautiful pads is a theme persistent throughout the album, one that seems to invoke a feeling of wonder tapered with the harshness of reality. Pre-order is currently not available but you can purchase using the link below on release day.


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Albinotron - Glitchwave vol. 1

Release Date: November 19


With some albums, the title tells you exactly what to expect but the actual content still blows you away. This is one of those albums. Vaguely borrowing from vaporwave and synthwave influences and infusing those into solidly glitchy rhythmic textures, Glitchwave vol. 1 excels in its variance in energy. We get slower and more relaxed tracks like "Sleeping Underwater" with its airy pads and subdued synth glitches only to later face the schizophrenic energy of "Ghost Note Bounce" that has something like more breakbeat-type energy to it with rapid-fire glitches and underlying upbeat rhythms. What's more, these rhythms seem to just shockingly insert themselves directly into the forefront with little to no warning before you're feeling the full energy of them. Currently available for pre-order with two tracks available for listening now and a full twelve upon release.



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Thought Bubble - Primal Connection

Release Date: November 19


An album defined by unexpected juxtaposition, Primal Connection is a difficult album to categorize. There seem to be all sorts of strange elements all floating together in a large soup of sounds that range from more conventional rhythms to weird synth noise and even some ambient textures. In order to really explain where things go, two different tracks come to mind - "Satur9" and "The Hellstone." In the former, we have a solid rhythm that plays fairly consistently along with a repeating synth riff that entrances the listener, giving focus to the minor madness that surrounds these two elements as other synths and noises play in seemingly random patterns. Whereas in the latter, strange ambient textures prevail as percussionist Nick Raybould gives keyboardist Chris Cordwell almost infinite room to play around in his world. No pre-order is currently available but you can use the link below to purchase on cassette and digital on release day.


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Synda Sova - Breaking Ice

Release Date: November 19


Filled with broken and seemingly incomplete field recordings with often haunting pieces of vocals intersperse, Breaking Ice seems to enjoy toying with the theme of missing pieces. The tracks (at least those available for preview) are incredibly sparse in their compositions and seem to only represent the smallest pieces that Synda Sova wants to expose the listener to. This is even more apparent in the synthetic instrumentation, which only seems to add the slightest bit as the field recordings and vocals seem to define the scant soundscapes. Sounds of rushing water, the clicks and clatters of opening latches or setting things down on a table, footsteps on a creaky wooden floor... the sounds of seeming self-imposed isolation that permeates. It's difficult to say what the listener is supposed to feel. Personally, I could feel the chill of every fractured sound, and I must say I liked it. Currently available for pre-order with two tracks available for listening now.



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XIMES - POLYHEX 3: Modal Mountains

Release Date: November 19


This upcoming album appears to be the final entry in the POLYHEX series of releases - a series dedicated to genre-bending mashups of folk, improvisation, and world music all done in the format of long-form drones. . Of the two tracks, I found the first one, "Wode Wyvern," to be my favorite as it combines so many different elements together in a seamless way. Rhythms and sounds resembling nearly lost cultures of old, only preserved through diligent observation and tradition, abound in its runtime. Long droning sounds and tribal rhythms invite the listener into a trance-like state as indiscernible chants build up towards the end, creating a positively spiritual experience that would feel incredibly well-suited to a mescaline-infused evening. No pre-order is currently available but you can purchase the full album on digital and cassette on release day.


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