The Fringes - On the Radar - October 13


ZHOTHAQQUAH - Oubliette

Release date: October 18


One of two releases coming from Bent Window Record this month, Oubliette is subtly dark and twisted without being aggressive. Dark tones permeate the album alongside deep and buried percussion that thuds and clanks in unpredictable patterns. With all of these dark tones, ZHOTHAQQUAH also ties in elements of harsh noise that periodically overcomes a track in a crushing wall that morphs and shifts equally unpredictably. The track "Embracing Spell of Night" is a fantastic example of this latter stylistic turn as it begins with more subtle and dark tones, eventually becoming a mass of static driven noise that is reminiscent of a muted scream. It's may sound rough, but it's actually quite delightful. Currently available for pre-order on digital and cassette with two tracks available for listening now



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Front Ranges - Front Ranges

Released date: October 15


Another release from Bent Window Records this month, Front Ranges makes for a wildly different releases compared to what you may expect. This album is among the most idyllic collection of soundscapes one can find. Lush and airy pads abound here, accompanied by all manner of serenity inducing sounds including the soft tings of windchimes and the gentle crackles of analog tape. The opening track "Cataract" will absolutely transport you to the most wonderful of places, as if you instantly able to become one with the world around you in a flawless manner. What seems to be so impeccable about it is the warmth that abounds, rather than simply sounds cold and sterile like a blank spaces. Currently available for pre-order on digital and cassette with one track available for listening now.



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Eonlake - Sublimation Epoch

Release date: October 17


If there is a single word that can describe this upcoming release on Werra Foxma Records, it would be range because this is what eclectic electronic veteran Eonlake is showing off with this new album. It starts out with "Blood," a track that seems to trow together so many different elements together that it is almost disorienting while still managing to be cohesive. There is plenty of energy to spare all over the album while still remaining introspective enough that it does not become more of these same "dance" music that permeates the world of electronic music. But what really threw me as I listened to the preview was the eighth track "Truth." For this track, Eonlake takes all of that musical energy and slows it to a grinding halt so that you can take a wonderful and introspective moment with this evocative piano centered track. With all the variety of moods and techniques, prepare yourself for something of a rollercoaster effect. Currently available for pre-order on digital and compact disc with four tracks available for listening now.


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STARREKRYPT - Extrasolar

Release date: October 22


Imagine being near the outer reaches of our solar system. A place where only the cold shells of celestial bodies and former planets exist in a cold and dark vacuum devoid of life. Now imagine the soundtrack for such a dark and lonely place would be. This is the sound of STARREKRYPT's Extrasolar. Two long form tracks that catalog the background cosmic noise that exists in deep space, far away from where life as we understand it has carved out its precarious niche. The album is cold, desolate, and lifeless in a way that evokes some kind of feeling of cosmic horror just knowing that wherever the sounds heard here exist, humans can not. The darkest of dark ambience, indifferent to existence. Pre-order is currently not available, but you can save the link below to order on digital and cassette tape upon release.


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Naviski / The Creeping Man - You Play the Black and the Red Comes Up

Release date: October 22


Another release this month from Dub Cthonic Records, this album is a collaboration between two artists separated by hundreds of miles: Colorado-based Naviski (Tm Novak) and Minnesota-based The Creeping Man (Chris Campbell). The idea behind this collaboration was to send a series of field recordings to one another to be turned into full soundscapes through various methods of addition and manipulation. The end result is nothing short of of mesmerizing and bizarre. Simple and unexceptional pieces of audio are transformed into haunting sonorities that range from calm yet dour to intense and slightly overwhelming. The collaboration somewhat neatly lines up along the midpoint with Campbell taking over from Novak, although it seems impossible to tell where one artist's influence ends and the other begins. Pre-order is currently not available, but you can save the link below to order on digital and cassette tape upon release.

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Violet Mist - Ultraviolence

Release date: October 22


Listening to the available preview of Violet Mist's Ultraviolence had me wondering: what is it? Is it drone? Is it ambient? In short, the answer is yes. Building further on this, both the artwork and the music contained is evocative of some type of dystopian world. A world that may not be far away but also not close enough to be concrete. A repetitive arpeggio dominates the first track, which also bears the name of the EP itself. However, it is constantly challenged by the thick pads and cawing birds that vie for space alongside the science fiction-esque soundscape. It is a perplexing combination that makes me wonder if this album is refering to some not far off future or the present in which we live. Currently available for pre-order on digital with one track available for listening.


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