Siavash Amini – The Wind (Futuresequence)
This Iranian dude has only a handful of releases to his name (although he’s been making music for a while with other bands and such) but from the sound of What Wind Whispered To The Trees I’m pretty sure he’s already at the top of his game, this record is jaw droppingly beautiful, full of overwhelming moody drone accompanied by a tender & sincere violin by Nima Aghiani, from the moment the opening track starts swirling in a dark & stormy cloud of gorgeous melancholy, you know you’ve chosen the right path, and it just gets better & better, walls of hissing static and long stretches of gloom, this is full of heartache, the brooding drone and a crying violin bringing back all the grief you’ve experienced all at once, a slow rush of pain to the head, smooth but devastating, the kind of sounds that I live for, this is just absolutely fucking fantastic work, I can’t wait to see where Amini goes next.
Sun Hammer – There Is No-One Around But Flies (Futuresequence)
The incredible Jay Bodley, everybody. Recording here as Sun Hammer for Futuresequence’s second proper release, Bodley has made a jaw dropper of darkened drones. This thing straight up should have been the score to Event Horizon. Bleak creepiness infused with the vast nothing of space and some drops of sci-fi nightmares. The opening piece is a 19 minute droning juggernaut, patiently evolving from one movement to the next with static waves and long form regret. 4 shorter pieces follow, each one summoning the dark parts of your soul, stretched out haunted minimalism woven with pulsing, grinding, clicking, whining, and crying, all walking the delicate balance of dissonance & bliss. This is the darkest of grays, as dark as you get without going full Black Ambient or Black Metal or Black anything. Unbelievably fucking awesome. Digital only for now but FS is currently considering making the plunge to physical releases, so who knows what’s in the bag. And if you’re digging Bodley’s stuff as much as me, know that he also releases stuff as A Setting Sun, most recently December on Moongadget back in… December, and he’s been contributing to Disquiet’s Junto project every week. So, plenty more goodness where this came from.
Radere – …So I Left (Futuresequence)
The debut single artist release on Futuresequence’s new label, who’s already showed the world it’s exceptionally capable with the two massive SEQUENCE compilations. And I couldn’t think of a better way to start things off than with a Radere (Carl Ritger / False Reactions) full length, who hasn’t put out anything longer than an EP since 2010, which is basically like forever. I’ll Make You Quiet is literally Riger at the fucking top of his game. Breaking away from single track albums, this is 5 shorter but still pretty damn long tracks of intense drones, cold and icy but blissful as hell, venturing into harmonic choir territories that conjure some of Xela’s more heavenly moments. The clouded snowy mountains in the artwork are a perfect image for this, Ritger’s newish Rocky Mountain home has taken his foggy mist drones of the shore and given them a craggy and more intimidating sound. Long stretches of pouring static, bone chilled with a touch of winter sun warmth, buried field recordings, bitter sadness & majestic heartache, shimmering ice & swelling euphoria, and incredibly lush. This is fucking it. If you ever needed a reason to check out Radere, now’s the goddamn time. He’s already peaked and he’s got a ways to go. This sexy slice just dropped TODAY and you need to make it your number one priority to grab it.