On the Record is a weekly column that rounds up details about new and pending recordings of interest to the new-music community: contemporary classical music and jazz, electronic and electroacoustic music, and idioms for which no clever genre name has been coined, on CD, vinyl LP, cassette, digital-only formats… you name it.
This list of upcoming release dates is culled from press releases, Amazon and other online record stores, social-media posts, and similar resources. Dates cited correspond to U.S. release of physical recordings where applicable, and are subject to change. These listings are not comprehensive—nor could they be! To submit a forthcoming recording for consideration, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Glistening Birthday Celebration
Sound artist and tonmeister extraordinaire Jason Lescalleet is celebrating his birthday today, but he’s the one doling out the gifts. Today and throughout this weekend, you can purchase a digital copy of his newest release, This Is What I Do, Vol. 20, for just $5.11 via the Bandcamp site for his label, Glistening Examples. (The album is also available on CD, for the standard price of $11.11.)
Lescalleet’s label is a reliable source of mandatory listening for anyone interested in electronic and electroacoustic sound art, turning out a handful of compelling new offerings in CD and digital formats every few months. (Truthfully, it’s among a small handful of labels from which this writer orders everything automatically… it’s that reliable.) In addition, This Is What I Do is an extraordinary thing in itself: essentially a working diary from a mercurial creator, with each installment deleted from circulation soon after the next one arrives. Vol. 20 is atypical in its preponderance of brief tracks, but covers a characteristically wide range of territory: from audio verité field recordings to studio-manipulated found-sound concoctions, and from tranquil interludes to abrasive noise. If you’ve not yet discovered Lescalleet’s work – either on his own imprint or on labels like Erstwhile, Kye, and Pan – here’s an affordable way to get acquainted.
New This Week
Jean-Michel Blais – Dans la main (Arts & Crafts) Michael Blake– The Philosophy of Composition: Works for Violoncello and Piano – Friedrich Gauwerky, Daan Vandewalle (Wergo) Simone Dinnerstein & A Far Cry – Circles – concertos by Bach and Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music)
Roman Filiú – Quarteria (Sunnyside) María Grand – Magdalena (Biophilia) David Grubbs & Taku Unami – Failed Celestial Creatures (Empty Editions) Dave Holland, Evan Parker, Craig Taborn & Ches Smith – Uncharted Territories (Dare2 Records; related Log article here) Jason Lescalleet – This Is What I Do, Vol. 20(Glistening Examples) Oracle Hysterical – Hecuba (National Sawdust Tracks) Steve Reich – Live/Electronic Music (Analog Spark; vinyl reissue) Lisa Steich – pietà – Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra/Gregor Mayrhofer, hand werk/Niklas Seidl, Vokalensemble Kölner Dom/Eberhard Metternich, ensemble recherche, UT insieme vocale-consonante/Lorenzo Donati (Wergo)
(☆ – new addition this week)
Ketan Bhatti – Nodding Terms – Ensemble Adapter (Col Legno)
Ketil Bjørnstad – A Suite of Poems (ECM)
Daniel Carter, William Parker & Matthew Shipp – Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity) Ghost Ensemble – We Who Walk Again – works by Sky Macklay, Pauline Oliveros, and Ben Richter (Indexical) Dave Gisler Trio – Rabbits on the Run (Intakt) Rachel Grimes – The Doctor from India (Original Soundtrack) (Mossgrove Music)
Robert Honstein – An Economy of Means – Karl Larson, Douglas Perkins (New Focus) Okkyung Lee – Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Tzadik) Angelika Niescier with Chris Tordini and Tyshawn Sorey – The Berlin Concert (Intakt) Stephanie Richards – Fullmoon (Relative Pitch) Marc Sinan/Oğuz Büyükberber – White (ECM) Henry Threadgill Double Up Ensemble – Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi Recordings) Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – Dirt… and More Dirt (Pi Recordings) Steve Tibbetts – Life Of (ECM) Yialmelic Frequencies – Yililok (Leaving)
Areon Flutes – No Era – works by Sahba Aminikia, Ryan Brown, and Danny Clay(Innova) Prune Bécheau – Stries ton, tripes et poils (Weighter)
Sarah Bernstein – Crazy Lights Shining (Phase Frame) The Hands Free – The Hands Free (New Amsterdam) Jenny Olivia Johnson – Sylvia Songs (Innova)
Loadbang – Old Fires Catch Old Buildings – works by Scott Wollschleger, Angélica Negrón, Taylor Brook, Paula Matthusen, William Lang, Jeffrey Gavett, and Reiko Fueting (New Focus) Matt Sargent – Ghost Music – Bill Solomon (Weighter)
Douglas Boyce – Some Consequences of Four Incapacities – Aeolus Quartet; counter)induction; Trio Cavatina (New Focus) ☆ Javier Colina & Chano Dominguez – Chano & Colina (Sunnyside)
Cool Maritime – Sharing Waves (Leaving) Oneohtrix Point Never – Age Of (Warp)
Jon Hassell – Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One) (Ndeya; related Log article here) ☆ Matt Penman – Good Question (Sunnyside) Colin Stetson – Hereditary (original motion picture soundtrack) (Milan) Thumbscrew – Ours (Cuneiform) Thumbscrew – Theirs (Cuneiform)
☆ Joshua Abrams – Excavations 1 (Feeding Tube)
Brian Chase – Drums and Drones: Decade (Chaikin; related Log articlehere) Melaine Dalibert– Musique pour le lever du jour (Elsewhere; related Log article here) Charlie Looker – Simple Answers (Last Things) William Parker – Voices Fall from the Sky (Centering) Aribert Reimann – L’Invisible – Rachel Harnisch, Annika Schlicht, Ronnita Miller, Seth Carico, Stephen Bronk, Thomas Blondelle, Salvador Macedo, Orchester der Deutsche Oper Berlin/Donald Runnicles (Oehms) Biliana Voutchkova/Michael Thieke – Blurred Music (Elsewhere; related Log article here)
Duo Noire – Night Triptych – music for two guitars by Clarice Assad, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Courtney Bryan, Golfam Khayam, and Gity Razaz (New Focus) ☆ Michael Leonhart Orchestra – The Painted Lady Suite (Sunnyside)
Jonah Sirota – Strong Sad (National Sawdust Tracks) Norbert Rodenkirchen, Robbie Lee, and James Ilgenfritz – Opalescence (Telegraph Harp)
☆ John Adams – Doctor Atomic – Gerald Finley, Julia Bullock, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra/John Adams (Nonesuch)
Kevin Hufnagel – Messages to the Past (Nightfloat/Translation Loss) ☆ Allen Ravenstine – Waiting for the Bomb (ReR Megacorp)
ARP – Zebra (Mexican Summer) John Zorn – In a Convex Mirror (Tzadik)
☆ Michael Hersch – Violin Concerto; end stages – Patricia Kopatchinskaja, International Contemporary Ensemble/Tito Muñoz; Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (New Focus)
☆ Mary Halvorson – The Maid with the Flaxen Hair – A Tribute to Johnny Smith – duets with Bill Frisell (Tzadik)
☆ Davy Mooney & Ko Omura – Benign Strangers (Sunnyside)
☆ Mikkel Ploug & Mark Turner – Faroe (Sunnyside)
Mary Halvorson & Robbie Lee – Seed Triangular (New Amsterdam)
Included in this week's tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears are recordings featuring Wendy Eisenberg, John Zorn, Stine Janvin, and Cruel Diagonals.
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Included in this week's tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears are recordings featuring Kate Carr, Áine O'Dwyer/Graham Lambkin, Stile Antico, and Tony Conrad.
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Included in this week's tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears are recordings featuring MKWAJU ensemble, Éliane Radigue, Alvin Lucier, and Funeral Mist.
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Included in this week's tally of memorable things Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears are recordings featuring Florence Price, Matt Hannafin, Maria Finkelmeier, and Anthony Braxton.
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