Experimental music

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Olivia Block: Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea review | Jennifer Lucy Allan's contemporary album of the month
The composer explored psychedelics during lockdown, creating synth music evocative enough to conjure aural hallucinations even if you’re not under the influence

Jennifer Lucy Allan

19, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘I reach a trance state. I’m almost sleepwalking’: the mystical jazz of Nala Sinephro
Made against the odds while she was in dire need of self-care, the London-based harpist and composer’s album is an ambient jazz classic. She explains the healing, spiritual qualities of her work

Ammar Kalia

17, Nov, 2021 @3:19 PM

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Sonic Youth’s greatest songs – ranked!
As they release two live albums to benefit abortion support groups, we rate the best of the New York band who collided alt-rock with the avant garde in a thrilling noise

Alexis Petridis

11, Nov, 2021 @1:07 PM

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Artist and stutterer JJJJJerome Ellis: ‘So much pain comes from not feeling fully human’
The New Yorker has released an astonishing, must-listen project: The Clearing, a poetic musical rumination on how ‘disfluent’ speech can articulate a new way of living

Kadish Morris

10, Nov, 2021 @11:55 AM

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Musician Emma Ruth Rundle: ‘What I have to offer is the ugliness of things’
The gothic folk artist’s addiction issues began at 12 and lasted for more than 20 years, exacerbated by a rock’n’roll marriage. Now single and sober, clarity fills her starkly beautiful new album

Rosie Solomon

09, Nov, 2021 @1:51 PM

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Dawuna: meet the nighthawk behind one of 2021’s masterpiece albums
Ian Mugerwa escaped hometown racism and a traumatic relationship to move to New York, where his electronic R&B has become a word-of-mouth triumph

Nathan Evans

08, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Countdown to ecstasy: how music is being used in healing psychedelic trips
Jon Hopkins timed his upcoming album to the length of a ketamine high, while apps are using AI music to tailor drug experiences. Welcome to a techno-chemical new frontier

Michelle Lhooq

22, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Bex Burch and Leafcutter John: Boing! review | John Lewis's contemporary album of the month
Ghanaian gyil melds with space-age electronics for a spluttering, time-warping and thoroughly compelling collaboration

John Lewis

22, Oct, 2021 @7:30 AM

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No Bounds festival review – Sheffield’s electro-industrial heart is still beating
From brass bands in the bus station to thunderous techno in a former gun-barrel factory, this wildly innovative festival perfectly welded past to present

Daniel Dylan Wray

18, Oct, 2021 @11:03 AM

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Krautrock legends Faust: ‘We were naked and stoned a lot – and we ate dog food’
They blagged a fortune off their label after promising to be ‘the German Beatles’ – then went wild in the countryside making experimental krautrock. But was there more to Faust than pneumatic drills and nude donkey rides?

Alexis Petridis

18, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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‘It was ridiculous. It was amazing’: the lost pop of 80s Yugoslavia
Pre-civil war, Yugoslavian musicians defied the limitations of technology to make superb electro-pop in an apparent socialist utopia

Tamlin Magee

12, Oct, 2021 @1:39 PM

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Maurice Louca: Saet El-Hazz review – transcendent beauty in an unholy racket
The Egyptian guitarist teams up with an extraordinary Lebanese trio for a colourful tangle of sounds resembling a steampunk synth band

John Lewis

24, Sep, 2021 @7:30 AM

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