Quimper — I Am an Italian Souvenir
(Bandcamp no#, 2019, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-02-21
The prolific Quimper has released another EP of avant electronics, I Am an Italian Souvenir. The four-track EP clocks in at 14 minutes and features what we have come to expect from Quimper. Johnny Vertigen layers on the lo-fi sequenced electronics and percussion, sometimes sounding muffled, and Jodie Lowther provides subliminal vocals on the verge of perception. The title track opens the EP, and this is the only track that I could not discern Jodie’s voice. The other three are the complete package, with the closing track, “Oubliette,” featuring what sounds like a lo-fi Mellotron, piano, and electronic loops that is quite melodic. And, as usual, Quimper continues to post their music for free downloads from Bandcamp. So hop on over and check out their free discography.
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more