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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
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+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
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For four years now, Cologne's Tomlab, run by Tom Steinle, has been turning out some of the most fascinating and unconventional electronic music out there. Marked by shuffling rhythms and hollow tones, shorn of climaxes and bombast, it's miniaturized pop gone fuzzy with shrinkage. Morr Music, the German label that's achieved a fair amount of notoriety with such recent releases as B. Fleischmann and Phonem, probably wouldn't have existed without Tomlab. That's not to disparage Morr, but rather to emphasize the remarkable achievement of a little label that got its start with Visor, a CD-R with beguiling, hand-made covers, in an edition of 100 (of which only 20, if I recall properly, made it to the U.S.).

Kristian Peters' last contribution to the label was the 1998 CD Novisad, an understated collection of loops and glitches that the then-18-year-old producer sent to the label in demo form after hearing Visor. Shunning any particular fashion, Novisad was ambient music, plain and simple — hovering tones in suspended animation, revolving without resolving.

Seleya offers more of the same, which some might consider a weakness — it certainly lacks the novelty required to garner press in a glutted market — but its simplicity remains its charm. Of the 13 tracks here, only one stretches longer than four minutes (and by a mere three seconds at that). Instead of the sprawl to which ambient music sometimes tends, Peters' typical track is more like an epic-in-a-bottle: a short, ambiguous missive dashed off, sealed up and tossed bobbing into an ocean of information, to wash up where it will. Organs grumble and hum; static hisses from afar; tape-melt and delay mask half-melodies in the anonymity of dub. It is all that it needs to be, and no more. In its restraint, it's a welcome antidote to the hubris of boom times. Lovely and long overdue.


by Philip Sherburne




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