As 2011 draws to a close, we’re already excited about the year ahead. To give you a taste of what’s to come, we’ve assembled a free compilation of preview tracks from upcoming releases featuring the likes of Shigeto, Mux Mool, Matthew Dear, School of Seven Bells, Choir of Young Believers, and more. Happy winter listening.
It’s been a long time coming for this one. Geoff White had been building a reputation for heady minimal techno until his debut full-length as Aeroc, Viscous Solid, revealed a particular genius for placing acoustic sounds in a decidedly digital context. While seven years removed from that release, Aeroc’s R+B=? displays the same out-of-time qualities as its predecessor.
You can stream the album in full at 3Voor12.
Ryan Elliott, a Berlin-by-way-of-Detroit resident has long been our not-so-secret weapon. He’s lent his curatorial mastery to the massive Spectral Sound Vol. 3 compilation, megamixed the Spectral Sound Vol. 1 compilation, and DJ’ing the world over. After a mere handful of remix credits, he charges out of the gates with his first Spectral production, “Kicking Up.” Side B includes a remix by the up and coming mysterious producer, STABLO.
This week sees a plethora of new tracks and release announcements around the web for the Ghostly roster. 2012 is looking to be an exciting and rewarding year for all of us.
First off, Matthew Dear offers the lead single from his upcoming Headcage EP. Next, School of Seven Bells share their first single off the band’s third LP titled Ghostory. Last but not least, Mux Mool shares a second burner off Planet High School while Shigeto reveals a taste of his new jazz-inflected mini-LP Lineage.
Jacazsek’s Glimmer sees the light of day as the weather turns (on most of us anyway) bitter cold and bone-chilling. It’s perfect timing for an album marked by a noticeable tug between melancholy and beauty, like it’s hovering in some gaseous grey area between both, at once both insular and extroverted. “I tried again to create some fragile beauty glimmering behind the veil of reality,” he says. “I built a kind of curtain out of dirts and fuzzes, and used pure sound of clarinet and harpsichord playing beautiful melodies as a contrast to its harshness.” This winking, push-and-pull tension runs deep and constant throughout.