João Hasselberg – The Great Square Of Pegasus

Wonderful ambient music. João Hasselberg’s first album back in 2013 featured highly sophisticated jazz music with a classic jazz lineup including piano, saxophone and trumpet. Over the years his music became more and more electronical and minimalist.

Lingua Ignota – Caligula

I don’t know what to say about this album. It’s a demanding listening experience. Both music and lyrics can make you uncomfortable. It’s not a “nice” album, but it’s a well rounded piece of existential art as a whole. It’s an amalgam of noisy avantgarde neo-classical black metalish industrial that takes hold of you and haunts you.

British painter Lucian Freud said: “What do I ask of a painting? I ask it to astonish, disturb, seduce, convince.” I have adopted this quote for art in general. Art is always most effective when it puts you through different stages of emotions and when it makes you question yourself and the way you perceive things. And this album is a great example of that.

 

Reggie Andrews and The Fellowship – Mystic Beauty

Mad About Records from Portugal is reissuing old very rare albums on limited vinyl. The LPs usually sell out fast, but the label also offers digital downloads of all the albums. Here is one of their newest releases, an interesting album of afro-cuban influenced spiritual jazz with some bits of exotica from the 60s.

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble – Where Future Unfolds

An eclectic masterpiece of jazz, gospel, psychedelic space tunes, hip-hop beats, and civil rights activism. What started out as a solo sound collage project by Damon Locks turned into a full blown 15-piece ensemble. Where Future Unfolds is a diverse and powerful live album which I highly recommend.

Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips

The new Earth album is out: Full Upon Her Burning Lips. I have been a fan since they reduced the drone and distortion to a minimum in mid 2000. Since then I’ve always thought that this instrumental slow hypnotic blend of rock and country jazz is the perfect music to drink tea by, or whisky if you prefer, and read a Barry Gifford novel. When I listen to Earth, I visualize American landscapes, especially deserts and swamps.