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Land Waves

Snow Palms

Electronic - Released December 11, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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UNREAL

Cuts

Electronic - Released December 4, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

Anthony Tombling, Jr., the British musician and filmmaker known as CUTS, wrote and recorded the project's second full-length, UNREAL, primarily in lockdown after he had moved to a house in a remote location. It seems like isolating himself from society was a necessary step for him to take in order to deal with the ongoing political and environmental crises, and channel his anxiety and emotional turbulence through music. While the previous CUTS album, A Gradual Decline, was an ambitious, mainly instrumental blend of ambient, post-rock, and neo-classical, UNREAL is closer to the darkwave pop of the project's earlier EPs. The lyrics react to pandemic life and disinformation without directly addressing any specific issues, but unmistakably capturing feelings of shock, disbelief, rage, and despair. The music generally dwells within the more IDM-informed side of industrial, with steady yet broken rhythms pounding underneath dark, atmospheric synths and mildly cyborgian vocals. "DISSOLUTION" sets up with a simmering beat and sinks in with a gorgeously distorted melody. The title track has a more club-ready kick drum that is disoriented by a battering, physical-sounding clang, as Tombling periodically reflects that "This life is unreal." The mostly instrumental "SHELTERED LIFE" conveys the bitter coldness of seclusion mainly through frayed, buzzing melodies, and "THE BRINK" is a more vulnerable expression of damaged hope and helplessness. Even though it deals with the emotional effects of living through catastrophic times, the album isn't completely harsh and unforgiving, and there's an undeniable sense of humanity coursing through the work. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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DISSOLUTION

Cuts

Electronic - Released October 27, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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A Question of Angles

ANGELE DAVID-GUILLOU

Classical - Released November 20, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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The Hum

Ben Chatwin

Electronic - Released November 6, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

English composer Ben Chatwin conceptualized his album The Hum around the hidden frequencies and nearly inaudible sounds present in any environment, but particularly electrically powered ones such as houses and recording studios. Mixing and mastering the entire album with analogue equipment rather than computers, he aimed to capture a different, more physical form of energy than he did on his previous works. Apart from the presence of rhapsodic strings on several tracks, The Hum sounds more electronic-based than more fully orchestrated Chatwin albums like Heat & Entropy and Staccato Signals, with rougher, grittier synth textures as well as pulsating beats, perhaps influenced by some of the remixes on 2019's Altered Signals. On "Transistor," he starts with a rich, buzzing synth tone and matches its tension with slow, post-industrial pounding and dark, synthwave-ish melodies. "Creep Strain"'s gorgeous rush of strings is overtaken by bristling distortion and choppy IDM-style beats, and "Snow Crash" is a more dramatic wash of static waves and mournful violins, gradually building up to an overpowering climax which seems to be accompanied by a ghostly choir. Later pieces like the brief, shifting "Interference" and the title track certainly feature scrambled voices, perhaps lost black box transmissions, in the mix. The concluding "Ghost in the Machine" emerges with a much clearer, more sparkling melody, and while it's far less distorted than the other tracks, it's just as emotionally stirring. By changing up his techniques and methods, Chatwin has produced something stranger and more otherworldly than his past work, yet equally fascinating. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Valley of Detachment

ANGELE DAVID-GUILLOU

Classical - Released October 21, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

Transistor

Ben Chatwin

Electronic - Released September 23, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Colourfield III

Dan Michaelson

Classical - Released August 12, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Detuned Reworks

Max de Wardener

Alternative & Indie - Released August 7, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Colourfield

Dan Michaelson

Classical - Released July 24, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Colourfield II

Dan Michaelson

Classical - Released July 1, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Colourfield - Prelude

Dan Michaelson

Classical - Released May 15, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Sans Mouvement

ANGELE DAVID-GUILLOU

Classical - Released May 5, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Music for Detuned Pianos

Max de Wardener

Ambient - Released March 20, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Foxtrot

Max de Wardener

Ambient - Released March 5, 2020 | Village Green Recordings

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Kolmar

Max de Wardener

Electronic - Released July 26, 2019 | Village Green Recordings

Palindrome

Max de Wardener

Electronic - Released June 28, 2019 | Village Green Recordings

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Kolmar

Max de Wardener

Electronic - Released May 28, 2019 | Village Green Recordings

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Grains of Space

Thomas William Hill

Alternative & Indie - Released May 17, 2019 | Village Green Recordings

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Furnace

Thomas William Hill

Alternative & Indie - Released April 2, 2019 | Village Green Recordings