There Is No Music from China

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There Is No Music from China lifts the lid on a little-known music scene, revealing a host of ingenious music/mischief-makers from China’s experimental arts community.

Seht: I Follow the Moon

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I Follow the Moon sees delicate shifts in sound mix with background murmurs and barely-there whispers to fashion blissed-out soundscapes.

Noel Meek with Richard Youngs, Neil Campbell and Lasse Marhaug

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I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised that Meek and his friends have produced such diverse and engrossing music, given label End of the Alphabet’s reputation for delivering just that, time and again.

Six Noises EOY ’16: New Zealand Offbeat, Alternative, and Experimental

Here are my favourite homegrown alternative and experimental releases from 2016.

Six Noises EOY ’16: Outliers, Experimentalists, and Psychedelic Voyagers

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Six Noises EOY ’16: Outliers, Experimentalists, and Psychedelic Voyagers

Six Noises EOY ’16: Metal

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Six Noises EOY ’16: Metal

Bastard Noise & Sickness: Death’s Door

Death’s Door is an arduous and harrowing reboot. And that’s exactly what’s needed, in this day and age.

Setentia: Darkness Transcend

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Setentia’s accomplished debut intertwines gut-felt ferocity with forward-thinking expressiveness.

It Only Gets Worse: Angels

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Angels doesn’t provide easy answers or upbeat resolutions. But, like all great art, it does ask a lot of uneasy questions.

Ulcerate: Shrines of Paralysis

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Aesthetically, Ulcerate are unrivalled. They are what others cannot be.