This two-cd compilation assembles and makes readily available a series of outstanding compositions, previously very hard to find, by Mark McGuire, guitarist from Emeralds.

Below, the master at work.

Live in Paris

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Kangding Ray – OR

November 25, 2011

More greatness from Kangding Ray and Raster-Noton:

OR (“gold” in French), as the only chemical element that seems to keep its value for eternity, refers to the cult of endless consumption and the absurdity of fluctuating currency valuations, while in English, as a logical operator or grammatical conjunction, OR represents the possibility of another choice, an “inclusive disjunction” which suggests that there might be another answer, a different path to follow.

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“OR”

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“Leavaila Scheme”

Weekend – Red

November 18, 2011

Weekend’s full-length lp “Sports” from last year was great. But this new 5-track ep is distilled to perfection.

From Slumberland Records on red vinyl.

“Hazel”

Friends – Friend Crush

November 17, 2011

From a 7″ on Lucky Number. The B-side “Feelin Dank” is just as good!

“Friend Crush”

Absolutely superb: his very best so far, and probably the best ambient album of 2011.

“Fall”

Byetone – Symeta

November 12, 2011

Consult the Raster-Noton page:

“Symeta,” the title of the album, appears mysterious. This synthetic word arouses associations with symmetry, synthesis, or (meta-)structures. It doesn’t stand for a definite object, there isn’t any solution, and that is the reason why the title has been chosen.

Or, skip the theory and just say it’s the name of another outstanding album from Olaf Benders.

“Golden Elegy”

Atlas Sound – Parallax

November 10, 2011

Bradford Cox’s genius seems to know no bounds.

It’s like he’s internalized the whole history of rock and roll and draws on it at will. Rising to greater and greater heights.