RTN016 – Island Near The Clouds – Influence EP

Moscow artist Island Near the Clouds drops his Retronym debut in the form of Influence EP, delivering an excellent showcase of choppy beatcraft, swirling soundscapes and well nuanced voices and other sample work which gradually and seamlessly pulls in and out of the distance.

INtC also pays direct homage to a few of his inspirators. Hills West’s Skydreamer is placed into an echo chamber and blended with jilted Xhale beats, whilst Aphex Twin’s understated classic Stone in Focus is given some patient treatment with steady percussion and subtle effects.

Influence EP ends on a beautiful note with Trying To Remember, the rotary synths and distant activity provide the capability to put you in a headphase.

Prepare to be influenced with this free download.

RTN015 – River Precinct – Moky Way

River Precinct is Texan artist Josh Wiggins. Delivering his debut release here on Retronym, Moky Way is sonic experimentation of the highest order. This EP clocks in at just 15 minutes, but with so many tangible layers to explore you’d be forgiven for being completely sucked in to a place where time becomes irrelevant.

Moky Way is inspired by Josh’s childhood experiences at his grandparents’ property, evoking the memories of a withered satellite dish that sat in their backyard field (as featured in the cover art). This EP is distant and brooding, reversed chords suck into a vacuum whilst delicate and subtle tweets creep out from within the depths of the atmosphere.

Now available for free download.

RTN014 – Boreal Network – Phase With The Moon

Boreal Network’s latest record is an extra special release, dedicated to and inspired by the gray wolf – a beautiful animal that has witnessed the brink of extinction, hunted by those that fear and misunderstand it. In Nicole’s own words:

“This record represents a renewed focus on the inspirations that originally congealed into Boreal Network back in 2006 – mellow, melodic, ponderous, melancholic electronic music that speaks love for the natural world and sympathy for the human place both within and outside of it. The title track was written in early 2006 when Boreal Network was fresh, and in 2009 new music was built up to accompany it both thematically and sonically. This record is a tribute to the gray wolf as an animal and as an object of human wonder, adoration, and persecution. Boreal Network has decided that merely paying artistic lip service to nature is unhelpful, and so 100% of the donations received from fans for downloading this record will be placed in a special account and gifted to Wildlife Science Center, a conservation and education facility in Boreal Network’s home state of Minnesota.”

Get the release and find out how to donate, here.

RTN013 – Jonathan Jindra – Monera

Jonathan Jindra is certainly no stranger within the musical realms at the moment, what with the recent release of his Midmir collaboration with Frank Dambra here at Retronym, and the acid induced Modular Puzzle released under his well recognised Trills moniker over at I, Absentee.

This time around Jindra takes an exploration through patient, brooding ambience. A post-noise excursion with influences hailing back to the kosmische era, drawing out imagery of dark machinery and primitive electronics. Monera is an album that could well have been crafted in the Radiophonic Workshop, had it been built in an ice tunnel accommodating spirits who wailed into its endlessness.

Flatlanders sparks circling tones as they get caught in a web of glitching static before peaking to a point of euphoria in The Heart is Infinite as deep percussion bubbles over beautiful plinking and reversed, creeping chords. A Vision of Clarity nods towards the Disintegration Loops, whilst Liquid Sunshine evokes its title perfectly. These delicate progressions would get along nicely with pieces by the likes of Emeralds and the more melancholic works of Oneohtrix Point Never.

Monera is a release which feels very personal, rewards reaped when hidden depths are uncovered with more attentive listening, perfect for when the lights are dim and the distractions are at a minimum. A truly thought provoking experience.

Available now for free download.

RTN012 – Orange Tree – Orange Tree

Bolton-based jammers David Williams and Lee Oldfield are the fruitful essence behind Orange Tree, delivering this musical exploration of completely improvised music and epitomising the true beauty of one-off sounds and ideas.

Each part has its own story to tell with all kinds of shades of dark and light journeyed throughout, the general tone set by fluttering lead guitar, shifting percussion, wandering bass and swirling keyboard. Part One introduces us to a sparse calmness, patiently growing into a quiet storm before Part Two explodes into bursting wah-textured guitar, sounding like the result of utilising Omar Rodríguez-López‘s pedal collection. Bright piano and double bass kick off Part Four before a Godspeed-like build up winds down to the cosmic funk of Part Five. The lengthy Part Seven is delightfully gradual, truly highlighting the wonderful nature of Orange Tree’s freeform approach. The final part completes the story in such an uplifting manner as plinky keys float above bending brass and constantly moving percussion.

Pick it now for free download.

RTN011 – Midmir – Step Into A Dream

Step Into A Dream is the debut album from Midmir, collaboratively written and produced by Jonathan Jindra (Trills) and Frank Dambra (Arctier, Track53). The respected talents of both artists fuse together to produce a spark flurrying with a sparse palette of colour-changing, genre-morphing tracks.

Newport Riverbed eases us in with bendy synths stretching around deliciously laidback beats and melodies which eventually navigate into wavering atmospheric ambience. Erazi shines through elements of jazz whilst Step22 and Acidto dissolve into wide-open halls soaked in distant house chords and dripping with acid. The journey peaks with Cathode Blue and I Remember Her Handwriting, both epic in scale and build-up, ultimately climaxing in a spirit-lifting experience, leaving an urge to revisit and peel back the inner depths underlying this entire piece. The great variety of shades and styles provided by each unmistakable artist meld together harmoniously. A sublime listen!

Step into your very own dream now with this free download.

RTN010 – Lithium Enchantment – Remnants

Lithium Enchantment has landed to bring us into the New Year with Remnants, a beautifully crafted and re-crafted album which proves more than worthy of marking our 10th release. Coated in textured, grainy synths that swirl around goosebumb inducing melodies, Remnants is a truly striking piece of music. Projection is a shining example of what spine-tinglingly beautiful melodies sound like, with Fallen sounding like it’s taking you on a trip through some sort of retro space dimension.

How apt an album title for a record partly re-constructed from the remains of destroyed master tapes caused by a tape deck malfunction. Remnants tells a story of rescued artifacts, with tapes intricately spliced and parts re-recorded resulting in this ultimately mesmerising journey.

As ever, this release is available for free download. Happy New Year to all!

RTN009 – Boreal Network – Bikehigh USA 2: Nettles Revenge

Boreal Network delivers yet again with Bikehigh USA 2: Nettles Revenge, a dazzling follow-up to the first Bikehigh USA record released back in 2007. Inspired by summertime biking exploits, there’s a real sense of fun and freedom throughout this release. Bikehigh USA 2 is a blissfully carefree and joyous listening experience – so prepare to uplift your auditory senses, this is a blast!

Free your mind with this free download!

RTN008 – 88 Marquis – 1992 In An Igloo/Remixed

1992 In An Igloo is the debut release from Wisconsin originate Peter De Sanctis. As the title hints, this record is the perfect accompaniment to the up and coming winter months with glistening soundscapes and shimmering percussion. Delicately crafted ambient pieces settle in perfectly, piecing everything together to take the listener on a hypnotic journey, possibly sat atop a lighthouse, watching over the glaciers as they reflect in the moonlight.

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve also been provided with 1992 In An Igloo Remixed, featuring Boreal Network, Trills, Phasen, Treefingers, Five Step Path, Xurba and Brand New Retro who all contribute wonderful and varied takes on the record.

Get them both now for free download!

RTN007 – Paracat – Killing Your Darlings

Step in Dutch musician Paracat, reknowned for his mind-melting, Autechre-esque percussion and toasty distortion on highly respected records such as Copied Betamax and Growth. His latest effort, Killing Your Darlings, is a delightful progression which explores more of a hip-hop influence in parts. Sleep Hiking and The Past Of Tomorrow would sit nicely on a Brainfeeder release, with local acquaintances Tex & Spike providing an excellent rapping track to beat-laden Wedden. By contrast, Paracat provides extremely catchy melodies and vocal tracks to Memories and Just Called To Say I Love You, with deliciously hazy vocals contributed by Florence Touliatos on Miles Away.

Kick back and let Paracat’s sound fizz around your ear canals like a soundtrack to a long lost movie reel, tarnished to perfection.

Download now in mp3 or pristine FLAC format.