King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Murder Of The Universe

This albums sick! Its a progressive rock concept album about… Space and time and shit? Whatever. Full of sick progressive riffs and classic beats, female narratives and epic space-dude… well yeah basically narratives also. The keys are stellar! Could be a remastered 70’s Italian prog album or something.

Electric Temple Presents: Gaman – A Ceremony for Japan

This is a hard to sum up album, it has a lot of different artists with different styles ranging from drone to country to… kinda dancy? and psych rockish? It really varies a lot, a lot of cool artists to check out. The album has a lot of atmospheric qualities, whether the song is a “drone” or a ethereal twist on country.

Ralph White + Thor Harris – Tossing Pebbles on the Sleeping Beast

This is a sweet record by a Ralph White, banjo/singer-songwriter/kalimba extraordinaire/general multi-instrumentalist. He helps create/fill a unique niche for old-time influenced experimental anarcho-country of some sort. The tracks are emotive and expansive and the instrumentation is just amazing.

Also of note are these two albums, one featuring Accordion, and one featuring a friend, Little Mazarn!

El Topo – Pigiama Psicoattivo

“The group was founded in 2006, performing a mixture of rockjazz and electronica, with krautrock, minimalist and psychedelic elements. […] After some live gigs as a duo, they felt the need to set a larger band up. After a series of one-off collaborations, they found like-minded conspirators in Francesco Mendolia, drummer with the ability to perform in a wide range of styles from jazz/funk to electronic music (Chester Harlan, Alessandro Gwiss, Mino Freda) and Andrea Biondi, vibist and percussionist active in jazz and contemporary music (Gianluigi Trovesi, Ennio Morricone & Roma Sinfonietta, Ars Ludi).”

Basically, a cool ass electro-jazz fusion album with some cool ass collaborators like “Amy Denio, Mike Cooper, Riccardo Lay and Anadi Mishra.”

Mike Cooper – New Guitar Old Hat Knew Blues

This is a cool one! Bluesy guitar licks and trippy glitches and droning frequencies. I guess he got a new guitar. The tracks kind of meld into one another, seems to be recorded in one session track to track. No break between most tracks. Some instrumental some lyrical. Many part and part. Very interesting music, improvised, poetic, and surreal, while still drawing on the blues. Parts are like a bad acid trip… chaotic and dark but insightful and beautiful.

Mike Cooper – Raft

This is an interesting release. Mike Cooper was known to be a folk blues writer back in the day but he does a lot of experimental work influenced/characterized by that work but clearly different. Beyond? Ask yourself. This is his latest release.

It’s essentially an ambient Hawaiian electronic/blues triphouse. Glitch noises in the first track accompanied by… melancholy Hawaiian pedal steel? Maybe the glitch noises even originate from that.

A twelve minute Hawaiian raga follows. The rest of the tracklist follows similar suite, with varying degrees of electronic influence and effects. Very cool work! Thanks, Mike!

Kurushimi – Shōtotsu

5 tracks on Bandcamp5 tracks on Bandcamp, also one additional full length album to check.

This is a pretty crazy “unfree” jazz album, prog-rock and Jazz with a Samurai theme from Australia. There’s two micro-tracks, like something John Zorn would compose, two longer tracks and something more punk length. The longer tracks have a pretty psychedelic prog-metal feel, with some wild dual drumming and saxaphones that act like lead guitars. Overall a sick album check it out if you’re into Ornette Coleman, Morbid Angel, Bill Laswell, John Zorn or Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, per their bandcamp suggestions, but overall, its oldschool metal influenced progjazzcore. Check it.