“struggle artist” is the new album from justin c. meyers, the minneapolis-based composer, artist, and head of the sympathy ltd. label. meyers is a unique, underappreciated talent in contemporary electronic music. his greatest strengths are twofold: his compositions have a meticulous structural logic, revealing a hermetic and austere formalism, concurrently, his compositions have a deep, introspective narrativity grounded in his lived experience, evoked with a mature clarity. together, they make meyers one of the most interesting electronic musicians working with cutting-edge sonics today, unlocking their latent powers of metaphor and figuration. his previous album, 2016’s “negative space (1981–2014)”, deals with the onset of chronic illness and near-death experience. its careful, anechoic meditations on the failing body are a resounding achievement, and the album remains a high watermark of acousmatic music in the 21st century. “struggle artist” portrays meyers’ expectations and disappointments arising from making art in his free time. created initially during lunch breaks and in hospital waiting rooms, and finished after being laid off from his job, it catalogues the despondency of the precarious life. if “negative space” was about the fallible body, “struggle artist” is its violent collision with late capitalism.
christina vantzou and john also bennett’s musical interpretation of thoughts of a dot as it travels a surface, a 90m panoramic wall drawing by zin taylor, is a beautiful electro-acoustic meditation on the passage of time. it was recorded live at westfälischer kunstverein in münster, germany, may 6th, 2017, and now finds its way onto vinyl via the supremely keen-eared shelter press.
• gorgeous, meditative waterbowl recordings, some the purest ambient work we’ve heard in years
• mastered by rashad becker
• photographs jens ziehe, design bartolomé sanson
• riyl philip corner, eliane radigue
musique hydromantique is the second solo album by tomoko sauvage, archiving many years of performance-based practice on the waterbowls - the natural synthesizer of her invention, composed with porcelain bowls filled with water and amplified via hydrophones (underwater microphones).
beautiful exploration of traditional northern indian classical music
co-produced by mudam, luxembourg’s contemporary art museum, and shelter press
reversed board printed gatefold and innersleeve and a 16 pages full color sewn-bound booklet
félicia atkinson new full length album, ‘hand in hand’ is an expanded development of her musical compositions started with the highly-acclaimed “a readymade ceremony” released on shelter press in 2015, and follows her collaborative effort with jefre cantu-ledesma “comme un seul narcisse” (shelter press, 2016).