Releases of the Month, July 2021

In the morning, at noon, in the evening and especially at night: the city is buzzing, as long as it doesn't rain at least. Is this the »great summer« we were promised by a prominent German politician? Or just a short period of time that will soon be followed by Dutch conditions again? We hope for the former, of course, and enjoy every concert and every opportunity for exchange in the physical space in the meanwhile. Soon, after all, the Month of Contemporary Music will be upon us, whose numerous concerts, as well as the accompanying Sound > Walk > Berlin and the discursive series of radio broadcasts on Cashmere Radio rounding everything off as part of Nico Daleman's show The Rest Is Noise, we are eager to experience.

But there's still a little time before then. It's best spent in the park with new magazines and, of course, music. The Italian festival Terraforma recently announced the first issue of its biannual Terraforma Journal. Topics: sound, art, ecology and contemporary history. More specific is the focus of 20 Seconds: it's all about »experimental music and art.« The new, third issue features Khyam Allami, Manja Ristić and Sasha Waltz & Guests, among others.

Before we recommend more music and reading material, we definitely want to point out the new album »Someone Talked« by FIELD on the enja label – the group around our jazz specialist Uli Kempendorff. »Endless Summer« sounds similarly wild, an EP of sweaty noise and avant-garde rock material from the group Dog Dimension, who are debuting with it on the label Bohemian Drips, co-run by our field notes colleague Fillipp Vingerhoets.

And because we had recently pointed out both new editions of Julius Eastman's »Femenine« and two GRM pieces by composer Michèle Bokanowksi: Sub Rosa followed up immediately with Eastman’s »Three Extended Pieces For Four Pianos« in CD format, while Invisibilia Editions has released a collection of Bokanowski’s soundtrack works for the films of her husband Patrick, also on CD. So even if everything goes wrong, together with the following 15 music releases and three books, it's going to be a great summer.