eMusicWelcome to eMusic Club (info here), February-March 2011
This edition is dedicated to Berlin-based label Sonic Pieces’ latest two releases. SP specialises in small-edition handmade objets of modern classical and experimental music, so downloading MP3s and JPEGs of its output feels a bit wrong. Ah well. Total budget: £5.04

Link to close to 94 review of growerGareth Davis & Machinefabriek
Grower
(Sonic Pieces, 2011)
Click here for review
£0.84 (requires membership) [buy on eMusic]

Link to close to 94 review of FlareErik K. Skodvin
Flare
(Sonic Pieces, 2010)
Click here for review
£4.20 (requires membership) [buy on eMusic]

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eMusicWelcome to eMusic Club (info here), January 2011
I’m scaling back eMusic club posts for a while to make time for other posts. This month’s Kompakt and bijou selection kicks off with a brand new release from Jürgen Paape, co-founder of the legendary minimal label. Thomas Köner completes the set. Total budget for January: £7.98

Link to close to 94 review of KompilationJürgen Paape
Kompilation
(Kompakt, 2010)
Click here for review
£5.46 (requires membership) [buy on eMusic]

Link to close to 94 review of PermafrostThomas Köner
Permafrost
(Barooni, 1993; re-released by Type, 2010)
Click here for review
£2.52 (requires membership) [buy on eMusic]

eMusicWelcome to eMusic Club (info here), December 2010
eMusic has finally rolled out its new pricing structure to UK members. We await the arrival of major label catalogue with both excitement and trepidation. In the meantime, expect some gems in the selection below. Total budget for December: £14.28

Link to close to 94 review of A Hidden PlaceSohrab
A Hidden Place
(Touch, 2010)
Click here for review
£2.52 (requires membership) [buy on eMusic]

Link to close to 94 review of You Make Me RealBrandt Brauer Frick
You Make Me Real
(!K7 Records, 2010)
Click here for review
£3.78 (requires membership) [buy on eMusic]

Link to close to 94 review of Nothing ElseLorn
Nothing Else
(Brainfeeder, 2010)
Click here for review
£5.04 (requires membership) [buy on eMusic]

Link to close to 94 review of GeneratorKeith Fullerton Whitman
Generator
(Root Strata/Morr Music, 2010)
Click here for review
£2.94 (requires membership) [buy on eMusic]

eMusicWelcome to eMusic Club (info here), November 2010
More from Ghostly and Strut, plus a collaboration between Carsten Nicolai and Einstürzende Neubauten’s Blixa Bargeld, and Kraftwerk-loving Alexis Georgopoulos (a.k.a. Arp)
Total tracks/eMusic credits for October: 38. Enjoy

Link to close to 94 review of Lucky ShinerGold Panda
Lucky Shiner
(Notown/Ghostly International, 2010)
Click here for review
11 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]


Link to close to 94 review of Love And Death
Ebo Taylor
Love And Death
(Strut Records, 2010)
Click here for review
8 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]


Link to close to 94 review of Mimikry
ANBB (Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld)
Mimikry
(Raster-Noton, 2010)
Click here for review
10 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]


Link to close to 94 review of The Soft Wave
Arp
The Soft Wave
(Smalltown Supersound, 2010)
Click here for review
9 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

eMusicWelcome to eMusic Club (info here), October 2010
Another batch of newish releases, including the latest from Lali Puna and port-royal, both of whom will be performing live in the UK during the month
Total tracks/eMusic credits for October: 40. Enjoy

close to 94 review of Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics (OST)Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics
Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics (OST)
(Strut Records, 2010)
Click here for review
13 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

Album cover for Standing Still, Facing Forward by Ensemble EconomiqueEnsemble Economique
Standing Still, Facing Forward
(Amish Records, 2010)
Click here for review
6 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

Album cover for Our Inventions by Lali PunaLali Puna
Our Inventions
(Morr Music, 2010)
Click here for review
10 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

Album cover for Dying In Time by port-royalport-royal
Dying In Time
(n5MD, 2009)
Click here for review
11 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

eMusic logoeMusic remains the web’s finest treasure trove of alternative, independent music – at least for those prepared to pay for their fix (for moral if not economic reasons). While its US service took a lot of flak for bringing on major labels, in doing so hiking prices, here in the UK (which, like everything else, has always been somewhat more expensive than its American equivalent) it continues to plough its distinctly indie furrow quite nicely, thank you. At least for now.

This new post series – called eMusic Club, though it’s not really a club – fulfils two purposes: first, as a way to bring much-needed album reviews on to close to 94; second, to encourage me – and maybe some of you – to occasionally dig a little deeper in eMusic’s digital crates for some lesser known gems, new or old. Suggestions are always welcome.

eMusic Club will review one album from the eMusic catalogue more or less every week and, like eMusic’s subscription model, the selection will refresh every month. Links to reviews will be added as they are posted.

September’s foursome comprises new releases from acknowledged perfectionists in their respective musical fields:

close to 94 review of Black CityMatthew Dear
Black City
(Ghostly International, 2010)
Click here for review
11 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

Album cover for Infra by Max RichterMax Richter
Infra
(Fat Cat/130701, 2010)
Click here for review
13 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

Album cover for Triangulation by ScubaScuba
Triangulation
(Hotflush Recordings, 2010)
Click here for review
12 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

Cover for All Delighted People EP by Sufjan StevensSufjan Stevens
All Delighted People EP
(Asthmatic Kitty, 2010)
Click here for review
8 tracks/eMusic credits [buy on eMusic]

Total tracks/eMusic credits for September: 44. Enjoy.