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Eilean Records’ Magical Ambient Map

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Eilean Records knew how it was going to fold even before it had its first release. Unlike many label owners, Mathias Van Eecloo approached his imprint with a conscientious finality, setting the endpoint at 100 releases, each of which would be dedicated to electronic, ambient, and electroacoustic music. But Van Eecloo is nothing if not hyper-aware of imprint personality; see IIKKI, his meticulously curated label that pairs a disc (vinyl or CD) with a fine art book. With Eilean, though there is an inevitable expiration date, the label’s identity goes much deeper than numbers on a spine.

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Album of the Day: 9T Antiope, “Nocebo”

For an album using a clinical term as a title (the nocebo effect is essentially the inverse of the placebo effect), 9T Antiope’s Nocebo is an intensely personal document—dense, visceral, and sensory. Across one five-part composition, split into two halves for cassette, vocalist Sara Shamloo delves into a deep narrative—something she and 9T Antiope’s other half Nima Aghiani adore, as seen on their previous album Isthmus—resulting from a path she began to take three years ago. “I eventually found refuge in writing about my relationship with death very openly and excessively,” she admits, having lost two brothers six years ago after “a time one of my brothers [was in a] coma after his accident, and the other in a comatose state after his cancer medications.” Continue reading