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Avant Mellow


Avant-garde music has a bad rap for being screeching and unpleasant. Here’s a mix that proves otherwise. Twelve tracks including music by Sainkho Namtchylak, Pôle and Ladonna Smith. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

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Sometimes it helps to know a bit about what you’re hearing. That track by Katie Peterson? That’s the sound of a glacier melting. “Starry Night” is a duet of sorts with Mazen Kerbaj improvising on trumpet while the Israeli air force drops bombs around his apartment in Beirut. The long electronic piece by Pôle was part of a project from the mid-1970s, in which albums “were sold door-to-door by students and other young people in the poor neighbourhoods of Paris.” Strange but apparently true.