For their latest – and largest – release, DAAM has put together an expansive compilation of some of the best ‘difficult’ music being made today, a 3 volume set covering an International roster of contemporary minimal, electronic, and experimental artists. The albums include offerings from heavy-hitters such as Isaac Helsen & Tyresta (of Past Inside the Present fame), Karen Vogt (of Heligoland), and Robert Scott Thompson (Aucourant records), alongside a host of up-and-coming artists fresh from the rosters of some of the most exciting labels out there, including autumna (Werra Ferrox / Neotantra), The New Emphatic (Bibliotapes / Wormhole World), and Simon McCorry (Polar Seas / Whitelabrecs). With a remit to explore the challenging and the strange, ‘Bivouac of the avantgarde’ features a host of composers building a name for themselves in the burgeoning experimental scene, with further contributions from the likes of Chelidon Frame, Audio Obscura, J.Lynch and Distant Animals, to name but a few. Clocking in at almost 5 hours, and with 48 artists, the set is nothing if not comprehensive, and offers a fascinating look at the nebulous and far-reaching experimental, electronic, and post-classical scene.
Available as 3 individual volumes, the entire series can also be purchased as a mammoth cassette box set, including a limited edition print of the cover art based upon Edouard Geelhand’s 1884 painting, ‘Bivouac d’avant-garde’.