Jana Irmert – The Soft Bit (Fabrique, LP/digital)

Berlin-based sound artist Jana Irmert has always had a knack for making the concrete sound abstract, and vice versa. The Soft Bit is her fourth album and is marked by a kind of process of understanding: recordings of metal, water, sand or air are arranged together with voice samples and synthesiser sounds as assemblages that are permeated by fine rhythms, all in order to get to the bottom of the sensory dimension of sounds. The result is haunting and intimate in the best sense of these words.