The best part of doing a blog is being introduced to a new artist and being floored with their first release. Such is the case with Philippines based artist Bobby Legaspi and his debut album "...For Strange Times". In an email to me he stated that the album is "a mix of synth pads with … Continue reading Bobby Legaspi / Rapt / John Hayes & Maxy Dutcher.
If ever there is a need for beauty in this world, it is now. Some calm, some escape, soundtracks to make things just a little better. I present to you the latest releases from The Green Kingdom, Hugar and SVLBRD. "The Green Kingdom is Michael Cottone, based in Michigan. His compositions blur the line between … Continue reading The Green Kingdom / Hugar / SVLBRD.
"Europa is somewhere between a re-issue and a ‘best of’ with a few gems from ‘The Vault’. It's a nice mix of the older satan catalogue and two new tracks, yet programmed to flow like an original record. The tracks, ‘Who Is A Hunter?’ and ‘Cloaking’ were originally slated to be released as a 12" … Continue reading worriedaboutsatan – Europa.
"The Old Capital" is the debut album from Melbourne composers Claire Deak and Tony Dupé. The album is their first recorded collaboration, though Dupé has released two solo albums under the name Saddleback. The duo describes themselves as a home orchestra well-suited for late night rambling. Much like traveling in the dark of night, the … Continue reading Claire Deak and Tony Dupé – The Old Capital.
With a backlog of releases to attempt to get through, let's go with those of a short number of tracks. "I was asked to contribute an unreleased Chrystal Für track to ToneShift's Sound + Solidarity podcast event to help bring attention to and honour the victims of racial violence. John Cage’s 4’33” was the inspiration … Continue reading A Bite Of The Short Stuff.
"After the deep monochromatic textures of 'Fieldem' and the gradually evolving impressions of hope in 'Lost Rites’ we now conclude the Silent Vigils trilogy of albums for Home Normal with ‘Wake’, an exceptional celebration of new life and boundless spirit. With Małgorzata Łapsa-Malawska once again providing her singular visual counterpoint, Stijn Hüwels and James Murray's … Continue reading Silent Vigils – Wake.
"Olivier Alary and Berlin-based composer Johannes Malfatti join forces on their collaborative album ‘u,i ’ which marks Alary´s sophomore album for 130701, following his ‘Fiction / Non-Fiction’ debut of 2017. ‘u,i’ is a brilliant exploration of mediated modern communication. ‘u, i’ was recorded over VOIP (voice over internet protocol), using the technology as both creative … Continue reading Olivier Alary & Johannes Malfatti – u,i.
12k continue their stellar year in microsound with a new album from Canadian Christopher Bissonnette. "Wayfinding" follows on from the releases of Minamo & Moskitoo, Federico Durand, Michael Grigoni & Stephen Vitiello, as well as the two other releases from Giuseppe Ielasi and the new duo This Valley Of Old Mountains that are covered in … Continue reading 12k – Christopher Bissonnette / Giuseppe Ielasi / This Valley Of Old Mountains.
"Second album from American trio Dawn Chorus and the Infallible Sea, consisting of zakè, Marc Ertel and Damien Duque. Together they're creating soft-textured and slowly unfolding sonic landscapes, somewhere between guitar-oriented drone music and modern classical. Liberamente is the kind of album that demands attention and patience from the listener, yet it's ultimately a very … Continue reading Dawn Chorus And The Infallible Sea – Liberamente.
"Like the instrument that inspired it, the Ondes Martenot, Van Tassel’s Dance Music volume II is elegant and expressive, the score to a movie inside your head. The Ondes Martenot (OHND mar-tə-NOH) is an elegantly intricate, deliberately complicated hand-built machine that lives with the theremin as one of the world’s earliest electronic instruments (c.1928). Its inventor, … Continue reading Joshua Van Tassel – Dance Music Volume II: More Songs For Slow Motion.