Schole Records have a knack for releasing works by composers that blur the lines of genre classifications. This is very evident with the latest release from Paris born composer Quentin Sirjacq. Sirjacq who has studied at Mills College (California) and the Royal Conservatory (The Hague), returns to Schole for "Companion". An eclectic musician, he has … Continue reading Quentin Sirjacq – Companion / Haythem Mahbouli – Catching Moments In Time.
Anthéne is Toronto, Canada based artist Brad Deschamps who has been making Ambient music since 2011. He also records as part of the duo North Atlantic Drift with Mike Abercrombie. Brad runs the magnificent Polar Seas Recording label (which was inaugurated by a pair of North Atlantic Drift releases), and also has released material from … Continue reading anthéne – asymmetry / weightless.
Valeska Rautenberg appeared on these pages back in August of last year with her "Aerial Minds" ep, a release that fused her piano playing and singing. Eight months on we have her follow-up release "Veins - Songs For Piano, Wind & Water" which strips her music back to focus on the piano. If she is … Continue reading Valeska Rautenberg – Veins – Songs For Piano, Wind & Water.
Krysalisound was started by Sound Artist Francis M Gri in 2010 to release his own works. He opened it up to other artists in 2016 and has released works from the likes of øjeRum, Hirotaka Shirotsubaki, James A. McDermid and Drawing Virtual Gardens amongst others. It's this last artist that is the link to Tropic … Continue reading Tropic Of Coldness – Maps of Reason.
After moving house (and countries) Home Normal release their third album for the year with this Japanese and Belgium collaboration. Most defining musical styles are referenced in capital and with a punctuation mark, such as Metal! But the music that encompasses this album would be best defined as minimalism - all lowercase with no need … Continue reading Tomoyoshi Date+ Stijn Hüwels – hochu-ekki- tou.
Philadelphia's Hotel Neon are a bit of an anomaly in the current underground ambient scene. When you think of Ambient musicians you tend to think of solo projects, rather than a group per se. They are also a working live band, with both and domestic and European tours in the near future, which is again … Continue reading Hotel Neon – Vanishing Forms.
The surge in popularity towards Modern Classical or piano based music can largely be attributed to the likes of Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Stefano Guzzetti, Bruno Sanfilippo, Library Tapes and others with their inspirational works of the last decade and a half. Essentially they re-framed the piano and brought it into a modern context. With … Continue reading Sven Laux and Daniela Orvin – The Writings.