Another quick look back to some releases from 2019 that have been floating around DAF HQ (plus the new one from Tristan Eckerson as well). "Eckerson's life, musical and otherwise, has been that of a nomad since his teenage years, when he left his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue his musical career. Since … Continue reading Tristan Eckerson/ Thomas Méreur/ Cedric Vermue / Plinki Plonki/
This review pairs up the two recent Stephen Vitiello collaborations with Molly Berg and Michael Grigoni that came out a little under three months from each other on the IIKKI Books and 12k labels. The two releases highlight different sounds that different collaborators can come up with. "Stephen Vitiello and Molly Berg met in Richmond, … Continue reading Stephen Vitiello + Molly Berg / Michael Grigoni + Stephen Vitiello.
After a burst of activity and blog posts I find myself in a little funk / writers block. Rather than just focus on the newer releases which are coming in thick and fast and ignore older ones, here are some brief looks at some fine releases from some newer labels such as Mendicant, Veriditas Recordings, … Continue reading Lou Rogai/ Henrik Meierkord/ Alder & Ash.
"Flares was the debut album from Genoa post-rock quintet port-royal. The album was initially released in 2005 by the quality-minded UK indie label Resonant Recordings. "Flares" has become a watermark of the more contemporary amalgam of ambient, electronica and post-rock. And, is considered a classic of the genre. Spintink Music stylistically name-dropped Eno and … Continue reading port-royal – flares (15th Anniversary Remaster).
Recently reviewed in these pages, the "Home" album by Lorenzo Masotto (Dronarivm, Lady Blunt Records, Sonder House, Alfa Music, Preserved Sound) is being toured throughout Europe and the US/Canada this year with more dates to be added. "A pianist and composer based in Italy, his musical journey began when he took up the piano at … Continue reading Lorenzo Masotto – Home tour.
"Everything is the 6th album by Bordeaux-based experimental electronic music composer Franck Zaragoza's Ocoeur epithet. For this new full-length, Zaragoza quantumly pushes the Ocoeur sound into the depths of synth-based ambient enclaves. Zaragoza blends such "ambience," at the opportune times, with his now trademark careening sound-design focused beat work. The album's closing tracks, the 20-minute … Continue reading Ocoeur – Everything.
Following on from the last post, I cast my eye and ears over a diverse collection of releases that came out between August of last year and January of this ear. "“Ghosts of Electricity” is a soundscapes/ambient/hauntronica collaboration between experimental musician Dean Richards (who played in the seminal late 70's Australian post-punk electronic act Whirlywirld, … Continue reading The Ghosts Of Electricity – The Guildford Tree Vol. 1 / Art Davis – Sumi-e Shadows / Jesús Vergara – Tria Principia / Liquid Terrain – Tidal.
Here we have a collection of different sounding releases collected in the one place for the discerning listener. "Andrea Laudante is a young pianist with an experimental soul that I’m sure will have a bright future. "Banat Banat Ban Jai" is a spiritual mind journey in which piano talks with silence and noise creating a … Continue reading Andrea Laudante – Banat Banat Ban Jai / Matija Mikovic – Fragile Canvas / Boris Salchow – Stars / Raphael Weinroth-Browne – Worlds Within.
"The idea was originally came about after our label owner Harry and his wife had a baby daughter, Isla. Harry curated a full-length compilation to help soothe his daughter to sleep and whilst Isla hasn’t needed much of a helping hand where sleep is concerned, he was keen to continue this project as a … Continue reading Various – Sleeplaboratory2.0 / Heights.
"'Worn' was written in the summer of 2019 and was recorded using Yamaha MT3X multi track cassette recorder. The cassette tape itself was an old cassette tape which I used to record voice memos on when I was little. The recording process involved the recording of several sketches, which I then revisited and overdubbed every … Continue reading Robert Farrugia – Worn.