At this point in time supporting artists is important. With what is going on in the world including lock down, isolating and in some places institutions like the post office closing their doors, music is one of the things can provide an escape from ‘the real world’. So, I have done this post, the first of many, to highlight some artists (in no particular order) and their releases that you can check out and support from the comfort of your own home that will make whatever it is you are going through that much better. This time around I chose artists who are quite involved in releasing their own works as they are through labels, and who have submitted music to this blog.
Dominique Carpenter it is fairly obvious that Dominique’s name would come up due to the nature of the relationship between the blog and the artist that has developed over the years. Dominique was the first artist to send me his music and it’s been a pleasure watching him develop as an artist over the course of time.
Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek Rutger is one of the more prolific and flexible musicians with an ever growing discography that features his fine design/artwork. You can never peg just how his music will sound as whether it is under his own name, his Machinefabriek moniker or collaborations in FEAN, Piipstjilling or in duo or trio formats, his music is always taking different shape, pushing boundaries and always engaging.
Hotel Neon The first time that this experimental ambient trio came across my radar was when Home Normal re-issued their debut (one that still is missing from my HN collection). Since then they have toured, released on labels such as Archives and Thesis as well as put out a selection of self released CD and Digital works. The members also have their own projects with Andrew Tasselmyer and Gray Acres (Andrew and Michael Tasselmyer) being the most productive. They also have their complete Digital catalogue priced generously cheap and donate a portion to charity, like their recent “Tortured Shapes” single.
Mathieu Karsenti according to his blurb on his Bandcamp page “Mathieu Karsenti is an award-winning music composer for film, TV and stage with over 20 years’ experience of making music. Mathieu showcases here his composing voice: a modern contrapuntal/fugal modern hybrid with influences from minimalism, World and Jazz.” Over the last three years he has released six EP’s in a usual cycle of early and mid year. The four that I have heard have all been impressive and show an artist that is well skilled at his craft. He deserves more of an audience, so if you haven’t had a chance to check him out or he is a new name to you, why not give his music a look?
Alaskan Tapes is Canadian musician Brady Kendall who’s music covers such genres as ambient, post rock and drone with a view to capture depth, texture and melodies. He has successfully put out his own vinyl, cd and cassette releases with one release also being available on the Fluid Audio label. Kendall has also contributed to works by the likes of Bedroom.
Bruno Sanfilippo For the majority of his thirty plus releases, Sanfilippo with the help of others has released his music via his own ad21 label. Some releases have come out on imprints like Dronarivm, 1631 Recordings or Laverna, but for the most part Sanfilippo is in charge of his own destiny and doing nicely from it. His earliest works go back to 1991, but since the advent of ad21 in 1998 he has really been pursuing his artistic vision behind the piano with electrinics creeping in now and then. Definitely a pioneer of the current wave of solo pianists, his music is released at a regular flow and it is always a joy to his newest works.