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 second and last 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. Like the previous post 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.
Hammock are the Nashville duo who have a formidable back catalogue. Since 2005 they have released a dozen albums, participated in soundtracks and signed artists to their own label including Slow Meadow and The Ascent Of Everest. Formed out of the ashes of Common Children, Hammock have shown how possible it is to be successful on your own terms and truly independent. Styles like Drone, Modern Classical, Post Rock and Dream Pop are just some that you will com across in their catalog.
Richard Skelton‘s career goes back to the mid noughties and was one of the artists who attention to intimate packaging caught my attention. Over the years he has had some releases on other labels such as Tompkins Square and Preservation, but still maintains a diy aesthetic in his releases. Not one to release for the sake of it, Skelton’s music and packaging has a theme attached to it which gives the release extra meaning.
Good Weather For An Airstrike started as a project to help main member Tom Honey and his issues with tinnitus. Since 2010 he has been releasing music that has incorporated elements of Ambient, Drone, Post Rock and Electronica creating a catalog that can only be described as “all killer, no filler”. Each release is recommended and well worth checking out.
Norvik is Hong Kong based musician who describes his music as creating soundtracks to non existent films. He is a bit of a unknown musician, which considering the quality of his music should change over time. His most recent album “A Time For Storm” (Valley View Records) shows the growth in his music very nicely, balancing the orchestral and piano elements very nicely.
Endless Melancholy featured in the last post for his Hidden Vibes label work, Olesksiy has released on labels such as Preserved Sound, Twice Removed, Thesis, Dronarivm and 1631 Recordings to name a few. His Bandcamp page also has a variety of self released works which include outtakes, remixes and Digital only works. Predominantly based on Piano, Endless Melancholy’s music has continued to evolve and move over time.
A Sun Amissa is the project of Richard Knox. Knox is what you would describe as a self made man. He is very much in control of his career / life as well as releasing as A-Sun Amissa (and Shield Patterns with his wife Claire), Knox runs the Gizeh label, Smiling Paper Ghosts production company and Death Rattle Press. Release from the likes of Astrid, Chantal Acda, Aidan Baker, Loscil and others have come courtesy of him. Knox also understands that there are many shades of black.