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.
"A decades-long disciple of Haruki Murakami, Brock Van Wey, better known as bvdub, has more than once melded the ideas of Murakami's magical realism and its underlying teachings on loneliness, isolation, and the human condition into the fabric of his own work. In a time, place, and set of circumstances that saw the hallucinatory set … Continue reading bvdub – Wrath & Apathy.
It is time to catch up on the rarest of format in the Underground Ambient, Modern Classical, whatever scene – the single. These four releases encompass the above styles and either are self released Digital only works (or in the case of Plurals a cassette release) or through labels and either stand alone releases or … Continue reading The Singles Club – El Conejo / Plurals / Eskimoh / Glowworm (feat Asia Dojnikowska).
"Numün is a trio of New York City soundscape designers who combine a wide range of music and visual influences to create hypnotic aural and visual experiences. The band members include “ambient country” pioneer Bob Holmes (from SUSS) as well as new music composer and artist, Joel Mellin, and percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Chris Romero (both … Continue reading Numün – Voyage Au Soleil.
As life continues and a writing block settles in and out, I find myself yet again swamped by submissions. The next few posts will be a very brief overview of releases that may tempt you to investigate further. "A debut album from ‘Blessed Are the Hearts that Bend’ created from field recordings captured across the … Continue reading Looking Backwards To Go Forwards – Part 1.