With the onset of the Corona Virus pandemic changes occurred in the underground music scene. From moving to largely Digital releases through to the Bandcamp revenue initiatives, arguably more music was released due to the nature of isolation and lock down. It has become quite difficult to keep up to speed with all these releases, … Continue reading Whitelabrecs / Slowcraft / La Petite Chambre / KrysaliSound – Digital Isolation.
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 … Continue reading A Collection of Artists Pt1.
For this post I get to check out the inaugural release from James A. McDermid and Inês Ourives Delgado's Mailbox label with a split release from McDermid and Brad Deschamps aka anthéne. Both artists have a history with Deschamps releasing McDermid's "Ghost Folk" cd back in April, 2017 and now it is McDermid's turn to … Continue reading anthéne – Transit / James A. McDermid – Transition.
There are a few artists that have come along over the three years since this blog began. One of them is Jakob Lindhagen who has appeared on this site before with his "Paces" and "Skörheten" releases. His latest is a soundtrack to the award winning Swedish short film "Ingen Lyssnar" by Elin Övergaar. While not … Continue reading Jakob Lindhagen – Ingen Lyssnar (Who Talks).
One of the more prolific artists of our time is Dutch experimentalist Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek who also records in various trio, duo and other variations. His music is not one that can be forced into a corner and this is seen through his more abstract compositions and his various soundtrack work for dance, film … Continue reading Machinefabriek – An Interview With Rutger Zuydervelt + FEAN – II.
Back in July, 2017 Italian artists Enrico Coniglio and Matteo Uggeri released "Open To The Sea" on the Dronarivm label (a review was published here). With their follow up for the German Midira label they have adopted the previous album's title for their new moniker. Like their debut, they have gathered collaborators to give the … Continue reading Open To The Sea / Luis Miehlich / Zoltan Fecso.
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.
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 Alvaret Ensemble is the improvisatory collective based around Greg Haines (piano), Jan Kleefstra (voice, poems), Romke Kleefstra (guitar, bass and effects) and Sytze Pruiksma (percussion). "Ea" is the group’s third album, after releasing the acclaimed self-titled double debut and the second album "Skeylja" in respectively 2012 and 2014 on Denovali Records. "Ea" was … Continue reading The Alvaret Ensemble – ea.
With the year and decade coming to an end, I rush with a flurry of blog posts. Shorter than most I normally do, there will hopefully be 22! done before the year is over , nicely tying up everything and clearing the decks before next years releases (which has already got close to double digits). … Continue reading Off Land/ Motionfield/ Various Artists/ Krzysztof Kotlinski/ andartica.