"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.
"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.
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.
With an aim at trying to be as up to date as I can, this is a post of releases that came out in the month of June. It wraps up releases from labels such as Whitelabrecs (the final "Home Diaries" series" and their post Digital emergence), Time Released Sound, Same Difference Music and a … Continue reading June Pt. 2.
"Summer is here. The temperatures are up and the sun roof is down, people are hot, the drinks cold, the shades are on and the layers are off. Just in time Mandroid drops his new EP of throwback soul vibes and ice chilled, smooth summer grooves. This EP is the soundtrack for all your … Continue reading Mandroid – Sunday Morning.
The opening address of the mail I received in regards to the Rinnovare EP was about the artist himself. "Located in Kelowna , British Columbia , modern classical / ambient composer Matteo Neufeld creates worn atmospheres with layered string orchestrations , & textural ambience invoking inner reflection , still awareness & dreamy visualisation." The statement … Continue reading Rinnovare – Aperturia.
Much Like May, here we have Part 1 of some of the releases that came my way that were released in the month of June from labels such as élan vital, A Strangely Isolated Place, Modularfield, Lost Tribe Sound, Moderna, Rottenman Editions and a self released work from Oscar W. Küsel. "Downpour is a … Continue reading June Pt. 1.
"Dmitry Evgrafov returns with his fourth career album and third for FatCat’s 130701 imprint (Max Richter, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka). His most accomplished work to date, ‘Surrender’ is a broad and dramatic record that expands the Moscow-based artist’s palette and reaches beyond the usual post-classical range. Revealing an ambitious scope across the twelve-track … Continue reading Dmitry Evgrafov – Surrender.
"“Handles”, Drexler’s debut album, is inspired by new beginnings and ideas of rebirth. The music infuses intimate chamber strings with tender piano tones, ambient synth, minimal percussion and folky guitars. He adds to this instrumentation by manipulating sound using production techniques, delays, and experimenting with acoustic spaces. The album also incorporates field recordings from … Continue reading Drexler – Handles.