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.
"The members of Minamo (Keiichi Sugimoto and Tetsuro Yasunaga) have known Moskitoo (Sanae Yamasaki) for many, many years and have worked together in all sorts of ways. They have not, however, performed a live set or recorded together before what has become Superstition. Superstition is a gathering of close friends creating music they love to … Continue reading The Catch Up Pt. 5.
"While quarantined, I sat down that first week and wrote whatever came to me and found the instant gratification of such creation to quell the anxieties that come with such unprecedented uncertainty. It was after that first track that I thought of the idea of writing a song a week during the lock down with … Continue reading Mike Cadoo – Alone, Together.
"This album was recorded during the autumn-days of 2017 when the outlines of all things dissolved. So did the sounds here somehow." Alexander Holtz records under the name Oberlin and has had a handful of releases on the Thirsty Leaves label. "Grey Mornings Hazy Pictures" is the English translation of the title for the second … Continue reading The Catch Up Pt. 4.
"On their first album together since Maze of Woods (2015), Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions in the Sky) further their creative curiosities as Inventions. Beginning with a trace of uncontrollable laughter that shifts into the driving atmosphere and unfolding elation of opening track “Hint and Omens,” Continuous Portrait is an album … Continue reading Inventions – Continuous Portrait.
The worriedaboutsatan project is currently in it's sixteenth year of existence. With a back catalogue of works on labels such as Gizeh, Burning Witches, Wolves and Vibrancy, Sound In Silence and Gavin Miller's own This Is It Forever, the existence of the project nearly came to an end when Miller's partner Thomas Ragdale opted to … Continue reading worriedaboutsatan – Time Lapse.
Bigo & Twigetti are the London based label that describe themselves as mixing classical music, electronica, sounds design and a few other things. Their roster includes the likes of Leah Kardos, Fiona Brice, Olof Corneer, Liam J Hennessey and others. Today I focus on the two most recent releases from Marika Takeuchi and label boss … Continue reading Bigo & Twigetti: Marika Takeuchi – Missing Piece / Jim Perkins – Pools Re-works / Various Artists – Perceptions.
New Zealand, the country located at the bottom of the world has a reputation for punching well above its weight. The country with a population of just under 5,000 000 have had a profound effect on musical culture over the years. Their punk scene of the late 70's was as good as anyone's (see the … Continue reading Rhian Sheehan – Recollections, Vol 1.
Finally after a prolonged release after it's initial release date of late October 2019, "The Thief Bunny Society" by colourful Swedish composer Per Störby Jutbring finally sees the light of day. "On The Thief Bunny Society his palette consists of piano, string quartet, cello, clarinet and electronics. It’s orchestrated layers, loops, arpeggios, synths and … Continue reading Per Störby Jutbring – The Thief Bunny Society.
Here we have a couple of the most recent releases from Russia's Dronarivm label which further establish them at the forefront of Ambient and related sounds. Both the Christopher Bissonnette album and the Ecovillage album are down to a handful of copies each. You snooze you lose. "Emil Holmstrom and Peter Wikstrom have been … Continue reading Ecovillage – Arrived / Christopher Bissonnette – The Wine Dark Sea.