"The composer Martyn Heyne was born in Hamburg and classically trained at the music academy of Amsterdam. His concerts and recordings have gained him a reputation for a unique approach to the guitar. As a performer, Heyne played across the world as a live member of the indie rock band Efterklang and as a solo … Continue reading Martyn Heyne – Open Lines.
"The score to Jennifer Rainsford’s short film of the same name, ‘Lake On Fire’ sees Stockholm-based pianist/ composer Shida Shahabi follow up last year’s "Shifts" EP and her 2018 debut LP "Homes" with a new release that expands her repertoire via a move away from the piano, with three of its four tracks being played on organ and … Continue reading Shida Shahabi / Near The Parenthesis / anthéne.
The best part of doing a blog is being introduced to a new artist and being floored with their first release. Such is the case with Philippines based artist Bobby Legaspi and his debut album "...For Strange Times". In an email to me he stated that the album is "a mix of synth pads with … Continue reading Bobby Legaspi / Rapt / John Hayes & Maxy Dutcher.
If ever there is a need for beauty in this world, it is now. Some calm, some escape, soundtracks to make things just a little better. I present to you the latest releases from The Green Kingdom, Hugar and SVLBRD. "The Green Kingdom is Michael Cottone, based in Michigan. His compositions blur the line between … Continue reading The Green Kingdom / Hugar / SVLBRD.
"Europa is somewhere between a re-issue and a ‘best of’ with a few gems from ‘The Vault’. It's a nice mix of the older satan catalogue and two new tracks, yet programmed to flow like an original record. The tracks, ‘Who Is A Hunter?’ and ‘Cloaking’ were originally slated to be released as a 12" … Continue reading worriedaboutsatan – Europa.
"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.