"Following last year's reworking of ‘Living Treasure’ James Murray and Mike Lazarev present a collection of post-classical compositions woven into delicate ambient textures. Suññatā is the experience of encountering the non-self, of a sound and its reflection meeting in empty space, found here in the remarkable combined resonance of emotive piano and uniquely reactive sound … Continue reading James Murray & Mike Lazarev – Suññatā.
In light of my recent Instagram post that gave a snapshot of what the review queue looked like, I will keep these short and sweet in an effort to try and get through as many releases before I hit the brick wall. "We’re returning to our release schedule with a work that has been a … Continue reading Looking Backwards To Go Forwards – Part 2.
"The Old Capital" is the debut album from Melbourne composers Claire Deak and Tony Dupé. The album is their first recorded collaboration, though Dupé has released two solo albums under the name Saddleback. The duo describes themselves as a home orchestra well-suited for late night rambling. Much like traveling in the dark of night, the … Continue reading Claire Deak and Tony Dupé – The Old Capital.
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.
"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.
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.
"Arriving on the heels of a proper full length album, "Like Waves Between Us" is a new instrumental ambient EP from Detroit-based musician Steve Swartz. The EP explores the idea that we are in a constant energy exchange with each other. Kindness. Anger. Desire. Sorrow. Joy. All rippling back and forth amongst us in … Continue reading Swartz et – Like Waves Between Us.