"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 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.
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.
"After the deep monochromatic textures of 'Fieldem' and the gradually evolving impressions of hope in 'Lost Rites’ we now conclude the Silent Vigils trilogy of albums for Home Normal with ‘Wake’, an exceptional celebration of new life and boundless spirit. With Małgorzata Łapsa-Malawska once again providing her singular visual counterpoint, Stijn Hüwels and James Murray's … Continue reading Silent Vigils – Wake.
"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.