James Murray & Mike Lazarev – Suññatā.

"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.

Shida Shahabi / Near The Parenthesis / anthéne.

"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.

Silent Vigils – Wake.

"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.

Home Normal / Slowcraft – Tsone / Ian Hawgood + Stijn Hüwels / Ian Hawgood + Phil Tomsett/ Ian Hawgood.

With the year and decade coming to an end, I rush with a flurry of blog posts. Shorter than  most I normally do, there will hopefully be 22! done before the year is over , nicely tying up everything and clearing the decks before next years releases (which has already got close to double digits). … Continue reading Home Normal / Slowcraft – Tsone / Ian Hawgood + Stijn Hüwels / Ian Hawgood + Phil Tomsett/ Ian Hawgood.

anthéne – asymmetry / weightless.

Anthéne is Toronto, Canada based artist Brad Deschamps who has been making Ambient music since 2011. He also records as part of the duo North Atlantic Drift with Mike Abercrombie. Brad runs the magnificent Polar Seas Recording label (which was inaugurated by a pair of North Atlantic Drift releases), and also has released material from … Continue reading anthéne – asymmetry / weightless.

Tomoyoshi Date+ Stijn Hüwels – hochu-ekki- tou.

After moving house (and countries) Home Normal release their third album for the year with this Japanese and Belgium collaboration. Most defining musical styles are referenced in capital and with a punctuation mark, such as Metal! But the music that encompasses this album would be best defined as minimalism - all lowercase with no need … Continue reading Tomoyoshi Date+ Stijn Hüwels – hochu-ekki- tou.