"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.
The Ambient bromance is alive and well with the release of the debut Slow Reels album "Farewell Islands" on Morr Music. The duo of Ian Hawgood and James Murray are no strangers to each other. They have shared stages together and have had releases on each others respective labels - Hawgood's "Impermanence" on Murray's Slowcraft … Continue reading Slow Reels – Farewell Islands.
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 KrysaliSound – ØjeRum / James Murray / Nāda Mushin.
As the new year starts like every other blog I do my best of list for the previous year's releases. What this list is is a celebration of the artists and labels that made some fine music that I heard and want to share with you. This is a relatively simple list, just 21 (I … Continue reading The Best of 2018.
The ever busy James Murray (Slowcraft Records, Silent Vigils) has recently released this album via the Fluid Audio imprint. Recently I mentioned the Dauw and Eilean labels as victims of their own success. This is also attributable also to Fluid Audio who taken time and effort to construct impressive works of art that sell out … Continue reading James Murray – Landscapes of Lovers.
British musician and label boss (Slowcraft Records) James Murray should be familiar to most who peruse this and like-minded blogs (If not, go back to the front page of this blog and read the interview with him). His last album was the acclaimed "Killing Ghosts" (Home Normal, February 2017) and with his most recent work, … Continue reading James Murray – Falling Backwards.
From time to time I like to shine light on labels and the people that run them. I am intrigued about their histories, inspiration and what their futures might bring. Ahead of the release of his new album "Falling Backwards" on Home Normal on September 14, this installment is with James Murray of Slowcraft Records. … Continue reading Slowcraft Records Interview with James Murray.
Home Normal have been releasing a series of collaborations in the last year or so. Mostly they have been releases from label boss Ian Hawgood alongside his friends (and notable artists in their own right) Wil Bolton, Danny Norbury and Giulio Aldinucci. However, this time it is a collaboration between James Murray and Stijn Hüwels. … Continue reading Silent Vigils – Fieldem.