Here it is, the last post on this blog my fourth and final best of list. The criteria is fairly simple relying on twenty (+ three honourable mentions) releases I liked. No splitting into genre styles or ranking them numerically. Just simply the art and where to buy it. It's safe to say 2020 has … Continue reading Best of 2020 and farewell.
At this point in time supporting small labels is important. With what is going on in the world including lock down, isolating and in some places institutions like the post office closing their doors, music is one of the things can provide an escape from ‘the real world’. So, I have done this post, … Continue reading A Bunch Of Labels Pt4.
Another quick look back to some releases from 2019 that have been floating around DAF HQ (plus the new one from Tristan Eckerson as well). "Eckerson's life, musical and otherwise, has been that of a nomad since his teenage years, when he left his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to pursue his musical career. Since … Continue reading Tristan Eckerson/ Thomas Méreur/ Cedric Vermue / Plinki Plonki/
Formerly based in Poland and for the last few years back in label boss Hayden Berry's native UK, the Preserved Sound label continues to flourish. Over the years Berry has successfully been curating a roster that gives the label an identity that is essentially theirs. Artists like Endless Melancholy, Vitaly Beskrovny were part of their … Continue reading Preserved Sound – Cédric D. Lavoie / Adrian Lane / Neal Heppleston / Tess Said So.
"Chiodi" (Italian for nails) is the third album of Italian improvising duo of Francesco Covarino and Alessandro Incorvaia following from "Granada" (Whitelabrec) and "Perugia" (UK label Preserved Sound, which is the same label as is "Chiodi"). The album once more is a guitar and drums improv duo. However, this time they set about creating an … Continue reading Covarino/Incorvaia – Chiodi.
Back when I started this blog the music I reviewed was from a handful of purchases which then led to a small trickle of submissions which has now become a steady flow of music heading my way. I try to balance the reviews out with lesser known stuff alongside better known labels, stuff that has … Continue reading Preserved Sound x 4: Max Ananyev / Visionary Hours / Aaron Martin / Benjamin Louis Brody.
TWENTY GREAT RELEASES OF 2017 I have to admit a sense of dread in compiling this list. These lists can be seen as from arbiters of taste and start well before the year ends. Sometimes it seems in competition to be the first to decree which album/label etc to be the finest of the … Continue reading 2017 : Twenty of the Best List.
I have been a fan of Preserved Sound and was lucky to discover them early on and have several of their releases in my collection. Over the years they have maintained a handmade aesthetic while producing releases over a variety of genres while cultivating a roster that includes Vitaly Beskrovny, Tess Said So, Adrian Lane, … Continue reading Interview with Hayden Berry – Preserved Sound.
On his Fourth album, the follow-up to "Branches Never Remember", on the Preserved Sound label (the home to all of his albums), Adrian Lane uses 100-year-old cylinder recordings as the starting point for new compositions – chopping them up, reordering them and playing along to build up a series of completely new compositions. As Lane says … Continue reading Adrian Lane – Playing With Ghosts.