The regular dilemma is upon me once more - the review queue continues to grow at a greater rate of reviews posted. Unfortunately there is not enough time to cover everything in-depth, so this is another part in the series of round ups. Alessio Premoli aka Chelidon Frame last appeared in these pages for his … Continue reading The Round Up Pt.2 – Chelidon Frame / Triangulum / Valoltihkuu / Daliah / Plïnkï Plønkï.
Bartosz Dziadosz and Tomasz Mreñca are friends and artists from Poland. They started collaborating on musical projects including the multinational modern classical project The Frozen Vaults, which also includes Harry Towell (Spheruleus, Whitelabrecs), Yuri Murata and Dave Donhau. Mreñca's violin work also appeared on Dziadosz's release with Giulio Aldinucci (who reworks a track on this release) … Continue reading Dziadosz / Mreñca – Mirage (Reworks) .
It would be fair to say I am drowning in sound. Not a bad thing, but a constant struggle to get the queue down. An easy option would be to draw a line and focus on just the new stuff, but that would ignore some fine music out there. This a collection of releases from … Continue reading In Brief: Riverkeeper / Valerio Orlandini / Gianluca Piacenza / James Osland / James McDermid.
"Orthodox Tales" by Andrew Sherwell (Whitelab Recs) is an album released back in January which I have only just got round to having an in-depth listen to. Mastered by Stephen Mathieu it, like the Bedroom release reviewed recently, is one where it can stop you in your tracks when you hear it. "Orthodox Tales" is … Continue reading Andrew Sherwell – Orthodox Tales.
EugeneKha Part of the exquisite looking May batch from ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ record is this release, "Three Months" by EugeneKha. "EugeneKha is an ambient project by Evgenij V. Kharitonov: poet, musician, sound and visual artist. He was born in 1969 in Moscow and has got a philological eduction, is the author of numerous literary publications and many … Continue reading In Brief: A collection of Short Releases Pt. 4.
For this round-up we are bookended by two noisier releases with synth drone, classical and improv guitar ambience in the middle. Venturing from Poland to Chile to Spain to England, finally ending up in Australia. Wound "Bartosz Szturgiewicz has started creating music late 2009 as Wounds, exploring the drone textures and loop-based structures with his … Continue reading In Brief : A Collection of Short Releases Pt. 3.
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.
Harry Towell's Whitelab Recs had a big 2017. With seventeen releases (of which I got sent these four and the Covarino/ Incorvaia release sent by the artists themselves). The label even managed to snag a placing in A Closer Listens Labels of the year list - a great placing considering their one in seven strike … Continue reading Whitelab Recs x 4: Teleferik/Polaroid Notes/Overshift/The Prairie Lines.
One of the hardest working people in the Ambient/Drone sphere is Harry Towell. He wears many hats and has four labels in various states of activity as well as his well known Spheruleus moniker. I caught up with Harry to talk about his Whitelab Rec's label. You record under the Spheruleus name (as well as … Continue reading An interview with Whitelabrec’s Harry Towell.
I'll put my hand up and say reviewing an improv release is probably not my forte. I have, in the past tried to get into improv. The likes of Bailey, Braxton, Rowe and others have passed in and out of my collection. Experimental electronic improv is probably easier to get a handle of due to … Continue reading Covarino/Incorvaia – Granada.