Some great music has already been released in 2014. Let’s take a look music just out or being released in the next several weeks.
Need a Name – 2013 Collection (Jan 4)
Dario Lupo has released a collection of 13 original tracks from last year in one package spanning ambient, downtempo electronic, post rock, and modern compositional genres rendered with emotion, melodicism, and great recording aesthetics. Generously offered on a pay what you want basis, the digital package includes high resolution cover art for each track.
Denovali (multiple artists) – Nordic Lake Sounds – Vol V (Jan 4)
Denovali Records starts the new year with a brand new 22 track FREE download sampler which features many of the 2013 releases as well as some upcoming records from the beginning of 2014. This includes stellar tracks from Piano Interrupted, Greg Haines, Poppy Ackroyd, Field Rotation, Floex, and John Lemke as well as music soon to be released by Talvihorros, Federico Albanese, and Origamibiro (featured here).
Off Land – Voyage/ Home (Jan 6)
Tim Dwyer follows up the excellent ‘Tidewater Pulse’ (one of my top 20 ambient albums of 2013) with ‘Voyage/Home’, an expansive 60 minute set of lush ambient tracks. In fact ‘Voyage’ and ‘Home’ were recorded during the ‘Tidewater Pulse’ sessions. As a bonus, the download includes additional seamless mixes of title tracks which were split into two parts each for the album.
The Sound of Rescue – Forms (Jan 7)
Perhaps the first great post rock album of the year, there has been a lot of justifiable buzz about this new LP from The Sound of Rescue. The Tasselmyer brothers deliver a set of beautifully crafted and blissfully heavy tracks. Mastered by Taylor Deupree and featuring artwork from Shannon Penner of Orbit Over Luna, this is one fans of instrumental rock will NOT want to miss.
Mathieu Lamontagne & Eeem – Variations sur tout ce qui pousse (Jan 14)
This album is the second collaboration of Mathieu Lamontagne Emmanuel Toledo (Eeem), a collection of rich ambient and experimental soundscapes consisting of a composition by Lamontagne called ‘Tout ce qui pousee’ (“everything that grows”) and six variations by Eeem.
Andrei Machado – Catarse (Jan 15)
‘Catarse’ is a lovely collection of elegant solo pieces by beautifully performed by Brazilian pianist and composer Andrei Machado and mastered by Wil Bolton. Delicately balancing minimlism and emotion, it is a delightful find for fans of solo piano and modern classical.
Carlos Cipa & Sophia Jani (Jan 17)
Carlos Cipa will follow up his 2013 album ‘The Monarch and the Viceroy’ with ‘Relive’, a collaboration with Sophia Jani featuring two pieces written for their performance at the 2013 Denovali Swingfest in Essen, Germany. These are beguiling pieces composed for two pianos and four hands and performed with a variety of techniques, some unusual, but all organically generated by their hands and the instruments.
The Green Kingdom – Expanses (Jan 27)
Mike Cottone takes The Green Kingdom in a slightly new direction with ‘Expanses’ due out on Jan 27th on the Dronarivm label. The album is declared to be “an homage to classic ambient and ambient techno albums of the past…as indicated by the title, these pieces are meant to evoke vast and expansive environments, either real or imagined.” Judging by the preview tracks, it would appear he hit the target spot on.
Kusanagi – They Will Come Back For You… (Jan 27)
Kusanagi is a band out of Liverpool, UK that delivers a scintillating brand of instrumental music with elements of math, progressive and post rock. Generally speaking, these are not soundscapes, they are jams and really good ones at that. Their new EP, ‘They Will Come Back For You…’ releases on Jan 27. No preview tracks from the new record are available, but check out ‘Resistance is Character Forming’ below from their eponymous April EP for a great idea of what to expect.
Monochromie – Winter (Jan 31)
Wilson Trouvé begins the year with a collection of piano based pieces called ‘Winter’ due out on Jan 31 and mastered by Wil Bolton. His last release, ‘Colours in the Dark’, was one of my top 20 modern classical albums of 2013 and if ‘Part 1’ is any indication, this will be a truly lovely album.
Tegh – Night Scenes (Jan 31)
Talvihorros – Eaten Alive (Jan 31)
Fabrizio Paterlini – The Art of the Piano (Feb 4)
Fabrizio’s album ‘Now’ was one of the highlights of modern classical piano music in 2013 and he just recently announced a release due out at the beginning of February called ‘The Art of the Piano’. Fans of his work would no doubt get this album sight unseen, but fortunately we can preview the lovely artwork and one of the beautiful tracks ‘My piano, the clouds’. Superb.