Flying Hórses – Tölt

Flying Hórses is a Canadian modern classical duo consisting of Jade Bergeron on piano, wurlitzer, celesta, & music boxes and Raphael Weinroth-Browne on cello & electronics. Their debut album, Tölt, is lovingly referential to Iceland and was partially recorded on location there, but the objective was not to emulate the moody and melancholic soundscapes that association likely brings to mind. Their…

Pleq & Giulio Aldinucci – The Prelude To [Long Story Recording Company]

Collaboration borne of two artists sparking each other’s creativity is at the heart of The Prelude To, a new album by Pleq (Bartosz Dziadosz) and Giulio Aldinucci shortly to be released by The Long Story Recording Company based in Perth, Australia. It all began when a demo of Aldinucci’s work was submitted to Pleq’s Dronarivm label, leading to the development of the…

Alex Cobb – Chantepleure [Students of Decay]

Chantepleure is Alex Cobb’s third full length album under his own name and the second to be released on his own Students of Decay label. The title, an archaic term meaning to cry and sing at the same time, suggests that we might expect a sanguine emotional catharsis, an expectation the album notes go on to…

Stefano Guzzetti – Ensemble [Stella Recordings]

The latest full length album by composer, producer, & sound designer Stefano Guzzetti marks the launch of his new personal imprint, Stella Recordings, and captures music from his previous solo albums, compilation singles, and soundtracks in the setting he prefers to perform live – a four piece ensemble. The group consists of Guzzetti himself on piano and electronics…

Travelogue 2015-29: Post Rock Summer Round Up

This travelogue concludes a week of post rock coverage with a round up of upcoming releases, recent discoveries, and missed gems spanning a wide variety of styles – atmospheric, playful, emotional, and heavy, or in some cases all of the above. Listen, discover, and enjoy. 

ENO – from the lower earth and ocean [Ikarus Records]

The letters ENO may immediately call to mind an iconic name in the minds of ambient music enthusiasts, but it also means “uncle” in Finnish ([ˈɛnɔ] ) and it is from that origin the Swiss post rock duo of Ivo münger and Christian Mikolasek have taken their name and it is that linguistic and cultural…

All Shall Be Well – BLAUWGEEL

With such a strongly referential band name, it should be no surprise that Haarlem, Netherlands based All Shall Be Well is dedicated to telling stories with their music. (The name is taken from the phrase “All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well” originating with medieval English religious figure Julian of Norwich…

Astralia – Atlas [Aloud Music]

Astralia is a three-piece band from Barcelona, Spain. Their first full-length album, Atlas, was released in the spring of 2014 and a year later has been re-released in three special vinyl editions making it a perfect occasion to revisit the pleasures of  this outstanding record which, in hindsight, would have been deserving of a place among my top…

The Union Trade – A Place of Long Years [Tricycle Records]

Long overdue to be reviewed here is A Place of Long Years, the first full length album in several years from San Francisco based post rock outfit The Union Trade released this past February on Tricycle Records. It is both a return to the form that made 2008’s Everyday Including such a good listen and…