Shy, Low – Hiraeth [Spartan Records]

After three years, an eponymous debut record, and an EP (Binary Opposition) of sprawling and occasionally post metal leaning instrumentals, Richmond VA based Shy, Low chose a different trajectory for their latest opus and in so doing have produced one of the most emotional and unabashedly beautiful post rock records I have heard in quite a while. The direction as…

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Siavash Amini – Subsiding [Futuresequence]

Siavash Amini returns to the Futuresequence label with Subsiding, his sixth full length album and the third in a triptych of recent densely layered works, a stunning opus that incorporates some of the most distinctive elements of each of its predecessors while incrementally refining and evolving his sound. We have reached the point where we can…

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Sound Impression: Chris Walla – Tape Loops [Trans-]

First things first. Tape Loops is a superb album of ambient piano-based analog recordings by an artist with a refined minimalist aesthetic and a sure hand on the controls.  The fact that it is the first album by Chris Walla since leaving the popular and critically acclaimed Death Cab for Cutie 17 years with the band just…

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Sound Impression: Sebastian Plano – Open Recording Sessions

Born in Argentina and based in Berlin, Sebastian Plano is a modern classical composer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced two notable albums that will resonate strongly with fans of the work of Max Richter, Nils Frahm, and Ólafur Arnalds. Recently he was filmed performing a series of mesmerizing open recording sessions at Superbudda in Turin, Italy. Switching…

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Sound Impression: anthéne – repose [Polar Seas]

Brad Deschamps one half of Canadian music duo North Atlantic Drift, and co-founder of Polar Seas Recordings, has just unveiled his own solo project called anthéne with the release of a new full length recording entitled repose mastered by Sean McCann.  Anyone familiar with the glassy ambient drones and mellifluous flow of North Atlantic Drift will be at home…

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Rafael Anton Irisarri – A Fragile Geography [Room 40]

A Fragile Geography is Rafael Anton Irisarri’s first full length album since switching coasts and recovering from the theft of his personal and professional possessions that occurred in the process. In a way only the most genuine of artists can, he went beyond simple catharsis and transmuted the experience into creative expression based on a strong conceptual…

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Sound Impression: Illuminine – #1 Reworks [Dauw]

Dauw, a label based in Ghent, Belgium that specializes in hand made limited edition cassette releases, launches a new series with #1 Reworks, a collection of new interpretations of selected tracks from the debut album by Illuminine.

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Abul Mogard – Circular Forms [Ecstatic Recordings]

Having started Stationary Travels well along in my own life, the legend of Abul Mogard is deeply appealing to me. The story goes that did not even begin his musical career until after retiring from working in a metal factory in Belgrade, Serbia. He had no formal music education, yet he took the drone ambient…

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A Sense of Place: Tiny Portraits on Flaming Pines

Flaming Pines label founder Kate Carr has developed a highly regarded and multi-faceted creative practice “centered on articulating the relationship between people and place through sound”. In addition to her own sound work, she has curated a variety of wonderful conceptual series, the latest of which has seemingly unlimited potential despite its ostensibly diminutive name – Tiny Portraits.…

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