Sound Impression: Stijn Hüwels – Six Pieces For Guitar [mAtter]

Stijn Hüwels is a sound and recording artist based in Belgium whose work with processed guitar, loops, and field recordings reflects his “profound fascination with minimalism”. Most recently featured here on the blog in his role as the new custodian of the Slaapwel Records label, he is releasing new solo work of his own through…

Iván Muela – Unsound [Fluttery Records]

Born in the historic and culturally-rich city of Pamplona in Spain’s Basque Country (home to the Festival of San Fermin and the infamous Running of the Bulls) , Iván Muela began to learn the piano at the tender age of 6 before hearing the siren call of the electric guitar in his teen years and spending several years…

Wil Bolton – February Dawn [Eilean Rec.]

When speaking about his work, UK-based sound artist Wil Bolton has expressed that his is “particularly interested in the resonance of spaces and their history, and wider notions of place”. Take a look at his releases over the past couple of years and you will see ample evidence of this. Every album has a thematic context…

Sound Impression: Alex Lucas & Olan Mill – Tramuntana [Hawk Moon]

Three winters ago, musicians Alex Lucas and Alex Smalley (aka Olan Mill) were recording music together in the company of Bruno Sanfilippo at his Onix II Studio in Barcelona and what they created there has just been released to bring some light and color into the winter in which we now find ourselves.

Sound Impression: Thomas Ragsdale – Dear Araucaria [This Is It Forever]

Thomas Ragsdale, who makes electronic music as Winter Son as well as music for film & television under his own name, will soon be releasing a most endearing EP on cassette through This Is It Forever, a label run by his worriedaboutsatan band-mate Gavin Miller. It is an homage to the late crossword setter John Graham known…

A Sense of Place: Drombeg – Earthworks [Futuresequence]

Positioned on the south-western coast of Ireland, picturesque County Kerry boasts some of the regions most iconic scenery and ancient history. It also home to singer and musician Thom Brookes who introduced us to his ambient music project Drombeg last year with Notes From the Ocean Floor, an EP released by Futuresequence. Brookes has followed this…

Sound Impression: Willamette – Diminished Composition [Scissor Tail]

Still being somewhat nascent in the world of ambient and experimental music, I had not yet encountered the beguiling alchemy from the trio of Joseph Yonker and brothers  Davin & Kevin Chong known as Willamette before previewing their third full length album entitled Diminished Composition. I have since corrected that deficiency by sampling the sublime pleasures of Echo Park  (Infraction,…

2015 in review: Various Artist Compilations and Series

Various artist compilations and series can be showcases of artistic inspiration & collaboration and deep wells of discovery. Much more than just samplers, each of the albums presented here contain original pieces of new or reworked music not previously released and provided some of the most memorable musical journeys of the past year Click on any album…

2015 in review: Memorable Journeys on EP

The EP is often overlooked when it comes year-end retrospectives, but this format can provide us with some very special musical moments. Here are 15 of the most memorable of such I enjoyed this year across a variety of genres – Click on album titles in the list below for more information Editors note: An EP…