Sound Impression: Lena Natalia – Rendezvous in Paris

She may be based in Chicago, but the mellifluous minimalist compositions of pianist/composer Lena Natalia bring a very different place to mind.  Her latest recording, Rendezvous in Paris, joins her Global Music Award winning Sundays in Paris (2015) to form a 24 song diptych which manages to capture the very zeitgeist of the City of Light in all its timeless elegance and effusively bittersweet joy.…

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Tess Said So – Scramble + Fate [Preserved Sound]

“One piano player. One percussionist.” With I Did That Tomorrow (2014), Rasa Daukus & Will Larsen as Tess Said So introduced their unique creative partnership, a vibrant collection of tracks that defied the apparent limitations of their chosen format. The same improvisational spirit, bold elegance, and impeccable musicianship that made such a resounding first impression on their debut shines just as…

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Ersatz – Hints of [Brian Records]

Ersatz is a project by multi-instrumentalists Ben Johnson and Jim Cornick based in Bristol, UK. They have worked together on various projects for over a decade, and under the name Ersatz for the last eight years yielding four full length albums and several EPs. Their latest, Hints Of, is by their own definition more concise and understated than…

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Sound Impression: kj – wake [Own Records]

New York based musician, producer, and filmmaker KJ Rothweiler makes his album debut on Own Records with wake, a beautifully conceived and sumptuously textured seven song opus that should really hit the sweet spot for anyone who enjoys contemplative ambient music enriched by minimalist expressionism and cinematic depth. As a filmmaker kj is inspired by the way soundtracks shape…

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Sound Impression: Adzuki – Radio Sea [Shimmering Moods]

Radio Sea is an entrancing new electroacoustic ambient excursion from Tokyo-based musician Kadzuki Ikegaya under the moniker Adzuki, a collection of ten exquisitely constructed tracks that serve as a tranquil meditation on the sea both literal and metaphorical. “The noise which comes from the radio sometimes sounds like the sound of the sea”

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Song Premiere: Come In (Christoph Berg Remix) from Be Life Relived by Anne Garner

The best songs live on not only in the way they are experienced by the listener but in the way they engender new possibilities and interpretations from the seeds of their inspiration. Such is the case with Anne Garner‘s beguiling fourth album Be Life released last year. As it turns out, the songs had more…

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Sound Impression: Solo Andata – In the Lens [12k]

Nearly seven years after their eponymous release on 12k, Australian duo Solo Andata returns to the label with a sublime electroacoustic gem called In the Lens which was born from fragments and recordings “found in the interstices of decades-old hard drives, lost email threads from disused accounts, and forgotten samples recorded on cassette dictaphones”, apparently just the sort of…

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