Fellirium – Sehnsucht / Saudade / Mono No Aware

Fellirium is the musical alias of Andrey Vasilyev, a quietly prolific musician and sound sculptor from Moscow, Russia. A common motif in his work is the musical articulation of emotions inspired by well-defined themes, something that works particularly well in a new series he has just completed, a trilogy of long-form pieces elucidating the depths and shades of meaning behind three…

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A Sense of Place: Ólafur Arnalds – Island Songs

Iceland’s dramatic landscape belies the island country’s relatively small footprint on the globe. Its breathtaking and mysterious beauty is inextricably woven into the music and literature of its people and draws travelers and artists from around the world like a siren call. But that is not the perspective of this magnificent place that Ólafur Arnalds seeks…

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Marconi Union – Ghost Stations [Just Music]

What do you do for an encore after recording “the most relaxing track in the world“? Earning that accolade along with extraordinary visibility and respectability in a cluster of eclectic genres that get too little of either might be enough to lure a band into stagnation, but on the evidence of their output since “Weightless”, there is little…

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Sound Impression: Tambour – Chapitre II [Moderna Records]

A waltzing piano, a twinkling glockenspiel, an exquisite string quartet, an air of wistful nostalgia, and a touch of cinematic whimsy all wrapped up in a poignant minimalist aesthetic – these are the elements that make up the aura of enchantment that surrounds the music of Tambour, a modern classical project of Montreal based composer Simon P. Castonguay. 

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Sound Impression: Coastlands – To Be Found

Coastlands is an instrumental band from Portland, Oregon who clearly draw inspiration from the surrounding forests, mountains, and coastline of the Pacific Northwest and manage to harness some of the rugged beauty of those landscapes in their latest opus To Be Found which comprises six lush, sprawling post rock narratives with the peregrine spirit of the wide-eyed traveler.

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Travelogue 2016.08.07: Walking on a cloud with 1631 Recordings

The steady outpouring of new albums, reissues, and V/A & single artist compilations from 1631 Recordings shows no signs of abating and that is great news for lovers of modern classical & ambient music. This travelogue presents a globe-spanning selection of seven of the more recent entries in their catalog, as well as their publishing/licensing offshoot 1631 Music, including the second…

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Sophie Hutchings – Wide Asleep [Preservation]

When composer/pianist Sophie Hutchings set out to record her third studio album Wide Asleep, she decided not to wait until after the music was released to let it forge a connection with her listeners, choosing instead to partially crowdfund the project so a special vinyl edition could be produced while at the same time peeling back the curtain a…

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Will Samson – Lua [12k]

Will Samson has always had a penchant for incorporating delicate textural layers and achingly beautiful strings into his fine spun brand of pop music – just consider Ground Luminosity (2015) or Balance (2012) – but when a recent facial injury sustained while relocating from the UK to Portugal forced him to temporarily put singing aside, he decided to extemporize with tape…

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Sound Impression: øjeRum – Væv [Eilean Rec.]

A glistening gossamer web spun from reminiscence and longing. The warp and weft of memory woven into a translucent sonic tapestry. A collage of frozen time and faded beauty. All of these are suggested by both the title and music of Væv, the latest work of Copenhagen-based musician and collage artist Paw Grabowski under the moniker of øjeRum (the word væv, rooted in Old…

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