Travelogue: The Drones of Spring

When I first began to really diving into ambient music I was surprised just how much of what I liked what what was classified as ‘drone’. The name just seemed off-putting. For the uninitiated it appears to promise something monotonous, something to zone out to rather than tune into. As I quickly learned, however, in…

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PREMIERE: “The Things That End” by John Hayes

The Last Best Place is the second full-length release from Minneapolis- based pianist, John Hayes. It began as a single solo piano piece written to cope with the unexpected loss of a friend, but finding himself in a new studio space and dealing other anxieties, Hayes continued to record new pieces during the late hours…

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Sound Impression: Komorebi by BPMoore

Rhodium is a Brooklyn-based boutique record label and publishing house founded by pianist/composer Anna Yarbrough that specializes in instrumental and modern-classical music. The new year has seen a flurry of activity with several new artists joining the fold including London-based composer & multi-instrumentalist Ben Moore, aka BPMoore, whose full-length debut album Komorebi comes out on…

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Sound Impression: It Will Become Itself by Whale Fall

It was a serendipitous evening in June 2018 when all five members of Whale Fall found themselves in Los Angeles at the same time and decided to go into the studio with some new ideas to work on.  Listening back to that recording after rediscovering it months later, the band they realized what had originally…

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Video Premiere: The Lynx, The Fawn, The Squirrel by Per Störby Jutbring

Born and raised in the small town of Falkenberg by the sea on the west coast of Sweden and now residing in Stockholm, Per Störby Jutbring is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer who has toured extensively all over the world and worked on an eclectic array of projects and soundtracks ranging from chamber music…

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Sound Impression: Peter Broderick Plays Justin Wright

During these difficult days, simple pleasures are something to cherish, all the more so when they are as artistically rewarding as this lovely new offering from First Terrace Records. The A-side of this gem of an EP features Peter Broderick performing a pair of solo piano reworks of songs taken from Canadian cellist Justin Wright‘s…

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Sound Impression: Minimum Resistance by Jonas Munk

Jonas Munk is a man of many musical facets. The musician & producer from Odense, Denmark runs not one but two record labels while also playing guitar in psych rock band Causa Sui, serving as one half of the electronic music duo Billow Observatory (with Jason Kolb), and recording solo under the moniker of Manual…

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Video Premiere: Stormen Kommer by Vargkvint

It was exactly a year ago that Sofia Nystrand aka Vargkint released her concept album about the sea entitled Hav on Piano and Coffee Records (readers may remember the premiere of the haunting ballad “Drivved” on these pages last spring). Since then, Nystrand has developed a newfound interest in making stop motion films and marks…

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Sound Impression: Ammil by Ishmael Cormack

Ishmael Cormack is a British sound artist living in rural Somerset. His published body of work has grown significantly in the past year and focuses on what he describes as “gathering and weaving found sound with acoustics”. The quality and extent of that work is such that many followers of electroacoustic ambient music who would…

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