Video Premiere: Nebula by Slowburner

Slowburner is the instrumental solo project of Élvio Rodrigues, a composer and producer originally from the Portugese island of Madeira an now based in Lisbon. From his first EP a little over three years ago to last year’s 10-week Sunday mornings are for piano project, Élvio has kept the piano mostly in the forefront while…

Travelogue: Longform Editions 14

Launched two years ago by Preservation label boss Andrew Khedoori, Longform Editions is a digital listening gallery which he frames as a “curatorial music practice created to foster and celebrate immersive listening experiences for the musically adventurous”. Indeed, now 56 releases into the project, Khedoori has brought together an impressive array of sound artists from…

Duologue: A conversation with John Hayes

This edition of duologues features Minneapolis-based pianist, John Hayes whose sophomore solo album The Last Best Place was written during a difficult period of uncertainty in his life which found him coping with the loss of a friend and adapting to a new studio space. The title refers to a long-standing nickname for the state…

Streaming Premiere: Orbit by Axel Toben

Alejandro Bento is a multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Spain and currently based in the coastal town of Javea. Though he is self-taught as a pianist, Alejandro, the son of Argentinian artist Oscar Bento, was traditionally trained in music from a young age. After taking up a variety of instruments in conservatory, he went on…

Travelogue: At home with La Petite Chambre Records

Affectionately named after a tiny room in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where a group of friends would gather to quietly rehearse and record new ideas, La Petite Chambre Records has been publishing a uniquely warm and colorful style of experimental music for over a decade.  The label has created their own space for artistic expression in…

Travelogue: The Whitelabrecs Home Diaries

Since its inception, Harry Towell’s Whitelabrecs label has been nothing less than prolific with release after release that seems to bring out the best in any artist that appears on the roster. In fact, Whitelabrecs made more appearances in my 2019 retrospectives than any other label. Given the creative impetus that represents, perhaps it is…

Streaming Premiere: Thesis 18 (Black Brunswicker, Lucy Gooch & zakè)

Minnesota-based artist Gregory Euclide‘s involvement in music goes well beyond the memorable cover he created for Bon Iver‘s Grammy-winning second album. In 2016 Euclide launched an ambitious project of his own called Thesis which presents thoughtfully curated collaborations in limited vinyl editions assembled with bespoke handmade packaging. Every release is unique and intended to create…

Track Premiere: “Haze” by Unwed Sailor

Founded in Seattle in 1998, Johnathon Ford is leading his instrumental post-rock band Unwed Sailor into its third decade with the release of a new album next month. Behind Ford’s sinewy bass, Matt Putman’s driving beats, and David Swatzell’s incansdescent guitars Look Alive is an energetic outing that howls as much as it soars as…

Sound Impression: Ocean Park by Danny Clay

Laaps Records is a new label launched by Mathias Van Eecloo on the heels of wrapping up his beloved Eilean Rec project. Though Van Eecloo still runs the innovative IIKKII Books project which launched a few years back, it is Laaps that is Eilean’s true successor as Van Eecloo once again maps out a concept…