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…

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…

Video Premiere: Indecisive by Patrick Hamilton

Producer & composer Patrick Hamilton has a long background in various fields of music. Classically trained at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium, he started his career as a session player which led to work as a producer-engineer and eventually becoming a leading figure in adult contemporary classical crossover. He has worked in television,…

Track Premiere: Fired by ABADIR

ABADIR is the solo alias of Berlin-based Egyptian producer Rami Abadir, also one-half of the experimental production duo 0N4B and the electronic music section editor of Arabic online music magazine Ma3azef where he covers music theory, critical studies, history, reviews and interviews. After solo releases on Italy’s Yerevan Tapes, Germany’s Kaer‘Uiks, and Montreal’s D.M.T. Records,…

Video Premiere: abandoned forest by vaghy

Tamás Vághy, aka vaghy, is a composer & pianist with a long and diverse background in contemporary music. Having performed in thousands of concerts from clubs to large festivals and serving as keyboardist for the well-known Hungarian rock band Anna and the Barbies, Tamás, who has played piano from a very young age, has always…

Through a Musical Lens: Sunday Soundtracks

If you are reading this blog, chances are you’re an avid music lover and the kind of person who is just as likely to discover a film or television show after hearing the soundtrack as the other way around. Or, perhaps, you even enjoy certain soundtracks as complete listening experiences on their own without ever…