Sound Impression: Singles Vol. 1 by Slow Meadow

Since being welcomed by Hammock in 2015 as the first artist outside the band to appear on their label with the eponymous debut of Slow Meadow, Houston-based multi-instrumentalist Matt Kidd has created an exceptionally lovely body of work a great deal of which has been released as singles and B-sides. If you were tally them…

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Sound Impression: Limits by Andrew Tasselmyer

Andrew Tasselmyer of Hotel Neon has steadily been honing his craft in the use of samplers, field recordings, and lo-fi recording techniques and finding ways to evolve & expand his sound while putting out consistently fine solo releases that are always worth a thoughtful listen. Limits marks the Philadelphia-based artist’s debut on the Laaps imprint,…

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Sound Impression: Night Songs by Awakened Souls

Humans have been using music to help themselves find peace and slumber at night for millennia. In that quest the vast majority of us rely on recordings made by others, but in the case of the husband and wife duo James and Cynthia Bernard known as Awakened Souls, they took it upon themselves to make…

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Sound Impression: Open by Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola

Prior to connecting on social media a little over a year ago, Tapani Rinne and Juha Mäki-Patola were strangers despite both being active players in the Finnish music community for years. Tapani’s career as a saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer on commissioned and collaborative works as well as solo releases dates back to the mid-1980s while…

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Sound Impression: Restful Spaces by Harry Towell and Guy Gelem

A collaboration between two fathers-to-be separated by over 2000 miles, Restful Spaces makes an eloquent case for the universality of musical expression and its ability to connect people. The album was created by composer & sound artist Harry Towell (aka Spheruleus) based in Lincolnshire, UK and Israeli cellist/guitarist/composer Guy Gelem during the period awaiting the…

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Sound Impression: Fictions by Sérine

Franz Kirmann is a French electronic musician based in London who has been releasing music since 2006 both as a solo artist and with composer/multi-instrumentalist Tom Hodge as part of electronic/post-classical crossover project Piano Interrupted. Franz has recently added a new dimension to his work with a project dubbed Sérine which operates in the realm…

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Sound Impression: In Breath by Luke Gajdus

While many musicians in the neoclassical and ambient space embrace the solace listeners may find in their work, Luke Gajdus has chosen to pursue this avenue in a particularly proactive way. The pianist and composer who divides his time between London and Queenstown has obtained a master’s degree in Music Therapy and his performances are…

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Sound Impression: Formations by Julia Gjertsen

Julia Gjertsen is a composer & musician who was born in Russia but grew up in the northern part of Norway playing the piano from a young age. She is currently based in Oslo where she continued her studies in music and sound design and composed for contemporary dance and other commissioned productions. Though her…

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Sound Impression: La première sortie de Florina by Lamasz & Grandbruit

Continuing the first tentative steps into a new year of music, it seems fitting to focus next on the discovery of a brand new net label launched late last year by two brothers from Montreal who ambient music fans may know by their respective solo monikers of Lamasz and Grandbruit. Described as “an ambient label…

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