Sound Impression: Moments by Hotel Neon

The beautiful drones of Hotel Neon continue to hum as the ambient trio unveils two new albums this month, one to inaugurate the new year on Fluid Audio (more on that soon) and one on the Athens-based Sound In Silence imprint that you can wrap your ears around right now.

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Sound Impression: Baptism of Solitude by Illuminine

From the beginning, collaboration has been a hallmark of the music Kevin Imbrechts has produced as Illuminine. Until now, each album has featured other musicians as either ensemble performers or in the role of creating new interpretations and reworks. At the core of it all, however, has always been Imbrechts’ dulcet guitar lines and introspective…

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Sound Impression: September by Sarah Neutkens

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, there is something particularly beguiling about the month of September coupled with a benign melancholia. The heat & glare of summer finally gives way to the slanted light and first cool breezes of autumn along with the promise of vibrant color that peaks in glory but inevitably…

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Sound Impression: Invisible by Various Artists (Preserved Sound)

However long it takes to put this seemingly interminable pandemic in the rear view mirror, one day down the road we will get the chance to look back fondly on the bright spots of kindness, creativity, and friendship that illuminated the darker times. But that does not mean we can’t savor them now where we…

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Sound Impression: matterlightblooming by Richard J. Birkin

For his first full-length album since 2016’s Vigils, composer & media producer Richard J. Birkin went all in to create something big hearted and beautiful at a time when such things are arguably most needed. Those who have followed his body of work know there is always a compelling foundational concept behind each of Birkin’s…

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Sound Impression: Lessening by Ralph Kinsella

Ralph Kinsella is a guitarist, composer & electronic musician who hails from Dumfries & Galloway in Scotland’s Southern Uplands. While there is no shortage of travel sites that would point out its attractions, Kinsella sees it as “a liminal, fringe space … where rural and semi-rural Scotland uncomfortably meet urban areas”, a characteristic which he…

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Sound Impression: Wake by Silent Vigils

With the release of their new album Wake this week on Home Normal, Stijn Hüwels & James Murray conclude their masterful triptych under the name of Silent Vigils. The project began in 2017 as “an exchange of gestures across the water” with the first album being finished on what turned out to be the day…

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Sound Impression: A Lullaby for Elisa by El Conejo

Early last year, I had the opportunity to premiere an exceptionally lovely piece of music called “Peixe de Água Doce” (‘freshwater fish’) by Brazilian musician Bruno Nunes Coelho recording as El Conejo, an alias he chose for a project inspired by the first chords he played on his grandfather’s old guitar and the memories of…

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Sound Impression: Dear, Piano by Illuminine

So far, Flemish composer Kevin Imbrechts has created three studio albums for his Illuminine project which debuted in 2015. As lovely as they each are in their own right, it has been remarkable to see how profoundly malleable Imbrechts’ compositions have proven in the hands of other artists reinterpreting the material. The first two albums…

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