Field Journal 2021.05.22

It has been a delightful spring in Virginia but this week has served notice that another hot southern summer is on our doorstep. This group of singles, EPs, and albums have just seemed like the right kind of company for these languid and sunny days.

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A Sense of Place: Archives by Cédric Dind-Lavoie

Canadian composer & multi-instrumentalist Cédric Dind-Lavoie reaches back through time to find a very special group of collaborators for his first full-length release since the wonderful 88 (2018, Preserved Sound). Archives is a specially treated anthology of songs from the 40s and 50s that have been drawn from the collections of distinguished folklorists of the…

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Sound Impression: Miscellany by Origamibiro

This spring welcomes Origamibiro back from a hiatus that lasted nearly six years in the form of album that comprises a body of work amassed since the release of 2014’s warmly received Odham’s Standard. It also marks the project’s return to its origins as a primarily solo enterprise from Nottingham based composer & producer Thomas…

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Field Journal: 2021 Week 9

It is an all video field journal edition this week featuring a truly wonderful collection of new music by Aukai, Balmorhea, Bruno Bavota, Deniz Cuylan, Eydís Evensen, Lost Horizons (feat. Karen Peris), Lorenzo Masotto, Masayoshi Fujita, and Simon Leoza wedded to entrancing visuals. Grab a pair of headphones and make yourself comfortable for a beautiful…

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Through a Musical Lens: Hav Reimagined

Having grown up in a small coastal city in Sweden, Sofia Nystrand, aka Vargkvint, drew on a strong personal bond with the ocean when she created her album Hav (2019, piano and coffee records). Masterfully combining elements of neoclassical and folk music with haunting vocals and a vivid sense of storytelling, she wove a spellbinding…

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Sound Impression: Spirit Awake by Freya Arde

Freya Arde is an award-winning composer, guitarist and music producer from Germany. She has scored a number of feature films such as My Extraordinary Summer with Tess and documentaries like The Hidden Life of Trees (Das geheime Leben der Bäume) in which she challenged the boundaries between classical music and sound design through the use…

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2020 in Review: The Art of the EP

The EP is often overlooked when it comes annual round-ups, but this format continually provides us with memorable outsize moments and the year in music would not have been the same without them as these 16 releases demonstrate.

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2020 in Review: Electroacoustic & Experimental Folk

A musical edgeland where ambient and modern classical minimalism co-exists with acoustic, folk, electronics, and field recordings…

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2020 in Review: Ambient & Drone

In a year that has deprived so many of us from interactions that we once took for granted, music can be a great companion allowing us to feel connected, comforted, and even transported through just the sounds that fill the space between our ears. I’ve always found that to be especially true of ambient music,…

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