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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2020 in Review: A Sense of Place and Time

Each of these sixteen albums is conceptually or thematically connected either to a sense of a place or to capturing a moment in time. While this is a fairly common motif in a lot of instrumental music, especially ambient, it is the very essence of these works released in 2020. Some are personal narratives and some…

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A Sense of Place: The Living Mountain by Jenny Sturgeon

Now recognized as one of the great masterpieces of nature writing, The Living Mountain is a personal memoir of journeys into the Cairngorm mountains by Scottish author Nan Shepherd. Written during the Second World War, but not published for another 30 years, its twelve chapters convey her experiences in sparse but lyrical terms to present…

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Travelogue: Through the Seasons with Ishamel Cormack

Ishmael Cormack is a British sound artist living in rural Somerset in South West England whose practice as focuses on the “gathering and weaving found sound with acoustics”. His first label release was Ammil on Krysalisound which I happily featured here when it came out in April. Since then, Cormack has gone on to release three more…

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