New music roundup: December 2013 releases and previews

It is nearly time to start compiling the retrospective lists covering all the great music released this year, but first let’s have a look at some of the late 2013 releases as well as one or two we will see in January. ‘Kanata’ by Mono  It has been over a year since the release of…

New Music Roundup: October & November 2013 releases

Before working on my backlog of reviews I would like to make up for some lost time with a roundup of some outstanding releases that are coming our way in the second half of October as well as November.   No time to waste.  The music here is just too good! Let’s dive right in. Segue…

EP Review: “Where” by Sophie Jamieson (Folkroom Records)

Sometimes I measure music by how it grabs me while I am listening to it and sometime by how much it haunts me after I have stopped.  When I hear something that captivates me immediately and then refuses to stop haunting me until I listen again, well then I know I have found something special….

Sunday music: the atmospheric guitar soundscapes of Don Peris

Before vinyl was cool and was simply one of the normal mediums on which records could be bought, I remember picking up a lovely debut album by a band called The Innocence Mission, an album of grace and subtle pleasures that has stood the test of time. Don and Karen Peris, the husband and wife…

Album Review: “Hotline” by Aidan O’Rourke (Reveal Records)

On September 25, 1956 the first submerged transatlantic telephone cable system, known as TAT-1, was inaugurated.  On July 1, 2013,  a superb new album called “Hotline” will be released on Reveal Records which is brilliantly centered around and inspired by this piece of history.  The album is a solo project from Aidan O’Rourke who is…