Field Journal: 2021 Week 6

Throughout a raging ice storm and in the slow thaw afterwards, the music here has been making for fine company. Wherever you are, I hope you’ll take the time to listen and that you will find the same. Featured in the second field journal edition for 2021 are recent discoveries and releases by Abul Mogard,…

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Video Premiere: Lost Takeno by Minihi

Between them, percussionists and composers Zands & Louise Anna Duggan have worked with artists and ensembles ranging from the Royal Philharmonic to Lady Gaga as well as recording on Thom Yorke’s Grammy nominated album ‘Anima’ with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Separately, Louise is the percussionist for Agnes Obel and Zands performs with Melt Yourself Down.…

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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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Field Journal: 2021 Week 4

It is a new year and time for new musical journeys. Featured in the first field journal edition for 2021 are recent discoveries and releases by Atli Örvarsson & Sin Fang, Alaskan Tapes, The Broken Cradle, Freya Lily, Kristina Dutton, Music For Sleep, Olan Mill, Orbit Over Luna, and Patricia Wolf.

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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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Sound Impression: The Perception of Invisible Forms by Lee Yi

Perception Of Invisible Forms is a release that marks two occasions – the 10th anniversary of Lee Yi as a recording artist and the inauguration of a new series of digital offerings from the Rottenman Editions imprint which previously only released bespoke limited editions. The notion the label will be expanding their catalog in this…

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A Sense of Place: Domicile by Helios

It is fair to say that over the past year most of us have spent more time inside our homes than ever before. As a former commuter now working remotely, I’ve embraced the adjustment quite willingly, but it has still been a profound change in many ways. No longer walking in late with the brain…

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2020 in Review: Post Rock

The year in review ends on a high note with a short but potent list of post rock albums, EPs, & singles. Some of the bands are new to these pages and some mark a welcome return from a lengthy gap between releases, some as long as five or six years. Whichever the case, what…

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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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