Streaming Premiere: Orbit by Axel Toben

Alejandro Bento is a multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Spain and currently based in the coastal town of Javea. Though he is self-taught as a pianist, Alejandro, the son of Argentinian artist Oscar Bento, was traditionally trained in music from a young age. After taking up a variety of instruments in conservatory, he went on…

Travelogue: At home with La Petite Chambre Records

Affectionately named after a tiny room in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where a group of friends would gather to quietly rehearse and record new ideas, La Petite Chambre Records has been publishing a uniquely warm and colorful style of experimental music for over a decade.  The label has created their own space for artistic expression in…

Travelogue: The Whitelabrecs Home Diaries

Since its inception, Harry Towell’s Whitelabrecs label has been nothing less than prolific with release after release that seems to bring out the best in any artist that appears on the roster. In fact, Whitelabrecs made more appearances in my 2019 retrospectives than any other label. Given the creative impetus that represents, perhaps it is…

Sound Impression: Ocean Park by Danny Clay

Laaps Records is a new label launched by Mathias Van Eecloo on the heels of wrapping up his beloved Eilean Rec project. Though Van Eecloo still runs the innovative IIKKII Books project which launched a few years back, it is Laaps that is Eilean’s true successor as Van Eecloo once again maps out a concept…

Sound Impression: Residence on Earth by The Green Kingdom

Ever since becoming infatuated with his 2012 album Egress, I’ve always looked forward to anything new from The Green Kingdom, a solo project from Michigander Michael Cottone. Few artists match his deftness at blending organic and electronic sources while maintaining a delicate balance between melodic structures and textural soundscapes. He makes his first appearance on…

Sound Impression: Ten Times the World Lied by bvdub

Electronic sound artist & composer Brock Van Wey, best know as bvdub, could be excused for having an impressum as long as your arm. After all, he has 40 releases to his name and that is not counting his various collaborations, compilation singles, and remixes.  The closest thing you’ll find, however, is a statement on…

Travelogue: The Drones of Spring

When I first began to really diving into ambient music I was surprised just how much of what I liked what what was classified as ‘drone’. The name just seemed off-putting. For the uninitiated it appears to promise something monotonous, something to zone out to rather than tune into. As I quickly learned, however, in…

Sound Impression: Komorebi by BPMoore

Rhodium is a Brooklyn-based boutique record label and publishing house founded by pianist/composer Anna Yarbrough that specializes in instrumental and modern-classical music. The new year has seen a flurry of activity with several new artists joining the fold including London-based composer & multi-instrumentalist Ben Moore, aka BPMoore, whose full-length debut album Komorebi comes out on…

Sound Impression: Minimum Resistance by Jonas Munk

Jonas Munk is a man of many musical facets. The musician & producer from Odense, Denmark runs not one but two record labels while also playing guitar in psych rock band Causa Sui, serving as one half of the electronic music duo Billow Observatory (with Jason Kolb), and recording solo under the moniker of Manual…