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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Video Premiere: Wave I by Elori Saxl

The Blue of Distance is a phrase coined by Rebecca Solnit in her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost referring to the phenomenon that gives far away mountains their color due to the dissipation of light particles over distance, or what Solnit rather poetically refers to as “the light that gets lost” but which…

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Premiere: I’d Still Say Yes by Awakened Souls & Pepo Galán

A sublime new transatlantic collaboration comes our way in December thanks to Seattle’s Hush Hush Records, a label curated by KEXP DJ Alex Ruder whose weekly Pacific Notions show has become a welcome Sunday morning fixture for a growing audience of ambient listeners around the globe. Palettes is a mini-album consisting of five deeply immersive…

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Video Premiere: Lightness by Drexler

Drexler (Adrian Leung) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, & producer from Sydney, Australia with a debut album set for release this week via Rhodium Publishing. Recorded predominantly in his studio in North West London, where he is now based, Handles infuses intimate chamber strings with piano, synth, minimal percussion and guitar while paying special attention to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Video Premiere: CZ97 by Christopher Sky

The latest release from Los Angeles based artist Christopher Sky (real name Christopher Garcia) entitled What It is, It Isn’t is a rhythmic, beat driven project that represents a distinct departure from 2018’s Vastness and its ambient introspections. The two albums were written in tandem, with the new record always planned as a deliberate counterpoint…

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Album Stream: BLOMMA

When thinking of hotbeds of neoclassical and electronic music around the world, cities like London and Berlin may spring first to mind, but right in the American heartland there is a cadre of musicians staking their own claim to this burgeoning genre. Among them are Jacob Pavek and Philip Daniel who have teamed up on…

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