Premiere: Roll by Kumi Takahara

As a professionally trained violinist, Kumi Takahara has been performing in concerts and lending her talents to other artists & musicians for a while now. Come February, she will be releasing a debut album of her own on Tokyo’s Flau imprint and what a beguiling one it is. See-Through is a collection of songs and sound…

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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: Modern Classical

From a solitary piano to the camaraderie of an ensemble or the mysterious studio alchemy that fuses the analog with the electronic, here is a selection of some especially memorable journeys in modern classical music released during the past year.

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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: Hether Blether by Erland Cooper

“In Scotland, when people congregate, they tend to argue and discuss and reason; in Orkney, they tell stories.” George Mackay Brown After soaring with the birds on Solan Goose and taking to the sea for Sule Skerry, award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, & producer Erland Cooper turns to the land and its people to conclude his Orkney-themed…

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Field Journal: 2020 Week 50

Before drawing a line under 2020 and looking back on the musical journey this year has been, here is one last field journal post covering some recent releases and discoveries that have brightened up the past week. Featured in this edition: Amble, Cedric Vermue, Dalot & Sound Awakener, Fieldhead, From Overseas, Grasscut, Hammock, Pepo Galán…

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Field Journal: 2020 Week 48

Ariel Marx – “Diapason” from Luthier on Node Records Luthier is an album of music written & produced by composer and multi-instrumentalist Ariel Marx who is joined by a quartet of guest musicians to create what she calls “a love letter to strings”. Marx is also a Sundance Film Music and Sound Design Lab fellow…

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A Sense of Place: Landbrot by Snorri Hallgrímsson

When you hear the first sad, tender notes on the piano at the beginning of his new album you might be forgiven for not realizing that Snorri Hallgrímsson was thinking of his happy place. Landbrot is a beautiful new suite of music that takes its name from the location of his family cabin in rural…

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