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…

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Mix & Remix vol 2: Floex / Hidden Orchestra

For this edition of Mix & Remix, we’ll take a look at tracks from two artists who each remixed the other’s work, Floex (Tomáš Dvořák) and Hidden Orchestra. In both cases, the reworked versions are so inventive and vibrant, I can’t imagine them not having been made any more than the originals on which they…

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New Music Roundup: Previews of Upcoming Releases

After a little hiatus from updating the blog, I thought I would put together one post with a collection of previews from a number of upcoming albums as a way of catching up a bit.  Some really great music is in the works and we will be spoiled for choice in the coming weeks. I am excited…

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Album Review: “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick (on Dead Oceans)

With her stunning new album, “Nepenthe”, Julianna Barwick not only creates a realm of otherworldly enchantment, but she also reminds us that at its best, the human voice can be more rich and affecting than any other instrument.   From beginning to end, this is a work of arresting beauty that will stop you in…

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Album Review: “Suite” by Lucy Claire (bonus track from Winter Son)

“Suite” is a wonderful new EP from Lucy Claire which consists of two modern classical compositions deftly enhanced with subtle electronic elements, and a bonus track in the form of a remix of the second piece by Winter Son.   It may be a small package, but it is a jewel of a record that…

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Album Review: “Those Who Remain” by Stray Theories

Born in Australia and based in New Zealand, Micah Templeton-Wolfe produces fine quality ambient electronica under the moniker Stray Theories.  His brand new LP, “Those Who Remain” is a stellar follow up to the excellent “Even Though We Sleep” released last year.  Once again, Micah combines pure ambient style, a modern classical aesthetic, and emotional…

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Sunday listening: Previewing Colors in the Dark from Monochromie

French composer Wilson Trouve will be releasing his new LP “Colors in the Dark” very soon under his musical nom de plume, Monochromie. The new album will be produced in two limited edition versions, a special handcrafted package including 4 prints derived from vintage wallpaper (100 copies) and a standard 4-panel digipack (200 copies).  Whereas…

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Sunday morning music: A trio of beautiful pieces from Clem Leek

A selection of pieces from the last three albums by UK artist Clem Leek, each featuring a different side of his music, but all ideal for listening on a quiet Sunday morning.   And speaking of Sunday, if you catch this post today (July 21), Clem is offering his releases on Bandcamp at 70% off using…

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New Release: “People Do” from John Lemke (on Denovali)

July is turning out to be quite a month for new releases. Now available in MP3 format and for CD & Vinyl pre-order is the full-length album “People Do” from John Lemke, whose EP “Walizka” we featured in May. The brand new preview track, ‘Illuminations’ continues in the same vein, an intoxicating blend of acoustic…

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