2021 in Review: The Art of the EP

The EP is often overlooked when it comes annual round-ups, but this format continually proves it can provide us with outsized moments of wonder and delight and the year in music would not be the same without them as these 16 releases demonstrate.

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2021 in Review: Electroacoustic & Experimental Folk

A selection of memorable releases from the year from the musical edgelands where electroacoustic ambient and field recordings meet acoustic, folk, and other analog experiments in sound.

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2021 in Review: A Sense of Place and Time

The act of creating a sense of a place or capturing a moment in time is a fairly common motif in a great deal of instrumental music, especially ambient, but it is intrinsically at the very core of these works released in 2021. Some are personal narratives or depictions of landscape either real or imagined while…

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Field Journal: 2021 Week 30

This week’s field journal entry offers relief from the doldrums and heat of summer in the form of a collection of tracks all of which feature vocals or spoken word as an integral part of what makes them special. Featured artists include Daniel Buerkner with Lau Nau, Francis M. Gri with Lilium, Gallowglas, Hollie Kenniff,…

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Field Journal: 2021 Week 20

It has been a delightful spring in Virginia but this week has served notice that another hot southern summer is on our doorstep. This group of singles, EPs, and albums have just seemed like the right kind of company for these languid and sunny days.

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Field Journal: Piano Day 2021

Since Nils Frahm launched the first Piano Day on the 88th day of 2016, the event has seemingly been embraced more joyously with each passing year. Even under the dispiriting constraints of a long-running pandemic, artists and fans around the world found a way to connect through this beloved instrument. Here are just some of…

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Field Journal: 2021 Week 9

It is an all video field journal edition this week featuring a truly wonderful collection of new music by Aukai, Balmorhea, Bruno Bavota, Deniz Cuylan, Eydís Evensen, Lost Horizons (feat. Karen Peris), Lorenzo Masotto, Masayoshi Fujita, and Simon Leoza wedded to entrancing visuals. Grab a pair of headphones and make yourself comfortable for a beautiful…

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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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Through A Musical Lens: Ainu Mosir by Clarice Jensen

Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga, ‘Ainu Mosir’ is a coming-of-age tale set in an indigenous village in Northern Japan where a community‘s livelihood depends on preserving and performing ancient traditions for visiting tourists. The film focuses on 14-year-old Kanto who has been taking under wing by a family friend after the death of his father as…

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