Sound Impression: Baptism of Solitude by Illuminine

From the beginning, collaboration has been a hallmark of the music Kevin Imbrechts has produced as Illuminine. Until now, each album has featured other musicians as either ensemble performers or in the role of creating new interpretations and reworks. At the core of it all, however, has always been Imbrechts’ dulcet guitar lines and introspective…

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A Sense of Place: Elders by Yadayn

With its 15-album Built Upon a Fearful Void series, Lost Tribe Sound offers a new world of peregrine sounds by an assortment of artists from around the globe some of whom are new to the label this year. That includes guitarist Gowaart Van Den Bossche, aka Yadayn, who has just released his first full-length record…

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Sound Impression: Wake by Silent Vigils

With the release of their new album Wake this week on Home Normal, Stijn Hüwels & James Murray conclude their masterful triptych under the name of Silent Vigils. The project began in 2017 as “an exchange of gestures across the water” with the first album being finished on what turned out to be the day…

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Video Premiere: Indecisive by Patrick Hamilton

Producer & composer Patrick Hamilton has a long background in various fields of music. Classically trained at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium, he started his career as a session player which led to work as a producer-engineer and eventually becoming a leading figure in adult contemporary classical crossover. He has worked in television,…

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Illuminine | #3 [Ferryhouse Productions]

Kevin Imbrechts may be from Belgium, but there is something unmistakably Icelandic in the character of the music he creates as Illuminine, a kind of atmospheric and enigmatic beauty.  No wonder Sigur Ròs sound engineer Birgir Jón Birgisson took an early interest in his work and invited Imbrechts to the band’s  Sundlaugin studio where he completed…

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Sound Impression: Dett by Kevin Verwijmeren

Abstraction and introspection both feature heavily in the music of Kevin Verwijmeren. When he began making music in 2013, the Dutch producer, who grew up in a remote area of the southern Netherlands close by the sea, drew inspiration from long travels on public transport as well as theoretical perspectives acquired as a physics student.…

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Dauw + Eilean | Dialog Tapes II

Among the musical highlights of 2015 was a collaborative project between two distinctive ’boutique’ labels – Dauw, curated by Pieter Dudal with a specialization in handmade cassette releases, and Eilean Records curated by Mathias van Eecloo, a limited edition CD imprint based on a concept of mapping out an imagined place. Located in Belgium and France respectively, they are European neighbors…

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Sound Impression: The Great Lake Swallows by Julia Kent and Jean D.L. [Gizeh Records]

The Great Lake Swallows is the seventh entry in the Dark Peak series from Manchester UK’s Gizeh Records and introduces a very special first time collaboration between Canadian cellist Julia Kent and Belgian guitarist/tape machine manipulator Jean D.L. Recorded in Charleroi, Belgium in 2015 during a video installation with Sandrine Verstraete, the album’s long elegiac…

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Sound Impression: Fieldem by Silent Vigils [Home Normal]

One of the steadiest sources of light among labels that feature & promote ambient music from around the globe is Home Normal under the guidance of Ian Hawgood, a fine artist and mastering engineer in his own right. The newest entry to their catalog brings together two outstanding artists who likewise both curate independent labels…

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