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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PREMIERE: “As Mint” by Iskra Strings & Pablo Nouvelle

On the forthcoming new release Manor House, two artists with wide-ranging experience in an eclectic array of musical genres come together to create an understated gem of an EP. Iskra Strings, led by James Underwood, and Swiss DJ, filmmaker & producer Pablo Nouvelle are no strangers to collaboration. The former has worked with Radiohead, the…

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Video Premiere: Bloom by Ell Kendall

Ell Kendall is a sound artist and composer based in London who was recently cited in Herbert Magazine’s “ones to watch in 2020” as well as having his music featured on BBC Radio 3’s “Unclassified” and Seattle’s KEXP Radio in the USA. I am pleased to be able to premiere his very latest work right…

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Video Premiere: Earnest Leslye by Peter Broderick

Running from late June into August, Moderna Records‘ 2020 Summer Single Series presents a stellar collection of piano-centered pieces ‘made in isolation’ by a collective of pianists/composers spanning the globe. Working in the constraints of forced isolation, the artists have primarily worked from home or in stripped down settings to create intimate works the label…

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Travelogue: A hibernate recordings Collection

After a relatively sparse 2019, it is very nice to see a flurry of new activity over at hibernate recordings, the Yorkshire-based ambient label founded a little over a decade ago by Jonathan Lees. The catalyst has been something called the 2.6 challenge, a charitable initiative intended to fill the void left by the cancellation…

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Travelogue: The Whitelabrecs Home Diaries

Since its inception, Harry Towell’s Whitelabrecs label has been nothing less than prolific with release after release that seems to bring out the best in any artist that appears on the roster. In fact, Whitelabrecs made more appearances in my 2019 retrospectives than any other label. Given the creative impetus that represents, perhaps it is…

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Travelogue: The Drones of Spring

When I first began to really diving into ambient music I was surprised just how much of what I liked what what was classified as ‘drone’. The name just seemed off-putting. For the uninitiated it appears to promise something monotonous, something to zone out to rather than tune into. As I quickly learned, however, in…

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Sound Impression: Komorebi by BPMoore

Rhodium is a Brooklyn-based boutique record label and publishing house founded by pianist/composer Anna Yarbrough that specializes in instrumental and modern-classical music. The new year has seen a flurry of activity with several new artists joining the fold including London-based composer & multi-instrumentalist Ben Moore, aka BPMoore, whose full-length debut album Komorebi comes out on…

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Sound Impression: Ammil by Ishmael Cormack

Ishmael Cormack is a British sound artist living in rural Somerset. His published body of work has grown significantly in the past year and focuses on what he describes as “gathering and weaving found sound with acoustics”. The quality and extent of that work is such that many followers of electroacoustic ambient music who would…

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