Sound Impression: A Persistent Lack of Ambition by Duister [El Muelle]

Guitar loops drawn in long, slow arcs across a crepe-thin  curtain of sound and a backdrop of pastoral field recordings. Never claustrophobic, there is ample room to move & breathe among these temperate and mellifluous drones and ample time to ponder as they slow time to a lethargic ebb. The comfort of light in a dark room. This…

Travelogue 2016.04.21: Spotlight on Shimmering Moods Records

Shimmering Moods is a label based in Amsterdam that has already had a fruitful 2017 with a number of excellent limited edition CD releases and quite an international roster of artists. Featured here are recent works by Andrew Tasselmyer (USA), Snufmumriko (Sweden) , Rime Trails (Denmark), and Gallery Six (Japan). Also highly recommended are two albums featured…

Kevin Verwijmeren – Those Glorious Heights [Icarus/Vynilla]

Kevin Verwijmeren‘s music conveys a depth of emotion and refinement that seems to contradict his bio which tells us that he is a physics student in his mid-twenties who only got serious about developing music in the last few years. Is it the haunting, world-weary melancholy? The exceptionally rich timbres balanced with delicate shadings of tonal color?  Or…

Ghost and Tape – Shift [Slaapwel]

Slaapwel Records is a small record label strictly focused on music to fall asleep to. It was founded and run by Wim Maesschalck (Wixel) from 2007 to 2012 and featured such ambient & experimental music luminaries as Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper, TX), Greg Haines, Peter Broderick, Simon Scott, and Seaworthy. With Wim’s blessing, the label returns in 2015 with Stijn…

All Shall Be Well – BLAUWGEEL

With such a strongly referential band name, it should be no surprise that Haarlem, Netherlands based All Shall Be Well is dedicated to telling stories with their music. (The name is taken from the phrase “All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well” originating with medieval English religious figure Julian of Norwich…

Francesco Berta (ft. Anne Van Den Hoogen) – Waves

Waves is a beautiful new EP based around a single song that brings together the work of composer & visual artist Francesco Berta and vocalist Anne Van Den Hoogen (Rosemary & Garlic).  Originally from Brescia, Italy and now based in London, Berta performed and mixed the music for the title track while Van Den Hoogen wrote and recorded the vocal layers in Amsterdam.