Sound Impression: Not Here by Marek Kamiński

While readers and listeners by and large look forward to all the album lists that fill up our social timelines from December to January, it seems musicians increasingly take a dimmer view of them. It is understandable. Any list, no matter how thoughtfully curated or diverse, is by definition exclusionary. Many argue compellingly that art…

Premiere: “Whispers” from Impermanence by Ian Hawgood

Ian Hawgood‘s name is absolutely inseparable from the contemporary ambient & experimental music scene. His Home Normal label, which just marked its tenth anniversary, is one of the first and still one of the best of its kind. He is also a tireless and kind supporter of other musicians in this space and has had…

Will Samson – Lua [12k]

Will Samson has always had a penchant for incorporating delicate textural layers and achingly beautiful strings into his fine spun brand of pop music – just consider Ground Luminosity (2015) or Balance (2012) – but when a recent facial injury sustained while relocating from the UK to Portugal forced him to temporarily put singing aside, he decided to extemporize with tape…

Olga Wojciechowska – Maps and Mazes [Time Released Sound]

The latest bespoke artisinal release from our friends at Time Released Sound features Polish composer Olga Wojciechowska who plays acoustic and electric violin as well as collaborates in a variety of projects with choreographers, DJs, musicians and producers. Maps and Mazes is a collection of eleven pieces originally written for various international theater/dance and film productions coalesced into…

Valiska – Repetitions [Bow Bottom Records]

Repetitions is an album by Calgary based experimental musician Krzysztof Sujata, who records under the name Valiska. The album began as a series of looping piano improvisations and developed to explore the concept of repetition in terms of both music and composition. The inspiration was drawn largely from the impressions and memories of a trip…

Pleq & Giulio Aldinucci – The Prelude To [Long Story Recording Company]

Collaboration borne of two artists sparking each other’s creativity is at the heart of The Prelude To, a new album by Pleq (Bartosz Dziadosz) and Giulio Aldinucci shortly to be released by The Long Story Recording Company based in Perth, Australia. It all began when a demo of Aldinucci’s work was submitted to Pleq’s Dronarivm label, leading to the development of the…

Travelogue 2015-21: The Power of 3 (a case for the short EP)

Just like the short story in prose, the haiku in poetry, or the short subject in film, the humble EP is a form that can be enjoyed on its own terms. These four wonderful EPs that have something on common – each has exactly 3 tracks. The shortest lasts barely 11 minutes and the longest…