PREMIERE: Resurfaced by Jakob Lindhagen

An award-winning composer, music producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Stockholm, Jakob Lindhagen is known for combining the piano with less conventional instruments and other sound experiments on both his studio material and his award-winning film scores. On his first solo album since 2017’s Paces (1631 Recordings), Lindhagen draws on these techniques to conduct a musical…

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Album Premiere: Geneva by Blurstem and Elijah Bisbee

Sometimes you come across an album that just feels like home right from the first note – one you know you are going to keep close at hand and retreat into often. With its warm confluence of melody, mood, and texture and delicate blending of electroacoustic minimalism with cinematic flourish, Geneva by Chris Bartels, aka…

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Album Premiere: Home by Leon den Englesen

Leon den Engelsen has seen many places along his musical journey from concert stages in Europe to New Orleans where he moved to study jazz and Rotterdam where he finished his Master’s degree at the Codarts conservatory, but it is the place he now calls home in the Swedish countryside that provided the inspiration for…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Bråddjup by LUCHS

”I see the cliffs of Duncansby Stacks.The sea. Roaring wavesI want to descendTo be swallowed upBecome one. Become nothingBe everythingI want to be forgottenRemindedthat I am dust” Bråddjup is a Swedish word that translates as abyss or precipice. It is the word that musician and actor Patrik Berg Almkvisth chose for a piece recorded under…

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Sound Impression: Eve by Fortresses

Ambient artist debuts are inherently low-key affairs and while they are often the antithesis of the burn from the first note ethos of pop music, they can in their own quiet way grab the attention of the discerning listener right from the off and create an instant sense that the journey they are about to…

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Sound Impression: Light Caught the Edges by From the Mouth of the Sun

Light is a recurring theme in the work of From the Mouth of the Sun and its two immensely talented members Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist. From the name of the band itself to such songs as “Light Blooms in Hollow Space” from their 2017 masterpiece Hymn Binding or “Lost to Light” from Martin’s exquisite…

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Sound Impression: Hopkinson 4 by Tobias Svensson

While many of us were settling on rather mundane new ways to occupy our time at home at the beginning of the pandemic lockdown, Tobias Svensson decided to pursue a long-held interest in piano restoration. As both a pianist and sound engineer, that certainly seems a fitting choice for the Swedish composer who is now…

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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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Through a Musical Lens: Sunday Soundtracks

If you are reading this blog, chances are you’re an avid music lover and the kind of person who is just as likely to discover a film or television show after hearing the soundtrack as the other way around. Or, perhaps, you even enjoy certain soundtracks as complete listening experiences on their own without ever…

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