EP Review: ‘Shallow Waters’ by Row Boat (Bottle Imp Productions)

Don’t let the title of Row Boat’s latest album give you the wrong impression. With ‘Shallow Waters’, Mark Wardale gives us an EP that provides a very deep and satisfying listening experience over the course of its four tracks and which smartly expands the artistic range of his ambient post rock project. If you enjoyed ‘ETT’,…

Album Review: ‘Save Your Heart’ by Lights & Motion (Deep Elm)

‘Save Your Heart’, the second full studio album from Lights & Motion, is being launched today by Deep Elm Records.   And launch is precisely the metaphor that Christoffer Franzen had in mind while laboring in the studio to create his latest sonic jewel. Franzen says about the album, “On Save Your Heart, I wanted to…

Album Feature: ‘More Film/TV Music’ by Lights & Motion

In January, Lights & Motion (the musical alias of Sweden’s Christoffer Franzen) put out ‘Reanimation’, one of the most exuberant and well received post rock records of the year. And later this month, Deep Elm Records will release the follow up album ‘Save Your Heart’ which is already garnering the same level of excitement and…

Album Review: “ETT” by Row Boat (Bottle Imp Productions)

 “ETT” is the latest effort and first full length album from Row Boat, the ambient/post rock project of Mark Wardale.   As enjoyable as were the EPs,  “Romance” and “Svaret är ja”, “ETT” unfurls the full scope and power of Mark’s creative vision and it arrives as a significant and ear-catching contribution in an increasingly…

Album Review: “Dreamer on the Run” by U137 (on Deep Elm)

In the heart of Scandinavia, where sometimes weeks may go by without sunlight, two musicians formed a post rock project and named it after a cold war incident involving a Soviet submarine that ran aground on Sweden’s southern coastline.  If I stopped right there and cued up a track from their album, you would probably…

Review: “Reanimation” by Lights & Motion (Deep Elm)

For the first full length review on the blog, I have chosen not only one of the best post rock releases of the last few years (let alone 2013), but one that I feel an extra connection to because I had the privilege to watch it grow from a fledgling project with just a few…