2015 in review: Memorable Journeys in Acoustic, Folk, & Pop

An admittedly eclectic category, here are fifteen wonderful albums steeped in elements of acoustic, primitive, folk, or pop music. But those are only references and common threads. Each one is its own unique and memorable musical journey. – Click on album titles in the list below for more information Editors note: Few of the albums presented in these…

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Travelogue 2015-33: Pleasurably Lost in Eilean

It has been a little too long since we last visited the continent of Eilean, the imaginary land whose map is populated with 100 points, each of which marks a release on the label that bears its name (25 have been released so far). Each album comes with a card that contains a piece of the map and, on…

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Travelogue Week 2015-11: Turning Toward Spring

As I write this week’s travelogue, it is the first day of March that truly feels like Spring. Winter may have some sting left in its tail, but light is slowly overcoming the darkness, color is promising to break the monotony of drab grays and browns, and the soul is beginning to stir with thoughts of…

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Richard J. Birkin – Songs for Spoken Words [Time Travel Opps]

Richard J. Birkin has not only a fine ear for music, but apparently also a keen eye for unique & creative contexts that suit his ideas and compositions.  While he continues to develop in a band context with Emphemetry and Crash of Rhinos, he is building up a lovely body of work to accompany art installations and multimedia projects.   Consider…

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Travelogue 2014: Top Ten Eclectic

I think of this group of albums as a beautiful Venn diagram from the perspective of music covered on Stationary Travels. Familiar elements of ambient, electronic, modern classical, and post rock appear, but so do many others in a prominent way – pop, shoegaze, folk, jazz, and trad. But these are only reference points, not…

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Excursions in acoustic music: Belle Arché Lou and Yadayn

Belle Arché Lou – Seeking Solace (Humanist Records) The artist biography for Belle Arché Lou on the Humanist Records web site begins with an intriguing and seemingly obtuse question “How are French literary figure Guillaume Apollinaire and American astronomer Scott S. Sheppard – University of Hawaii graduate interested in the formation of solar systems – linked?”.…

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2013 Travelogue: Five Outstanding Modern Classical / Acoustic EPs

This is one of a series of musical “travelogues”, or year-in-review posts, covering music I especially enjoyed this year.  This entry covers  five outstanding modern classical / acoustic EPs. Note that the albums are not in any kind of ranked order, but are simply listed alphabetically by artist.   Lucy Claire – Suite  ‘Suite’ may…

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2013 Travelogue: 20 outstanding modern classical/acoustic albums (Part 2)

This is one of a series of “travelogues”, or year-in-review posts, covering music I especially enjoyed this year.  This is part 2 covering an additional ten of twenty outstanding releases in the categories of modern classical and acoustic.  Note that the albums are not in any kind of ranked order, but are simply listed alphabetically by artist.  …

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2013 Travelogue: 20 outstanding modern classical/acoustic albums (Part 1)

This is one of a series of “travelogues”, or year-in-review posts, covering music I especially enjoyed this year.  This entry covers the first ten of twenty outstanding releases in the categories of modern classical and acoustic. Note that the albums are not in any kind of ranked order, but are simply listed alphabetically by artist.…

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