Sound Impression: La première sortie de Florina by Lamasz & Grandbruit

Continuing the first tentative steps into a new year of music, it seems fitting to focus next on the discovery of a brand new net label launched late last year by two brothers from Montreal who ambient music fans may know by their respective solo monikers of Lamasz and Grandbruit. Described as “an ambient label…

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Sound Impression: Layover by Emilía

What better way to ease into a new year of stationary traveling than to ride the oscillating waves of Layover by the Málaga-based duo of musician Lee Yi and visual artist Meneh Peh known as Emilía. Shifting from the uneasy ruminations of last year’s Spring Through a Window (and companion EP Pollinations) and the mournful…

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2021 in Review: The Art of the EP

The EP is often overlooked when it comes annual round-ups, but this format continually proves it can provide us with outsized moments of wonder and delight and the year in music would not be the same without them as these 16 releases demonstrate.

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2021 in Review: Electroacoustic & Experimental Folk

A selection of memorable releases from the year from the musical edgelands where electroacoustic ambient and field recordings meet acoustic, folk, and other analog experiments in sound.

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2021 in Review: Ambient & Drone

Music can be a great companion allowing us to feel connected, comforted, and even transported through just the sounds that fill the space between our ears. From their cinematic vistas and atmospheric soundscapes to their a generous embrace of stillness, beauty, and self-reflection, the albums in this category are especially well suited to do just…

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2021 in Review: A Sense of Place and Time

The act of creating a sense of a place or capturing a moment in time is a fairly common motif in a great deal of instrumental music, especially ambient, but it is intrinsically at the very core of these works released in 2021. Some are personal narratives or depictions of landscape either real or imagined while…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Limite (além-mares) by LISE

In addition to playing drums for Constantina, Brazilian percussionist & sound artist Daniel Nunes maintains an experimental solo project under the alias of LISE which is centered around the use of electroacoustic music, synthesized melodies, and organic noises to create intricate mosaics of sound that provide a unique listening experience as well as engage in…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: “Peer” by Kinbrae & Clare Archibald

Circular patterns are at the heart of the first collaborative album between Kinbrae (twin brothers Mike & Andy Truscott) and fellow Fife-based writer and artist Clare Archibald. Much of the meaning behind what they have created is condensed into its succinct title – Birl of Unmap. Birl is a Scots word meaning ‘to spin’ –…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Spring by Fortresses

It was only last month we were singing the praises of multidisciplinary artist Sam Ashton’s debut EP as Fortresses. Eve carried us through the arc of a day spent among the streets and gardens of London through an ambient triptych fashioned from field recordings, manipulated guitar, and synths that portrayed portraying its shifting patterns of…

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