Duologue: Aaron Martin talks about ‘A Room Now Empty’

Along the pathways of my stationary travels, I have not encountered an artist more mesmerizing or compelling than Aaron Martin.  Centered around his singular cello, he employs a plethora of other instruments (guitar, banjo, ukulele, lap steel, concertina, singing bowls) to forge a unique sound and style with roots sunk deep in rustic earthiness yet…

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Sound Impression: Unblurred Variants by Velleitie

Velleitie is a music project started in 2013 by Indiana native Sean Kase while living in Chicago. I confess to no knowledge of his music before stumbling upon Unblurred Variants, but since discovering it, have not been able to escape the undertow of these five melancholic, billowing drones which suspend time while being arced across by undulations of cello and…

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Sound Impression: Library Tapes – Escapism [1631 Recordings]

David Wenngren is perhaps best known for more than a decade’s worth of albums, soundtrack, and other licensed works under the alias Library Tapes, but he also recently co-founded 1631 Recordings with Mattias Nilsson (Kning Disk), a digital imprint which has been on a furious pace since its inception putting out releases of both new…

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Sound Impression: Sebastian Plano – Open Recording Sessions

Born in Argentina and based in Berlin, Sebastian Plano is a modern classical composer and multi-instrumentalist who has produced two notable albums that will resonate strongly with fans of the work of Max Richter, Nils Frahm, and Ólafur Arnalds. Recently he was filmed performing a series of mesmerizing open recording sessions at Superbudda in Turin, Italy. Switching…

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Flying Hórses – Tölt

Flying Hórses is a Canadian modern classical duo consisting of Jade Bergeron on piano, wurlitzer, celesta, & music boxes and Raphael Weinroth-Browne on cello & electronics. Their debut album, Tölt, is lovingly referential to Iceland and was partially recorded on location there, but the objective was not to emulate the moody and melancholic soundscapes that association likely brings to mind. Their…

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Travelogue Week 2015-17: Cello. You Had Me at Cello.

This week’s travelogue shines a spotlight on the cello with a look at seven albums released over the past year either made by a cellist or prominently featuring the instrument and spanning a diverse range of moods and styles from tender romanticism to cinematic and post-industrial soundscapes.  Also featured is a new cloudcast called Deep Resonance including tracks from each of these…

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Travelogue 2014: Top Ten Modern Classical

Nostalgia and modernity meet in this category as each artist performs their musical alchemy with a menagerie of bowed & strung instruments, piano, or voice combined with only the most discreet use of electronics and percussion. Expressive minimalism, elegant compositions, and sublime beauty abound in these ten outstanding albums released in 2014. Aaron Martin Comet’s…

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Modern Classical EPs from Lucy Claire / Oskar Schuster / Peter Gregson & Michael Price / Julien Marchal

I’ll spare you the obvious cliche, but this group of modern/post classical and piano EPs are all small packages that deliver big musical satisfaction, each one a gem in it’s own right.   Lucy Claire / Collaborations Vol.1 [This is it Forever] Lucy Claire set her own bar quite high with her Suite EP last year,…

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