Travelogue: Six String Journeys (Autumn 2022)

The guitar is an instrument for all seasons, but there is just something especially alluring about it as the waning days of summer give way to the golden light of autumn. In that spirit, here is a round-up of six excellent albums some of which released earlier in the year and some still to come…

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Duologue: A conversation with Lara Somogyi

Born in Hawaii to Hungarian parents, Lara Somogyi’s introduction to harp-playing skewed toward the traditional until she began to lean into an improvisational approach while studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London and composing to color schemes and visuals. Another sensory layer emerged in her work after a series of chance meetings with…

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VIDEO: A Crossing Song by Wickerbird

Wickerbird is the atmospheric dream-folk project of Blake Cowan rooted in the sylvan beauty of the wild foothills of Mt. Rainier where it all began. From early albums like The Crow Mother (2012) and The Westering (2013) to the masterful The Leaf Maker (2015), he has carved his own path by distilling daydream-filled walks in the…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Eunoia by Peter Knight (with Fia Fiell)

Composer, trumpeter, and sound artist Peter Knight frames his new record Shadow Phase as a meditation on the nature of connection, the backdrop being conversations while walking with his old friend and teacher, Ania Walwicz during the COVID lockdown of 2020 when they were restricted to overlapping 5-kilometer zones near Docklands, an inner-city suburb of…

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Travelogue: A Gondwana Records Sampler

Gondwana Records is an independent record label founded in Manchester, England by composer/musician/producer Matthew Halsall in 2008 to shine a light on the talent he heard in the local clubs. Since then, it has become blossomed into a genuinely international label with additional offices in Berlin and London and a roster that boasts such well-regarded artists as GoGo Penguin,…

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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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Video Premiere: A Different Kind of Blue by Danny Mulhern

Due for release in September, Singing Through Others is the fifth album and first independent release from Danny Mulhern. The composer, producer, & multi-instrumentalist whose scores include the feature film What They Had (2018) and BBC series Silent Witness continues his collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra pivoting from the oneiric style of 2020’s Flow…

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Sound Impression: Limits by Andrew Tasselmyer

Andrew Tasselmyer of Hotel Neon has steadily been honing his craft in the use of samplers, field recordings, and lo-fi recording techniques and finding ways to evolve & expand his sound while putting out consistently fine solo releases that are always worth a thoughtful listen. Limits marks the Philadelphia-based artist’s debut on the Laaps imprint,…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Summerfallow by Michael Scott Dawson

The field recordings at the heart of Music For Listening by Canadian sound artist, multi-instrumentalist Michael Scott Dawson were originally collected with something different in mind, an album of prairie birdsong using fragments collected during walks through the pastures and farmland on the outskirts of his childhood hometown that never came to fruition. A phone…

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