Sound Impression: Misplaced by Francesco Giannico

Since taking the first musical ride with him on Line B of Rome’s subway system with his 2014 release Metrophony (Time Released Sound), I have been enjoying the evocative themes and soundscapes created by Francesco Giannico. A web designer and videographer as well as a sound artist with a thesis on the history of film…

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Sound Impression: Earth Awhile by Michael Grigoni, Chihei Hatakeyama, and Stephen Vitiello

Collaborating across geographical, temporal, and musical boundaries, Japanese sound artist Chihei Hatakeyama and American musicians Michael Grigoni & Stephen Vitiello have conjured up a fascinating new album thematically centered around the poem “Birches” by Robert Frost. While Grigoni and Vitiello recently teamed up for the widely praised Slow Machines (12k, 2020) Earth Awhile marks the…

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2020 in Review: The Art of the EP

The EP is often overlooked when it comes annual round-ups, but this format continually provides us with memorable outsize moments and the year in music would not have been the same without them as these 16 releases demonstrate.

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2020 in Review: Electroacoustic & Experimental Folk

A musical edgeland where ambient and modern classical minimalism co-exists with acoustic, folk, electronics, and field recordings…

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2020 in Review: A Sense of Place and Time

Each of these sixteen albums is conceptually or thematically connected either to a sense of a place or to capturing a moment in time. While this is a fairly common motif in a lot of instrumental music, especially ambient, it is the very essence of these works released in 2020. Some are personal narratives and some…

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Travelogue: Through the Seasons with Ishamel Cormack

Ishmael Cormack is a British sound artist living in rural Somerset in South West England whose practice as focuses on the “gathering and weaving found sound with acoustics”. His first label release was Ammil on Krysalisound which I happily featured here when it came out in April. Since then, Cormack has gone on to release three more…

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Travelogue: The Last Leaves of Autumn

The days are growing shorter and the last leaves of autumn are fading embers that will soon disappear. The transition of fall into winter seems especially dispiriting in a pandemic year, but there is still comfort and consolation in the anodyne effects of music. The six albums that comprise this journey come from artistic voices…

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Sound Impression: Invisible by Various Artists (Preserved Sound)

However long it takes to put this seemingly interminable pandemic in the rear view mirror, one day down the road we will get the chance to look back fondly on the bright spots of kindness, creativity, and friendship that illuminated the darker times. But that does not mean we can’t savor them now where we…

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A Sense of Place: Elders by Yadayn

With its 15-album Built Upon a Fearful Void series, Lost Tribe Sound offers a new world of peregrine sounds by an assortment of artists from around the globe some of whom are new to the label this year. That includes guitarist Gowaart Van Den Bossche, aka Yadayn, who has just released his first full-length record…

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