Travelogue: A hibernate recordings Collection

After a relatively sparse 2019, it is very nice to see a flurry of new activity over at hibernate recordings, the Yorkshire-based ambient label founded a little over a decade ago by Jonathan Lees. The catalyst has been something called the 2.6 challenge, a charitable initiative intended to fill the void left by the cancellation…

Sound Impression: Literature by Tomotsugu Nakamura

Tomotsugu Nakamura is a musician and graphic designer residing in Tokyo, Japan who composes music with fragments of minimal acoustic & electronic tones and field recordings. My first exposure to his work was the last year’s monologue, an excellent recording that appeared on the Audiobulb label and became a shoo-in for the annual round-up of…

Travelogue: Longform Editions 14

Launched two years ago by Preservation label boss Andrew Khedoori, Longform Editions is a digital listening gallery which he frames as a “curatorial music practice created to foster and celebrate immersive listening experiences for the musically adventurous”. Indeed, now 56 releases into the project, Khedoori has brought together an impressive array of sound artists from…

Travelogue: At home with La Petite Chambre Records

Affectionately named after a tiny room in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where a group of friends would gather to quietly rehearse and record new ideas, La Petite Chambre Records has been publishing a uniquely warm and colorful style of experimental music for over a decade.  The label has created their own space for artistic expression in…

Travelogue: The Whitelabrecs Home Diaries

Since its inception, Harry Towell’s Whitelabrecs label has been nothing less than prolific with release after release that seems to bring out the best in any artist that appears on the roster. In fact, Whitelabrecs made more appearances in my 2019 retrospectives than any other label. Given the creative impetus that represents, perhaps it is…

Streaming Premiere: Thesis 18 (Black Brunswicker, Lucy Gooch & zakè)

Minnesota-based artist Gregory Euclide‘s involvement in music goes well beyond the memorable cover he created for Bon Iver‘s Grammy-winning second album. In 2016 Euclide launched an ambitious project of his own called Thesis which presents thoughtfully curated collaborations in limited vinyl editions assembled with bespoke handmade packaging. Every release is unique and intended to create…

Sound Impression: Ocean Park by Danny Clay

Laaps Records is a new label launched by Mathias Van Eecloo on the heels of wrapping up his beloved Eilean Rec project. Though Van Eecloo still runs the innovative IIKKII Books project which launched a few years back, it is Laaps that is Eilean’s true successor as Van Eecloo once again maps out a concept…

Sound Impression: Residence on Earth by The Green Kingdom

Ever since becoming infatuated with his 2012 album Egress, I’ve always looked forward to anything new from The Green Kingdom, a solo project from Michigander Michael Cottone. Few artists match his deftness at blending organic and electronic sources while maintaining a delicate balance between melodic structures and textural soundscapes. He makes his first appearance on…

Sound Impression: Ammil by Ishmael Cormack

Ishmael Cormack is a British sound artist living in rural Somerset. His published body of work has grown significantly in the past year and focuses on what he describes as “gathering and weaving found sound with acoustics”. The quality and extent of that work is such that many followers of electroacoustic ambient music who would…