Video Premiere: CZ97 by Christopher Sky

The latest release from Los Angeles based artist Christopher Sky (real name Christopher Garcia) entitled What It is, It Isn’t is a rhythmic, beat driven project that represents a distinct departure from 2018’s Vastness and its ambient introspections. The two albums were written in tandem, with the new record always planned as a deliberate counterpoint…

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Through a musical lens: Metropolitan by Madeleine Cocolas [bigo & twigetti]

Madeleine Cocolas is no stranger to incorporating music with other art forms. She has composed numerous works music for film, dance, and art exhibitions from painting to textiles. It should be no surprise, then, the fondness she developed for The Metropolitan Museum of Art after recently relocating to New York and on her newest album she finds a…

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PREMIERE: “nothing else” from the babyteeth OST by breaking

After releasing a number of EPs and singles under his own name, Brooklyn-based composer and filmmaker Austin Johnson will be making his official debut under his new alias breaking with the October 20 release of the soundtrack to his short film babyteeth on Seattle’s Hush Hush Records. The unobtrusive textures and moody atmospherics of his minimalist soundscapes well serve…

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Travelogue 2017.07.06: Wandering the Archives

Archives is a label based in Valencia, Spain run by DJ, producer, & musician Agustín Mena (aka Warmth, SVLBRD). You won’t find a lot of words written by the label about itself. Its impressum can be found in the music which focuses uncompromisingly on pure ambient, downtempo & dub techno aesthetics with a preference for soothing, warm…

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Sound Impression: Lunar by Madeleine Cocolas [Self Center Records]

Last year, classically-trained composer, musician, and sound designer Madeleine Cocolas released her debut album entitled Cascadia, but it was no nascent work.  Rather it was a stunning distillation of sounds and ideas drawn from a project where she created new music weekly over the course of a year. Prior to that she composed a new live…

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Various Artists – Hawk Moon Records Volume V

On the western edge of England’s South Downs National Park, the city of Winchester is home to the famous Winchester Cathedral and a historic & cultural heritage spanning from the Iron Age to the Victorian era. It is also home to a net label that should be well-known to fans of experimental instrumental music called Hawk…

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Marconi Union – Ghost Stations [Just Music]

What do you do for an encore after recording “the most relaxing track in the world“? Earning that accolade along with extraordinary visibility and respectability in a cluster of eclectic genres that get too little of either might be enough to lure a band into stagnation, but on the evidence of their output since “Weightless”, there is little…

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PREMIERE: Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains (“87 Billion Suns” by Strië)

If there is one thing the eleven year history of Serein tells us, it is that the Welsh label does not put out a release unless it is something special – just consider records like Pine by Olan Mill, Retold by Nest or Charcoal by Brambles. That makes their first new material published this year a tantalizing…

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Square Peg round Hole – Juniper [Spartan Records]

I first encountered Evan Chapman several years ago thanks to a series of YouTube videos he posted of unlikely, but brilliant percussion only covers of songs such as “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky and “Holocene” by Bon Iver.  He later joined up with fellow Indiana University music students Sean M. Gill, and Carlos…

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