Paddy Mulcahy – The Words She Said

On his most fully realized album to date, composer/producer Paddy Mulcahy offers up eight beautiful experiments in juxtaposing solo piano minimalism with vibrant synthesizer constructions. While some of his previous releases demonstrated Mulcahy quite capable of inventively sketching and improvising in a compressed time frame, the music on The Words She Said was cultivated over a two-year period

The album was started in the Summer of 2015 during a recording trip around Germany and London. Paddy then continued to work on the album while finishing his BSc degree in Music Production at Limerick Institute Of Technology. The album was inspired by the similarities and contrasts between pianos and synthesizers, and this relationship was conveyed through the use of various recording and mixing techniques.

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Sound Impression: Floating Away From the World by OKADA [n5MD]

Floating Away From the World is the third album in as many years by OKADA on the n5MD label and his fifth overall (the first two being issued by Fluttery Records). It is the first, however, that Gregory Pappas developed for this project since relocating from Mobile, Alabama to Seattle, Washington with a corresponding shift in style that seems to match the cool, wet climate of his new home. As on previous albums, Pappas offers up a quartet of fluid & emotive long form works that fuse ambient textures & modern classical elements with downtempo beats and ethereal vocals, but the mood on the new album is distinctly overcast and deeply introspective while the rainy textures will be pure bliss for even the most casual pluviophile.

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Travelogue 2017.01.29 – Exploring Past, Present and Future With 36


In the space of ten months, Dennis Huddleston has released three albums from his experimental ambient project 36 (pronounced three-six). Far from making music to simply zone or chill out to, Huddleston often weaves rich thematic and imaginative material into his sonic tapestries for an especially emotive and cerebral listening experience. Considered together, this trio of albums cover a vast perspective spanning past, present, and future. 

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Sound Impression: Reversed – Remixes by Ocoeur [n5MD]

French composer & sound designer Ocoeur (Franck Zaragoza) enlisted the services of Christoph Berg, The Green Kingdom, and Julien Marchal to create this intended prologue to his 2016 full-length album Reversed, his fifth release on Oakland, California-based label n5MD. Reversed – Remixes is an entrancing quartet of reworked pieces, one of Zaragoza’s own creation and the remainder from his hand-picked team of collaborators.

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Alejandro Bento – Ripples [Subtempo Records]

Since this blog began only a few odd years ago, we’ve seen the emergence of some wonderful new labels which are now fixtures on these pages – Eilean Rec., Moderna Records, and 1631 Recordings to name a few. But there is plenty of room for new voices and new ideas as evidenced by the recent arrival of Subtempo Records on the scene. The label founded last year by Rocco Tyndale will be focused on “left-field leaning, classical and electronic” music coupled with a strong focus on visual art and an emphasis on creating “long lasting pieces of art” and their first physical release is a delightful EP by Alejandro Bento, a self-taught pianist from Spain who also records electronic music as Axel Toben. Ripples is a triptych of solo piano pieces accompanied by a remix contributed by award-winning producer/composer Robot Koch. The heartfelt sentiments that come across in the music are just as Bento intended.  

“These songs speak of origins and horizons. But most of all, they speak of love, friendship and care, of presence and joy. They speak of following the heartbeat and believing in one’s self and in others.” – Alejandro Bento

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2016 in review: Journeys in Post Rock, Electronica, & Folktronica

yir_montage_post_rock_elecThis year saw the return of some a number of beloved and well-known bands from quiet periods ranging from several years to as long as a decade along with bright splashes from some new & dynamic voices. This is a particularly vibrant and diverse selection where genres never define of confine, but only serves as reference points for those of us with inadequate words to describe the music. 

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Travelogue 2016.12.14: Seas of Tranquility


Calmly transportive. Blissfully adrift. Hazy and translucent. A listening journey with four exceptional albums from around the globe that delve into the idyllic side of ambient and electronic music created by The Green Kingdom (USA), Chihei Hatakeyama (Japan), Warmth (Spain), and James Murray (UK).

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Song Premiere: Come In (Christoph Berg Remix) from Be Life Relived by Anne Garner

Be Life Relived - Anne Garner - Cover (Large)

The best songs live on not only in the way they are experienced by the listener but in the way they engender new possibilities and interpretations from the seeds of their inspiration. Such is the case with Anne Garner‘s beguiling fourth album Be Life released last year. As it turns out, the songs had more to give, much more, and a fine assemblage of musicians and producers have been to explore to re-imagine them on a splendid follow-up record entitled Be Life Relived.

Knowing these songs had more stories to tell we invited some of our favorite producers to rework and reinterpret, providing fresh and illuminating perspectives on Anne’s heartfelt material..

Listen here to an exclusive premiere of the opening track, a tender interpretation of “Come In” by Christoph Berg (aka Field Rotation) that adds depth and breadth to the fragile yearning expressed in its lyrics.

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Near the Parenthesis – Helical [n5MD]

San Francisco based musician Tim Arndt expands his catalog on the n5MD label this month with an album that is realization of a concept which has been gestating for nearly ten years. Apparently as far back as the period after the lush electronica of his 2006 debut Go Out and See was released, Arndt intended to create a beatless ambient follow-up, but that idea did not come to fruition until now with the release of Helical, his sixth release on the label.

“The focus on the organic is clear, but moments of ethereal breath weave in and out and prevent the album from becoming too self aware. Helical, as a loose reference to the geometric structure of our very DNA and it contains themes that are driven by a recent discovery of Arndt’s past and ancestry.” – n5MD 

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VIDEO PREMIERE: “Halflife” by Grasscut

As a captivating amalgam of electronica, folk, pop, and cinematic elements, the evocative and “densely referential” Everyone Was A Bird by Grasscut is a brilliant album. But the duo of Andrew Phillips and Marcus O’Dair never intended to release it simply as a collection of songs. Rather they have dug deep into into its rich creative loam and the sense of place at its core to create a series of extended experiences. Part of that vision included the commissioning a series of landscape-based films from director Roger Hyams and photographer Pedr Browne to accompany each track on the album. Today, Stationary Travels is proud to premiere the final video release, “Halflife” directed by Hyams.

“Halflife was the last film we shot for Everyone Was A Bird, and was made by director Roger Hyams, who also made the film for The Field. We filmed it in 2 days in mid Wales around the Trawsfynydd nuclear power station, and also in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. It’s a song about decay, and the presences and stories that are buried in, and emerge from the landscape. Making these films has been a wonderful journey, and we hope everyone enjoys them as much as we did making them.” –  Andrew Phillips

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2015 in review: Memorable Journeys in Post Rock & Electronica

collageA look back at some of the most memorable journeys in music taken this year in post rock and electronica. It is clearly not a comprehensive look at either genre, but rather a selection of albums I connected with, enjoyed, and enthusiastically recommend. Expansive, dynamic, sophisticated, clever, and cathartic – all those qualities are here in some measure and sound best when played loud.- Click on album titles in the list below for more information

Editors note: Few of the albums presented in these lists fit neatly into a single genre and we would not have it any other way, nor would the artists. The categorizations used here should not distract the reader from the joy of discovery. They are simply a way to organize and present based on my perceptions of compatible listening experiences and I was not above stretching the boundaries and making exceptions to fit in the most music possible.  Continue reading

Travelogue 2015-21: The Power of 3 (a case for the short EP)

Just like the short story in prose, the haiku in poetry, or the short subject in film, the humble EP is a form that can be enjoyed on its own terms. These four wonderful EPs that have something on common – each has exactly 3 tracks. The shortest lasts barely 11 minutes and the longest just over 20. Yet, each one is a complete and memorable musical journey worth taking. Interestingly I also found they they flow very nicely into each other when played through in the order presented, forming a lovely arc from sparkling tones into deep reflection.

Cétieu – Into the Light 

[Twice Removed Records]

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