A Sense of Place: Archives by Cédric Dind-Lavoie

Canadian composer & multi-instrumentalist Cédric Dind-Lavoie reaches back through time to find a very special group of collaborators for his first full-length release since the wonderful 88 (2018, Preserved Sound). Archives is a specially treated anthology of songs from the 40s and 50s that have been drawn from the collections of distinguished folklorists of the…

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Through a Musical Lens: Hav Reimagined

Having grown up in a small coastal city in Sweden, Sofia Nystrand, aka Vargkvint, drew on a strong personal bond with the ocean when she created her album Hav (2019, piano and coffee records). Masterfully combining elements of neoclassical and folk music with haunting vocals and a vivid sense of storytelling, she wove a spellbinding…

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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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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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Video Premiere: Stormen Kommer by Vargkvint

It was exactly a year ago that Sofia Nystrand aka Vargkint released her concept album about the sea entitled Hav on Piano and Coffee Records (readers may remember the premiere of the haunting ballad “Drivved” on these pages last spring). Since then, Nystrand has developed a newfound interest in making stop motion films and marks…

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Tomorrow We Sail — The Shadows [Gizeh Records]

The very name of the band Tomorrow We Sail evokes an aura of journeys into far off horizons full of promise, an apt metaphor for the creative odyssey the Leeds-based band has been on since their formation in 2009. Their 2014 debut, For Those Who Caught The Sun In Flight, was the culmination of four…

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Sound Impression: Landscapes by Jacob Montague

What exactly is “cinematic folk”? A good way to answer that question would be to have a listen to Landscapes, the latest solo release by Oakland-based composer, producer, & multi-instrumentalist Jacob Montague. The album, which flows more like a suite than a collection of songs, oozes pastoral charm with scene-setting atmospheres and a strong narrative flow propelled…

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Sound Impression: Brus by Vargkvint

Inspired by the forests, oceans and folklore of her native Sweden and named after a dissonant music interval occurring in ancient tuning systems (“Wolf fifth” in English),  Vargkvint is an enchanting solo music project from Sofia Nystrand. Her debut EP Brus is a completely DIY effort which she composed, performed, mixed, mastered, designed, and released on…

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2016 in review: Journeys in Acoustic, Primitive, & Experimental Folk

This list is short, but particularly sweet. A dozen memorable albums released this year of particularly delicate construction and pastoral feel featuring acoustic guitar, primitive, and experimental folk music. 

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