Sound Impression: Lullaby for a Stranger by Jamie Stillway

Portland-based guitarist Jamie Stillway‘s new album was conceived in a 196 square foot cabin with on an island in the Puget Sound where she moved in the autumn of 2019. Lullaby for a Stranger was inspired by the solitary journey taken 70 years ago by a pregnant woman driving alone from Minnesota to Oregon to…

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Travelogue: Six String Journeys (Autumn 2022)

The guitar is an instrument for all seasons, but there is just something especially alluring about it as the waning days of summer give way to the golden light of autumn. In that spirit, here is a round-up of six excellent albums some of which released earlier in the year and some still to come…

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A Sense of Place: Positano Songs by Will Ackerman

If you know the music of Will Ackerman, I’ll wager you will remember exactly where you were when you heard it for the first time. For me, it was in a record shop in Richmond’s Carytown where I was used to hearing much more energetic fare while browsing around. Will’s 1981 masterpiece Passage was spinning…

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Sound Impression: Shall We Go Out Into the Light by Charlie Coxedge

Since embarking on a journey as a solo artist with his 2017 debut Cloisters on Simon Raymonde & Robin Guthrie’s Bella Union label, musician and writer Charlie Coxedge has been using layers of guitar to sculpt gorgeous soundscapes that are as melancholic as they are atmospheric. Gathering pace with the second of two albums this…

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Sound Impression: Fragments by Rachika Nayar

Rachika Nayar is a Brooklyn-based composer and producer, whose music utilizes processed guitar along with other synthesized and multi-instrumental sounds. Her first album entitled Our Hands Against the Dusk was composed over a period of four years by digitally processing improvisational guitar parts and combining them with synths, piano, and strings. She returns this summer…

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Sound Impression: El Mar Convertido en Oceano by The Phonmetrician

Lost Tribe Sound is a label keenly aware how deeply rooted it is in sounds many would consider wintry or autumnal in nature. Its embrace of bleak and sometimes even harrowing musical landscapes is reflected in the themes of recent subscription series such as “Built Upon A Fearful Void” or “We Stayed The Path That…

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Field Journal: 2021 Week 20

It has been a delightful spring in Virginia but this week has served notice that another hot southern summer is on our doorstep. This group of singles, EPs, and albums have just seemed like the right kind of company for these languid and sunny days.

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Video Premiere: Lonely Men by JARR

JARR is a new collaborative project from two artists whose creative paths converged two years ago at a live performance in Derby, UK by journeyman guitarist Jon Atwood aka Yellow 6 attended by Ray Robinson, an award-winning novelist and screenwriter who began his own foray into recording under the moniker of Wodwo only the year…

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Sound Impression: Dreamers and Tides by Federico Mosconi

Italian composer & guitarist Federico Mosconi is an artist with considerable experience as a live performer in solo, ensemble, and orchestral settings and styles ranging from classical to contemporary. In the studio, he is as much an explorer as a musician with a growing catalog of stunning experimental works that blend fluid guitar passages with…

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