Travelogue: A Gondwana Records Sampler

Gondwana Records is an independent record label founded in Manchester, England by composer/musician/producer Matthew Halsall in 2008 to shine a light on the talent he heard in the local clubs. Since then, it has become blossomed into a genuinely international label with additional offices in Berlin and London and a roster that boasts such well-regarded artists as GoGo Penguin,…

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PREMIERE: “Here” by Walrus Ghost & Max Frankl [Hush Hush Records]

It almost sounds like a pitch for a screenplay. European jazz guitarist travels to New York and answers and ad for an open room posted by an experimental electronic music producer. Kindred spirits who followed very different musical paths, the two hit it off and end up creating an album of music together. Only it’s…

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Sound Impression – Jazzdefector – Solo [Whitelabrecs]

“Just trying to slow the world down” is Sebastian Buccheri‘s pithy summation of his Jazzdefector music project. And slow the world down he does with the reverb-saturated aural webs he creates as a backdrop to his intimate jazz-inflected compositions and improvisations a dozen of which comprise his newest album Solo recently released on Whitelabrecs.

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Piano Interrupted – Landscapes of the Unfinished [Denovali]

Tom Hodge and Franz Kirmann return to Denovali as Piano Interrupted with a vibrant new record entitled Landscapes of the Unfinished which sees the addition of some fresh ingredients to the already sophisticated mélange of modern classical, jazz, and electronica that made The Unified Field so enjoyable. For one, the new record seeks to capture more of the essence…

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2015 in review: Memorable Journeys in Post Rock & Electronica

A 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…

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Travelogue 2014: Top Ten Eclectic

I think of this group of albums as a beautiful Venn diagram from the perspective of music covered on Stationary Travels. Familiar elements of ambient, electronic, modern classical, and post rock appear, but so do many others in a prominent way – pop, shoegaze, folk, jazz, and trad. But these are only reference points, not…

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Tess Said So – I Did That Tomorrow [Preserved Sound]

I Did That Tomorrow by Tess Said So Tess Said So refer to themselves simply as “an indie classical band…one piano player, one percussionist”.  Not unlike their music, the description is concise, accurate, and lacking pretentiousness. But perhaps it does not convey the level of sophistication and inventiveness that is revealed in their debut album…

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Album Review: “Hotline” by Aidan O’Rourke (Reveal Records)

On September 25, 1956 the first submerged transatlantic telephone cable system, known as TAT-1, was inaugurated.  On July 1, 2013,  a superb new album called “Hotline” will be released on Reveal Records which is brilliantly centered around and inspired by this piece of history.  The album is a solo project from Aidan O’Rourke who is…

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Hidden Orchestra – ‘Flight’

Thursday morning listening.  The song ‘Flight’ from Hidden Orchestra, an “electronic jazz collective” based in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Subtle use of electronics underneath strings, harp, & winds all propelled by dynamic percussion lines makes for one uplifting and intriguing piece of music.

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