M. Ostermeier – Tiny Birds [Home Normal]

You would be hard pressed to find an ambient composer/musician out there with a more clearly defined minimalist aesthetic than Baltimore-based M. Ostermeier.  He describes his compositions as often featuring “skeletal piano melodies that are augmented with electronics, acoustic recordings, and occasionally guitar”. True to that aesthetic, his most recent work draws inspiration from simple…

M. Ostermeier – Still [Tench]

Still is the first full length album from Baltimore, MD based musician M. Ostermeier since The Rules of Another Small World released in 2011.  There is plenty of common ground between the two.  They are both released on Ostermeier’s own Tench label and they each feature sleek minimalism anchored in accessible, avant-garde leaning piano lines accompanied by sparing…

Album Review: Shallow by Porya Hatami (on Tench)

Experimental sound artist Porya Hatami has been quite prolific of late. Based in Sanandaj, Iran, Hatami has released a variety of solo albums and EPs over the past two years, appeared on numerous compilations, and has collaborated with artists such as Lee Anthony Norris, Darren Harper, and Liam Coleman (Lcoma).  In February 2014, he released what may…