Album Review: “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick (on Dead Oceans)

With her stunning new album, “Nepenthe”, Julianna Barwick not only creates a realm of otherworldly enchantment, but she also reminds us that at its best, the human voice can be more rich and affecting than any other instrument.   From beginning to end, this is a work of arresting beauty that will stop you in…

Album Review: “Those Who Remain” by Stray Theories

Born in Australia and based in New Zealand, Micah Templeton-Wolfe produces fine quality ambient electronica under the moniker Stray Theories.  His brand new LP, “Those Who Remain” is a stellar follow up to the excellent “Even Though We Sleep” released last year.  Once again, Micah combines pure ambient style, a modern classical aesthetic, and emotional…

Sunday listening: Previewing Colors in the Dark from Monochromie

French composer Wilson Trouve will be releasing his new LP “Colors in the Dark” very soon under his musical nom de plume, Monochromie. The new album will be produced in two limited edition versions, a special handcrafted package including 4 prints derived from vintage wallpaper (100 copies) and a standard 4-panel digipack (200 copies).  Whereas…

“In Passing” – Beautiful new EP from Steve Gibbs and Cyrus Reynolds

When two different artists whose work and tastes in music I admire both recommended this, I knew I needed to stop the presses and have a listen and I was not disappointed. “In Passing” is a fine EP resulting from a collaboration between UK artists Steve Gibbs and Cyrus Reynolds.  Elements of ambient, electronica, and modern classical…

Album Preview: Marsen Jules Trio – Présence Acousmatique

As the oppressive summer heat begins to settle in, an album that promises “atmospheric soundsculptures between ambient, avantgarde-classic and modern jazz” sounds like a cool and inviting proposition. This is an entrancing preview from “Présence Acousmatique”, the new album from Marsen Jules Trio, now available as a digital release on the Oktaf Music & Art…

‘Paelistin’ by Lucy Claire – Beautiful strings & sounds

Few things better than a quiet Saturday morning with a fresh cup of your favorite hot beverage and discovering some wonderful music you’ve never heard before. This morning, I stumbled upon the music of Lucy Claire, a classically-trained musician, composer, and recording artist based in London. I’ve really just begun to explore her many compositions…