Video Premiere: Indecisive by Patrick Hamilton

Producer & composer Patrick Hamilton has a long background in various fields of music. Classically trained at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium, he started his career as a session player which led to work as a producer-engineer and eventually becoming a leading figure in adult contemporary classical crossover. He has worked in television,…

Track Premiere: Fired by ABADIR

ABADIR is the solo alias of Berlin-based Egyptian producer Rami Abadir, also one-half of the experimental production duo 0N4B and the electronic music section editor of Arabic online music magazine Ma3azef where he covers music theory, critical studies, history, reviews and interviews. After solo releases on Italy’s Yerevan Tapes, Germany’s Kaer‘Uiks, and Montreal’s D.M.T. Records,…

Video Premiere: abandoned forest by vaghy

Tamás Vághy, aka vaghy, is a composer & pianist with a long and diverse background in contemporary music. Having performed in thousands of concerts from clubs to large festivals and serving as keyboardist for the well-known Hungarian rock band Anna and the Barbies, Tamás, who has played piano from a very young age, has always…

Through a Musical Lens: Sunday Soundtracks

If you are reading this blog, chances are you’re an avid music lover and the kind of person who is just as likely to discover a film or television show after hearing the soundtrack as the other way around. Or, perhaps, you even enjoy certain soundtracks as complete listening experiences on their own without ever…

Sound Impression: Residence on Earth by The Green Kingdom

Ever since becoming infatuated with his 2012 album Egress, I’ve always looked forward to anything new from The Green Kingdom, a solo project from Michigander Michael Cottone. Few artists match his deftness at blending organic and electronic sources while maintaining a delicate balance between melodic structures and textural soundscapes. He makes his first appearance on…

Track Premiere: “Dora” by Olec Mün

The grandson of four Jewish refugees who escaped the Nazi regime in 1938 and emigrated to Argentina, Marcelo Schnock, aka Olec Mün, has played the piano since he was six years old. Now based in Barcelona, he is the first of his family in two generations to settle back in Europe and his forthcoming album…

Sound Impression: Ten Times the World Lied by bvdub

Electronic sound artist & composer Brock Van Wey, best know as bvdub, could be excused for having an impressum as long as your arm. After all, he has 40 releases to his name and that is not counting his various collaborations, compilation singles, and remixes.  The closest thing you’ll find, however, is a statement on…

Travelogue: The Drones of Spring

When I first began to really diving into ambient music I was surprised just how much of what I liked what what was classified as ‘drone’. The name just seemed off-putting. For the uninitiated it appears to promise something monotonous, something to zone out to rather than tune into. As I quickly learned, however, in…

PREMIERE: “The Things That End” by John Hayes

The Last Best Place is the second full-length release from Minneapolis- based pianist, John Hayes. It began as a single solo piano piece written to cope with the unexpected loss of a friend, but finding himself in a new studio space and dealing other anxieties, Hayes continued to record new pieces during the late hours…