Sound Impression: Earth Awhile by Michael Grigoni, Chihei Hatakeyama, and Stephen Vitiello

Collaborating across geographical, temporal, and musical boundaries, Japanese sound artist Chihei Hatakeyama and American musicians Michael Grigoni & Stephen Vitiello have conjured up a fascinating new album thematically centered around the poem “Birches” by Robert Frost. While Grigoni and Vitiello recently teamed up for the widely praised Slow Machines (12k, 2020) Earth Awhile marks the…

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A Sense of Place: Mount Carmel by M. Grig

“I grew up between these hills, under the sun…” Founded by Taylor Deupree in 1997, the 12k label now has spanned two decades refining its distinctly conceptual approach to experimental music with the intent of providing “a conscious counterpoint to the information overload of the 21st century”. Over that time, one could argue 12k has…

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Sound Impression: Millpond Way by M. Grig [Other Songs]

Originally from the Pacific Northwest and now living Durham, North Carolina, Mike Grigoni is a┬ácomposer & multi-instrumentalist who plays dobro, lap steel and pedal steel guitar and records under the name M. Grig. While he has settled personally in the Tar heel state, Grigoni’s music has found a home on Canadian label Other Songs where…

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Travelogue 2017.09.03: As Summer Fades

It is time for the slow fade of summer. The northern hemisphere starts to tilt away from the burning sun and the slanted light begins to take on a golden tint in the afternoons. The comforting crisp austerity of autumn awaits, but it is still warm, hazy, and verdant and a fine time to sink…

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Chuck Johnson – Balsams [VDSQ]

Few sounds evoke soulful yearning and rural landscapes as the venerable pedal steel guitar. For many listeners its dreamy, tremulous twang is inextricably wound into the roots & branches of country and western music, but over the years some have creatively sought to unshackle it in other genres and contexts. I dare say none of…

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