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submitted Various - Disquiet, Vol. 2. about 1 month ago
posted a review of Helios - Yume. over 2 years ago
Here is how it goes… I accumulate music, re-listening to the standout albums over and over, until all of a sudden I simply can’t take it any longer, knowing that I must share with you my latest find. This month, in particular, has been somewhat saturated ... See full review
posted a review of Bersarin Quartett - III. over 2 years ago
There are many moments during the day when I want to tell you about Bersarin Quartett, but then I’m thinking, “surely, you already know… How can you not,” I wonder, “how can you you possibly not know?” I have been hungrily consuming the music of Thomas ... See full review
posted a review of Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer (2) - Twine. over 2 years ago
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning. Nearly December, but the city refuses to fall into its winter grays, boasting thermometer readings at 50ºF. The sun warms my quiet dwelling, and even the piano keys beg to bask in its light. I make myself some tea, open ... See full review
posted a review of Deepchord - Ultraviolet Music. over 2 years ago
At this point, Rod Modell, recording under his Deepchord moniker (sometimes appearing with a capital letter ‘C’ in ‘Chord’), has created his very own genre within dub techno – something more than just a few repetitive dubby chords with deep groovy ... See full review
posted a review of Olga Wojciechowska - Maps And Mazes. over 2 years ago
Time Released Sound is a music label from California, rewarding our ears with timeless ambient, electro-acoustic, and modern classical releases, and our libraries with cherished, limited edition, hand-made little packages. TRS has been covered by ... See full review
posted a review of Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 (EP). over 3 years ago
I’ll be honest – at first I wasn’t even going to cover another Aphex Twin release. With so much hype last year, focusing on the return of one of the most influential musicians in the electronic scene, I felt like there was plenty of press around this ... See full review
posted a review of Strië - Struktura. over 3 years ago
Iden Reinhart first appeared on the scene back in 2010, with her Sléptis debut on Soundscaping Records. I finally got a chance to properly cover Reinhart’s second release as Strië on Time Released Sounds back in 2012, and Õhtul was featured on Headphone ... See full review
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posted a review of Michael Price (2) - Entanglement. over 3 years ago
London-based Erased Tapes continues to delight. It’s no wonder that some of my (and I think yours as well) all time favorite modern classical composers, such as Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Lubomyr Melnyk, ... See full review
posted a review of Oliver Lieb - Inside Voices. over 3 years ago
I’ve been writing about music for what now seems almost a decade. And even so, I must tell you, the closer I come to its essence, the further I seem from its reach. Every listen is always a new venture into the sounds, spaces and mind of the composer as ... See full review
posted a review of Disasterpeace - It Follows (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). over 3 years ago
I first saw a preview for David Robert Mitchell‘s It Follows prior to watching The Imitation Game at one of my all time favorite independent theaters in New York City, Angelika Film Center. Beyond the typical formula of a horror flick, the snippet ... See full review
posted a review of Ólafur Arnalds & Alice Sara Ott - The Chopin Project. over 3 years ago
As I got older I began to gravitate towards classical music again. It’s not that I appreciate it any more than when I was a child. As a classically trained pianist I was exposed to the traditional repertoire of your Baroques, your Romantics and ... See full review
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posted a review of Siavash Amini - Till Human Voices Wake Us. over 4 years ago
“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”

It is the last line from the final stanza of T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock that the ... See full review
posted a review of Bruno Bavota - The Secret Of The Sea. over 4 years ago
For his third album, The Secret of the Sea, composer and musician Bruno Bavota found inspiration in the allure and mystery of the Mediterranean that washes up against the shores of his home town of Naples, Italy. The lyrical romanticism expressed through ... See full review
posted a review of Mark Harris (10) - The Angry Child. over 4 years ago
The Angry Child is the latest full length work from UK based artist, musician, and programmer Mark Harris which has been released by n5MD. It is a serene, evocative, and polished album of pure ambient music that can be appreciated just on the hearing, ... See full review
posted a review of Illuha - Akari. over 4 years ago
Akari is the new album from the Tokyo based duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha, on the 12k label. While this is the third Illuha record, it is the first in which the duo worked in studio recording and mixing together (Shizuku (2011) ... See full review
posted a review of Orcas - Yearling. over 4 years ago
Orcas, the duo of Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri, return with a new release on Morr Music called Yearling in which they seamlessly blend hazy, dream pop song structures with post-minimalist ambient abstractions into a single intoxicating aural ... See full review
posted a review of Twincities - Variations For The Celesta (Eilean 02). over 4 years ago
Variations for the Celesta by Twincities, the project of Long Island, NY sound artist Fletcher McDermott, is a delightfully enigmatic record for an enigmatic label. They each succeed in fully engaging not just the ears of the listener, but the mind and ... See full review
posted a comment on John Lemke - Walizka. over 4 years ago
Walizka by John Lemke is a significantly enhanced reissue of a three-track EP which was originally released as a teaser for his 2013 full-length album People Do on Denovali. The new version includes the three original tracks (‘Walizka’, ‘Drift’, and ... See full review
posted a review of 36 (2) - Dream Tempest. over 4 years ago
With Dream Tempest, Dennis Huddleston is looking to take his very successful musical project, 36 (pronounced ‘three-six’), into some new territory. The five previous albums, Hypersona (2009), Memories In Widescreen (2010), Hollow (2010), Lithea (2012) ... See full review
posted a review of Invisible Allies - Conversations With Bees. over 4 years ago
You remember Bluetech, right? Evan Bartholomew has been producing electronic psychedelia since 2003, most notably known for his releases on Aleph Zero, Interchill, and his very own Native State Records. Sometime in 2007 (I believe), Bartholomew met up ... See full review
posted a review of Lorenzo Montanà - Eilatix. over 4 years ago
Psychonavigation Records is a fascinating label. Based out of Dublin, Ireland, the label was setup in 2000 by Keith Downey, and as of this writing has 68 releases under its belt. Psychonavigation is responsible for some of our favorite releases by ... See full review
posted a review of Netherworld - Alchemy Of Ice. over 4 years ago
Somewhere on the edge of our drawn maps lies our planet’s southernmost continent, Antarctica. This is a place where temperatures drop to -90°C, with almost all of its territory covered by ice. On the opposite pole of our planet lies the Arctic, a region ... See full review
posted a review of Ian Hawgood & Friends - Wolven (A Modern Interpretation). over 4 years ago
In 2009 Ian Hawgood released an album titled Wolfskin on Jonathan Lees‘ beautiful hibernate label. The album contained “a series of sketches inspired by childhood dreams and nightmares.” The inaugural label release billed the work as “a cathartic and ... See full review
posted a review of Ólafur Arnalds - For Now I Am Winter. over 4 years ago
There is a certain sense of pride, which I awaken within, each time a favorite artist steps up in his game. There is a certain sense of nostalgia, which overtakes, when I look back at the earlier memories of discovering a début of the then unknown name. ... See full review
posted a review of Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest. over 4 years ago
It would be a major understatement to claim that Tomorrow’s Harvest was a highly anticipated release. It seems that ever since the group’s last record in 2005, The Campfire Headphase, the internet would light up with annual gossip of their return, the ... See full review
posted a review of Lubomyr Melnyk - Corollaries. over 4 years ago
I bet that some of you are occasionally wondering: with all this music that I go through (perhaps a dozen or more albums per week) how can I possibly still enjoy it? Well, I’m happy to report that I still derive an immense pleasure from the experience of ... See full review
posted a review of Moderat - II. over 4 years ago
I listen to the second album by Moderat until I wake up in the morning with the lyrics and melody already playing in my head. And there are tracks on II that from the very first rotation will appeal to a modern electronic music connoisseur, not to ... See full review
posted a review of Billow Observatory - Billow Observatory. over 4 years ago
I’ve been sitting on a beach for about four days now, thinking about these waves. How these waves have always been here, calmly licking at this beach, endlessly folding all over each other, even without my observation. How whether or not I was here, ... See full review
posted a review of Robert Haigh - Darkling Streams. over 4 years ago
I briefly encountered the output of Primary Numbers, a mysterious new label “without a limited genre, style, or feel,” back in 2011, when Aidan Baker released his avant-garde and jazzy album, titled Still Life, as the imprints only second catalog entry. ... See full review
posted a review of Drumcell - Sleep Complex. over 4 years ago
You’ve surely witnessed some coverage of techno on these pages. There are many a time when I delight in the 4/4 kick and its hypnotic derivatives. As a child of the 90s electronica, I grew up with the Surgeon, Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing and ... See full review
posted a review of Eluvium - Nightmare Ending. over 4 years ago
Matthew Cooper‘s beautiful music has been an inspiration and awe for many years now. Those who know him just by his real name may have come upon his original soundtrack for Some Days Are Better Than Others (2011). But it is his Eluvium moniker which is a ... See full review
posted a review of Kaboom Karavan - Hokus Fokus. over 4 years ago
I’m afraid of listening to Kaboom Karavan during the day, because I don’t want the light to seep into the music and ruin the mood. The setting must be grim, damp and arcane; the air a bit stuffy and moist, to better transmit the vibrations; the smells ... See full review
posted a review of Arovane - Ve Palor. over 4 years ago
Arovane has been a favorite for over a decade. Ever since his Tides appeared on City Centre Offices in 2000, immediately followed by Atol Scrap on DIN, the glitchy and shuffling sounds of this Germany native have been on constant rotation on many queues ... See full review
posted a review of Rauelsson - Vora. over 4 years ago
Rauelsson may have recorded two full length albums prior to Vora, but it is once again that with the help of the label that we stumble upon such splendor and grace – I point to the advantages of taste-makers here, that are willing to literally “invest” ... See full review
posted a review of The Seaman And The Tattered Sail - Light Folds. over 4 years ago
The latest Facture release, and only eighth in its catalog, is a monumental body of work, spanning over 9 hours of music! It took me a while to consume this collection, and I just attempted going through the double disc! Besides the twelve pieces on ... See full review
posted a review of Ryuichi Sakamoto + Taylor Deupree - Disappearance. over 4 years ago
After a three day silent retreat I return to the world. But before I dive in, I decide to set aside some time for a quiet morning. Perhaps I’ll sit on the pier looking at New York skyline for just a bit. Perhaps I’ll even close my eyes. And with the ... See full review
posted a review of Illum Sphere - Ghosts Of Then And Now. over 4 years ago
Listening to Ryan Hunn‘s debut full-length as Illum Sphere I can’t help but nod my head in recognition of the many recognizable influences spawning from the iconic Ninja Tune label. I would even claim that Ghosts Of Then And Now is the definitive Ninja ... See full review
posted a review of The Field - Cupid's Head. over 4 years ago
For the past six years, whenever a new record by Axel Willner hits the streets, I usually approach it in the most reserved and skeptic way. “Oh, here we go again,” I’m thinking, “an hour of the same repeating loops. Why would these loops be any better ... See full review
posted a review of Black Swan (5) - Redemption. over 4 years ago
Who needs all hallows’ eve when you could feel the tremor every moment? Thanks to the mischievous mind of Black Swan, that certain type of fear comes in the form of music. But I don’t want to paint a picture of a horror movie sound track in this review. ... See full review
posted a review of The Stranger - Watching Dead Empires In Decay. over 4 years ago
Listen… You could almost hear them walking on your grave… Bodies dragged across the future, smeared with blood and empty dreams… Listen… You could almost hear them screaming… Suffocating in the world that they together built, wrapped in silence that will ... See full review
posted a review of Vatican Shadow - Remember Your Black Day. over 4 years ago
Dominick Fernow seemed to appear out of nowhere. Like an obscure stalker lurking in the underground quasi-government, veiled in secrets, sinfulness and crime, Fernow creates sinister passages out of mischief, equal to their mystery through mediums and ... See full review
posted a review of Olan Mill - Hiraeth. over 4 years ago
Australia’s Preservation imprint has long been in the “business” of releasing beautiful works of ambient and modern classical pieces, which I always consume. Taking a quick glance at its catalog reveals many admired composers such as Sophie Hutchings, ... See full review
posted a review of DJ Hidden - Enclosed. over 4 years ago
I was polishing off my Best of 2013 selections (which, by the way, are going live starting January 1st), and noticed that I haven’t listened to much of dark drill’n’bass and breakcore this year. In fact, so much of the genre has lacked from my rotations ... See full review
posted a review of Jon Hopkins - How I Live Now (Motion Picture Soundtrack). over 4 years ago
I was musing this morning on the difference between listening to a soundtrack and a whole album. Conceptually, both contain a cohesive body of work, although in soundtracks a particular melody may recur throughout, in its various forms and permutations. ... See full review