Month: January 2021

IKSRE – “A STORM TO BEGIN (REMIX BY LUMINEM)”

In this beautiful reworking of “A Storm to Begin” by the Melbourne based artist IKSRE, the neo-classical musician Luminem draw out the inherent melodies in this gorgeous and swelling composition to add another layer of depth and musicality to this stirring track. Taken from the Transmission album of remixes from her album Intermission, Luminem’s contributions …

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IDRA – “FRONTIERS OF SOLITUDE”

It’s great to hear new work from the Italian based ambient / neo-classical artist Idra. Their album Nelipot was one of my favorites of 2019. “Frontiers of Solitude” continues with their heavy exploration of ambient stasis with flourishes of instrumentation throughout. In “Frontiers of Solitude” we hear flutters of plucked strings, piano keys sparkling in …

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KUMI TAKAHARA – “TIDE”

This may be one of the most beautiful things I have heard all year. A stirring symphony in miniature set on a bed of interweaving fugue and columns of bass, with strings that soar into the sky, way above the shifting tide. Fade out into oblivion-bliss with this video from Kumi Takahara.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slOi-q5-Vww

A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN – “SO THAT THE CITY CAN BEGIN TO EXIST”

The latest video and single from the upcoming A Winged Victory for the Sullen LP Invisible Cities, is a predictably beautiful and stillness producing composition that revels in gorgeous drones and the interplay between silence and heavy piano chords. Tension is ratcheted up through the use of droning strings, but nothing quite breaks the serenity …

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CHESTNUT – “FUTURE SITE DR. PHILLIPS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER”

Processing field recordings of the demolition of the Orlando Arena being demolished over and through a bed of low-end rattling drones and ambient tonal passages, the Los Angeles based duo find beauty, nostalgia and reticent acceptance of the need for destruction of a place where a lot of life happened. Beautiful and disarming dark ambient …

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NICK KEELING – QUEENSGATE (TORN LIGHT, 2020)

The neighborhood of Queensgate means little for the uninitiated, un-chili fed masses not living in the greatest Rust Belt city of all time – Cincinnati. For most Cincinnatians, the neighborhood of Queensgate means very little. It was once known as the Kenyon-Barr neighborhood of Cincinnati’s historic West End that was razed to the ground. Literally …

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JOSH LANDES – PROVINCIAL ELECTRONICS (ARKEEN, 2020)

For the past twelve years Josh Landes has helmed the highly influential noise project Limbs Bin. Nestling into the margins between oscillating noise and punishing grind, Limbs Bin records like Bliss Tech, Total Anguish and Summertime Blues have become blueprints for contemporary noise artists who value the ecstatic and cathartic immediacy of Landes’ performances and …

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