Month: January 2020

FRANS BAK & JAN RØRDAM – “FOR NO REASON AT ALL”

As a one-off collaboration between TV and film composer Frans Bak (The Killing) and Danish guitarist Jan Rordam, “For No Reason At All” stands alone as a conversation between veteran artists who evoke a natural sense of uneasy splendor and weighted nostalgia in their piano and guitar composition. A minimal, but deeply felt piano line …

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CHRISTOPHER SKY – “CZ97”

The Los Angeles based Christopher Sky creates a compelling blend of ambient hues, driving post-rock and knowing, studies neo-classical music that seems to peek around every corner to find that perfect tonal shift, percussive change and instrumental addition. Composed around layered percussion that moves with a muted samba beat atop poignant synthesizers and bright vibraphone, …

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HYENAZ – “COLUMNS”

“Columns” by the Berlin performance duo and electronic artists HYENAZ is a terrifying slice of conceptual dark ambient and broken techno with meanings and implications buried deep below the surface. “Columns” is built from organic percussion and vocalizations recorded  deep within a cave outside the pilgrimage town of Częstochowa, Poland. “Columns” is filled with meditative …

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MICRON – “EQUILIBRIUM”

The Belgian composer uses generative techniques and unique guitar recordings to create completely weightless ambient compositions that feel like being completely suspended in a living liquid sound. These ambient tones and textures are immediately transportive in their delicate grasp to the real world.  Listen on Spotify

VARSITY STAR – “NIGHTLIGHT”

Recorded on a variety of acoustic pianos and synthesizers in different locals, “Nightlight” layers the warmness of analog contact with the boundless possibilities of electronic production atop a deep and precise bass line from an upright bass and electronic percussion. Fans of bands like The Album Leaf or BadBadNotGood should definitely take note. 

WYLD WYZRDZ / STAG HARE – ANTELOPE ISLAND (INNER ISLANDS, 2010)

Tome favorites Braden J. McKenna (WYLD WYZRDS/Navigator/Mario Kart/Sleepover/Weighted Pines) and Garrick Biggs (Stag Hare) have quit the fine state of deseret for the greener forests and friendlier politics of Portland. Sad to see them go but in their wake they have left a fitting tribute to the bone dry SLC valley with Antelope Island. Antelope Island is awesome, both the …

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