Month: August 2020

BRUCE BRUBAKER & MAX COOPER – “THE POET ACTS”

Bruce Brubaker and Max Cooper’s reinterpretation and meditation on Philip Glass’s classic composition from the soundtrack for The Hours pairs the solo piano composition with massive, pitch-bending bass that floats in like a spectre. Paired with visual work from Nick Cobby the composition seeks probes the question of the responsibility that poets have process a …

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YURI VINOGRADOV – “IMAGINARY VORTEX

The Russian composer Yuri Vinogradov describes “Imaginary Vortex” as an “electroacoustic/ambient poem from Yuri Vinograov’s symphonic ambient album Glitter But Sing Seldom. Surreal soundscape in the spirit of early electroacoustics with ghosts of piano melodies.” It’s really refreshing to hear an electroacoustic album truly live up to the subgenre’s name, in it we hear various …

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HELLBACH – “ZORGENFREI (CAREFREE)”

The Berlin-based composer and producer Hellbach the listener back to Wagnerian late romanticism and offers both the view from a mountaintop and an insight into inner landscapes on the single “Zorgenfrei (Carefree)”. The track casts stately drones across a slumbering gray sky, each line slowly rising to meet it’s mate before settling back to earth. …

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CTRO – “FRIEND

“Friend” by CTRO is described as “an energetic mix of live and sampled sounds run through the filter of personal experience, analog synthesis and probably some deep existential anxiety if we’re being totally honest.” It’s refreshing to hear that honesty as “Friend” – from it’s musicianship to unique editing relationship – sounds as if it …

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NON-FUNCTIONAL HARMONY – “–C– (REMIX BY BROKEN WIRES)”

The German artist Non-Functional Harmony is given the dark ambient Drum-n-Bass treatment by DJ Broken Wires.  Pulling out the inherent melodies in the overcast drones, Broken Wires layers in booming, reverb-heavy DnB breaks that peak and then recede as the track accrues shifting bass lines and broken arpeggios. It’s a brilliant treatment on the recently …

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CLOUDWARMER – “THRENODY FOR VICTIMS OF MOUNT RUSHMORE”

A timely and fiercely political composition by the Providence, RI / NYC duo that create “Lofi Beats/ Sci Fi Synths and Piano Terror in the Anthropocene”, “Threnody for Victims of Mount Rushmore” combines rusty strings, scrapes and found sounds with piano and synth arpeggios that push the composition into jaw-clenching territory – a host of …

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MIKE BLOCK – “INICHE COSEBE”

The joy found in cellist and composer Mike Block’s “Iniche Cosebe” is palpable.  “Iniche Cosebe,” features famed Malian balafonist, Balla Kouyaté. “Iniche Cosebe,” which translates to “thank you very much,” in the language of the Mandinka Tribe, is inspired by traditional music from West Africa, featuring Kouyaté, Sidy Maiga on djembe, Indrissa Kone on talking drum + kalabash, and Yacouba …

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HUGAR – “ENIGMA”

Hugar — Icelandic duo Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson — are prepping The Vasulka Effect: Music For the Motion Picture out October 2nd on Sony Masterworks. Their genre-defying sound is in full wide-screen focus on the new album and on “Enigma” in particular, with elements of drone, ambient electronics, and orchestral atmospherics, creating a visual language of its own.  Created from …

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SUPERHEART – “DON’T LOOK DOWN”

“Don’t Look Down” by the UK artist Superheart is almost too good. It pulls out all the stops to create a warm, nostalgic and completely engaging Dream Pop track that recalls artists like The Dream Academy and The Verve. It’s got everything – vaguely House-adjacent piano chord progressions, Spiritualized build, saxophone, cavernous drums and twin …

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