Month: November 2020

MICHAEL PETER OLSEN – “CLOUD PARADE”

“Cloud Parade” is another absolutely stunning composition and video by the Toronto based Michael Peter Olsen. Featuring choreography from Mateo Galindo Torres and directed by Adrienne McLaren, “Cloud Parade” is described as, “a meditation on the interior self and the constructs we use to navigate the modern emotional life, “Cloud Parade” explores the pure feeling one can evoke with …

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FIRST DATES – “LOVE. PART II / ELEVATE YOUR HI-FI”

“Love Part II” and “Elevate Your Hi-Fi” from the Minneapolis post-rock outfit First Dates is a multi-instrumental, multi-modal first impression that went better than any first date you’ve probably had. “Elevate Your Hi-Fi” is a piano led track that effortless blends in double-time, martial percussion, stirring strings and an aching lap-steel that reaches a sell-all …

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CHRIS OPPERMAN – CHAMBER MUSIC FROM HELL (Purple Cow, 2020)

The new album from the New Jersey-based composer/musician/educators – like all his music – a highly ambitious work and may be his magnum opus. Until the next one. It’s impossible to write about Chris Opperman – composer, pianist, trumpet player, music professor – without mentioning Frank Zappa. An avid fan of the late musician, Opperman …

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ANDREW SMILEY – LOOMING AS LIGHT TORN (SELF-RELEASED, 2020)

The latest album from the New York City-based guitarist, composer and improviser is full of stark vocals and fractured, atonal guitar wizardry, resulting in a fascinating and adventurous listening experience. I’m sure the world is almost as sick of “2020 is a shitshow” analogies in arts reviews as they are of 2020 itself, but bear …

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CGI DOG – “WHERE WE WERE BEFORE”

Operating under the name Cubbi and as one half of Best Picture, Chris Cubbison’s new moniker CGI Dog explores washed out tones, shoegaze production and a floating, atmospheric take on 2-step percussive patterns that provide an undeniable forward momentum that pushes “Where We Were Before” into some truly thrilling places. Heavily compressed symphonic melodies and …

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EVAN GILDERSLEEVE – “MORTAL”

A patient and unfolding track, Evan Gildersleeve reaches stasis and tension with the elctroacoustic track “Mortal”.  Towards the creation of “Mortal”, Evan Gildersleeve states the following, “ I wanted there to be a gentle push and pull between organic and synthetic whereby the electronics responded sympathetically to the piano. This helped create contrast in the …

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