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Album review: Chihei Hatakeyama – ‘Late Spring’: a halcyon, beautiful ambient journey

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Album review: El Michels Affair -‘Yeti Season’: Big Crown kingpin proves he’s a 10th dan at soundtrack funk magic

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Album review: Renee Reed – ‘Renee Reed’: an excellent, ethereal debut from Louisiana folk chanteuse

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Without a doubt one of the most potent voices in modern composition today, Christine Ott is as happy to push right out into dark, even industrial-infused experimenta as she is to play a straight bat with absolute confidence in the deeper classical tradition and the wider avant-garde palette; she can do it all, if she chooses, and when she breathes the ondes Martenot into life; there really is no one to touch her

You know what the best thing about Keys is; for all its intimacy, the focus wholly on how the two players and their instruments mesh,a real joy in creation rings through. William Tyler, Black Twig Pickers, Jack Rose fans; please come on over and pull up a pew

Balmorhea draw a line back in the tradition to the much-missed Louisville, KY outfit Rachel’s, who opted to take an idea and use whichever instrumental mix they found brought out the best of what they wished to convey. And The Wind roams freely and with precision across a spectrum from formal classical through a more pastoral take on the form and all the way out to ambient experimentalism, spoken word, found sound, with a unity and cohesion. It’s just a lovely, thoughtful record; complex in its simplicity

Late Spring takes elements of IDM, shoegaze, and drone, and fashions them together in an impressionistic, delicious fog, with a pretty unique pastoralist feel, alive in nature. It’s pretty much the only album I’ve ever heard that makes me reconsider such unassailable classics of the slow leftfield as Stars of the Lids’ The Tired Sounds Of … and Windy & Carl’s Consciousness and made me think: whoah there guys, these records are a bit … sharp-edged, right? Take it easy. Let it breathe. That halcyon. Late Spring is bloody, bloody beautiful.

The proportion of ‘firsts’ occurring in music (experimental or otherwise) would, in all likelihoood, greatly diminish over time. However, it may also be likely that other sources could blow open the doors to refreshingly exciting ways of creating music – which express emotion in similarly invigorating fashion. Technology, for example, is likely to be a …

FOLLOWING the disbandment of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart in 2017 after the release of The Echo of Pleasure, Kip Berman found himself at a creative crossroads, having written about young adult life in New York City with maturity and a fine ear for a tune. Tethers is the further maturation of Berman …

It was around this time last year, plunging into the uncertainty of lockdown and without a full realisation of the horrors 2020 was about to unleash, that I came across a debut single by Garsa called ‘Jimmy Sour Highs’ – a singular ray of sunshine at the time. Martin Garside is Garsa – a solo …

A highly anticipated comeback for Peter Silberman’s band, with an album full of soothing melodies

Sydney-based singer-songwriter Sammy Honeysett today releases her debut EP Queen of Wands, revealing more of the rising talent’s wistfully melodic indie-rock. Produced by Jack Nigro (Julia Jacklin, Middle Kids, DMA’s), the five-track offering is a reflection of Sammy’s versatility as a sensitive yet determined artist. Revealing how the EP got its title, Sammy says she …

Josh Scogin kickstarted ’68 back in 2013, naming the two-man outfit he modestly undersells as “a little rock, a little blues, a little hardcore” after his father’s old Camaro. Joining with percussive Nikko Yamada, the band unleash an array of guitar, bass, drums and keys, and pedals. Like a Delta Blues reimagining of Bleach-era Nirvana …