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Revered Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds’ new OPIA project (a part festival, part musical community, part record label kind of thing) is adding another artist to its roster to keep emerging Costa Rican pianist Sofi Paez company. They’ve just announced that Icelandic composer and musician Davidsson will release his debut solo album ‘Lifelines’ through their portal …

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You sometimes get the feeling American composer Adam Wiltzie, despite instigating so much proclaimed ambient classical music for the last three decades, prefers the shadows to the spotlight. Whether intentional or not, Wiltzie’s key artistic contributions have usually been as part of a prolific partnership. Firstly he formed the seminal Stars Of The Lid with …

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Easing us into the new year comes a song of shimmering reflections from Costa Rican pianist and composer Sofi Paez, the delicately poised ‘Por qué’. Her self-released EP ‘Circles’ from April last year stirred growing interest through its bold presentation of deceptively emotive, uncluttered piano pieces. Hints and sprinkles of Debussy or Satie, with the …

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This is in many ways a brave record. Neo-classical composer and pianist James Heather has just released the a new version of his track ‘Hidden Angel’ via Coldcut’s label Ahead of our Time and as you would expect from the boundary pushing explorer of ‘pulse’ music, it’s a piece with resounding emotional depth. A re-interpretation …

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Drumming and making ambient soundscapes is not a well populated intersection on the musician directory Venn diagram but Jim Wallis sits comfortably within that quirky enclave. Perhaps best known for his stick wielding in Modern Nature, Still Corners and Psychic Markers, he’s also a producer/mixer/engineer (recent credits include Bryde and Ellie James) plus one of …

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Visual artist, experimental film-maker and ambient classical composer Christina Vantzou works with a method. Following her beginnings as one half of ‘The Dead Texan’ with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), she has devoted herself to a series of lengthy projects lovingly documented on the seminal Kranky label. These recordings have revealed themselves with careful …

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