Monthly Archives: April 2015

Un Viaje a Napoles–Harp Music from Spain & Naples in the 16th & 17th centuries

Gracious pieces for  double harp, accompanied in some with tenor voice, or  vihuela (bass & soprano). Play!

Alain Lefevre–Rive Gauche

A mix of highly lyrical piano pieces, either classical, jazz or pop.

Collage

Works for cello and piano by Rachmaninoff, Tsintsadze and Popper. Tsintzadze’s very nice!

Piano Character Pieces from Four Continents

Composers from Australia, S. Korea, Israel & U.S. ranging from lyrical and light to thunderously loud.

John Bergamo–Like Style, Dig!

Interesting, abstract pieces for marimba or vibraphone. Fun! Trk 22 is very low in volume.

Sad Steps–Music of Tragedy and Grief

Despite the title, some these pieces are quite strong and varied, with works by Lutoslwaski, Hass, Moe, et al. Play!

Unreal City

Fairly abstract pieces for guitar or transcriptions, modern. Play most!

QUITAPENAS – QUITAPENAS (Más Tropical)

Hailing from Los Angeles, QUITAPENAS’ (yes, it’s all-caps) self-titled debut is a very fun, high-energy and danceable album. Think Afro-Latin, cumbia, roots music, and tropicalia on modern instruments. Definitely worth a spin — many good numbers on here!

Nightingale- Giuditta Scorcelletti

New from Spring Hill Music, a CD with composer Michael Hoppe (HAH PAY) and Lyrics with David George and sung by Giuditta Scorcelletti from Tuscany, Italy.  Sung in English except for track 15.  Love songs with this folk singer with string like cello, guitar and flute.  Very Sweet. Play all.   Tracks 1 and Track […]

Desert Dwellers-The Great Mystery

The Great Mystery is the eighth album from the group Desert Dwellers. The music is a mix of World Downtempo with Psy-Trance and Ambient Dub. The music is exotic with a futuristic feel to it and is a good album to chill out to. RIYD: Sounds From The Ground, Pitch Black Tracks: All Good

Rollercoasterwater-Dripping Retina

Debut album from Rollercoasterwater is titled Dripping Retina. The album has an Experimental Ambient sound with touches of Electro-Rock, 8-Bit and Minimal Wave. The music is a little off beat but has an upbeat yet dreamy vibe to it that hooks the listener right in. RIYD: Ambulaunz, Seabat, Cankun Tracks: 1,3,6,7,8

Zero 7-EP3

EP3 is the latest from artist Zero 7. The music is Downtempo but this time around there are some elements of Folktronica and Ambient Rock and there is a much more of a mellow vibe than previous work. Tracks: All Good

Madeon-Adventure

Adventure is the full length debut from French artist Madeon. The music is an upbeat mix of Nu-Disco, French House, and Synth Pop. Time to hit the dance floor! Tracks: 3,5,7,9,10

Howling-Stole The Night

Stole the Night is a single from Howling. The single contains the original edit which is a mix of Ambient Dance and Emo Rock plus three remixes which are more Dance based. The tracks are upbeat yeat dark and mysterious. RIYD: The Acid Tracks: All Good

Lapalux-Lustmore

Lustmore is the latest from artist Lapalux. The music is primarily Electro R&B with some Synth aspects mixed in. The music is sexy and sensual but there is also a seedy undercurrent to the music giving it a little grit. Overall a smooth album that will make you feel tingly all over. Tracks: 1,4,6,9,10,12,13

Shlohmo-Dark Red

Dark Red is the second full-length album from artist Shlohmo. The music a mix of broken down Drum&Bass and Bass Music along with elements of R&B, IDM and Dark Ambient. There is definitely a dark streak threaded into the music, the artist was going through a rough period and to quote him “I had just […]

Debut from artist Pale Blue is titled The Past We Leave Behind. The music is Dance based with elements of Minimal Techno, Pop Dance, and Techno House. The album’s not bad and is upbeat, dance floor friendly but it’s a little bland and the vocals are a little cheesy. Tracks: 3,6,8,9,12

Max Lilja-Morphosis

Max Lilja is back this time with an album titled Morphosis. Lilja is an accomplished Cellist who received his training at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He started his music career off with the Heavy Metal band Apocalyptica and also perfomed with Hevein and Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. His debut album, Plays Electronica By One […]

Vessels-Dilate

Dilate is the third album from Leeds Quintet Vessels. The bands previous works were rooted in Post-Rock but here they’ve taken on a much strong Electronic dimension to their music. There is more of a Minimal Techno, Ambient Dance vibe here similar to Four Tet or Battles with some hints of Tycho. You still hear […]

Elliot Moss-Big Bad Wolf

Big Bad Wolf is a single from artist Elliot Moss. The music is best described as Electro Rock with some smooth guitar work. RIYD: John Grant Tracks: All Good

Garden City Movement-Modern West

Modern West is the third EP from the Israeli group Garden City Movement. The five track EP has a mellow vibe to it but is still upbeat in nature. The music is a mix of Downtempo with some Synth Dance mixed in. A smooth Ep that is nice to chill to or something to listen […]

Kadahn-Silver Shadow of a Shrine

Silver Shadow of a Shrine is the latest work from artist Kadahn. The music has a mellow, elegant Ambient vibe. The music drifts and floats but has some beats behind it to keep it from completely disappearing into the atmosphere. The album contains 8 tracks but is only 22 minutes long which keeps thing from […]

SWERVEDRIVER – I wasn’t born to lose you

90’s indie/shoegaze/distortion band swervedriver is back with their first album in 15+ years. More poppy than other 90s ‘gazers, not so obscured by waves of sparkly haze. Easy colorful reverie if you’re into that kind of thing. Leans more toward the dreamy side than the furious umph of their past. Play: 1, 2, 4 fcc: […]

Anouhar Brahem–Souvenance

Tunisian composer Brahem has written stunning pieces for oud and string orchestra (with piano and clarinet). Play, Play Play!

Pieces & Passages

Artist and violinist Scott Conklin performs works from Peru, Ireland, China and the US. Varying and very pleasant!