Monthly Archives: May 2015

Michael Calvert–Rhapsody on a Riff

New Zealand composer Calvert has been influenced by a variety of other composers, classical, western, pop and Asian. These pieces are abstract, mostly quiet and lyrical, yet unlike much other guitar music. Play!

Yoshihiro Kanno–Light, Water, Rainbow

Japanese composer who is known for using Western and Japanese instruments and forms and computer in his pieces. this disc has long, ambient and lyrical works for piano and computer/and or Nambu bell, Myochin hibashi, Kabuki Orgel. Play or sample most!

Vytautas Bacevicius–Orchestral Works Vol. 1

Lithuanian composer (brother to Grazyna Bacekwicz) who was inadvertently exiled from his country due to the outbreak of WW II while on tour in S. America. Despite these being orchestral works, there is a lilting, light quality in the compositions. Play!

Tutti–Shelest Piano Duo (orchestral arrangements for piano 4 hands)

Big piano sound of known pieces by Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Liszt and Gershwin. Sample.

Eric Moe–Of Color Braided All Desire

Intense works for a variety of instruments (string quartet, percussion, viola & cello). Trk 8 for percussion quartet has wit and playfulness.

Martin Amlin–Music for Flute, Clarinet & Piano

Contemporary works described as “neo-impressionist.” Play most!

Roger Reynolds–Complete Cello Works

Highly abstract works for cello, solo, duet or with ensemble. Not dissonant, not fully lyrical. I found disc 1 much more accessible than disc 2. Sample some due to length.

Kaja Draksler & Matiss Cudars–Miniatures from Our Living Room

Abstract, mostly lyrical , lightly played pieces for guitar, piano, percussion, play most! Trks 4,6, 8 are particularly nice!

Alexandre Tansman–Music for Violin & Piano

The pieces on this disc were composed over a lifetime, lilting and gracious whether fast or slow. Play!

Icky Blossoms-Mask

Mask is the latest release from Icky Blossoms. The music is a mix of Post Punk and Electro Rock With a pretty noisy sound. A few Tropicalia and Synth tinged tracks mellow things out a bit as well as Sarah Bohling’s sweet yet powerful vocals as well as Nik Fackler’s smooth vocals. Overall a rocking […]

PAS Musique-Inside the Spectrum

Inside The Spectrum is the latest from the Experimental/Avant Garde group PAS Musique. The group is known for their live performances which are often accompanied by video and performance art works. The music is pretty far out but with drones, jagged guitars, samples and wiggy synths but also with some good beats behind all of […]

Tyondai Braxton-HIVE1

Ex Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton’s latest work is titled HIVE1. The album is his first since 2009’s Central Market and is very Experimental. The music seems more like sound experiments rather than a straight up “song” with elements of Found-Sound, drones, tones, natural elements and the occasional beats. This is some pretty far out music […]

RONE-Creatures

Creatures is the latest from artist RONE. The music is a mix of IDM with hints Electro Jazz that has a futuristic Vangelis feel. The tracks have been described as individual short stories with each telling its own tale. That is true, each track does have a different vibe but there is still a good […]

Howling-Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is the full length debut from the duo Howling. The music is a mix of Electro Goth, Ambient Dance and Emo Rock. The vocals are haunting as is the music which also has a darkness threaded into the tracks. Even though there is that darkness the music has an upbeat tempo which adds […]

Ephemerals-Life Is Good

Life is Good is a single from Ephemerals. The disc contains the original single plus three remixes. The original edit has a funky Neo-Soul vibe and the remixes include Drum&Bass, House and Minimal Techno. The tracks have an uplifting vibe and are perfect for the dance floor. Tracks: All Good

Corduroi-Oceanarium

Oceanarium is the full length debut from artist Corduroi. The track titles have an aquatic motif to them with names like Overboard, Dolphin Hanglider, and Mermaid Island to name a few. The music has a breezy, Synth sound with some 8-bit and a little bit of Funk thrown in. I can imagine listening to this […]

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PATRICK WATSON // LOVE SONGS FOR ROBOTS (SECRET CITY)

INTIMATE LUSH ETHEREAL, ENTRANCING & HEADY WHISPER-FOLK/POP FROM MONTREAL. PIANO-DRIVEN, ABSTRACT GUITAR SOLOS & FUZZY GUITAR RIFFS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10 RIYL: SUFJAN STEVENS, early PLANTS & ANIMALS, IRON & WINE, BON IVER

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JOANNA GRUESOME // PEANUT BUTTER (SLUMBERLAND)

HARDCORE & JANGLY-POP INFLUENCED WELSH 5-PC. BRIGHT RIFFS, SQUALLS OF FEEDBACK, YELPS & SCREAMS. PLAY: 1-5, 7, 8 FCC: 6, 10 RIYL: SPEEDY ORTIZ, EVANS THE DEATH

Cilea, Boellman, Magnard–3 Sonatas for Cello & Piano

Romantic, yet diverse works by 3 composers born within 4 yrs of each other. Play!

Alvin Lucier–Broken Line

Very abstract pieces, the first 2 tracks are ambient sound or sine-waved sounds reflecting off of resonant objects. Trk 3 is droning percussion (but at 18 mins I didnt’ listen to all of it.) Trk 4 is the most accessible, with flute, vibraphone and piano.

ZOFO Plays Terry Riley

These pieces are completely unlike his minimalist “in C”: lyrical for the most part, some quite so! Play!

Prelude to Paradise–TCU Percussion Orchestra

All commissioned works, these are interesting pieces inspired by birds, doors, physics, the eye. Mostly  lyrical and building in density to greater strength.

John Zorn–Hen to Pan

Zorn in intense mode, some cacaphony and dissonance in these chamber pieces with cello up front, sometimes squeaking and jazzy drums. Compositions are performed with various instrumental mixes. Sample.

The Thurston Connection–English Music for Clarinet and Piano

Gracious, elegant, mostly idyllic pieces for clarinet and piano, with modern edges. Trk 9 & 10 composed in 1985 are definitely contemporary. Play most!

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FLYYING COLOURS // EP X 2 (SHELFLIFE)

80’S/90’S-INFLUENCED AUSTRALIA SHOEGAZE-PSYCH. LUSH-HUSH VOCALS LAYERED NOISE, TEXTURED GUITAR LOOPS, DARKWAVE GROOVES. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 57, 8 RIYL: MY BLOODY VALENTINE, LUSH , RIDE, SONIC YOUTH