Monthly Archives: April 2020

Eric Whitacre–Marimba Quartets

Lovely marimba works, both slow and fast. Play!

Nocturnes and Lullabies

Some of these are fairly tense and strident for piano nocturnes, all contemporary and interesting!

20th Century Flute Sonatas

Modern flute works demonstrating the instrument’s power and ranges. Prokofiev’s piece well-known.

Xiaogang Ye–December Chrysanthemum

Combining Western and Asian instruments/styles, beautiful  chamber works.

Cooke, Jones & Williams–Oboe Sonatas

Modern to contemporary works for oboe and piano, one by the oboist. nice!


Works by Saint-Saens, Ginastera, Debussy and others, transcribed for harp, mandolin and guitar, all modern. Play!

Svetlana Bukvich–Extension

Electronic/mixed media works inspired for contemporary dance–with voice, drones, ambient soundscapes.

Drew Whiting–In Lights Starkly Different

Ranging from loud, abrupt to lyrical, abstract works for saxophone and electronics. Play most!

Wind Music–Atlanta Chamber Winds

Modern to contemporary, varying in rhythms, abstract. Play!

Glossolalia/Lines on Black–Wet Ink Ensemble

Works by two composers who are members of Wet Ink Ensemble, Alex Mincek and Sam Pluta, highly abstract with group collaboration/improvisation for flutes, sax, piano, percussion, electronics, voice and violin. Play!

Dan Trueman–Songs That Are Hard to Sing

Really interesting works for strings and percussion/bit klavier, a little microtonal. Sample!

Ilari Kaila–The Bells Bow Down

Lovely, lyrical, abstract and contemporary works for string quartet and piano by Finnish composer. Play!

Zephyr Quartet–Epilogue

Australian string quartet with compositions by its members, classical/folk/blugrass. Excellent!

Alan Hovhaness–Across the Ages

Combining Eastern and Western musical styles, gracious, modern works for cello/piano and one with percussion.

Hans Werner Henze–Works for Double Bass

Excellent modern works for solo double bass, multiple basses, and/or orchestra.

Andrzej Karalow–THROUGH

Contemporary, abstract chamber works with staccato, silent spacings and lyricism. For strings, clarinet and percussion.

Flute/Clarinet Chronicles–Crescent Duo

Contemporary works for flute and clarinet. Some voice. Nice!

Civitas Ensemble–Jin Yin

Interesting Asian/Western works by living composers. Excellent!

Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud [Merge Records]

From promoter: ” Her best album yet.” – Rolling Stone Saint Cloud is an intimate journey through the places she’s been, filled with the people she’s loved.” Label: Merge Records Start w/ 2, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lucinda Williams, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Courtney Barnett

Circa Waves – Sad Happy [PIAS]

From promoter: “Liverpool indie rock band Circa Waves illustrate the jarring, yet fascinating close proximity between immense sadness and happiness on their fourth studio album, Sad Happy. The two-part album features fourteen tracks that are equally split into happy and sad sides.” Label: PIAS Start w/ 1, 6, 8 FCC: 3, 4 RIYL: Sam Fender, Blossoms, Viola Beach

Half Waif – The Caretaker [ANTI]

From promoter: “Nandi Rose is on her own again, and on ​The Caretaker​, the singer, songwriter and producer declares her fearlessness. ​The record ​is a statement of intent in high resolution, a deliberate move from the obscured, muted mystery of her previous work. An eleven-song journey through mind, memory and home, ​The Caretaker ​finds Rose astutely […]

Sorry – 925 [Domino]

From promoter: “Sorry’s 925 is an album to escape to. Together, best friends Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen weave a dreamscape in which idyllic and hellish scenes intermingle, making you question what is real and what is make believe. Sleazy riffs rub up alongside hip-hop inspired beats, with tracks regularly flipping between neon-lit night time adventures […]

Sufja Stevens – Aporia [Asthmatic Kitty]

From promoter: “A collaboration between Sufjan and his stepfather Lowell in the spirit of music by Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, New Order and more 50% of proceeds go to COVID-19 food focused charities Label: Asthmatic Kitty Start w/ 2, 7, 16, 17, 18 FCC: Clean RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Perfume Genius

Porches – Ricky Music [Domino]

From promoter:”New York based artist Porches mixes his rock-tuned synth-pop sound with new experimental productions to impart a more amorphous sound on his new album Ricky Music. The project from the DIY artist casts a personal, yet emotionally open feeling with 11 cracked-glass tracks.” Label: Domino Start w/ 1, 2, 11 FCC: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 […]

Overcoats – The Fight [Loma Vista]

From promoter: “New York natives Hana and JJ are inspired by everything from Young Marble Giants to The Violent Femmes to Iggy Pop, Overcoats rooted this next chapter in electric guitar and punk energy culled from nearly two years on the road.” Label: Loma Vista Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sylvan Esso, Tegan & […]