MACIE STEWART Mouth Full Of Glass (Orindal, 2021)* Sarebbe decisamente riduttivo etichettare il debutto solista di Macie Stewart come l’affacciarsi sulle scene di una nuova cantautrice folk. Nonostante una scrittura sensibile e una ricorrente base acustica caratterizzino tutte le otto agili canzoni raccolte in “Mouth Full Of Glass”, ben più articolata si dimostra la tavolozza…

ELUVIUM Virga II (Temporary Residence, 2021) Quella che, per Matthew Robert Cooper, si era originata quale divagazione estemporanea tra i suoi album veri e propri si sta già trasformando in una serie di uscite che uniscono transizione e permanenza. La transizione è insista nella stessa natura interstiziale delle sue opere intitolate “Virga”, mentre la permanenza…

[streaming] Tender Mercy – Make You Afraid

Taken from “The Veil Falls”, out November 19th 2021 via Somewherecold. Louisville, Kentucky’s Tender Mercy (aka. Mark Kramer) releases his fourth full-length, The Veil Falls, in November on Somewherecold Records. Tender Mercy’s output is slow, sparse, minimal and quiet, and is likely to appeal to fans of Low, Grouper, and Tiny Vipers. “The theme that runs throughout, and basically all my work, is…

[video of the week] Devin Hoff – Go Your Way (with Sharon Van Etten)

“Go Your Way” is the second single from Devin Hoff’s album, “Voices From the Empty Moor (Songs of Anne Briggs)”, coming November 12th 2021 via Kill Rock Stars. Devin Hoff has been intensively studying the music of Anne Briggs for over a decade, transcribing, practicing, arranging and performing songs from her limited recorded output. Briggs…

[streaming] Andy Aquarius – Chapel

“Chapel” is the title track of the debut full-length album by Andy Aquarius, out November 12th 2021 via Hush Hush Records. A timeless record that captures a primordial beauty, ‘Chapel’ places Andy’s exquisite homespun harp arrangements alongside honest vocal melodies for a transcendental journey through the outer realms of ambient, classical, new age, and folk…

[video of the week] Pleine Lvne – But The Sun

Taken from “Heavy Heart” debut album, out on October 22nd 2021. After many projects with bands, the musician based in Lyon (France) Nicolas Gasparotto – former member of Fallaster (Emo/Post Hardcore) and Medusa in my knickers (Black Wave) – puts aside the screams and distortions of Metal/Hardcore to elaborate a very personal post-folk album, conceived…

MIMSY Ormeology (Karaoke Kalk, 2021)* Un nuovo nome e nuove idee per una storia che viene da lontano: da Wechsel Garland a Mimsy, passando per 17 Pictures e Wunder, in oltre vent’anni di attività Jörg Follert ha coltivato diversi aspetti di quell’approccio tipicamente tedesco all’elettro-acustica (“indie-tronica”?), caratterizzato da creativi incastri sonori realizzati secondo un’attitudine tanto…

HAIKU SALUT The Hill, The Light, The Ghost (How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, 2021) Fin dal debutto (“Tricolore“, 2013), il terzetto femminile inglese Haiku Salut ha seguito traiettorie ellittiche attraverso classicismo, folk ed elettronica. In occasione del quinto album, Gemma Barkerwood, Louise Croft e Sophie Barkerwood hanno aperto il proprio microcosmo creativo al…

[streaming] Claire Cronin – Bloodless

“Bloodless” is the title track from the new album by Claire Cronin, out November 12th via Orindal Records. “Bloodless” is the new album by Los Angeles-based musician and writer Claire Cronin. Expanding upon the supernatural and metaphysical themes of her critically acclaimed 2019 album Big Dread Moon and her 2020 “horror memoir” Blue Light of…

[video of the week] Pascal Babare – My Heart

“My Heart” is from Pascal Babare’s 4th solo LP “Cave Without A Name” , which releases on the 17th of September 2021 on Oscarson. “My Heart” is one of Babare’s first true love songs – reminiscent of early Leonard Cohen, and with just his voice and guitar, it’s a stripped back and intimate conclusion to…

GALLOWGLAS I Dream I See You Hit The Water, I Dream I See You Change Your Mind (Lost Tribe Sound, 2021)* Quando musicisti in prevalenza dediti alla sperimentazione priva di parole si cimentano con contesti narrativi che le contemplano, succedono spesso delle magie. E quella del debutto – dal titolo chilometrico – del duo Gallowglas…

MATT EMERY Spotlight Series: Cello (Injazero, 2021) Il compositore inglese Matt Emery inaugura con il violoncello una nuova serie di “monografie sonore” dedicate ciascuna a un solo strumento. I sei studi raccolti nel mini album ad esso dedicato, eseguiti dall’amico e collaboratore abituale Fraser Bowles, mettono ciascuno in evidenza diversi profili timbrici dello strumento, secondo…

[streaming] Glenn Echo – Drink Up This Fire

First single from Glenn Echo’s debut record, “Fixed Memory”, out on digital platforms October 15th 2021. It’s hard to believe that Fixed Memory is Glenn Echo’s first album. Formed in 2015 by multi-instrumentalist Matt Gaydar, the alt-folk project has a deceptively intricate way of spinning acoustic guitar melodies, cozy vocal harmonies, and introspective lyrics into…

[video of the week] Marta Del Grandi – Amethyst

‘Amethyst’ is the first single from Marta Del Grandi’s new album, ‘Until We Fossilize’, out 5th November via Fire Records. In the Greek myth the beautiful maiden Amethyst, pursued and chased by the god of wine Bacchus, prays to the goddess of the hunt, Diana, to protect her from him and turn her into stone….

GLÅSBIRD Siberia (Whitelabrecs, 2021)* L’ideale atlante sonoro delle regioni artiche tracciato dai lavori del progetto Glåsbird giunge alla quinta tappa, che è anche la più estesa, tanto per riferimenti geografici quanto per durata. La “Siberia” rappresentata ed evocata nelle quindici nuove composizioni vive infatti al tempo stesso della sua dimensione inattingibile e della sua natura…

CALEB R.K. WILLIAMS Savage / Frost (The Eagle Stone Collective, 2021) Da qualche anno, intorno all’etichetta francese The Eagle Stone Collective si è coagulato un piccolo ma coeso cenacolo artistico, che opera negli spazi indefiniti (e desertici) tra americana atmosferica, sperimentazione dronica e composizione contemporanea. Suo ideale fulcro sono i copiosi lavori dell’enigmatico e barbuto…

[streaming] Bea Troxel – I’m Not Asleep

Nashville singer-songwriter, Bea Troxel, shares a new single “I’m Not Asleep” from her upcoming record “Gettin’ Where”, out on September 17 on limited edition cassette and CD from Ruination Record Co.  The song is a lesson in vulnerability and desire, about what it means to wake up to your body and its needs. Troxel admits…

[video of the week] Desert Liminal – Rainbow Sherbet Sky

Taken from Desert Liminal’s album “Glass Fate”, out on Whited Sepulchre Records in November 2021. “I don’t need no southbound highway sign to tell me HELL IS REAL”. This opening line from the debut single “New Tongue” launches us into the sophomore album Glass Fate by the Chicago based Desert Liminal. Glass Fate takes us through a Lost…

MIRABAI CEIBA The Quiet Hour (Spirit Voyage, 2021)* Accanto al personale progetto acustico-atmosferico Aukai, Markus Sieber conduce da ormai tre lustri un interessante dialogo creativo con l’arpista e cantante Angelika Baumbach nel duo Mirabai Ceiba. Il comune denominatore è sempre costituito dalle corde acustiche, che si intrecciano e sovrappongono a creare filigrane armoniche dal respiro…