[video of the week] David John Morris – New Safe

Taken from David John Morris’s debut album ‘Monastic Love Songs’ – out May 21st 2021 via Hinterground Records. This is the first single taken from the debut solo album by the Cornish songwriter from Red River Dialect. It was written during the last weeks of a nine-month retreat at Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in…

COLLEEN The Tunnel And The Clearing (Thrill Jockey, 2021)* Altri quattro anni tra un disco e l’altro di Cécile Schott corrispondono a un nuovo giro di boa – personale, oltre che creativo – dell’artista francese. I sette brani di “The Tunnel And The Clearing”, densi ed eterei al tempo stesso, sviluppano infatti le nuove strade…

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (Constellation, 2021) In ormai un quarto di secolo di attività, tanto febbrile quanto intermittente, il collettivo dei Godspeed You! Black Emperor ha sempre cercato di veicolare attraverso il suono messaggi così forti da poter prescindere dalle parole. Quei messaggi, cristallizzati in samples o effigiati negli incredibili…

[streaming] Massage – Made of Moods

“The warm and tender guitar pop of Massage is not lost on their newest single “Made of Moods” from the upcoming sophomore record Still Life out June 25th via Bobo Integral, Mt.St.Mtn. and Tear Jerk Records. Assembled by Los Angeles songwriters Andrew Romano, Gabrielle Ferrer, and Alex Naidus, the latter a descendent of indie pop royalty, The…

[video of the week] Bryan Away – The Lake

From the upcoming album “Canyons to Sawdust”. Animated by Qianwen Yu. About the track: “The Lake” began in an email poem with the subject “Hello new email freestyle” to my then girlfriend who I was in a long distance relationship with. It was when I first registered the bryanaway.com domain, and I wanted to show…

JOHANNA SAMUELS Excelsior! (Mama Bird / Basin Rock, 2021)* Tra le inevitabili radici folk e l’attuale nouvelle vague delle ragazze con la chitarra elettrica, Johanna Samuels sceglie una terza via, fatta di una discreta varietà di soluzioni sonore a incorniciare canzoni dai pronunciati contenuti personali. Il tema dei rapporti umani domina le canzoni raccolte in…

[video of the week] Colleen – Hidden In The Current

Ahead of the release of her forthcoming new album The Tunnel and the Clearing on 21 May via Thrill Jockey, Colleen aka multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Cécile Schott, has shared the mesmeric new video for “Hidden in the Current”, directed by visual artist and animator Daniel Baretto. Closing out the record, “Hidden in the Current” forms the sonic and emotional climax of The…

WILL STRATTON The Changing Wilderness (Bella Union, 2021)* “The Changing Wilderness”, ovvero di come la sensibilità di un songwriter si discosti dalla sola introspezione per proiettarsi verso il mondo esteriore, dai conflitti di un animo inquieto a quelli di una società sempre più incerta e frammentata. È, a suo modo, un album “politico” il settimo…

[streaming] Radiant Heart – Aria/Karaoke

Following on from sophomore album ‘Brocken Spectre’, out in December of last year, London-duo Radiant Heart return with their contemplative and dream-like double-single Aria/Karaoke. Chris Moore and Celia MacDougall wrote and recorded both songs over two weeks in winter as a break from working on their next album. From their separate bedrooms, they quickly wrote a…

SIMON MCCORRY And Where Are You Really From? (Polar Seas, 2021) È un periodo di fervida creatività per Simon McCorry, che subito dopo l’Ep “Nature In Nature” dà alle stampe un lavoro di quaranta minuti, ripartito in cinque dense tracce. Messe da parte le divagazioni ambientali, il violoncello processato dell’artista inglese torna a dominare, solitario,…

[streaming] Astronaute – Twist

A song about finding the fragile balance between perseverance and acceptance in friendships, written in the aftermath of a turbulent year. This single is part of a brand new EP ‘Recircle’ out June 2021. In 2013 Astronaute released their first EP ‘Myriad’. A collection of five lo-fi and acoustic songs distributed via online platform Noisetrade….

VALGEIR SIGURÐSSON Kvika (Bedroom Community, 2021) In islandese, il termine “Kvika” indica il magma, elemento quanto mai ricorrente e tangibile nell’ecosistema locale. Non sembra casuale la scelta di tale termine per designare le nuove composizioni di Valgeir Sigurðsson, già impiegate come colonna sonora del film di guerra “Malá Ríša” e adesso presentate nell’esecuzione dell’orchestra filarmonica…

[streaming] Raoul Vignal – Red Fresco

From Raoul Vignal’s album “Years in Marble”, out on Talitres May 28th, 2021. A native of Lyon, France, Raoul Vignal began performing solo at the age of 20. Throughout his stage performances, he weaves a delicate and harmonious universe, an intimate folk where his guitar playing (finger-picking and alternate tunings) establishes a subtle resonance with his soothing voice….

[video of the week] BSÍ – Vesturbæjar Beach

New single by Icelandic duo BSÍ. Reykjavík’s central bus terminal BSÍ is no longer only the most miserable location you can find in all Iceland – it’s also finally reincarneted and praised as the name of a very new band. While people still wonder if BSÍ actually stands for Brussels Sprouts Intl., it’s at least sure…

ADRIAN CROWLEY The Watchful Eye Of The Stars (Chemikal Underground, 2021)* Chi ne ha seguito il percorso creativo ormai ultraventennale ha visto Adrian Crowley maturare da artista indipendente le cui canzoni erano avvolte da atmosfere particolari a songwriter esperto, sempre più interessato all’eleganza degli arrangiamenti. La dimestichezza con la scrittura e con l’interpretazione da lui…

[streaming] Evan Cheadle – First Morning Light

Second single off Evan Cheadle upcoming album “Fault Line Serenade”, available June 11th 2021. When the dew falls over the tall grass of the Pacific Northwest and the autumn sun glistens like a million skylights darting off into space and reflecting back off the Olympic Peninsula, the smell is sweet and yet, decay is in…

AKIRA KOSEMURA 88 Keys (Schole/1631 Recordings, 2021) Ormai da qualche anno il 29 marzo, ottantottesimo giorno in calendario, coincide con il Piano Day, consacrato appunto agli ottantotto tasti del pianoforte. Non poteva essere più lampante, fin dal titolo, il contenuto del nuovo lavoro licenziato per l’occasione dal compositore giapponese, formato da quattordici brevi pièce che…

[streaming] Jill Whit – Maybe Means No

Taken from “Time is Being”, out May 28th via Orindal Records. Jill Whit is a Salt Lake City-based creative artist. Her work as a songwriter, musician, tattooer, and fine artist has allowed her to create a large community which spans across the country. Her creative practice has always been an intimate experience; for Jill, making…

IAN NYQUIST Endless, Shapeless (Laaps, 2021) Nei due anni trascorsi dal debutto “Cuan”, Ian Nyquist ha ampliato sensibilmente il proprio spettro compositivo, innestando su field recordings e frequenze concrete un microcosmo di elementi elettro-acustici ricombinati in prolungati piani sequenza. L’approccio cinematico-descrittivo dell’artista irlandese ricorre appieno nei nove brani che formano il tenebroso itinerario d’ascolto di…