LEON DEN ENGELSEN Growth (Piano And Coffee, 2021) La formazione musicale di Leon den Engelsen racconta già molto del suo profilo espressivo: iniziato al pianoforte fin da bambino, l’artista olandese ha studiato per sei anni jazz a New Orleans, prima di completare il conservatorio in patria, dopo di che si è trasferito in Svezia dove…

[streaming] Sungaze – Storm Chaser

Taken from “This Dream”, out August 13th 2021. Sungaze is an American Dreamgaze band whose signature sound lends itself quite equally to the realms of shoegaze, psych rock and dream pop, with an unmistakable western flair reminiscent of some of the popular singer-songwriters of the 60’s. The band centers around husband and wife duo Ian Hilvert…

CALMING RIVER Dead Bluebottles Supine (Dendron, 2021)* È stata davvero molto lunga e tortuosa la strada che ha condotto Joshua Brain al debutto sulla lunga distanza sotto l’alias Calming River. Eppure, i sei anni trascorsi dall’intenso Ep “The Ones That We Left Behind” non sono stati del tutto silenti, ma anzi costellati di collaborazioni, singoli…

EYDÍS EVENSEN Bylur (XXIM Records/Sony, 2021) Un nuovo nome si aggiunge alla nutrita schiera di musicisti islandesi dediti alla composizione contemporanea: è quello della ventisettenne pianista Eydís Evensen, che ha registrato il proprio album di debutto negli studi di Valgeir Sigurðsson. I tredici brani di “Bylur” ripercorrono idealmente la vita e la formazione della giovane…

[streaming] Nathan Salsburg – Psalm 147

Opening track of “Psalms”, the new album by Nathan Salsburg, out August 20th 2021 “Psalms” is a collection of new arrangements of Hebrew psalms—Tehillim—composed between 2016 to 2019, and recorded in their entirety, somehow, over the long course of 2020. The project was born of a desire for some kind of rigorous and creative Jewish…

[video of the week] Ida Wenøe – Echoes

New single from Nordic songstress Ida Wenøe taken from her forthcoming third album Amongst a digital mountain range littered with accomplished folk-ish bands and singersongwriters, it is a rare miracle to come across a cave so rich in jewels as the one beneath Ida Wenøe’s ribcage. While she has an obvious appreciation of Americana, her…

RAOUL VIGNAL Years In Marble (Talitres, 2021)* Piccole ma significative differenze presenta il terzo album di Raoul Vignal rispetto ai due predecessori, a cominciare dal tempo necessario per la sua creazione e realizzazione. Mentre tra “The Silver Veil“ e “Oak Leaf” era trascorso poco più di un anno, quasi tre anni separano quest’ultimo da “Years…

[streaming] Breathe Panel – Spring

Taken from “Lets It In”, out August 17th 2021. Split between London and Brighton, Breathe Panel come together to create a sound that is the sum of their four parts. Playing together half unplugged in a living room and swapping drums for cushions is where they would often hit their natural rhythm, capturing a shared…

[video of the week] Hollie Kenniff – Sunset Chant

First single from “The Quiet Drift”, the new album by Hollie Kenniff, out on Western Vinyl July 16th, 2021. “On The Quiet Drift Hollie Kenniff wholly escapes pop-culture feedback loops into transcendent, shimmering realms, and she brings the listener along with her. In this age in which we have all been called to reevaluate our…

‘T GERUIS Various Thoughts And Places (Lost Tribe Sound, 2021)* La meticolosa e appassionata ricerca condotta dall’etichetta Lost Tribe Sound di proposte musicali sotterranee e “oblique” nei recessi creativi della rete trova manifestazione emblematica nella proposizione del debutto sulla lunga distanza dell’artista belga ‘t Geruis, già introdotto alla fine dello scorso anno con l’Ep digitale…

KATRINE GRARUP ELBO Fold Unfold (Sonic Pieces, 2021) Componente del quartetto We Like We (archi, percussioni e voce), nel suo primo album solista Katrine Grarup Elbo esplora le potenzialità meno convenzionali del violino. Le nove pièce di “Fold Unfold” offrono un intrigante spaccato nel quale la scarna essenza delle prolungate vibrazioni dell’archetto convive con increspature…

[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…