ANTONINA CAR Immersed Sensibilities (Time Released Sound, 2022)* L’assenza di contorni ben definiti è tratto comune di molta musica degli ultimi trent’anni, dallo shoegaze alle infinite declinazioni ambientali. Non sorprende dunque che proprio l’idea di fluidità e costante trasformazione di suoni e linguaggi sia alla base dell’album di debutto di Antonina Car, violinista polacca di…

[video of the week] Lazzaro – Wide and Free

Taken from “The Inner Land is Wide and Free”, the first physical release of Belgian sound artist and songwriter Geraldine Vanspauwen, out October 25th 2022 via Bonambi. With six tracks unveiling a rich and captivating soundscape, she is exploring the possibilities of the human body, together with its accompanying obstacles; finding a calmness and freedom…

EKIN FIL Dora Agora (The Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2022)* Dopo un lungo periodo di sperimentazioni affidate a organi analogici e synth, Ekin Üzeltüzenci ritorna alle corde acustiche dei propri esordi; ed è subito magia. Non si tratta di un semplice ritorno alle origini, poiché “Dora Agora” è, da un lato, frutto di un momento di…

[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…

[streaming] Lucy Gooch – Rain’s Break

Opening track of “Rain’s Break” EP, out June 25th 2021 via Fire Records.. Lucy Gooch’s music is a beautiful ethereal fog; like hearing a subliminal echo of Kate Bush on a fading tape loop, masked by an internal wall of sound that vibrates with the hum of everyday life. The ‘Rain’s Break’ EP is her…

[streaming] Jesse Narens – Woodpecker Song

New track by Jesse Narens, available to stream and download (name your price) via Bandcamp. Jesse Narens creates art through an intuitive process with basic materials, and without formal training on any tool or technique. With no attachment to preconceived ideas, pieces begin without sketches. While most elements are placed with intention, everything is open…

[streaming] Allison Lorenzen – Vale (feat. Midwife)

As one half of the synth / percussion duo School Dance, Denver based artist Allison Lorenzen became adept at pulling beautiful vocal melodies across skeletal compositions, bringing barren landscapes into full bloom. On Lorenzen’s first solo outing, she enlists the talents of Madeline Johnston’s Shoegaze project Midwife (The Flenser) to root her spectral vocals, keyboards…

ANA ROXANNE – Because Of A Flower  (Kranky, 2020)* Benché il conciso esordio “~ ~ ~”, che ha richiamato immediate attenzioni sulle cangianti ibridazioni sonore di Ana Roxanne, sia stato pubblicato soltanto lo scorso anno, il suo seguito discografico “Because Of A Flower” costituisce il frutto di un processo più graduale e risalente, originato nel…

BODY / NEGATIVE – Fragments  (Track Number, 2020) Nonostante la durata di appena un quarto d’ora, non è del tutto fuori luogo la definizione di “full length” associata al debutto di Andy Schiaffino sotto l’alias Body / Negative. Non soltanto, infatti, l’intera estetica del “non-binario” artista californiano è caratterizzata dall’interazione tra grandezze opposte, ma anche…

[streaming] Julie Byrne & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Love’s Refrain

Written by Julie Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma Vocals performed by Julie Byrne Instrumentation performed by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma The original (wordless) version of the track is included in Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s album “In Summer” (2016). Julie Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma have shared “Love’s Refrain,” a collaboration featuring lyrics and vocals from Byrne and music from Cantu-Ledesma, for Mexican Summer’s…

[streaming] Burd Ellen – Hela’r Dryw Bach

Taken from “Says The Never Beyond”, out November 27th 2020. Burd Ellen have announced their second studio album “Says The Never Beyond”, release date 27th November 2020. The record is a collection of carols and wintersong that occupy the liminal space between sacred and secular, connecting to the deep seasonal traditions of Britain and Ireland….

AIDAN BAKER & EKIN FIL – The Dark Well (A Red Thread, 2020) Le sperimentazioni chitarristiche di Aidan Baker e gli eterei riverberi vocali di Ekin Üzeltüzenci si incontrano nella prima collaborazione tra i due musicisti, che segna l’inizio delle pubblicazioni di una nuova etichetta animata da intenti insieme artistici e umanitari. Il lavoro, frutto…

DAO STROM – Traveler’s Ode (Antiquated Future, 2020)* Per Dao Strom, la musica rappresenta soltanto una parte di un’espressione artistica che viene da lontano e che da una quindicina d’anni si manifesta attraverso parole, immagini e suoni. Nata in Vietnam da due scrittori, cresciuta in California in fuga dalla guerra e dalla persecuzione politica e…

[streaming] Ana Roxanne – Suite pour l’invisible

Taken from “Because of a Flower”, out November 13th 2020 via Kranky Records. The sublime songs comprising Los Angeles-based musician Ana Roxanne’s second record, Because Of A Flower, germinated gradually across five years, inspired by interwoven notions of gender identity, beauty, and cruelty. She describes her process as beginning with “a drone element and a…

[video of the week] anrimeal – Marching Parades

Taken from “Could Divine”, out November 20th on Demo Records & Crossness Records. anrimeal is the recording project of Ana Rita de Melo Alves. Originally from Porto, Ana moved to her current home of London in 2016, where she founded the ambitious DIY label Demo Records. While using this imprint to amplify other leftfield bedroom…

[streaming] Mute Swimmer – Matador

Title track of the three tracks digital single “Matador”, out July 24th. Guy Dale is an artist, performer and lecturer utilising a diverse range of media, skills and approaches including painting, drawing, photography, installation, sound, performance and film. He has exhibited widely on an international stage including shows in London, Berlin, Lisbon, New York, Madrid…

EKIN FIL – Coda (The Helen Scarsdale Agency, 2020)* Il drone-folk sognante e isolazionista dispensato ormai da anni da parte di Ekin Üzeltüzenci sotto l’alias Ekin Fil non poteva non avere sviluppi cinematici. Reduce da esperienze nel campo delle colonne sonore, l’artista turca torna a realizzare un album vero e proprio, due anni dopo la…

CLARA ENGEL – Hatching Under The Stars (Self Released, 2020) Sulla scia del secondo volume delle “Bethlehem Tapes”, pubblicato meno di un anno fa, Clara Engel torna a dispensare una raccolta di tenebrose ballate al rallentatore, come d’abitudine catturate in presa diretta, per mantenere l’estemporaneità delle esecuzioni. Nelle nove dense tracce di “Hatching Under The…

MIDWIFE – Forever (The Flenser, 2020)* All’intermezzo di decompressione atmosferica “Prayer Hands” (2018), Madeleine Johnston fa seguire quella che può a tutti gli effetti considerarsi la continuazione del suo primo lavoro sotto l’alias Midwife, lo splendido “Like Author, Like Daughter” (2017). Nei tre anni trascorsi, Midwife è diventato il progetto principale dell’artista del Colorado, che…