COMPLETE MOUNTAIN ALMANAC Complete Mountain Almanac (Bella Union, 2023)* Una duratura frequentazione artistica e un dialogo tra musica, arti visuali e poesia sono alla base del ciclo di canzoni idealmente dedicate ognuna a un mese dell’anno che formano il personalissimo diario di “Complete Mountain Almanac”. Ne sono protagoniste la cantautrice e compositrice norvegese Rebekka Karijord…

SIV JAKOBSEN Gardening (The Nordic Mellow, 2023)* È un ritorno – letteralmente – nel giardino di casa e in quello delle emozioni più profonde e personali il terzo album di Siv Jakobsen, in significativa controtendenza rispetto alle soluzioni orchestrali e alle tentazioni pop del precedente “A Temporary Soothing” (2020). Scritto nella sua residenza di Oslo…

[video of the week] Alison Eales – Fifty-Five North

“Fifty-Five North” is the first single to be taken from Alison Eales’ debut album “Mox Nox”. A song firmly rooted in Glasgow, and expresses how a place can be both transformative and overwhelming. The song features samples from the Glasgow subway, with a rhythm track from the sounds of the train doors closing, and a…

MARLODY I’m Not Sure At All (Skep Wax, 2023)* Qualche mese fa, la pubblicazione del brano di apertura “Summer”, caratterizzato da un’asciutta melodia pianistica e da un’interpretazione al tempo stesso sognante e sofferta, aveva immediatamente destato curiosità sull’imminente debutto di Marlody, suggerendo orizzonti di intensità ed eleganza da parte di una nuova “donna al piano”….

WOODCUTTER …And The Scales Fell Away From His Eyes (English Pastoral, 2022)* Cambiano denominazioni e contesti creativi, eppure un sottile filo conduttore unisce il percorso recente di L.A. Foster che, accantonato almeno per ora l’originario alias Curlicues, è passato attraverso il duo Mr Magpie prima di ripresentarsi, in maniera imprevista, sotto la nuova insegna solista…

[video of the week] Nighttime – Curtain is Closing

Taken from “Keeper is the Heart Out”, on Ba Da Bing January 20, 2023. Video directed by Leah van der Werff & Eva Louise Goodman. Eva Louise Goodman’s Nighttime project locates itself on a musical tree planted on the British Isles, perched atop the branch of folk leaning into sixties rock. Her upstate New York…

[video of the week] Quentin Sauvé – Horizon

“Horizon” is the first single of Quentin Sauvé’s forthcoming album to be released in Spring 2023 via Hummus Records (Switzerland) in collaboration with Luik Music (Belgium) and Bright Colors (France). Alongside his post-hardcore band Birds in Row, of which he is the bass player, and following his first solo album “Whatever It Takes”, Quentin Sauvé…

[video of the week] Emma Gatrill – Be Brave

Taken from the upcoming EP of the same name. Emma Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Her debut, 2012’s “Chapter I”, was a poignant collection of songs based around her then-latest acquisition – the harp. Subtly accompanied by various members of Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, her intricate harp playing coupled with a unique vocal…

[video of the week] Tobias Arbo – Saudade

Swedish musician Tobias Arbo has released his debut single “Saudade” via CRC Records, and announced his first live performance on 1st December in his hometown of Stockholm. Accompanied by a wistful and nostalgic home-video style visual, “Saudade” introduces Tobias Arbo as a compelling new singer and songwriter capable of tying hearts in knots. Noting Bon Iver’s ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’, Phoebe Bridgers’ ‘Stranger In The…

[video of the week] Marlody – Summer

“Summer” is the first single from Marlody’s debut album “I’m Not Sure At All”, out January 13th 2023 on Skep Wax Records. Sung from the perspective of a young girl whose mother has died, “Summer” gives a disturbing, eerie picture of an adult world that’s losing its moorings.  The innocence of the child and the…

WICKERBIRD The Sea Weaver (Lost Tribe Sound, 2022)* Sembrava ormai che l’alias Wickerbird sarebbe rimasto legato a una delle tante epifanie indipendenti, che si affacciano all’autoproduzione discografica per poi tornare al silenzio, dimenticate, se non da pochi cultori che ne avevano intercettato le emissioni, conservandone un ricordo ormai vago ma pur sempre molto caro. Invece,…

[video of the week] Sara Noelle – Color of Light on the Water

Sara Noelle’s latest single “Color of Light on the Water” is misty twilight meditation surrounded by sound bowl waves. The song, produced by Dan Duszynski with an animated video created by Kelsey Boncato, is the latest single drawn from her forthcoming 12-song album, following surreal on-the-road song “Blooming Yucca.” Noelle’s third full-length album, titled “Do…

JUNE MCDOOM June McDoom (Temporary Residence, 2022)* Una manciata di brani può risultare sufficiente a rivelare un profilo artistico al tempo stesso deciso e, a suo modo, disorientante. Si tratta di quello di June McDoom, giovane cantautrice al debutto, del cui mini album omonimo colpiscono l’intensità delle interpretazioni e la naturalezza delle commistioni di linguaggi…

[video of the week] Meg Baird – Will You Follow Me Home?

Taken from “Furling”, out January 27th 2023 via Drag City. Meg Baird contemplates hope and longing through the looking glass of a Jimmy Miller-era-Stones strut. Maundering through a haze of guitars, stretching and reaching for the sky above the gentle funk of the rhythm and the depth of resonant tones, she summons the rumbling electricity contained…

[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…

[video of the week] Shirley Hurt – Problem Child

Shirley Hurt, the project of Toronto-based musician, Sophie Katz has just announced details of her self-titled album which marks her debut on Telephone Explosion Records. Out on December 2, news of the record arrives today alongside the first single, “Problem Child” – for many, this is probably the first glimpse into Katz’s all-encompassing Shirley Hurt…

BRUNO BAVOTA & CHANTAL ACDA A Closer Distance (Temporary Residence, 2022)* Come ogni collaborazione a distanza, soprattutto negli ultimi anni, quella tra Bruno Bavota e Chantal Acda ruota tutta intorno a connessioni, solitudini e – appunto – distanze fisiche alle quali corrispondono introspezioni condivise. Quello tra il pianista napoletano e la cantautrice olandese è invece un dialogo…

KRAMIES Kramies (Hidden Shoal, 2022)* È decisamente emblematica la scelta da parte di Kramies Windt di presentare come omonimo l’album che corona una lunga teoria di singoli ed Ep, nonché un prolungato periodo di assenza di pubblicazioni, alquanto inedito per il navigato musicista del Colorado. Gli otto brani che formano il lavoro rappresentano infatti l’ideale…

[video of the week] Rachael Dadd – Heads Down

Taken from the album “Kaleidoscope”, out October 14th 2022 via Memphis Industries. Contemporary folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd is set to release her new album flux on memphis industries on the 8th november 2019. produced with marcus hamblett (villagers / laura marling), flux is a response to external and internal tides: the flow of life up-rooted;…