Five Experimental Recordings

Five Experimental Recordings Anna Heflin The Redundancy of the Angelic: An Interluding Play Shannon Reilly, Emily Holden, violins; Anna Heflin: viola, voice, composer, writer Infrequent Seams cassette and download “I’m sitting on a galaxy. Stars and moons blanket the deep red spa chairs. I rest on constellations. Space itself supports me. Luna lifts me.” ThusContinue reading “Five Experimental Recordings”

Spektral Quartet (Recording review)

Spektral Quartet Clara Lyon (violin), Maeve Feinberg (violin), Doyle Armbrust (viola), Russell Rolen (cello) Experiments in Living New Focus Records (digital release) The Spektral Quartet takes advantage of the open-ended playing time of a digital release to create effectively a double album for their latest recording, Experiments in Living. While double albums often suffer fromContinue reading “Spektral Quartet (Recording review)”

Supersilent 14 (Recording review)

Supersilent 14 Smalltown Supersound 2018 On Friday September 28th, Supersilent – the experimental trio of Arve Henriksen (trumpet, voice and electronics), Helge Sten (Electronics), and Ståle Storløkken (keyboards and electronics) – released a fourteenth album, their second for the label Smalltown Supersound. The group is best known for performances of “slow jazz:” avant jazz thatContinue reading “Supersilent 14 (Recording review)”

Best Drone Recording 2017: Lee Plays Gibson

Randy Gibson The Four Pillars Appearing from The Equal D under Resonating Apparitions of The Eternal Process in The Midwinter Starfield 16 VIII 10 (Kansas City) Andrew Lee, amplified piano Irritable Hedgehog Composer Randy Gibson is best known for his compelling experiments with intonation. R. Andrew Lee is the go-to pianist for Wandelweiser and minimalist-orientedContinue reading “Best Drone Recording 2017: Lee Plays Gibson”

Best Pop Recording of 2017: Björk – Utopia

Utopia Björk One Little Indian   Björk’s latest album is her longest (clocking in at 72 minutes) and her most daring yet. On past recordings, cadres of female musicians with fierce chops held sway – employing French horns and strings. This time out, a dozen Icelandic flutists are the ensemble of choice. Alongside them isContinue reading “Best Pop Recording of 2017: Björk – Utopia”

Rebekah Heller – Metafagote (Recording review)

Metafagote Rebekah Heller, bassoon and electronics Tundra, 2017 (digital release)   Bassoonist Rebekah Heller, a member of ICE, released Metafagote, her second solo album, in 2017 on Tundra. Featuring premiere recordings of four works written for Heller by Rand Steiger (Concatenation), Dai Fujikura (Following), Jason Eckardt (Wild Ginger), and the title composition by Felipe Lara,Continue reading “Rebekah Heller – Metafagote (Recording review)”

Úlfur: “Arborescence” (Bandcamp)

Úlfur Hansson’s new record Arborescence is out this week. The composer is originally from Iceland, but after earning a degree at Mills College now calls New York home. Arborescence is an absorbing mix of ambience electronica awash with homemade synthesizers, laconic vocals, and the talents of collaborators such as bassist Skúli Sverrisson, harpist Zeena Parkins
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Dirty Projectors: Little Bubble

Dirty Projectors’ latest single, “Little Bubble,” is accompanied by a captivating video. It finds David Longstreth navigating our imperiled ecosystem, eventually barricading himself in a bubble of flora and fauna in an attempt to stave off the elements of environmental catastrophe. Both the sentiment and the visual components could not be more timely, and the songContinue reading “Dirty Projectors: Little Bubble”

Seiho – “Collapse” (Review)

Seiho Collapse Leaving Records LP Japanese compose Seiho combines various sampled elements into his electronic music to make a formidable musical mélange. They consist of snippets of modern jazz, synth riffs, pizzicato string samples, electronic blurts, and tastes of musique concrète such as whistles and running water. The accumulation of sounds is kept from beingContinue reading “Seiho – “Collapse” (Review)”

The First Four Notes! – Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet, and Other Distress Constellation LP This review begins with a hat tip to Matthew Guerrieri, whose book The First Four Notes is required reading for those wishing to better understand Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The first four notes which concern us here emanate from the speakers of highly politicized post-rockContinue reading “The First Four Notes! – Godspeed You! Black Emperor”