ICYMI Review – Luna Arakawa – Ocean of tears called sky

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Artist: Luna Arakawa
Title: Ocean of tears called sky
keywords: canadian diy experimental abstract avant-garde avantgarde brian eno canadian composer classical dark ambient experimental electronic feminism modern classical piano radiohead steve reich Toronto

Ocean of tears called sky is an emotional melodic playful work that sounds light in sound, yet feels heavy in the heart. It’s perfect to hear when in the mood for a tear, or a couple of them. Listening in the darkness with a dim light without distraction and blur your mind out in this work of melody and experimentation.

It comes seemingly in little pretty chapters with strange squeaky sounds in the middle, lifting up the mood for it not to become too heavy to carry upon the listeners’ shoulders. But when the last chapter arrives, the music gets vibrant in flow and somehow it also touches me in a emotion that sets indeed a action…

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Review Reblog – Kate Carr ~ The Story Surrounds Us

In a way, it is about restlessness, an uncomfortable tossing and turning in all these many different places, a struggle somehow to forge a connection between my own internal world and all these places and persons I have encountered. I think this holds a sense of unease and strain, with both beautiful and failed moments of intimacy and connection which are made either possible or impossible in the difficult and distorted context of being away. It is quite sad, really.Kate Carr

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kate-carr-story-lgA strong selection of field recordings pepper the gentle songs of The Story Surrounds Us. Australian Kate Carr now lives in London, and she’s brought a fresh selection of recordings, taken during her travels around the globe, that both soothe and shock.

These recordings are scattered over and throughout the music, sometimes rolling through arid, absent spaces that lack comfort or reassurance, missing the high definition of a point A to B; cartography is absent as the lifespan of the music diminishes. This in turn opens the door – the creaking, body-aching door that opens the record, perhaps – to a subtle displacement which is not so much associated with the outer geography of the place itself but rather with a series of troubled thoughts and processes that constantly blitz the inner self; these inner lands try to find peace and rest, but it’s hard to find solace among the screeching midnight insects.

These recordings are ushered into the midst of guitar…

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Today’s Discovery – Horse Follows Darkness by Delia Gonzalez

 

“Horse Follows Darkness is essentially a modern electronic soundtrack for the Revisionist Western.” but it’s more than that, it’s a wondrous sound on the ear that has a retro feel but also firmly rooted in the now.

Album of the Day: Delia Gonzalez, “Horse Follows Darkness”

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The backstory behind Delia Gonzalez’s riveting, moving Horse Follows Darkness is almost as rich as the album itself: the album is a kind of soundtrack to Gonzalez’s return to America after a sojourn in Berlin, but Gonzalez also saw parallels between her journey and American Western films of the 1960s. That alone is enough to freight the record with an encyclopedia of ideas, everything from Manifest Destiny to colonialism to the simple idea of an “untamed land” waiting—both ominously and expectantly—for new settlers. What makes the entirely-instrumental Darkness so enthralling is that it never tips over into literalism; there are no prairie whistles or lap steels or cleverly-chosen vocal samples. Instead, Gonzalez explores the idea of travel, transition, and the “Myth of America” through feints and suggestions, with spiderwebs of piano and billowing synths.

The steadily-chugging “Hidden Song” is cleft in two by a rude, cutting electric guitar, which slices…

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Review Reblog – Félicia Atkinson ~ Hand in Hand

“A sense of otherworldly is paired with the familiar, the macabre with the sensual.” – Definitely.

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If there is a state of sonic lucid dream, Félicia Atkinson could serve as a guide to its realms. Electronic pioneers like Delia Derbyshire might have opened that door, but Atkinson’s carefully crafted and deeply immersive minimal soundscapes, woven through ASMR spoken word snippets, invite you to step further in. Contrary to being detached from reality, this ambitious recording is a triumph in synthesis and interconnectivity, honoring its title.  A sense of otherworldly is paired with the familiar, the macabre with the sensual.  Dreams and reality go fluidly and fittingly together, as contemporary midi textures with historical Buchla or Serge accents.

Atkinson recorded „Hand In Hand at home in Brittany and at EMS Studio in Stockholm.  Her readings of desert and architectural magazines, botanical guides and sci-fi novels flow seamlessly into the album, along with her other contemporary artistic practices.

Most immediately influenced by Derbyshire’s aesthetics, especially The Dreams, Hand…

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Today’s Discovery – Jessica Moss – Pools of Light

“Pools Of Light is elegiac durational music at the intersection of neo-classicism, soundtrack, electronic, art-punk and avant-folk – a decidedly organic, non-academic, profoundly searching and emotive work, guided by Moss’s liner note mantra: “FEELING LOVE IN A MELTING WORLD”. 

Review Reblog – Jessica Moss ~ Pools of Light

Finally reblogging this review and I have to say that this release has been on replay for days…..

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There is a warm solemnity to Pools of Light, like participating in a communal prayer, where hopes are a dream to ward off death, an ultimate end that is nonetheless a welcome fact of life. Inasmuch, at least, as it is the thought of ceasing to be what brings us all together – in the liner notes, Jessica Moss beautifully exclaims “FEELING LOVE IN A MELTING WORLD”. Just like her work as part of the apocalyptically-inclined A Silver Mt. Zion, this album is an interplay of hope for the hopeless and hopelessness for the hopeful, an emotional process in which the sharing of an all-encompassing pain is the relief that provides a basis to keep dreaming, to integrally act in the name of a truthful empathy that wants not to deny suffering but to heal it in communion.

The album is divided into two sections, “Entire Populations” and…

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