Review Reblog – Gail Priest ~ Heraclitus in Iceland – A Closer Listen

From first hearing this release, I was blown away and if I get any money at Christmas, this will definitely be on my list.

a closer listen

Iceland’s scenery is lovely yet savage.  The views are astonishing, from the Northern Lights to the purebred horses.  But storms can arise at any moment, and recent eruptions have solidified the nation’s reputation as the land of fire and ice.  One may drive up to a glacier on a one-lane road without guard rails, but if one should get in trouble, help may be late in arriving.  Last year a New Jersey tourist became famous for following his GPS six hours off course (having typed Laugarvegur  instead of Laugavegur, an easy mistake), briefly becoming a local celebrity; he then repeated the mistake on a drive to the Blue Lagoon.

Gail Priest captures the nation’s dichotomy in her dual-toned aural exploration, Heraclitus in Iceland.  The title refers to the philosopher who wrote, “You cannot step twice into the same river.”  Reading Heraclitus’ work while enjoying her residency in Olafsfjordur, the Australian sound artist…

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Review Reblog – Izabela Dłużyk ~ Soundscapes of spring — A Closer Listen

Izabela Dłużyk’s Soundscapes of summer was A Closer Listen‘s favorite soundscape of 2016, and her latest album is just as remarkable. For this release, the artist has turned the dial back to spring, and we’re hoping (reasonably so) that the project will eventually become a quadriptych. The sounds here are as clear as any we’ve ever heard; […]

via Izabela Dłużyk ~ Soundscapes of spring — a closer listen

 

A thing of beauty is a joy forever….

 

 

ICYMI – Moor Mother – Fetish Bones

There is nothing to say as introduction…..Just listen.

 

Review Reblog – Susan Drone – Laurie Spiegel

So glad this has been noticed : )

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: Susan Drone
Title:
Laurie Spiegel
Keywords:
experimental ambient dark ambient drone experimental electronic Murcia

This one is intense, with its thick blissful sound that feels like some kind of godlike drone that mysteriously appeared out of the skyline. Everything else is silent, making it appear at a time in which most people are asleep. Some kicks can be felt, bashing like the hammer of Thor while being washed away in the grotesque emerging dronescape.

It really goes into me as the impressive piece that it is, making me feel little and the audio universe gigantic. A shimmering pulsation can be felt in this ambience, as if in the far distance some-kind of army of spirits march above the thick clouds. It keeps the intensity for the full amount that this track plays, humbling me down as if it made me realize what an unremarkable tiny dot we are on…

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Review Reblog – Elizabeth Veldon – ten shaker dances for mother ann lee and christian that he may dance (group 3)

Just spent twenty minutes sidetracked by this minimalist piece and was happy to do so.

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: Elizabeth Veldon
Title
: ten shaker dances for mother ann lee and christian that he may dance (group 3)
Keywords:
experimental avant garde electronic noise United Kingdom

I don’t know about you, but I was really in the mood to hear music that had come out of the mysterious hands & mind of the legendary Elizabeth Veldon. Just when I clicked for ‘experimental’ stuff in bandcamp her name appeared and when I followed it; pretty music followed as well.

Twenty minutes of it, a time period that anyone in need for some fine minimal ambient drone material would be very happy and pleased to find within their ears. The tone that the artist is giving its attention too is ringing like some kind of magic, a vibrant minimalism that felt to me like it’s a morning time that never ends. As if Elizabeth Veldon had captured the morning glory…

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News – Fall Music Preview: Electronic – A Closer Listen

Plenty to look forward to here……

a closer listen

To dance is to forget one’s problems and to underline the vibrant nature of life.  Our Electronic Preview points in the direction of the club, but even if one can’t get out there in public, there’s always the living room, the lawn, the car.  Let’s say you were a robot beached on a distant island.  Wouldn’t you still have a locked groove in your electronic heart?  We know we would!  The best beats of the season are waiting to be discovered in the largest of our five fall previews.

Our cover image is taken from Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot, one of the finest YA books in recent memory.  A sequel, The Wild Robot Escapes, will be published next spring.  For more on Brown and the Wild Robot series, visit his website here.

Rich’s Pick:  Jilk ~ Joy in the End (Project Mooncircle, 1 September)
We’ve waited a long…

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Today’s Discovery – Ghost on the Stairs – Meemo Comma

 

Meemo Comma is the new alias of Objects Limited boss Lara Rix-Martin. She previously released as Lux E Tenebris and as one half of the duo Heterotic (on Planet Mu). Her label Objects Limited issues a variety of electronic music from an exclusively women and non-binary roster.

‘Ghost on the Stairs’ explores how Lara Rix-Martin perceives sounds, as she has Auditory Processing Disorder. APD mostly affects how a person processes speech internally; background noises merge with language and every background sound has equal relevancy making it hard for an APD listener to understand voices, music and disentangling multiple audio sources.

Merging speech and voice into a strange and alien form has always been the core of  Lara Rix-Martin’s sound, but it’s given a stronger focus on this album. Incorporating similar meditative influences to her ‘Cyclizine’ EP; drones feature with a maximal/minimal all-encasing feeling that flickers between comforting numbness and anxiety. Tracks such as ‘Caturday’ and ‘Online Persona’ explore rhythms in the spaces in between the beats. “I’ve always found it interesting to think of rhythms in a negative way, what beats aren’t there, the spaces between”.

Released September 1, 2017

The album is also included on the Bandcamp Daily weekly roundup of essential releases –

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