ICYMI – Review Reblog – Flaer Smin – IRA

There is so much music!, so I’m trying to revisit some artists and releases with ICYMI.

Here’s an artist I discovered via Yeah I Know it Sucks.

Flaer Smin is from Kazakhstan and if you are a fan of expansive New Age / Chillout / Downtempo then her music is for you and can be found at Archive.org

She has a brand new release – In Search of….. https://o2label.ru/releases/07-036/

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: Flaer Smin
title: IRA
ca: o2 label 05 – 06
keywords: new age,instrumental
label: o2 label https://archive.org/details/@o2label
reviewer: Willem van O.

Imagine a piano on the beach, being played by a person with the urge to sing a song that sounds a bit like ‘holy night, silent night’ in a way as if the voice was a humming violin.  It’s a tiny bit odd as you can imagine that the little waves of the sea are softly splashing against the piano and slip back against the toes of the musician that is responsible for it. Nonetheless this is a bit what the first track seems to sketch in the mind. The piano music is very nice and fits quite nicely with the little waves and the soft beach background sounds; as if it is complimenting the scenery with every note of the key.

Than the weather seems to change…

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Today’s Discovery – Tribute to Pauline Oliveros

Latin American electronic / electroacoustic artists tribute and creative responses to, the writings and thoughts of Pauline Oliveros.

On September 13, 1970, a young composer named Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016) published in The New York Times an article entitled “And Don’t Call Them ‘Lady’ Composers”, Ms. Oliveros addressed an unasked yet (tellingly so) critical question: “Why have there been no ‘great’ women composers?” Her argument is guided by a questioning of critical, historiographic and technical discourse. Oliveros explained how the cult of innovation constructs figures of “greatness,” and to what extent society promotes the virilisation of these discursive models…..

Read more of the background to this project, curated by Susan Campos-Fonseca here

Friday Focus – Femmecult

 

Modern perspectives in art, music and culture.

Seattle-based electronic music composer, Bardo:Basho (Kirsten Thom) did a live set exclusively for Femmecult

Interview with her on the website. http://www.femmecult.com/sound/bardob…

For more Bardo:Basho please visit her online.
https://soundcloud.com/bardobasho
https://www.facebook.com/bardobasho

 


Plum (Shona Maguire) hosts the Femmecult January 2014 podcast showcasing some of the musicians that have been influential on her work along the way.

Plum is an electro-pop producer & multi-instrumentalist who became the first female artist ever to win a Scottish Alternative Music Award, securing “Best Electronic” award in March 2013, having been heralded “One to Watch for 2013” by Best of British Unsigned in January 2013, and with her album The Seed in the ‘Best Albums of 2012’ list for many bloggers home and abroad.

Check out more of her work at her website: www.http://plumtunes.com

 

All info courtesy of Femmecult.

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 – Jessica Moss ~ Pools of Light

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

a closer listen

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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Today’s Discovery – multa nox

 

Experimental ambient, drone, electronic from Sally Decker aka multa nox.

 

 

Multa Nox’s Dreamy New Drone Explores the Loneliness in Human Connection   – Thump

 

” under the umbrella of ambient music, she works with damp synth patches, blustery vocals, and foggy effects processing. Her pieces move slowly and deceptively, producing an illusory stillness—a respite from the world where you can stop and think for a second.”