Ridiculously happy, relentlessly upbeat, WOW is a sonic sugar rush, a candy-coated confection topped with syrup and sprinkles. Kate NV‘s energy never seems to flag, nor does her creativity ease. Breaking with previous recordings, her voice is diced, chopped and splattered; her prior guise as singer-songwriter is almost completely obliterated. Whenever her words are discernible, they […]
Thanks to Aural Aggravation for tonight’s reading and listening.
14th February 2023 Christopher Nosnibor Having first encountered Deborah performing as one half of dark ambient noise duo Spore, I’ve discovered she’s nothing if not prolific, and having hit the classical charts with one recent album and released not one, but two new albums in the last few weeks, it’s hard to keep up, not […]
NYC in the 60s, 70s and 80s was a melting pot of different cultural genres and a meeting point for important figures in contemporary music. The scene was filled with many artists whose influential body of work has been written about and extensively taught in formal academic curricula across the world. On the flip side, […]
I have loved Julius Eastman’s Femenine since first hearing it earlier this year and this release by Lorraine James is indeed building on something beautiful, taking the essence of Julius Eastman’s art and making something reflective, minimalist and new.
Photo by Lyndon French, courtesy the artist David Murrieta Flores (ACL): Hi Fire-Toolz! To begin with, please talk to us a bit about how Fire-Toolz came into being, and how it relates to other projects you have (like Nonlocal Forecast or MindSpring Memories). Fire-Toolz (FT): Fire-Toolz was born when I decided to graduate from my […]
Following the INCLUSIVES project, the Fair_Play network and Tsuku Boshi Recordshave decided to continue their joint adventure through a temporary collection presenting female and non-binary composers from various backgrounds: ]FairTsuku[ Each split album features two artists with a carte blanche. For this news realease, we are very pleased to present: Chra & Méryll Ampe “Sleepwalkers” Out : 21.06.2022 – – – Chra Chra is the Alter […]
Maria Chavez is a pioneer of Abstract Turntablism, a self-described practice she developed under the guidance of Pauline Oliveros‘ Deep Listening. Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Houston, she cut her teeth as a DJ spinning techno and drum & bass, but the male chauvinism of that scene roused her to experiment further with […]
After a run of acclaimed singles, EPs and film and TV scores (“Dickinson,” “Good Girls,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer”), Drum & Lace (Sofia Hultquist) is finally releasing her debut album. Natura is confident and catchy, the artist’s vast experience giving her an advantage over most debut appearances. In 2019, we placed the artist’s semi songs in […]
The first major release from Kenyan sound artist Nyokabi Kariũki follows a beguilng pair of videos and a number of works for everything from choir to marimba trio. peace places: kenyan memories is not only a reflection on her home, but on all homes, echoing the writings of Pico Iyer. Travel restrictions locked her in Maryland, unable […]
And if you can’t find anything on the I Don’t Do Lists , try this collection from A Closer Listen-
If 2020 was the most surreal year in recent memory, 2021 was the runner-up. A rollercoaster of emotion was supplanted by a mountain of malaise. And yet, many artists broke through with the finest albums of their careers. Some of these were direct responses to the world as it was, while others were simply written […]
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The natural world existed long before the creation of instruments: music made by wind and waves, birds and beasts. During the pandemic, many people have rediscovered the aural joys of nature: music that is always playing, and that can best be heard without headphones. Field recording artists capture these sounds like others do photographs, and […]
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