Category Archives: Reblog

Reblog – Loraine James ~ Building Something Beautiful for Me — a closer listen

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, […]

Loraine James ~ Building Something Beautiful for Me — a closer listen

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.

Please click through and read the review .

Reblog – Physical Reality as Processed Spirituality ~ An Interview With Fire-Toolz — a closer listen

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 […]

Physical Reality as Processed Spirituality ~ An Interview With Fire-Toolz — a closer listen

Reblog – Chra & Méryll Ampe “Sleepwalkers” — Tsuku Boshi Records

More information below –

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 […]

Chra & Méryll Ampe “Sleepwalkers” — Tsuku Boshi Records

REBLOG – SP* Episode 24: KAKAPHONY – with Maria Chavez [podcast] — a closer listen

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 […]

SP* Episode 24: KAKAPHONY – with Maria Chavez [podcast] — a closer listen

Really worth a click through to read more and listen to Maria Chavez work.

Reblog – Drum & Lace ~ Natura — a closer listen

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 […]

Drum & Lace ~ Natura — a closer listen

Thanks A Closer Listen for the review and my listening today –

Reblog – Nyokabi Kariũki ~ peace places: kenyan memories — a closer listen

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 […]

Nyokabi Kariũki ~ peace places: kenyan memories — a closer listen

Reblog – ACL 2021 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year — a closer listen

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 […]

ACL 2021 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year — a closer listen

REBLOG – ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape — a closer listen

If you still want some listening suggestions, there are some great one’s here –

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 […]

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape — a closer listen

Sonae ~ Summer — a closer listen

Summer may not sound like summer, but that’s okay, because the season has just ended in the Northern Hemisphere.  Instead, Sonae‘s album is an ode to a lost summer ~ the summer of 2020 ~ and a warning that future summers may head in the same direction. COVID is nothing compared to climate change, which is the […]

Sonae ~ Summer — a closer listen

Slowly catching up but here’s one that nearly got away but didn’t thanks to ACL : )

REBLOG – Cheryl E. Leonard ~ Schism — a closer listen

Thanks again to A Closer Listen for pointing me towards this weeks longlisten and as always a very eloquent review for a very immersive listen.

“If your home were on fire, what item would you rescue first?”  In 2019, the top answer was the laptop. During the pandemic, we became even more attached to our electronic devices.  It’s hard to imagine getting through our lockdowns without them.  Like many of us, Cheryl E. Leonard spent a lot of time online over the past […]

Cheryl E. Leonard ~ Schism — a closer listen