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…..

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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Friday Focus – Women’s Audio Mission

Women’s Audio Mission addresses two critical issues:

  1. Less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media in the daily soundtrack of our lives are women.
  2. The alarming 70% decline in women/girls enrolling in college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs since the year 2000.

Women’s Audio Mission uses music and media and an incredible “carrot” of a training environment –  the only professional recording studio in the world built and run by women –  to attract over 1,200 under-served women and girls every year to STEM and creative technology studies that inspire them to amplify their voices and become the innovators of tomorrow. WAM’s award-winning curriculum weaves art and music with science, technology and computer programming and works to close the critical gender gap in creative technology careers.

 

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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.”

 

Reblog / Preview – Jlin – Black Origami

 

The Indiana producer pulls from a host of influences to make music that proudly upsets tradition.

via Jlin’s Dizzying, Detail-Oriented Take on Footwork — Bandcamp Daily