Premiere: Kee Avil “saf”

Kee Avil’s debut album Crease is a force. On the second single, “saf,” the Montreal-based project led by producer and guitarist Vicky Mettler, fractured dreams morph into real-world anxiety. A hypnotic furor takes hold as Kee Avil slinks along splintering rhythms while phantom layers of Mettler’s voice swirl like black smoke promising the ominous fire to come. Oblique guitar passages flicker like a light giving up the … Continue reading Premiere: Kee Avil “saf”

Video Premiere: Julian Zyklus “Waterpiano n.1”

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched this utterly hypnotic video for Julian Zyklus’s “Waterpiano n.1.” Visually it captures the spirit and fluidity of the song with such perfection it’s hard to imagine one existing without the other. Zylkus’s Waterpiano EP is a magical reimagining of orchestral music. The Berlin-based, Italian composer uses an intricate array of delays to mold this timeless piano arrangement into … Continue reading Video Premiere: Julian Zyklus “Waterpiano n.1”

Space Through Reflection: An Interview With Kaleigh Wilder

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. I still don’t remember how I found Kaleigh Wilder’s debut album, Placemaking, last month, but it caught me off guard in the best way. It’s one hell of a record that I’ve been returning to at least once or twice a week since. As soon as I heard it, I wanted … Continue reading Space Through Reflection: An Interview With Kaleigh Wilder

Tiago Sousa “Organic Music Tapes Vol. 1”

On this set of solo piano recordings, Portuguese composer and pianist Tiago Sousa fabricates a delicate, meditative collection from hidden melodies and self-reflective interludes. Organic Music Tapes Vol. 1 is often quiet, but in these hushed passages finds powerful emotions. Sousa’s light touch helps these emotional threads drift toward the surface as asymmetric patterns flicker and emerge from nothingness. Sousa shows his range throughout Organic Music Tapes Vol. … Continue reading Tiago Sousa “Organic Music Tapes Vol. 1”

Okkyung Lee “Na-Reul”

Whenever someone asks me about ‘heavy’ music, Okkyung Lee is one artist I often bring up. Na-Reul, her contribution to Corbett vs. Dempsey’s spectacular Black Cross solo sessions (Joe McPhee’s installment is equally stellar), sits in the dark stillness to harness the bleak energy of the current environment and presses it into a collection of contemplative, and at times manic, sonic expressions. Lee is as good as it … Continue reading Okkyung Lee “Na-Reul”

Track Premieres: Läuten der Seele

On his debut for Hands in the Dark as Läuten der Seele, Christian Schoppik paints surrealistic aural landscapes that disorient as much as they transport listeners. Using German Heimatfilme samples as the basis for a collection of 12 dark and whimsical loop collages, Schoppik uses ageless hues and sonic connections. “Gedanken Der Mückenlarven In Der Regentonne Bei Vollmond” twists acoustic instrumentation around ghostly voices exploring … Continue reading Track Premieres: Läuten der Seele

CC Sorensen “Twin Mirror”

We’re heading for the lilypads. We’re living a futurist frog jazz lifestyle. There’s nothing to be done about it but sway and smile. CC Sorensen is a wizard and on their most fully-realized work yet, Twin Mirror, a sanguine aquatic landscape billows into existence, swathed with the richest of details and imbued with a silken aural luxuriousness that has me floating through the weirdest corridors in … Continue reading CC Sorensen “Twin Mirror”

The Capsule Garden, Vol 1.2: January 21, 2022

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. Before getting into the meat of this week’s installment, a quick mention for this release from the great Lawrence English & Room40 with proceeds going toward relief efforts for those impacted by last week’s volcanic eruption in Tonga (and ensuing tsunami). ‘Oseni contains field recordings from the Pacific Ocean and … Continue reading The Capsule Garden, Vol 1.2: January 21, 2022

Track Premiere: The Vex Collection “Fugue”

Led by New York-based composers Vicente Hansen Atria and Mat Muntz, The Vex Collection uses new and surprising combinations of traditional instruments and original music contraptions (designed by the composers via 3-D-printing technology) to simultaneously create an alternate sonic history and a new impossible future. On “Fugue,” highland bagpipes and Korean taepyeongso (a conical double reed instrument) intertwine with mesmerizing force. Bagpiper Matthew Welch brings … Continue reading Track Premiere: The Vex Collection “Fugue”

Video Premiere: Lexagon “When the Tide is Low”

Lexagon’s Feminine Care was one of my favorites last year and on an album full of them, “When the Tide is Low” is a real standout. Lexagon’s Alexa Burrell creates music and sound that is a conduit for connecting with a deeper spirit while acting as a tool that aids in survival. She explains about this track, “This song is about diaspora and the fragments of self lost across … Continue reading Video Premiere: Lexagon “When the Tide is Low”