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”

Field Patterns “Heavy Palms”

A glistening, effervescent spring greets listeners in the opening minutes of Field Patterns’ Heavy Palms. Synthesizers sparkle into life creating sonic reflections as blinding sunlight bounces off watery surfaces to create a bright yellow glow. This is music for a new dawn, imbued with all the hope and wonder of the infinite possibilities beyond our doorstep. Heavy Palms opens in this space, but the truth of limitations lurks … Continue reading Field Patterns “Heavy Palms”

Alex Smalley Translates Experience into Expression

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. Alex Smalley has made a lot of music over the years, though rarely under his own name. He’s perhaps best known for the work he’s done under the moniker Olan Mill, but his collaborative project Pausal has always hit my sweet spot. Towards the end of 2021, Smalley released Vanaprastha (The … Continue reading Alex Smalley Translates Experience into Expression

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #3: Armbruster

As Armbruster readies his fantastic new album, Masses, on Dear Life Records, he brings the same warm spirit to this fantastic Foxy Digitalis mix. Titled “You Walked In On The Ritual,” Armbruster takes an eclectic offering of songs and personal recordings and sculpts them into an engaging exploration. In his own words, “The mix makes some mighty genre leaps, but it’s brought together by a … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #3: Armbruster

Catherine Sikora “corners”

There are so many aspects of corners that make it a singular, special entry in Catherine Sikora’s stellar discography. I talked to Sikora about the concept and experience of creating these pieces in this interview, but to quote from the release notes: corners was recorded in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on a beautiful Sunday in May 2021, as part of BAM Presents 1:1 Concerts© at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, … Continue reading Catherine Sikora “corners”

Chie Otomi “Touch Again”

Imagine a crystal sphere cracking apart, not with hard sharp edges, but with soft lines that are cool to the touch. Chie Otomi’s work is alive in the details, but whenever we pull back and take in albums like Touch Again as a whole, the real magic begins to sing. Otomi has become one of my favorite artists in recent years specifically because she brings such creative … Continue reading Chie Otomi “Touch Again”