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”

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

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”

Premiere: Laura Cocks “Oxygen and Reality”

I am always so taken with the ferocity and agility with which Laura Cocks plays the flute. Their new album, field anatomies, explores the degree to which a body can be pushed and what exists in the space beyond our limitations. Cocks’ music exists in simultaneous spheres of deep, investigative realities and an effervescent glow of pure, joyous expression. It is work that is heady, but … Continue reading Premiere: Laura Cocks “Oxygen and Reality”

Track Premiere: Tyler Mitchell featuring Marshall Allen “Dancing Shadows

Tyler Mitchell rejoining forces with Arkestra stalwart Marshall Allen for a set of succinct rippers is exactly what the world needs in 2022. Mitchell and Allen go back decades and, after some years stomping down their own paths and exploring different vistas, when Mitchell came back in the Arkestra in the early ‘10s, the cosmic magic reignited. Now, years later they come together in this … Continue reading Track Premiere: Tyler Mitchell featuring Marshall Allen “Dancing Shadows

Track Premiere: Armbruster “In the First Leaves”

Troy, New York’s Armbruster creates a warm sonic sanctuary with his new album, Masses. Using acoustic and electric violins, Armbruster communes with the open spaces of an old church where Masses was recorded. On this first single, “In the First Leaves,” lilting repetitions meditate on the gravity of weightless emotions left to percolate through generations unchecked. Each note is a soft dagger falling to the ground; a stake … Continue reading Track Premiere: Armbruster “In the First Leaves”

Track Premiere: Ilhan Ersahin, Dave Harrington, & Kenny Wollesen “And It Happens Every Day”

Unexpected relief floods through the generous spaces of “And It Happens Every Day,” the first single from saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin, guitarist Dave Harrington (who blew my mind with this reimagining), and drummer Kenny Wollesen’s new album, Invite Your Eye. Harrington’s quiet, inquisitive guitar progressions pull back the curtain on a world finding bright spots of color on an otherwise grayscale palette. Ersahin is at his contemplative best, choreographing … Continue reading Track Premiere: Ilhan Ersahin, Dave Harrington, & Kenny Wollesen “And It Happens Every Day”

Premiere: Steve Roden Room40 Reissues

I am always surprised by the deeply affecting nature of Steve Roden’s work. There’s a depth of clarity in his creations that always sneak up on me, like uncorking a suppressed memory or hidden trauma. Part of that comes in the minute details that give such life to his work; it’s never music to fade into the background, but in its stillness and quietude a … Continue reading Premiere: Steve Roden Room40 Reissues

Track Premiere: Joy Guidry “Inner Child”

Joy Guidry’s work has a cathartic power to it that condenses into heavy, affecting passages that spill into the air from every direction. Guidry’s forthcoming album, Radical Acceptance, is a journey and on the first single, “Inner Child,” the past still hurts, but it doesn’t define the next steps forward. In describing their practice of radical acceptance, Guidry says, “The most important thing I’ve had to … Continue reading Track Premiere: Joy Guidry “Inner Child”

Premiere: Saint Abdullah “Inshallahlaland”

Saint Abdullah’s track record is impeccable. Every release is memorable in its own way, combining disparate sounds and ideas into new forms of expression, sweeping listeners off course like it’s nothing. Last year’s In God’s Image remains a touchstone, an epic achievement of caustic, contemplative rage. Following up the recent To Live A La West double dose on Important and Cassauna, the duo offer new … Continue reading Premiere: Saint Abdullah “Inshallahlaland”