Track Premiere: France Jobin “A Ritual / For a Daydream”

The opening track on Robert Takahashi Crouch’s last album, Jubilee, is the 19-minute “A Ritual,” culled from a longer, two-hour improvisational piece. For Ritual Variations, out on May 6 via Room40, he commissioned seven friends and artists to use the original two-hour recording as source material for further investigations and contemplations on the intimate nature of the music. The entire release is fantastic, but France Jobin’s stunning 37-minute “A … Continue reading Track Premiere: France Jobin “A Ritual / For a Daydream”

Track Premiere: April Clocks “The Gentle/I’d Rather Be Dreaming”

Danilo Betti gets into a lot of different zones on April Clocks’ newest, It Takes Time. From proto-electro bangers and expansive, lilting ambiance to the drifting, minimal soundscapes on “The Gentle/I’d Rather Be Dreaming.” Quiet pulses push the swirling electronics into a free-flowing river that can’t let up the momentum even if it tried. Betti layers multiple melodies in a dense haze, the crackling rhythm methodic … Continue reading Track Premiere: April Clocks “The Gentle/I’d Rather Be Dreaming”

Track Premiere: Ben Vida + Lea Bertucci “Gasps and Spasms”

The disorienting intensity popping across the spatial plane on Ben Vida and Lea Bertucci’s “Gasps and Spasms,” the opening track from their forthcoming collaborative debut, Murmurations, is all-encompassing. Sputtering woodwinds crackle to life, growling beneath a wall of electronic debris. Tape detritus fizzles in the open spaces, opening cracks for Bertucci’s voice to twist itself into shapes trapped within an ethereal cloud. The darkness is resolute; … Continue reading Track Premiere: Ben Vida + Lea Bertucci “Gasps and Spasms”

Track Premiere: Eucalyptus “Dust in the Wind”

Time stands still on the utterly beguiling first missive from Eucalyptus’s forthcoming album, Moves. Led by saxophonist and composer Brodie West, the Toronto octet sends out a personal and introspective rumination on “Dust in the Wind.” Joined by a host of stellar musicians including trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud, bassist Michael Smith, and newly-joined guitarist Kurt Newman, Eucalyptus brings a soft touch to the piece that was composed … Continue reading Track Premiere: Eucalyptus “Dust in the Wind”

Track Premiere: E.J. Strickland “Language of the Unheard”

The forthcoming Black Lives: From Generation to Generation double LP/CD compilation is full of eye-opening gems. Featuring the likes of Cheick Tidiane Seck, Oliver Lake, Alicia Hall Moran, Stephanie McKay, Marvin Sewell, and so many more (including a Malian choir composed of girls 7 to 13 years of age!), the range and depth of music is inspiring. Black Lives: From Generation to Generation features a collective of artists … Continue reading Track Premiere: E.J. Strickland “Language of the Unheard”

Track Premiere: Robert Nance “Sech Kleine Klavierstücke – vi. Sehr langsam”

American guitarist and composer, as well as Mobius Trio founding member, Robert Nance makes a heavy impact in a shade under 90 seconds with an interpretation of Schoenberg’s “Sech Kleine Klavierstücke – vi. Sehr langsam.” This is music with a view. Nance balances intimate, engaging guitar passages with the allure of empty space to create a series of emotive sonic gestures flowing like a memorable … Continue reading Track Premiere: Robert Nance “Sech Kleine Klavierstücke – vi. Sehr langsam”

Track Premiere: Marcel Sletten “Sassafras”

The forest is aglow with bountiful arpeggios on the second single from Marcel Sletten’s forthcoming double album, Irish Words and a Bottle of Myrrh. “Sassafras” rises in pointed succession, the sun’s neon arc following a preplanned succession of aerial points. Warm synth pads move with purpose even with a softness around the edges. Plans always go awry, though, and the beauty of the moment becomes more … Continue reading Track Premiere: Marcel Sletten “Sassafras”

Track Premiere: Penelope Trappes Meets “Silent Rumble” (Malcom Pardon)

Malcolm Pardon’s 2021 debut, Hello Death, was a memorable eulogy for past lives and forgotten dreams. His compositions held their power in the pensive arrangements built from quiet, considered sequences. As he readies Death Revisited, a collection of remixes from his Roll the Dice comrade, Peder Mannerfelt, plus Regis, Klara Lewis, and here, Penelope Trappes, the world gets turned upside down and inside out all over again. … Continue reading Track Premiere: Penelope Trappes Meets “Silent Rumble” (Malcom Pardon)

Track Premiere: Ensemble Dal Niente “We Don’t Eat Dead Things”

Inside a jet black room, sharp tendrils of light seep in on “We Don’t Eat Dead Things,” the first single from Ensemble Dal Niente’s stunning object/animal. Composed by LJ White, the piece is equal parts whimsical and wild. Sopranos Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Carrie Henneman Shaw weave their voices into enchanting sunset hues, cascading across the growing dissonance like rainbows spread across growling storm clouds. Strings … Continue reading Track Premiere: Ensemble Dal Niente “We Don’t Eat Dead Things”

Track Premiere: Post Moves “Always For Pleasure”

Sam Wenc’s new album as Post Moves, Heart Music, rides in a space that finds long-forgotten aquifers in parched, abandoned expanses. The first single, “Always For Pleasure,” utilizes his focused approach on pedal steel, but builds outward with a diverse palette and keen ear for sonic details. Empty spaces become lush aural environments as he colors in the crevices with quizzical guitar leads, free-flowing percussion, and … Continue reading Track Premiere: Post Moves “Always For Pleasure”