Track Premieres: Lunar Corp “Poetic Complications” + “Fear of a Dying Planet”

Floating somewhere in the ephemeral drifts in between worlds, Lunar Corp’s forthcoming album, Tourism, is a guided journey through sonic worlds. Opener “Poetic Complications” combines organic undercurrents with soaring synth melodies. Birdsong and square waves hold candles against the fading light to bring these emotive chord progressions back into their warm cocoon.  Lunar Corp’s Dandyano Zentveld plays with quiet dichotomies throughout Tourism, notably on the stunning “Fear … Continue reading Track Premieres: Lunar Corp “Poetic Complications” + “Fear of a Dying Planet”

Track Premiere: Bill Seaman and Stephen Vitiello “The Fog Moved Across”

A fragile sense of wonder sits at the quiet core of Bill Seaman and Stephen Vitiello’s “The Fog Moved Across.” Piano and guitar arrangements search through scattered remnants of lost memories, moving together with elegiac whispers. Wistful banjo plucks emerge from beneath the veil in certain moments, a distant beacon pulling us through the shrouded landscape. Seaman and Vitiello create engaging, delicate worlds where each … Continue reading Track Premiere: Bill Seaman and Stephen Vitiello “The Fog Moved Across”

Track Premiere: Francesco Fabris & Ben Frost “Vakning”

The earth is a powerful, dynamic force on this new work from Francesco Fabris and Ben Frost. Close-range recordings of the Fagradalsfjall in Iceland crack open with a relentless sonic furor. Fabris and Frost take shards of flickering debris to pierce through a static spectrum, eviscerating any spirit of stability or calm. There’s an almost apocalyptic feeling in the clattering churn, the sound of a … Continue reading Track Premiere: Francesco Fabris & Ben Frost “Vakning”

Track Premiere: Chasms “Ache”

Pensive rhythms unlock the airy spaces surrounding Chasms’ (aka Jess Labrador) latest single, “Ache.” Amorphous synth textures shift through the ether to buoy Labrador’s otherworldly vocal melodies. Dreams crystallize into sharp leads that lay the red carpet for each chorus. When Labrador sings lyrics like “I ache to be promised” and “I ache to be savored” in a heavenly whisper, the words carry a cosmic … Continue reading Track Premiere: Chasms “Ache”

Track Premiere: Lea Bertucci & Ben Vida “Tulsa”

Lea Bertucci is always pursuing interesting, inventive projects, and her latest, Xtended Vox, continues that course. This compilation of experimental voice-based works features Cansu Tanrikulu, a three-part piece by Audrey Chen and Phil Minton, and the latest from Bertucci’s ongoing collaboration with Ben Vida called “Tulsa.” Murmurs and whispers flicker in pointillist patterns before being swept up in a wash of tape manipulation and saxophone traces. … Continue reading Track Premiere: Lea Bertucci & Ben Vida “Tulsa”

Track Premiere: Black Ox Orkestar “Viderkol (Echo)”

Just because a world is haunted doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful and inviting. The legendary Black Ox Orkestar’s return in 2022 is an unexpected gift. Few groups can hold so many disparate feelings and ideas together in the same breath, but the stunning “Viderkol (Echo)” occupies this impossible space. Black Ox Orkestar’s boundary-pushing exploration of Jewish folk music sounds forward-thinking while simultaneously simmering inside a … Continue reading Track Premiere: Black Ox Orkestar “Viderkol (Echo)”

Track Premiere: Sinemis “Dua”

Circassian-Turkish producer Sine Buyuka returns with a new project, Sinemis, and through a mesmerizing, sophisticated combination of Sufi music and ambient electronics, creates an inviting sonic landscape. Expressive, meditative tones evaporate through beautifully designed synthscapes and fractured percussive explorations. Burgeoning tension falls between the scattered rhythmic cracks, expanding outward to bring the internal struggle to the surface. As the opening track, it evolves into a … Continue reading Track Premiere: Sinemis “Dua”

Track Premiere: Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble “Lorraine’s” (feat. Kyle Field)

Shades of sonic waves flicker into view during the opening moments of Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble’s new album, Recall the Dream Breath. Sam Wenc pulls back the curtain here, stripping down his sound to let the sun shine directly on his music’s core. Pedal steel hymnals are the guiding light throughout “Lorraine’s,” imbuing the liminal textures with a resonant warmth. Each emotive passage … Continue reading Track Premiere: Post Moves & the Sound Memory Ensemble “Lorraine’s” (feat. Kyle Field)

Album Premiere: Bedroom Witch “A Place of Hurt”

The Bedroom Witch (aka Los Angeles-based performance artist Sepehr Mashiahof) digs well beyond the city’s glossy sheen on her latest, A Place of Hurt. Emotive synth arrangements melt into the shifting rhythms, sparking new understandings of transformation and connection.  So many aspects of A Place of Hurt stand out and leave a mark. Mashiahof’s songwriting craft is a well-honed diamond. She uses inventive structures and liminal melodies to … Continue reading Album Premiere: Bedroom Witch “A Place of Hurt”

Track Premiere: Pedro Vian & Mana “Cascades IV”

Repetition is a beautiful, hypnotic weapon on the first single from Pedro Vian and Mana’s upcoming album, Cascades. Urgency and whimsy become colliding forces on “Cascades IV” as varying synth passages intersect and veer off in opposite directions. Resonant loops bloom in the minor undercurrents, sifting stray waves into tape-saturated sonic peaks. The lead flute-like melody commands our focus, though. Lilting, enchanting tones blur the spaces … Continue reading Track Premiere: Pedro Vian & Mana “Cascades IV”