The Capsule Garden Vol 1.3: January 28, 2022

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. I may have gone a little overboard with this week’s installment, but it was the first ‘normal-ish’ (and I mean, pandemic-normal so still totally fucked up) week we’ve had since the start of the year and I listened to a ton of new music. No apologies, though, because this is … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.3: January 28, 2022

Necking “Final Embers of Sunlight”

I used to have a semi-regular dream where I’d have an insatiable itch and eventually I’d scratch it so much, the skin would break and millions of tiny spiders would pour out. It fucked me up every time. I haven’t had it in ages, thankfully, but there’s a visceral quality to Necking’s horrorshow, Final Embers of Sunlight, that oddly takes me back to those first, sweat-soaked … Continue reading Necking “Final Embers of Sunlight”

Bliss Fields “Slowly, Forever”

With the regular shoegaze revival cycle now firmly a part of the mainstream music’s calendar, the genre’s hallmarks are about as well known as any of rock’s subcultures. This debut LP by young Toronto act Bliss Fields, Slowly, Forever, sees the band working with a palette of the archetypical 90s shoegaze forms and creating a snapshot of the sound at its most vivid. Sounding like … Continue reading Bliss Fields “Slowly, Forever”

Maria Moles “For Leolanda”

Melbourne percussionist Maria Moles treads lightly on her new album for Room4, For Leolanda, but that doesn’t mean this music drifts off without leaving an impression. Varied sonic patterns flow in and out of For Leolanda, but there is always a rhythmic connection to these pieces. Principally inspired by Kulintang music of the Philippines, Moles creates her own connotative expressions in the different emotive shapes this music … Continue reading Maria Moles “For Leolanda”

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”

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

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”