The Capsule Garden Vol 1.39: November 18, 2022

It snowed last night. Foxy Digitalis will be off next week. Use code ‘snow’ for 25% off anything at The Jewel Garden through the end of the month.  Patrick Shiroishi Evergreen (Touch) One of the most unstoppable forces in music shows a new side. Evergreen has its roots in Shiroishi’s visits to Evergreen Cemetary in Los Angeles, where many of his family members are buried. Field recordings made on … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.39: November 18, 2022

Yumi Iwaki & Carlos Ferreira “Tenderness”

Using unreleased snippets of each other’s work, the duo of Brazilian experimental artist Carlos Ferreira and Tokyo-based synth composer Yumi Iwaki have collaborated to form an immersive nine-track whole. An exploration of both the abstract and more formed territories of ambient, the introductory “Inside the Rain” sets the scene with super rich stasis sounds swirling over metallic brass and reverberating arpeggiated shudders; pure Deckard / … Continue reading Yumi Iwaki & Carlos Ferreira “Tenderness”

Marisa Anderson “Still, Here”

It’s not so much the stories we tell as it is the meanings they imply and what they say about us. Marisa Anderson has always been a storyteller, but even more, she follows narrative paths with her guitar, uncovering the core ideas they’re built on. Emotive passages become torchbearers for the long nights ahead, following steps in all directions – present, future, past – to … Continue reading Marisa Anderson “Still, Here”

The Capsule Garden Vol 1.38: November 4, 2022

This week began with the news of Norm Chambers’ passing, and I’ve been reeling since. Norm was a titan in every way. His music was unparalleled, only obscured by his gentle kindness and supportive spirit. I said on Twitter, and believe it fully, Norm was the best of us. And his talent was enormous in ways I don’t think many fully grasp. His expansive discography is filled … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.38: November 4, 2022

The Capsule Garden Vol 1.37: October 28, 2022

The Capsule Garden returns this week after a brief hiatus to deal with personal/family issues. I’m consistently overwhelmed by the volume of music that comes across my desk and through my inbox each week. The deluge grows monthly, but I continue to check out as much of it as possible. But I’m one person, so there’s only so much I can listen to. That said, … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.37: October 28, 2022

Konjur Collective “Blood In My Eye (A Soul Insurgent Guide)”

Buy at Soundohm The first thing you notice about Blood In My Eye (A Soul Insurgent Guide) is the drums. They’re loud, angry, free, and funky. They roil and boil, frothing over intensely like a percussive shout laced with bile, spittle, and blood. The man behind the drumkit is Bashi Rose, one-third of the Baltimore-based Konjur Collective. Rounded out by synthesist Show Azar and multi-instrumentalist Jamal Moore, … Continue reading Konjur Collective “Blood In My Eye (A Soul Insurgent Guide)”

The Capsule Garden Vol 1.36: October 14, 2022

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon or subscribe to The Jewel Garden. It’s been quite a week.  Violeta Garcia Fobia (Relative Pitch) Ungodly textures wrap are a suffocating force in the visceral confines of Violeta Garcia’s second solo album, Fobia. Using a wide array of techniques and approaches, the Argentinian cellist scratches out images of sonic mountains before blowing them to … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.36: October 14, 2022

Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal “Snakeskin”

Buy at Boomkat Night glows while the streets vent an ambiance of decay. Concrete is a noose, a conductor of life’s disappearance. The end was written so long ago that, at this point, it feels like adaptation and survival are all that’s left. Snakeskin explores and expands on these buried emotions, casting imaginative, crumbling arrangements into the dead soil where purpose doesn’t grow but hangs … Continue reading Julia Sabra & Fadi Tabbal “Snakeskin”

Sofie Birch & Antonina Nowacka “Langouria”

This is an enchanted dream world. Langouria hovers on the edge of a neon waterfall, looking out over opulent vistas singing lilting melodies in soft clouds. Sofie Birch and Antonina Nowacka are a magical pairing. Birch’s organic, weaving soundscapes are the perfect atmosphere for Nowacka’s otherworldly vocals. This combination of grounded, terrestrial sonority and celestial vocal harmonies is ageless, as though the duo have tapped into a … Continue reading Sofie Birch & Antonina Nowacka “Langouria”

Lawrence English “Approach”

How our memories evolve over time and how perspectives morph as new experiences accumulate can often be so subtle that we don’t even recognize it. Something that now feels utterly formative and foundational may have been mostly forgotten years before until another moment sparks a new pathway back through time. Understanding is often ephemeral, but the desire to look for it and evolve our thinking … Continue reading Lawrence English “Approach”