Zoh Amba featuring William Parker and Francisco Mela “O Life, O Light Vol. 1”

Zoh Amba has a knack for taking a memorable melody and scorching it before breaking it into granular bits. Joined by two luminaries in William Parker and Francisco Mela, O Life, O Light Vol. 1 sings in the crisp midnight air, sent out like lost prayers searching for a slab of concrete to sculpt into a cathedral.  From the word go, Amba’s trio starts ripping through the … Continue reading Zoh Amba featuring William Parker and Francisco Mela “O Life, O Light Vol. 1”

Nailah Hunter “Forest Dwelling”

Lost in the night sky is a lone, illuminated pathway marked by fading stars and gentle reminders. There is the place where we are at and the place we want to be. Connected through dimensions and millennia, soporific waves can become a guide, pulling us from one to the other. Nailah Hunter’s universe in “Forest Dwelling” is the destination built from longing to leave the … Continue reading Nailah Hunter “Forest Dwelling”

Reynols “Tolin Asumer”

For nearly 30 years, Argentinian chaos legends Reynols have been charting a singular, tumultuous path of free form expression. Their first proper US release in nearly two decades, Tolin Asumer has the quartet in peak form. This music is never static and always searching. Venerable frontman Miguel Tomasin is, as ever, the beacon leading these jangled, jumbled sonic exorcisms through psych-infused catacombs. Tolin Asumer manages to thread the needle … Continue reading Reynols “Tolin Asumer”

Patricia Wolf “See-Through”

Patricia Wolf’s debut, I’ll Look For You in Others, was a heavy meditation on the all-encompassing, evolving nature of grief, but See-Through, her second album, exists in the fields beyond. There are still hints of that contemplative spirit here, but it’s buoyed by playfulness and mystery. Wolf’s pristine sound design sings as ever on these 12 pieces, but they’re interconnected by a string of lucid exploration and … Continue reading Patricia Wolf “See-Through”

Rosa Beach Mason & Sean Conrad “Wake”

Across eight translucent vistas, Rosa Beach Mason and Sean Conrad commune with ephemeral environments, translating lost lands into meditative expanses. Wake carries a gentleness through its intentional acoustics and ethereal voices, but this music carries significant weight. Mason and Conrad aren’t simply levitating through the aural flow, they’re constructing new mystic waves. Mason’s wordless vocals are the illuminated guideposts throughout Wake; a point of elegiac connection in an … Continue reading Rosa Beach Mason & Sean Conrad “Wake”

Ayal Senior “Az Yashir”

Ayal Senior has been a Foxy Digitalis favorite for a long, long time. I still remember Bryon Hayes introducing me to his work back in 2006 or 2007 and I’ve tried to keep an ear to the ground for anything Ayal’s had cooking since. After countless releases in that time, though, Az Yashir stands out. This collection of guitar-focused exploits is dusty and familiar even when it … Continue reading Ayal Senior “Az Yashir”

Joanna Mattrey “Dirge”

There’s a passage in “Tryst,” the opening piece on Dirge, where Joanna Mattrey breaks free of a hypnotic loop by stretching her Stroh violin’s notes into the night sky. Drifting lazily, holding the grit of the strings in awe, looping aimlessly in the air like a samara seed caught in a wind guest, Mattrey eventually comes back to Earth. “Tryst,” as memorable and satisfying as it is, … Continue reading Joanna Mattrey “Dirge”

–___–__ “The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid”

CD edition available from Mondoj While I continue dreaming of a new more eaze solo album, I’m thankful she keeps releasing these stunning collaborations. —__–___ finds her joining forces with the inimitable Seth Graham and their debut, The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid, is a lush landscape littered with hope, heartbreak, and the emotional detritus we hang onto while being crushed under the weight of simply surviving in … Continue reading –___–__ “The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid”

claire rousay “Live”

There are moments where the shortest distance between two points isn’t so much a straight line as it is a deep breath. Gaze long enough into the distance and all the imperfections in the distance will blur into an opulent, fleeting view of the future. claire rousay continues her vertical trajectory and showing another side of her ever-growing repertoire. With longtime friends Mari Maurice and … Continue reading claire rousay “Live”

Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Bird Meets Wire”

I am constantly bowled over by the depth and breadth of Susan Alcorn’s work. Working with cellist Leila Bordreuil and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock on Bird Meets Wire, interesting and exciting new avenues are unlocked and explored. The trio’s music is, at times, discordant like a shock to the system. These often revelatory tonal combinations grow into distinct worlds where anything seems possible, yet everything is slightly … Continue reading Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Ingrid Laubrock “Bird Meets Wire”