Premiere: Kalia Vandever “Temper the Wound”

When my friend Allison turned 21, we stayed up all night. We hit a couple bars while it was still dark out, but by 1:00 AM, we were bored. Waiting for drinks and deciding which of the three other bars downtown Durham, North Carolina offered at the time wasn’t the exciting coming-of-age tale it was meant to be. Allison wanted adventure and had never pulled … Continue reading Premiere: Kalia Vandever “Temper the Wound”

Video Premiere: Space Between Clouds “Sun Tea in G major”

Space Between Clouds’ self-titled debut earlier in the year was a spiraling showcase of quiet sonic connections built with emotional depth and unique arrangements. David Ralicke described the foundations of that album as a series of drones “designed ​​to sneak by consciousness and lay down in the shadows behind thoughts.” This brings us to Spiral, which presents the original drones in two lengths for each: 20 minutes and … Continue reading Video Premiere: Space Between Clouds “Sun Tea in G major”

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #49: Brown Calvin

I have used a lot of superlatives when talking about Brown Calvin and his incredible d i m e n s i o n // p e r s p e c t i v e album (and I could probably use more – it’s just that good), but I need to turn my attention to this peach of a mix. That same searching, cathartic spirit threaded throughout his … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #49: Brown Calvin

Video Premiere: Arthur King “Caminando”

On Arthur King’s forthcoming album, Changing Landscapes (Mina Las Pintadas), going into the depths of the earth becomes a potent cosmic trip. The project is borne from Peter Walker’s AK Studios, and for Changing Landscapes, he and his collaborators set up at a Chilean mine. Exploring the landscape and observing the space ultimately led to a performance deep within. From all those experiences, a new sonic world was … Continue reading Video Premiere: Arthur King “Caminando”

Track Premiere: Brown Calvin “Perspective 44”

Kissed by the morning sun, Brown Calvin’s (aka Portland-based producer and composer Andre Burgos) “Perspective 44” beams in from distant space. Sinuous synth leads zigzag around hazy beats to find fresh spectral zones to inhabit. This is music soaked in an air of free spirits and languid natural forms trying to find a place where cosmic waves intersect with the terrestrial plane. Burgos infuses mellow … Continue reading Track Premiere: Brown Calvin “Perspective 44”

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #31: East Portal

East Portal’s debut album keeps finding its way into the back of my mind. John Atkinson and Patrick Taylor continually make surprising, unexpected choices as the record veers between discordant ledges and drifting valleys, combining the two disparate threads with elegance. Electronic silhouettes morph into the shadows of spiraling acoustic arrangements; pensive dreams become stagnant realities. It’s a beautiful record that continues to reveal itself through deeper … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #31: East Portal

Video Premiere: Space Between Clouds

The quiet shifts and momentary alterations on the title track from David Ralicke’s Space Between Clouds project have a staying power. Thoughtful transitions spark feelings of calmness and reciprocity, imbuing warmth into lilting arrangements and lyrical aural phrases. Woven between ethereal melodies is a spirit of impermanence and transformation. “The original desire for this recording came from a series of drones that I made whose … Continue reading Video Premiere: Space Between Clouds