Foxy Digitalis 2022 Favorites: Michael James Tapscott

When I learned that Michael Tapscott and Isaac Edwards (aka Odawas) had rejoined forces, had a new album coming out (via Bluesanct) as Pacific Walker (now as a trio with Raphi Gottesman), I was thrilled. I loved Odawas (The Blue Depths remains an underappreciated masterpiece in my book) so this is excellent news for me. With that, I wanted to know what Tapscott had been … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis 2022 Favorites: Michael James Tapscott

Inside No. 9, Episode #12 (Part Two): The Best of 2022 (shadows between the light)

Inside No. 9, Episode #12 (Part Two): The Best of 2022 (shadows between the light) And so the year draws to an end, and so does the first year of Inside No. 9. 2022 has been a joy of musical discovery for me. The 12 tracks on here range from drone to pop and improv to noise. It was so tough to single out just … Continue reading Inside No. 9, Episode #12 (Part Two): The Best of 2022 (shadows between the light)

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #35: Carlos Ferreira

I love when I ask an artist to make a mix for the site, and the end result is something that manages to embody the underlying spirit of their own work. Brazilian composer Carlos Ferreira’s discography is vast. His music is pinned to the surface with subtle force while the ends drift skyward like loose threads trying to detach themselves and float away. There’s always … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #35: Carlos Ferreira

The Wonderful Clusters of Atsuko Hatano

In the past year, Atsuko Hatano’s string-based music has become a fixture in my listening habits. Her work ranges from longform, more experimental sonic journeys to the intricate, beguiling worlds of her Cells series. Any time I listen to something she’s created, there is always something new and unique to discover and get lost within. She has her signature style based upon her interest in … Continue reading The Wonderful Clusters of Atsuko Hatano

Eiko Ishibashi “Torn Page”

The opening minute or so of Eiko Ishibashi’s “Torn Page” is a ruse. Granular tones echo through darkened tunnels, a quickened heartbeat expecting the worst. Yet, the worst never comes. Solemn drones breathe into the air, pushing back the darkness as disembodied voices invite the light to return. The seamless transition from one pole to the other is effortless, enchanting. Ishibashi is a master composer, … Continue reading Eiko Ishibashi “Torn Page”

Atsuko Hatano “Cells#5”

Atsuko Hatano’s work has been a regular companion throughout the past year. The Japanese composer and violist Often released as albums of two long pieces that are often exploratory, digging into experimental drones and textures. Hatano continually amazes me with the depth of her work and the clarity of her expression. On Cells#5, though, she levels up. Her most accomplished and most impactful work to date, … Continue reading Atsuko Hatano “Cells#5”