The Capsule Garden Vol 2.1: January 19, 2023

January is 2/3 finished, and I still feel like my brain is only half-functioning. I don’t know why the end-of-year break zonked me out so much, but getting back into the site’s rhythm has been a struggle. But I’m working on it! With that, The Capsule Garden is moving to Thursdays! I did 41 of these columns last year, and I aim to do at … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 2.1: January 19, 2023

Michael Red “Gateways”

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the quality and depth of Michael Red’s work. His discography runs all the way to the Earth’s core, but Gateways is a memorable new entry. Using a restricted palette of only field recordings, chimes, and synth tones, Red has created an opulent, living world of resonant beauty and liminal soundscapes. Aptly titled, Gateways offers passage to new dimensions, simultaneously … Continue reading Michael Red “Gateways”

The Capsule Garden Vol 1.15: April 22, 2022

It’s been a wild week over here at FDHQ, but some surprise bits of good news have trickled through so I’m heading into the weekend feeling more positive than usual. With that, I made everything at The Jewel Garden pay-what-you-want so if you’ve been wanting to catch up, dig in, or fill gaps, this would be a great weekend to do that (everything goes back … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.15: April 22, 2022

Norm Chambers Does Not Play Guitar Solos

Something about the music Norm Chambers composes connects directly to my occipital lobe. I’ve been listening to his work for over ten years now and few artists’ work connects with me on as many levels. Chambers finds soft edges for angular music, using an array of machines to create lush soundworlds that are simultaneously futuristic and timeless. As he’s shifted away from the pop-laced zones … Continue reading Norm Chambers Does Not Play Guitar Solos

Corben “Whose Echoes Live In Memory”

In the opening moments of Whose Echoes Live In Memory, swirling drones emerge from a blanket of fog as the dawn breaks on “Shadows Wake.” Corben’s music is slow and considered, never changing directions on a whim or venturing too far from the morning light. Intricate washes breathe in the cool air on “Isolation Kites,” sanguine tones swimming under a blanket of delicate hiss inviting … Continue reading Corben “Whose Echoes Live In Memory”