Foxy Digitalis 2022 Favorites: Lawrence English

What more can I say about Lawrence English? He is one of the finest people working in contemporary and experimental music, whose artistry is only outweighed by his generous spirit. In a year where he released one of the finest slabs of conceptual drone and his label, Room 40 (full disclosure, one of those releases was my own), continued to be a beacon for the margins, English shows no signs … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis 2022 Favorites: Lawrence English

Video Premiere: loscil // Lawrence English “Violet”

Pulling the curtain back on this fantastic new collaboration from two all-timers reveals a methodic approach to creating restrained grandeur. Using a collection of recordings from a century-old pipe organ in Brisbane, Australia, Scott Morgan (aka loscil) and Lawrence English embark headfirst on a trip of emotive electronic pathways. Geometric patterns in the video move with a calm purpose, drawing shapes around the melancholic swells … Continue reading Video Premiere: loscil // Lawrence English “Violet”

Track-by-Track: Aviva Endean’s “Moths & Stars”

The world that unfolds on Aviva Endean’s tremendous Moths & Stars feels expansive and deeply rooted within a vulnerable space. Visceral stretches permeate every layer of the album while its breadth grows with each track’s forward progression. Electronics spin pensive drones into aural memories spreading through our inner thoughts, encased in the glow of vibrating strings and roaming voice shadows. Endean’s clarinet passages are the high point … Continue reading Track-by-Track: Aviva Endean’s “Moths & Stars”

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”

Video Premiere: Senyawa + Lawrence English/Aviva Endean/Peter Knight/Helen Svoboda/Joe Talia “Mangsa dan Penguasa”

This is an absolute dream team. During the height of lockdown in 2021, separated by seas and universes, “Mangsa dan Penguasa” is a wonder of sonic expression and timeless ritual. Sacred sounds from another dimension collide with airs of familiarity to create something new that swims in a sea of mystics. A matrix of ethereal voices smooths the harsh edges, piercing through the veil like … Continue reading Video Premiere: Senyawa + Lawrence English/Aviva Endean/Peter Knight/Helen Svoboda/Joe Talia “Mangsa dan Penguasa”

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #44: Alberto Boccardi

The same restraint and precision running beneath Alberto Boccardi’s most recent album, Petra, sneaks into the architecture of this mix. While these pieces’ rich and evolving textures are front and center, this music covers a wide emotional swath. Boccardi keeps his finger on the pulse, though, guiding listeners through each pace with an unwavering focus. It turns the hour of this mix into a lasting, memorable … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #44: Alberto Boccardi

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #38: Steve Fors

On his forthcoming album, it’s nothing, but still, Zurich-based Steve Fors weaves every ounce of himself into six emotive, visceral songs. It’s a deceptive album that uses a palette I’ve heard many times before, but a new approach emerges in the emotional propulsion and pristine sonic palette. With a backdrop of the last few years still raw, Fors creates his own magic. The album looks inward … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #38: Steve Fors

Track Premiere: Lawrence English “Approach V: First Encounter”

Shadows from our youth have a way of following us even if we don’t realize it and grow into a towering reminder when we least expect it. Lawrence English’s new album, Approach, is a sculpture developed from forgotten memories and emotional forebearers that left a lasting mark. Massive drones rise like leviathans from churning waters, sunk and buried eons ago, but still living, breathing organisms shaping … Continue reading Track Premiere: Lawrence English “Approach V: First Encounter”

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