The Capsule Garden Vol 1.40: December 2, 2022

It’s the first Friday of the month, so that means it is BC day, of course. Last one of the year. Last one forever? Who knows. But I’ve got a new Charlatan album out called Earth Games, and it’s a course alteration for the project. It’s a record I’m incredibly proud of, and a little terrified of having it out in the world since it feels … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.40: December 2, 2022

Track Premiere: Luster “Crépuscule”

I’m always here for a good supergroup and, at least for me, that’s exactly what Luster is. This Belgian sextet features Annelies Monseré, Jelle Vanlerberghe (of Joe Speedboat), Lobke D’Hespeel (Mote), Elisabeth Cornille (Funeral Folk, etc), Yumi Verplancke (John Merrick Band), and Julie Lafontaine (Retired. Made a comeback) and across eight songs, they are suspended in time.  Using guitar, bass, and drums in conjunction with … Continue reading Track Premiere: Luster “Crépuscule”

soccer Committee “Tell From the Grass”

On her first soccer Committee album in 15 years, Mariska Baars’ work continues to take the barest moments and offer them as sonic sacraments to hold gently before they fade away. Over eight songs in under 15 minutes, Baars’ music flits in the air and soothes like a cool breeze. Tell From the Grass is gone before its full impact is felt, a ghost whisper that haunts … Continue reading soccer Committee “Tell From the Grass”

Roxane Métayer “Éclipse des Ocelles”

There’s a moment around the midpoint of “Mille pics,” the opener on Éclipse des Ocelles, where Métayer plays a languid, vulnerable passage on her violin, accented by birdsong and woodpecker thrumming, that transports you deep into the forest, all alone and unencumbered. Throughout Éclipse des Ocelles, a serene sense of isolation takes root and blooms through bells, wind instruments, field recordings, and, especially, violin. This … Continue reading Roxane Métayer “Éclipse des Ocelles”

The Repository #3: soccer Committee

An interview with Mariska Baars – an artist I’ve been thinking about recently – from late 2007. There are countless artists and bands that I’ve lost touch with over the years. Whether life simply got in the way or because they moved on to different interests. It’s simply the nature of things. Mariska Baars aka soccer Committee is one of those artists, but she’s been fresh on my mind … Continue reading The Repository #3: soccer Committee