Video Premiere: Biliana Voutchkova + Tomeka Reid “Bricolage III”

For those who have missed it, Biliana Voutchkova’s series of duo releases on Relative Pitch this year have all been eye-opening and worth investigating. The latest, with Tomeka Reid, though, ups the ante. Voutchkova’s approach to the violin is equal parts ecstatic and visceral. On Bricolage III, moments of surprising, elastic beauty intersect with inquisitive sonic threads stretched until they’re about to break. Joined by the … Continue reading Video Premiere: Biliana Voutchkova + Tomeka Reid “Bricolage III”

The Capsule Garden Vol 1.36: October 14, 2022

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon or subscribe to The Jewel Garden. It’s been quite a week.  Violeta Garcia Fobia (Relative Pitch) Ungodly textures wrap are a suffocating force in the visceral confines of Violeta Garcia’s second solo album, Fobia. Using a wide array of techniques and approaches, the Argentinian cellist scratches out images of sonic mountains before blowing them to … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.36: October 14, 2022

Forbes Graham “Another Day, Another Vector”

This is the one. Joined by Cecilia Lopez on synthesizers and Brandon Lopez on double bass, Forbes Graham scrawls out the last vestiges of a lost civilization. Tiny soundscapes are like bursts of light stretched out through time and space, searching for a physical plane to glom onto. Graham always makes music with a tactile edge, but when joined by both Lopezes, it becomes more … Continue reading Forbes Graham “Another Day, Another Vector”

The Labor of Practice With Masayo Koketsu

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. Until Relative Pitch released Masayo Koketsu’s enthralling FUKIYA earlier this year, I was unfamiliar with the saxophonist’s work. FUKIYA was revelatory, though. In the single 46-minute improvised piece, Koketsu runs through a gamut of techniques and ideas, all infused with a free, inquisitive spirit that reflects her general approach to music. Soft sonic palettes … Continue reading The Labor of Practice With Masayo Koketsu

gabby fluke-mogul “LOVE SONGS”

Love is harsh. Visceral. A cocoon and a screaming stitch. gabby fluke-mogul’s follow-up to last year’s threshold (one of my favorite albums of 2021) is invigorating in a different way, but just as impactful. Their music has always been saturated with vulnerability and openness, but on LOVE SONGS that spirit is held closer. fluke-mogul puts so much raw emotion into their playing that it becomes infectious. They are a … Continue reading gabby fluke-mogul “LOVE SONGS”

The Capsule Garden Vol 1.18: May 13, 2022

If anyone thought I was kidding about starting a Rancid podcast, I certainly wasn’t. It’s been way too much fun to record and I hope people give it a listen. Meanwhile, quite a slate of killer tunes this week. Astrid Sonne “How Far” (SA Recordings) “How Far” is the newest offering from The Hearing Experience and Astrid Sonne’s stunning vocal arrangements are pure, blissful magic. Sonne always … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.18: May 13, 2022

The Capsule Garden Vol 1.12: April 1, 2022

Been in solo dad mode for a chunk of this week as Eden is at a conference in Chicago (let me mention how jealous I am since Chicago is arguably my favorite city in the US and it has been way too long since I’ve been there). Add in some other unexpected, self-inflicted clusterfucks and I wasn’t sure this edition of The Capsule Garden would … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.12: April 1, 2022

Jessica Pavone “When No One Around You is There but Nowhere to be Found”

Jessica Pavone’s ensemble works have been listening staples in the past few years, but her solo viola recordings have a visceral edge that’s saturated with an ebullient joy. Her work is always engaging in the way she charts tonal passages and plays with tempo, yet when it’s just her and the viola, the gravity is different. Whether she’s practicing extended drone techniques or spirited, bouncy … Continue reading Jessica Pavone “When No One Around You is There but Nowhere to be Found”

Space Through Reflection: An Interview With Kaleigh Wilder

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. I still don’t remember how I found Kaleigh Wilder’s debut album, Placemaking, last month, but it caught me off guard in the best way. It’s one hell of a record that I’ve been returning to at least once or twice a week since. As soon as I heard it, I wanted … Continue reading Space Through Reflection: An Interview With Kaleigh Wilder

The Capsule Garden, Vol 1.2: January 21, 2022

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon. Before getting into the meat of this week’s installment, a quick mention for this release from the great Lawrence English & Room40 with proceeds going toward relief efforts for those impacted by last week’s volcanic eruption in Tonga (and ensuing tsunami). ‘Oseni contains field recordings from the Pacific Ocean and … Continue reading The Capsule Garden, Vol 1.2: January 21, 2022