The Indelible Attraction of Chris Abrahams’ Sound Worlds

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon or subscribe to The Jewel Garden. I spent some time over the holidays and into the early part of 2023 going back through Chris Abrahams’s discography, relistening to favorites, and further exploring albums I needed to become more familiar with. Beyond his distinct compositional style and unique palette, Abrahams’s commitment to sonic … Continue reading The Indelible Attraction of Chris Abrahams’ Sound Worlds

Video Premiere: Primitive Motion “Portrait IV”

For their newest release, Portrait of an Atmosphere, the duo of Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig use spacious, shifting sonic vignettes to create an ephemeral narrative spread across five pieces. “Portrait IV” meanders through changing landscapes with a hypnotic piano arrangement, and scattered improvisational pieces are woven into the spaces in between. Rich, organic timbres echo and hang in the distance as Primitive Motion capture an … Continue reading Video Premiere: Primitive Motion “Portrait IV”

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

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)

Track Premiere: Bill Seaman and Stephen Vitiello “The Fog Moved Across”

A fragile sense of wonder sits at the quiet core of Bill Seaman and Stephen Vitiello’s “The Fog Moved Across.” Piano and guitar arrangements search through scattered remnants of lost memories, moving together with elegiac whispers. Wistful banjo plucks emerge from beneath the veil in certain moments, a distant beacon pulling us through the shrouded landscape. Seaman and Vitiello create engaging, delicate worlds where each … Continue reading Track Premiere: Bill Seaman and Stephen Vitiello “The Fog Moved Across”

Track Premiere: Francesco Fabris & Ben Frost “Vakning”

The earth is a powerful, dynamic force on this new work from Francesco Fabris and Ben Frost. Close-range recordings of the Fagradalsfjall in Iceland crack open with a relentless sonic furor. Fabris and Frost take shards of flickering debris to pierce through a static spectrum, eviscerating any spirit of stability or calm. There’s an almost apocalyptic feeling in the clattering churn, the sound of a … Continue reading Track Premiere: Francesco Fabris & Ben Frost “Vakning”

Video Premiere: Matt Rösner “Ripples on Time”

A warm whisper sifts through raindrops as dawn’s breath dances across glistening piano arrangements and ephemeral spaces. Rösner’s approach with “Ripples on Time” ground it with an air of chance, the piece beginning life as a loose piano improvisation that holds up a meticulous house of sonic elements. It’s a theme throughout his forthcoming album, Empty, Expanding, Collapsing, and “Ripples on Time” brings it in spades. … Continue reading Video Premiere: Matt Rösner “Ripples on Time”

øjeRum “Vågnende Jeg Ser De Døde”

Inside the fragile walls of “Vågnende Jeg Ser De Døde,” midnight is a distant beacon stuck in a world of haze. øjeRum spins a calm facade across the decaying spaces beneath wistful piano arrangements and sonic interference. Strings dance behind glass at the periphery, leaving us wondering if our minds have gone or if these melancholic silhouettes exist? Everything here is held together by gossamer … Continue reading øjeRum “Vågnende Jeg Ser De Døde”

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”