Video Premiere: Aviva Endean “Nightwork”

Australian composer and clarinetist Aviva Endean creates rich worlds revealed in slow motion. On “Nightwork,” from her forthcoming Room 40 album, Moths & Stars, Endean’s voice is a moving silhouette wrapped around the ghostly arrangements of opaque woodwinds. Each step is a careful push forward into the glowing sonic clouds. “Nightwork” is beautiful but daunting. Endean’s cauldron of aural textures never stops moving, though, and the … Continue reading Video Premiere: Aviva Endean “Nightwork”

Video Premiere: Chris Abrahams “Costume”

For Chris Abrahams’ sixth album for Room 40, the forthcoming Follower, the piano is a critical component of the four sound pieces. His work shines in the liminal spaces between music and noise, tonality and atonality, rhythm and texture. On “Costume,” the first glimpse from Follower, crystalline organic atmospheres take on liminal expressions. Pushed along by a ghost rhythm, we wonder where the intangible terrain will take … Continue reading Video Premiere: Chris Abrahams “Costume”

Reviving Our Inner Child With Natalie Beridze

Foxy Digitalis depends on our awesome readers to keep things rolling. Pledge your support today via our Patreon or subscribe to The Jewel Garden. When I first heard Natalie Beridze’s recent album on Room 40, Of Which No One Knows, I was enraptured from the first notes of opener, “Ash Wednesday.” The Georgian artist creates tactile sonic spaces where magic and wonder flow and her work takes us somewhere new on … Continue reading Reviving Our Inner Child With Natalie Beridze

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, #43: Yui Onodera

Yui Onodera knows how to harness the power of subtlety in his work, honing in on tiny moments and turning them into grand, emotive aural scenes. Texture becomes a living, breathing instrument in his hands. On his latest, Too Ne, these moments become overwhelming to the point of it being too much. Emotions mix with distant memories and explode into pensive sonic supernovas. Onodera stitches together intimate … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #43: Yui Onodera

Pinkcourtesyphone “All Intensive Purposes”

“Everything’s pink in this villa, so it’s called the pink villa,” explains Mrs. Goforth, the dying protagonist of Tennessee Williams’ play The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. The color pink has been a conceptual thread and namesake of Richard Chartier’s Pinkcourtesyphone project, dialing up its tenth year with All Intensive Purposes, seven tracks released on Lawrence English’s Room40 label and described succinctly as “catastrophe muzak.” Chartier … Continue reading Pinkcourtesyphone “All Intensive Purposes”

Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #40: Stephen Vitiello

So often, when I listen to Stephen Vitiello’s work, I end up spacing out and drifting off into my own head. It’s a compliment to the nature of his work, where expansive landscapes and intimate details combine in a unique, engaging manner. Over the weekend, I immersed myself in his 2021 piece with The Quiet Club, Black Iris. It represents so many aspects of Vitiello’s music that … Continue reading Foxy Digitalis Mix Season 2, #40: Stephen Vitiello

The Capsule Garden Vol 1.26 July 29, 2022

Another week of blazing temperatures has given way to torrential rain, flooding, and tropical humidity. Climate change is going well. In better news, Carl Antonowicz (Open Casket Sound System, the real star of Foxy Digitalis’s Illustrated Reviews, etc.) and I finally played some music together after talking about it for most of the year. More on that soon. In the meantime, here’s a heap of music worth … Continue reading The Capsule Garden Vol 1.26 July 29, 2022