December 2nd, 2015 / Comments Off on The Wandering Lake’s new album – From James’ Garden / by Mog/
Brian K. had released a record in May that was a more direct approach to concrete ideas and more palatable forms which he had not really ever done before as The Wandering Lake. He had fallen away from the spirit that sort of carried this project and decided to do something different. After a long summer where he kept writing and writing and touring and touring, he sort of felt deflated. He became inspired suddenly earlier this month (November) when reading a biography about John Cage,he was immediately floored and reminded of what pleases him about music. The chance occurrences of magic and the moments he can truly get inside of and be present. He wrote and recorded the first track “Field Notes” the night he started the book, thinking he’d release one song but as he kept reading more and more kept coming until he just started working constantly on it, day and night unless he was at work.
1. Field Notes (Vibrations on a Theme) 05:12
2. Seven Sisters 03:12
3. When Thinking Long 02:32
4. Color Peels 04:25
5. I Think I’ll Take A Walk 06:08
6. Sanctuary 04:41
7. Monday Morning Blues 05:55
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December 2nd, 2015 / Comments Off on First release from LeRiche – Rain / by Mog/
LeRiche is 22 years old and he is from Port aux Basques. His passion for music began at an early age, first stretching his fingers out on a six-string at the age of one.
After years of playing local establishments across the island of Newfoundland, he is thrilled to be upon his first commercial release, Rain.
In this release, he is supported by a string quartet, percussion and the sound of rain falling (captured on microphone) through an open window at the downtown Toronto studio as the track was being recorded.
This will be the first look at new music from his debut EP Quiet Steady which is set for release Summer 2016. The album devles deep into strong memorable melodies at the core of his music.
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November 30th, 2015 / Comments Off on wombat_army’s new Album – Spindrift / by Mog/
[ wombat_army ] is the solo project of London based composer/producer Martin Webb, who has been using samplers, synths, looping pedal, a ukulele and a cello to create music for about 15 years. He is one quarter of improv’ noise merchants Oche Music, sometime member of the Superman Revenge Squad Band, and has played bass with The Devices and The Cover Girls, and Stylophone in the Stylophone Council.
Mr. Martin Webb is not a newcomer in this game, his latest album is the fourth release coming from his private kitchen. With a vast experience with playing cello and some music programming background Webb, also known as the Wombat Army had enough in his hands to create something different and way closer to the regular music lovers. He didn’t drift away from a traditional ambient sound typical for this mixture with the drone, but he added pieces of himself that make every of his tracks on the album unique.
The first thing you’ll notice once you spin “Spindrift” is well used live instruments or at least samples of live instruments. When I’m into electronic drone sound mood I usually expect tons of synth and slow beats, but, in this case, I was pleasantly surprised. Tracks with cello on them sound very deep and powerful which openness whole other dimension to the experience of the listener. Cello is a bassy instrument which gave this whole album a certain heaviness, but with some other things Martin achieved balance stepping away from the dark corners of drone.
There are a lot of delayed sounds which is nothing new or innovative, but the way delay and reverb were used during the recording of this album is just perfect. Not too much sound in which you can get lost easily, but a simple, warm ambiance with a dash of glitch over the tones. What I also found interesting was the choice of the synths. One of the mistakes of all artists out there is excessive use of deep synths with endless sustain if you ask me of course, but on this album there are a lot of funky parts coming from the synths. On the other hand, there are some trippy Nintendo console sounds that are breaking the loops providing more vivid and colorful sound of the tracks.
I’ve already mentioned how I liked the cello on this album, but I have to turn your attention on one particular song, the name is “midway”. Here you can hear its melody at its prime. While you are taken to another universe with classical notes you are pulled back into electronic sphere filled with distortions and oscillating noise. This is that balance I’ve mentioned in the beginning. The same song has so many variations that change your perception on ONE track in many ways. Some cello parts were taken for resampling where they got a new shape thanks to well programming and mixing.
Solo artists like Wombat Army from time to time tend to lose their focus on what they are doing and by doing that they also lose any sense of the music they are making. This album came to the edge of that insanity, but it has never crossed that invisible point of no return. In some moments, you can feel that chaos of the “other side”, but it is well controlled. I have to congratulate Wombat Army on that.
In general, what I’ve heard here is one of a kind electronic ambient album with a lot of both drone and classical influence. If you like to play something and don’t think about anything, don’t try doing that with “Spindrift” because this album will spin your brain numerous times and make every circuit in it work at its fullest capacity.
1. spindrift 06:46
2. landslide 05:55
3. rockyboat 05:31
4. hiroko 06:19
5. treetops 06:33
6. midway 05:36
7. mylion 06:15
8. daredevils 11:56
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November 30th, 2015 / Comments Off on Rádio Etiópia – PLAYGROUND FOR BIRDS / by Mog/
By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen and to Their Late Majesties King George VI, King Edward VII, King William IV, King George V, Queen Victoria, King George IV and to His Late Royal Higness The Prince of Wales ( 1921-1936)
TONY JUSTERINI and ANATOLY BROOKS are the co-founders of Rádio Etiópia. New episodes are posted every Monday set completed apart from the mainstream line of music.
Intro voice led by Ana Ribeiro
– ELDER ALMEIDA – 1st FRIDAY
– PAULINO – 2nd FRIDAY
– FRAY D. JAY – 3rd FRIDAY
– JOÃO H – 4th FRIDAY
– JOSÉ RAMÓN – SOMETIMES
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PLAYGROUND FOR BIRDS
BY – Anatoly Brooks
01. Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – 20:17 (0.00:04)
02. Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen – Meditação do Duque de Gandia sobre a morte de Isabel de Portugal (feat. Rita Loureiro) (0.01.09)
03. Rayons – Playground for birds (0.05:53)
04. Elvis Costello – I’m in the mood again (0.08:03)
05. Rayons – A letter from nowhere (feat. Predawn) (0.10:28)
06. Destroyer – Times square, poison I (0.15:37)
07. Lantern On The Lake – The crawl (0.18:07)
08. Weyes Blood – Cardomom (0.22:04)
09. Goldmund – To be fair and true (0.26:33)
10. Bebe – Cocaine (0.29:15)
11. Matt Bauer – It knows not what it is (0.33:31)
12. Low Roar – Dreamer (feat. Amiina) (live) (0.37:52)
13. Funeral Suites – We only attack ourselves (0.42:24)
14. EL VY – No time to crank the sun (live) (0.45:45)
15. FTMOTS – Path for blood (0.50:43)
16. GNR – Mulçumania (0.53:52)
17. Anna Ternheim – Solitary move (0.58:30)
18. Goldmund – In the byre (1.02:16)
19. Idaho – Querelle (1.06:25)
20. Electric President – Wearing influences on our sleeve-less T-shirt (1.11:22)
21. Butcher The Bar – Get away (1.15:07)
22. Francis Alun Bell – Rudolph (1.18:12)
23. David Mourão Ferreira – E por vezes (feat. Teresa Coutinho) (1.19:19)
Total time – 1.21:34
A photo by Mikko Lagerstedt
Sultry voice of Radio Etiopia – Ana Ribeiro
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November 28th, 2015 / Comments Off on UAE RECORDS “Created Nature” By: WeatherM / by Mog/
Byeongseon Mun, also known as WeatherM is a sound designer and ambient artist based in South Korea. He started his sound designing activities back in 2013 with the ambition to create his own ambient collection with sound patches he made for himself. Later that year, he eventually started composing as an artist and released ‘Deep Inside Mind’, his very first ambient movement. WeatherM enjoys listening to ambient and heavy metal music and his inspiration is derived from various forms of abstract concepts. Let it be the silent skies of night, or random things that he comes across. That said… considering the band history we are proud to bring forward one the few ambient artists from South Korea, a real gem might I add, having released 6 Singles and participated in many compilations.
‘Created Nature’ however, is the début full length that comes to us from the much respected Norwegian Recording Labels [ U.A.E ], an act that will most certainly bring WeatherM music to a wider audience and will no doubt win the alias some new fans. If we take a deeper look or shall I say a deeper listen on the artist début, the accomplishment on this new title is a lot more satisfying than anyone’s average ambient album. While it is obvious to conclude that WeatherM, for the lack of a better term… hunger for experimental music stretched over and above anyone’s expectation it is also mind blowing to see the band approaches to creating such sound, which to my understanding is next to perfection. With very little as it turns out, using synth, electronic touches, limitless imaginations and I think it’s what truly gives the sound a bolder character, dark textures and field recordings, all in the light of pushing ambient-sound to a completely new level. The musical style portrait by the band and the sound signature are massive, spaced-out connection through various channels, arcing across dimensions and stretching into infinity. To the point where the source itself is of no concern, the sound, to an incredible extent holds the power to progressively taking over the person behind it.
Very often we come to the conclusion; an artist music’s is what usually defines the artist character; I’m sure many of us have read that somewhere or in many places and I have no intention on starting a debate here. I mean… I for one, I personally agree to the statement, well… to a certain degree of course; but if that statement was indeed half-true then I think we can all agree that Byeongseon Mun personality reflects in the zone of being cheerful and complex or subtle and none defensive at the same time. ‘Created Nature’ is extremely different from the usual [Rafael Anton Irisari ], [ Ous Mal ] or [ Grouper ] for that matter and the reverberations of the electronic sounds is easily recognizable with glittering elements while patches of strong-darkness tends to surface back and forth across the entire album. Whatever new technologies he got going, synths / pads and abstract textures the sound will take you to places that you can’t even begin to imagine. That said what you can expect from the composer’s seventh official release is pure ambiance of a beautiful nature itself. My perception of music is maybe a bit old-fashioned as I like to hear a live instrument for the most part, but I have never underestimated skills composers playing music crafted by computers only as well as exploiting modern technology in the aim of having some sort of a unique signature. With WeatherM it is crystal-clear that he knows his way around electronically focused sound. His début full length contains layers upon layers of different shaped-sounds which are mold to its perfection before they were put together in a singular movement. The final result of his work is a well-organized album with an outstanding flow. WeatherM has clearly dedicated a lot of his time to figure out how every single patch, add-on and sample sound works. The Keys or the programmed Keys ( it’s really hard to tell ) but the output is smooth and clear without any distortions. Most part of the album is set at a low pace with beautiful reverb; but the best part is the organized samples and chimes that tend to sneak in and out with the attribution of a glittering layer. Certain parts of the album are intensively dark and depressive if I may say, which reminded me the likes of “A Slow Descent” or “EUS” and “Postdrone”. There is a clear parallel in the music of all three artists; it’s the nostalgic notes with a good dose of apocalyptic-drone that expels live ideas trapped inside of one’s inner universe. These are probably the strongest connections between the mentioned artists but one has to bear in mind, the nine tracks
on ‘Created Nature’ are fragments of WeatherM’s mind and understanding of the space around him woven with patience until he got the image he hears deep within. Most of the time he is calm with sparks of joy, but the album seriously unfold some heavy stuff too, especially on the final track “Watcher”.
My final judgement of this work of art by WeatherM is unfortunately in the form of an advice to anyone interested in ambient-electronic / ambient-drone music’s. Give it a spin with an utmost undivided attention; listen to the entire album for at least three times until you decide whether you like it or not. It takes time until every layer falls in place and gives endless pleasure to your hearing senses. Some might digest the music on the very first listen itself while others may need a good couple of times. Personally it took me two listens to fully indulge myself in what WeatherM has to offer. But rest assure though, once the sequences starts to make sense, ‘Created Nature’ will grow on you. No doubt about that.
Artist – WeatherM
Album – Created Nature
Release Date – 2015 [ NOV 27th ]
Genre – ambient, drone, electronic, experimental, soundscape
1.Rising Tide 03:28
2.Frozen Shore 04:24
3.Panoramic Skies 07:21
4.Underearth Hymn 06:24
5.Sink Deep Down 08:13
8.Next Day 10:43
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