Matryoshka is a two-member band from Tokyo, Japan, consisting of producer Sen and female vocalist Calu. During the time when they were playing in the band Parachute Coats, their material was released as a 7 inch vinyl by a fan in the Netherlands and was well-received in the club scene. A year after the band was formed, they received sponsorship offers from Yamaha and were digitally distributed on their download site. Their music is characterized by the fusion of post-rock and electronic ambience, beats and sound effects, contemporary classical piano pieces, minimalistic lyrics and Calu’s lush and hazy vocals.
YOU SKIP this post YOU LOSE "BIG TIME". Note that the above 1st YouTube is a short preview of all the tracks on [ Laideronnette ] and the 2nd YouTube video is the 1st track on the album and I simply can't get enough of this movement. I've watched it like a dozens times today. Yet another phenomenal release by [ Matryoshka ]. GO GET IT, as if right now. Actually if you haven't had a go on the previous releases then go get ALL RELEASES on this one. This new REC is going on my 2012 TOP releases. No doubt about that.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.