ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Electronic

There’s some wild stuff going on in our Electronic section this year.  This year’s list includes a nocturnal symphony, an environmental plea, an ode to changing seasons, a mangled club set and a nearly unclassifiable band.  Many of these selections

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Electronic

There’s some wild stuff going on in our Electronic section this year.  This year’s list includes a nocturnal symphony, an environmental plea, an ode to changing seasons, a mangled club set and a nearly unclassifiable band.  Many of these selections

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone music doesn’t need to be scary; there’s nothing inherently frightening about elongated tones.  Yet the drone genre does seem predisposed toward darkness.  Just look at the cover art for Black to Comm; or the compositional corpses found in the BABEL hardback

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone music doesn’t need to be scary; there’s nothing inherently frightening about elongated tones.  Yet the drone genre does seem predisposed toward darkness.  Just look at the cover art for Black to Comm; or the compositional corpses found in the BABEL hardback

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Ambient

And now, the first of the Big Seven Lists!  We receive more ambient music than anything else, at times equal to all the other genres combined.  This makes the field our most competitive, which is ironic considering the fact that

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Ambient

And now, the first of the Big Seven Lists!  We receive more ambient music than anything else, at times equal to all the other genres combined.  This makes the field our most competitive, which is ironic considering the fact that

*Press A* 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Videogame Soundtracks

As the videogame market expands, it reaches places and people perhaps previously uninterested in its products. In 2019, with the quality of games striking ever upwards, that expansion was reflected throughout the world of developers, with many different kinds of

*Press A* 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Videogame Soundtracks

As the videogame market expands, it reaches places and people perhaps previously uninterested in its products. In 2019, with the quality of games striking ever upwards, that expansion was reflected throughout the world of developers, with many different kinds of

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

When it came time to tally our votes, we discovered that this year’s winners had never been listed before!  A huge congratulations to Wisconsin’s well-deserving and hard-working Lost Tribe Sound, A Closer Listen‘s Label of the Year for 2019, followed closely

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

When it came time to tally our votes, we discovered that this year’s winners had never been listed before!  A huge congratulations to Wisconsin’s well-deserving and hard-working Lost Tribe Sound, A Closer Listen‘s Label of the Year for 2019, followed closely

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Film Scores

We’re not talking about the same films as everybody else, but for good reason; we’ve packed our slate with dark horse candidates.  So no Star Wars (too obvious), no Joker (the artist’s score for Chernobyl was better), no Ad Astra (not the composer’s best soundtrack), no Us (although

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Film Scores

We’re not talking about the same films as everybody else, but for good reason; we’ve packed our slate with dark horse candidates.  So no Star Wars (too obvious), no Joker (the artist’s score for Chernobyl was better), no Ad Astra (not the composer’s best soundtrack), no Us (although

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

The competition was tough this year, but we’ve been able to whittle our selection down to ten.  These album covers made us want to hear the music, and even if the music wasn’t much good (don’t worry, it was), we

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

The competition was tough this year, but we’ve been able to whittle our selection down to ten.  These album covers made us want to hear the music, and even if the music wasn’t much good (don’t worry, it was), we