Author Archives: JB

Jason van Wyk ~ Threads

There’s a lot of atmosphere on Threads, Jason van Wyk’s fourth full-length album. It’s a noticeable element that runs throughout the record’s duration, far more than on his previous albums. On every track, the composition and arrangement of the music

Jason van Wyk ~ Threads

There’s a lot of atmosphere on Threads, Jason van Wyk’s fourth full-length album. It’s a noticeable element that runs throughout the record’s duration, far more than on his previous albums. On every track, the composition and arrangement of the music

Sarah Neufeld ~ Detritus

If there’s a problem with solely reviewing music we like, it’s that sometimes we struggle with the levels of enthusiasm we bring to writing about a particular project. At A Closer Listen, we don’t spend time writing about records that

Sarah Neufeld ~ Detritus

If there’s a problem with solely reviewing music we like, it’s that sometimes we struggle with the levels of enthusiasm we bring to writing about a particular project. At A Closer Listen, we don’t spend time writing about records that

Simon Leoza ~ Albatross

It’s a bold move to name your debut album after a bird that is best known in popular culture as being a burden or an obstacle. You don’t have to be familiar with the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem (or the

Simon Leoza ~ Albatross

It’s a bold move to name your debut album after a bird that is best known in popular culture as being a burden or an obstacle. You don’t have to be familiar with the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem (or the

GROWING ~ Diptych

The pandemic has given us a break from many things; some welcome, others less so. For a while at least, we lost the pollution and noise of traffic and started to hear an increase in the chatter of birds. We

GROWING ~ Diptych

The pandemic has given us a break from many things; some welcome, others less so. For a while at least, we lost the pollution and noise of traffic and started to hear an increase in the chatter of birds. We

Lea Bertucci ~ A Visible Length Of Light

Few images unmistakably capture the American West more than the image on the front cover of Lea Bertucci’s new album, even if this one has been vividly colourised. Sure, there are more distinct rock formations such as the Arches (in

Lea Bertucci ~ A Visible Length Of Light

Few images unmistakably capture the American West more than the image on the front cover of Lea Bertucci’s new album, even if this one has been vividly colourised. Sure, there are more distinct rock formations such as the Arches (in

Christine Ott ~ Time To Die

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Roy Batty’s dying monologue in Blade Runner, written by David Webb Peoples, then revised and spoken by Rutger Hauer is one of the iconic speeches in cinema – it’s a moment that elevates

Christine Ott ~ Time To Die

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Roy Batty’s dying monologue in Blade Runner, written by David Webb Peoples, then revised and spoken by Rutger Hauer is one of the iconic speeches in cinema – it’s a moment that elevates

Lighght ~ Holy Endings

From his auto-correct baiting name to his meme-tastic Twitter feed (currently named ‘the official account of the band autechre’), it’s obvious that Cork-based producer Lighght doesn’t take himself too seriously. Or rather, he takes making his music seriously, but everything

Lighght ~ Holy Endings

From his auto-correct baiting name to his meme-tastic Twitter feed (currently named ‘the official account of the band autechre’), it’s obvious that Cork-based producer Lighght doesn’t take himself too seriously. Or rather, he takes making his music seriously, but everything

Observatories ~ Flowers Bloom, Butterflies Come

Iikki Books specialise in creating dialogues between musicians and visual artists, a project which began in 2016 – this is the 14th edition. You can listen to the music, you can study the book of artworks; either together as a

Observatories ~ Flowers Bloom, Butterflies Come

Iikki Books specialise in creating dialogues between musicians and visual artists, a project which began in 2016 – this is the 14th edition. You can listen to the music, you can study the book of artworks; either together as a