Category Archives: Ambient

Jen Kutler ~ Disembodied

This album is a mine field for a male reviewer, but Disembodied is also one of the strangest releases of the year, and one of the most relevant.  So let’s get the concept out first: volunteers across the female spectrum were invited

Jen Kutler ~ Disembodied

This album is a mine field for a male reviewer, but Disembodied is also one of the strangest releases of the year, and one of the most relevant.  So let’s get the concept out first: volunteers across the female spectrum were invited

A Winged Victory for the Sullen ~ The Undivided Five

Everyone listens to instrumental music.  In developed countries, most people listen every day.  A much smaller number tries to figure out who they are hearing in films, on TV and online; and an even smaller number follows these artists.  A Winged Victory

A Winged Victory for the Sullen ~ The Undivided Five

Everyone listens to instrumental music.  In developed countries, most people listen every day.  A much smaller number tries to figure out who they are hearing in films, on TV and online; and an even smaller number follows these artists.  A Winged Victory

Kajsa Lindgren ~ Everyone is here

Where do our parents end, and where do we begin?  How old must one be to become one’s own person? Answers are elusive, but on Kajsa Lindgren‘s latest album the emphasis is more on connection than disassociation.  Three generations contribute music to Everyone

Kajsa Lindgren ~ Everyone is here

Where do our parents end, and where do we begin?  How old must one be to become one’s own person? Answers are elusive, but on Kajsa Lindgren‘s latest album the emphasis is more on connection than disassociation.  Three generations contribute music to Everyone

Hammock ~ Silencia

Silencia completes a trilogy launched by the death of a loved one.  2017’s Mysterium was a tribute to Marc Byrd’s nephew Clark Kern and the ravages of grief; 2018’s Universalis looked upward, to transcendence and peace.  Silencia honors silence, not as the space between tracks but

Hammock ~ Silencia

Silencia completes a trilogy launched by the death of a loved one.  2017’s Mysterium was a tribute to Marc Byrd’s nephew Clark Kern and the ravages of grief; 2018’s Universalis looked upward, to transcendence and peace.  Silencia honors silence, not as the space between tracks but

Blind Cave Salamander ~ The Svalbard Suite / Ecker & Meulyzer ~ Carbon / Glåsbird ~ Svalbarð

Great minds think alike, or perhaps it’s just coincidence ~ but three albums about Svalbarð have been released in a short span of time, including two in a ten-day span.  Each occupies a different genre, and brings something unique to the table.

Blind Cave Salamander ~ The Svalbard Suite / Ecker & Meulyzer ~ Carbon / Glåsbird ~ Svalbarð

Great minds think alike, or perhaps it’s just coincidence ~ but three albums about Svalbarð have been released in a short span of time, including two in a ten-day span.  Each occupies a different genre, and brings something unique to the table.

Emanuele Errante ~ This World

The cover to Emanuele Errante’s latest project risks— yet subverts— a hamfisted explanation of the record’s symbolic contents. Bristling, bare tree branches stick out above four rigid, brutalist structures, as if to tell us point-blank that our world, this world,

Emanuele Errante ~ This World

The cover to Emanuele Errante’s latest project risks— yet subverts— a hamfisted explanation of the record’s symbolic contents. Bristling, bare tree branches stick out above four rigid, brutalist structures, as if to tell us point-blank that our world, this world,

Olga Wojciechowska ~ Infinite Distances

Infinite Distances is an album of dichotomies.  The music reflects on the distance between life and death, while reflecting fondly on a departed grandmother.  Marco Vannini’s cover art symbolizes the distance between life and memory, also referred to as nostalgia.  And

Olga Wojciechowska ~ Infinite Distances

Infinite Distances is an album of dichotomies.  The music reflects on the distance between life and death, while reflecting fondly on a departed grandmother.  Marco Vannini’s cover art symbolizes the distance between life and memory, also referred to as nostalgia.  And