Category Archives: Drone

Black Swan ~ Repetition Hymns

Our review writers are often challenged when they encounter a well-written press release.  Repetition Hymns bears one of these.  During quarantine, the author writes, “each day feels like an endless loop.”  Given this temporal experience, the loop-based work of Black Swan is

Black Swan ~ Repetition Hymns

Our review writers are often challenged when they encounter a well-written press release.  Repetition Hymns bears one of these.  During quarantine, the author writes, “each day feels like an endless loop.”  Given this temporal experience, the loop-based work of Black Swan is

Martina Bertoni ~ Music for Empty Flats

Music for Empty Flats may have been recorded before the pandemic, but the conditions of its genesis are so fitting that the album now seems prescient.  While alone in an undecorated flat in Reykjavik, Martina Bertoni spent a good amount of time listening

Martina Bertoni ~ Music for Empty Flats

Music for Empty Flats may have been recorded before the pandemic, but the conditions of its genesis are so fitting that the album now seems prescient.  While alone in an undecorated flat in Reykjavik, Martina Bertoni spent a good amount of time listening

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

With over 200 releases listed, this is once again our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, and the largest instrumental music preview on the planet! Winter is a fitting season for ambient music, which seems tailor-made for the soft, the still

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

With over 200 releases listed, this is once again our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, and the largest instrumental music preview on the planet! Winter is a fitting season for ambient music, which seems tailor-made for the soft, the still

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Drone

Fewer drone releases came in this year than ever before.  The world was so dark, it seemed that even recording artists weren’t in the mood to record dark music.  But by the end of the year, we began to notice

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Drone

Fewer drone releases came in this year than ever before.  The world was so dark, it seemed that even recording artists weren’t in the mood to record dark music.  But by the end of the year, we began to notice

Constantine Skourlis ~ Eternal Recurrence

Constantine Skourlis chases Hades with another album of immersive, oppressive tracks: a fitting corollary to our current climate.  While listening to Eternal Recurrence, one can sense the cumulative weight of anger, depression, denial and finger-pointing, wrapped in a blanket of illness.  This music is born

Constantine Skourlis ~ Eternal Recurrence

Constantine Skourlis chases Hades with another album of immersive, oppressive tracks: a fitting corollary to our current climate.  While listening to Eternal Recurrence, one can sense the cumulative weight of anger, depression, denial and finger-pointing, wrapped in a blanket of illness.  This music is born

Richard Skelton ~ These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound

For a while, we knew what to expect from Richard Skelton. But there was a definite shift away from the wide-screen drone work towards the gathering of folk song-inspired pieces on Border Ballads. That was an unexpected flowering of acoustic

Richard Skelton ~ These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound

For a while, we knew what to expect from Richard Skelton. But there was a definite shift away from the wide-screen drone work towards the gathering of folk song-inspired pieces on Border Ballads. That was an unexpected flowering of acoustic

All Together Now ~ The AMPLIFY Encore

During the pandemic, most festivals either retreated or closed.  AMPLIFY 2020 went in the opposite direction.  We blinked and 50 more tracks, EPs and albums came out, including the best of the bunch!  For six months, the repurposed online festival has

All Together Now ~ The AMPLIFY Encore

During the pandemic, most festivals either retreated or closed.  AMPLIFY 2020 went in the opposite direction.  We blinked and 50 more tracks, EPs and albums came out, including the best of the bunch!  For six months, the repurposed online festival has

Susana López ~ Crónica de un secuestro

Crónica de un secuestro was conceived and recorded during March of the current year, its grating drones and harsh ambience the result of lockdown isolation. The album title could be translated to “chronicle of a kidnapping”, but it is also

Susana López ~ Crónica de un secuestro

Crónica de un secuestro was conceived and recorded during March of the current year, its grating drones and harsh ambience the result of lockdown isolation. The album title could be translated to “chronicle of a kidnapping”, but it is also