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2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

Perhaps more than any other musical genre, modern composition speaks to all seasons (thank you, Vivaldi!).  Whatever hemisphere you’re living in, you’ll find some music here to match your climate.  Others may be living in winter while dreaming of spring;

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

Perhaps more than any other musical genre, modern composition speaks to all seasons (thank you, Vivaldi!).  Whatever hemisphere you’re living in, you’ll find some music here to match your climate.  Others may be living in winter while dreaming of spring;

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Experimental & Field Recording

What will experimental music sound like at the end of the next decade?  In 2030, we’ll look back and pretend that we always knew how influential the mavericks of 2020 would turn out to be.  What sounds unusual now may be considered

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Experimental & Field Recording

What will experimental music sound like at the end of the next decade?  In 2030, we’ll look back and pretend that we always knew how influential the mavericks of 2020 would turn out to be.  What sounds unusual now may be considered

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Electronic

The largest of our five winter previews boasts over 50 releases, enough to keep us dancing until the sunlight returns!  This is already shaping up to be a banner year for the electronic genre, with highlights spread across the board.

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Electronic

The largest of our five winter previews boasts over 50 releases, enough to keep us dancing until the sunlight returns!  This is already shaping up to be a banner year for the electronic genre, with highlights spread across the board.

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient & Drone

Today we shift from the best music of the 10s to the first music of the 20s.  This one is our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, listing nearly 200 albums in five days! A new year starts with new hopes

2020 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient & Drone

Today we shift from the best music of the 10s to the first music of the 20s.  This one is our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, listing nearly 200 albums in five days! A new year starts with new hopes

A Closer Listen’s Best Albums of the Decade

The decade is over, and a new one has just begun!  A happy new year to all of our readers.  As we close the book on the old year and put the last decade to bed, we offer one final

A Closer Listen’s Best Albums of the Decade

The decade is over, and a new one has just begun!  A happy new year to all of our readers.  As we close the book on the old year and put the last decade to bed, we offer one final

A Closer Listen’s Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz Albums of the Decade

We notice two recurring themes in this end-of-decade list: disaster and hope.  On one angle, we encounter a remembrance of the Great East Japan Earthquake and a symphony about the end of the world.  On the other, we find artists

A Closer Listen’s Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz Albums of the Decade

We notice two recurring themes in this end-of-decade list: disaster and hope.  On one angle, we encounter a remembrance of the Great East Japan Earthquake and a symphony about the end of the world.  On the other, we find artists

A Closer Listen’s Best Modern Composition Albums of the Decade

How does one decide between piano and orchestra, between the lugubrious and buoyant?  The modern composition genre offers a wide range of timbres and emotions, and is the only genre we cover that is also recognized by the major music

A Closer Listen’s Best Modern Composition Albums of the Decade

How does one decide between piano and orchestra, between the lugubrious and buoyant?  The modern composition genre offers a wide range of timbres and emotions, and is the only genre we cover that is also recognized by the major music