Category Archives: Modern Composition

Tiny Leaves ~ Notes on Belonging

We love seasonal albums: sets that reflect a certain time of year, and are released at that time.  Our last pure fall album was Himmelsrandt’s 4 Moments & Rain; this one is a worthy successor. One need look no further

Tiny Leaves ~ Notes on Belonging

We love seasonal albums: sets that reflect a certain time of year, and are released at that time.  Our last pure fall album was Himmelsrandt’s 4 Moments & Rain; this one is a worthy successor. One need look no further

Solo Collective ~ Part One

Solo Collective isn’t quite large enough to be called a supergroup, but it’s definitely a super trio.  Combining the talents of Dictaphone’s Alex Stolze (violin), Nils Frahm collaborator Anne Müller (cello) and The War On Drugs’ Sebastian Reynolds (piano), these versatile musicians demonstrate a great

Solo Collective ~ Part One

Solo Collective isn’t quite large enough to be called a supergroup, but it’s definitely a super trio.  Combining the talents of Dictaphone’s Alex Stolze (violin), Nils Frahm collaborator Anne Müller (cello) and The War On Drugs’ Sebastian Reynolds (piano), these versatile musicians demonstrate a great

Himmelsrandt ~ 4 Moments & Rain (With Track Premiere!)

Himmelsrandt‘s Schneeland was one of our picks for Best Winter Music in 2016.  4 Moments in Rain takes a step back toward autumn, “as if in anticipation of winter”.  This lovely album pairs a re-recorded version of the four-part Rain EP with a new quartet of

Himmelsrandt ~ 4 Moments & Rain (With Track Premiere!)

Himmelsrandt‘s Schneeland was one of our picks for Best Winter Music in 2016.  4 Moments in Rain takes a step back toward autumn, “as if in anticipation of winter”.  This lovely album pairs a re-recorded version of the four-part Rain EP with a new quartet of

Guiri ~ EP1

This music is being reviewed because of a cat.  Not because of the inspiration ~ each track based on a character from Pedro Almodóvar’s “Habla Con Ella” (“Talk to Her”), offering an appropriately cinematic entry point.  Not because of the

Guiri ~ EP1

This music is being reviewed because of a cat.  Not because of the inspiration ~ each track based on a character from Pedro Almodóvar’s “Habla Con Ella” (“Talk to Her”), offering an appropriately cinematic entry point.  Not because of the

raven ~ the night is dark, the night is silent, the night is bright, the night is loud (exclusive stream)

Thanks to Australia’s Art & Catharsis label, our readers will be the first in the world to be able to hear the new raven album in full!  Our exclusive stream follows the review below. the night is dark, the night is silent,

raven ~ the night is dark, the night is silent, the night is bright, the night is loud (exclusive stream)

Thanks to Australia’s Art & Catharsis label, our readers will be the first in the world to be able to hear the new raven album in full!  Our exclusive stream follows the review below. the night is dark, the night is silent,

Dmitry Evgrafov ~ Comprehension of Light

Comprehension of Light was our pick of the season in Modern Composition, and a month later its nuances continue to be revealed.  This is a deep and diverse recording, thanks to the participation of Iskra String Quartet, William ‘Memotone’ Yates, Abul

Dmitry Evgrafov ~ Comprehension of Light

Comprehension of Light was our pick of the season in Modern Composition, and a month later its nuances continue to be revealed.  This is a deep and diverse recording, thanks to the participation of Iskra String Quartet, William ‘Memotone’ Yates, Abul

haruka nakamura PIANO ENSEMBLE ~ Hikari

Haruka Nakamura‘s Hikari (Light) is the concluding segment of a trilogy, but it’s fair to call it a culmination rather than a sequel.  The 2-disc set revisits the artist’s best performances with Piano Ensemble, and at 85 minutes (plus bonus tracks) offers

haruka nakamura PIANO ENSEMBLE ~ Hikari

Haruka Nakamura‘s Hikari (Light) is the concluding segment of a trilogy, but it’s fair to call it a culmination rather than a sequel.  The 2-disc set revisits the artist’s best performances with Piano Ensemble, and at 85 minutes (plus bonus tracks) offers