Category Archives: Modern Composition

The Practise Of Suffering by BP Moore

BP Moore ~ The Practice of Suffering & Monaro

If albums are novels, EPs are short stories: a good one is concise and its meaning clear as glass. Here are two short EPs by multi-instrumentalist and composer BP Moore, whose gorgeous 2021 album If I Don’t See You Again and its equally compelling 2022 reworks collection have previously caught our attention. These two EPs are ostensibly on different themes, but there’s a thread that runs through both: self-discovery and acceptance.

The Practise Of Suffering by BP Moore

BP Moore ~ The Practice of Suffering & Monaro

If albums are novels, EPs are short stories: a good one is concise and its meaning clear as glass. Here are two short EPs by multi-instrumentalist and composer BP Moore, whose gorgeous 2021 album If I Don’t See You Again and its equally compelling 2022 reworks collection have previously caught our attention. These two EPs are ostensibly on different themes, but there’s a thread that runs through both: self-discovery and acceptance.

Gabríel Ólafs ~ Solon Islandus

What’s the next step for an artist after becoming a teenaged global phenomenon?  For Gabríel Ólafs, the answer is to become a grown-up global phenomenon.  This was also the path taken by Ólafur Arnalds, and we suspect his younger Icelandic

Gabríel Ólafs ~ Solon Islandus

What’s the next step for an artist after becoming a teenaged global phenomenon?  For Gabríel Ólafs, the answer is to become a grown-up global phenomenon.  This was also the path taken by Ólafur Arnalds, and we suspect his younger Icelandic

Black Oak Ensemble ~ Avant l’orage: French String Trios, 1926-1939

We don’t tend to focus much on historical music here on ACL, but this album is a timely treat. Aside from the fact that the centenary of many of these pieces is coming up, many of us have been aware of parallels between the 1920s and ’30s and today. It’s a welcome opportunity to travel back to a distant yet curiously close time.

Black Oak Ensemble ~ Avant l’orage: French String Trios, 1926-1939

We don’t tend to focus much on historical music here on ACL, but this album is a timely treat. Aside from the fact that the centenary of many of these pieces is coming up, many of us have been aware of parallels between the 1920s and ’30s and today. It’s a welcome opportunity to travel back to a distant yet curiously close time.

zmi – Piano Diary

The opening of this utterly beguiling album is a pure expression of the joy of music making. Right from the very first gently whirling arpeggios, the soul can’t help but sing along. The melodies are glorious, perfectly encapsulating the emotion

zmi – Piano Diary

The opening of this utterly beguiling album is a pure expression of the joy of music making. Right from the very first gently whirling arpeggios, the soul can’t help but sing along. The melodies are glorious, perfectly encapsulating the emotion

Madeleine Cocolas ~ Spectral

Are we happy with where we are? Can we cope with the challenges it presents, or do we need to move? These kinds of questions confront us often in our lives. Spectral is a beautiful document of Madeleine Cocolas’ own explorations and struggles, and as such it can help us to find our own way.

Madeleine Cocolas ~ Spectral

Are we happy with where we are? Can we cope with the challenges it presents, or do we need to move? These kinds of questions confront us often in our lives. Spectral is a beautiful document of Madeleine Cocolas’ own explorations and struggles, and as such it can help us to find our own way.

Nasim Kushnawaz ~ Songs From the Pearl of Khorasan

Here at ACL, coverage of traditional Middle Eastern music is sparse. Much of this music fits our focus on beautiful instrumentation. And we often love listening to it. Nonetheless, it can be uncomfortable writing from a position of relative ignorance.

Nasim Kushnawaz ~ Songs From the Pearl of Khorasan

Here at ACL, coverage of traditional Middle Eastern music is sparse. Much of this music fits our focus on beautiful instrumentation. And we often love listening to it. Nonetheless, it can be uncomfortable writing from a position of relative ignorance.

Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra ~ The Unfolding

Following the success of Fir Wave, a reimagining of Delia Derbyshire and the Radiophonic Workshop that was shortlisted for a Mercury Prize, Hannah Peel was not content to rest on her laurels.  She’s returned with what is in many ways an ever

Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra ~ The Unfolding

Following the success of Fir Wave, a reimagining of Delia Derbyshire and the Radiophonic Workshop that was shortlisted for a Mercury Prize, Hannah Peel was not content to rest on her laurels.  She’s returned with what is in many ways an ever

Answers ~ A New Path to Touch the Earth

After releasing four singles and a live EP in the last four years, Orlando’s Answers is stepping out in a big way with A New Path to Touch the Earth.  The most obvious thing to mention is that they don’t sound like a

Answers ~ A New Path to Touch the Earth

After releasing four singles and a live EP in the last four years, Orlando’s Answers is stepping out in a big way with A New Path to Touch the Earth.  The most obvious thing to mention is that they don’t sound like a