Category Archives: Modern Composition

Stephen Whittington / Zephyr Quartet ~ Windmill

With its trio of August releases, Cold Blue Music reaches the milestone of 50.  The label is known as the home of John Luther Adams, but there’s a lot more talent on its roster.  Australian composer Stephen Whittington is a prime

Stephen Whittington / Zephyr Quartet ~ Windmill

With its trio of August releases, Cold Blue Music reaches the milestone of 50.  The label is known as the home of John Luther Adams, but there’s a lot more talent on its roster.  Australian composer Stephen Whittington is a prime

Falling Into Birds ~ S/T

The cover is intriguing.  The angles are askew, the focus is fuzzy, and birds and eggs decorate the distorted landscape.  Then there’s that duck, whose eyes lie on one side of its head like a flatfish.  The message: this isn’t

Falling Into Birds ~ S/T

The cover is intriguing.  The angles are askew, the focus is fuzzy, and birds and eggs decorate the distorted landscape.  Then there’s that duck, whose eyes lie on one side of its head like a flatfish.  The message: this isn’t

Alder & Ash ~ Clutched in the Maw of the World

Clutched in the Maw of the World confirms everything that we proclaimed last year about the talents of Alder & Ash (Adrian Copeland).  Copeland has the skill and ambition to rival his contemporaries, and to do for the cello what Colin Stetson

Alder & Ash ~ Clutched in the Maw of the World

Clutched in the Maw of the World confirms everything that we proclaimed last year about the talents of Alder & Ash (Adrian Copeland).  Copeland has the skill and ambition to rival his contemporaries, and to do for the cello what Colin Stetson

Alder & Ash ~ Psalms for the Sunder

Once in a while, we get our wish.  Last year we lamented the fact that Psalms for the Sunder was available only in digital form.  This year, thanks to the fine folks at Lost Tribe Sound, not only do we get a

Alder & Ash ~ Psalms for the Sunder

Once in a while, we get our wish.  Last year we lamented the fact that Psalms for the Sunder was available only in digital form.  This year, thanks to the fine folks at Lost Tribe Sound, not only do we get a

William Ryan Fritch ~ The Sum of its Parts/The Old Believers

The reputation of William Ryan Fritch had already been established when Lost Tribe Sound launched the Leave Me Subscription Series in 2014.  That series, twelve albums in total, sent him over the top.  As the subscriptions had been extremely limited, many never got to

William Ryan Fritch ~ The Sum of its Parts/The Old Believers

The reputation of William Ryan Fritch had already been established when Lost Tribe Sound launched the Leave Me Subscription Series in 2014.  That series, twelve albums in total, sent him over the top.  As the subscriptions had been extremely limited, many never got to

Battlestations ~ Vixit

Is it live, or is it Memorex?  The tagline comes to mind when listening to the third album from the purposely elusive Battlestations.  If the first album was the prog album and the second the ambient album, the third is the

Battlestations ~ Vixit

Is it live, or is it Memorex?  The tagline comes to mind when listening to the third album from the purposely elusive Battlestations.  If the first album was the prog album and the second the ambient album, the third is the

The Greatest Hoax ~ Expiration Compositions

Expiration Compositions marks a slight turn for the Serein label, which we associate more with ambient recordings than classical.  But the pairing is apt, as the prior works of Taylor Jordan (The Greatest Hoax) were also of a different pedigree.  The

The Greatest Hoax ~ Expiration Compositions

Expiration Compositions marks a slight turn for the Serein label, which we associate more with ambient recordings than classical.  But the pairing is apt, as the prior works of Taylor Jordan (The Greatest Hoax) were also of a different pedigree.  The