Category Archives: Rock, Post-Rock, Folk and Jazz

Ranges ~ The Ascensionist

Nothing says “post-rock” like a big ‘ol mountain on the cover.  Add the name Ranges and the album title The Ascensionist, and the association is cemented.  But just as we’re starting to make a list of all the other post-rock bands with mountains on

Ranges ~ The Ascensionist

Nothing says “post-rock” like a big ‘ol mountain on the cover.  Add the name Ranges and the album title The Ascensionist, and the association is cemented.  But just as we’re starting to make a list of all the other post-rock bands with mountains on

Noon ~ Disquiet

America, you are fat, famished, and fleeting.  Now gloating, now moaning your cabinet shift—Earth’s mantle rumbling four letter words—are we consumed by an age of terror apprised of its errors?  Or are we gasping for air earned in appraisal of

Noon ~ Disquiet

America, you are fat, famished, and fleeting.  Now gloating, now moaning your cabinet shift—Earth’s mantle rumbling four letter words—are we consumed by an age of terror apprised of its errors?  Or are we gasping for air earned in appraisal of

Snow Palms ~ Origin and Echo

One cannot listen to the music of Snow Palms without making associations.  The use of mallet instruments, in particular glockenspiel, marimba and metallophone, conjures images of snow, winter, Christmas and magic lands.  The reason is likely subliminal, as church bells and sleigh

Snow Palms ~ Origin and Echo

One cannot listen to the music of Snow Palms without making associations.  The use of mallet instruments, in particular glockenspiel, marimba and metallophone, conjures images of snow, winter, Christmas and magic lands.  The reason is likely subliminal, as church bells and sleigh

Esmerine ~ Mechanics of Dominion

Constellation Records continues to be on a tear, the latest Esmerine record its crown jewel, eclipsing even the latest Saltland LP from Rebecca Foon.  The themes of that album remain intact, and are amplified here: the world is in disarray, climate change

Esmerine ~ Mechanics of Dominion

Constellation Records continues to be on a tear, the latest Esmerine record its crown jewel, eclipsing even the latest Saltland LP from Rebecca Foon.  The themes of that album remain intact, and are amplified here: the world is in disarray, climate change

Stafrænn Hákon ~ Hausi

This album is pure enjoyment ~ so warm, so inviting, so enveloping that the struggle behind it may be obscured.  Icelandic composer Ólafur Josephsson has taken a long sonic journey to arrive at this point.  Originally the sole member of Stafrænn

Stafrænn Hákon ~ Hausi

This album is pure enjoyment ~ so warm, so inviting, so enveloping that the struggle behind it may be obscured.  Icelandic composer Ólafur Josephsson has taken a long sonic journey to arrive at this point.  Originally the sole member of Stafrænn

Fovea Hex ~ The Salt Garden II

“Sometimes God’s ways are mysterious. Sometimes He reveals them bit by bit over long periods of time” – this is a quote from the novel The Salt Garden by Cindy Martinusen Coloma which has no connection to this EP by

Fovea Hex ~ The Salt Garden II

“Sometimes God’s ways are mysterious. Sometimes He reveals them bit by bit over long periods of time” – this is a quote from the novel The Salt Garden by Cindy Martinusen Coloma which has no connection to this EP by

Memory Drawings ~ The Nearest Exit

The title makes one think of an emergency:  head for the nearest exit.  The music is like the safety on the other side of that exit.  As one plays this sublime album, one thinks of fields of wheat, filtered sun,

Memory Drawings ~ The Nearest Exit

The title makes one think of an emergency:  head for the nearest exit.  The music is like the safety on the other side of that exit.  As one plays this sublime album, one thinks of fields of wheat, filtered sun,