John Luther Adams ~ Arctic Dreams

If the title sounds familiar, it’s because the album is dedicated to environmentalist author Barry Lopez, whose Arctic Dreams (1986) is one of his best-known works.  Not that John Luther Adams is an unfamiliar figure himself; he’s won both the Pulitzer Prize and a

John Luther Adams ~ Arctic Dreams

If the title sounds familiar, it’s because the album is dedicated to environmentalist author Barry Lopez, whose Arctic Dreams (1986) is one of his best-known works.  Not that John Luther Adams is an unfamiliar figure himself; he’s won both the Pulitzer Prize and a

Manja Ristić ~ kairos & the dwellers

What to do when stuck on an island during the pandemic?  Some would embrace such a fate, while others would decry it. Manja Ristić, confined to the island of Korčula (Croatia), made the most of her unexpected furlough, wandering the

Manja Ristić ~ kairos & the dwellers

What to do when stuck on an island during the pandemic?  Some would embrace such a fate, while others would decry it. Manja Ristić, confined to the island of Korčula (Croatia), made the most of her unexpected furlough, wandering the

Sedibus ~ The Heavens

The Heavens marks a triumphant reunion for Alex Patterson and Andy Falconer, who last teamed up on The Orb’s Adventures in the Underworld 30 years ago.  It’s also the first release on Orbscure Recordings, an imprint of Cooking Vinyl.  Yet as

Sedibus ~ The Heavens

The Heavens marks a triumphant reunion for Alex Patterson and Andy Falconer, who last teamed up on The Orb’s Adventures in the Underworld 30 years ago.  It’s also the first release on Orbscure Recordings, an imprint of Cooking Vinyl.  Yet as

Pacific Loon presents Stillness in double exposure [mix]

Stillness in double exposure is a calming mix translating images into sound, courtesy of Naples’ Francesco Busiello aka Pacific Loon.  With Leana Pizzoferrato, Busiello inaugurated the Pacific Loon project in London during the summer of 2012, and has since developed projects

Pacific Loon presents Stillness in double exposure [mix]

Stillness in double exposure is a calming mix translating images into sound, courtesy of Naples’ Francesco Busiello aka Pacific Loon.  With Leana Pizzoferrato, Busiello inaugurated the Pacific Loon project in London during the summer of 2012, and has since developed projects

Spindle Ensemble ~ Inkling

This beautiful fried egg of an album has been sizzling for a couple years, with a double-sided single in 2019 followed by a third single in 2021.  Now the butter has permeated the recording and the yolk is a gorgeous

Spindle Ensemble ~ Inkling

This beautiful fried egg of an album has been sizzling for a couple years, with a double-sided single in 2019 followed by a third single in 2021.  Now the butter has permeated the recording and the yolk is a gorgeous

Stéphane Marin & Ludovic Medery / Vincent Menu / Stéphane Montavon ~ Phonokainôsis

We first covered the sublime Weber & Alcantu label last year when we listed Schneewehen in our roundup of The Year’s Best Winter Music.  The label is devoted to small-run limited edition zines paired with digital downloads.  The photos shared on Bandcamp

Stéphane Marin & Ludovic Medery / Vincent Menu / Stéphane Montavon ~ Phonokainôsis

We first covered the sublime Weber & Alcantu label last year when we listed Schneewehen in our roundup of The Year’s Best Winter Music.  The label is devoted to small-run limited edition zines paired with digital downloads.  The photos shared on Bandcamp

Rutger Zuydervelt / Hugo Dijkstal / Peter Hollo ~ BERG (Music for a film by Joke Olthaar)

Described as “an ode to the mountains,” director Joke Olthaar‘s BERG is an enchanting, patient film, shot in black and white to produce vistas of elegance.  Such a film deserves a pristine score, and is graced with not one, but three: the one

Rutger Zuydervelt / Hugo Dijkstal / Peter Hollo ~ BERG (Music for a film by Joke Olthaar)

Described as “an ode to the mountains,” director Joke Olthaar‘s BERG is an enchanting, patient film, shot in black and white to produce vistas of elegance.  Such a film deserves a pristine score, and is graced with not one, but three: the one

anrimeal ~ Could Divine, Remembered

It’s rare for A Closer Listen to cover albums that are remixed or reimagined when we haven’t covered the parent project ~ but now we’re doing it for the second time in one week.  Just as Eartheater turned a vocal electronic project

anrimeal ~ Could Divine, Remembered

It’s rare for A Closer Listen to cover albums that are remixed or reimagined when we haven’t covered the parent project ~ but now we’re doing it for the second time in one week.  Just as Eartheater turned a vocal electronic project