Please read this page thoroughly, then send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are submitting an instrumental album and have met the guidelines below, we will get back to you within a few days, likely sooner! After that, your chances of review average one in twenty ~ but if you haven’t met the guidelines, your chances of review will be zero and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t hear back from us.
COVID-19 Note: Our submissions have doubled during the pandemic (in some weeks tripled) as so many artists have finally found time to finish projects and send them in. On the one hand, it’s wonderful to know that one aspect of the entertainment industry has actually grown during the crisis! On the other, it’s sobering to remember that many musicians have the extra time because they are out of work. We’re still listening to everything that comes in, and are especially happy to see the amount of theme-related releases and benefit albums. This being said, reviews will be hard to come by for the foreseeable future, so please know that we appreciate all that you do, regardless of review!
1. We are open to reviewing all music that falls into the instrumental and/or experimental fields, but our emphasis is on the instrumental. While the experimental music we review may contain vocals, it is better defined as texture-based rather than lyric-based. Before submitting music, please read some of our reviews in order to familiarize yourself with the type of styles we cover.
2. Our focus is on newer music, so preference is given to newer releases. Unreleased and recently-released music will be assigned top priority, while releases from past seasons will have a much smaller chance of coverage.
3. Here’s how the process works. First, we preview everything that comes in. Once a week, we compile a list of submissions including streaming links only, and send these out to the staff along with brief descriptions. Our reviewers then have two weeks to pick up releases to hear in full. If they like a release, they sign up to review it. This means that in general, our reviews will be more positive than those on other sites, because no releases are ever assigned. This also explains why some submissions don’t get reviewed; it’s often a matter of taste and time as well as talent.
4. We are currently reviewing approximately 1/20 of the instrumental submissions we receive. Due to the interests of our current staff, we have not been reviewing a lot of jazz or improvisation. We do not review singles, tracks or videos, or offer feedback on works in progress; and since we are primarily a review site, we publish very few premieres or interviews. On average, the wait time between acceptance and review is one month. We respond to all instrumental album submissions that mention our site by name, but not to group or impersonal emails (such as “Hey!” or an email with links but no words). We may also fail to respond if the three submissions criteria below have not been met or if the music is vocal. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of submission, the release was not chosen for review.
5. Digital submissions:
a) Please send us a downloadable digital copy of your album (for example, a Bandcamp code, a Soundcloud download page, or a Google Drive, Dropbox or WeTransfer file ~ but please do not send .rar or FLAC files as we have trouble with those ~ we prefer mp3 or WAV);
b) A link to a non-Spotify site, private or public, where we can preview at least snippets of the release before opening the file; AND
c) A link to the place where it can be purchased or downloaded.
6. Physical submissions: we do accept physical submissions, but please keep in mind that a hard copy will only be considered by one person, while a digital submission can be sent to any of ten reviewers who expresses interest. If your only option is to send a physical submission, then please send us a description and/or sample, then wait to see if a reviewer may be interested.
7. One email address fits all! Send inquiries to email@example.com, and the emails will be forwarded to the proper place. We receive approximately 300 emails a week: few enough for us to write back to those who follow our guidelines, but far too many for us to write back to those who don’t ~ so if you haven’t received a response, come back here to see what you may have missed! Additional email addresses are below but keep in mind that they are all covered by the info@ email.
Joe (Mixes, Social Media): firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris and David (video game soundtracks): email@example.com
If your submission fits the above guidelines, and we like it, it has a very good chance of coverage. We know you put a lot of effort into what you do, so we promise not to review it if we don’t like it. If we decide to review it, we promise to give it a closer listen.