Posts Tagged: ACL 2018

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

2018 was an amazing year for field recordings and soundscapes, perhaps the best to date.  We reviewed over 40 works this year, and had an incredibly difficult time choosing ten for this list since the overall quality was so high.

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

2018 was an amazing year for field recordings and soundscapes, perhaps the best to date.  We reviewed over 40 works this year, and had an incredibly difficult time choosing ten for this list since the overall quality was so high.

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Experimental

Musically and geographically, these albums are all over the map.  This year’s picks include an album comprised of other albums, a band whose instruments are made from vegetables, a score to a film about lives erased under Stalin and a

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Experimental

Musically and geographically, these albums are all over the map.  This year’s picks include an album comprised of other albums, a band whose instruments are made from vegetables, a score to a film about lives erased under Stalin and a

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Half of this year’s picks are from female artists, who represent a growing strength in the industry.  In 2018, we also saw a huge increase in the amount of ethnic-based, personal releases, with deep drums and deeper stories.  This year’s

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Electronic

Half of this year’s picks are from female artists, who represent a growing strength in the industry.  In 2018, we also saw a huge increase in the amount of ethnic-based, personal releases, with deep drums and deeper stories.  This year’s

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Drone

In terms of ACL submissions, drone took a back seat to ambient this year.  But when we did hear drone albums, we loved them.  As we reported a year ago, drone artists received a surge of inspiration after the Brexit/Trump votes and

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Drone

In terms of ACL submissions, drone took a back seat to ambient this year.  But when we did hear drone albums, we loved them.  As we reported a year ago, drone artists received a surge of inspiration after the Brexit/Trump votes and

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Ambient

2018 was a particularly strong year for ambient music. We received over a thousand albums for consideration, in some weeks more than all other genres combined ~ and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  While composing this introduction, we

ACL 2018 ~ Top Ten Ambient

2018 was a particularly strong year for ambient music. We received over a thousand albums for consideration, in some weeks more than all other genres combined ~ and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  While composing this introduction, we

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

1) Erased Tapes (London) The third time’s the charm for Erased Tapes, which finally breaks through to #1 on our chart ~ in its anniversary year!  We reviewed five artist albums from the label this year, and all five made one

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

1) Erased Tapes (London) The third time’s the charm for Erased Tapes, which finally breaks through to #1 on our chart ~ in its anniversary year!  We reviewed five artist albums from the label this year, and all five made one

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

In the old days, we would flip through LPs in the stacks (and later, CDs), looking for something to catch our eye. Whenever we saw a good cover, we’d pause; and since cellphones didn’t exist, we’d ask the shop clerk,

ACL 2018 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

In the old days, we would flip through LPs in the stacks (and later, CDs), looking for something to catch our eye. Whenever we saw a good cover, we’d pause; and since cellphones didn’t exist, we’d ask the shop clerk,