Posts Tagged: ACL 2019

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

Our reviewers have an ear for the unique, as evidenced by this list. Every writer voted for a different #1.  But when the votes were counted, one album stood above them all, winning a broad base of support that unified

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Some of the year’s most ambitious projects are found in this category, crisscrossing the globe from the history of Appalachia to the future of Australia.  Visual poems tell deep stories; singers connect to folklore and spirit.  And everywhere, there are

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Some of the year’s most ambitious projects are found in this category, crisscrossing the globe from the history of Appalachia to the future of Australia.  Visual poems tell deep stories; singers connect to folklore and spirit.  And everywhere, there are

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

The glaciers are melting, species are disappearing, natural wonders are being turned into tourist traps, and all the while we’re on our cellphones, texting towards Bethlehem.  The artists below are in love with sound, especially disappearing sound, although they hope it will

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

The glaciers are melting, species are disappearing, natural wonders are being turned into tourist traps, and all the while we’re on our cellphones, texting towards Bethlehem.  The artists below are in love with sound, especially disappearing sound, although they hope it will

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Experimental

From locked grooves to dueling drummers; from abstract voices to plastic instruments; from stories of slavery to modern African drones, the Experimental category represents creativity at its best.  These artists follow their own paths, abandoning the marked roads, more interested

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Experimental

From locked grooves to dueling drummers; from abstract voices to plastic instruments; from stories of slavery to modern African drones, the Experimental category represents creativity at its best.  These artists follow their own paths, abandoning the marked roads, more interested

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone music doesn’t need to be scary; there’s nothing inherently frightening about elongated tones.  Yet the drone genre does seem predisposed toward darkness.  Just look at the cover art for Black to Comm; or the compositional corpses found in the BABEL hardback

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Drone

Drone music doesn’t need to be scary; there’s nothing inherently frightening about elongated tones.  Yet the drone genre does seem predisposed toward darkness.  Just look at the cover art for Black to Comm; or the compositional corpses found in the BABEL hardback

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Ambient

And now, the first of the Big Seven Lists!  We receive more ambient music than anything else, at times equal to all the other genres combined.  This makes the field our most competitive, which is ironic considering the fact that

ACL 2019 ~ Top Ten Ambient

And now, the first of the Big Seven Lists!  We receive more ambient music than anything else, at times equal to all the other genres combined.  This makes the field our most competitive, which is ironic considering the fact that

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

When it came time to tally our votes, we discovered that this year’s winners had never been listed before!  A huge congratulations to Wisconsin’s well-deserving and hard-working Lost Tribe Sound, A Closer Listen‘s Label of the Year for 2019, followed closely

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

When it came time to tally our votes, we discovered that this year’s winners had never been listed before!  A huge congratulations to Wisconsin’s well-deserving and hard-working Lost Tribe Sound, A Closer Listen‘s Label of the Year for 2019, followed closely

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Film Scores

We’re not talking about the same films as everybody else, but for good reason; we’ve packed our slate with dark horse candidates.  So no Star Wars (too obvious), no Joker (the artist’s score for Chernobyl was better), no Ad Astra (not the composer’s best soundtrack), no Us (although

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Film Scores

We’re not talking about the same films as everybody else, but for good reason; we’ve packed our slate with dark horse candidates.  So no Star Wars (too obvious), no Joker (the artist’s score for Chernobyl was better), no Ad Astra (not the composer’s best soundtrack), no Us (although