Posts Tagged: Room40

Thembi Soddell ~ Love Songs ~ Review and Interview

The term “love songs” implies sweetness and light: syrupy stylings written to woo or enamor.  Love songs sit in gilded carriages with Cupid, chocolate, candy hearts and the color red.  So why is this album black? These are love songs, just not those kind of

Thembi Soddell ~ Love Songs ~ Review and Interview

The term “love songs” implies sweetness and light: syrupy stylings written to woo or enamor.  Love songs sit in gilded carriages with Cupid, chocolate, candy hearts and the color red.  So why is this album black? These are love songs, just not those kind of

ACL 2017 ~ Top Ten Drone

2017 was a pivotal year for the drone genre, formerly considered the least political of all genres.  Yet as the noise of the world increased, so did the interest of artists in using drone and noise as commentary.  By creating

ACL 2017 ~ Top Ten Drone

2017 was a pivotal year for the drone genre, formerly considered the least political of all genres.  Yet as the noise of the world increased, so did the interest of artists in using drone and noise as commentary.  By creating

ACL 2017 ~ Top Ten Ambient

After a long, hard day, there’s nothing like a beautiful ambient album to soothe the savage breast.  Whether one is dealing with heartbreak, the loss of a loved one or the state of world affairs, this is music to come

ACL 2017 ~ Top Ten Ambient

After a long, hard day, there’s nothing like a beautiful ambient album to soothe the savage breast.  Whether one is dealing with heartbreak, the loss of a loved one or the state of world affairs, this is music to come

Janek Schaefer ~ Glitter in my tears

Glitter in my tears is an unfulfilled promise, its life cut short time and again by daydreams had deep into the night. It marks the 20th anniversary of Janek Schaefer’s first release, perhaps mired in hopes lost by now, a

Janek Schaefer ~ Glitter in my tears

Glitter in my tears is an unfulfilled promise, its life cut short time and again by daydreams had deep into the night. It marks the 20th anniversary of Janek Schaefer’s first release, perhaps mired in hopes lost by now, a

Lawrence English ~ Cruel Optimism

High density music is easy to make ~ just add more layers until all the levels are in the red.  But quality denseness is far more difficult to achieve.  Lawrence English excels in such ventures because he honors the nuances within and between sounds.  His

Lawrence English ~ Cruel Optimism

High density music is easy to make ~ just add more layers until all the levels are in the red.  But quality denseness is far more difficult to achieve.  Lawrence English excels in such ventures because he honors the nuances within and between sounds.  His

Rafael Anton Irisarri ~ A Fragile Geography

A Fragile Geography clawed itself out of the debris in what was a difficult period for Rafael Anton Irisarri. He left Seattle for New York, but during the removal process his entire studio, audio archives and possessions were stolen. Two years in the making, A Fragile Geography is a

Rafael Anton Irisarri ~ A Fragile Geography

A Fragile Geography clawed itself out of the debris in what was a difficult period for Rafael Anton Irisarri. He left Seattle for New York, but during the removal process his entire studio, audio archives and possessions were stolen. Two years in the making, A Fragile Geography is a

ACL 2014: Top Ten Drone

The extended tones of drone can undulate and loop or attack like disturbed bees; they can lull one to sleep or startle one awake.  Both types of drone are represented in this year’s picks.  Some familiar names are present, joined

ACL 2014: Top Ten Drone

The extended tones of drone can undulate and loop or attack like disturbed bees; they can lull one to sleep or startle one awake.  Both types of drone are represented in this year’s picks.  Some familiar names are present, joined