weekly discovery: trains

resolve

weekly discovery 36: trains by poppy ackroyd.
the track is taken from resolve, released in 2018 by one little indian.

if you are not familiar with classically trained pianist and violinist poppy ackroyd (and you are just coming across this post) then you are in for a treat. personally, i was lucky enough to experience her live performance in brighton a little while back, and it’s safe to say that the emotive layering and looping that is particularly significant in her music is fully developed into her live performances.

highly recommended track from a highly recommended artist.

resolve can be bought through bandcamp.

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monthly feature: chogori

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the august participant in our monthly feature is the german band chogori.

in october, the experimental duo will release the new album lake on less records, a label co-founded by composer tom blankenberg.

the first thing that strikes you while listening to lake, is the adventurous aspect of music the duo has embarked into. lake is hard to categorize (which is a good thing) due to it’s playfulness and openness. all tracks on the album are varied, each with its own story to tell. the fact that it’s a challenge to give any similar-sounding references makes this album a lot more interesting, and also more enjoyable. for example, there are some contemporary jazzy vibes in repetition, which make me think of manchester-based gogo penguin. i really need to mention that the rhythm section of repetition is absolutely incredible, both in terms of rhythms, but also in the way chogori allows the drums to breathe – the acoustic space is simply beautiful.

another favourite on the album is definitely ifny, atmospheric sounds with a continuous bassline that very much builds around the concept of the album/artwork. tracks like ifny adds to the already mentioned space, beautifully captured.

lake is in my opinion an album to look forward to – the perfect mix of electronica, classical and jazzy sounds. it is also a worthy contributor to the entire idea behind the less records collective, and i look forward to hear more both from the band and the label.

tracklist:

01 sinus flux
02 ifny
03 new temper
04 bowing elements
05 repetition
06 four
07 cottage
08 vico
09 thelonious
10 grand prix

lake can be pre-ordered through itunes.

weekly discovery: hands rest

aparde hands rest

weekly discovery 35: hands rest by aparde.
the track is taken from hands rest, released in 2019 by ki records.

starting off with a beautiful pad intro, paul schröder (a.k.a aparde) slowly brings the listener into a very compelling and highly emotive chord progression that is consistent throughout the track. the core of hands rest is an absolutely perfect mix of rhythmic surprises, beautiful melodies, tied together with mellow, distant vocals. melodically speaking, this should be a superb match for anyone who enjoys the sound of rival consoles, but there are also enjoyable similarities to be found with jan blomqvist’s albums, as well as label mate christian löffler. all in all, this second studio album from aparde is an extraordinary effort that surely should put him up on the top amongst germany’s ever-developing scene of electronic music.

hands rest can be bought through bandcamp.

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weekly discovery: hope

Andy pawlak

weekly discovery 34: hope by andy pawlak.
the track is taken from one word of truth outweighs the world, self-released in 2019.

pawlak is beautifully and carefully planning the soundscape throughout the album. intimate pianos are layered with the occasional electronic beat, and even choirs, as in hope. what makes this entire album stand out – and what makes it extremely enjoyable – is how the mixing is executed. the background soundscapes are almost unnoticeable from time to time, which adds to the emotion.

one word of truth outweighs the world can be bought through bandcamp.

make sure to follow our spotify playlist for all music featured on the blog.

weekly discovery: flamingo

channels brandt

weekly discovery 33: flamingo by daniel brandt.
the track is taken from channels, released in 2018 by erased tapes.

just as for the entire album, flamingo is an incredible listening experience for anyone with even moderate interest in contemporary, experimental music. in his compositions, brandt seems to constantly expand the borders of what is rhythmically possible, and this feeling grows with every track listened to. a highly recommended album.

channels can be bought through bandcamp.

make sure to follow our spotify playlist for all music featured on the blog.

monthly feature: philip g anderson

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the third participant in our monthly feature is the american composer philip g anderson.

besides releasing extraordinary beautiful music – with a strong focus on cinematic soundscapes and strings – philip also took his compositions to both tv and film, working with a wide variety of networks such as cnn, fox and cbs. he also composed the ost’s for several short films (le passage du temps, fleur, wanderful etc).

his first full-length album is named wilderness and was released on march 1st.
in philip‘s own words, he is describing the birth of the album as follows;

this project started as a desire to escape the small, claustrophobic, and dark room where i spent much of my time writing and working. i wanted to create music that got me out of that room and also inspired other people to go out and explore the beautiful, natural world around us. i was inspired early on by imagery of the vast wilderness in the pacific northwest. i wondered what the dense forests, flowing rivers, and expansive mountain ranges would sound like musically. and so, i composed 10 pieces that blend together ambient, modern classical, and cinematic elements to reflect what I felt that would sound like, a soundtrack for exploring the wilderness.

listening to the album after reading his own thoughts about the album, it’s safe to say that philip g anderson conveyed exactly the message he set out to do. wilderness is embraced by weightlessness, beauty, meaning, admiration – all the things we experience when we explore nature in its purest form are present on this release.
the timid piano – lined by heavily reverberated cellos and violins by dave edwards and erin cassel – adds an extra dimension, even allowing the listener to be taken beyond nature.

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tracklist:

01 wilderness
02 along the forest floor
03 olympic
04 lakes
05 from river to ocean
06 moss
07 fog
08 overcast
09 evergreen
10 mountains

 


together with photographer grant boutiette, philip also shared a few of the photos taken in connection with the album artwork.

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this photo was taken in skokomish washington. we were driving through a swamp area and saw the fog slowly fading away to reveal the tree covered hilltops. what stood out to me most about this location and moment was how quiet it was. there was no wind, no car sounds, no animal sounds, just silence. it was incredibly calm.

Lake3 GB

this photo was taken overlooking lake cushman near the entrance to olympic national park. we were driving through the mountains and came across this overlook with stunning views of the clouds rolling over the mountains. it’s hard to get a true sense of just how big the lake is and how far you could see from the photo. we spent a long time in that spot just observing and taking in the view.

wilderness can be purchased from philip g anderson’s bandcamp.

monthly feature: jan-dirk platek

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the second participant in our monthly feature is with 38 releases on bandcamp (!) undoubtedly one of the more productive composers out there; jan-dirk platek.

jan, born in 1976, is a multi-instrumentalist and besides releasing piano music with a neoclassical touch, he is also the creator of post-rock/electronic project we deserve this.

one of his latest albums, a feeling named hope is a beautifully executed reminder of how death always will be a part of life. talking about the atmosphere of the album and the concept, platek states that “there are no happy endings, so the album is melancholic but never depressed” – a perfect contemplation that accurately describes the mood of this clean, minimal yet highly powerful record.

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tracklist:

01 the testament
02 awake
03 rose
04 a feeling named hope
05 lies
06 helicopter
07 stars
08 clouds
09 death on sunday
10 coffin
11 tears

a feeling named hope can be purchased from jan-dirk plateks’s bandcamp.
also be sure to look out for his coming album distance, out on friday.