Lubomyr Melnik has been featured on these pages previously. Expect to see a lot more of his work as the years roll by.
The Ukrainian-Canadian pianist released this music as part of the now out-of-print LP Concert-Requiem/Islands. It is apparently still available as a CD-R. I’m really hoping the master tapes were not lost, as I’d love to see it remastered and repackaged as a proper CD. Give the track a listen and you’ll see why.
Focused, raw Apocalyptic Folk from Roses Never Fade, a band who carries the spirit of acts like American Neofolk legends such as Changes and good British psychedelic folk music like Comus.
Good heavens, this is an absolutely schizophrenic piece of music. It ranges from a sumptuous minimalist to an edgy post-rock before sliding into something more appropriate in an electroacoustic work.
Valgeir Sigurðsson hails from Iceland. Why is this not surprising? Yet another composer/musician from there to watch out for. To hear the whole of Architecture of Loss, the album this track is on, go to Valgeir’s Bandcamp site.
A real tragedy. Asalt0 Al Parque Zoológico are a shoegazer band out of Buenos Aires, Argentina who bring to mind such acts as My Bloody Valentine and Lush, and are certainly worth a listen.
Unfortunately, I came across them too late, as it seems drummer Gabo Malmus and her boyfriend, Sebastian, were killed yesterday in a tragic plane crash over the Alps.
May they rest in peace, and may APZOO recover.
Bossa Nova was smoking hot during the early 60s. Artists like Milton Banana broke hard into the American market, and after hearing this album you’ll dig why.
28 years ago today, Laibach foisted this cover of the cheesy Opus hit, “Live is Life,” and most certainly made it their own.
From Éthiopiques 21: Ethiopia Song, this is Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, one truly bluesy nun of the the Ethiopian Orthodox persuasion.
This is an odd one, even by my standards. I never expected to come across Georgian pop-psych, but… I did. Here’s Dielo!
Going through some old post-punk albums last night, Public Image Ltd‘s name came to mind. Thanks to Enzo Notorio’s good taste, he pointed me to the direction of The Flowers of Romance, which contained this gem.
Panasonic (now Pan Sonic, thanks to the multi-national company not being pleased with the Finnish duo pilfering their name) produced some gorgeous minimalism.