[Music] Ghost Bike – Nothing Charms

I don’t know what’s going on in Jerusalem these days, but it seems there’s quite a goth/darkwave/witch-punk scene brewing over there. Thanks kindly to Tamar Singer for recommending me the work of her colleague Vlad Shusterman (working as Ghost Bike), whose work reminds me of bands like early Sisters of Mercy, Rubella Ballet and X-Mal […]

[Music] Rebekah Heller – Metafagote

Metafagote is Rebekah Heller’s second release for the New York City-based record label New Focus Recordings.  The bassoon is one of the most difficult instruments to not only play but to compose for. It seems Rebekah has done an outstanding job handling both.

[Music] Zeresh – Sigh For Sigh EP

I love unsolicited material coming into one of my many inboxes. I ended up having the pleasure of discovering Zeresh, a neofolk band out of Israel who rather deftly interpret, on three of the four songs, the poetry of William Ernest Henley (of Invictus fame). There is a lot of dark, pulsating music that would […]

[Music] Mark McGuire – Glass Bowls

Mark McGuire is a guitarist and improviser out of Cleveland, Ohio, who has a large body of work available via Bandcamp, but this one caught my ear because of pleasant, gentle, floating music within.  There’s a vibe here that reminds me less of psychedelic music, and more of something akin to early Pink Floyd or […]

[Music] Wirephobia – Kurdistan

Kudos to Wirephobia, an experimental/noise project based out of Erbil, Kurdistan in Iraq, for doing their part in developing a local noise music scene in what one could imagine is a hostile area. The music on Kurdistan, released in 2016, is a pastiche of ethnic recordings and bolts of feedback, radio emissions and it all […]