[Music] Sshe Retina Stimulants – Play Cronaca Nera

This release by Sshe Retina Stimulants is one of the most claustrophobic works I’ve heard in some time.  This is noise, but done with a way that makes the experience almost magical.  I had the feeling of falling down an endless rabbit hole a la Alice in Wonderland.  It’s a harrowing release, and one of the most worthy noise releases I’ve heard in some time.

[Music] Ambient Fields – Ólafsfjörður

A hearty thanks to Geoff Gersh (Ambient Fields) for sending me an album of such spacious, head-filling music that I managed to unwind for the first time in a week.  All the effects created in this work are done with a guitar, some effects and a pump organ.  Taking inspiration from being in Ólafsfjörður, a small town in the north of Iceland, his location seeped deeply into these compositions.  This was a treat to listen to.

[Music] Neil Peart, Rush Drummer Who Set a New Standard for Rock Virtuosity, Dead at 67

Rush Recording Permanent Waves

Rolling Stone Magazine gives a fitting obituary on behalf of Neil Peart, of rock’s most innovative drummers here.  Words fail at this point from my end, as I’m grieving the loss of two friends at this point.  Losing an icon only adds to what is turning out to be a very rough beginning to 2020.  May Neil’s memory be eternal.

For further on his passing, you can follow this Twitter feed.

[Music] Raphael Weinroth-Browne – Worlds Within

Ladies and gentlemen, I have to be admit to being a bit thrilled to mention this release.  Some time ago, I reviewed a band called Flying Hórses, a band Raphael Weinroth-Browne was a member of, and whose stunning work on the cello made the album so memorable for me.

On January 24, he will release a new album which balances post-rock, contemporary classical music and the most tasteful aspects of metal.  It would have never occurred to me to blend such aspects together, but Raphael weaves things together masterfully.