The album is booming, eerie and spacious, as though one had the sensation of floating in a cave. Quite a powerful release.
The more I hear doomjazz artists, the more enthralled I become with the genre. It sounds as though jazz-noir combines well with a nearly ambient aesthetic. Our latest case-in-point are the Australian group Vainoras and the altar of the drill. This release appeared out of nowhere last night, and it has had my ears perked up ever since.
There is a mellow, spacious, yet creepy vibe flowing throughout the album. It’s not unnecessarily noisy at all, which makes the experience much more pleasant. This is music to think and fume to.
Mikhail Chekalin deserves at least as credit for being a leading light in electronic music and New Age music as artists like Klaus Schulze, Peter Frohmader or Vangelis. That might be a provocative statement to some who enjoy this kind of music, but I think the comparison stands, as Mikhail has been releasing quality music consistently for so long that a new album is simply expected to be solid now. He’s never let me down yet.
Our friend and compatriot Raffaele Pezzalla (the legend behind Sonologyst, Unexplained Sounds Group and Eighth Tower Records) has made yet another masterful compilation, bringing together such acts as Rapoon, Michael Bonaventure and Daniel Williams to pay tribute to one of England’s quirkier periods – that of witchcraft in the British Isles.
I see the history of witchcraft from both a Christian and historical point of view which differs from what the liner notes say, but be that as it may, the compilation is solid, and I only regret I didn’t review this about two weeks ago, as it makes for great Halloween / All Souls’ Day listening.
There is a group of wonderful ambient musicians on Facebook who constantly release music of stunningly good quality. Names like Cousin Silas, Martin Neuwirth, Glen Sogge and Scott Lawlor among others are among the great names working in this field. Another was Candy Lozier, a fine composer who passed away in September of this year. She collaborated with so many wonderful musicians, ran a label, and contributed mightily to the spread of ambient and electronic music. This compilation is a great memorial to all she did for the scene.
All of the thoughtful label’s physical releases include a sample of the place each artist calls home.
Rainbow’s latest EP Long Vacation singlehandedly places her among the most innovative composers and musicians on the scene right now. More Dirty Projectors than J-Pop, Chan isn’t afraid to mix textures and sounds that lie far outside mainstream familiarity—weirdly warped bells, floating, dissonant flutes and her own voice mixed and mashed into its own mosaic of shattered parts.