Interview with Tidelands

  Hello Gabriel and Mie!  It’s so sweet to be doing this interview with you both for the imminent release of your sophomore album We’ve Got A Map.  From what I’ve read, you were working on We’ve Got A Map during or right after the July 2011 release of your first album, If… What compelled you to jump right into the music pool again so … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 1 Soundtrack, 2 EPs, and 1 Album

The Chemical Brothers – Hanna soundtrack Relativity Music Group The 20 songs of this film soundtrack by The Chemical Brothers may seem like plenty, but some numbers are constructed as “joining segments” that exist between the fully-developed songs and, as such, they barely register because of … [Read more...]

Antony and the Johnsons – Swanlights

Although we’ve come to know him as a modern workhorse, Antony Hegarty has always been able to keep his work with the Johnsons that much more invigorating. Whether he’s remixed mainstream artists or assisted on electronic records, albums like I Am a Bird Now and The Crying Light were always adorned with particular touches you couldn’t find … [Read more...]

Hauschka – Foreign Landscapes

Fluidity and seamlessness seem to go hand in hand. It's a great accomplishment for an artist to find a certain flow in their writing that captures the seamless transitions most often found in regular life. For Hauschka’s Volker Bertelmann, music has always been the extension of his voice into a melodic line. And with a musical voice that is always … [Read more...]

Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP

The opening moments of new music from Sufjan Stevens is an angelic choir of singers, backdropping the singer-songwriter’s instantly intimate voice. It’s a beautiful way to begin any kind of album, but for something that’s about the apocalypse and “letting go of decisions that I made,” there is no better way to start. After five long years that … [Read more...]

Interview with Daniel Lawson of Venice is Sinking

Your new album Sand & Lines was recorded in the Georgia Theater, which burned down not long after recording. You guys generously set up a fund to send donations to the rebuilding of the Theater. How’s the reconstruction project coming along? You guys definitely earned playing the inaugural show there. Daniel Lawson: I ran into Wilmot Greene … [Read more...]

Jóhann Jóhannsson – And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees

Jóhann Jóhannsson’s prominence among Icelandic musicians comes from the confidently grand scope of his recent works. Either conceptually robust (IBM 1401, A User's Manual), instrumentally robust (Virðulegu Forsetar), or both (Fordlandia), Jóhannsson has seemingly moved on from the more intimate, electronic-infused sound of his earliest work on the … [Read more...]

Bill Horist – Covalent Lodge

Bill Horist immerses you in a world composed entirely, exactly, of sound. His new release, Covalent Lodge, is a journey. Our hero on this venture, the acoustic guitar, rubs elbows with a colorful class of instruments, from percussion and bloodless vocals to a sovereign violin under watchful ambience. And there's so much more. But all this … [Read more...]

Third album from Barzin out now

Reflecting the highs and lows experienced by the human heart in the aftermath of a break-up, Barzin’s third album, Notes To An Absent Lover, balances the introspection of his earlier work with up-tempo orchestral arrangements that provide a richly melodic heartbeat to these glowing confessionals. Personal but never indulgent, the raw honesty of … [Read more...]

Choir of Young Believers on tour

When listening to Denmark’s Choir of Young Believers, it’s hard not to imagine an army of white-clad singers with arms outstretched, their voices raised in holy polyphony--in fact, the Danish group is the brainchild of one 26-year-old Jannis Noya Makrigiannis. Choir of Young Believers is an orchestral-pop project marked by Jannis' magisterial … [Read more...]