Astrïd & Rachel Grimes – Through The Sparkle

As the nominative leader of Louisville legends Rachel’s, Rachel Grimes can certainly take a large chunk of credit for broadening the horizons of many post-rock aficionados into more classical views between 1991 and 2005.  Outside of her influential canon with Rachel’s, Grimes has continually spread her talents more widely; with guest spots on … [Read more...]

Second Language releases Memory Drawings debut

Newly-released on the ever-evolving Second Language  - with the label’s usual mixture of surprise and understatement - is Music For Another Loss, the debut release from the pan-global Memory Drawings. This first instrumental album from the freshly-formed trio of hammered dulcimer player Joel Hanson, violinist Sarah Kemp (Brave Timbers, Last … [Read more...]

FAO#27 (Brave Timbers & Amiina)

The language of musical analysis is rife with clichés, contradictions and confusion.  Whilst it’s often claimed that a ‘less is more’ approach bears some of the greatest fruit, the hypothesis comes unglued when thinking of the layered and laboured-over studio triumphs of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Serge Gainsbourg and many others.  … [Read more...]