Liam Kirby’s “Little of this Life” is warm like a blanket. The tenderness radiates through all aspects of the album, from the intimate guitar work to the earnest vocals. A poetic quality predominates over the pieces as they unfold with a sense of purpose. Cyclical rhythms give the songs a naturalistic air to them. By not overdoing the arrangements the way that the songs feels oftentimes is akin to being alone in a room with a dear friend. At times the songs feel reminiscent of Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” phase.
The sweetness of “Romanticized” sets the tone for what follows. Liam Kirby’s unique comforting voice guides the song forward, singing with a familiarity. Most analogous to Nick Drake’s work is the loose work of “Deary” whose energy is absolutely infectious. With an autumnal air to it is the reflective work of “Never” whose deliberate pace feels perfect. Opting for a sense of wonder is the childlike retelling of “Dream Log”. Featuring a playful keyboard is the joyous experience of “A Secret Life” whose melody lingers in the mind long the song is over. Keyboards continue though in a more subdued way in the deep registers of “If you see wolves”. Hypnotic in nature is the album highlight, the regal arrangement of “Stork”. Much more low-key is the highly articulate work of “Lightly”. Bringing the album to a close is the mellowness of “Lazy Eye”.
The music, recordings and artwork are by Peter Laermans & Zowie Vangeel, 2 guys from Scherpenheuvel, Belgium. King Sigh is very 'do it yourself'. The album is completely instrumental, without giving in on the melodic-euphoric character of the songs. Unlike many instrumental music 'One Might Wonder' often has a spicy variation and compact dynamics. . In the past King Sigh won Puredemo on PureFM radio and was Cutting Edge Talent of the Week in Belgium.
A Finnish musician Juha-Matti Rautiainen releases an ambient album in December 2016 which has been composed and performed live in its entirety by using only effected bass guitar.
Rautiainen has been working for years as a professional bass player in Finland. He cut the tip of his right index finger in an accident on New year’s Day in 2014, and afterwards he got the idea of composing ambient music by using his primary instrument exclusively.
”The Endless Now – Music for Stagnation” –album’s music is organic, minimalistic and meditative. Instead of the traditional musical elements the music concentrates on the refinement of slowly evolving moods and various textures. Since the music is originally conceived and performed live, concerts are a vital part of Rautiainen’s artistry. Playing every note alone with a vast array of pedals, he is able to take live-ambient act into a totally new level.
Rautiainen has been playing bass guitar professionally for over 15 years on stage and in studio in various bands of various genres. Today he works as an instrument teacher in Kaustinen college of music and tries to be a good father for two daughters.
Emerald - 10:08 Berlin - 06:54 Grain On The Wind - 06:25 The Space Between (Ambient 1) - 06:37 The BoÃ¶tes Void - 07:30 Etna - 09:40 Pearls (for Selma) - 06:16 For Everyone - 04:44 The Endless Now - 11:21
Following the dark, yet melodious nostalgia of Sunwarper, and the hazy summer warmth of Life Aquatic, Selles returns with the otherworldly single, Callisto. A song built from real instruments being spliced and warped to create an immediately recognizable, yet seemingly foreign melody. Selles creates an auditory world filled with ghostly synths, warped guitars, booming bass, and field recordings teeming underneath an electronic surface. Taking influence from artists as varied as Boards of Canada, Cloudkicker, Tycho and Explosions in the Sky, Selles combines the ambience and groove of IDM and Chillwave with the instrumentation and aesthetic of Post-Rock. This was part of a planned early 2017 EP; however, as writing progressed it became apparent that this would be the start of the next Selles full length album.
Michael Jakucs began creating music as Selles in 2013 to explore the electronic experimentation of chopping instruments into samplers. Drawing equal influence from artists as varied as Boards of Canada, Explosions in the Sky, Tycho and Eluvium, Jakucs’ music is filled with carefully crafted chords, organic sounds and instruments manipulated beyond recognition with a computer. Using the tumult of the world as influence, Jakucs creates a memory filled soundscape of fractured melodies with meaning buried under the audible surface.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.