Alyosha, the fourth full-length album from Philadelphia-based guitarist Patkus, released on September 1st.
An hour-long composition comprising six movements with a prologue and epilogue, Alyosha stands somewhere at the intersection of modern classical, post-rock, and American primitive.
“I was reading The Brother’s Karamazov — which is awesome by the way — and wanted to make something of a similar scale and scope. I wanted to aim high, take a leap of faith, pretend to be a better musician than I actually am, and see what would happen.”
From John Fahey to Mogwai, Steve Reich to Ali Akbar Khan, Patkus' music is an idiosyncratic blend of influences and composition techniques.
"When writing my new single “Fathers Day”, I realized that everyone is a little lost - that gave me some solace in trusting my own opinions. The song sheds some new light on my childhood and inspired some conflicting realizations about my last few months with my father.Thematically, “Fathers Day” is an accurate representation of the musical project as a whole. The foundation of NONA is based on feeling the pressure to create and realize something on my own without compromise. There’s a deep rooted self reflection in each song which inspires a sense of nostalgia."
"Rio" is a track about romance in an idyllic town, where the sea is close and where you can’t help but run into old friends at every turn. Cutting through the song’s bouncy rhythm, the lead guitar is blurred in a reverb haze like summer eyes after a long day in a chlorine pool. Descending chromatic runs and a tinge of minor keys give the song that quintessential surf vibe. The song’s essence is the carefree, laid back bliss the seaside evokes in all of us. No schedules, no plans.
"“Rio” is a reflection of what brought the band together in the first place. In frustration, our music calls out for a more simple life free from the tedious complications of the modern world. In that sense, at our core we are optimistic, and it is that optimism that is the real driving force behind the sound."
“Inches Apart” is a single from Brooklyn’s Magana, accompanied by a stunning new video from director Lauren Finerman (New York City Ballet) and backed by exclusive remixes from Frog and Benjamin Shaw. Magana’s debut EP, Golden Tongue, found praise and support from The Line of Best Fit, London In Stereo, yvynyl, BBC, GoldFlakePaint, IMPOSE, The Le Sigh, The Deli Magazine and many others.
Haunted and emotional, “Inches Apart” touches on the work of St. Vincent, Diane Cluck, Sharon Van Etten and Rebecca Moore. It's heartfelt and emotional music with ghosts whispering through the walls.
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.
Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’