This is the lead single "Bless Your Heart" from In Light Of. The two member project lives in different cities without any mutual connections. They met when Sandy responded to a job posting and quickly bonded over a shared appetite for the kind of boundless sonic exploration found in post-rock (and the like). It's been a long-distance relationship ever since. They 're truly the perfect pairing and have a song writing formula that works perfectly. Light Of have never written a song together. That is together in the same room, or even the same city. Yet, all five songs on this debut EP, Little Treasures, were pieced together from ideas shared from one device to another, many kilometers away. And now for the first time, through the magic of technological advancement, it's in your hands to listen and consume.
« All Right Yellow Bird », is the new EP of the Astray project. In between electronica, ambient and experimental music, the 4 tracks of the new opus are built on aerial synthetic textures, heavy beats, and melancholic piano themes, punctuated of vocal samples, to offer an instrumental and contemplative sound.
Musings on childhood memories, human connection, anxiety, the joys and perils of solitude, death - what it means to be in the world. The songs were written over a span of ten years. There is a song Anna Atkinson wrote for her father seven years after he died. There is a song she wrote for her mother three years before she died. Anna Atkinson is fascinated by endeavours that take a long time. Slow moving, sometimes imperceptibly slow. Like quilting, writing a novel, making an album. Things for which there is no virtue in hurrying. Baking bread, snowshoeing up a mountain, knitting, gardening, growing up. In fact, they are processes we cannot hurry, try as we might. The album was recorded over a period of five months at CBC Studio 211 in Toronto, and features the playing of co-producer and guitarist David Occhipinti.
Snowshoe - 04:03 Water - 02:59 Lovers - 04:23 When We Were Young - 03:25 Nobody Knows You - 02:13 Silver - 03:59 I'll Buy You Lunch - 02:33 When The Night Has Passed - 02:09 In December - 03:25 Winter Wind - 04:12
The winter is almost upon the Nordic countries. Time to dive into the darkness with WANHA. This is a project of Joni Vanhanen, a profilic producer/singer/hiphop-artist from Jyväskylä, Finland, known for his versatility above all. In addition to being one of the most respected underground hiphop producers in Finland he has worked with all kinds of music from metal to pop.
WANHA combines all of these influences with surprising ease. The Wait is a slice of trippy downtempo electronica, as dark as the northern days and cold as the nights, with haunting, pitch-shifted vocals that add an even more gripping tone to the distinctively Nordic song. WANHA is working on his debut album, so expect to hear more music from him very soon.
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.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.