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Album review: Oneiric Escapism Vol. 3

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The greatest gift that starting this blog/webzine has given me is the vast number of new artists I get to hear. I consider myself lucky whenever a new album comes in my business email, but when a compilation of numerous artists pops up it is even better.

In this case I refer to Oneiric Escapism Vol. 3 by the UK project A Lonely Ghost Burning. On this compilation you are introduced to “atmospheric, vocally-inclined, electronic and experimental music” from all over the world. Such countries include Canada, Guatemala, Iceland, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA.

Every track, twelve in total, is a brilliant introduction to countless musicians that are on the cutting edge of innovation in their genre. The way the songs can haunt you with their beauty is something to behold. I truly believe in this project and highly recommend Oneiric Escapism Vol. 3  for a new listening experience.

Oneiric Escapism Vol. 3 can be found at https://alonelyghostburning.bandcamp.com/album/oneiric-escapism-vol-3

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Album review: “Mondo Flockard” by Mondo Flockard

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“A path of verbed-out jazz, metallic ambience and grinding electro-acoustics.”

These are the descriptors given to those approaching Mondo Flockhard’s second, self-titled, record. Without a doubt words can only do so much justice to music, and in many ways these aforementioned descriptors give just half the picture.

This project by Melbourne-based drummer Maria Moles is an exercise in atmospheric experimentation and complex rhythms. Without a doubt the record is an exercise for the listener, but if the listener fully engages they will be rewarded.

Go in with an open mind, I promise you’ll be delighted.

Mondo Flockhard can be found at https://tonelist.bandcamp.com/album/mondo-flockard


Album review: “Hope” by a passage to the stars

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The greatest thing about being involved in the electronic genre as long as I have is variety. There are so many different artists out there with their own defining visions of what electronic music should be.

In the case of Portuguese artist a passage to the stars (real name Ricardo Alves), his music is a cosmic journey that elicits joy and mystery simultaneously. What is so fascinating about his album Hope is the understanding of simplicity. There is never too much sound, but just enough to give you a well-rounded experience.

In many ways a passage to the stars is a throwback to artists like Tangerine Dream and Jean-Michel Jarre. There is a similar minimalist approach and equal focus on melodic phrasing as well as soundscapes. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this record.

Hope can be found at http://apassagetothestars.com/hope/


Album Review: “An Eclipse of Images” by Daniel Barbiero and Massimo Discepoli

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The best kind of music these days is music that defies convention. It’s music that is bold, fresh, and ultimately brave. This bravery can be displayed in numerous forms, but first and foremost the sound must be the focus. In my mind, the bravest music is that which is unable to be boxed into a single genre.

This music is exactly what I find when I listen to An Eclipse of Images. A cooperative project between Italian percussionist Massimo Discepoli and American experimental double-bassist/composer Daniel Barbiero, the record seeks to present musical “ hybrids meticulously built up of acoustic and electronic elements both composed and improvised.”

It does just that. The brilliant interaction between the double-bass, percussion, and electronic synth sounds create an experience that constantly leaves you in different musical worlds. You hear jazz, avant-garde classical, ambient and so much more within this record that each listen brings a new perspective.

It is a truly wondrous thing.

An Eclipse of Images can be found at http://www.acustronica.com/an-eclipse-of-images.html