Album Review: “Samatta” by The Corrupting Sea

The Corrupting Sea creates a sound that is rooted in the free space that ambient music provides. Not bound by rigid time signatures, the music on Samatta allows for melodic and harmonic expressions that slowly draw you into a dream-like state. The contrast of the melodious textures with static droning and other sound effects allows […]

Album Review: “Departures Vol. 1” by North Atlantic Drift

The Toronto-based electronic duo North Atlantic Drift describes their musical goal for Departures Vol. 1 as “trying to get at a certain sound we adore- a simplified ambient drone garnished with static and texture, stretched and given tension with string-like timbres.” In this hauntingly beautiful and minimalist record, that goal is absolutely accomplished. Throughout Departures […]

Compilation Review: Sunrise Square 01-09

“07” Ambition is sometimes what drives composers insane. Sometimes we get such grandiose ideas that, when we put it together, it turns out to be too great to materialize. Other times, however, these “big” ideas become a large, continuous conceptual work of art. It is the latter that Sunrise Square falls into. 01-09 are, as […]

Album review: 1(EP) by aoi

When an artist has a clear vision for their work, it is imperative that they follow through with it. aoi, a┬ácomposer/musician/producer from Montreal, is an example of this actually happening. With his debut EP, entitled 1(EP), aoi (real name Keven Brien) has established that he wants the listener to experience: “A voyage through lands where […]

Album Review: Dan Tapper “Ven”

When you compose electronic music, bravery is a key component to standing out. You have to be willing to take risks that some may consider too experimental or “far-out.” If done right, you will be duly rewarded with a finished product that communicates your artistic vision. Ven by Dan Tapper in many ways does just […]