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Anne Garner
Lost Play

Anne Garner returns to Slowcraft Records with another record of slow craft. Lost Play is a record of dreamy songwriting, one where the instrumentals appear to have been recorded in an early-morning haze. The way the droning ambiences and Garner’s breathy vocals slip over one another is reminiscent...view item »

Anna Meredith
Anno

Certainly doing pretty nicely amongst the chattering arts set, thank you very much, Anna Meredith won Scottish Album of the Year award for her debut 'Varmints' and has been artist in residence and sat on panels and all that sort of stuff. Now she releases a new collaboration with the Scottish Ensemble where she ...view item »

Grandbrothers
Dilation

Minimalist, techno composers Grandbrothers present their debut album ‘Dilation’. Following their instant classic EP ‘Ezra Was Right’, Grandbrothers have taken their exploration into minimalist ambiance to pioneering new territory with techno structures and rhythmic dancefloor characteristics....view item »

Indi
Precipice

Captain, we have multiple Björk comparisons incoming! Yes, this be New Zealand’s Indira Force aka Indi readying ...view item »

Julian Curwin & Jane Sheldon
Crossing

Romero Records (The Tango Saloon, Umlaut) release a collaborative LP between Jane Sheldon and label boss Julian Cur...view item »

Danny Clay
Stills

Delicate worlds laced with old vinyl dusty fuzz and crackle. Think the forced yet gentle nostalgia of Leyland Kirby’s The Future or his The Caretaker material, but no big band sound, more music box or single toy piano, bits of solo cello and twisted vocal harmonies, found in a box in the family at...view item »

Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks (15th Anniversary Edition)

Written in 2003 as a response to the invasion of Iraq, Max Richter’s The Blue Notebooks has become a seminal piece of classical protest music, in part due to its use in films such as Shutter Island and Waltz With Bashir. It’s a stirring work that hovers between electroacoustic music, Neo-Cl...view item »

Olafur Arnalds
re:member

Oh it’s so nice. Isn’t it nice. This new Olafur Arnalds LP. Just lovely. The loveliest, in fact. re:member. Beautiful music. The piano. The strings. The delicate pitter-patter drum machines, possibly left over from his forays into techno as part of Kiasmos. Gorgeous. Transcendental. Beautifu...view item »

Erland Cooper
Solan Goose

Prolific multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper—also of The Magnetic North and Erland and The Carnival fame—defies genre categorisation, his eclectic sound ranging from electro experiments, lilting folktronica and evocative poetry set to classical tropes. This vinyl release, out on Phases, explores his Scottish origins,...view item »

Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks

Max Richter stands at the forefront of the modern classical movement that has enjoyed prominence for most of this century. The delicate, emotionally arresting compositions on his second album confirmed his status, and are here re-released with updated artwork on LP and CD, sounding just as wonderful as before....view item »

Max Richter
Recomposed by Max Richter / Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Deluxe Edition)

I've got another of those self-reviewing records this week. This one is Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' recomposed by Max Richter, and it's not just a clever name. It's an ambitious work, though, with Richter reworking the piece on a fundamental level, changing the music itself in such dramatic fashion that he calculates that he discarded around th...view item »

Max Richter
from SLEEP

A record surely made with our Phil in mind. If anyone can get him to sleep it will be Max Richter. Richter has written what is thought to be the longest piece of classical music and you are supposed to listen to it when you are asleep  - if such thing is possible. The work is being released in its entirety in digital form b...view item »

Johann Johannsson
Orphée

Night in with some wine for this one. One of the greats of modern classical, Johann Johannsson, returns with a new studio album after 6 years of soundtracks and collaborative efforts. Cinematic and immersive, Johannsson uses electronics, ambient textures and drones around masterful piano and string pieces. For fans of Ma...view item »

Jóhann Jóhannsson
Arrival (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jóhann Jóhannsson is known for his modern composition skills, often working with stately piano and subtle electronics. But for his original soundtrack to the big new film Arrival, he follows the plot’s lead by centering his compositions around the voice. The results can sometimes recall Holly...view item »

Max Richter
Infra

Max. The Max, The Maxxer, Max is back! With a brand new album on Fat Cat! Curb your excitement neo classical funsticks, the time is nigh to get all misery induced again with a new album from the lord of melancholy (I'm really trying to liven this up... is it working?). Infra is a collaboration with Wayne Macgregor and Julian Opie for The Royal B...view item »

Johann Johannsson
The Mercy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Aside from his solo output and numerous collaborations, Jóhann Jóhannsson has been growing a long list of film scores, including Arrival, Prisoners, and The Theory Of Everything. His latest is this score for James Marsh’s The Mercy, about the infamous saili...view item »

Masayoshi Fujita
Stories

“Once upon a time, there were mountains, a lake, a river and a waterfall in the forest.”So begin the sleeve notes on this gorgeous twinkle fest of an album, and it tells a very pretty story indeed, a fairytale story of swans, young deer running through the forest, morning dew and memories of the wind, this is really lovely stuf...view item »

Masayoshi Fujita
Book of Life

Masayoshi Fujita - an artist you may know better from his Jan Jelinek collaborations under the guise of El Fog - completes the trio of vibraphone LPs begun with 2013’s Stories. Book Of Life keeps the focus on the big metal xylophone while also incorporating a wider range ...view item »

Gustavo Santaolalla
The Motorcycle Diaries (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Che Guevara biopic The Motorcycle Diaries enjoyed huge success when it was released in 2004. This extended to its soundtrack - the score by decorated Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla won a BAFTA, and Jorge Drexler’s closing number ‘Al otro lado del rio’ took home an Academy Awa...view item »

Víkingur Ólafsson
Philip Glass: Piano Works

Artistic director of Reykjavík Midsummer Music festival and Swedish Vinterfest, the icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson has performed with many orchestras including the London Philharmonic. After being selected by Phillip Glass to perform some of his Etudes at the barbican he has gone on to ...view item »

Nils Frahm
Encores 1

Ah now we can have them. Now that Rough Trade have had their exclusive, the rest of us wait with arms outstretched for the leftovers. But as it's Nils and as it's Erased Tapes we will welcome them back in. These five tracks formed part of the same sessions for All Melody and if you didn't already get that album off Rough Trade then this will be ...view item »

Less Bells
Solifuge

The location of Joshua Tree, California is important to Solifuge, the full-length debut by Less Bells. The dichotomy of summer monsoons and starry nights that the desert landscape bring inform the dramatic and desolate qualities of the music. The woman behind the project, Julia Carpenter, made the music by reshaping a classical ...view item »

Goldmund
Sometimes

Goldmund, aka Keith Kenniff has apparently had great success squeezing his music into films and adverts and such, which makes sense in some ways: he writes very elegant, dramatic piano music. But also, most of Sometimes is just as dark as the sleeve art suggests: I can’t imagine many of these trac...view item »

Tim Hecker
Dropped Pianos

Apparently Tim is at the top of his game and has been for years accordingly to the press release. Slightly confused by that sentence...I would say that he's made some excellent records over the last few years and Ravedeath 1972 is nothing short of brilliance. Dropped Pianos is 9 tracks w...view item »

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Here's a dream marriage in floaty heaven! Adam Wiltzie from Stars of The Lid and Dustin O'Halloran have a new thing and this is it. Initially it sounds like how you'd expect it to sound. O'Halloran tinkling away on the old ivories and Wiltzie making some orchestral majestic sounding drones in the background. So far so good. At times it goes all ...view item »

Tubular Brass
Tubular Bells

Well why not: a version of Mike Oldfield’s classic progscape Tubular Bells, re-scored for a twenty-eight piece brass ensemble! The whole album has been treated in this way, but this right here is a 7” edit containing the introduction theme only, to whet the appetite. Limited to 300 copies only! On Static Car...view item »

Michael Price
Tender Symmetry

Amazingly ambitious release from Sherlock composer Michael Price. Tender Symmetry not only takes the history of England as its inspiration, but is in many way a document of them. Price actually took him ensembles to each location, sparring with their acoustic properties, to captur...view item »

Sylvain Chauveau
Un Autre Decembre

Sylvain Chauveau is a quiet, intimate artist, and this album, originally released in 2003, was actually his debut. He sits at the piano, thinking about Jacques Brel and generations gone by. These melancholy glances to the past lend a thoughtful feel to Un Autre Decembre’s twelve tracks. 180g clear...view item »

Tomas Dvorak
Machinarium

Tomáš Dvořák is a Czech composer, musician and graphic artist who's been playing and composing music since 1996 focusing on the collision of fine arts and music. In that time he has contributed to several compilations and released his demo Hub via the internet. In 2001 he released his debut album Pocustone that bridges rel...view item »

The Caretaker
Patience (After Sebald)

Finally the eagerly anticipated soundtrack work from Mister James Leyland Kirby's Caretaker pseudonym had landed. Apparently this was recorded prior to his last album 'An Empty Bliss Beyond This World. This is the score to film-maker Grant Gee's documentary about German writer WG Sebald. Havi...view item »


The Sound of Arvo Part

This new Arvo Pärt disc on Warner Classics is presented in a slightly new-age kind of way (the press release uses the phrase “sonic detox”), but don’t let that put you off. Pärt is a composer of rich and excellent music: this disc features pieces like ‘Fratres’ and ‘...view item »

Robert Forster w/ Jherek Bischoff & String Quartet
People Say

Here's an interesting curio. Robert Forster (the Go-Betweens/World's Most Dapper Man) played a selection of songs arranged by Jherek Bischoff at a festival way back in 2013 but they didn't get released. Finally a couple of them see the light of day, the Go-Betweens early day classic 'People Say', backed with 'In...view item »

John Tilbury & Oren Ambarchi
The Just Reproach

Here’s a record which is dividing office opinions today. I picked it up from the grassy review knoll because I really enjoyed Ambarchi’s previous couple of records, not realising that when united with Tilbury his music is an entirely different proposition. This album is a slow and incredibly quiet affai...view item »

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Époques

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch is a composer and a pianist, and this second album of hers is a mixture of modern chamber music, with her own piano performances bolstered by strings and electronics in order to fully map out her compositions. Epoques...view item »

C. Diab
No Perfect Wave

No Perfect Wave is a stunning tonal mix of bowed guitars and tape manipulation that creates waves of shifting drones that are melancholic yet beautifully uplifting, no tension, just resolve. Arthur Russell, Colin Stetson, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor but if they spent the week with ...view item »

Resina
Traces

Polish cellist Resina resurfaces on FatCat offshoot 130701 with more of her assured and poised neoclassical narratives, on Traces. The release marks somewhat of a career curve with an increased jaggedness and vitality, and in a bold move she employs her stark vocal to dramatic effect. Drums and percussi...view item »

Matt Emery
Empire

Absolutely no relation to 'hilarious' 1970s 'comedian' Dick Emery, Matt Emery instead makes graceful and devastating music that has been compared to that of Bing & Ruth and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Beautiful dark ambience deftly navigated towards months where there's a chill in the air. Master...view item »

Steve Gibbs
Adrift

Steve Gibbs presents his debut album, although this may not be the first time you’ve heard his music. Gibbs’ more cinematic compositions have already appeared in film, TV and dance productions, and have been popular on Bandcamp. No surprise really, as his style mixes stately neo-classical piano and s...view item »

Olafur Arnalds
...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness

Well that Icelandic neo-classical chapster has provided the goods once again. I've missed almost all his previous soujourns into stripped-back melancholia, I wasn't quite prepared for this feast of calming dreamscapery, occasional elegant post-rock textures & lashings of lush chamber instrumentation however! He seems to be vastly gifted this...view item »

Julia Kent
Character

Here’s the latest album from composer, arranger and cellist-to-the-stars Julia Kent, her first on the Leaf Label after two previous albums on Important. It’s a sombre neoclassical affair with lots of mournful strings, graceful...view item »

Matt Elliott
Howling Songs

Ten out of ten morose horses agree, the new Matt Elliott album is wikkid. I've heard a few albums he's been involved in before, from Flying Saucer Attack and the Third Eye Foundation to the Drinking Songs album a couple of years back but I've got to admit to never having been a total convert until now. I don't really feel as though I've got any c...view item »

Peter Broderick
How They Are

Ole Peter is back. It's been a while since his last release. In fact we've just been discussing that it seems like it was more of a recent thing but it's actually his first commercially available release this year. Oh, and it's not even a proper album... It's a stopgap 7 track mini-album jobber which was written while he was on sabbatical with a...view item »

Various Erased Tapes Artists
1+1=X

Erased Tapes lie to us once more and release some tapes that actually haven’t been erased. Au contraire - 1+1=X is actually full of music! It’s something of a celebratory release to commemorate the label’s tenth birthday back in 2017. A bunch of ET faves - Ben Lukas Boysen, ...view item »

Floex & Tom Hodge
A Portrait of John Doe feat. Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Yeah man, it’s one of them DJ / classical music collaborations. Techno man Floex has teamed up with composer and instrumentalist Tom Hodge, with the backing of Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra to create A Portrait of John Doe, a melange of beats, strings, synths, woodwinds, and muc...view item »

Embrace
Love Is A Basic Need (Orchestral)

It’s the semi-final of the 2018 Fifa World Cup™, and it’s Germany vs. England. After a thrilling contest that involved a bust-up between Gundogan and Henderson, a perfectly good goal by Draxler that was disallowed despite the use of VAR and Marcus Rashford nutmegging Mats Hummels, it’s finished a draw and gone to penaltie...view item »

A Veil Of Water
Late Night Loneliness

Self-taught multi-instrumentalist Rune Trelvik releases his second full length under his A Veil Of Water moniker. Channeling the more melancholic side of his output Late Night Loneliness mixes post rock and gentle, minimal, neoclassical akin to Ólafur Arnalds’ Living Room Songs...view item »

Micachu & The Shapes / London Sinfonietta
Chopped and Screwed

This is a live recording from May 2010 and sees this experimental indie wondergirl Mica Levi head into experimental modern classical territory. Inspired by DJ Screw's slowed down codeine dosed hip-hop her vocals sound disembodied and almost detached. Having first clocked the title I was sceptical of yet another artist jumping on the Screw bandwa...view item »

Cop Tears
Thirteen Harmonies (Cage, 1986)

Cop Tears is an unusual name for a contemporary music ensemble, but hey, that’s what this is: Derek Baron, Andrew Wilhite and Cameron Kapoor...view item »

Anne Dudley
Plays Art Of Noise

Composer Anne Dudley was actually in the Art of Noise the unique 80s group helmed by Trevor Horn and Paul Morley. Now she plays the Art of Noise but the press release doesn't make clear if these are re-interpretations of Art of Noise track or are new things inspired by the band. I guess we'll find out eventually...view item »

Tindersticks
Tindersticks (2nd album)

Tindersticks reached new dramatic heights with their eponymous second studio album. Thematically, it covers the same profoundly dark territory as their debut album, the key difference being that their previous minimalist, guitar ridden aesthetic is surpassed by more outspoken deliveries backed by boastful, soaring arrangements. Tindersticks II i...view item »

Max Richter
The Blue Notebooks - 15 Years (Record Store Day Edition)

The Blue Notebooks is Max Richter’s Iraq war protest album. He began writing the album in 2003 when tensions were rising - and boiling over - in the country. Along with Richter’s beautiful compositions, the album features passages from Franz Kafka’s Blue Octavo Notebooks and Poli...view item »

Steve Reich
Pulse / Quartet

Steve Reich’s office has a huge portrait of Steve Reich looking down benevolently on Steve Reich. Which is kind of like a Steve Reich piece, feeding off itself in a continuous loop. Where Quartet is full of energy and all over the place harmonically, Pulses is a more quiet work - especially for Reich stan...view item »

Nils Frahm
Spaces

Nils Frahm executes beautifully moving piano based compositions with marked ease, though the live experience is somewhat informed by the environment. This reissued collection of tracks presents the perceived value Frahm bestows upon these, celebrating his collaboration with chance, space and philosophies of the ...view item »

Jean-Michel Blais
Dans Ma Main

"Hey ma main!” “Wassup ma main!” “How’re things with you ma main?” “Good thanks ma main and yourself?” “Yeah I’m cool ma main. Say ma main, what are you doing tonight ma main?” “No plans ma main. What did you have in mind ma main?&rdqu...view item »

Stefano Guzzetti
Short Stories. Piano Book Volume Two.

Stefano Guzzetti follows on from where he left off with Volume One of his Piano Book series, a set of simply stated solo piano pieces, recorded in the intimate inner space of home. These so-called ‘short stories’ do indeed feel like sparsely sketched-out little narratives, ready to probe late night ...view item »

Sapropelic Pycnic
See Sun Think Shadow

Sapropelic Pycnic is the solo project of Kathleen Baird of Spires That In The Sunset Rise, and this debut release is quite a disc. See Sun Think Shadow is a suite of solo piano improvisations that reveal an impressive mastery of the instrument. Not stately and neoclassical but minimal, ...view item »

Chilly Gonzales
Solo Piano III

“We want Chilly Willy!” “We want Chilly Willy!” While Barney Gumble may have been clamouring for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, unfortunately all we’ve got in at the moment is Chilly Gonzalez. He’ll have to make do. Solo Piano III is - who’d have guessed - the ...view item »

Alexandra Stréliski
Inscape

Alexandra Streliski is a composer and a pianist fully immersed into the structures and melancholy of the world of neoclassical music, delivering stately pieces of tender but powerfully affecting piano in both film soundtrack contexts and in her own original material. Inscape, her latest full-length, is a real journey. O...view item »

Rachel's
Handwriting

This is the first Rachel's album and I remember thinking at the time "why are these former members of Rodan and Hulahoop playing classical music"? I didn't understand back then what it was but I knew I liked it. Then came 'Music For Egon Schiele' and it was obvious something quite special was go...view item »

James Newton Howard
Red Sparrow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Red Sparrow fans, get involved in this, the full original soundtrack to Russian ballet / spy thriller, composed by veteran soundtrack composer James Newton Howard. Our man really draws on the thematic context to the film, including through the use of the likes of Tchaikovsky for inspiration. Double LP release, on red vi...view item »

Zinovia Arvanitidi
Ivory

Once part of Pill-oh but now a single human entity, Zinovia Arvanitidi details a solo record for Kitchen that goes sparse for the emotional overdrive. It's a record of piano on its ones, showing her ability at creating diffuse environments from minimalist frameworks. A lovely, panoramic sound come...view item »

Adam Stafford
Fire Behind The Curtain

Toad Records front this new record from the impressive Adam Stafford. Stafford claims influence from American minimalist composers as well as the likes of Meredith Monk and Michael Gordon for Fire Behind The Curtain. They come through on expertly crafted numbers such as...view item »

Oliver Coates
Another Fantasy

This is one of those strange and hypnotic experimental techno records that played at a low volume can be plain annoying but banged right up is a genuinely sublime trip. Built around a ripping, relentless ascending cello loop, 'Another Fantasy' is a radical re-fit built around Bryce Hackford's track of the same title . Pa...view item »

Pieter Nooten
Stem

Fourth album from Dutch ambient neo-classicist Pieter Nooten. Made in collaboration with Stephen W Tayler (who has worked with the likes of Kate Bush and Underworld) this is Nooten's most intriguing work in three decades. Subtle but still incredibly...view item »

Erik K Skodvin & Rauelsson
A Score for Darling

A Score For Darling is the (rather self-aware in terms of title) soundtrack to Birgitte Staermose’s film Darling, an emotionally potent tale of a dancer’s life. Erik K Skodvin and Rauelsson, both presenting their first ever soundtrack work here, have done an impress...view item »

Stimming
Die Luft, der Garten und das Meer

Having released on labels like Pampa and Diynamic in the past few years, German head Stimming debuts on Ki Records with this EP. Die Luft, der Garten und das Meer contains three tracks of nicely-weighted deep house which bear some similarity to the music of another Hamb...view item »

Jeremy Enigk
The Return Of The Frog Queen

Really really great album. This was Jeremy Enigk's first solo album away from Sunny Day Real Estate and it's a totally different kettle of kippers. This is wonderful baroque orchestral-pop with strings and all sorts putting me in mind of Cardinal and Richard Davies. This re-issu...view item »

Luke Howard
Open Heart Story

An LP that thinks an awful lot of itself from Australian composer Luke Howard here. Open Heart Story is one of those ‘contemporary classical’ records that is basically just Adele without singing and drums. Titles like ‘In Metaphor, Solace’, ‘Elysian Fields’ and &lsquo...view item »

Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra
LAGEOS

Following the single release of ‘Audio Track 5’ last September, Ninja Tune now offer up an entire LP of Darren “Actress” Cunningham’s collaboration with London Contemporary Orchestra, which first performed at the Barbican in 2016 (helpfully, ‘Audio Track 5’ is track 8 he...view item »

Mary Lattimore
Hundreds of Days

Will the good times never cease? Philly harp legend Mary Lattimore continues her endless slew of good releases with Hundreds of Days, her second for Ghostly. Exploring the alien feeling that gets pronounced when you leave home, her plucks offer microcosmic and resonant ways to work your way ...view item »

Dmitry Evgrafov
Comprehension Of Light

Moscovite Dmitry Evgrafov follows his 2015 debut 'Collage' with Comprehension Of Light, also on FatCat's neoclassical offshoot 130701. Richter, Jóhannsson and O’Halloran fans rejoice! For his 1st vinyl LP release, Dmitry upscales from electronics to real strings, courtesy Iskra Quartet. Buddies Abul Mo...view item »

Agnes Obel
Citizen Of Glass

Agnes Obel is quite talent: she’s got classical piano chops, a powerful voice, and a skill for folk-inflected songwriting. Of course, the important thing is that she brings it all together into a satisfying whole. Citizen Of Glass uses lots of strings and harpsichord, and occasionally performs the old Feve...view item »

Delphine Dora
Eudaimon

Delphine Dora, fresh from recent collaborations with Sophie Cooper and Mocke, presents a new album of solo material. Dora’s approach to the piano, her voice, and her compositions embraces the strangeness and intimacy of everyday life and one’s inner thoughts. Eud...view item »

Bill Baird
Summer Is Gone

Bill Baird’s new album Summer Is Gone was quite notably designed in such a way that no two versions of it were the same, thanks to a number of different mixes and a natty website. However, I can only presume that the same cannot be said of this vinyl pressing… Nevertheless, the music carries a delicate sens...view item »

glacis
The World Is A Little Lonelier Without You

Originally only available as a CD via Facture Records, this moving LP from Euan Alexander Millar-McMeeken aka glacis has been put to wax off the back of a Kickstarter campaign. Conceived as a tribute to the artist’s father who passed away in 2011, Hamilton works alongside friend Ed Hamilton to create these...view item »

Harry Partch
The World Of Harry Partch

Originally released in 1969 as part of Columbia’s Masterworks series, this album contains three pieces by one of the most idiosyncratic composers of the 20th century. Partch’s percussive, microtonal compositions, utilising outlandish custom-built instruments, display the influence of gamelan and Noh theatre. However this is very much...view item »

Luton
Black Box Animals

Lost Tribe Sound had better not rename themselves William Ryan Fritch Records after all - things are getting diverse again. Here Italian duo Luton slip out a little 200-copy run of their brooding new album Black Box Animals. It combines various orchestral arrangements with electric guitar, piano, electronics and other s...view item »

From the Mouth of the Sun
Sleep Stations

Leftover stuff from the Hymn Binding and Menashe sessions is what we have here, showing a fuller and heavier sound than was appropriate for Menashe especially. Yes, it’s From the Mouth of the Sun, known individually on Earth as indefatigable drone cellist Aaron Martin and fizzy d...view item »

James Heather
Stories From Far Away On Piano

If you like the ‘post-classical’ ivory-tinkling of your Nils Frahms, your Max Richters and your Olafur Arnaldses, then this one’s...view item »

Mike Patton
Mondo Cane

Bit of a curious little project this...here Mr. Faith No More/Tomahawk/Fantomas unveils a Italian speaking collaboration with an orchestra which initially sounds like the recipe for an Italian rock opera. Infact, it's a rather crazy mix of styles and sounds that have more in common with a musical (i know, the difference is limited but you get th...view item »

Steve Reich / Terry Riley
Six Pianos / Keyboard Study #1

Six Pianos is a Steve Reich piece for, uh, six pianos, originally composed in the 70’s. Presented here is a brand new 2016 version produced by overlaying six pianist’s separate recordings, with personnel including Hauschka and two members of Brandt Brauer Frick. Supporting t...view item »

Steve Reich
Drumming, Six Pianos, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ

Never shying away from blunt titles Steve Reich’s Drumming, Six Pianos, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ is exactly that. Drumming alone is a nearly 90 minute piece revolving around drums xylophone and glockenspiels. The lord of repetition and subtle dynamic change in full swing. First time ...view item »

Theo Alexander
Broken Access

Pianist and tape loop aficionado Theo Alexander offers up a full-length of carefully constructed pieces for Luau Records. Loops of macro-recorded piano build up, hammers flickering away pleasantly and tape hiss’d background noise leaking in, to create mixtures of phrases. Suitable for rainy afternoons, lonesome evenings, c...view item »

London Chamber Orchestra and Christopher Warren-Green
Minimalist: Adams / Glass / Reich

This LP on Warner Classics brings together the big names of listener-friendly minimalism: Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams. Plenty of interlocking patterns and bright, clean pulses to be enjoyed here. We have ‘Eight Lines’ by Reich, ‘Facades’ by ...view item »

Brave Timbers
Secret Hopes

The sound of Sarah Kemp's violin playing should be mounted and stuffed somewhere in a museum for future generations to get soothed by as the world gets more harsh. She has previously played with Lanterns on the Lake, Last Harbour, ...view item »

Johann Johannsson
IBM 1401, A User's Manual

The JOHANN JOHANNSSON album 'IBM 1401 A Users Manual' has landed in my review pile. It's a thoroughly pleasant album this one. It makes me feel all big and grown up listening to classical music. It's a pipe and slippers job man. This has huge sweeping, epic strings galore and in places is not unlike the soundtrack to a BBC wildlife do...view item »

Oly Ralfe
Notes From Another Sea

Excitingly, Oly Ralfe has taken some time away from Ralfe Band to launch his debut solo LP -- entitled Notes From Another Sea -- for Ghost Ship records. Expect an instrumental piano album featuring pleasingly, harmoniously undulating piano lines to echo the shapes of the waves and tides of the ocean. Ralfe is also an ac...view item »

Jessica Curry
Dear Esther (Original Game Soundtrack)

This is the first ever pressing of Jessica Curry's soundtrack to genre defining video game Dear Esther released to coincide with it's 5th anniversary. Dear Esther is an award winning first person exploration game with a stunning specially commissioned soundtrack by Curry.   The vinyl comes wit...view item »

Nils Frahm
All Melody

Master of the aching, delicate phrase, and enrapturing melodious pulse, Nils Frahm is back with an album of wide instrumental scope. Born out of his newly constructed studio, this work represents a fresh approach, a glorious attempt to depict the mysterious and inherently beautiful music one hears from within....view item »

Peter Broderick
All Together Again

Docile post-folk ambienteer Peter Broderick strings together a decade’s worth of private commissions for this 2LP collection on Erased Tapes. Young Pete has admirers in all corners; there’s even an honest-to-god fashion runway piece. While the tracks comprising All Together Again are unrelated, their instrum...view item »

Carl Craig
Versus

Versus by Carl Craig was one of the first performances of its kind, bringing electronic beats to the same stage as violins and cellos. Originally performed in 2008 Planet E joins forces with InFiné to bring the Les Siècles orchestra, conducted by François-Xavier Roth...view item »

The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini
The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini

Collaboration can often form cheesy, chart-ready tripe. Not this one. Brought to us by Rough Trade is the self-titled coming together of The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini. This is a truly unique experience and a fully live rendition of a selection of Torrini's old hits along with two bran...view item »

Scott Walker
The Childhood of a Leader - Original Soundtrack

Wow! Brand new Scott Walker! The avant-crooner legend has been enlisted to create a full-blown orchestral score to Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, a Satre adaptation set in 1919. There’s plenty of the dissonance of late-period Walker at play here, ...view item »

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