British-Tamil Susheela Raman’s seventh album Ghost Gamelan finds her and regular collaborator Sam Mills among Javanese gamelan composer Gondrong Gunarto and his ensemble of players. Raman is known for her adventurous projects and this one is a really bewitching collection of leftfield pop, making exceptional use of Mills’ guitar, Raman’s vocal techniques and indeed the sumptuous harmonics and melodics of a gamelan orchestra.
Wistful, unrestrained and tranquil - Bathing Beach is the brainchild and dreamy universe of Welsh multi-instrumentalist Novo Amor. The release centres around an intense plethora of emotions, whilst consistently retaining an ethereal beauty. Loose yourself on Amor's beach of tranquility.
The collaboration between alt. folk singer/songwriter Alela Diane and guitarist Ryan Francesconi (projects include Joanna Newsom’s Have One On Me) comes from both artists suffering from a lack of creativity. The pair met at a mutual friend's gig and from that chat decided to work together. Francesconi sent some guitar pieces to Diane for her to write lyrics to. She struggled at first finding inspiration but soon the creative juices started to flow. The resulting album Cold Moon is a collection of reflective and optimistic songs.