Archive for the ‘Album Reviews’ Category

A sense of place. Sights and sounds. Memories made and invoked. The juxtaposition of the mundane and the profound as we move through the arc of a day. All these aspects of life are all captured eloquently in Sky Limits, the latest full length work by American musician, writer, and photographer Will Long recording as […]

[EDITOR’S NOTE : Since the birth of Headphone Commute, it has been one of my self-imposed rules to avoid self-promotion. I would rather spend countless hours recommending new music, then market my own projects. This has become a bit difficult, especially when I wanted to tell you about a benefit compilation (which I overcame due to […]

When describing a symphony, the common reference is to “an extended musical composition in Western classical music, most often written for orchestra – symphony and chamber orchestras, concert bands, chamber ensembles, organ, piano, choir, or combinations of these resources.” Pythagoras is accredited for “discovering the simple fact that the pitch of a musical note depends […]

Seb Gainsborough’s second outing as Vessel on Tri Angle is a far cry from his 2012 debut. It flirted with the post-dubstep landscapes that were not uncommon for other label acts of the last few years (Balam Acab, Haxan Cloak, Holy Other), and while certainly not bad at all, it’s telling that after a couple years […]

If you’ve been paying attention, another amazing record that was selected for Headphone Commute’s Best of 2014 list, Music For Capricious Souls Adrift In Noir-fi, and a double entry from Blackest Ever Black label (the other on the list was recently reviewed Black Rain‘s Dark Pool), was this second full length release, written and produced by Marc Dall as Dalhous, titled Will […]

Blackest Ever Black is a London-based label, founded by Kiran Sande, which came on a scene with a mysterious air, through that dark corner of the internet, clouded in occult, obscurity, and murk. I immediately fell in love with the very first release by Raime, which only piqued my interest further with the following output by Tropic Of Cancer, […]

In the summer of 2013, brothers Andrew and Michael Tasselmyer released their first album under the name Hotel Neon. While it embraced the same thoughtful, unobtrusive minimalism of some of their earlier work as The Sound of Rescue, especially Furniture Music, it had a distinctive enough focus to warrant being inaugurated as a new project. […]

And here it is… the very first EP in the UNDISCLOSED series of anonymous releases curated by yours truly. Each EP in the series is composed by an artist from a hand-picked roster of contemporary musicians, opening the possibilities of exploring a particular sonic territory while remaining detached from all of the previous associations with their notable […]

Islands of Light is a new music project from Vienna-based musician and graphic designer Dino Spiluttini. The moniker is one which he chose to differentiate from his darker, more experimental solo work, but which soon revealed itself to be a poignant metaphor for the music that was being created. That music can now be heard […]

Murcof has been in hiding, and now Murcof’s back! First, let me get all my excitement out of the way. You see, I’ve been a fan of Fernando Corona‘s music ever since his 2002 debut, Martes on Leaf. Ever year, or so, since then, Corona would put out an album beginning with a letter that would […]

Andy Stott has really forged his own unique path over the past several years, beginning unassumingly enough with his first two collections of singles and EPs, Merciless (2006) and Unknown Exception (2012) before turning up the grit, slowing down the tempo, and diving deep into the subterranean sounds of his often beguiling grooves on a series of […]

My latest favorite discovery of the year (yes, perhaps of the entire year), is introduced courtesy of Milan Records – a Los Angeles based label focusing mainly on scores and soundtracks, gracing our ears with the latest from Cliff Martinez, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter and Clint Mansell. By now I pretty much consume everything from this fascinating imprint, […]

“Whatever happened to IV?” The second full-length album from A Winged Victory For The Sullen (let’s just call them AWVFTS from now on), a follow-up to their 2011’s self-titled début, was an eagerly anticipated event. The release of the preceding 12″ EP last April (featuring Atomos VII with an additional remix version by Ben Frost) was just […]

Topeka, Kansas based artist Aaron Martin follows up his split with Christoph Berg, Day Has Ended (Dronarivm, 2013) [one of my favorite albums of 2013] and his solo live album Chapel Floor (Sonic Meditations, 2014) with another stunning release, Comet’s Coma, this one on the enigmatic Eilean Records. The label itself is based on a map of an […]

“a new frontier for symphonic music…” I’d like to preface this write-up with a short update on my listening setup. I’ve been awaiting to purchase a pair of planar magnetic headphones ever since I first experienced them in a New York’s audiophile shop. And now they’re here, and they’re all mine – a pair of […]

When the hurricane winds subsided, and I saw the destruction left behind by nature that touched people’s lives, I decided to gather whatever strength I could muster and release a benefit compilation, titled … and darkness came. This 2012 digital release was considered a colossal offering in size, as it featured 87 greatest ambient and modern […]

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all When skill, ingenuity, and inspiration meet, magical things can happen; art can happen. Poppy Ackroyd’s dazzling new album Feathers is a case in point. Skill? The London-born, Brighton-based artist is classically trained […]

At first, the name Andrea Belfi, may not trigger any particular memories. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover that this Italian electro-acoustic composer has appeared on your radar (and on these pages) before. As a solo artist, Belfi has been releasing on labels such as Häpna, Die Schachtel and Room40. The latter is responsible […]

molecularly sublime… Los Angeles based Dragon’s Eye Recordings is a label that keeps resurrecting itself. Originally founded in 1989 by Paul Novak as the audio/visual arm for his very own bread recipe publications, the label was picked up in 2005 by his son, Yann Novak, for his very own sonic explorations in abstract and experimental music. Following a […]

When Kiasmos announced an upcoming self-titled début, I bookmarked the date, lowered the heat, and put the release on the back-burner. London-based Erased Tapes never disappoints, and with a backing of another top-notch full-length, I knew that I could turn up the heat, just when the soul needed a little warming. Kiasmos, after all, is a […]


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