Archive for the ‘Album Reviews’ Category

In 1998, Biosphere and Deathprod, Geir Jenssen and Helge Sten respectively, Nordheim Transformed, a split album where both artists transformed the original experimental music of (fellow Norwegian) Anne Nordheim’s “Electric” (1974) almost beyond recognition. It’s not completely clear whether Jenssen and Sten actually worked together on this album – it’s a split, where different tracks are each credited to […]

Based in Portland Oregon, A Strangely Isolated Place is both a music community and a label that produces excellent recordings centered around evocative themes and concepts. Their latest V/A compilation, Europe, is perhaps one of their most exquisite and noteworthy releases. It is “a meticulously curated compilation inspired by some of the most beautiful locations […]

“nothing is off limits emotionally…” There’s just something strangely delicious about the sound of Arca. Although this London based, 24-year old Venezuela native has already released two albums prior, it was not until his 2014 offering by Mute that got me bopping my head. And now, after I’ve already picked Xen as one of the […]

These are the atomic layers of ourselves Cristian Vogel has had a musical career full of twists and turns, and the main takeaway is that one shouldn’t necessarily have expectations of his music when approaching any given release. Whether exploring outer limits electronics with some of his Mille Plateaux albums in the late 90s, raucous, […]

2014 was an interesting year. Mostly dominated by established labels, the annual rotation of releases delivered a delightful collection of anticipated sounds, as well as a few unexpected surprises. One of the latter startling gifts came courtesy of RVNG Intl. imprint, a Brooklyn based “music institution that operates on few but heavily fortified principals, dealing with […]

Four years after Flare comes Flame, a sequel of sorts from Deaf Center’s Erik K. Skodvin, also known as Svarte Greiner. Those familiar with the artist’s vast discography know to expect darkness, although the type of darkness varies with each moniker and each release. This darkness is cast in light. The bright orange cover may […]

As an artist in sound, video, and photography, Wil Bolton creates music which is always rich in texture as well as human and environmental connections. His summer release on Home Normal entitled Bokeh is a wonderful addition to his body of work and one that had a very specific motif: “The album’s title obviously refers to […]

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 […]


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