Posts Tagged ‘neo classical’

Why does the music by Ólafur Arnalds makes me want to cry? What is it about that specific arrangement of notes, rhythm and chord progression that brings the tears to my eyes? How can melancholy, sadness and pure heartache radiate from sound and seep so thoroughly through my heart? Perhaps it wouldn’t be a surprise that […]


Having been highly moved by Nils Frahm‘s 2011 release, Felt, and heavily immersed in everything from the gorgeous London based Erased Tapes Records, as well as incredibly surprised by the amazing collaborations last year, I came upon an album from Oliveray. First, let’s dispel the mystery. Oliveray is none other than a project between Nils Frahm and Peter […]


First of all, I don’t think I’ve heard an album from Nils Frahm that didn’t impress me. Ever since I heard The Bells (Kning Disk, 2009) and Wintermusik (Sonic Pieces, 2009), I’ve hungrily consumed everything by this Berlin based modern classical composer. Both of the above, as well as Unter | Über release, and now Felt have been picked up […]


I first came upon a solo piece from Christina Vantzou when I heard her work on Ghostly‘s SMM: Context compilation. There, her beautiful track, “11 Generations Of My Father”, was comfortably sandwiched alongside some of my favorite modern classical and ambient composers, such as Svarte Greiner, Jacaszek, Goldmund, Manual and Rafael Anton Irisarri. That appearance […]


Before the year is officially over, we manage to squeeze out yet another mix. This is our 70th podcast! If you’re just discovering our mixes, it’s time to subscribe via iTunes and download all of our previous releases (we’re thinking of cleaning up the archives and only keeping the last year online)! For this end […]


It’s early on a Sunday morning and I sit down in my studio to go over the latest promos I have received. Sometimes I look around my desk, piled with unopened packages and press releases, scratch my head, and wonder how I’m going to get through all of this, let alone pick out the gems […]


Welcome to another episode in our musical travels… I started off this journey with a promo I have received in the mail from Peter Gregson. His beautiful cello sounds revived in my mind the memories of listening to Hildur Guðnadóttir, and I decided to revisit her earlier digital release, Iridescence. That, in turn, prompted me to drift […]


This beautiful release may be Richard Anthony Jay‘s debut album but he is not some fresh, precocious new talent that’s popped up out of nowhere. Richard has been working in the music industry for 20 of his 37 years. He’s worked as a studio engineer in London, arranged pop songs for a variety of artists, […]


It is dark, dense, and brooding. The sky is gray. Winter is refusing to leave. Wind becomes the rhythm; dissonance – the melody. In the delicate hands of the Berlin-based (but Icelandic by birth) Hildur Guðnadóttir, the cello whispers and moans. Perhaps it’s grieving for an uncertain future, perhaps accepting a buried past. The voice […]


Perhaps it’s possible to stop comparing some contemporary classical musicians to Max Richter, and instead begin comparing them to Peter Broderick. After a release of a 7″ single on John Twells’ (aka Xela) Type Records, Portland based Peter Broderick emerges with a full length album, Float. For this release, Broderick borrows his friends Amanda Lawrence for […]



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