Nakamura's minimalist and detail-oriented cut-and-paste approach renders ordinary instrumental sounds and breathes a surprisingly warm energy into them. More than the sum of the instruments involved, this music feels imbued with a sense of magic and life. A rich and rewarding listen.
Deep and infinite and approaching perfection - one of Phil Elverum's opuses. Life-affirming and engaged in the quest for meaning, determined in the face of existential aporia. Whether you're able to pick up on the many self-references within or this is your first journey into the world of the Microphones, you're in for a very special treat.
Mystifying and surreal, like a transmission from another world. I love how the album stylistically pays respect to classic folk while adding experimental or off-kilter touches (like the tape warp in "Jacquelyn"). However, the pleasant and sparkling sound is anchored in brilliant songwriting. Tunes and vibe to the max, indeed.
A freewheeling set of songs, with pleasantly unexpected twists and turns. Both a love letter to an idyllic American musical landscape and a descent into a strange and wondrous experimental territory. Genius in both ambition and execution.
This compilation is quite lovely - a sprawling set of soothing tones and lush sounds from one of the best musicians working in ambient drone at the moment. Soft yet dense, the sound design here is perfect. Don't miss this one.
Captivating and dreamy sounds laced with strange and sad lyrics. While this album has quality songwriting, this album's real draw for me is its ability to create songs that incorporate experimentation and ambient soundscapes while still maintaining an addictive pop appeal in succinct form.
Erik Hall puts a refreshing spin on one of my all-time favorite classical pieces. I love how the instrumental landscape has been recast here in a sleeker, more synthetic setting. By this inventive redesign, Hall creates something that pays genuine tribute while making something truly his own. Excited to see what he does next.
Like falling through a portal into a different time and place, with a whirlwind of wild experimentation brushing past you at full speed. A great one for deep listening that makes far more than the sum of its virtuosic parts.
The first track alone is worth the price of admission, but this entire set of ethereal pieces doesn't disappoint - this music feels organic, natural, and inviting. Come for the cosmic beauty, stay for the fantastic and textured sound design.
Boundless and deeply inspired, several different genres collide and weave together seamlessly to create a thrilling experience. This is one of those uncommon albums that contains multitudes - a full sonic universe hiding behind the kaleidoscopic design on the cover. A perfect, daring blend of colorful pop music and experimental flourishes.