Month / December 2016

/ December 30, 2016 / Comments Off on Joan Bibiloni: Joana Lluna (1982)

Joan Bibiloni: Joana Lluna (1982)

I had a really hard time trying to justify posting this album. Not because the album isn’t great – it truly is – but because it didn’t seem this time of the year was appropriate for it. Joan Bibiloni’s Joana Lluna is the first masterpiece by the Mallorcan balearic master. What you hear in Joana […]

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/ December 28, 2016 / Comments Off on Claire Hamill: Voices (1986)

Claire Hamill: Voices (1986)

There’s a vastly more interesting topic hidden in full view of Claire Hamill’s unique and brilliant 1986 release: Voices. What is Voices? It’s an utterly fascinating bit of art pop, a middle ground of Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush -stylistic music, that combines forgotten English Folk with nomadic, electronic dream pop. Composed entirely free of instruments other than her own […]

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I ran into a predicament when sussing out this post. How does one describe MUJI if one hasn’t actually experienced it? It’s entirely easy to simplify what this brand is by calling it the Japanese IKEA and call it a day. However, from what I can tell, that’s not really what MUJI is, or stands for. And for […]

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/ December 21, 2016 / Comments Off on Interior: Design (1987)

Interior: Design (1987)

What happens when a Japanese minimalist band gets signed to the American New Age juggernaut that is Windham Hill? Led by Daisuke Hinata, Interior remains an interesting piece of this label’s history. Few examples exist of William Ackerman’s roster ever attempting to tap into the decidedly more electronic, ambient New Age that Japanese labels like Music Interior or […]

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/ December 19, 2016 / Comments Off on Mix: 2. Quiet Departures

Mix: 2. Quiet Departures

All I could think about while creating this second mix was Kapalbhati Pranayama. I wanted to treat you to two hours of music that exactly presented what this idea means to me. Kapalbhati Pranayama is the sanskrit phrase for “Breath of Fire”. In a cross-legged, seated position one tries to create internal heat without actually moving the […]

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/ December 16, 2016 / Comments Off on Nuno Canavarro: Plux Quba (1988)

Nuno Canavarro: Plux Quba (1988)

There’s something perfect about our imperfect minds. Most of the thoughts we think are the best, most of the time, aren’t the product of an instant occurrence. I’d say the best ideas truly come from a combination of luck/accident plus human intuition. Sometimes we may not know that our answer, or thought, is correct, but we feel it […]

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/ December 14, 2016 / Comments Off on Peter Davison: Glide (1981)

Peter Davison: Glide (1981)

There’s an interesting debate that’s been raging – as much one could rage – in the yoga world. It’s over whether music should be played during yoga classes. Modern, decidedly more western, yogis argue that there is no problem with hearing music while practicing, since the act of hearing music seems to stimulate their muscle intensity. Classically-trained […]

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/ December 12, 2016 / Comments Off on Akira Terao: Atmosphere (1983)

Akira Terao: Atmosphere (1983)

It’s not often you hear someone split the difference between Boz Scaggs, Bryan Ferry, and Nick Cave. It’s not often that you find quite a character like Yokohama-native Akira Terao, and music quite like Atmosphere. Before Mark Hollis discovered Coltrane, before Paul Buchanan decided to soundtrack the sight of Glasgow at 4 a.m., in the year that […]

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/ December 9, 2016 / Comments Off on EP-4: Lingua Franca-1 (1983)

EP-4: Lingua Franca-1 (1983)

“Cool, no sweat funk.” – Those exact words are how the leaders of Japanese group EP-4 describe their music. Led by the imitable Kaoru Sato (vocalist) and Banana Kawashima (keyboardist/tape looper), EP-4 in a brief period in the early ’80s existed in its own playing field. Stylistically, and philosophically, more akin to dub-minded bands like The Pop […]

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/ December 7, 2016 / Comments Off on Krzysztof Ścierański: Krzysztof Ścierański (1984)

Krzysztof Ścierański: Krzysztof Ścierański (1984)

I‘m dipping into that huge well that is Polish Jazz. After listening to “Bialy Garbus” it’s not hard to understand why. Bass-player and hard rock session man extraordinaire, Krzysztof Ścierański takes machines that can bend sonic time and space — the Ibanez HD1000 Delay/Harmonizer and Roland Echo/Chorus— and discovers that there are ways out of Jaco Pastorius-doldrums, into […]

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