Richard Devine

Sort\Lave (TimeSig)

“I wanted the record to sound very different to my previous works which had been more cold, digital, clinical even and had all been made using computers.”

No matter how deformed these atonal sounds are the cadence of the piece holds up its monumental structure… this allows for a formation to stand strong while free abstraction sways through open trails…

Ólafur Arnalds

re:member (Mercury KX)

“For me, [re:member] means the opposite of dismemberment – to become yourself again, to become a member of yourself…”

[…] incorporating transcending rhythms into a cinematic piece of music, which lifts it from the slowly crowding stage of comfort zones, onto a plinth, where Arnalds is uniquely on his own.

Chilly Gonzales

Solo Piano III (Gentle Threat)

“The musical purity of Solo Piano III is not an antidote for our times, it is a reflection of all the beauty and ugliness around us.”

Chilly returns with his third, and hopefully not a final album, of whimsical and clever tunes.

Murcof

Lost In Time (Glacial Movements)

Lost in Time plunges us into perpetual renewal, each ending leading to a new beginning.

A soundtrack to Patrick Bernatchez‘s same-titled film; “a sound project that is part of the explorations around Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” initiated in Berlin in 2010.

Helios

Veriditas (Ghostly)

Viriditas is a word meaning vitality, fecundity, lushness, verdure, or growth. It is particularly associated with abbess Hildegard von Bingen, who used it to refer to or symbolize spiritual and physical health…

After a decade of albums on his very own Unseen label, this Boston-based modern classical and film composer gets a backing from a well-respected Ghostly International imprint.

Ital Tek

Bodied (Planet Mu)

“the music focuses on the interplay between the minuscule and the vast, beauty and brutalism…”

A powerful entry in the Planet Mu‘s catalogue, and an outstanding follow-up to Alan Myson’s 2016 release, Hallowed.

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Fordlandia (4AD)

Fordlandia brings together the soaring grandeur of its predecessor […] moving between heady, melting cadences and crystalline motifs with gorgeous, dreamlike logic.

This coverage of the late Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s sixth studio album is a continuation of my personal revisit through the albums that have changed my life, as yet another entry in my occasional RECITAL series.

Deepchord

Auratones (Soma)

A foray into deep, organic, cinematic dance music

There is something in his culmination that is always hypnotic, with the subliminal kick pulsating in the backdrop as if it was underwater as if it was under my skin as if it was myself.