AMN Picks of the Week: Krszk, Punkt & Breu / Chaos Echoes / Beyond the Ghost / The Underflow

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Because of current events, these postings may be coming more frequently than once a week for a while.

Krszk / Punkt / Breu – BIZZL (2021)
Chaos Echoes – Ecstasy With the Nonexistents (2021)
Beyond the Ghost – The Last Resort (2021)
The Underflow – Instant Opaque Evening (2021)

Echoes Podcast: Kevin Keller, David Darling, Vangelis 

Source: Echoes.

In the Echoes Podcast we hear an interview with Kevin Keller, we remember cellist David Darling,
and celebrate the sixth Icon of Echoes, Vangelis.

Ambient chamber music composer Kevin Keller had a scare last year when he went in for heart surgery. It made him contemplate life and what happens when they stop your heart. That contemplation turned into his haunting, beautiful album, The Front Porch of Heaven. Sit on a rocking chair with Kevin Keller and hear life pass before your ears on Echoes from PRX.

The world is missing a unique sound. Cellist David Darling left the planet on January 8th. Born in Elkhart, Indiana on March 4, 1941, he was 79. We remember him as a great cellist and pioneer of ambient chamber music. His albums like Cello, Eight-String Religion and Prayer for Compassion remain timeless beauties. He was also a member of the classic edition of the Paul Winter Consort. We’ll listen back to his last interview and some tracks from across his career.

The 6th of 30 Icons, Vangelis. We’ll hear a profile of the legendary Greek electronic artist who won the first Oscar for an electronic film score for Chariots of Fire. He has charted a course through electro-orchestral space for over 50 years. We’ll hear Vangelis talking about his career from Aphrodite’s Child to Mythodea and playing a spontaneous synth improvisation.

1250 Reviews

We have now published over 1250 reviews of albums, books, and live performances. The total as of this writing is 1279. As some of the reviews covered multiple albums, this number is conservative at best.

Hop on over to our searchable reviews page to see them all in one place. And many thanks to our reviewers who take the time to write, PR folks who send us the material, and of course the musicians who create this awesomeness that we try to translate into words.

Muriel Grossmann Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

There is perhaps no greater influence in jazz than John Coltrane, the North Carolina-born saxophonist whose pensive style traversed many subgenres. Over the course of his career, which included 25 albums as a bandleader and another 59 as a sideman to Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and others, Coltrane quietly shifted the landscape. His sound rippled across the world; some 50 years after his death, he’s on the Mount Rushmore of Black Improvisational Music.

It’s not surprising, then, that Coltrane permeates the work of Muriel Grossmann, a Barcelona-based saxophonist whose new album, Quiet Earth, is the latest in a string of impressive records she’s released since 2007.

New Takuroku Releases

Source: Takuroku.

BRIDGET HAYDEN – TRANSMISSIONS
Bridget Hayden is a singer, guitarist, piano player, and a visual artist, based for a while now in semi- rural West Yorkshire. In the seven-year period since her last solo LP – A Siren Blares In An Indifferent Ocean, released by the Belgium-based Kraak organisation – she has put out a number of short-run cassettes, such as last year’s fine tape of blown-out synth/vocal recordings on Fort Evil Fruit, and contributed to several interesting compilation projects, but a vinyl follow-up is what the ‘Other’ music community has been craving.

XISCO ROJO – AXIAL TILT
After some time involved in other projects and as backup musician, the eclectic guitarist and songwriter Xisco Rojo began in 2013 a solo project based on primitivism, chamber folk and psychedelia, with a strong experimental approach inherited from his past trajectory in the noise, jazz and improvisatory scenes of Berlin, Philadelphia and Madrid. Combining elements of Western and Eastern traditions, he succeeds at creating a unique personal style, rich in counterpoints, mysticism and lyric depth.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1268

Source: Vital Weekly.

PHILIP SULIDAE – VANDEMONIAN VERPLAATSING (CD by Unfathomless) *
ERIC LA CASA (+ MICHAELE-ANDREA SCHATT, JEAN-LUC GUIONNET, SEJIRO MURAYAMA, ARNAU HORTA) – INSTALLATIONS (CD by Swarming) *
BRUNO DUPLANT & ALFREDO COSTA MONTIERO – SOLIELS NOIRS (CD by Moving Furniture Records) *
RYAN VAN HAESENDONCK – VAUVILLE (CD by Moving Furniture Records) *
GABBY FLUKE-MOGUL- THRESHOLD (CD by Relative Pitch Records)
DALGOO – LIBERTÉ, EGALITÉ, FRATERNITÉ (CD by Jazzwerkstadt) *
NO VISITORS – LIVE FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT (2CD by No Visitors) *
VASCO ALVES – GAITA CONTRA COMPUTADOR (CD by After Action Review) *
SPHERICAL DISRUPTED – 25 (3CD by Audiophob) *
RENDERED – STONECOLDSOUL (CD by Audiophob) *
HAARE – NEW AGE OF DEATH (CD by Aussaat) *
ANDERS FILIPSEN – WAITING MUSIC (CD by Ilk Music) *
DUNCAN HARRISON/IAN MURPHY – SLOW LIGHTNING (LP by Sham Repro)
SERGIO ZEVALLOS – ATEM: PIEZAS PARA ACCIONES E INSTALACIONES (1999​-​2019) (LP by Buh Records) *
CHRISTIAN KOBI – CATHEDRAL (LP by Buh Records) *
MAKOTO KAWABATA, RICHARD PINHAS, MANONGO MUJICA, JUAN LUIS PEREIRA, HIROSHI HIGASHI – ALTURAS (LP by Buh Records) *
SUN STABBED – IN GIRUM IMUS NOCTE ET CONSUMIMUR IGNI (LP by Doubtful Sounds) *
DOC WÖR MIRRAN – HIREATH/THE DARK SIDE OF THE DAMPFNUDEL (12″ by Clockwork Tapes/Wenn Das Der Führer Wüsste Records) *
NIGEL SAMWAYS – TEMANI (cassette by Sounds Against Humanity) *