Sunday, April 07, 2024

In The Path Of The Eclipse

 

I could kick myself for not planning for this eclipse. I should have booked a room in Austin, TX two years ago. But I did not, so I'll be here in Wisconsin with a still pretty good 90% eclipse and a sketchy forecast.

No matter where you are for the eclipse, you'll need a good soundtrack. As with past celestial events you can count on Low Light Mixes to provide an accompaniment for your viewing.

The titles tell the story of the eclipse, starting with "Ordinary Moon" and "Edge of Darkness" then as the moon obscures more the sun the are "Gathering Shadows" as "Darkness Descends"  Then as we "Step Into The Void" of the "Solar Eclipse" and the "Umbra" we are "In The Perfect Darkness" while "The Moon Remained Silent." Next we see "Light Among The Shadows" with the "Light Returning" and the "Return of the Sun."

I hope you all have good weather and a view. Enjoy the show and the mix.

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Yoyu - Ordinary Moon (Ordinary Moon 2017)
  • 06:40    Bass Communion - Edge Of Darkness (Atmospherics 1999)
  • 09:27    O Yuki Conjugate - Gathering Shadows (Equator 1995)
  • 13:10    A Produce - Darkness Descends (Black Sands 2005)
  • 16:10    Klaus Schulz - Solar Moon (Contemporary Works)
  • 18:10    Terje Isungset - Black Moon (Two Moons 2007)
  • 18:50    Rhomb - Darkened (Lost And Found: A Foundry Anthology 2002)
  • 20:00    Luton - Step Into The Void (We Stayed The Path That Fell To Shadow 2018)
  • 22:48    Stellardrone - Solar Eclipse (A Moment Of Stillness 2011)
  • 25:25    Damian Valles - Umbra (In The Shadow of The Occluding Body 2010)
  • 28:28    Alio Die & Dirk Serries - Without The Light Of The Sky, Time Is Lost (The Chapters Of The Eclipse 2022)
  • 34:15    Lammergeyer - In Praise Of Darkness (Borders And Barrens 2005)
  • 36:36    SVLBRD - In the Perfect Darkness (How To Disappear 2024)
  • 39:39    Ruoho Ruotsi - The moon remained silent (chalak’At’sit 2021)
  • 42:58    Erik Wøllo - Light Among Shadows (North Star 2021)
  • 47:10    David Cordero & Carlos Ferreira - Almost Light (Silent Articulations 2023)
  • 48:35    Christopher Hanlon - Light Returning (Dreaming of Summer in Winter 2022)
  • 51:45    Purl, Deflektion - Return of the Sun (Growing 2012)
  • 57:30    Boards of Canada - Open The Light (Music Has the Right to Children 1998)
  • 61:43    end


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Now That's What I Call Ambient - March 2024

 


Pretty straightforward ambient mix here. All the tracks in this set are 2024 releases, many within the last few weeks. There are definitely some fine albums in this group, a few of which might make it on a best of list at the end of the year.

Here are Bandcamp links to all the music used in this mix:


Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Six Missing - Baloons (2024)
  • 03:50    Kilometre Club - Warmer (At Dusk Hour the Crickets 2024)
  • 05:25    Near Lakes - Quiet Desire (Flowers of the Heart 2024)
  • 09:37    Ian Hawgood & David Cordero - A Path of No Hiding (Wild Air 2024)
  • 14:45    mark david hadley - whimsy (homegrown apples 2024)
  • 18:40    Maps and Diagrams - far distant from this land (if all will be lost 2024)
  • 23:42    Andrew Heath and Mi Cosa de Resistance - The Absentee (Café Tristesse 2024)
  • 27:37    OdNu + Ümlaut - Unforseen Scenes (Abandoned Spaces 2024)
  • 34:20    Tonepoet - Infinite Tide of Stars (Scenes From The Apocalyptic Bliss 2024)
  • 37:37    The Lonely Bell - The Absent Years (The Absent Years 2024)
  • 42:22    SineRider - Fragile (Perennial 2024)
  • 45:50    Hiram - First Light (Yucca Music 2024)
  • 52:12    Low Altitude - Slow Drift (Boat 2024)
  • 56:03    end


Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Infinitely Small by Htennek Niwhsa

 


Thanks to our good friends at Nettwerk Music we have another wonderful guest mix to share. The mix is called "Infinitely Small", expertly curated by Htennek Niwhsa.

Piano is the main instrument throughout this lovely set. I don't listen to quite as much piano music as I used to so it was a great to hear so many track featuring the instrument. This would be a great mix to listen to on a Sunday morning with coffee and the paper.

Ken Harrison and Ashwin Sood are the masterminds behind the Htennek Niwhsa project. I'll them tell you about this warm and inviting mix:

"We’re so pleased to be asked to do a guest mix for Low Light! We’ve spent the last two years soaking in a bath of simple but pure melodies that an unknown composer named Htennek Niwhsa prepared. We’ve searched unsuccessfully for him but, in our quest, have found him to be a patient teacher. This playlist is a reflection of the lesson Htennek taught us about the value of slowing down and noticing the small and seemingly insignificant. Universes contained in a miniature figurine. Symphonies contained in a well thought out melodic phrase. We’ve compiled this mix from other composers who we think shared Htennek’s vision - some of them friends, some of them heroes."

The new EP "The Smell of a Solitary House" by Htennek Niwhsa just came out last week, March 8th. Here's the link - https://htennekniwhsa.bandcamp.com/album/the-smell-of-a-solitary-house  If you like this, you'll like the new EP. Definitely check it out.

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Patrick Watson - Ode to Vivian (rework) (2022)
  • 01:35    Joep Beving - For Mark (Hermetism, 2022)
  • 06:32    Htennek Niwhsa - Fugitive Words (The Smell of a Solitary House 2024)
  • 08:30    Stephan Moccio - Sea Change (Tales of Solace, 2020)
  • 11:15    Hiroshi Yoshimura - Sleep (Green 2020)
  • 17:29    Haruhisa Tanaka - Byakuya (Byakuya 2024)
  • 19:55    Harold Budd, Brian Eno - The Silver Ball (The Pearl 1983)
  • 23:12    Htennek Niwhsa - The Smell of a Solitary House (The Smell of a Solitary House 2024)
  • 25:20    Htennek Niwhsa - Two Motionless Gondoliers (The Smell of a Solitary House 2024)
  • 27:08    Ennio Morricone - Love Theme (Cinema Paradiso 1988) 
  • 28:36    Ann Annie - Aviary Reverie - Waltz No. 2 in C (Sweet Coast, 2024)
  • 31:24    Stephan Moccio - The Wanderer (The Wanderer, 2024)
  • 34:45    Alexandra Streliski - Élegie (Néo- Romance, 2023)
  • 38:46    Hollie Kenniff - Eunoia (We All Have Places That We Miss 2024)
  • 42:06    Max Richter - Dream 1 (before the wind blows it all away) (Pt. 1) (Sleep 2015)
  • 44:35    P-RAM - Arco (Arco, 2024)
  • 48:18    NVLP - Elements the Elements (2023)
  • 52:00    Arvo Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel - Version for Cello and Piano (Arvo Pärt : Alina, 1999)


Wednesday, March 06, 2024

Electronic Music of 1973

 

At last we return to the "Electronic Music of (insert year)" series. That's obviously not the actual title of the series but since I don't have a title that will do for this post. I really enjoyed putting together mixes for for 1970, '71, and '72 but then I got distracted and lazy, and I almost forgot about the series. 

Now we're back to 1973 to continue our journey through the electronic music of the decade. I went down a Tangerine Dream rabbit hole recently and discovered their album Atem, which I had somehow missed. But I was happy to have found it because it fit in nicely with this '73 collection.

I'm already thinking about 1974 so hopefully there won't be so much time between mixes.


Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Between - Syn (And The Waters Opened)
  • 05:45    Fripp & Eno - The Heavenly Music Corporation (No Pussyfooting)
  • 16:22    Cosmic Jokers - Galactic Joke (Cosmic Jokers)
  • 23:00    Kraftwerk - Ananas Symphonie (Ralf & Florian)
  • 28:25    Tangerine Dream - Circulation of Events (Atem)
  • 33:45    Vangelis - La Mer Recommencée (Apocalypse Des Animaux)
  • 39:09    Klaus Schulze - Symphära (Cyborg)
  • 45:58    Jean Michel Jarre - Les granges brûlées (Les granges brûlées)
  • 48:48    Bob Callaghan - Noi Due Nel Mondo E Nell'Anima (Instrumental Moog Synthesizer
  • 51:27    Neu! - Neuschnee (Neu! 2)
  • 55:25    Kraftwerk - Tanzmusik (Ralf & Florian) 
  • 61:47    end


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

DUNE - The Storm

 

Denis Villeneuve's eagerly anticipated continuation of the Dune saga has arrived. I am definitely psyched about seeing it this weekend. So ramp up my excitement even more I made an alternative soundtrack mix. This set features tracks that sound like they might fit the film but are not from either of the two actual soundtracks.

There's not much else to say other than enjoy the mix and then go see the film. It's going to be epic.

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Arushi Jain - My People Have Deep Roots (Under The Lilac Sky 2021)
  • 03:50    Peter Gabriel - Trills (Passion Outtakes 1989)
  • 04:15    Eluvium - Hallucination III (Virga II 2021)
  • 07:50    Jaimie Branch - The Storm (FLY or DIE LIVE 2021)
  • 10:10    NYX - Deep England (Deep England 2021)
  • 13:45    Palancar - The Hand of God (Desert Power 2022)
  • 19:30    Abul Mogard - Clouds (In Immobile Air 2021)
  • 25:40    Johann Johannsson - To Fold & Remain Dormant (Drone Mass 2022)
  • 29:30    Arushi Jain - Richer Than Blood (Under The Lilac Sky 2021)
  • 32:00    Scanner - The Earthbound Fox (Struktura Revisited 2022)
  • 36:40    Lustmord - Twin Flames (Alter 2021)
  • 45:50    Atli Örvarsson - Wolka (Wolka 2021)
  • 50:35    Palancar - The Emperor's Blades (Desert Power 2022)
  • 51:45    Daryl Groetsch - Desert Serenity (Scenes from Some Planet 2022)
  • 57:14    end


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Quiet Days by Ann Annie

 

I love hosting guest mixes here on LLM and especially love it when they come at the right time. I have been super busy so this curated set comes at the perfect time. This mix comes to us from Portland-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Eli Goldberg, aka Ann Annie. He has a new album coming out in June and a new single, Cottonwood, out now. You can listen to “Cottonwood” on all digital retailers (((HERE)))

Annie takes a transcendental approach to ambient country, coaching modular minimalism into a character that interacts with its surroundings.” - Bandcamp Daily

Here is what Eli says about this mix:

" 'Quiet Days' is a collection of some of my favorite artists and songs from the last year. Included are a few unreleased tracks from my upcoming album “The Wind”. I imagine listening to the mix while sitting at the coast on a foggy day."

Thanks to Eli for putting together this excellent mix. Here's where you can find Ann Annie on the web:

Website  |  Instagram  Facebook  YouTube

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    Sawako - April - From Seashell (Bitter Sweet 2008)
03:06    Yumiko Morioka - Moon Road (Resonance 2020)
07:50    Ann Annie - Opening (The Wind 2024)
09:07    Ann Annie - With Violet (The Wind 2024)
09:49    Joe Hisaishi - One Summer’s Day (The Best of Cinema Music 2011)
14:40    Masakatsu - Marginalia #48 (2018)
18:23    Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer - Migrations (Lowlands 2017)
21:25    Tennyson - Sleepwalk (Telescope EP 2019)
24:05    Alaskan Tapes - Who Tends A Garden (Who Tends A Garden  2023)
28:30    Ann Annie - Sweet Coast (The Wind 2024)
30:58    Gia Margaret - no sleep no dream (Mia Gargaret 2020)
32:42    r beny - In the violet and lingering winter dusk (eistla 2018)
40:02    Sigur Rós - Heysátan (Takk 2005)
44:00    Six Missing - Awake Awareness (Intention II 2022)
48:44    Emily Sprague - Piano 2(Mount Vision) (Mount Vision 2018)


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

APRICITY: the warmth of sunshine in winter

 

Apricity(a-PRIS-i-tee)(n.) - The warmth of the sun in winter.

I stumbled upon this word while doom-scrolling Threads or Instagram last week. I like the idea that there is a word that describes that feeling of soaking of the limited rays of the sun on a winter day. I had already started a straightforward ambient mix and this word just seemed to fit the vibe. 

All the tracks in this mix are new, with most being from 2024. There's not much else to say other than find a cozy spot near a window and let some sunshine warm you up.

LINKS TO ALL THE MUSIC USED IN THIS MIX:


Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Crows Labyrinth, Perry Frank - Vanishing (Vanishing 2024)
  • 02:50    Altus - Waning Landscapes (Solastalgia 2024)
  • 11:05    Benoît Pioulard & Offthesky - Fed On Lilies (Sunder 2024)
  • 15:10    Logic Moon & Henrik Meierkord - Bortom Skogen (Ewiger Wald 2024)
  • 18:45    Isostatic - Arctic Crossing (Beyond The North Wind 2023)
  • 25:45    Robert Rich - Dendritic (Waves Of Now 2024)
  • 29:40    Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Shoreline Procession (Killer Whale Atmospheres 2023)
  • 37:57    Gallery Six - Utakata (Richness of the Heart 2024)
  • 41:20    David Cordero - Serene Landscapes (Restless Nature 2024)
  • 43:30    SVLBRD - In the Deep Ocean (How To Disappear 2024)
  • 45:55    Gregory Paul Mineeff - Into A Dulled Reckoning (So Many, Diminishes 2024)
  • 49:09    Luis Miehlich - It's Alright (Re-Cartographies 2024)
  • 56:40    Robert Davies - Hum of Ether (Solitudes 2024)
  • 67:32    end


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Cosmic Guitar

 

I've been thinking about a couple of guitar mixes for a while, collecting tracks as I find them but not really sure of the direction the mix would take. Then fellow mixologist Paul Asbury Seaman turned me on to the track "Franky's Floyd" from "An Evening With Friends" by Ron Boots. The heart of the track is a guitar solo homage to David Gilmore & Pink Floyd. It's fantastic! When I heard it I decided to split the guitar mix in two - one would be louder where the occasional guitar solo would be right at home. The other mix would be a bit more spacey, more ethereal.

So this mix, Cosmic Guitar, is the later style - ambient, atmospheric, cosmic. The timing for this mix is great because two new albums coming in February fit perfectly. They are "Abandoned Spaces" by OdNu + Ümlaut  and "Astral Gold" by Dean McPhee. Keep an eye/ear out for them next month.


LINKS TO THE MUSIC USED IN THIS MIX:


Cheers!





T R A C K L S T :
00:00    Dean McPhee - The Second Message (Astral Gold 2024)
02:55    Andy Summers & Robert Fripp - Guide (Bewitched 1984)
04:48    Brian Eno + David Byrne - Solo Guitar With Tin Foil (My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts 1981)
06:22    The Bird's Companion - A2: A Liquid Moon (The Edge of the Sea 2023)
10:18    Pink Floyd - Things Left Unsaid (The Endless River 2014)
12:42    Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Foreboding (Cooperation 2012)
16:32    Kaki King - Sanitized Alone (Modern Yesterdays 2020)
20:25    Ghost In The Loop - Cold Space Symmetry (Cold Space Symmetry 2022)
24:35    Dean McPhee - Ether (Astral Gold 2024)
29:30    Manuell Göttsching - Echo Waves (Inventions for Electric Guitar 1971)
35:10    OdNu + Ümlaut - Abandoned Spaces (Abandoned Spaces 2024)
44:04    Foreign Body Sensation & Justin Maranga - Cenote Meditation (Subterranean Environments 2023)
47:28    The National Pool - Solace (2018)
49:36    Naci Oguz - Jakob (Kirpi İkilemi 2023)
55:12    Manuell Göttsching - Quasarsphere (Inventions for Electric Guitar 1971)
61:36    end


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Nightwalk by Paul Asbury Seaman

 


I've had enough of winter. So let's go from the freezing snows of Wisconsin to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia courtesy of this excellent mix from Paul Asbury Seaman. I love the "night/walking/hiking" theme of this set.

Here's Paul's thoughts on the mix:

“One of my best memories, in my whole life, was taking an all-night hike by myself in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, arriving at the peak just in time to catch the sunrise from the top of Old Rag, famous for its 360 degree view. This program is part of my Mystical Ambient series and I’ve tried to capture the hushed sense of wonder of both the forest at night and the star-filled sky. I hope the music warms your winter dreams. 

As a side note, when I was gathering tracks for this mix, I didn’t set out to make piano the primary instrument, that’s just the way it turned out. And beautifully so, IMHO.”

Thanks for another great contribution, Paul.

Links to each album used in this mix:

Neil Tatar - After The Rain
https://neiltatar.bandcamp.com/album/after-the-rain
Beltone - Blind Concert
https://endlessquest.bandcamp.com/album/blind-concert
Bryan Carrigan - Fall Into Winter
https://www.amazon.com/Fall-Into-Winter-Bryan-Carrigan/dp/B014JXV41M
Allen Pitts - Night Trek
https://weareallghosts.bandcamp.com/album/night-trek-waag-rel156
Fields of Few - Nocturnal Summer Drift
https://fieldsoffew.bandcamp.com/album/nocturnal-summer-drift
Andrew Lahiff - The People Under the Stars
https://andrewlahiff.bandcamp.com/album/the-people-under-the-stars
Eivind Aarset - Electronique Noire
https://eivindaarset.bandcamp.com/album/electronique-noire
Gary Stroutsos - Flute Meditations for Yoga...
https://whiteswanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/flute-meditations-for-yoga-massage
Jeff Pearce - With Evening Above
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KQ3LF0K/ref=dm_rwp_pur_lnd_albm_fr
Lynn Tredeau - A Quiet Path
https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Path-Lynn-Tredeau/dp/B08ZD4MSVV
Omar Akram - Moments Of Beauty
https://omarakram.bandcamp.com/album/moments-of-beauty
Patrick O'Hearn - Beautiful World
https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B0019GSJXY?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1705537101&sr=1-1
Ron Boots - Autumn Moon
https://ronboots.bandcamp.com/album/autumn-moon
City of Dawn & Sherry Finzer - The Journeying Sun
https://heartdancerecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-journeying-sun
Sophie Hutchings - Night Sky
https://sophiehutchings.bandcamp.com/album/night-sky

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Neil Tatar - Nightwalk (After The Rain 2018)
  • 05:24    Beltone - Night (Blind Concert 2017)
  • 08:08    Bryan Carrigan - Deepest of Night (Fall Into Winter 2015)
  • 12:44    Allen Pitts - Night Trek (Night Trek 2023)
  • 18:54    Fields of Few - Night Sky & Gentle Thermals (Nocturnal Summer Drift 2023)
  • 22:45    Andrew Lahiff - Hidden Landscapes After Midnight (The People Under the Stars 2020)
  • 27:25    Eivind Aarset - Porcupine Night Walk (Electronique Noire 2017)
  • 33:00    Gary Stroutsos - Night Sky (Music for Relaxation Flute Meditations for Yoga 2015)
  • 35:55    Jeff Pearce - A Clear Night (With Evening Above 2014)
  • 39:35    Lynn Tredeau - Hush of Night (A Quiet Path 2021)
  • 42:18    Omar Akram - Sorrow (Moments Of Beauty 2023)
  • 44:23    Patrick O'Hearn - Night Becomes Her (Beautiful World 2003)
  • 50:00    Ron Boots - A Gentle Night (Autumn Moon 2016)
  • 54:38    City of Dawn & Sherry Finzer - Walking Within (The Journeying Sun 2024)
  • 58:14    Sophie Hutchings - By Night (Night Sky 2017)
  • 63:35    end



Tuesday, January 16, 2024

So Cold Now

 

Wind whips over ice,
Fingers numb, breath clouds the air,
Sun a pale, cold eye.

First comes the snow, then the cold. Bitter cold. Ugh, remind me again why I live here. I couldn't resist a quick following up the snow mix with a frozen mix. Just like the snow mix, all the tracks here have cold words in their titles.

I really liked putting two tracks from Harry Towell back-to-back. One new cut from last year called Coldspell and then one from all the way back in 2010 that he released under his Spheruleus moniker called simply, Frozen.

I was literally drinking hot coco with peppermint while mixing these tracks so I suggest you do the same while listening. Or maybe something a bit stronger.

Coming very soon - Nightwalk from Paul Asbury Seaman.

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    echospace - polar vortex (echose in space 2014)
  • 00:40    Jeff Pearce - This Frozen Land (Tenderness and Fatality 1993)
  • 04:44    William Tyler - Frozen Shelter (Frozen Shelter 2021)
  • 06:12    Aglaia - Twilight on the frozen lake (Absolutely Deep 2012)
  • 12:30    Western Edges - So Cold Now (Dependency 2021)
  • 14:04    Porzellan - Frozen Feet (Advent 2010)
  • 15:40    Harry Towell - Coldspell (Infinite Light 2023)
  • 19:03    Spheruleus - Frozen (Frozen Quarters 2010)
  • 21:10    Stray Theories - Frozen Skies (The Places Series 2018)
  • 25:54    Martin Schulte - Frosty Morning (Treasure 2011)
  • 29:30    Motionfield - Cold Outside (Evolve 2022)
  • 34:36    Alapastel - Frozen Lakes, Fog And Snow (Hidden For The Eyes 2018)
  • 40:09    Rhucle - More Cold (Feel 2023)
  • 42:11    Pjusk - Polar (Tele 2012)
  • 45:00    Staalklang - The Ice Speak (The Loneliness of a Polar Expedition 2021)
  • 49:36    C-Land - Frozen Clouds (Retro Futurism 2022)
  • 51:40    mamonu - So Long and Thanks for All the Chill...(Die Welt ist Klang: 
  •              A Tribute to Pete Namlook 2013)
  • 55:34    end

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Finally...Snow

It's hard to believe that in Wisconsin we had to wait until the second week of January before we finally got snow. And, of course, now we are going to get dumped on three times in a week. So I figured this is the perfect time for a snow themed mix.

There's not much to say except that the word "snow" is in every track in this mix and the vibe does go well with staying inside with some hot coco or coffee while watching the snow fall outside.

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Ripperton - First Snow (Contrails 2019)
  • 05:05    Ishmael Cormack - Bending Snow (Ammil 2020)
  • 10:10    glåsbird - snow on the patio (cinéma noir 2022)
  • 14:42    Fields We Found - Snow (Thanks 2021)
  • 19:10    Chihei Hatakeyama - A Light Snow (Void XXII 2021)
  • 23:40    Gailes - Surface Variations in The Snowfall (Seventeen Words 2017)
  • 29:45    Milieu - A Small Fire in the Snowy Woods Part II
  • 34:24    Erik Wøllo - Snowfall (Cloud of Strings 2023)
  • 36:40    Max Ananyev - Night Path and Snowfall (Water Atlas 2018)
  • 41:10    glåsbird - Quiet Snowstorms (Siberia 2021)
  • 45:20    Tor Lundvall - Snowy Morning (Yule 2006)
  • 47:05    Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - Snowfall (Mysterious Skin 2005)
  • 52:55    Jeff Pearce - Veil Of Lake Snow (To The Shores Of Heaven 2000)
  • 56:33    end 
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Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Favorite Jazz Albums of 2023

 

I was doing a lot of painting around the houseback in October and I was growing tired of my usual playlists. So I was happy when I stumbled on some 2023 jazz releases I hadn't heard. That set me off on a jazz binge over the last three months of the year which was fun because I discovered all sorts of new music, enough that I could make a year-end list and mix.

I hope to continue diving into new jazz artists and recordings next year. While I love all my old jazz albums from Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, etc., it was exciting to seek out new stuff the same way I am constantly on the lookout for new music in the ambient sphere or in the indie rock scene. I see so many people get hung up on the latest reissues of a classic jazz recordings that I wonder if they ever take the time to appreciate any of the excellent new music being released.


Full list of my favorite Jazz Albums of 2023 in alphabetical order:

  • Ancient Infinity Orchestra - River of Light
  • Anja Lauvdal - Farewell to Faraway Friends (wurlitzer improvisations 2021-23)
  • Arooj Aftab, Vijay lyer, Shahzad Ismaily - Love in Exile
  • Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal & Emile Parisien & Vincent Peirani - Les Egares
  • Dave Easley - Ballads
  • Daniel Villarreal - Lados B
  • Dhafer Youssef - Street of Minarets
  • EABS & Jaubiln - Search of a Better Tomorrow
  • Eli Keszler - LIVE
  • Fire! Orchestra - Echoes
  • Girls in Airports - How It is Now
  • Kamaal Williams - Stings
  • Mette Henriette - Drifting
  • Pat Metheny - Dream Box
  • Peace Flag Ensemble - Astral Plains
  • Peter Somuah - Letter to the Universe
  • Phi-Psonics - Octava
  • Scree - Jasmine On A Night In July
  • Scrimshire - Paroxysm
  • Wolfgang Muthspiel, Scott Colley, Brian Blade - Dance of the Elders
  • Yoni Mayraz - Dybbuk Tse!
  • Yussef Dayes - Black Classical Music


LINKS TO EACH ALBUM:

Ancient Infinity Orchestra - River of Light: https://ancientinfinityorchestra.bandcamp.com/album/river-of-light

Anja Lauvdal - Farewell to Faraway Friends (wurlitzer improvisations 2021-23): https://anjalauvdal.bandcamp.com/album/farewell-to-faraway-friends-vol-1-2

Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily - Love in Exile:

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal & Emile Parisien & Vincent Peirani - Les Egares:

Dave Easley - Ballads:

Daniel Villarreal - Lados B:

Dhafer Youssef - Street of Minarets:

EABS & Jaubiln - Search of a Better Tomorrow:

Eli Keszler - LIVE:

Fire! Orchestra - Echoes:

Girls in Airports - How It is Now:

Kamaal Williams - Stings:

Mette Henriette - Drifting:

Pat Metheny - Dream Box:

Peace Flag Ensemble - Astral Plains:

Peter Somuah - Letter to the Universe:

Phi-Psonics - Octava:

Scree - Jasmine On A Night In July:

Scrimshire - Paroxysm:

Wolfgang Muthspiel, Scott Colley, Brian Blade - Dance of the Elders:

Yoni Mayraz - Dybbuk Tse!:

Yussef Dayes - Black Classical Music:


I hope you enjoy this crop of 2023 jazz albums as much as I did. Cheers!




T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Phi-Psonics - Lunar Reflections (Octava)
  • 05:15    Girls in Airports - Yield (How It is Now)
  • 10:00    Yussef Dayes - Black Classical Music (Black Classical Music)
  • 15:05    Scrimshire - Unity Gain (Paroxysm)
  • 20:30    Anja Lauvdal - Siste hus (Farewell to Faraway Friends(wurlitzer improvisations 2021-23)
  • 24:07    Mette Henriette - The 7th (Drifting)
  • 24:37    Pat Metheny - The Waves Are Not The Ocean (Dream Box)
  • 30:06    Arooj Aftab, Vijay lyer, Shahzad Ismaily - Haseen Thi (Love in Exile)
  • 37:50    EABS & Jaubiln - Tomorrow (Search of a Better Tomorrow)
  • 42:00    Yoni Mayraz - 1999 (Dybbuk Tse!)
  • 44:26    Daniel Villarreal - Sunset Cliffs (Lados B)
  • 48:50    Dave Easley - Fleurette Africaine (Ballads)
  • 52:22    Fire! Orchestra - I See Your Eye, Part 1 (Echoes)
  • 1:02:10    Scree - Half-Death (Jasmine On A Night In July)
  • 1:06:06    Kamaal Williams - City of God (Stings)
  • 1:09:18    Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal & Emile Parisien & Vincent Peirani - Ta Nyé (Les Egares)
  • 1:13:08    Peter Somuah - Green Path (Letter to the Universe)
  • 1:16:36    Peace Flag Ensemble - You Can't Pin Joy Like A Moth (Astral Plains)
  • 1:21:31    Ancient Infinity Orchestra - Niyama (River of light)
  • 1:29:59    end