Contemporary pianist James Heather released his debut album ‘Stories From Far Away on Piano’ earlier this year. A luxurious, forward thinking selection of post-classical compositions, Heather invoked the likes of Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds and the late Conor Walsh with subtle electronics and a style that was full of feeling and purpose.
Tel Aviv-based, Latvian-born multi-disciplinary artist Anna Lann will release her ‘Embodiment’ EP via The Ransom Note Records on 14th December.
A producer, composer, singer, videographer, visual artist, dancer and DJ, Lann has become a celebrated figure in the Israeli capital’s underground scene and beyond thanks to her varied approach and versatile catalog.
Following a superb LP on one of our favourite labels, Local Action, Orlando FitzGerald has launched the New Info label with a mesmerizing ambient tape. ‘Extinction 6’ is out on 16th November and, according to its press release, is “an ethereal exploration of waste, greed and ultimately the failures of our society”.
On his debut EP, ‘Hélico’, Berlin-based, west of Ireland-born artist Lugh fused ambience with aggression, creating an experience that was at once absorbing and intense. Layers of wordless, altered vocals, spectral percussive thuds and broad brushstrokes of distorted melody combined to make a collection that was hauntingly dreamlike, but steadfastly robust.
As co-founder of art and music collective C.A.N.V.A.S and as an artist in his own right, Lugh has plenty coming up in the next few months for us to be getting excited about.
Belfast’s Ai Messiah will release their sprawling debut LP via Touch Sensitive Records on Friday 16th November.
A vast, versatile and experimental release crosses a wide array of genres over its 17 tracks, always maintaining a dystopian atmosphere, the album explores concepts of “near futures in the age of Artificial Intelligence”.
Next up on emerging London label TT – FKA Tobago Tracks – is a split EP from Bianca Scout and AF85.
“Lucaufer is a shapeshifter I would say, a chameleon even. Lucaufer is a kind of character that I created for myself a few years ago, and that has changed a lot over those years.”
Her penchant for music that feels at once latent and innate starts to make sense when she explains her earliest musical experiences, defined by the sounds of her immediate surroundings, of technology and family.
The result was ‘EP1’, and the sensitive pace and process can be heard at every vast and vibrant turn.
“I realised the gift of making ‘EP1’ was the patience involved and that, I had learned, I gave myself a lot of time,” she says. “I see each piece now as a very important scrap of monument. With ‘White Spirit’, at the time - I really struck a chord within me. That whole piece was made with my violin.”
Belfast’s Herb Magee AKA Arvo Party will release his second album ‘II’ in October.
With a prolific catalog of versatile electronics under his belt already, including a sprawling self-titled debut LP in 2017, the former punk bassist has been nothing if not prolific in recent years. ‘II’ finds the producer and multi-instrumentalist branching further into the varied electronic landscape, veering from ambient, vaporwave and komische to more heady, dancefloor ready forms.
Kate NV has been having quite the year. In the spring, she spent a month in Cologne recording a new collaborative album with former Dirty Projector Angel Deradoorian. From there, she travelled to Japan, where she stayed the duration of Tokyo’s hottest July on record (“Everybody was literally melting”). Later in the year, she will return for the second time to Red Bull Music Academy Berlin, only, this time, she will not be an academy member but will be a studio team member.