Zeena Parkins is a composer, improviser and harp player from New York City, and her upcoming boxset LACE is a bold collection of collaborations using the qualities of the titular fabric as a source for thoughtful, spontaneous creativity. You can hear its innovative, eye-opening first two tracks above. Out from June 30th on Chaikin Records, you can order the spectacularly-packaged set in black or white versions from Bandcamp today.
Tomorrow, March 24th, London’s Lucinda Chua releases her debut LP YIAN, and its “Something Other Than Years” is an oceanic symphony, stunning and featuring Singaporean musician Yeule. You can order the album — one produced and co-engineered by Ms. Chua herself — both from 4AD and Bandcamp, where it is issued on clear-vinyl and CD formats. Via Les inRocks.
Animated and adventurous, “Premiers pas au Marécage” is a hushed, quietly-unfolding mystery and taken from Voda — the forthcoming new LP from Sarah Pagé, a harpist and composer from Montréal. Out from June 2nd on Backward Music, you can pre-order it along with a set of nine accompanying prints by artist Elena Miroshnichenko from Bandcamp today.
Associative and syncopated, adventuresome and sinewed, “Monologue for Myself” is controlled chaos refined and the white-hot new single from Cologne, Germany’s Luise Volkmann. You can stream the track here, and her debut-solo LP arrives in March.
A series of swirls gently caught and dearly held, “Prelude (An Eternity of Light)” sets a stirring scene, as “Aubade (The Farewell Is a Beginning)” glides with balletic, lucid ease. These are the first two selections on Distant Intervals, the debut album from Brooklyn-based composer and cellist Issei Herr. Out from April 7th on NNA Tapes, you can pre-order cassette and digital editions of it from Bandcamp, while pre-saving information is here.
Limber and balanced atop a wry mischief, “Mikos” is a classic-sounding Continental wink and the pristine new single from Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist Orchestra. Their collaborative album Racing The Storm is released by Bella Union on March 17th, and you can pre-order white-vinyl and CD versions of it either from their webstore or from Bandcamp today.
Today Brussels-based musician and composer Christina Vantzou released her latest album No. 5, upon which you’ll find “Tongue Shaped Rock”, a deep, serpentine, mystic and animating breath. Out courtesy of the storied kranky, vinyl, CD and digital versions of the LP are at Bandcamp.
Fiona Brice: “We Rise We Fall”
Today Northampton-born composer Fiona Brice releases her And You Know I Care LP, from which you can hear “We Rise We Fall” — a filigreed phantasm — above. Out care of the peerless Bella Union, you can find digital versions here, while vinyl and CD editions are available from the label’s webstore.
Christina Vantzou: “Red Eel Dream”
Christina Vantzou is an esteemed composer from Brussels, Belgium, and the brilliant “Red Eel Dream” is a coiled wire glowing in a tangerine mirage and taken from her forthcoming album No. 5. Written while in the Greek Isles, it’s released by the legendary Kranky on November 11th. You can pre-order digital, vinyl and CD editions of it right now from their Bandcamp page.
Clarice Jensen: “Joy”
Brooklyn-based composer, cellist and Julliard graduate Clarice Jensen is the artistic director of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Esthesis is the name of her forthcoming third album. You can preview its pellucid, lacy meditation “Joy” here. Out courtesy of 130701 on October 21st, you can pre-order vinyl and CD versions of the LP from Bandcamp now.