A Year In The Country — United Bible Studies – Doineann


In my 2012 review of The Cloisters, I had written about how the imagined landscape (Britain, in these cases) features so strongly in some strains of contemporary experimental folk music. Granted, this has been a central theme in folk since the 60s revival, but as I argue, the ease with which electronic manipulation can be applied these days has really influenced some of the more experimental folk works in the past decade or so. This heightened interplay of the ‘acoustic’ and electronic, and in a broader sense, between the rural and the urban, makes for a liminal artistic and imaginary field that is finding different forms of expression these days. […read more…]

Cloudscape #44: February 2014


Welcome to the first Evening of Light mix presented by an actual human voice. Bear with me while I get the hang of it, and let me know what you think. I’ll probably continue doing music-only mixes, but the monthly mixes in which I present various new tracks will most likely feature presentation from now on. After almost four years, I felt it was time for something new. Hope you enjoy!

Cloudscape #44: February 2014 by Evening […read more…]

Cloudscape #43: Winter Solstice 2013


We wish you a beautiful Winter Solstice and happy holidays. May 2014 be kinder to you than 2013!

Cloudscape #43: Winter Solstice 2013 by Evening Of Light on Mixcloud

Photography: “It’s Snowing” by Margaret Netherwood.

00:00 | The Driftwood Manor | A Coat Against the Winter | The Same Figure, Leaving | 2010 03:09 | Coil | A White Rainbow | Winter Solstice | 1999 10:56 | ZENИTH (feat. Almeeva) | Iceberg | SEQUENCE6 | 2013 16:54 […read more…]

Cloudscape: Isolation


I’ve been meaning to do a showcase of some videogame soundtracks for a while, and this month I have the perfect excuse. I wrote an article on the island games Dear Esther, Miasmata, and Proteus for the fourth issue of Five out of Ten magazine, and as it happens all three games have fine music. I used some outtakes from those soundtracks and mixed them up with some of the usual Evening of Light fare and I think the combination is rather fitting, with all artists included here operating somewhere along the boundaries of ambient, classical, folk, and drone.

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2012: A Retrospective

Art by Kozue Oshima

Art by Kozue Oshima

Hey friends, guess what? We spun through the multiverse a bit, and another year has flown by. Thankfully we’ve been able to keep everything running pretty much as usual here at Evening of Light. No release from us this year, but we’re working to make something nice of our upcoming fourth release by Far Black Furlong in 2013. Again, we’d like to thank all the artists and labels for thinking of us again this year. Music is a huge part of what keeps us going in our lives!

First of all, […read more…]

Review: United Bible Studies – I Am Providence (2012)


artist: United Bible Studies release: I Am Providence format: LP year of release: 2012 label: Jellyfant duration: 31:19

There is something distinctly kvlt about what United Bible Studies have done on this most recent album: improvise music over the actual grave of Howard Phillips Lovecraft at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island. We could nerd off about how awesome this is, and about how this 2008 US tour incarnation of the chimeric group captured the old master’s cosmic horror spirit in music somehow. But frankly speaking, that’s not what’s going on here at all.

To me, Lovecraft’s horror […read more…]

Review: Taskerlands (2012)


Limited Edition

Regular Edition

artist: Taskerlands release: Taskerlands format: 2×3″ CD, CD year of release: 2012 label: Time Released Sound duration:  41:44

detailed info: discogs.com

Lately I’ve been toying around with the idea that one of the most significant developments in the recent history of music is the (rere)revival of folk, and particularly the new horizons subsequently explored by artists involved in this revival. While I won’t derail this review with too much contemplation of that musical current, let me at least say that the highly individual developments that some artists undergo are […read more…]

March 2012 Short Reviews (Agitated Radio Pilot, The Owl Service, Sturmpercht / Rauhnacht)


In the Event of My Disappearance

Agitated Radio Pilot – In the Event of My Disappearance [discogs]

Alongside our own double release, In the Event of My Disappearance, released on China’s Midnight Productions, is one of the final ARP releases. And a fine one it is! Dave Colohan focuses mostly on piano-driven songs here, which is a new route compared to earlier albums. The songs are sparse, calm, and feature subtle additions of other instruments and vocals by guest artists like Michael Tanner and Yasmin Chaudhry.

All of the tracks breathe that calm beauty that characterises much […read more…]

Review: Raising Holy Sparks – Beyond the Unnamed Bay (2011)


artist: Raising Holy Sparks release: Beyond the Unnamed Bay format: MC year of release: 2011 label: Fort Evil Fruit duration: 50:48

detailed info: discogs.com

2011 marked the end of David Colohan‘s artistic period as Agitated Radio Pilot, a name that will be familiar to our frequent readers. Initial dismay at the end of this great project will be rapidly assuaged by this: Raising Holy Sparks, a new band with Declan Kelly and Vicky Langan as additional core members on this album, as well as a number of guest appearances. I was so excited about David continuing to […read more…]

2011: A Retrospective


We’re joining in the list fever this year – though not before the year is more or less through – with the favourite 2011 records from Evening of Light HQ. Of course we missed tons of good releases out there, but these at least are things we particularly enjoyed. Thanks to all the artists and labels for sharing their music with us.

First the top 10, in alphabetical order.

The A. Lords – The A. Lords (Rif Mountain) [Our Review]

The LP followup to 2006’s self-titled 3″ is a masterpiece of pastoral, almost ambient, […read more…]