Cloudscape #63: July 2016

Monthly mix for July, feat. Porya Hatami & Arovane, Wouter van Veld­hoven, Keosz, Daniel W J Mack­en­zie, Mor­gen Wurde, IX Tab, David Colo­han, Architeuthis Rex, Zen­jungle, EUS, Poly­pores, and David Sylvian.

Branded by Constellations

Colo­han / Moult team up with an organic dark ambi­ent trib­ute to naut­ical lives, waves, and the Atlantic.

Review: Raising Holy Sparks - A Mendicant Hymnal

A men­dic­ant is a trav­el­ling monk — one who begs for sub­sist­ence, accept­ing what people and to world have to offer, in humil­ity. The music on this double album could be a dis­til­la­tion of the world exper­i­enced in such a way: a flow­ing by of land­scapes and vis­ions, an end­less sequence of steps car­ry­ing one to some unknown des­tin­a­tion. This is the final act of beg­ging and accept­ance: to see where the jour­ney leads you, always defer­ring to decisions made out­side of the self; offer­ing up the self.

Rais­ing Holy Sparks is the pro­ject that rose from the ashes of Agit­ated Radio Pilot and saw David Colo­han shift­ing from lo-fi and singer/­songwriter releases to some­thing more instru­mental, raw, and abstract. The divi­sion is far from clear-cut: Agit­ated Radio Pilot had its share of lush ambi­ent impro­visa­tions, and the occa­sional harsh gui­tar solo, while Rais­ing Holy Sparks has had plenty of songs inter­spersed on its earlier releases. All the same, there is a tan­gible con­trast between the two pro­jects.

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.