Cloudscape #60: February 2016

Feb­ru­ary mix, fea­tur­ing Songs Of Green Pheas­ant, God Body Dis­con­nect, Mario Grön­nert, Coun­cil Of Nine, Refectori, Shape Wor­ship, Laura Can­nell, Richard Moult, Michael Tan­ner, Trans­mis­sion, and Martyn Bates.

Branded by Constellations

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

Cloudscape #55: August 2015 (Dawn)

Second August mix, fea­tur­ing music by Nacht­laub, Andrew Weath­ers Ensemble , Richard Moult, Gurun Gurun , Oikos & High Aur­a’d, Olan Mill, Glover/Perreault, Memory Draw­ings ‚Chi­hei Hatakeyama and Good Weather For An Air­strike, Obsequiae, Aun, and James Black­shaw.

Cloudscape #52: May 2015

May 2015 Cloud­scape, fea­tur­ing music by Wyrd­ing, Aut­ist­ici, Guy Gelem, Equal Stones, Isnaj Dui, Rachel Mus­son; Mark Sanders; Liam Noble, Orla Wren with Aaron Mar­tin, Richard Moult, I’ve Lost, Aban­don Reason, Ana­to­mia de Van­it­ats, Hal­grath, and YODOK III.

Cloudscape #51: February 2015

Feb­ru­ary starts bright and clear, but it quickly turns colder and darker. There’s hope at the end, but it’s not spring yet. The mix fea­tures Daugh­ters of Elvin, Northaunt, Sonmi451, this noc­turnal topo­graphy, Pleq & Hakobune, Ed Hamilton, offthesky, Richard Moult, Adrian Shenton & Banks Bailey, and Rais­ing Holy Sparks.

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.