Review: Clara Engel – “Hatching Under the Stars”

“To Keep the Ghost at Bay” opens Clara Engel’s new LP – their 28th release on Bandcamp, out digitally on 5 April – and it gives, no hyperbole, a masterclass in minimalist expansion. The song, like most the pieces on the excellent Hatching Under the Stars, is built around the spacy cycles of a spindly, repeating 4/4…

REVIEW: Jozef Van Wissem – “Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back”

Minimalist composer and lutenist Jozef Van Wissem follows up last year’s When Shall This Bright Day Begin with a new LP, the spare and oft-haunting Nobody Living Can Ever Make Me Turn Back, out Friday on Consouling Sounds. Van Wissem’s got Minimalism’s horizon-expansion down. In “Golden Bells Ring…,” a 4/4 refrain on lute loops infinitely,…