Review: Gaelynn Lea – “Rebuild”

Man, Gaelynn Lea knows how to wring the sentimentality out of an Electro Harmonix. The Duluth, Minnesota-bred composer/songwriter, who won the NPR Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, enchants listeners with more winding aural wonders filtered from her violin through that Memory Man pedal on the COVID-19-initiated release “Rebuild,” out now on Bandcamp. The single, a…

Review: Helen Money – “Atomic”

The Chicago-based cellist Alison Chesley is accustomed to providing the sonic equivalent of accent marks and highlights on other people’s statements of intent. She has appeared on some 150 LPs, offering the bowed weep and illuminating scope of her instrument to the likes of Anthrax, Russian Circles, Bob Mould, MONO, and many more. But, when…

Review: Magnetic Ghost – “Pixels”

There are many spots where one can enter Pixels, the new LP from Magnetic Ghost, the nom de guerre of Minneapolis multi-instrumentalist Andy Larson. I like to begin with the second track, “Joshua Tree at Sunset”. The piece starts amidst a buzzing drone, and the swells wax vaguely synthetic, backed by the whirring of gears and the…

Review: Raphael Weinroth-Browne – “Worlds Within”

Reconsideration, at least in this writer’s case, has been very kind to Raphael Weinroth-Browne. I was introduced last year to the Canadian cellist and post-classical composer by way of Worlds Within, the new 10-track song-cycle he plans to self-release on CD and digital platforms Jan. 24. At first blush, Weinroth-Browne’s modus operandi mimicked, at least…

Video Premiere: Rachel Grimes – “For So Long”

Rachel Grimes is a Louisville-based musician who was a founding member of post-classical chamber ensemble Rachel’s (incidentally, not named after her) and, since the mid-2010s, has been staking a bold claim as a composer to watch. Today, as the world debates whether Columbus “discovered” America or merely raided it, we here at MusicTAP provide the…

Profile: Rachel Grimes (2019)

It starts, appropriately, by rolling on the seams of piano keys. “There is something/ got ahold of me/ and it won’t let go,” the singer coos, among a forest trail of piano and upright bass that leads to a clearing of strings. The whole thing then expands orchestrally, with the thrust of the musical diaphragm…

Profile: Loscil (2019)

Scott Morgan doesn’t listen to his work as Loscil after it’s been released. The Canadian avant-ambient sound-sculptor has little concrete sense of his discography. But, before the recordings are available commercially, they’re fair game. When he was mixing the Sea Island LP, from 2014, for example, he literally would wander Sea Island – an island…

Review: Christian Frederickson – “Islands of Light”

There’s this piece of ephemera from the days of the Rachel’s ensemble that sticks to the attic of my mind like so much setting rubber cement – let’s call them the scrolls. Far from biblical or Talmudic or scriptural (in a sense of religiosity, at least), they were large sheets of paper on which members…

Review: Jessica Moss – “Entanglement”

The violin can be a beautiful thing and there are surely moments on Entanglement – sound artist/Silver Mt Zion member Jessica Moss’ sophomore outing, out next week via Constellation – that are engaging, even rapturous. But in the end, the new LP is just that and, sadly, that alone: a collection of beautiful moments or…