Tag Archives: downtempo

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Clara Moto – Blue Distance Album Review (InFiné Music)

Clara Moto's second feature-length for InFiné revolves around the theme of remoteness, the feeling of endless travel and longing, and the inevitable distance between a performer and her audience. Blue Distance takes its name from a poem by Sylvia Plath, the patron saint of loneliness. This combination of classical poetry and 21st-century electronic music offers...
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James Blake – Overgrown Album Review

James Blake Overgrown (2013) Universal Republic Few artists are as conscious of their position in the music industry as James Blake. Seemingly spawned from the hype of music blogs and the irresistible “Limit To Your Love” cover which made him famous, Blake knows how volatile and fickle the wicked cycle of fame can be. But...Read...
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2011 Year-End Respect For Album Cover Art: Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design

Our third-annual album cover art feature uses interviews with artists and musicians to highlight the philosophical, thematic, and conceptual significance of great album cover artwork. THE BREAKDOWN    12 Collage + 14 Digital Illustration, Drawing, Design + 19 Illustration, Painting, Drawing + 8 Black And White Photography + 22 Color Photography + 6 Deluxe Packaging...Read...
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Epstein – Sealess See Album Review

When I think of Asthmatic Kitty, my ears immediately conjure sounds of organic acoustic guitars, beautiful harmonies, and, of course, banjos. Artists like Sufjan Stevens, DM Stith, and The Welcome Wagon all come to mind, but the label’s newest release from Epstein borrows little from the label’s pedigree. Sealess See is instead an MPC and...Read...
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Rhian Sheehan – “Part 03” Music Video

Releasing albums for the end of the year is like the Oscar push. Those put out too early, save for a few, generally get left behind in the dust by easily excitable individuals like myself. There are worse things that can happen in life, but the fact that I left off Rhian Sheehan’s absolutely majestic...Read...