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April’s mixtape opens with “I Can’t Find Water”, album opener for Hauschka’s latest full-length “What If”, yet another monumental and sprawling opus courtesy of the Dusseldorf-based artist Volker Bertelmann. Recorded mainly in Berlin with Francesco Donadello, “What If” gloriously mirrors Hauschka’s own transcendental live performances, where worlds of both analogue and digital (a mixture of various synthesisers, grand pianos, player pianos and percussive instruments) effortlessly interweave in scintillating long-form compositions. “What If” is the sound of a producer as much as a pianist, confirming Hauschka as one of brightest burning jewels in independent music today.
Berlin-based and Stockholm-born songwriter Molly Nilsson releases her much-anticipated new full-length “Imaginations” this May, the follow-up to 2015’s stunning “Zenith” LP. Night School Records have also been busy re-issuing Nilsson’s back catalogue in recent times, most recently with the re-issue of her breakthrough second LP “Follow The Light”.
One of the year’s most staggering releases comes (once again) courtesy of James Leyland Kirkby’s The Caretaker project. “Everywhere at the end of time” is the epic six-album odyssey (April saw the release of “stage two”) which will take three years to conclude. The series draws upon the conceptual framework of dementia, and how the disease impacts the mind and memory. In the words of Kirkby: “The second stage is the self realisation and awareness that something is wrong with a refusal to accept that. More effort is made to remember so memories can be more long form with a little more deterioration in quality. The overall personal mood is generally lower than the first stage and at a point before confusion starts setting in.”
April’s mixtape also features a selection of new releases from: Clark’s “Death Peak” (Warp); Forest Swords’ “Compassion” (Ninja Tune); Nan Kolè’s “Malumz” EP (Black Acre); Mary Lattimore’s “Collected Pieces” (Ghostly International); Homeboy Sandman’s “Veins” (Stones Throw) and Mount Eerie’s “A Crow Looked At Me” (P.W. Elverum & Sun).
Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E04 | April mix
To listen on La Blogothèque:
01. Hauschka – “I Can’t Find Water” (City Slang / Temporary Residence)
02. Forest Swords – “Arms Out” (Ninja Tune)
03. John Hassell – “Miracle Steps” (Optimo Music)
04. Clark – “Catastrophe Anthem” (Warp)
05. The xx – “A Violent Noise” (Four Tet Remix) (Young Turks)
06. Talaboman – “Samsa” (R&S)
07. Nan Kolè – “Bayefal” (Black Acre)
08. Vex Ruffin – “Front” (Stones Throw)
09. Homeboy Sandman – “Bamboo” (Stones Throw)
10. Chromatics – “Circled Sun” (Italians Do It Better)
11. Bibio – “Feeling” (Knx Remix) (Warp)
12. Dunkelziffer – “Colours and Soul” (Emotional Rescue)
13. Lewis Furey – “Lewis is Crazy” (Aquarius)
14. Scott Walker – “Montague Terrace (In Blue)” (Philips)
15. Angelo Badalamenti – “Love Theme” (Mulholland Drive OST, Milan)
16. Mount Eerie – “Toothbrush / Trash” (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
17. Dinah Washington & Max Richter – “This Bitter Earth / On the Nature of Daylight” (La French OST, Gaumont, Légende Films)
18. Vashti Bunyan – “If I Were” (FatCat)
19. Mary Lattimore – “We Just Found Out She Died” (Ghostly International)
20. Leandro Fresco and Rafael Anton Irisarri – “Cuando El Misterio Es Demasiado Impresionante, Es Imposible Desobedecer” (A Strangely Isolated Place)
21. Orcas (with Martyn Heyne) – “Into the Night” (Soundcloud)
22. Molly Nilsson – “A Song They Won’t Be Playing On the Radio” (Dark Skies Association / Night School)
23. Helado Negro – “Runaround” (Alternate Mix) (RVNG Intl)
24. Julia Holter – “Lucette Stranded On the Island” (Live at RAK) (Domino)
25. The Caretaker – “The way ahead feels lonely” (History Always Favours The Winners)
Compiled by Fractured Air, April 2017. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.
We’re excited to present three exclusive tracks for February’s mixtape.
February’s edition features an exclusive first listen of UK-based organist and composer James McVinnie’s “Cycles_1” album, set for release this Spring via Icelandic independent Bedroom Community. The album is a collection of reworks of McVinnie’s glorious 2013 Bedroom Community album, “Cycles”, an album featuring thirteen organ pieces performed by Mcvinnie, written by Nico Muhly and also featuring contributions from Nadia Sirota, Chris Thompson and Simon Wall. Presented here is the rework of “O Emmanuel” (the final of the “Seven O Antiphon Preludes” from “Cycles”) by composer Paul Evans, who is also the producer and engineer at the legendary Greenhouse Studios; the creative home of Bedroom Community, founded by Valgeir Sigurðsson in 1997.
Also featured on February’s mixtape is an exclusive first listen of Irish songwriter Brigid Mae Power’s hauntingly beautiful cover of Planxty’s “As I Roved Out” (a regular inclusion on Power’s enthralling live shows), taken from her forthcoming “The Ones You Keep Close” EP, comprising a collection of older songs of Power’s newly recorded by Peter Broderick at his Woods, Oregon-based studio The Sparkle during 2016. The stunning six-track vinyl EP will be available this April via German independent label Oscarson.
We’re happy to also feature the exclusive track “Rook” by Seattle-based artist Benoît Pioulard (Kranky, Ghostly International, Morr Music) which will be exclusively made available on a tour-only CD during his forthcoming eagerly-awaited European tour, commencing on 4th March 2017.
Also included on February’s mixtape are new releases from: Brokeback; Colin Stetson; Hauschka; Jens Lekman; Visible Cloaks; Cindy Lee; Clap! Clap!; Talaboman; Mind Over Mirrors; Julie Byrne & much more.
Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E02 | February mix
To listen on La Blogothèque:
01. Visible Cloaks – “Circle” (RVNG Intl)
02. Julia Holter – “So Lillies” (Live at RAK) (Domino)
03. Yaw – “Where Will You Be” (!K7)
04. Françoise Hardy – “Voilà” (Disques Vogue)
05. Cindy Lee – “A Message From The Aching Sky” (Superior Viaduct)
06. The Sadies – “It’s Easy (Like Walking)” [feat. Kurt Vile] (Yep Roc)
07. The Saxophones – “If You’re on the Water” (Self-Released)
08. Brokeback – “Spanish Venus” (Thrill Jockey)
09. Jens Lekman – “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?” (Secretly Canadian)
10. William Onyeabor – “Fantastic Man” (Luaka Bop)
11. Brentford Disco Set – “Rebel Disco” (Soul Jazz)
12. Adrian Homer Miller – “One and Only One” (Light In The Attic)
13. Colleen – “Eclipse” (Thrill Jockey)
14. Those Who Walk Away – “First Degraded Hymn” (Constellation)
15. Toydrum – “I’ve Got a Future” (Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Rework) [feat. Gavin Clark] (Skint)
16. Julie Byrne – “I Live Now As A Singer” (Ba Da Bing!)
17. Clap! Clap! – “Ascension Psalm” (feat. HDADD) (Black Acre)
18. Talaboman – “Safe Changes” (R&S)
19. Caribou – “People Eating Fruit” (Leaf)
20. Vermont – “Norderney” (Kompakt)
21. Paddy Mulcahy – “On The Steps” (Self-Released)
22. Hauschka – “Constant Growth Fails” (City Slang / Temporary Residence)
23. Mind Over Mirrors – “To the Edges” (Paradise Of Bachelors)
24. James McVinnie – “O Emmanuel” (Paul Evans Remix) (Bedroom Community)
25. Benoît Pioulard – “Rook” (Self-Released)
26. Colin Stetson – “Spindrift” (Constellation)
27. Mario Batkovic – “Restrictus 2” (Invada)
28. Richard Osborn – “Still I Will Be Merry” (Tompkins Square)
29. Brigid Mae Power – “As I Roved Out” (Oscarson)
Compiled by Fractured Air, February 2017. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.
November’s mixtape contains gorgeous new releases from a host of exceptional voices in today’s independent music world: the peerless L.A. composer and songwriter Julia Holter unveils her debut score (‘Bleed For This’, Milan Records); Australia-born & Berlin-based artist Carla dal Forno whose exceptional avant-pop debut full-length ‘You Know What It’s Like’ marks one of 2016’s finest LPs (Blackest Ever Black); the utterly compelling collaborative project between Mica Levi and Oliver Coates (in the form of ‘Remain Calm’, released recently via Slip) and A Winged Victory For The Sullen’s stunningly beautiful ‘Iris’ original score, which represents the prestigious duo’s third full length release (available digitally now).
Earlier this month marked the sad passing of Leonard Cohen at the age of 82. A true visionary and legendary songwriter, his last studio album ‘You Want It Darker’ was released just weeks before his untimely passing. Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s emotional tribute to his good friend echoes powerfully the vital importance of Cohen’s sacred songbook: “Leonard, no other artist’s poetry and music felt or sounded quite like yours. We’ll miss you.”
Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S01E11 | November mix
To Read/listen on La Blogothèque:
01. DJ Shadow – “The Mountain Will Fall” (Mass Appeal)
02. A Tribe Called Quest – “The Space Program” (Epic)
03. Archangel – “Julia” (Dean Blunt’s On Wine, Hashish & Molly Version Vinyl Edit) (Foom)
04. Underworld – “Low Burn” (Universal Music Group)
05. Dead Light – “Sleeper” (Village Green)
06. Carla dal Forno – “Db Rip” (Blackest Ever Black)
07. Karen Marks – “Cold Café” (Efficient Space)
08. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “Riparian” (Western Vinyl)
09. Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – “Barok Main” (Slip)
10. Dungen – “Peri Banu Vid Sjön” (Smalltown Supersound)
11. case/lang/veirs – “Supermoon” (Anti-)
12. Tortoise (ft. Georgia Hubley) – “Yonder Blue” (Thrill Jockey)
13. Fleetwood Mac – “Albatross” (Reprise)
14. Lambchop – “Writer” (Merge, City Slang)
15. Matt Robertson – “Juno” (Tape Club)
16. Julia Holter – “Home Movies” (Bleed For This OST, Milan)
17. Heather Woods Broderick – “Glider” (Western Vinyl)
18. Loscil – “Drained Lake” (Kranky)
19. A Winged Victory For The Sullen – “Comme on a Dit” (Iris OST, Erased Tapes)
20. Leonard Cohen – “String Reprise / Treaty” (Columbia, Sony Music)
21. Syrinx – “December Angel” (excerpt) (RVNG Intl)
Compiled by Fractured Air, November 2016. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.
We are delighted to premiere the new single ‘Someone told me I was Paradise for you’ from the gifted Copenhagen-based quartet We Like We. The gorgeous new sonic creation is the first material since the band’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘A New Age of Sensibility’ (released in late 2014). The highly anticipated single is released tomorrow, 1st September 2016.
Copenhagen-based quartet We Like We comprise the gifted talents of Katrine Grarup Elbo (violin) Josefine Opsahl (cello) Sara Nigard Rosendal (percussion) and Katinka Fogh Vindelev (voice). All four members are classically trained, but each share a desire for exploring, experimenting and shaping a unique sound of their own, as reflected in their diverse musical influences. The group’s first live performance took place at FROST festival in Copenhagen in February 2013: a unique double-bill concert with Efterklang. We Like We have collaborated with an array of musicians and projects in the past: Efterklang; Julia Holter; Mew; Sofia Gubaidulina; The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few. We Like We’s debut album ‘A New Age of Sensibility’ is available now on The Being Music.
“This single is one of the results of our work over the past six months. We have had a close collaboration with sound engineer Marc Casanovas (NorCat Lyd) with whom we have explored sound, space and different ways of recording”.
—We Like We
Someone told me I was paradise for you is the endless mantra that is whispered in to your ear during the late hours of a dark blue summer night. It is four individual voices and reflections braided together as a unit in the depths of the collective unconsciousness.
From the opening dream-like pulses of delicate percussion – beginning with two gongs before soft ripples of vibraphone effortlessly melds together – We Like We’s brand new recording invites the listener deep into a labyrinth of fragile beauty and encapsulating dreams. The ambient works of Harold Budd lies somewhere in the ether of these burning flames, wherein a tenderness and stillness of night radiates with each and every meditative heart-beat. Soon, achingly beautiful instrumentation of violin is carefully added, evoking the glimmering rays of hope across cascading skies: dapples of light flicker along the horizon. The modern-classical soundscapes and divine instrumentation conjures up the timeless sound of the prestigious Touch or Type labels with the spirit of Peter Broderick, Sylvain Chauveau and Hildur Guðnadóttir
At the half-way point, the mesmerising voice of Katinka Fogh Vindelev whispers directly to one’s mind’s eye. Like a bird in full-flight, these four combined elements of strings, voice and percussion soars majestically with unlimited possibilities of discovery, exploration and chance. The mantra-like phrases sung by Vindelev transports the listener to the poignant, dream-like fantasies of Kazuo Ishiguro’s master novels or the otherworldly realm crafted by Kafka. This sublime tapestry of gradual blissed-out tones reveals inner-most truths and awakens a myriad of feelings and emotion. The compelling, ambitious and sublime new single is nestled nicely amidst the avant-garde, modern-classical and luminaries such as Scott Walker (‘Tilt’ era) and L.A’s Julia Holter and ‘Parallelograms’-era Linda Perhacs.
Released on The Being Music 2016, www.thebeingmusic.com
July 2016 opened with world-renowned German composer Nils Frahm’s magnificent “Possibly Colliding” weekend of music at the Barbican Centre, London. Curated by Frahm, the special lineup featured live performance, conversation and film screenings where the headline act was Frahm’s monumental sold-out Barbican show, comprising his “most ambitious concert to date.”
Possibly Colliding felt not only like a celebration of the visionary artist’s cherished songbook (thus far) but rather a distillation of the most ground-breaking moments of today’s contemporary music scene. The angelic, hushed solo piano pieces were interwoven with the sprawling and sublime synthesizer-led pieces and many live collaborations – cellist Anne Müller, Nonkeen (with the addition of gifted drummer Andrea Belfi), London-based vocal ensemble Shards, and the André de Ridder-led stargaze ensemble – rendered new versions of Frahm’s towering body of work and offered new insights into the gifted composer’s sonic sphere.
During July we were delighted to be invited to participate in Irish actor Cillian Murphy’s curated IMMA Summer Party happening at the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Murphy’s music lineup featured performances by celebrated German composer and pianist Hauschka, gifted Irish fiddle player and composer Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Irish-based indie band Meltybrains? Some selections from our DJ set appear in this month’s mixtape.
Limerick-born and London-based composer Áine O’Dwyer has long been one of our most cherished and favourite contemporary musicians. O’Dwyer has released records on such independent labels as: Mie Music, Second language and Fort Evil Fruit, while her versatile talents are evident in her rich and varied recorded output to date, which have featured: live recordings for pipe organ, music for harp and voice and music for solo piano.
This year’s Le Guess Who? festival features special guest curators – including the inimitable L.A. songwriter Julia Holter – who has invited Áine O’Dwyer to this year’s lineup in Utrecht which takes place on 10–13 November 2016.
Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S1E7 | July mix
To Read/listen on La Blogothèque:
01. Woodkid & Nils Frahm – “Winter Morning II” (with Robert De Niro) (excerpt) (Ellis OST, Erased Tapes)
02. Peter Broderick – “Carried” (Erased Tapes)
03. Nonkeen – “Diving Platform” (R&S)
04. Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – “A Road” (Thrill Jockey)
05. Áine O’Dwyer – “Falcon” (Second Language)
06. Jherek Bischoff – “Headless” (The Leaf Label)
07. Agnes Obel – “Familiar” (Play It Again Sam)
08. Jonny Greenwood (Copenhagen Phil, André de Ridder) – “Future Markets” (There Will Be Blood OST, Deutsche Grammophon)
09. Radiohead – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief” (XL Recordings)
10. Kedr Livanskiy – “Razrushitelniy Krug (Destructive Cycle)” (2MR)
11. Lil Silva – “Jimi” (Good Years)
12. DJ Shadow – “The Sideshow” (feat. Ernie Fresh) (Mass Appeal)
13. Underworld – “I Exhale” (Universal Music Group)
14. Floorplan – “Music” (M-Plant)
15. Róisín Murphy – “Simulation” (Permanent Vacation)
16. Hot Chip – “Night and Day” (Daphni Mix) (Domino)
17. Junior Boys – “Big Black Coat” (Robert Hood Remix) (Jiaolong / City Slang)
18. Peder Mannerfelt – “Perspectives” (Peder Mannerfelt Produktion)
19. Aphex Twin – “CHEETAHT2 [Ld spectrum]” (Warp)
20. Ólafur Arnalds – “RGB” (LateNightTales)
21. Julianna Barwick – “Someway” (Dead Oceans)
22. Julia Holter – “Finale” (Leaving / Domino)
Compiled by Fractured Air, July 2016. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.
Part Two of our mix series for La Blogothèque. We’ve tried to include something here from as many of our favourite labels as possible. Also included is a short excerpt from an interview we did with the legendary Los Angeles-based folk singer Linda Perhacs (to coincide with the release of her second solo LP “The Soul Of All Natural Things” on Asthmatic Kitty in 2014). February’s mix also comprises a few original scores to films (“Belladonna of Sadness”, “#HORROR”, “Mistress America” and “Mustang”) where each soundtrack certainly conveys a very singular mood and spirit for their respective subjects (and films). While it’s a little foolish to single out a particular song/artist (isn’t that the complete opposite of what a mixtape is supposed to be?) we would like to conclude by mentioning someone very special whom we only recently discovered: Tia Blake (thanks to Josh Rosenthal’s gorgeous book “The Record Store of the Mind”); her sole album was 1971’s “Folksongs And Ballads” (by “Tia Blake and her folk-group”), a most beautiful and precious thing indeed.
Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S1E2 | February mix
To Read/listen on La Blogothèque:
01. Fire! – “She Bid a Meaningless Farewell” (Rune Grammofon)
02. Dawn of Midi – “Ijiraq” (Erased Tapes)
03. nonkeen – “chasing god through palmyra” (R&S)
04. 1115 – “The Drowned World I” (Alien Transistor)
05. Julia Holter – “Vasquez” (Domino)
06. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “Arthropoda” (Western Vinyl)
07. Cool Maritime – “Spring” (Leaving)
08. Linda Perhacs – Interview (excerpt) (Fractured Air)
09. Linda Perhacs – “Parallelograms” (Kapp/Sunbeam)
10. Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – “End of Summer Part 4” (excerpt) (Sonic Pieces)
11. Bob Dylan – “Father Of Night” (Columbia)
12. Lubomyr Melnyk – “Sunshimmers” (Erased Tapes)
13. Lee Hazlewood – “Hands” (MGM, Ace)
14. Masahiko Sato – “Valle Incantata” (Belladonna of Sadness OST, Finders Keepers)
15. The Fabulous Luckett Brothers – “Help Me to Carry On” (Honest Jon’s)
16. A Hawk And A Hacksaw – “Wedding Theme (Ukraine)” (LM Dupli-Cation)
17. Calexico – “When Only The Ashes Are Left” (Our Soil, Our Strength)
18. Thomas Köner – “Tiento de la Luz 4” (excerpt) (Denovali)
19. Ricardo Donoso – “Morning Criminal” (Denovali)
20. EMA – “Amnesia Haze (Vox & Guitar Only)” (#HORROR OST, City Slang)
21. Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips – “Mistress America” (Mistress America OST, Milan)
22. Alex Smoke – “Fair Is Foul” (R&S)
23. Lord RAJA – “Footwork” (Ghostly International)
24. Roly Porter – “In System” (Tri Angle)
25. Warren Ellis – “Mustang” (Mustang OST, Milan)
26. Tia Blake – “The Rising of the Moon” (Water)
27. Langley Schools Music Project – “Space Oddity” (Bar/None)
28. Qluster – “In deinen Händen” (Bureau B)
Compiled by Fractured Air, February 2016. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels. If you like the music, please support the artist by buying their records.
When Time Flies [A Fractured Air Mix]
To listen on Mixcloud:
01. David Allred ‘When Time Flies’ [Oscarson]
02. Beach House ‘Levitation’ [Bella Union/Sub Pop]
03. Air ‘Empty House’ [‘The Virgin Suicides’ OST / Virgin]
04. Laurel Halo ‘Focus I’ [Honest Jon’s]
05. Arthur Russell ‘This Is How We Walk On The Moon’ [Audika]
06. Dawn of Midi ‘Algol’ [Erased Tapes]
07. The Bad Plus ‘Never Stop’ [EmArcy]
08. Sun Ra ‘Plutonian Nights’ [Strut]
09. Cheech & Chong ‘Basketball Jones’ [‘Being There’ OST]
10. Peter Broderick + Gabriel Saloman ‘Lament For Philip Seymour Hoffman’ [Beacon Sound]
11. Guillaume Roussel ‘Meurtre du fou’ [‘La Connection’ OST / Gaumont, Légende Films]
12. Symmetry ‘Streets Of Fire’ [Italians Do It Better]
13. Max Richter ‘Lullaby’ (feat. Robert Wyatt) 
14. Julia Kent ‘Heavy Eyes’ [The Leaf Label]
15. Julia Holter ‘Have You In My Wilderness’ [Domino]
16. Harold Budd & John Foxx ‘Adult’ [All Saints]
17. The Band ‘I Shall Be Released’ [Capitol]
18. Georges Delerue ‘Camille’ [‘Le Mépris’ OST / EmArcy]
This mixtape will be our final post on Fractured Air. We’d both like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who has helped or supported us in one way or another over the last 3½ years. It has been a real pleasure for us to have found ourselves in a position to be able to do our small part in helping promote the true wonder that is independent music. Most of all, we’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our readers who helped us keep going as long as we did. Thank you.