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Nils Frahm & Anne Müller – Journey For A Traveller [unofficial fan video]

Fresh from YouTube, we have a fan video using archival footage as a black and white video collage to accompany the inherently cinematic music from Nils Frahm & Anne Müller:

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nabgy2bCuz0

Frahm, who burst on to the neoclassical scene as a the solo piano virtuoso to watch in 2009, employs only faint and fleeting use of piano in this arrangement, as on the entire album.  Instead, balancing accessible and avant-garde, he conjures percussive, continually mutating sounds punctuated with string flourishes and motifs, succeeding where so many have failed in the nascent evolution of electro-acoustic music: grafting electronics to classical acoustic perfomance in a way that doesn’t feel forced or tacked on.  It’s musical, integral, breathing, and the images remind us there’s a sense of storytelling and interplay at work in the composition.

Run On Sentence CD Release July 17, Preorder On Now

You, the Darkness, and Me won’t be officially released until August 10, but early copies will be available at the album launch at The Woods on Saturday, July 17, or you can reserve one now and get an instant download at the HUSHshop.

Hellloooo, ladies...

“Water”

Local Cut says:

There’s a lot to like about local songwriter Dustin Hamman: he plays under the clever moniker of Run On Sentence (yes, we journalists are biased towards fellow word nerds); he peddles an earthy, catchy fusion of folk, blues, jazz and roots; and in the indie-music sea of bad bum-fluff beards and ironic moustaches, he stands tall with a proud with a truly spectacular crop of bushy facial hair.

Hamman has recorded a new album coming out in August called You, the Darkness, and Me—the follow-up to his promising 2008 debut, Oh When The Wind Comes Down, which featured a charming mix of rambling folk, Latin rhythms and swinging jazz.


Loch Lomond and others on City of Portland Call Waiting

Listen Local with Loch Lomond from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo.

Portland, Ore – Mayor Sam Adams today announced the launch of “Listen Local,” a pilot program that replaces the City’s previous on-hold music with music by Portland musicians. The program seeks to highlight the vibrant, diverse and creative character of Portland to callers near and far and shine a spotlight on local musicians.

“From our entrepreneurs to our artists, what starts in Portland tends to be watched – and bought – around the world,” said Mayor Adams. “Portland’s economic prosperity is being built on our innovation and our creativity. Listen Local showcases both.”

Also included on the track list are HUSH roster artists Nick Jaina and Podington Bear

Nils Frahm & Anne Müller Available for order (MP3/CD/LP)

“Let My Key Be C”, the opening birdsong chirps reveal a world of looping cello sounds, some of which extend and overtake the listener. Frahm’s piano keys unfurl to create a gelatinous mass of beauty, swirling around the speakers (or headphones for the full experience) before softening and finally, cutting off abruptly, leaving the listener to catch their breath.

“Let My Key Be C (Thriller Edit)”

7fingers is available for pre-order on die-cut paper packaged CD or handsome LP now in the HUSHshop, with instant download.

Most of the songs develop around the sound of Müller’s cello, oftentimes traveling into unforeseen territory, surprising the listener, as in the second track, “7 Fingers”, when the listener first encounters the group’s foray into electronic pulses and blips. The combination works exceedingly well, as the pieces still develop with a classical framework and the introduction of electronic percussive elements enhances, not diminishes, the listening experience. In other words, the “clicks and cuts” feel as though they are a natural extension of the work and are not forced contrivances that disorient the listener…7 Fingers is an absolute necessity and will surely stand as one of the better releases of the year.

Read more from this glowing review from Fluid Radio.