After working as a drummer of an Alternative/grunge band, the solo project “Jobanshi” was created in 2012. Presently, through BGM/jingle production Jobanshi prodcues music for WEB CM and radio programs. Based in Tokyo, he also does sound design and MA of video work in addition to the release of his album in recent years. The use of oriental vocal samples, field recording material, and a combination of sound-morphing technology are unique features not commonly seen in the genre. His latest releases December 31, 9999 and Neutral Landscapes can be heard below.
December 31, 9999
Powlos is an ambient and experimental sound designer, producer and instrument builder from the UK.
His music is influenced by his ever changing emotional state, the comedic stylings of Bill Hicks and the love of his family. His latest release Subtle Companion, available from Bandcamp, can be heard below as well as a collaborative track he did with artist Factory called Discovery.
Shaun Allaway is a composer whose music captures the imagination. He describes his musical experience as follows: “As I entered through this storm of enchanting melodies and gifted abilities, I then saw a piano that was too big for me to play when I was only three. My first impression was just to play to see what it would sound like. When I grew up to eight years old, my father taught me chords but only that alone. I followed it through since I had no friends growing up as a child and the piano was the only one and only. I started to listen to Mozart, picked up his rotation, his habits, and his progression. I duplicated, I corrected it and took then took it deeper to sound like my own Amadues. Now I have composed over 10,000 songs since then as I mix myself with Mozart’s Techniques and Vivaldi’s Symphonies combined.”
Hear two of his compositions from the Lost soundtrack
Official Website: http://www.numberonemusic.com/shaunallaway
In early 2015, Danish bedroom musician Bertram Julius Krogh self-released a four song-instrumental EP under the moniker Loveable. The title You’re Still Very Loveable is a lyric from the Bon Iver song For Emma, whilst some of the song titles are named after original lyrics by Joni Mitchell, Teitur and The Smiths. After he outgrew his admiration for progressive house and contemporary pop, Australians Oliver Tank and Thrupence became the poster boys for the ambient feeling Loveable sought to strive for. Finding inspiration in post-dream memories, autumnal Scandinavia and the films of Hayao Miyazaki and Richard Linklater, Loveable made You’re Still Very Loveable in his bedroom. The EP was conceived whilst still a late-blooming teenager and coming to terms with moving out of the home he grew up in.
Loveable is currently working on a new collection of songs. His sophomore EP Recurring Dreams has taken form after two years of personal growth and experiencing mutual love and longing. Although still instrumental, these songs are more romantic and joyous than those on the first EP. Recurring Dreams is intended for release March 2017.
Hear You’re Still Very Loveable available from Bandcamp
Creating music under the name “Poolz”, Yorick seeeks to share emotions with his music. Hear his latest release I Know, I Have To Let You Go available from Bandcamp.
Anna Kairos is an independent singer, songwriter and electronic music artist focused on pop-noir and ambient music. In her fresh soundscapes she creates strong emotionally deep textures complemented with new vibes. Often she tries to escape known syntax to reach a better expression of a feeling or state of mind. Intuition is her most important ingredient. She believes that we all have access to our subconscious and can create beautiful things, when we just open up to ourselves and observe what is in us. She says, “If my music just gives one human being a quiet or inspired moment I am happy and I did achieve what is most important to me.”
Hear her track Pastel Perfection
Official Website: http://www.anna-kairos.com/
Photo Credit Lauren Rushing
Producing music since 2012, Kyak creates ambient bass music. His latest creation Caged Thoughts is featured below. Also featured, are his two previous releases, Wanderlust and Exile. All three are available on Soundcloud.
Iván Muela is a young multi-instrumentalist, composer and engineer based in London. His music relies heavily on warm sounding pianos, strings and abstract surreal sounds, ultimately resulting in a sway of beautiful melodies and fascinating textures.
After making a debut with “59:54”, an album written and recorded within one hour, Iván signed to California-based label Fluttery Records and released “Unsound”. The melodies and complex textures captured in its eleven tracks bring the listener into a different dimension in which feelings like desolation and hope walk hand by hand.
“Unsound” is quickly followed by “Glow” EP, released as a gift for Piano Day 2016. For this project, Iván decides to utilize only sounds from a grand piano, posteriorly processed and tweaked to create a hazy and constantly expanding soundscape. Main track ‘Glow’ is later featured in 1631 Recordings’ “Piano Cloud Vol. 2” compilation, alongside the likes of Chad Lawson, Sophie Hitchings and Federico Albanese.
Hear his featured Glow EP and track Sonder below:
Swoop and Cross
Swoop and Cross is the musical alias of Ruben Vale, a multi-instrumentalist/composer based in London. This project blends ambient and electronic music, building melodic drones and soundscapes. He describes his latest release Ten Four Thirty Nine as follows: “This song is about avoiding to replace mirrors with portraits. And all that entails.”
Hear Ten Four Thirty Nine below:
Traveler is the brainchild of Cameron Fitzpatrick, an American musician, composer, and producer from North Carolina. As a musical project, it embodies the spirit of exploration, indulging in both the quiet introspection and swelling excitement that comes from seeing the wonders of the world, natural and man-made.
Cameron Fitzpatrick has been active in the music scene from a young age, starting in his early teens. His roots are classical, including piano, violin, and classical vocal training, all of which began when he was a young boy. He began writing in several progressive rock bands, performing all along the eastern United States coast. In Traveler, he is returning to his classical influences while maintaining his progressive desire for experimentation and incorporating vintage and modern synthesizers, percussion, and soundscapes. He believes deeply in the power of collaboration, and works with other musicians, filmmakers, and artists to make Traveler a possibility.
One of his recent tracks Pillars of Creation, featured below and available on Bandcamp is described as follows:
“Pillars of Creation is inspired by the titular Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula. The Pillars themselves have already been destroyed, and we see them because their light takes so long to get to us. For something so amazing to be only a reflection…I found that idea painfully sad yet beautiful, and wanted to capture that feeling in my song.”
Around the start of 2016, I got a sudden interest for ambience and future garage and I wanted to replicate that sound, or more specifically try to instill the same emotions that I get from the genre with other people. My inspirations: Asa & Sorrow, Direct, the artists of Harrow, and the Sekai Collective are definitely the reason for my love of the genre.
Hear his featured tracks Just You and I, Recollections, and Mystic below:
Honeyruin says of his music: “I make music for people who can’t sleep. Or people who enjoy drinking and thinking about the past. I like to let slight rays of hope shine through in my tracks, but I believe most of my music is dripping with gloom, I personally find tracks like that comforting,. I would prefer to put on a sad record rather than a few of the happier tracks I listen to now and again. I like to evoke that feeling of sad nostalgia. The feeling that you wish you could go back to another time in life but know you can’t no matter how hard you try.”
His 2015 EP Echo in the Mist can be heard below
Z3M is a digital producer based in France. He says, ” I produce a variety of music that can be categorized From Chillout to Dubstep , DnB , Dub , House , Future Garage , Chillstep , Chill Dub , … I mainly like Melodic and Groovy music with deep basses and sophisticated percussion. I usually don’t try to fit into genres. Just trying to do what sounds good to me with the hope that it will sound good to others.”
Hear his featured tracks You Can Come, Orison, and his Inside Love EP available on ITUNES below:
Creating music under the name “Poolz”, Yorick seeeks to share emotions with his music. His accomplishes this with his latest EP All I Want Is to See You Smile. He writes, “Coming from the bottom of my heart, I hope this will take you somewhere else.”
Six years ago Levi Patel discovered a Rhian Sheehan album that allowed him to discover other artists such as Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds, and Nils Frahm. Now twenty four, he has paved his own musical journey. Using live instrument recordings as a cornerstone of his sound, his music reflects the intensity of emotion. He has recently released an album called 5/8 in collaboration with electronic producer Suren Unka. One of the tracks from this collaboration, Drift, can be heard below. One of his earlier works, And She Translated the Sky, includes vocal performance by Giana Patel and viola performance by Rachel Grimwood.
Official Website: http://levipatel.com
UK producer Marcus has recently released Explicit featuring Whitezer, which is available on Soundcloud.
March 2016, Chris Hunt released albums Tomb I and Tomb II. He describes these albums below:
“Armed with harsh noise and lush cinematic textures melded with emotive
passages, Tomb and Tomb II were developed in a timeline marked by a tree
crushing a house, grueling heartbreak, and the death of Hunt’s sister. The projects
draw all of these experiences together in a cataclysm of sound and collapse. ”
Trimming Moods plays violin in the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan. Born in Ukraine, he now lives and works in San Juan, Argentina. He started practicing violin when he was child with his father, also an violinist. Besides playing violin and guitar, his true passion is creating music. Whenever he has time, he works on his musical projects which are an avenue for him to experience music and explore infinite possibilities without relying on anyone.
Shaun Allaway is a composer whose music captures the imagination. He explores historical events and tries to capture the experience of that time period. Currently he is working an album called Forest of the Dark of which he says, “Everything will be as if it was back in Roman times, mixed with dark fairytales and ambient structures and some piano melodies that turns into a beautiful enigma.” He describes his musical experience below:
“As I entered through this storm of enchanting melodies and gifted abilities, I then saw a piano that was too big for me to play when I was only three. My first impression was just to play to see what it would sound like. When I grew up to eight years old, my father taught me chords but only that alone. I followed it through since I had no friends growing up as a child and the piano was the only one and only. I started to listen to Mozart, picked up his rotation, his habits, and his progression. I duplicated, I corrected it and took then took it deeper to sound like my own Amadues. Now I have composed over 10,000 songs since then as I mix myself with Mozart’s Techniques and Vivaldi’s Symphonies combined.”
From his Forest of the Dark album, his tracks ‘Entering Storm’ and ‘Forest of the Betray’ can be heard below:
Official Website: http://www.numberonemusic.com/shaunallaway
UK producer Kyak has been composing music since 2012. Hear his latest tracks Wanderlust and Exile below.
Swoop and Cross (S&C) is the musical alias of Ruben Vale, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who was born in Portugal and currently resides in London. This project, which started in 2015, blends ambient and electronic music, focusing on building melodic drones and soundscapes.
The latest track by S&C, Skopi, tells about gazing at the night sky and naming inexistent constellations. It will be featured in S&C’s first LP to be released in the first quarter of 2017.
Roland Vas is a composer from Bekescsaba, Hungary. In the early 90s he began composing music in synth and industrial. During this time he also formed a band called Syntax Error. In the early 2000s he began creating new age and electronic music under the name of Abyss. His music also features the combination of classic and authentic instruments.
“I recommend my musical trips to people who want to forget the every-day pressure and just was some relaxing time by listening to my songs.”
Hear his single Desert Sound below
Composer and performer Anne Garner’s Be Life Relived album is a new interpretation of her 2015 album Be Life. The album is a soundscape of soft vocals with classical and electroacoustic elements focusing on emotional dynamics. Contributors to the album include: Christoph Berg, Louis, Mute Forest, High Skies, James Murray and Dean Honer. Be Life Relived is available here from Bandcamp.
Hear the single Come In remixed by Christoph Berg
Official Website: http://www.annegarner.com/
Michael Muchnij is a composer, filmmaker, and photographer. His recent release Distortions addresses themes concerning life, death, and time and is available here on Bandcamp. Distortion’s album discussion can be found here.
Official Website: http://www.michaelmuchnij.com/
Marcus is a new producer with recent releases including Finesse and The Past is Over both available here on Bandcamp. The Past is Over is about staying with the times to remain relevant.
In Love with a Ghost (also known as Maël) is a pianist who began creating music four years ago. She is currently working on two new eps to complete the first Let’s Go EP which is available here on Bandcamp! The name ‘In Love with the Ghost’ was explained by Maël as: “In Love with a Ghost was just an idea about transforming the feeling of loving someone who isn’t as you expect, a ghost so, into music.”