Behold, the joy of the compilation album. A mixed bag of treats, usually wrapped around a theme but sometimes not, a gaggle of musical delights to sample, an organized tangle of styles, interpretations, and inspirations. Hmm…sounds a lot like a certain podcast I know. Come on inside.
This one, I won’t even try to categorize. One track kicks it off, and the next grabs a thread and comes along for the ride, trailing an idea that the next track latches onto, which informs and influences the song that comes next and … You get it. We’re diving into the flow and following the feeling.
Having resisted the urge to do a 3-themed show, I instead decided to kick us off with a number of tracks in the what you call your New Age kinda sorta category. Lots of piano…which I’ll mention. When the urge passes we’ll head into somewhat driftier and less piano-y zones. It’s all good, if I do say so m’self.
Who’s responsible for this flow going so deep? Well, Max Corbacho is up first so maybe that set the tone and we just, you know, went from there. Personally, I’d blame the guy who sat down and put this together. He clearly just wanted you to float for a while. A good long while. Enjoy the ride.
If I may be so bold as to say so myself, this is one of those episodes that, I feel, exemplifies what makes this show different from many others. There is a range of soundworlds on display here, light and dark, sacred and secular, each unique but for subtle sonic connections that helped guide me through the flow. Close your eyes for this one.
Let’s move into the new year with some new (more or less) music. There’s a spot about a half-hour in where I hand it all off to some piano players for a bit. They seem like nice people. The last 45 or so is a nice, deep drift that will send you places.
Start Steve Roach, A Different Today, Tomorrow 11.46 Christian Berg, Frozen Summer, Skogsro 20.29 Jarguna, Scented Color, The Morning Star 32.08 Martin Kohlstedt, Jul, Flur 37.07 Pierre Guerin, Élan, Vagues 41.33 A Spot on the Hill, When We Look Inside, Do We Ever Really See, The Space Between 45.35 Cosmic Piano, Bond Plane Drone, Dronology 52.36 An Moku & Virlyn, Mirror, Of Mirrors 1.00.16 Medhelan, Soaring Above The Ashes Of Crumbling Towers, Nocturnal Wanderings 1.12.56 Igneous Flame, Raon, Ki