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    Archbishop Samuel David – You Are the Light of the World: Antiochian Byzantine Hymnody in Toledo, Ohio ca. 1940s

    In times of deep anguish, I’ve relied on the hymnody of the Orthodox Church to find peace.  It is where I place my faith, and it has never failed me once.  A lot of that comes from my devotion to the chanting I hear in the choirs. Archbishop Samuel David was a Syrian-born priest who rose through the ranks in the Russian Orthodox Church and was a lightning-rod of controversy during his day, being excommunicated by the Antiochian Orthodox Church, his home diocese, before being received once again and made archbishop. Canary Records does it’s usual sterling job of restoring…

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    Yu Su – Yellow River Blue

    Chinese-Canadian composer Yu Su produces an album that left me pleasantly surprised by.  Though I found this download under “ambient” music, it turns out that it may have more to do with the motorik music of Neu! quietly subdued by elements of dub, dance music and wee touches of Chinese traditional music buried underneath.  She has launched her own record label, bié Records, which is based in my working location, Beijing, China. As I plan to return in June, provided the government there opens the doors again, I’ll have to look the label up and see what else is coming…

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    Gleb Kolyadin – Gleb Kolyadin

    Russian progressive rock band iamthemorning have been at the forefront of the symphonic rock scene for nearly a decade now, and a lot of the reason for the band’s success lies with their pianist, Gleb Kolyadin, whose composing style reminds me of a lot of bands from the 1970s with far better recording studio access. This is Gleb’s solo debut record, which was released in 2018.  The music is as dense as it is with iamthemorning, but there is a more varied cast of prog rock superstars participating here. The personnel on this album are: Gleb Kolyadin – grand piano,…

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    Suzanne Belaubre – (DIY)

    Record label and magazine La Souterraine offer the best indie music coming out of France these days.  Their latest release by Suzanne Belaubre is bound to be a cold wave masterpiece. The tracks are short and the production is excellent, if sparse.  That sparseness works well with the music, and it gives the music an odd, very French, electro-pop vibe to the tunes.  It’s a quirky album, but well worth hearing a few times.

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    Various Artists – Mailbox Records: Music for Another Sky

    This collection of ambient music is curated by British record label Mailbox Records.  From their Bandcamp site: About this release: This compilation has been put together in order to raise awareness and/or raise money for the UK charity, Refuge. This means 100% of proceeds from all sales will go to them (after the standard deductions from Bandcamp and PayPal). It was 1971 when Refuge opened the world’s first safe house, so this year marks the 50th year they’ve been helping women and children escape a life of abuse and violence; the first to make the point that violence in the…

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    Gaye Su Akyol – Yort Savul: İSYAN MANİFESTOSU!

    Gaye Su Akyol has an EP release out, and it’s punchy.  Four powerful tracks of modern Andalou psychedelic rock and groove will be enough to whet your appetite for more. Turkey seems to really have it going on when it comes to psych music these days!  The Grey Lady (or the Old Hag, depending on what side of the political fence you sit on), known to readers as the New York Times, interviews Gaye Su, who has much to say about politics, the situation in Turkey, and awesome musicians like Barış Manço over here.

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    Seirios Savvaidis – Moly (μώλυ)

    Seirios Savvaidis is a Greek singer and songwriter who brings a raw, ancient sound to his brand of folk music.  One can hear not only his acoustic guitar, but also bagpipes, bouzouki, percussions, electric guitar, accordion, synths, and polyphonic ensembles.  The music is dense, rich, and harkens back to a hazy, mystical era in Greek history. A really impressive album.  This will appeal to fans of the Japanese band Ghost, Krautrock like Popol Vuh and perhaps to those who like Current 93 as well.

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    Jeff Gburek – Three New Albums

    We have the tremendous pleasure of announcing three new albums by composer Jeff Gburek. The first album is in collaboration with his partner Karolina Ossowska, who plays violin, ocarina and kalimba on this release.  Gburek performs on zither, mandolin, miniature bandura and something called a blue-sky instrument, something new to me.  The music is quiet, thoughtful, and meditative.  It was a relaxing experience hearing Jeff’s and Karolina’s interplay. The next release deals with shortwave radio sounds.  This is in keeping with the best of experimental music, where one lets the noises speak for themselves.  Jeff states: Flux and Permittivity is…