"Monthly Discoveries" is a new segment on my blog, where I want to present you some fresh new artists and tracks. Meg Blumberg, Belorusia, Blake Ewing, Solomon Grey, Una Keane, Piotr Wiese, Traveler, and VLMV are the first musicians at the premiere installment of this feature. I hope you will like it!
The Dutch-American pianist and composer Meg Blumberg is currently working on her debut EP and released in last months several modern classical compositions. "Marks" is one of those mesmerizing and melody-driven pieces, which has a very strong nostalgic atmosphere and character. Her influences like Dustin O’Halloran or Ólafur Arnalds are unmistakable and her classical music training under the Maestro Mario Feninger (Los Angeles) shaped her other recent pieces like "Nocturnal Blue" intensely. So enjoy"Marks" by Meg Blumberg and stay tuned for her upcoming EP!
Blake Ewing released just a few weeks ago his new cinematic album N • W and presented the world another cinematic, ambient sound journey. The American composer, who taught himself to play the piano with sixteen years, is already known for several releases like "T H E S I S" or his 2017' release "WILDERNESS" and established his name in the film, video and advertising world. "Cedar" is one of the new tracks with a very exciting musical juxtaposition between dense, opaque and soothing, clear, piano-driven parts. Enjoy!
"Soulless" is one of those magnificent, stirring ambient pieces that could also work as a perfect soundtrack for a film noir about Berlin. Niall Michael Joseph Gahagan - known as BELORUSIA - is the creative mind behind this "reminiscent of Ancient Ocean's Blood Moon" (Quote by Plaidesounds). The musician and designer is originally from Glasgow and is now based in Berlin. So it's not a coincidence that his music is influenced by those two powerful music hubs and blends elements of different musical directions. Enjoy!
Solomon Grey is back! Joe Wilson and Tom Kinston, who are the musicians behind this project, released in the last month their long-awaited new album called "Human Voices" (via Mercury KX). It's also the follow-up to their latest big cinematic project with BBC called "The Last Post", which is 1960s drama and brought the classically-trained duo on the next step in their musical life. Tom once said, "the crossover between our own songs and our soundtracks has always been there but it’s shifted slightly." This is the reason for some of the parallels between their latest score and their new full-length album. Both projects were mainly composed and written with a Hungary-based orchestra and majestic synthesizer themes like in "Wonderful World". Immerse yourself in the cinematic soundscapes of Solomon Grey.
"It'll All Be Okay My Darling" is a lovely piano composition by the Dublin-based composer Úna Keane and was released on her "Piano Solo Album" in Spring 2017. It was written in tempo rubato and was influenced by traditional music of her homeland Ireland and minimalistic classical music. Úna's approach was to contrast with this compositional idea intimacy and the wideness of the Irish landscapes. This theme is ubiquitous in her previous musical works, and we are curious about her future releases and projects.
Inspired by Frédéric Chopin's magnificent solo piano works began Piotr Wiese in his childhood to learn and compose classical music. In his teenage years, he wrote a whole concerto for piano and had the chance to perform it with a great symphonic orchestra. After his studies under the Polish composer Zbigniew Bargielski, he moved to Berlin in 2014, where he composed his debut album "Questioning Infinity". After years of constant travelling from country to country, he went back to his hometown Lipka in 2018. "Walking in the Fog" - a virtuoso piano impromptu - is one of the first harbingers of the his upcoming album "Continuum" and is definitly like all the other new pieces like "Mysterious Journey" or "Valse Mélancolique" a hommage to Chopin. Enjoy!
The North Carolina-based musician Cameron Fitzpatrick is the mastermind behind the moniker Traveler, who has already collaborated with the modern classical composer Jameson Nathan Jones for the track "Fathoms". With this whole musical project, Cameron wants to "embody 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." (Quote from his website) He has been creating classical music ever since and is a classically trained violinist, pianist, and vocalist. LUX I and LUX II are two new compositions by the young American multi-instrumentalist and are very rich in contrast. The latter track is a stirring and gently Philip Glass-esque piano piece accompanied by singing birds. In comparison, LUX I is a synth-driven electronic piece with a buoyant retro melody line in the style of an 80s ambient track. Both pieces are part of larger series and you have to stay tuned for more music by Traveler!
Last but not least, VLMV (pronounced "ALMA"). The London-based duo, which was formed by Pete Lambrou and Ciaran Morahan in 2015, released also this month their full-length album "Stranded, Not Lost" and the lead-track of this new recording is the atmospheric "If Only I". It's the second release of VMLV after their debut mini-album (2015) and was inspired by dystopian books. Pete once said about the track "If Only I" in an interview, "I really wanted to get across a regretful nostalgia and the inability to say goodbye. I think that's the underlying fear throughout the album, not of a post-apocalyptic world but of everything coming undone." Melancholic, cinematic soundscapes with tender vocals and shimmering, ethereal ambient-ish harmonies are definitely the imprint of this second VLMV' album. So enjoy this conceptual release!