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Recent ambient releases create sonic sanctuaries

Music Apr 23, 2020

Recent ambient releases create sonic sanctuaries

by James Hadfield

In stressful times, it’s natural to seek comfort in the familiar. But even for people still inclined to hunt for new music, some genres can feel more welcoming than others. Thankfully, the current vogue for ambient, drone and music on the new age spectrum ...

Pikotaro turns viral hit into anti-virus anthem

Music Apr 13, 2020

Pikotaro turns viral hit into anti-virus anthem

by Patrick St. Michel

During tumultuous times, sometimes the best advice comes from toddlers. “At my 1-year-old daughter’s nursery school, they have a handwashing song. She kept singing and washing her hands, and encouraged me and my wife to wash our songs along with the song, too,” Kazuhito (aka ...

The unstoppable rise of Regal Lily

Music Apr 2, 2020

The unstoppable rise of Regal Lily

by Russell Thomas

Regal Lily is supposed to be on tour at the moment. But instead of enjoying what the band’s members like about touring — eating hotel breakfasts, trying local dishes or simply exploring new towns — they’re staying put. There will be no early April ...

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

Music | Music Mar 27, 2020

Squarepusher speaks up for a little human kindness

by James Hadfield

In 2016, shortly after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, Tom Jenkinson released a plaintive protest song under his Squarepusher alias, titled “MIDI Sans Frontieres.” Though he’s better known for maximalist explosions of breakbeats, hyperactive acid synths and fusion-jazz frippery, the ...

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