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Brian Eno made a triumphal return to rock with layered complexity of Nerve Net

Brian Eno made a triumphal return to rock with layered complexity of Nerve Net

‘Nerve Net,’ released on September 1, 1992, found the always-intriguing Brian Eno creating something both booty-wagging and intelligent.

Steve Holtje, “Hunger Artist” from A Man Full of Days (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Holtje, “Hunger Artist” from A Man Full of Days (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Holtje’s dark, ambient “Hunger Artist” is from a soundtrack that actually sounds like backing music for a motion picture, and helps to tell a story.

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ As Falls Wichita took us on a stunning, cinematic journey

When Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays’ ‘As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls’ arrived in May 1981, it sounded like nothing else in my record collection.

Daniel Lanois, “Iceland” from Flesh and Machine (2014): One Track Mind

Daniel Lanois, “Iceland” from Flesh and Machine (2014): One Track Mind

Daniel Lanois’ “Iceland” is unutterably beautiful at one turn, dark and humid the next

Garden Music Project – Inspired by Syd Barrett’s Artwork (2014)

A canny amplification of Barrett’s muse, beyond the hippie-fied stuff.

One Track Mind: John Paul Jones’ Minibus Pimps, “Superbolt” from Cloud To Ground (2014)

One Track Mind: John Paul Jones’ Minibus Pimps, “Superbolt” from Cloud To Ground (2014)

John Paul Jones always brought an avant-garde bent to his work with Led Zeppelin, something he’s more fully exploring with Helde Sten on their outlandishly named, and even more outlandishly conceived new Minibus Pimps project.

The John Lurie National Orchestra – The Invention Of Animals (2014)

John Lurie is a musician, a composer, an accomplished painter, and an actor. For good measure, toss in raconteur and all-around Internet wise guy.

Doug Wieselman – From Water (2014)

For non-musicians, the creative process can be something of a mystery. The composer has all of that training about melody, harmony, scales, time signatures, and chord progressions — and out of that the musical ideas are born…somehow. The truth is that while the process can indeed be opaque (sometimes even to the composer), it’s not necessarily loaded down with music’sRead More

Teitur – Story Music (2013)

Teitur is the work of 36-year-old Faroese singer-songwriter Teitur Lassen, who returns with his sixth album Story Music — a very dark project, just right for winter evenings.

Movies: Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka (2013)

Movies: Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka (2013)

Vangelis is that rarest of soundtrack artists, one who can create not just involving themes but complete musical worlds that stand apart from the films to which they were originally attached.