The fall ends up with cold days coming. To warm up, we collect the new acts from our heroes and make a set of best 10. This episode turns to be mostly mystic, jazzy, and ambient one.
1. Herknungr – Dauðadagr (2021)
🇬🇧 It’s strange enough to start our Chronicles episode with “Death Day”, but it has its own sense. Perhaps, the death is only a beginning? At least, multiple doctrines say so. Anyway, шт late October, 2021, British artist Herknungr, based in Broadstairs, is back with his new viking opus, welcoming you to the North. Walk your own pathway through centuries, meet living and dying tribes, legends about heroes and bastards.
Previous masterpiece by Herknungr, “Hugleikinn” (2020)
2. Dva Dereva – Who Am I? (2021)
🇺🇦 Ukrainian duo questions themselves. This is a tough problem one barely would solve. However, such a metaphysical research can be artistic and touching the listeners’ hearts. This fact is (one more time) proven by Dva Dereva. The short but pithy album attracts since the very first melody and shares highsouled mood. The alliance between electronics, wind instruments, percussion and voice is unveiling the mysteries of the universe.
Previous masterpiece by Dva Dereva, “Parallel Ways Of Enlightenment” (2020) in our selected Ethereal world compilation.
3. Vels Trio – Celestial Greens (2021)
🇬🇧 Another October’s release, this one from by London-based Vels Trio. Soft fusion of whatever comes to the minds, worked out perfectly by the masters of sound. Keeping their own approach to the jazz music, Jack Stephenson-Oliver, Cameron Dawson and Dougal Taylor explore the territory in endless search of fresh and tasty compositions. Modern and eclectic, this record should interest not only jazz connoisseurs.
Previous masterpiece by Vels Trio, “Yellow Ochre” (2017)
4. Theon Cross – Intra-I (2021)
🇬🇧 More jazz, more freedom to involve into the music. Theon Cross presents his release colored deep blue. You’ll meet beats and grooves, even more now, all aligned around Theon’s shiny tuba. Afrobeat and native influences picked from all around the globe, blossom in varied shapes. However, here I find less traditions but more experiments, multiplied by passion and collaboration with a whole bunch of voices.
Previous masterpiece by Theon Cross, “Fyah” (2019)
5. Hammock – Elsewhere (2021)
🇺🇸 Well, this is the first November album in our episode, and it suits well. Huge worlds behind the tracks welcome us with open arms. As always, high-pitched strings accompany keys and synths in harmony. I believe Hammock is all about calm goosebumps, slowly appearing and developing while your self is merging with this music. “Elsewhere” is a next example of abstract music which takes concrete forms.
Previous masterpiece by Hammock, “Silencia” (2019)
6. Køde – The Best We Can (2021)
🇨🇭 Swiss rockers Køde are again on stage, this time with sharp and shining EP. It’s made with the full force and passion. Notice the lyrics which get you thinking. For instance, it makes sense to save a smile on your face even if the world is burning. That’s what you should not forget, as it’s that easy. By the way, this line comes from the best song from this record, at least by my choice.
Previous masterpiece by Køde, “Discrete Transformation” (2020)
7. Gnod – La Mort Du Sens (2021)
🇬🇧 Every piece by Gnod doesn’t look like any of previous. Not even, which reason is dominant, inner or external, as we are living in weird era. This wilderness comes into this release, giving a sick tempo and impetuousness. The EP was done in DIY mode, recorded live, raw and fierce. Harsh riffs and a lot of drumming, explicit vocals scattered here and there. Possibly, it’s what Gnod stands for indeed, the atmosphere of their live shows delivered through the despair of pandemic.
Previous masterpiece by Gnod, “Just Say No To The Psycho Right-Wing Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine ” (2017) | “Easy To Build, Hard To Destroy” (2021) in our Goosebumps Chronicles ~6
8. Kjell Braaten – Bronseplassen (2021)
🇳🇴 Norwegian viking Kjell Braaten has been creating songs and arrangements in different manners. This album is a record of carefully selected material, performed live at ancient iron-age farm, called Bronseplassen. Pure Kjell’s voice, full of emotion and revelation behind it. Simple but especially touching sound of kravikslyre, antique string instrument, throws us back to the time when our ancestors talked with the forces of nature without hiding inside concrete maze.
Previous masterpiece by Kjell Braaten, “Ferd” (2020), in our selected Ethereal World compilation.
9. Ill Considered – Liminal Space (2021)
🇬🇧 Another autumn release worth burst into your ears. Ill Considered evolves, obtaining new horizons. As before, sax is in the centre, with mighty drums and strong but tender bass. Add flute, tuba and percussion and you’ll get this extravagant blend. “Liminal Space” has its own temper, intelligent and exuberant in the same time. Structures and transitions change places, melodies and beats interfere with each other, and the result is stunning.
Previous masterpiece by Ill Considered, “Ill Considered 3” (2018)
10. Matador – The Surge (2021)
🇨🇦 Fresh Matador’s opus is a good thing to wrap up our episode with. Canadians deal with post-whatsoever domain, completely unconventional and free. The trio leaves the listener in the middle of the universe. Massive waves come and fade, captivating you whole, hypnotizing and amusing to the extent when you don;t need to rush and forget. This is your memory, your past and your tiny moment. Or that’s the music you have just listened to?
Previous masterpiece by Matador, “They Were Here Before Us” (2019)