At the end of March, reviewing Further.’s first three months of operation, I made the commitment to try harder during the second quarter to significantly increase the delivery of content to the site. I’m pleased to report to readers that this commitment was fully delivered during the period under review, with a total of 23 albums reviewed.
During the second quarter I also consciously increased the site’s diversification and eclecticism, covering graphic score improvisations, just intonation microtonal works, modern classical, glitchy electronica, ambient soundscapes, electronic psychedelia and electronic pop with an even-handed and balanced review policy. I covered releases by some of the most niche cassette labels to the largest independents. I also welcomed two new guest writers to the Further. team in the form of Reed Hays (from Reed & Caroline) and Bryan Michael (from Alka).
I added a new micro-feature to the site in the form of 3 Questions, intended to provide a small window into what an artist values and what motivates them. This was added in an effort to provide bite-sized interviews that were both easily digestible and yet which provided significant depth of insight despite only consisting of the three open questions posed to each artist, sitting alongside traditional feature writing and longer In Conversation Q&A interviews.
I’m pleased that I was able to feature more female electronic artists during the second quarter, and this will continue to be a growing focus in successive quarters.
I look forward to reviewing Further.’s ongoing progress in three month’s time. Thank you for supporting my small music blog.
Takahiro Mukai – Paraponera Clavata (Cruel Nature Recordings)
Ralph Heidel // Homo Ludens – Moments Of Resonance (Kryptox Records)
Justin Wright – Music For Staying Warm (First Terrace Records) – reviewed by Reed Hays
Øyvind Torvund – The Exotica Album (HUBRO)
Rupert Lally – The Day Of The Triffids (Bibliotapes)
Neil Scrivin – Stars And Rumours Of Stars (Fonolith)
Dark Star Safari – Dark Star Safari (Arjunamusic Records)
Andrew Poppy – Hoarse Songs (Field Radio)
Craig Leon – The Canon: Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2 (RVNG Intl)
Big Bend – Radish (Ohie Records)
Erland Cooper – Sule Skerry (Phases)
Josephine Wiggs – We Fall (Sounds Of Sinners)
The National – I Am Easy To Find (4AD)
S. T. Manville – Somebody Else’s Songs (Difficult)
David Toop / Jan Hendrickse / CUEE – Boundaries (multi.modal)
Eluvium – Pianoworks (Temporary Residence)
Fujiya & Miyagi – Flashback (Impossible Objects Of Desire)
Astral Social Club & Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra – Plasma Splice Trifle (VHF Records)
Sweatson Klank – Super Natural Delights (Friends Of Friends)
Ellen Arkbro – CHORDS (Subtext Recordings)
Audio Obscura – Nineteen Eighty-Four (Bibliotapes)
Plaid – Polymer (Warp) – reviewed by Bryan Michael
Christopher Willits – Sunset (Ghostly International)
Words: Mat Smith
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