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Balmorhea on Vinyl

Western Vinyl has announced that it will be releasing Balmorhea’s self-titled debut on vinyl. The new version will also include a version of “Attesa” reworked by Nils Frahm. To commemorate the release, Balmorhea will play a a show in their hometown, Austin, and a one-off show in New York City with Christopher Tignor.

Oct 24 Austin, TX • Central Presbyterian Church w/ Aisha Burns Oct 28 Brooklyn, NY • The Green Building w/ Christopher Tignor

Also note that the band’s limited edition 7″, Heir, is still available. Listen to a preview below.

Artist of the Week: Alexander Turnquist – Flying Fantasy

Alexander Turnquist fights off illness en route to creating Flying Fantasy and delivers his finest work to date.

Turnquist had established himself as a fine musician long before the creation of his latest (and fifth) album, Flying Fantasy, but after having surgery on his left hand in 2013 and relearning how to play guitar, he surely must have wanted to prove that he wouldn’t let the setback deter his musical ambitions. This also comes at a juncture in his career where he is transitioning from “merely” a guitar virtuoso to a bona fide composer.

Turnquist’s transition to a composer has been several albums in the making; As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Color was his wondrous break out into the colorful world of rich compositions, and Hallway of Mirrors continued his maturation and subtle compositional style. By comparison, Flying Fantasy is a bolder, less inhibited album. Although the guitar is still central to all the tracks, here we see other instruments (cello, vibraphone, organ, piano, marimba, steel drums, violin, and french horn) not only provide accompaniment, but also begin to slide into the spotlight on occasion. Turnquist’s meticulously crafted compositions could at times appear to be a little overly restrained, but Flying Fantasy sheds that conservative skin and begins to let the composer’s imagination run wild. The music is less fragile and more vibrant, as if we’re witnessing the butterfly breach the cocoon and finally take flight. For nearly forty minutes, we’re enveloped within the album’s enchanting world.

At the end of the day, Flying Fantasy is Turnquist’s greatest work yet, and a spectacular album to boot. Perhaps the threat of having his career cut short has forced the artist to evolve at a quicker rate than he would normally. In any case, this is another clear victory for Turnquist, and it’s likely that his best music is still ahead of him.

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Alexander Turnquist Returns

Western Vinyl has announced they’ll be releasing Alexander Turnquist’s latest album, Flying Fantasy, this June. And old TSB fav, Turnquist recently had surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his hand, as well as being hospitalized with meningitis, yet he soldiers on in what could be his best work of art yet. We’ll be sure to post mp3/videos as they become publicly available, for info on the release can be found here.

Artist of the Week: Christopher Tignor – Thunder Lay Down in the Heart

Few have been as acclaimed by The Silent Ballet over the past decade as Christopher Tignor (Slow Six, Wires Under Tension), so expectations were understandably high for his second release under his own name. Thunder Lay Down in the Heart does not disappoint.

Thunder begins with the reading of a poem from John Ashbery (by Ashbery himself) and quickly proceeds to the album’s main work — the title track broken into three pieces. The second half of the album is a reworking of the first half at the hands of Tignor, and Rachel Grimes (of Rachel’s) on “First, Impressions.” “Thunder” mesmerizes like the best out of Slow Six’s catalog and takes the listener on a journey of truly epic proportions. Often overlooked in NYC burgeoning contemporary classical scene, Tignor’s compositions never fail to impress, and “Thunder” sees the composer outdoing himself once again. It is a bit of a surprise, then, that the album’s highlight lies in the forth track, “The Listening Machines,” in which Tignor showcases his most experimental track in recent memory. Although Wires of Tension certainly sees Tignor getting quite a workout in audio manipulation, “The Listening Machines” catapults the album to a new level that should be welcomed by fans of Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, and Daniel Lopatin.

Thunder succeeds on all fronts, and we’re again reminded why Christopher Tignor has become one of the forefront pioneers in modern instrumental music.

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Editor’s Note: Tignor’s interview @Textura comes highly recommend for those interested in the inner workings of the album.