"Berlin 1927" is an ambitious project started in early 2012 by the four young Belgian musicians of Belgian post-rock band We Stood Like Kings. They were offered the opportunity to write an original soundtrack for Ruttmann’s 1927 silent movie “Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt”. Their evocative music, ranging from the very soft to the very loud, suits the atmosphere of the movie particularly well. Both music and film blend into a unique experience for the audience.
We Stood Like Kings stand where instrumental rock meets classical music. Expect complex post-rock with strong progressive influences, in which several entangled melodies are combined in such a way that you will feel inclined to let it slowly ripen in your ear…
Joshua Rubin's debut solo recording, "There Never is No Light" (TUN 002) features landmark works representing forty years of electronic exploration in contemporary music. The album highlights music by Suzanne Farrin and Olly Wilson, newly commissioned works by New York-based composer/performer Mario Diaz de Leon and Mexican composer Ignacio Baca Lobera, alongside world-premiere recordings of computer music pioneer Mario Davidovsky and a new electroacoustic work co-composed with pianist Cory Smythe.
Brilliant music from trombonist Shigeharu Mukai – an artist who was not only a hell of a soloist in the 70s, but also a great musical visionary – with an ear that makes records like this a lasting treasure! The album features three long tracks – each a small sort of painting in sound – still with a soulful swing that keeps things moving, but filled with rich ideas that come not just from Mukai's trombone, but from the assemblage of musicians that join him for the date. At a time when records like this could be overindulgent or just too darn loose in some folks' hands, Mukai manages to hold the whole thing together with this lyrical brilliance – in extremely evocative ways that never get old.
The 2014 compilation Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright brings together many of the singer/songwriter's best cuts, as chosen by him, from his various studio albums. Included here are songs off his 1998 self-titled debut all the way through to his 2012 album, Out of the Game. Also included are several cuts Wainwright recorded for the 2001 soundtrack to Shrek. That said, missing here are cuts off his intimate 2007 album All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, as are any tracks from his several concert albums, most notably his 2007 Judy Garland-themed performance Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. Perhaps Wainwright viewed All Days Are Nights, which was recorded during his mother Kate McGarrigle's illness with cancer, as too much of a personal statement to single out any of its tracks for inclusion here.