Michele Mercure

January 23, 2020

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Michele Mercure, an electronic composer from Springfield, Massachusetts. Throughout the ‘80s, Mercure recorded many minimalist synth pieces, which explore the then-emergent intersection of electronic music and art rock. Some tracks make us think of Tangerine Dream. Beside Herself collects tracks she self-published on cassettes from 1983 to 1990. 1986’s Eye Chant is more experimental.

Beside Herself by Michele Mercure (70m, 🗣 a couple vocal snippets) Spotify / Apple Music / Google Play / YouTube Music / Bandcamp / Tidal

Eye Chant by Michele Mercure (40m, 🗣 on “Eyechant,” “Proteus and the Marlin,” and “Too Much”) Spotify / Apple Music / Google Play / YouTube Music / Bandcamp / Tidal

Happy Thursday.

Trevor Kowalski

January 22, 2020

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Trevor Kowalski, a classical composer based in Los Angeles. Thanks to Bill for the recommendation. Kowalski’s compositions for solo piano and piano + orchestra are Erik Satie-like: mysterious and nostalgic. His composition “Nocturne” was one of our favorite releases of 2019. His releases tend to be short (under 30 minutes) so we’ve included a lot here. No vocals.

Remnants of a Setting Sun by Trevor Kowalski (20m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Nocturne by Trevor Kowalski (10m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Courage Endures by Trevor Kowalski (10m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Cinema Neon by Trevor Kowalski (10m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Piano Themes by Trevor Kowalski (40m) Spotify / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Have a great Wednesday.

Flow State Episode 28

Finn

January 17, 2020

Good morning.

It’s Friday so we’re listening to something more upbeat. We’re listening to Finn, a DJ and producer from Manchester. Finn combines soul samples with house beats to create high-energy tenderness. We discovered him via his 2018 club hit “Sometimes the Going Gets a Little Tough.” Finn has a penchant for long titles. We’re playing two EPs: Do What You Want Forever and Dance Music Has Betrayed Us All. Last we have a live DJ set from 2018 that is longer-form and wider-ranging, featuring house, techno, garage, and more. Let us know what you think.

Do What You Want Forever by Finn (20m, 🗣 vocal samples throughout) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Tidal

Dance Music Has Betrayed Us All by Finn (20m, 🗣 vocal samples throughout) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Bandcamp

Keep Hush Live: Finn (50m, 🗣 vocal samples throughout) YouTube

We’re off on Monday for the American holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day. Watch this speech by him, the last one he ever gave.

Have a really nice Friday and good weekend.

Chad Cannon

January 16, 2020

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Chad Cannon, an American classical composer based in Los Angeles. We discovered him via the excellent score he wrote for the 2019 documentary American Factory. One of the many things we loved about that movie was the score. Cannon’s orchestral pieces tell a story without invading the foreground. We then checked out his score for 2016’s Paper Lanterns, about a Japanese man who dedicates himself to preserving the memory of 12 American prisoners of war who died in the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. The score does the story justice.

American Factory by Chad Cannon (50m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play

Paper Lanterns by Chad Cannon (60m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play

Have a good Thursday.

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