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Guest Playlist #06: Matt Bower of Wizards Tell Lies

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I started buying films on VHS, I would record the sound onto tape so I could take the film with me on journeys.”

Pete Swanson
Enough Dark Intensity: An Interview with Jimmy Lacy of SiP

By Jason Cabaniss

"I like the idea of “cocktail music.” Something intentionally light and pleasant. I’m always trying to write music that communicates some type of positive mood and when I’m playing, trying to focus my energy there"

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Stream: Jim Stewart – “Dead Sea”

New London label String and Tins Recordings – launched out of the sound design collective of the same name – gets off the mark this coming April with Stills 01, a short collection of works inspired by various pictures on display at Tate Britain

The first track to emerge from what will be an ongoing series is Jim Stewart’s “Dead Sea,” which was inspired by the early WWII painting Totes Meer, by Paul Nash. The picture shows waves of fragmented aircraft rearing against a nighttime shore like so many gnawing razors, the scars dug into a thin forearm of sand hinting at their deadly landfall. Nash himself said Totes Meer was inspired by a wrecked aircraft heap he saw in Oxfordshire – “like a great inundating sea… static and dead.”

Jim Stewart, with campaigns for Bose, Nike and Michelob under his belt (as well as the score for the Netflix documentary Chasing Perfect) is best known as a beat-maker and rapper by his colleagues, albeit one with a penchant for ambient music. It’s this side of his craft that bubbles up for “Dead Sea,” which buries chilly blasts of air, limping piano and the distant march of ghosts in a sudden, vast swell of cutting strings. The track is as beautiful as it is unnerving, perfectly encapsulating the feeling of mournful awe Nash said he felt upon encountering the metallic boneyard and its mysterious roils of rigor mortis as it glinted in the moonlight. 

Stewart is joined for Stills 01 by Simon Whiteside (taking on Inversions by Mary Martin) and Joe Wilkinson (Arthur Hacker’s The Annunciation). The music will be released as a download by String and Tins Recordings on 19 April and you can enjoy “Dead Sea” below now.