The Best 'MTV Unplugged' Performances

The Best 'MTV Unplugged' Performances

Over three decades ago ― in 1986 ― a music industry treasure was brought into the world. Thanks to producers Robert Small and Jim Burns alongside songwriter Jules Shear, fans have intimate memories their favorites forever documented on MTV Unplugged. The specials air few and far between now, but back in its prime (1989 to 1999), it showcased artists’ range […]

Karen Gwyer and more turned Braga into an audio-visual utopia for Semibreve

Karen Gwyer and more turned Braga into an audio-visual utopia for Semibreve

The seventh edition Portugal’s Semibreve festival saw performances from Gas, Karen Gwyer, Rabih Beaini, Lawrence English and more. April Clare Welsh headed down to Braga for a relaxed experimental music festival with a radical streak; a festival that asks its audience for complete focus. “What is ambient music?” David Toop asks at the beginning Ocean Sound, his 1995 book that […]

Sound artist Sugai Ken wants to submerge you in his explorations of water and darkness

Sound artist Sugai Ken wants to submerge you in his explorations of water and darkness

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Lewis Gordon speaks to Japanese sound artist Sugai Ken, whose music takes the folk traditions his home Kanagawa and turns them into vivid electro-acoustic soundscapes. Sugai Ken’s music has a strong affinity for place. Born and raised in the […]

Circuit Des Yeux's new album Reaching For Indigo is discreetly personal and universally relatable

Circuit Des Yeux's new album Reaching For Indigo is discreetly personal and universally relatable

Reaching for Indigo, Haley Fohr’s fifth album as Circuit Des Yeux, explores an undisclosed autobiographical experience, but invites its audience to project themselves into the picture. April Clare Welsh cracks exactly how Fohr used language to be both discreetly personal and universally relatable. Reaching for Indigo, the new album from Haley Fohr’s Circuit Des Yeux project, explores what was referred to […]