Árstíðir is a band out of Iceland with an organic, acoustic sound that has roots in the harmonies of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Playing guitars, violin, piano and cello, these musicians create introspective songs on their latest album, Hvel.
Clarinet isn’t an instrument you often hear in electronic music, but it’s a central part of the sound of Digitional the English ambient chamber music band headed up by Andrew Dobson. Along with violinist Samy Bishai, Dobson creates a music of haunting melodies and luxurious moods. Their latest album is Beautiful Broken, where they find a common ground between chilled electronic grooves and the modern classicism of Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt.
Hearing Air performing on Jean-Michel Jarre’s forthcoming album, E-Project, reminded me of the great performance they played for us back in 2004. We first interviewed Air back in 1998 when their first album, Moon Safari came out. They’ve been on since then in 2007 with a Blindfold Test in the Echoes Chamber and again in 2012 when we talked about their last album, Le Voyage Dans La Lune. Here’s a couple of pictures from their 2014 session.