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Quiet Space — #141 — Escapist Pieces for Guitar

D.C.Cross is an incredibly talented musician who transcends genre with a deep love of sound. His most recent album Terabithian is equally parts ambient and Instrumental folk guitar influenced by American Primitive Guitarists, British folk revivalists and 90’s new-age ambient music. These compositions are dubbed “Escapist Pieces for Guitar” and offer solace in dark times.

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Quiet Space — #140 — The Time of Our Summer

Il Tempo Della Nostra Estate is the compelling new full-length album from Italian composer and guitarist Federico Mosconi, a sublime and heady work full of personal warmth and nostalgic introspection, awoken by hazy waves of cyclic summer heat – something to look forward to on these cooler Southern Hemisphere nights. Also from the wonderful Slowcraft label, the latest from multi award-winning film composer Mathieu Karsenti plus Robin Schlochtermeier, Endless Melancholy and more!

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1/2/3/4 — #161 — You Be You

I’m a big fan of This Way North. This duo have been on the road for years, between Australia and Canada, though like all musicians have kept a smaller footprint due to Covid-19. In January this year they recorded some songs in Nashville for their upcoming EP 3. The most recent single, You be You is at its heart celebratory, a salute to honouring and appreciating the differences in relationships, no matter what challenges arise. As well, excellent new tunes from Pop Filter, Andrew Tuttle and Sonic Boom.

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Quiet Space — #138 — Havenaire

Havenaire is the ambient project of John Roger Olsson from Stockholm, Sweden. Beautifully detailed, emotive synth pulses pull you in an play with your senses. His latest, Movement, on the excellent Polar Seas Recordings, is one of this year’s essential works.

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1/2/3/4 — #159 — The Big Pop Heart of DC Cardwell

I’ve never met DC Cardwell, but through listening to his hook laden, catchy pop songs, I know we’d be talking for hours and hours. There is a wonderful distillation of melodic guitar pop from the ages compressed into his music that will have you humming for days. Born in Northern Ireland and now based in glorious Tassie, he’s back with a cracking new album Crystal Set – all the instruments played by either himself or his son Samuel.

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1/2/3/4 — #154 — Warmer in the Wooden Box (with Strings)

John Encarnacao is a writer, multi-instrumentalist and all round talented and super friendly chap. I’m a fan of his early work with Smelly Tongues, The Native Strip, his excellent curation for his label China Pig and he’s back with a new album as Warmer which will be a highlight of 2020 for me. Forged away from home and from his usual cohort, he teamed up with David Carter in Hobart and many students or ex-students of the Tasmania Conservatorium for a stunning slice of orchestral folk pop. Highly recommended plus stunning new releases from Sweet Whirl, Pop Filter, The Electorate and Adelaide label Drongo Tracks with a killer new compilation.

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1/2/3/4 — #152 — Christine Jane, Grant Lee-Phillips, Dehd

Christine Jane’s eclectic tastes and world wide travels lead her to find her sound: ‘cinematic blues’. Her songs are deeply personal and reflect on loss, love, listlessness and the shadows of despair. Her latest single, written on a tiny guitar (called a guitalelele) and using eclipse mints and hands scratching demin jeans for percussion, sees Christine Jane reinventing herself in the strange space betwixt trysts. As well, excellent new releases from Grant Lee-Phillips and Dehd.

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Quiet Space — #135 — Adam Pacione

Adam Pacione is a composer, sound artist, field recorder and photographer based in Fort Worth, Texas. I’ve followed his career since the start (his Heat EP featured on a very early edition of the original broadcast of the Quiet Space) and it’s a pleasure to focus on his latest release, Mâché.

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1/2/3/4 — #150 — A Lilac Decline

A Lilac Decline is the anagrammatic musical pseudonym of visual artist Cecilia Danell. Originally from Sweden but resident in Ireland for over a decade, Danell is a member of fellow Rusted Rail acts Cubs and Loner Deluxe. Her latest single, Sunset Song, is a lush and dreamy listen awash with spacey synth lines. As well, two great Australian songwriters, Nick Batterham and Josh Meadows combine their powers as The Bell Streets, driving uptempo pop from Sydney trio Key Out and the return of Pure X.

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1/2/3/4 — #148 — Justine Wahlin in Session

Justine Wahlin is difficult to categorise. She sits somewhere between alt folk/country and Roots but regularly seems to slip through the cracks to wander on her own sonic adventures, much like an octopus will sneak out to sample tasty morsels from the neighbouring tank but be back before dawn. She joins us in session – plus excellent tracks from Alison Forbes, Omaloma and Natalie Greffel.

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Quiet Space — #133 — Less One Knows

Benjamin Finger has been composing music with a healthy disregard for genres since 2007. His palette moves between psych-collages, droned out-jams, piano miniatures, classical minimalism, off-kilter pop, and an occasional stab at garbled dance music. A textural and emotionally resonant cocktail in a blurred, shimmering, and psychedelic world. His latest release is more guitar dominant, it’s our feature release on this edition of the Quiet Space.

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