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Album of the Day: Roy Montgomery, “Suffuse”

Hating your own singing voice might be an issue for some solo artists. However, New Zealand’s Roy Montgomery has managed to create a sense of character so distinct via his droning, churning, echoing layers of guitars that the shimmering dream world he creates often sings louder than any voice could. On his latest album, Suffuse, he brings in a series of collaborators—Liz Harris of Grouper, Circuit Des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, Julianna Barwick, She Keeps Bees, Purple Pilgrims, and Katie Von Schleicher—to sing lead vocals. Continue reading

Brooklyn’s Ambient Church Focuses on Close Listening

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Ka Baird live at Ambient Church. All photos by Landon Speers.

Brian Sweeny was walking through his Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick when, to quote the Mamas & the Papas, he stopped into a church he passed along the way. Concert promoter Sweeny hails from Rhode Island, was raised Christian and became one himself at the age of eight—though he doesn’t practice now. After putting on concerts for the past six years at yoga studios and in other alternative venues, he was looking for a resonant space in which to host a series of ambient concerts.

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