Producer Photay’s New, Ethereal Album Based on Captured Audio

The 13-track album transforms hold music and spotlights the "magic within the mundane"

By producer Photay (aka Evan Shornstein), the 13-track album On Hold—out on streaming and vinyl via Mexican Summer on 5 March—highlights the “richness in the mundane,” the artist explains. While touring in 2018, Shornstein spent just over a month recording snippets of surprisingly beautiful hold music during his downtime between sets—in airports, hotel rooms and over a friend’s shoulder while they called to report credit …

The Blow: The Bath

Across the 11-minute video for “The Bath,” The Blow’s Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich somehow captivate through relative stillness. It’s the glowing, pulsing colorscapes and the ambient sound-waves—composed in one take by Dyne using both analog and modular synths—that transfix and transcend expectation. The video was filmed live inside The Blow’s production sphere, installed at the Fuga artist residency in Zaragoza, Spain’s Etopia Center for …

The Best Reductionist Albums of 2017 (So Far)

How contemporary artists are applying lessons across all genres

Presented by the New Range Rover Velar

“Minimalist music” has its own largely rigid definition in modern classical music (a genre that Steve Reich, Philip Glass and La Monte Young have contributed to), but we want to highlight how contemporary artists are taking these compositional techniques and applying them in their own music across all genres—be it ambient, pop, folk or electronic. These reductionist albums speak out to us because amid all …