This series of films about a masterless samurai bent on revenge while protectively raising his son features moments of pastoral silent beauty juxtaposed with quick stylized violence.
Joshua Tillman has crafted one of the year’s most undoubtedly ambitious albums, melding of-the-moment musings with classicist songwriting. It’s his best work yet.
Not content to follow the rules of a single genre, Cory Branan expects his fans to work a bit at keeping up with him. With Adios, he proves worth the effort.
Rebecca Foon has managed to take what could have been a narrow exercise in chamber music and crafted something with real emotional depth and scope.
Volker Bertelmann of Hauschka carries a bag of wedges, sticks, marbles, rulers, razors, kitchen implements and tea lights — ordinary objects that elicit extraordinary sounds from his instrument.