An occasional tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

Kelly Moranoptimist (self-released; 2016)

BorbetomagusThe Eastcote Studio Sessions (Dancing Wayang; 2016)

Nick StorringGardens (Scissor Tail; 2014)

David Weiss & Point of DepartureWake Up Call (Ropeadope; due Feb. 10, 2017)

Various artists/Lawrence EnglishFACT mix 584 (Fact; 2017)

Oracle Hysterical/New Vintage BaroquePassionate Pilgrim (VIA Records; 2017)

Linda OhWalk Against Wind (Greenleaf Music; due April 14, 2017)

Nordic AffectRaindamage (Sono Luminus; due Feb. 24, 2017)
Valgeir SigurðssonRaindamageÚlfur HanssonÞýðHlynur Aðils Vilmarssonnoa::emsValgeir Sigurðsson – AntigravityHlynur Aðils Vilmarsson – [:n:]Úlfur Hansson – Skin continuum

ACMEThrive on Routine (Sono Luminus; due Feb. 24, 2017)
> Caleb BurhansJahrzeit; Caroline Shawin manus tuas; Gustave Le Gray; Timo AndresThrive on Routine; John Luther AdamsIn a Treeless Place, Only Snow

Morbid AngelAltars of Madness (Earache; 1989)

Weather ReportForecast: Tomorrow (Sony Legacy; 2006)

Linda Catlin SmithDrifter – Apartment House, Quatuor Bozzini (Another Timbre; due February 2017)
> Cantilena; Piano Quintet; Drifter; Gondola; Moi Qui Tremblais; Ricercar; Far from Shore; Galanthus; Poire; Folkestone

Martin ArnoldThe Spit Veleta – Mira Benjamin, Philip Thomas (Another Timbre; due February 2017)
> Points & Waltzes; Slip Minuet; The Spit Veleta

Isaiah CeccarelliBow – Mira Benjamin, Roger Ames, Gregor Riddell, Katelyn Clark, Isaiah Ceccarelli (Another Timbre; due February 2017)
> Sainte-Ursule 1; Falsobordone; Oslo Harmonies 1; Bow; Oslo Harmonies 2; Dunstable; Sainte-Ursule 2

Chiyoko SzlavnicsDuring a Lifetime – Konus Quartett, Apartment House (Another Timbre; due February 2017)
> During a Lifetime; Freehand Poitras; Reservoir

Marc SabatHarmony – JACK Quartet (Another Timbre; due February 2017)
> Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery; Claudius Ptolemy; Jean-Philippe Rameau

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