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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Further reading

In Review: Quantum Natives

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I've wondered occasionally whether the position of arts critic – self-appointed or otherwise – should be subject to term limits. The thought occurred to me most recently while attending… no, while immersed in Grace Nexus, the simultaneously bewitching and bewildering presentation mounted at Issue Project Room on April 15 by Quantum Natives: either a British digital-media collective or "an abstruse net-label run by two art school-educated Londoners," according to Resident Advisor. Maybe both.

Playlist.

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Midori Takada, Kelly Moran, Sarah Hennies, Olivier Alary, Gov't Mule, Ecstatic Vision, Allan Holdsworth (RIP), and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Early Audition: Bearthoven, Trios

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Formed in 2013, Bearthoven has built up an estimable repertoire of fresh pieces for an instrumentation that's canonical among jazz circles, but uncommon within the concert-music world. Listen to an exclusive stream of a Fjóla Evans piece on Bearthoven's debut album, 'Trios,' courtesy of Cantaloupe Music.