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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Donnacha Dennehy, Julia Holter, Trio S, Gabriel Kahane, Jen Shyu, Dead & Company, and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

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Album review: Jürg Frey, ephemeral constructions

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The less I say this time, the better – partly because I have so very, very little information available from which to cobble up some authoritative statement on the whys and wherefores of the three recent compositions from 2015 and 2016 by Jürg Frey included on this new CD, and partly because the music doesn't really lend itself to analysis so much as inhabitation.