Melancholy, love and hope :: Donnacha Costello unleashes Mono No Aware

Melancholy, love and hope :: Donnacha Costello unleashes Mono No Aware

Deep, heartwarming, highly effective ambient. “The techniques and equipment are various, several of the works are generative and some are live recordings. All are tinged with melancholy, love and hope” says Donnacha Costello on the [...]
Displacer :: Curse of the Black Vinyl (Hymen / Crime League)

Displacer :: Curse of the Black Vinyl (Hymen / Crime League)

The sounds on offer here are rooted in dark drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat but defy strict categorization as they push into uncharted territory of mutant hybrids. Michael Morton. Known aliases: Displacer. Musician, prolific remixer, [...]
Thomas Köner :: Tiento de la Luz (Denovali)

Thomas Köner :: Tiento de la Luz (Denovali)

Köner’s particular brand of formalism unmoors the work from its author, becomes pure, organic creative process and aesthetic and intellectual pleasure. Composing electronic music, as compared to composing for acoustic instruments, is a distinction only gradual in [...]
Faex Optim :: Start With The River (Kahvi)

Faex Optim :: Start With The River (Kahvi)

Collecting tranquil interludes gone astray, broken childhood samples, psychedelic undertones and kaleidoscopic colors colliding in blissful accord. As much as I try to hold back any reference to Edinburgh’s Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin‘s musical [...]
Nev.Era :: Aisla (Disomnia)

Nev.Era :: Aisla (Disomnia)

A landmark of visual-audio panoramas, Nev.Era delves into a tangible electronic music trove that reveals more about our terrestrial planet than we ever thought possible. Sergio Mesa (aka Nev.Era), Spain’s finest in the exp-electronic arts, finally [...]

Features

Elsewhereness revisited #1 Ramblings of a AMB-man

Elsewhereness Revisited is a new feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambientological meanderings, random bc-combing, cloud-watching, tube-findings, and a companion mix. Vol. #1: Ramblings of a AMB-man. First, Own Records, once a haunt for lovers of SotL, Basinski, Celer, et al., which after something of a snooze wakes with er… wake from hitherto unknown, kj. NY-based […]

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Melancholy, love and hope :: Donnacha Costello unleashes Mono No Aware

Deep, heartwarming, highly effective ambient. “The techniques and equipment are various, several of the works are generative and some are live recordings. All are tinged with melancholy, love and hope” says Donnacha Costello on the Bandcamp release page of his latest creation, Mono No Aware. Melancholy, love and hope, indeed, it’s all there. Ethereal, mysterious, […]

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Profiles

SONIC EXPOSURE :: Celebrating DiN’s 50th—Prolonged analog electronics

Profile on DiN and a special iNDEX05 compilation digital giveaway! Prolonged analog electronics UK-based DiN has a long-standing musical history going back to 1999 and Igloo Magazine recently had the privilege to organize a Sonic Exposure profile for the influential ambient imprint founded by Ian Boddy. DiN celebrates their 50th CD release (limited to 1,000 copies) with their 5th in […]

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Reviews

Displacer :: Curse of the Black Vinyl (Hymen / Crime League)

The sounds on offer here are rooted in dark drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat but defy strict categorization as they push into uncharted territory of mutant hybrids. Michael Morton. Known aliases: Displacer. Musician, prolific remixer, owner of the Crime League record label. Friend to Igloo, provider of this hour-long journey. Something like 7 full-length and […]

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Melancholy, love and hope :: Donnacha Costello unleashes Mono No Aware

Deep, heartwarming, highly effective ambient. “The techniques and equipment are various, several of the works are generative and some are live recordings. All are tinged with melancholy, love and hope” says Donnacha Costello on the Bandcamp release page of his latest creation, Mono No Aware. Melancholy, love and hope, indeed, it’s all there. Ethereal, mysterious, […]

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Displacer :: Curse of the Black Vinyl (Hymen / Crime League)

The sounds on offer here are rooted in dark drum ‘n’ bass and breakbeat but defy strict categorization as they push into uncharted territory of mutant hybrids. Michael Morton. Known aliases: Displacer. Musician, prolific remixer, owner of the Crime League record label. Friend to Igloo, provider of this hour-long journey. Something like 7 full-length and […]

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Thomas Köner :: Tiento de la Luz (Denovali)

Köner’s particular brand of formalism unmoors the work from its author, becomes pure, organic creative process and aesthetic and intellectual pleasure. Composing electronic music, as compared to composing for acoustic instruments, is a distinction only gradual in nature, writes Thomas Köner. At the core of all his work are a sense of place and a sense of color. […]

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Glanko & Daniel Bailey :: Isometrik EP (Hidden Shoal)

Running parallel elements you might encounter alongside Loess and Loscil, each piece opens vivid laid-back sound arrays, textures, tones and trips. Two friends taking different musical paths—Glanko filtering glitch-data streams and electronics (ref. Igloo’s 2014 Alset review released on Halbsicht), Daniel Bailey on the guitarist/songwriter spectrum—bring together their strengths on the Isometrik EP with Australia’s expansive Hidden Shoal imprint. A 4-track, […]

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Lowered :: Arche (For Gongs) (Trome)

Depending on your predisposition, Arche (For Gongs) may serve either as a tranquility base conducive to self-obliterating meditation or a riveting sound experience that brings the mind into sharp focus. Arche (For Gongs) is a deliciously deceptive dronescape, the first in a series planned by Chris Gowers (previously reviewed as Karina ESP), whose Lowered persona was created to explore […]

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Sinner DC :: MEG​/​CDG (Mental Groove / Geneva Ethnography Museum)

Sinner DC is all circular, all spinning. It is silvery particles being held together by some undiscoverable but essential dark matter. Unreduced surface noise is made smooth and soft against the ear skin. In the first of a planned series of collaborations with various musical entities, the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva—whose audio archives house thousands […]

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Faex Optim :: Start With The River (Kahvi)

Collecting tranquil interludes gone astray, broken childhood samples, psychedelic undertones and kaleidoscopic colors colliding in blissful accord. As much as I try to hold back any reference to Edinburgh’s Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin‘s musical space as the genre-defining nostalgic downtempo duo, crafting a sound that they’ve firmly etched into the hearts of millions (I’d […]

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Nev.Era :: Aisla (Disomnia)

A landmark of visual-audio panoramas, Nev.Era delves into a tangible electronic music trove that reveals more about our terrestrial planet than we ever thought possible. Sergio Mesa (aka Nev.Era), Spain’s finest in the exp-electronic arts, finally reveals a full-length album with Aisla (translated to Isolates), following the effervescent cosmic flows of his Microgravedad 3-track EP—also on Disomnia. […]

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Adam Jay :: Corpora (Detroit Underground)

Robust modular electro that pushes old-school dynamics into new territory. Robust modular electro that pushes old-school dynamics into new territory—Adam Jay employs rugged low-end as he punishes nearby bassbins on Corpora. A dozen danceable rhythms and Detroit techno washes rumble about, yet Corpora gravitates towards experimental, acid and fine-cut electro at its center. At times […]

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4T Thieves :: Silent Sands (Rednetic)

Like sand granules slowly passing through ones fingers or snowflakes melting in the palm of your hands, 4T Thieves crafts a pleasant sojourn filled with subtle low-pressure swells. 4T Thieves is Nik, long-time Kahvi operator of all things in the expansive netlabel music sphere. Here he has opted to release Silent Sands with revitalized UK-based […]

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Severence :: Mensch 003 (Mensch)

This is chilling material, haunting and lonesome. An album of introspection, of reflection and rich textures. In the age of glass and sleekness it’s interesting that modular synthesizers are becoming more and more popular. It’s kind of understandable. It’s the antithesis of the laptop or tablet. Compact versus colossal. Tap versus tactile. Digital versus analogue. There’s […]

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Autechre :: elseq 1–5 (Warp)

By taking their programmed music to the next level, what Autechre have presented here is a snapshot of what Brian Eno has been perfecting all these years: generative and constantly shifting music that could effectively just run forever, with every moment unique as a snowflake. You could run most of the tracks on elseq 1-5 […]

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Room Of Wires :: Used As A Runner EP (Section 27)

Used As A Runner is chock full of interlaced cobwebs machined with seamless construction. Diving head first into more rigorous electronics, the Room Of Wires duo continue to emit fractured industrial-IDM as is the case on opener “Used.” Second cut “Scarce” is sparse and sporadic, its echoes and crashing glitch landscapes hark back to the earlier days […]

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JK Flesh :: Rise Above (Electric Deluxe)

The tracks on Rise Above utilize sparse, repetitive beats, heavy bass, distortion mixed into a swirl of murky, hazy tracks that thud their way into your ears. Justin Broadrick is a living legend whose musical output which spans from the genre spawning Godflesh to more ambient works as Final to the genre-splicing Jesu which sounds like […]

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Gaudi :: 10” White Vinyl and Digital EP on RareNoise

Spacious, spacey, heavy mystical dub pulses with invincible groove, majesty and might. The highly versatile musician and producer strikes again, this time with a delicious appetizer via the multifaceted RareNoise imprint. The 2-track EP (download comes with a bonus track, “Nocturnal Sonata”) serves as an introduction to the forthcoming full length release, to be titled […]

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Driftmachine :: Colliding Contours (Umor Rex)

The duo have mastered the art of shifting and sliding synthesized blocks into echoed detours. By reconfiguring ever so slowly, each minuscule bit develops into vast audible sub-structures. Eroded dub drones and corrosive industrial hypnotics are in focus with Berlin’s Driftmachine, their latest titled Colliding Contours is available on Mexico’s Umor Rex. Continuing to stretch modular […]

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SONIC EXPOSURE :: Celebrating DiN’s 50th—Prolonged analog electronics

Profile on DiN and a special iNDEX05 compilation digital giveaway! Prolonged analog electronics UK-based DiN has a long-standing musical history going back to 1999 and Igloo Magazine recently had the privilege to organize a Sonic Exposure profile for the influential ambient imprint founded by Ian Boddy. DiN celebrates their 50th CD release (limited to 1,000 copies) with their 5th in […]

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Axiome :: L’Avenir Est Un Cerf Teint ‎(Ant-Zen)

Not short on drama, there’s a theme that transports the listener requiring a powerful and demanding high-quality sound system meant to enjoy with large crowds. L’Avenir Est Un Cerf Teint ‎by Axiome (aka Cedrik Fermont and Olivier Moreau) is released on German label Ant-Zen and was developed over the past two years. It reveals multi-layered […]

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Marsman :: New Kind of Purple (Lowriders)

New Kind of Purple smears the IDM cross-hairs and accurately communicates the artists self-described mind-states by way of exuberant sound sculpting. It’s uplifting and downtrodden all in the same breath, carving a winding and detailed path along the way. The sounds of alien and terrestrial life are revealed on New Kind of Purple, Netherlands-based Marsman’s […]

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Review & Interview—Apocryphos :: Stone Speak (Cryo Chamber)

Behind its usual black massive drones the music reveals very dramatic, mournful and mysterious soothing melodies (mainly obtained by guitar waves) which help to be immersed without getting bored by the apparent monotony. Cryo Chamber and Apocryphos are back with a new astonishing sculpted and darkened droning opus in the true tradition of the genre. […]

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DimDJ :: DimDJ TH04 (TH ± Tar Hallow)

True the ferocity of past releases is present, caustic chords and raucous rhythms, but there’s also a hint of something less vicious. Tender moments, respites from the desolation, show another side to this Greek machinist and a different side to the Tar Hallow sound. I’ve had the pleasure of covering DimDj’s growth. From Lower Parts, […]

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Greenleaf :: Organic electronic music excavated from the landscape

Greenleaf explores such themes as AI, man-made lifeforms, artificial landscape and GM crops. Spores succeeds in being at once ironic/detached and serious/engaged, postmodern art work and polemical socio-cultural comment. That’s the stock-in-trade of music producer/audio-visual artist, Paul Greenleaf, whose just-released Spores, with associated self-directed video, has an eye to our Anthropocene Age—a prevailing cultural backdrop of self-learning machines, driverless cars and the Internet […]

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Benjamin Finger :: 9,5 EP (Sellout! Music)

9,5 manages to encapsulate an oddly pleasant space outside of its comfort zone and entangles itself in a brisk experimental-pop 3-pack. Sometimes you’ve got to go a little out of your comfort zone. (Frank) Benjamin Finger, known for his cross-platform approach to music, film and photographer, has etched out a new 3-track EP for Sellout! Music that does […]

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Phragments :: All Towers Must Fall (Malignant)

With its dark trumpet call and thundering bass frequencies the opening theme introduces the listener in a malevolent and adventurous sound ritualism absorbed by nightmare like hallucinations and shimmering darkness. Already part of the almighty and indispensable Malignant Records with two releases respectively published in 2008 and 2013, our favorite Slovakian figure of epic blackened […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #1 Ramblings of a AMB-man

Elsewhereness Revisited is a new feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambientological meanderings, random bc-combing, cloud-watching, tube-findings, and a companion mix. Vol. #1: Ramblings of a AMB-man. First, Own Records, once a haunt for lovers of SotL, Basinski, Celer, et al., which after something of a snooze wakes with er… wake from hitherto unknown, kj. NY-based […]

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Solar Bears :: Advancement (Sunday Best)

Reversed playback, ambiguous ambience and an emotive shoegaze kaleidoscope are spread about as orchestral arrangements are smoothed into decayed soundscapes of dust and debris. Time-lapsed audio photography of the cinematic kind is revealed on Solar Bears’ third album Advancement, a sun-soaked macrocosm of electronic beauty. Taking off from their krautrock drenched outings on Planet Mu, here […]

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Day Before Us :: Enlightening Secrecy (Triple Moon)

Droning and brooding textured electronic sequences are joined by melodious acoustic lines. Making its name in the understated underground music scene, Day Before Us is at the intersection of various musical registers, from moodily atmospheric ambient, to ethereal dark wave with an emotionally evocative and soundtracky vibe. In five years a number of physical releases […]

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Marge and the Marvellous :: Distant Dance (No More Pop)

No More Pop is an oasis, an island amidst a sea of darker re-issues, an island of dulcet synth pop and cloudless skies. Bright and cheerful beginnings. Reclaimed sounds on a reclaimed medium. The 7” has a love hate relationship amongst the faithful. For some the smallest vinyl format is annoying. Often poorly made and […]

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New Rome :: Nowhere (Room40)

A rich harmonic vein rooted in classic ambient ‘scapism, seen as if through a glaze darkly, via a ’70s-’90s synth-prism. New Rome is the new musical home for Tomasz Bednarczyk, whom discerning ’00s ambient-electronica watchers will recall from a trio of accomplished albums, two of them Room40 editions. Summer Feelings and Painting Sky Together were distinguished by ‘restrained almost fragile […]

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