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Kryshe :: March of the Mysterious (Serein)

A highly spacious and deeply absorbing piece of sonic expressivity that sucks you deep into the rabbit hole. German musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and a member of the experimental/classical/ambient project Unland, Christian Grothe, returns as Kryshe with a wonderful new album on the excellent Serein imprint. As stated on the press release, March of the Mysterious […]

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Selffish :: He She Them Us (Serein)

The elusive beauty of He She Them Us lies in the fine details of enchanting dialogues between organic and synthetic elements. There’s a magnetizing charm in the space between the notes and in the way the sounds strike, dance, echo and fade away. The compositions pulse with the grace of an elegant, powerful cinematography. “Each […]

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Strië :: Struktura (Serein)

Though attended by a similar sonic spirit, each bell chime, chain drag and string bow duly emplaced, Strië lets light play through in bright tone colors and shapes—suspended, augmented, diminished, blurring harmony and dissonance. Strië‘s entrance to contemporary electronica came with a myth-making byline trailing ‘a retired prodigy actress and cellist who now lives in a secluded mansion on the […]

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Brambles :: Charcoal (Serein)

Thanks to Brambles’ sensitive ear for melody, Charcoal elicits far deeper, more emotionally complex responses than many analogous modern classical works: memorable but never manipulative, profoundly contemplative instead of merely introspective, poignant without being melancholy and deeply affecting rather than just comforting. [Release page] Since its re-alignment as a physical media releasing label back in […]

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Hauschka :: Youyoume (Serein)

Amazingly, most of the sounds you hear are indeed still emanating from Hauschka’s inspirationally prepared piano, so ingeniously employed to conjure imagery and effortlessly shift moods, tempo and colour. [Release page] Serein’s Seasons 2011 series of ten-inch vinyl EPs comes to a close with Hauschka‘s thee-track Youyoume and my word, talk about saving the best […]

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Nest :: Body Pilot (Serein)

It’s good to know that the Nest project is still going strong and Body Pilot is an exemplary collection of gorgeously crafted gaseous ambient excursions. [Release page] It’s probably fair to say that Body Pilot is the most eagerly anticipated of the Serein imprint’s 2011 Seasons series of ten-inch EP’s. It is the third release […]

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Donato Wharton :: A White Rainbow Spanning The Dark (Serein)

A White Rainbow Spanning The Dark describes vast open spaces and seemingly endless vistas, but always viewed at long distance within safe, isolated or enclosed spaces. You can sense the chill from a place of warmth, view the clutter of nature within a shell of diamond cut precision and see the beauty of harsh open […]

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Colorlist :: The Fastest Way To Become The Ocean (Serein)

First up in the Seasons series are Colorlist, a crossover jazz duo from Chicago comprised of multi-instrumentalists (an oft-dreaded moniker and no mistake) Charles Rumback who mans percussion, bells and melodica, and Charles Gorkzynski on saxophone, numerous woodwind instruments, synthesizers and harmonium. [Purchase] The Fastest Way To Become The Ocean is the first in a […]

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Olan Mill :: Pine (Serein)

(May 2010) It seems to be becoming quite fashionable these days to record modern classical music on location, particularly within a church setting due to the elegant, almost haunting cadences it can imbue, and excellent examples of this can be heard in releases by Greg Haines or Dustin O’Halloran on the Sonic Pieces imprint. But […]

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Nest :: Retold (Serein)

(February 2010) Precious little new Deaf Center material surfaced since Pale Ravine was released back in 2005, and what did lurked in dank and sinister shadows. With Erik Skodvin continuing to spiral into ever deeper circles of hell with his increasingly abstract dark-ambient Svarte Greiner solo project, what became of Deaf Center’s other half? It […]

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Nest :: Nest (Serein, MP3)

(05.10.07) It’s been a while since Deaf Center’s Neon City EP was released by the Type label, and neither Deaf Center nor Erik Skodvin have released anything that sounds quite like it since. Skodvin has been treading the dark path down which his Svarte Greiner solo project have led him, and even Pale Ravine was […]

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Markus Guentner :: Theia (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Theia sees Markus Guentner taking his immersive ambient soundscaping to another level, creating a work that is grandiose but somehow never overblown. Ryan Griffin’s A Strangely Isolated Place music community and label draws notable comparisons to Huw Roberts’ UK based Serein label. Both started as digital-only purveyors of free music, and later graduated into full […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Slings the Wooze Anew mix

Revisiting the sound and vision of Slings The Wooze, Igloo’s Alan Lockett, aka Mist-maxer albient, Slings the Wooze Anew with more than a score of exponents of blurred ambience, FX-drenched drone and electronic aethers new, renewed, and re-viewed, strung into wondrous wooze—all but opening keynote throwback-bite fresh from this year and last. Artists: 36, Alva Noto, Benoît […]

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Nest :: Retold (Crowd-funded Vinyl Special Edition)

Back in 2007, when Huw Roberts’ Welsh-based Serein imprint was still essentially a digital-only operation, the label announced a new EP by Nest, consisting of Huw himself, and one-half of Deaf Center, Otto A. Totland. The eponymous six track EP was one of the first to later be offered by the label as a physical […]

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Olan Mill :: Hiraeth (Preservation)

Olan Mill’s new album is a mix of swirling, grainy synth washes, classical strings and disembodied, operatic soprano vocals floating in a slow-motion drift. Since the enchanting debut album Pine on Serein and the majestic Paths on the super-deluxe Facture, Olan Mill has now made something of a home for itself on Australia’s Preservation, an […]

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Tobias Hellkvist :: Turquoise (Small Fragments)

Turquoise extends, chromatically eponymous in aspect, over four tracks full of graceful washes of  guitar-wrung tone-melt, drawing out slow flow melodies assisted, the press blurb offers helpfully, by ‘organ, candlesticks and more instruments.’ A cut above your average ambient drone clone, Tobias Hellkvist has previous, and substantial, form on current major player of the genre, […]

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Top releases of twenty-twelve

Well over 180 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as an iTunes audio player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top […]

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Olan Mill :: Paths (Facture)

Olan Mill have retained their uncanny ability to stretch time without ever laboring a theme or over-extending their work, that same step printed, slow motion movement as abundant as ever on their sophomore release, but if Paths represents a progression of their sound then it is, if anything, a reductive one. If you know of […]

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Readers poll :: Top 100 releases of 2011

This year igloomag.com invited its readers to cast their nominations and votes for their top releases of 2011 via our Facebook page. With well over 1000 votes over the span of three weeks, here are the results: Readers poll, Top 100 releases :: 01 Plaid :: Scintilli (Warp) 02 Amon Tobin :: ISAM (Ninja Tune) […]

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130701 :: 3View 2011.6

The last thing one would expect from a label with a name like 130701 is a catalog of primarily of post-classical and orchestral works, but this is indeed the label’s remit. A sub-division of Brighton-based UK label FatCat Records, 130701 was created to house under one umbrella all those modern classical and orchestral releases that […]

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Deaf Center & Svarte Greiner :: Double review (Type)

Totland favoured delicate piano work, field records and an eclectic array of both acoustic and electronic sounds from around the world to create atmospheric cinematic tableaux on his exquisite collaborative Nest project with Serein label-owner Huw Roberts. Meanwhile, Skodvin furthered the mission of his own Miasmah imprint with increasingly dark, tortured and tortuous doom-laden dark […]

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Top releases of twenty-ten

With this article, 151 releases and 25 honorable mentions are highlighted as being titles that garnered the extra spins in 2010. These musicians (and associated labels) offered an abundance of quality productions coming from all corners of the globe with an emphasis on releasing music that doesn’t always follow a defined path. [January 2011] Twenty-ten […]

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Alpine :: Fr:om Harmed Weather To Stark, Micro, Climates. (Highpoint Lowlife)

(August 2009) Alpine is the brainchild and solo project of music therapist Alex Smalley. A work that’s potent with the fragrance of a calm before the storm, its rustic ambience is a momentary vision of tranquility. With just six consolidated tracks, the EP presents an uncluttered approach to some of the most diverse and imaginative […]

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Jliat + Greg Davis :: Reviews (Alku + Staalplaat)

:..:::…..:..::….:::::..:::..:::::::……:::…::.:::….::::..:..:::…::…….::::: Jliat :: My Computer (Alku, CD) In 39 mini tracks the white noise static dances and stains the silence on My Computer by Jliat. There are warning signs, washes, staccatos, frequencies, and more. The riveting sped sounds are continuously punctuated by alternating track cuts. The tracks last from 6 to 38 seconds in length […]

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