Articles By: Nocturnal Ghost

Release your ears 7.0 :: Daniel Brandt, Saagara, Hidden Orchestra

Three titles that are piquing our ears lately—it’s our attempt to point you to some notable releases worth investigating regardless of genre. Our staff at igloomag.com continually sifts through a plethora of music in an effort to—at the very least—direct you to some interesting releases we may or may not have written about in full […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: The Kandinsky Effect, Gaudi, Schnellertollermeier

The Kandinsky Effect dives deeper into free jazz and electronic exploration, Gaudi returns to his dub and post-punk roots, and Schnellertollermeie keeps defying jazz power trio traditions. The Kandinsky Effect :: Pax 6 (Ropeadope) With Pax 6, Warren Walker (saxophone/synthesizer/effects), Gael Petrina (bass/effects) and Caleb Dolister (drums), offer the most mind-twisting chapter in The Kandinsky […]

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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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Carbon Based Lifeforms :: Derelicts (Blood Music / Leftfield)

The beloved duo returns with its highly anticipated fifth album, Derelicts. Watch the video for the album’s opener, “Accede” Press release from Blood Music: Legendary ambient unit Carbon Based Lifeforms returns after a six year hiatus with their most haunting work to date. The Swedish duo’s fifth album Derelicts escorts the group’s massive analog ambiance […]

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Between Interval :: Legacy (Spotted Peccary Music)

Legacy does not reinvent the genre, but certainly refreshes it in a spellbinding manner. This is space music in its finest form. Lush, liquid, and entirely ethereal. Ten tracks of intoxicating propulsive circular beauty. Any ambient electronica aficionado who wasn’t asleep during the last thirteen years, certainly heard of Stefan Strand’s Between Interval project at […]

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Nomade Orquestra :: EntreMundos (Far Out)

EntreMundos is a fantastic celebration of modern pyrotechnics, retro ambiance, mighty grooves, dynamic motion and hallucinogenic splendor. In April last year London-based Far Out Recordings brought us the excellent self-titled debut album by São Paulo’s ten-man electrifying sonic phenomenon, Nomade Orquestra. Since then the band continued to perform regularly in Brazil but also gained international […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: The Great Harry Hillman, Tatran, Notilus

Rebellious, eclectic post-jazz theatricality from Swiss/German quartet The Great Harry Hillman, incendiary, otherworldly abstraction from Tel Aviv’s three-piece band Tatran, and futuristic, explosive fusions from French quintet Notilus. Three albums by three innovative young acts who boldly pave creatively boundless and captivatingly individual sonic paths. The Great Harry Hillman :: Tilt (Cuneiform) The Great Harry […]

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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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Denovali Label Night NYC 2017

The prolific experimental German label will host a free entry event featuring Oneirogen, Never Sol, Saffronkeira and Ricardo Donoso on Saturday June 17 in Knockdown Center NYC. Doors open at 8pm. Oneirogen Never Sol Saffronkeira Ricardo Donoso Event page | Ticket reservation | Event page on Facebook | Denovali | Knockdown Center

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BITS & PIECES with Miwon

Miwon (aka Hendrik Kroez) is the latest addition to the colorful n5MD roster. This April he released his third album, Jigsawtooth, via the influential Oakland-based imprint. Talk Talk, Hitchcock, Moog Sub 37, Russian herb liquor; read about what gets the Berlin-based electronica wizard’s creative juices flowing. The first album you bought? Talk Talk / “It’s […]

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BITS & PIECES with Daigo Hanada

Last February Japanese composer and pianist Daigo Hanada released his debut solo piano album on Montreal’s boutique imprint Moderna. Ichiru is made of eleven beautiful piano miniatures and a full-length closing piece written in Berlin and Tokyo and recorded using only an upright piano, a pair of microphones and Hanada’s two hands. Iglooview is in […]

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Dreissk :: To Nowhere (n5MD), “The Eye Can See” Video Premiere

Dreissk returns with his 3rd full-length album. Igloo Magazine is honored to premiere the video for the album’s opener, “The Eye Can See.” Press release from n5MD: To Nowhere is the 3rd full-length album from Undead Labs sound designer/composer Kevin Patzelt’s Dreissk project. The album features Patzelt’s now recognizable post-apocalyptic slant on ambient, post-rock and industrial […]

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Three on the Radar :: Andi Otto, Tosca, Tornado Wallace

The start of 2017 provided a hefty dose of downtempo electronica, dub and balearica. Here are three records you need to hear. Andi Otto :: VIA (Pingipung) Andi Otto, mostly known for his work as Springintgut, released his fourth solo album, VIA, in late January. It’s his first album under his real name. Already from the first […]

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Richard Barbieri :: Planets + Persona (Kscope)

A strong piece of sonic beauty that doesn’t attach itself exclusively to any time or genre. Ambient, jazz, electronica, classical, darkness and light, it’s all there somewhere, woven meticulously and fluidly into a deep explorative voyage. Although the progressive rock reincarnation solo projects of Porcupine Tree’s front man and creative engine, Steven Wilson, get most […]

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V/A :: Greenosophy chapter II collected by Mizoo (Ultimae)

A beautiful, topnotch output from every facet. The music, the mix, the production, the artwork, everything is constructed with love, passion and expertise. Ultimae and Mizoo start 2017 with a rich, pulsating blast of ambient, downtempo electronica and techno-ish deep trance, provided by a superb, international battery of artists—label regulars and newcomers. A work of […]

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Marconi Union :: Tokyo+ (Just Music)

Via Just Music, the British ultra-creative ambient outfit brings one of its more electronic-oriented outputs back to life coupled with a rich dessert in the form of a mesmerizing, cutting edge live performance. Tokyo was originally released by BineMusic in 2009 and delivered a crafty minimalist ambient techno display. Tokyo+ is a double album containing […]

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Three on the Radar :: Cass., Elektro Guzzi, Tilman Robinson

Three albums, three different stories. From warm ambient electronica and eclectic techno to abstract fragments of electroacoustic and modern classical seduction. Cass. :: Youth Sessions (Emotional Response) Youth Sessions, the new album by Niklas Rehme-Schlüter a.k.a. Cass. on Emotional Response beautifully demonstrates skilful programming, rich, vintage synth work, slow-mo, elegant development and ethereal use of […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: Radian, J.Peter Schwalm, Orson Hentschel

Electric explosiveness from Vienna, alluring darkness from Frankfurt and edgy, wall-cracking experimentalism from Düsseldorf. Radian :: On Dark Silent Off (Thrill Jockey) Vienna’s Radian is a three-headed sonic monster, a well-oiled machine producing sonorous, indefinable musical compositions that cut, slice and drill with electric explosiveness. With On Dark Silent Off, their new album on the […]

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Two on the Radar :: Jonathan Fitoussi and HOLOVR

Two highly addictive synth-based albums similar in sound but completely different in mood, behavior and style. Both are out via the prolific sonic oven of Seattle’s exploratory boutique label Further Records. Jonathan Fitoussi :: Imaginary Lines For his debut album for Further Records, inspired by the mystical wonders of constellations and informed by the modus […]

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Two on the Radar :: Phoenician Blinds and L.U.C.A.

Exhilarating, vividly atmospheric fusion of jazz, afrobeat, rock and hip hop from new promising London-based quartet Phoenician Blinds, and a cosmic cinematic mélange of electronica, folk and bizarreness from Italy’s Francesco De Bellis a.k.a. L.u.c.a. Phoenician Blinds :: Elephantine (Self-Released) Although heavily influenced by legendary, luminary phenomenon Esbjorn Svensson Trio, versatile pianist and producer Robert […]

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James Murray :: Eyes to the Height (Ultimae)

With Eyes to the Height Murray takes the Ultimae panoramic sound experience to a new level of idiosyncratic creativity that places him at the forefront of the ambient electronica arena as one of the most innovative and individual sounding artists of our times. James Murray‘s 2008 debut album Where Edges Meet is one of the […]

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Two on the Radar :: Amiina and Ryan Teague

Two albums from two different corners of the musical spectrum offer a true sense of a story for us to immerse in. Amiina :: Fantômas (Mengi) Amiina is well known for its work with Sigur Rós but also for its full length solo outputs and EPs. Originally a string quartet, formed by four girls (Edda […]

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Not just jazz :: Soulful rejuvenations

Azymuth and Yussef Kamaal bring jazz-funk back to the forefront, and The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Papa Chango summon the old spirits of afrobeat, ethio-jazz and soul to perform outrageous new choreographies. Azymuth :: Fênix (Far Out) When it comes to the catalog of Brazil-based trio, Azymuth, you can’t go wrong. What they do […]

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The Lure of the Synth :: Forma & Steve Hauschildt enchant with new albums on Kranky

“I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer.” (Robert Moog) Ah…those velvet lush pads, endless sparkling arpeggios, sharp basslines and liquid lead sounds. Those crafty, intelligent machines, little and sometimes enormous, in the right hands can create […]

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Subheim :: Trails EP Track Premiere (Denovali)

The Berlin-based producer returns to Denovali armed with Trails, a brand new 4-track EP featuring his boldest and deepest work to date plus a pulsating, hypnotic techno-ish remix from label mate John Lemke. Scroll down for an exclusive stream of the EP’s third track, “Forsaken Part II.” In the course of a decade Kostas K. […]

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GLOBAL NOISE :: Astral Travel Agency, EarthCry, Fourth Dimension

Old school trance vibrations from Hungary, mind-bending electronica from the U.S. and retro space music from Serbia. Astral Travel Agency :: Digital Spirits (Self-Released) Hungary-based producer Tamás Olejnik creates music under many monikers. Under Astral Travel Agency he conjures the ancient spirits of Goa trance and the deep vibes of the psychedelic chillout of the […]

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Loscil :: Monument Builders (Kranky)

Loscil has crafted a multilayered, hauntingly beautiful and addictive piece of music that flows smoothly through the veins like a powerful drug (minus the side effects) and percolates deep into the heart. Eccentric sound architect Scott Morgan returns as Loscil via Kranky to deliver his latest idiosyncratic ambient creation, Monument Builders. You never know what […]

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BITS & PIECES with ISAN + Video Premiere

After a six-year hiatus electronica and IDM veterans ISAN are back with a brand new album on Morr Music. Was it worth the wait? We certainly think so. Read what our Fabrizio Cacciamali had to say about it after immersing himself in the delicate sounds. We also managed to get ISAN to provide us with […]

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Eraldo Bernocchi & Prakash Sontakke :: Invisible Strings (RareNoise)

An irresistible east meets west affair. Immaculately produced and expertly executed with the natural expressivity and confidence you would expect to feel from such experienced and versatile musicians. Guitarist, experimental musician-producer and sound designer Eraldo Bernocchi, and slide guitar master Prakash Sontakke are both in that creative point where they have enough experience and skills […]

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