Articles By: Philippe Blache

Shedir :: Falling Time (Cyclic Law)

Beautifully crafted, fully emotional, spiritually entrancing, intimately moving, seducing, majestic, enveloping and alluring. When I think about female dark ambient artists and projects the first names which come to mind are All Seits, Lamia Vox and Algrath—but the promising Shider now welcomingly joins this circle with one brilliant debut album signed on Cyclic Law. Shedir […]

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Vlimmer :: IIIIIIII​/​IIIIIIIII (8 & 9) (Blackjack Illuminist)

As in the previous opus this album is a fine mix of influences coming from cold / dark wave, IDM movements, as well as minimal synth, post-punk and sci-fi soundtracks to produce a personal musical syncretism. Vlimmer (aka Alexander Leonard Donat) is one crazily productive, imaginative synth wizard hailing from Berlin. Igloo readers are already […]

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Displacer :: Missing Warriors (Component)

Plenty of moods, variations and sound colors, timbral exploration make this organic and drone release worth the discovery. Recommended for fans of Robert Henke, Atomine Elektrine, Biosphere et al, and an instant favorite from Component’s latest productions. Displacer (aka Michael Morton) is a IDM and chill-out ambient music entity coming from Toronto. This project has […]

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Gouldenberg :: First Expedition (Self-Released)

Soundscapes are constantly imaginative, chilling and menacing, mainly articulated on vintage synthesized-like textures, various electronic manipulations and catchy if not darkly moving melodies. Gouldenberg is a young synthscaping project coming from St. Petersburg, Russia. After a first release published in 2015 and titled Nyctophilia, the project is back with a new release First Expedition. The […]

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Gail Priest :: Heraclitus in Iceland (Metal Bitch)

A reflective, cerebral and moodily introspective travel through natural elements and atmospheres of deep quietness. Gail Priest is an Australian sound artist and organic ambient music composer who has been active since a handful years. Notable materials have been released on her own label and also on Kate Carr’s DIY independent label Flaming Pines in […]

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Lingua Lustra :: Truth Rings Like A Bell (Shimmering Moods )

This new effort carries on timbral explorations and sonic soundscapes, this time with a focus on the psych-acoustic impact of bells resonances. Lingua Lustra is one hyper-productive project curated by Albert Borkent. This sound alchemist and craft-based ambient music producer has just released his new album on Shimmering Moods for an alluring digital/cdr edition available […]

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Tapage :: Chrome Fragments (LoMechanik)

Despite its minimalist sound architecture Chrome Fragments is a tremendously imaginative and originally conceived album that will ravish fans of obscure dubstep, and evocative ambient soundscapes from the likes of Architect, Hecq, and Autechre. Tijs Ham is a sound designer and electronic music producer from the Netherlands. After a first experience in the breakcore/hardcore techno […]

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Sven Laux :: Paper Streets (Dronarivm)

Long chordal moves, impressionistic soundscapes fluctuate in a vast ocean of tone colors and patterns. Detached acoustic notes, fragmented melodies open on a profound meditative estate where blurred memories meet a feeling of loss or desolation. Dronarivm has gained a serious reputation in the world of indie electronic / emotionally-tinged experimental music with a load […]

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Sum of R :: Orga (Cyclic Law)

The ensemble is elegant, shimmering and emotionally elevated, combining sacred elements to sorrowful bleak industrialism. Sum of R is one project hailing from Switzerland and created by Reto Mäder. After two solid releases published by the Milwaukee based Utech Records they are now welcomed by Cyclic law. This project is a real curiosity, challenging and […]

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Wet Nurse. & Ten Thousand Miles Of Arteries :: Split (Malignant)

Fans of death industrialism and merciless power electronics from Brigther death now, IRM to Megaptera, Genocide Organ, Atrax Morgue will find here a warmly recommended release. Malignant Records are back with monthly releases of subterranean, blasting and blackened experimental music. I will focus on the split album by two very obscure and underground projects Wet […]

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Sub Loam :: The Unfolding Map (Wist Rec.)

The Unfolding Map offers meticulously done dialogues between field recordings, processed micro sounds, drone-scapes and other manipulated acoustic strangeness. A nice, unusual and welcomed musical excursion. Wist Rec is an Irish independent label and leading actor in the DIY experimental, challenging music universe with Lost Tribe Sound, Flaming Pines, Fluid Audio and many more. The label […]

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b°tong :: Monastic (Reverse Alignment)

Delivering sonic, sinister and grandiose aural vibrations, Monastic removes any trace of melody to concentrate on the psycho-acoustic density of shapes, moods and tones. Based in Germany, Christ Sigdell is an active sound-artist who now works under the moniker of b°tong. His field of experimentations includes concrete sound industrialism, drone ambient and field recordings. After a […]

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Jurko Haltuu :: And In My Tears and In The Heaviness Of Everything I Drowned (Shimmering Moods)

A vast, intimate and deeply sorrowful exploration of the mind, its search for salvation. After a short summer break, Shimmering Moods are back with three new monthly releases with a pretty autumnal-moodily introspective flavor, faithful to the standards of organic/experimental ambient music. Let’s have a few words about the new release by Jurko Haltuu, a […]

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Gamardah Fungus :: Fairytales (Flaming Pines)

The immersive, enigmatic and sometimes detached textures are made of micro noise interferences, guitar tricks, reverbs, found sounds and sustained droning moves framed by a dissonant/consonant compositional mode. I’ve always been fond of Flaming Pines‘ DIY philosophy, passion and interest for home made “chamber” ambient music and “sound mapping.” In this register the UK based […]

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Altarmang :: Void (Cyclic Law)

The buzzing cavernous drones, circular effects and mystical power vibes will definitely catch your attention. Altarmang is a project by one regular Cyclic law artist: Pär Boström (Kammarheit, Cities Last Broadcast). I’m quite familiar with his early works, at that time I reached Par for a book about dark ambient music but which finally haven’t […]

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Drifting in Silence :: Dawn (Labile)

Dawn intends to design enveloping-soothing soundscapes which can advocate mind travels and encourage thoughtful meditative postures linked to some distant memories and to solitary, mystical landscaping sceneries. Drifting In Silence is a space music-electronic ambient project formed by the North Carolina-based artist Derrick Stembridge. This project intends to design enveloping-soothing soundscapes which can advocate mind […]

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Scanner :: The Great Crater (Glacial Movements)

Mostly articulated around textures, The Great Crater also contains timbral experimentations, subtly droning flux and micro modulations. Active since the early 90s, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) has made a name in the world of minimal electronic music, intelligent dance music and reticular sound design. The albums published on Sub Rosa stand as important releases in […]

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Hecq :: Chansons de Geste (Hymen)

A hauntingly cinematic, plaintive, solemn, reflective, and existential ambient work that will ravish fans of static and expressive drones of William Basinski, Philip Jeck and The Caretaker. Ben Lukas Boysen is a sound designer and IDM electronic music wizard who works under the Hecq moniker. Active since the early 2000s, his music has been welcomed […]

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Vlimmer :: Randow (Original Soundtrack) (Blackjack Illuminist)

An imaginary soundtrack for thriller-mystery films. Vlimmer is one of the numerous projects headed by Alexander Leonard Donat. Most of his musical production is issued on his own DIY micro label Blackjack Illuminist. Editions are crafts based, generally published as extremely limited copies in Cdr or tape format, assorted by a digital version. I discovered […]

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Equimanthorn :: Exalted Are The Seven Throne Bearers of Ninnkigal (Shaytan)

Equimanthorn is one pionnering project in the subterranean world of tribal / ritualistic dark ambient music, driven by occult strengths and by an interest for ancient esoteric believes. Equimanthorn is one pionnering project in the subterranean world of tribal / ritualistic dark ambient music, driven by occult strengths and by an interest for ancient esoteric […]

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Future Daughter & Matthew D. Gantt :: Ekphrasis / Plastics EP (Orange Milk)

The listener enters in a delirious and vast collection of amorphous sounds, punchy electronic grooves, spacey droning textures and erratic collages. For fans of transversal electronics and free-form musical avant-gardism. Orange Milk is an independent and experimental music label with an interest for unusual sounding experiences, from dada-esque collages to surreal pop art tendencies, minimal […]

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Council of Nine :: Trinity (Cryo Chamber)

The lugubrious and usual droney sound textures communicate with deeply sorrowing and altered melodious phrases mainly obtained by detached piano lines and echoing chordal sequences. Council of Nine is one regular project to be signed on the independent label Cryo Chamber. It is a one man musical entity formed in California by the dark sound […]

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Giuseppe Falivene :: Fragments EP (Shimmering Moods)

The general mood is very intoxicating, sometimes glitch-esque and noisy—but it always brings to the fore a hyper-sensitive emotional mood, with touches of melancholia and bittersweet expressions. The Amsterdam-based label Shimmering Moods is back with a monthly batch of new releases. Aesthetically the label stays true to its usual objective: delivering emotionally absorbing and soothing […]

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DID :: WHNZ​:​73​:​DID (We Have No Zen!)

A vast collection of noisy drone sequences where manipulated generative sounds, screaming high pitch modulations interact with the monolithic and deep staticity of the didgeridoo. The use of didgeridoo is not something new in ambient drone music, Steve Roach was among the first to initiate the audience with such ancient aboriginal instruments and launched an […]

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Bålsam :: Dream Landscapes (Shimmering Moods)

Musically Dream Landscapes follows a compositional path where processed field recordings meet organic dronescapes, incantatory ethereal voices and mantric-like new agey electronic loops. The musical syncretism operates with a certain success and offers to the listener a sensual / sensory sound travel. The Amsterdam based independent label Shimmering Moods is back to the audience with a […]

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Enrico Coniglio & Matteo Uggeri :: Open To The Sea (Dronarivm)

One original, introspective, fairy-like and curious album that will ravish fans of challenging, unconventional, post-classical and experimental music. Matteo Uggeri is one busy man and extremely prolific sound artist, no matter if it is under his own name, in collaboration, under the moniker of Barnacles or with his chamber experimental rock ensemble Sparkle in Grey. […]

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Scattered Lodges :: Asymmetric Soup (Self-Released)

If you like expressive droney textures and electronic isolationism, no doubt that this album will seduce you. Recommended for fans of Hecq, Loscil, Olan Mill, Marconi Union. Within the last few years the production of home made ambient releases has increased sharply to the point that is almost impossible to follow the rhythm, to appreciate […]

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Xerxes The Dark :: [Ab​]​Solution (D.M.T.)

Abstract, cerebral and enveloping, with a complete absence of melody. This one will easily convince fans of the most experimental vein of dark ambient music. Iranian sound artist and quite active in the uncompromising dark ambient scene since 2006, Morgo Dimmer (aka Xerxes The Dark) is back with a new digital release. He recently delivered quite […]

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The Hidden :: Something Lost Something Found (Thin Recordings)

Something Lost Something Found is built around a vast collection of semi-improvised and lo-fi ambient miniatures where textured chordal lines meets detached piano melodies, micro noises and discreet electronic treatments. The Hidden is the new project founded by the sound designed and graphic artist Dan McRae (aka Thin Films). This debut album titled Something Lost […]

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