Articles By: Philippe Blache

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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Dead Melodies :: Legends of the Wood (Cryo Chamber)

Among the most accessible, ethereal and darkly introspective albums signed on Cryo Chamber next to materials from Hoshin, Wordclock, Northumbria or Keosz. A highly welcomed release, easily recommended for fans of eerie cinematic soundscapes and elegant naturalistic dark ambient music. This project name sounds totally new for me but as I’m always pleased to discover Cryo […]

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The Laborer :: Se Vende (For Sale) (Analogue Chat)

In brief, Se Vende (For Sale) is a pleasant listening experience and sound travel through digitized sound maps and singular ambient electronica. Analoguue Chat is a newly launched and promising label. I like its concept and intention to deliver an alternative breath to the standardized musical industry, thanks to original craft-based and ultra limited editions […]

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SubtractiveLAD :: Sustain / Release (Self-Released)

A clearly recommended corpus of warm and delicately touching ambient compositions. SubtractiveLAD is the project of Vancouver-based sound designer Stephen Hummel. A handful of materials have been published on n5MD. Sustain / Release is self-published and is offered as a digital album. It is a collection of highly emotional, dream-like and languorous soundscapes, droned-based guitar textures which can easily […]

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Dødsmaskin :: Fullstendig Brent (Malignant)

Fullstending Brent is a very sinister, scary and haunting cinematic black and doom ambient release that will easily seduce most demanding fans of the genre. To be placed next to infernal and massive power electronic releases by Megaptera or Brither Death Now. Hailing from Norway this project is totally new for me. Thematically the album […]

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Dreissk :: To Nowhere (n5MD)

A fine collection of sonic meditations and futuristic elegies in minor key, produced by massive synthesized orchestrations, dissonant, tripped-out and melodious post-rock grooves. Dreissk (aka Kevin Patzelt) is a consistent project signed on the independent n5MD imprint (devoted to a great variety of electronic music, from IDM to experimental, minimal and organic ambient music, active since 2002). […]

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Anemone Tube :: In the Vortex of Dionysian Reality (Blossoming Fern)

Cohesive, intriguing, inspiring and worth to be listened for fans of death industrialism, as well as subterranean dark ambient. Blossoming Fern are new comers in the publishing world of dark ambient, noise and industrial music. For their promising beginning they’ve published the new release of German’s power electronic / industrial ambient act Anemone Tube, strictly […]

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Pattern Behavior :: Omens (The Crime League)

Omens immediately catches the attention. Musically it brings to the fore a series of menacing and enthralling cinematic ambiences with a clear 80s retro feel. Pattern Behavior is a synth-electronic music duo formed by Elizabeth Virosa and Robert Galbraith who operate also various pseudonyms such as Snowbeasts. Galbraith is also the founder of the net label […]

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Aegri Somnia :: Endtime Psalms (Cryo Chamber)

A convincing corpus of intoxicating, dystopian and lugubrious alien soundscapes that could be used as a representative soundtrack for adventurous and futuristic metaphysical movies by directors such as David Cronenberg or Philip Kaufman. Aegri Somnia is one discreet and obscure project coming from Croatia, mostly known for its releases on Cryo Chamber. This new album […]

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Snufmumriko :: At First Light (Shimmering Moods)

At First Light is a subtle invitation to navigate through cloudy, frosty, fragile, subjective and impressionistic soundscapes with a fancy for turntablism and hauntology. Shimmering Moods is back with a monthly batch of new releases, continuously devoted to home-made and craft based minimal ambient releases in a semi-classical style. Let’s have a few words about Snufmumriko […]

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Barnacles :: One Single Sound (Boring Machines)

A beautifully designed and colorful ambient minimalist album which reveals an interesting electronic ballet for dreamy-like pulses and emotionally cinematic sound textures with discreet touches of echoing and processed field recordings. Matteo Uggeri is one eclectic and multifaceted sound artist mostly known for his collaborative works as well as for being a key member of […]

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Conrad Schnitzler & Pole :: Con-Struct (Bureau B)

This collaboration offers an interesting catalog of cold, hypnotic, cerebral, techno-ish and beat laden electronic pieces. If you are into conceptual and minimal ambient sophistication (Cluster, Asmus Tietchens, Monoton…) no doubt this release will seduce you. An important document which brings back to light the musical heritage of Conrad Schnitzler. I used to be an […]

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Lawrence English :: Cruel Optimism (Room40)

The album is developed as one long epic atmospheric suite where soothing peaceful passages are punctuated by vertiginous emotional moments of melancholic beauty. Lawrence English is one very productive and important artist in the late development of modern days experimental ambient music. Among other things he is also the founder of Room40 label. Wilderness of […]

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North Atlantic Drift :: Departures, Vol. 1 (Polar Seas) & Video premiere

An invitation to flow through ethereal streams and to adopt a contemplative listening posture. Easily recommended for fans of emotional and organic ambient sculptures. Through a multitude of publications and labels, the modern facet of the ambient genre has reached a pinnacle during recent years. Honestly and personally I consider that this musical universe now […]

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V/A :: Meditations 3 (Shimmering Moods)

Meditations 3 is a fine collection of modern, discreetly pulsating and cerebral ambient sketches. Shimmering Moods is back with a new collection of intimate, soothing and semi-experimental ambient tracks provided here as a compilation built on unreleased sound materials offered by regular artists / projects of the label. However this compilation gives the occasion to introduce […]

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Haunted Me :: Plague (Self-Released)

A beautiful noise ambient release dominated by soaring guitars and diverse acoustic sound manipulations. Haunted Me is a young droned-out / post rockin’ and one-man project from Calabria (Italy). The music of Claudio Begovic is quite discreet and confidential, totally self-released and published as digital albums. However I’ve been seduced by the deeply evocative and […]

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Vlimmer :: llllll​/​lllllll (Blackjack Illuminist)

Maybe an over-productive project for a few ones but this bunch of nicely made tracks will easily convince fans of dark waving and moodily atmospheric electro-gothic music, mainly from the 80s. Alexander Leonard Donat is one busy, highly prolific, multifaceted and electronic self-produced artist coming from Berlin, Germany. The Berlin underground electronic music scene has […]

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Murkok :: So Little Music (Shimmering Moods)

A beautifully evocative album in the downtempo and dream ambient genre. Loyal to its stylistic trademark, Shimmering Moods Records are back with three new releases to start the year with subtly moving and craft-based organic ambient releases. So Little Music by Murkok is a beautifully evocative album in the downtempo and dream ambient genre. I did not […]

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Apocryphos, Kammarheit, Atrium Carceri :: Echo (Cryo Chamber)

Ethereal atmospheric electro textures are intertwined by omnipresent eerie tones, electric guitar vibes, detached echoing piano notes and mantra-like meditative drones. Two years after the well noted Onyx, the veteran project Atrium Carceri joins once more the two highly acclaimed modern dark ambient projects Apocryphos and Kammarheit for a new collective chapter. Echo is a welcoming […]

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Xerxes The Dark :: Transmutation (Kalpamantra)

Transmutation is a nocturnal, deep, quiet and ominous blackened ambient release which definitely figures among the most accomplished ones published by Kalpamantra in terms of lugubrious dark drone industrialism. Mohamad Reza (Morego Dimmer) is a skilled sound designer working under various monikers and exploring a wide spectrum of electronic music, from chill-out to space ambient, cosmic […]

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Ian Boddy :: As Above So Below (DiN)

As Above So Below follows the path of spacious and cinematic ambient music with sculpted and sinuous sound waves, soothing textures, pulsating electronic grooves and beats. Ian Boddy is one pioneering artist in the space ambient genre and stands among the leading figures of this electronic pop musical movement with 80’s synth players such as […]

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Monocube :: The Rituals (Malignant)

The stylistic range navigates between wandering ghostly cinematic soundscapes, ritualistic and doom ambient. The Rituals is his third full length release, welcomed by Malignant Records. Monocube is a young project hailing from Kiev, formed by the sound designer Andrzej Gladuszewski. The stylistic range navigates between wandering ghostly cinematic soundscapes, ritualistic and doom ambient. The Rituals is his […]

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