Articles By: Philippe Blache

Sabled Sun :: 2148 (Cryo Chamber)

This album confirms the presence of high-quality standards in the dark ambient music galaxy. Owner of the essential Cryo Chamber label and leader of Sabled Sun / Atrium Carceri, Simon Heather is one busy man but always a highly creative sound artist when it comes to write some of the most outstanding soundscapes in the […]

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Shrine :: Ordeal 26.04.86 (Cyclic Law)

Ordeal 26.04.86 is a well recommended melodic and cinematic ambient album, an accessible and sonic-contemplative musical ceremony to a post-nuclear desolate universe. it can be easily considered among the most wonderful musical discoveries of the year. Majestic and enveloping. This new Shrine album presents an intense, emotionally compelling and subliminal droning dark ambient album whose […]

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Embers Below Zero :: The Oblivion Sea (Shimmering Moods)

A rather poignant, isolationist, contemplative and semi acoustic ambient release with its enchanting, sorrowful and suspenseful moments. I’ve heard about this project a few times without having found the right occasion to go into the music more deeply. This new album published by Shimmering Moods rectifies it. Embers Below Zero is a young project with very […]

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ProtoU :: Khmaoch (Cryo Chamber)

Reverberated, resonant and massive lugubruous soundscapes are occasionally punctuated by green field recordings. Lack of time and being busy with my own projects I missed the last four Cryo Chamber releases (post Locus Arcadia albums). However I’ve decided to review this new ProtoU (formed by Sasha Cats, from Kiev) which after a first listening experience already […]

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Gaëtan Gromer :: Noise Level (VoxxoV)

With ability this album demonstrates a fruitful body of ideas which might continuously captivate the listener. Noise Level is warmly recommended for all listeners of passionate, experimental and immersive electronic music. This is the first time I’ve heard about Gaëtan Gromer with this digital promo from VoxxoV Records. His new album Noise Level sounds like […]

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Cathode Ray Tube :: Famous Monsters (Component)

Famous Monsters is easily recommended for listeners of dark space ambient crossovers nestled between Biosphere, Robert Henke and Loscil for stylistic similarity. Component is now a well known label for Igloo readers. I reviewed a few releases from two of their leading projects Snowbeasts and Pattern Behavior, both recommended for fans of dark challenging releases in modern […]

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Tehkla :: Yagé (Schematic Music Company)

A tripped-out mind travel based on abstract sound design and flexible electronic waves. To name an album with an explicit reference to this famous plant from the Latin American civilization promises to deliver lysergic soundscapes with irresistible psychic powers. This new effort is signed by Tehkla for Schematic Music Company—a historical and highly productive label specialized […]

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Dimitar Dodovski :: Dérive (Shimmering Moods)

A fine collection of computerized and digital electronics, built around a dynamic structure which dives in an atmospheric dreamlike nebula. Based in the Netherlands Shimmering Moods records is progressively making its name in the field of contemporary craft based ambient music. Like on labels such as Time Released Sound, The white Lab, Cathedral Transmission, Triple […]

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Gnawed :: Pestilence Beholden (Malignant)

This Minneapolis based project carries on the path of uncompromising and solidly harsh noisy experiences. The soundscaping vein is utterly bleak, apocalyptic with massive industrial sections, droned-out textures and brutally black ambiences. With a release of a handful of tapes under a DIY approach Gnawed remains faithful to the rigorous underground tradition of the industrial-power […]

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Snowbeasts :: + – (M-Tronic)

Haunted synth-experimental project, blending the dark ambient genre, ghostly minimalism and electronic body music with a fancy for lysergic-cosmic weirdness. Haunted synth-experimental project, blending the dark ambient genre, ghostly minimalism and electronic body music with a fancy for lysergic-cosmic weirdness. This new album is welcomed by Paris based label M-Tronic. After a more archetypical but […]

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Haunted Me :: The Pale Ones (Self-Released)

The stylistic range on The Pale Ones oscillates between minimalist, droned-out sonic excursions and heavy post-rockin’ guitar elements. Coming from Reggio Calabria (Southern Italy) this new project formed by Claudio Begovic offers his first self-released EP freely available in digital format on Bandcamp. We do not know much about his music but this effort sounds promising, […]

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V/A :: The Echoing Black (Kalpamantra)

A recommended malicious industrial, noisy and cinematic ambient album and a quite effective post-apocalyptical soundtrack for your dark reflective moments. Kalpamantra is an active net-label since 2009 and specialized in blackened, noisy, tellurian and demonic  ambient music. Founded by musical journalist Steven D Williams (second manager at Malignant Records) Kalpamantra is exclusively devoted to digital […]

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Antikatechon :: I Feel Nothing but Repulsion (Rage in Eden)

I Feel Nothing but Repulsion embraces the path of Antikatechon original musical identity, with aural soundscapes based on enveloping, grainy and abrasive drone sequences which interact with more ethereal and semi melodious phrases. One regular dark-ambient project signed by the Polish Rage in Eden (previously known as War Office Propaganda and key label in the […]

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Randal Collier-Ford, Flowers for Bodysnatchers, Council of Nine, God Body Disconnect :: Locus Arcadia (Cryo Chamber)

Locus Arcadia is a celebration of metaphysical, cinematic space music with a sense of experimentation and a few challenging ideas in the sound art department. Now true leader and avid promoter of the dark ambient universe with Cyclic law, Malignant and Cold Spring, Cryo Chamber (founded a few years ago by Simon Heath of Atrium Carceri […]

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Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

A strange, obsessional, spooky and mysteriously menacing noisy ambient release. Drawing its path in the world of modern ambient music (from experimental, to noise, avant-folk, primitive then abstract tendencies), Shimmering Moods offers here a new beautifully hand-made and meticulously conceived edition. It welcomes the sound art and free-form noisy project Cynthia. Supposedly released by a […]

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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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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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Haruo Okada + Fabio Perletta :: Genkai (LINE)

A cross between micro-tonal electronics, processed acoustic textures and sound ecology. Fabio Perletta is an Italian sound artist (now living in Berlin) whose I discovered the music a couple of years ago with a series of editions for his own label Farmacia901. Perletta is also responsible of a number of publications from renown minimal soundscaping artists […]

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Video Premiere—Cynthia :: Between Two Worlds (Shimmering Moods)

If only you knew…. I would paint the release as dealing with the complexities and fragilities of close inter-personal relationships, when removed from the comforts of the established norms and place. The title track describes the slow process of disintegration and fracturing of such ties. An initial period calm is replaced by chaotic episodes, shifting […]

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Marshall Watson :: Sitting Near Dreaming EP (Seven Villas Music)

Sitting Near Dreaming is a medley between subtle ambient electronica and melodiously cinematic atmospheres. Efficient and inviting for listeners in quest of deep serenity and reflective mental states. Marshall Watson is a multi-directional sound artist, musical engineer and a DJ based in San Francisco. He also composes soundtracks on specific demands in the world of advertisement […]

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Ben Rath :: Forgiveness (Sound In Silence)

Forgiveness explores melancholic and grey textural drone ambiences with a dialogue between processed sounds (notably taken from the piano and the electric guitar), looped electronic patterns and mind-tripping reversed treatments. Young multi-faceted artist with roots into experimental ambient and instrumental shoegaze music Ben Rath already published no less than six full-length releases the last few […]

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Ian Boddy :: Tone Science (DiN)

The album contains a succinct collection of undulating and abstract soundscapes with a rather experimental and anti melodious shape, also reminiscent to some sort of avant garde and radical cosmic minimalism from Conrad Schnitzler. Founding father of the British electronic school of space music Ian Boddy is back to the control of his DiN laboratory to […]

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Deru :: 1979: Remixed (Friends of Friends)

1979: Remixed is made of remixes, passing the original tracks through diverse treatments, manipulations and arrangements which are not meaningless or absurd, sometimes revealing or bringing to light muted aspects of the original tracks. Deru is the creative sound art project of electronic music designer Benjamin Wynn, located in Los Angeles. The trajectory of this project […]

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José Soberanes :: The Rising Tide (Whitelabrecs)

A pleasant and diversified collection of free form and slowly moving soothing drone ambiences enriched by green field recordings and minimal melodic sounding acoustic sequences. José Soberanes is a young sound designer and organic ambient artist coming Mexico. He is also the manager of Nova Fund netlabel. He already released a few digital / small CDr […]

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Nimh :: Circles of the Vain Prayers (Rage in Eden)

A very sensorial and tripped out hypnotic avant-folk ambient album. For those who are not yet familiar with the work of Giuseppe Verticchio (Nimh), this Rome-based artist has created a handful of ethno-ritual, soothing and ominous industrial drone releases for labels such as Silentes, Eibon and Rage in Eden. Circle of the Vain Prayers appears […]

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Mark Lyken :: The Terrestrial Sea (Important)

A very welcomed work made of intuitive, inventive soundscapes which are way recommended for listeners into the philosophy or phenomenology of sound art. Scotland based sound designer and multi-media artist Mark Lyken has developed a collection of rare cinematic experiences, notably in collaboration with Emma Dove. My first immersion into his work was with his […]

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Ionophore :: Sinter Pools (Malignant)

Sinter pools is a dark, ethereal and glitchy electronic album with moments of thrilling aspirations and post-modern inspired sound morphologies. A good musical discovery which demands several listening sessions before it could be fully appreciated. Based in San Francisco, Ionophore is an isolationist, noisy and eclectic experimental ambient trio formed by Jan Hendrich (a.k.a. Qepe), […]

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Tarotplane :: First (Aguirre)

This debut Tarotplane release is absolutely recommended for fans of classic Kosmische music, proto-ambient works as well as challenging post-rockin’ adventures. PJ Dorsey is a musician from Baltimore, MD who formed the modern psychedelic electro rockin’ project Tarotplane. I discovered his first album published by Aguirre some time ago. It made a great impression, reviving […]

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Phoenix York :: Quiet Mutations (Remixes and Reworks) (Buried Standing)

This album is a collection of touching, subjective and introspective ambient hymns where micro-tonal melodies meet occasional experimental elements and softly moving electronic dreaminess. After a beautifully evocative and impressionistic ambient effort published in 2014 (review here), the Canadian sound designer and electronic artist Phoenix York is back with a new album which mainly consist […]

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