Articles By: Philippe Blache

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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Maurizio Abate & Matteo Uggeri :: Beyond Time (Time Released Sound)

A recommended effort which successes to launch a bridge between folk-ish experimentation, electro-acoustic paradigms and minimal ambient soundscapes. Well known for his chamber post-rock orchestra Sparkle in Grey as well as his numerous friendship collaborations (with Deison, Andrea Ferraris, Francesco Giannico…) The Milan based sound artist Matteo Uggeri is back with one nicely made and […]

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Snowbeasts :: Rmx (M-Tronic)

Beautifully creepy, hypnotic, with brooding and tense atmospheres seconded by an avalanche of electronic grooves obtained by the machines. A few months after the publication of their innovative and futurist electronic downtempo (+ –), Snowbeasts duet (Robert Galbraith and Elizabeth Virosa) is back on the France’s M-Tronic imprint for an album exclusively made of remixes […]

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Lost Trail :: The Lost Trail Orchestra (Shimmering Moods)

The Lost Trail Orchestra gives a large space to warm layers of fuzzed-out guitar drones seconded by dream-pop melodies, concrete noises and minimal patterns. Shimmering Moods is back with two new autumnal albums in the craft based ambient / modern classical / semi-experimental genres: Selected Piano Works by π∆ππ and Lost Trail’s The Lost Trail […]

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meanwhile.in.texas :: Twin God Fragments (Orb Tapes)

Twin God Fragment is an articulated collection of buzzing, weird and abrasive drone rituals mainly delivered by a vast array of pedal noise effects, electric guitar and feedback. Angelo Guido carries on his personal sonic voyage with a new recommended industrially tainted noise ambient release. Orb Tapes is a new label devoted to home made, uncompromising […]

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Ascanio Borga :: Raw Science (Sonic Boundaries)

Raw Science deliberately embraces a more sonic and claustrophobic sound universe where crackling industrial noises are melted with tripped out and freezing black noise textures. Asciano Borga is one discreet but continuously creative sound artist coming from Rome and whose objective is to cross various fields of electronic experimentation, from retro-ish cosmic synth excursion to vaporous […]

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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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