Post Tagged with: "Ambient"

Keith Berry :: Elixir (Invisible Birds)

‘From the more visible we must turn now towards the increasingly less visible which is also most revealing and most true’ (Philippe Jaccottet, Landscapes with Absent Figures) Quote from Invisible Birds, purveyors of hand-packaged ltd. ed. wares ‘evocative of  memory, transcendence, birds, landscape, and nothingness.’ We’re told ‘forms of memory, nothingness and the sublime may include: birdsongs, […]

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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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Roel Funcken :: Balaklavskiy prospex (Funckarma.com)

Balaklavskiy prospex generates just as much energy as the nearest supernova remnants, and is perhaps best suited as the backdrop to these spectacular events. Roel Funcken, probably the most prolific musician of abstract electronic music this side of the galaxy, continues his foray into mind-altering sonic extractions. Balaklavskiy prospex bends and twists its way through […]

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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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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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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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Delayscape :: Aether (ZCKR)

For all intents and purposes it looked like Delayscape would remain a digital artist, popping up here and there with a track or a tape. ZCKR have taken the step and rightfully brought him to vinyl. An album of cheerful and soulful electronics, one that is soothing and utterly charming. In a less than obvious […]

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Lav & Purl :: A State of Becoming (A Strangely Isolated Place)

Through A State of Becoming, Lav & Purl are trying to express the interconnectedness of all things, a strong concept reflected in its thematic, melodic and compositional consistency. One can easily get lost in the album. With the sheer volume of of new music vying for our weekly—if not daily—attention, it feels like the age […]

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Analept :: Sternweite (Xtraplex)

Sternweite is a welcomed foray into IDM’s kick-off years, the nostalgic flare for polished, tempered, and downtrodden harmonies is ever-present from start to end, proving easily that Xtraplex knows how to unearth treasures buried deep in Belgian soil. Belgian net-label Xtraplex released Analept’s Sternweite in November 2016, a flickering look back into times gone by. […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #4 appetite for distraction

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camp-ed up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #4.  Gailes is Benoît Pioulard, late-period ambient mode engaged (cf. Sonnet, Stanza, Thine), and long-time student of decay, sustain & release, Rafael Anton Irisarri—guitar-y, synth-y, studio savvy. Previous dronership, solo and duo (Orcas), doesn’t quite […]

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Nonima :: Recur (Section 27)

Recur is choke-full of mechanically-infused electronic mayhem that is ever so lightly shielded by its tranquilized downtrodden shimmer. Section 27 founder Nonima (aka Tam Ferrans) reveals Recur, a diverse and abstract electronic abyss that segues into and out of consciousness. Take the opening “Recursor” as a starting point—elongated sounds from another galaxy expand and contract […]

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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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Sone Urbia :: Theros (Helikon)

Two tracks of blackened industrial ambience, tarred techno smeared with soot. Alienating and undeniably estranging, Sone Urbia’s music seeks the negative side of the spectrum. The world we live in is changing. A statement that is being bandied about a lot at the minute. Trump. Brexit. The rise of the right. The western world is changing. […]

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Sceptre Fretpen :: PLUGH (Sparkwood)

PLUGH carefully unwraps (these) introspective, nuanced and alluring downtempo/ambient flurries. A soundtrack haven for questioning souls on this circular cosmic spot. Delve into electrical fields and majestic strings, distilled beats and soft rhythms, PLUGH from Sceptre Fretpen at the helm. Somewhere between calm guitar flicks and downtempo streams, “Thin Abyss” elicits all that is tranquil and fluid in […]

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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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Autechre :: Incunabula, Amber, Tri-Repetae (Warp)

As cynical one might feel about reissues, however, they can sometimes be nothing short of stellar, absolutely warranted, and in the case of much out of print early Autechre, long overdue. For the longest time there’s been something incongruous about the idea of listening to Autechre on vinyl, a medium whose inherent limitations Booth and […]

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V/A :: Unboxed Brain (De:Tuned)

Brainbox, and now Unboxed Brain, shows the range that exists within this almost limitless genre. Embrace the factory floor. Pull close to your bosom the clatter and clang of the warehouse.   I was out the other weekend here in Madrid, went to a club night where Daniele Cosmo, of Lux Rec, and me mate […]

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TAPE :: Transmissions 10

In the true dichotomy that is the tape release world, we’ve continued to trawl the digital world to search out some of the finest tape releases for your ears. Despite a fair degree of searching it feels like we are only just touching the surface of the DIY tape world. Presented here is a small […]

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V/A :: Covert II EP (De:Tuned / Touched Music)

From sweaty floor to Saturday armchair, Covert II will provide. There’s always a certain amount of media fanfare about the prospect of a “supposed” Aphex Twin release. A whisper of Richard D. James is as much tantalising click-bait for the electronic music nut as the promise of celebrity nudity is to your local lad. Covert […]

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Goodbye, but not farewell :: Femur Mix

I was lucky enough to get behind the turntables there in November of 2015, a mangled and mashed warm up mix before Alessandro Parisi and Juanpablo rounded off a cracking Frigio Showcase. Never got round to doing a track list and hence the wait, only took 18 months! Friday night. Rain. Hail. Oppressive heat. Round […]

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Earthen Sea :: An Act of Love (Kranky)

Rather than just relying on echoed synth stabs or reverb-drenched reggae samples, the Earthen Sea variety of dub builds from a foundation of sustained, morphing drones and swells. I was at work, fighting back the email threatening to take over my life like electronic kudzu, when the promo pack for Jacob Long’s next release as […]

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Robert Rich :: Premonitions / Vestiges (Vinyl-on-Demand / Soundscape Productions)

Robert Rich’s restless spirit still retains a collagist’s wicked sense of the surreal, how to both jostle and juxtapose sounds and enhance the molecular divisions between silence and signal. He has long been a champion, enthusiast, and expert knob twiddler of the given technology of the day, but his exploratory nature has found him straddling electroacoustic interfaces […]

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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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Ioannis Savaidis :: NSA Trusted Networks (Lower Parts)

The coldness of the machine only appears in the higher notes, frost clinging to them as they descend from the stratosphere. Structures are transparent, plates slide, collide and slip past one another as solidity is reduced to a concept. There’s no point in approaching Lower Parts with a pre-set idea. The Athenian imprint has proven […]

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The Exaltics :: 10 Million Light Years EP (Solar One)

It’s great to keep the old days alive, to celebrate those that started everything, but I’d be inclined to think that we are now living in the day of electro and the sooner we realize that, and support it, the better. Electronic music is just as retrospective as it is future gazing. For a sound […]

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Sebastian Reuschel :: The World is Shit (ZCKR)

Across two tracks, some twenty five minutes of music, field recordings, live music and machine groans are brought together. I’d the recent joy of moving flat. I know moving is a pain in the arse for anybody, but for the record collector it’s an especially harrowing experience. Boxing up two thousand plus records is no […]

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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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Theory :: Red Book EP (Mindtrick)

Theory (aka Russian native Antuan Graftio), elicits a turbulent, muddy and distopian musical trove within each piece. Theory delivers for Mindtrick, what Tangent did in for the imprint a few years ago on 1mk2. The difference, however, is that Theory manages to unleash a more robust industrial influence, whereas Tangent was described as being “inspired […]

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