Post Tagged with: "Ambient"

Boulderdash :: Just some parsecs away from home (DSM / Audionaut Capsule)

Boulderdash manage to hone their vintage IDM skills, finding new ways to thread emotive melodies, all the while utilizing hardware to create soft sound escapes for background listening. Sweden’s Daniel Skaborn and Hans Möller (aka Boulderdash)—one of the burgeoning IDM producers in the late 90s and early 00s—continue to manipulate sound inside quaint, melodic time capsules. Pro […]

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Midday Static :: Ektachrome (Self-Released)

References, contrasts and comparisons aside, Midday Static fine tunes his sound with Ektachrome, an album that is lively and condensed in a thick kaleidoscopic downbeat stew. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Dylan Boyd (aka Midday Static) understands how to combine those early inspirational Boards of Canada sounds with textured guitar works of his own. Last years Kodachrome rested on fuzzier static […]

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Dalham :: Waves (Public House Recordings)

Via a variant of woozy tape-saturated electronica that’s at once caustic and caressing, it boldly blurs signifiers of new brutalism and beautiful places. News of a new release whose mix of sci-fi and blue-skied synth is sure to win hearts and minds of Boards and Ghost Box buffs alike. Newcomer Dalham‘s Waves shares both those artists’ musico-cultural coordinates, and likemind hauntology—along with […]

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Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri :: La Equidistancia (A Strangely Isolated Place)

La Equidistancia somehow manages to attain an ambient purity you rarely find these days, the material tuned to individual temperament regardless of what that may be. This emotional neutrality is paired with a breathtaking immediacy achieved within a strikingly economic timescale, this being a racy forty-two minute excursion pressed on a single, snowy-marbled vinyl LP. […]

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Crisopa :: Transhumante (Self-Released)

Crisopa eschews solemn, melancholic, and instrumental streams of colorful sound. Lively and draped in emotively calm layers. In late January 2017, Crisopa (aka Madrid-based Santiago Lizón) took a splinter break from n5MD and released Transhumante, an extended 7-track digital album. His previous two titles on n5MD were vibrant shoegaze-electronics etched with fuzzy melodic treasures that still echo to this day. With […]

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Enabl.ed :: Tipsy Haux 2.0 (Clean Error)

Overflowing robust beatwork and rugged melodic strands are featured start to end. If Toytronic was the go-to imprint for brittle and punchy IDM of the past, Clean Error would be today’s. Also tagged as being “Resprayed with Love,” Clean Error label boss Jimmy Batista (aka Enabl.ed) finally releases Tipsy Haux 2.0— which almost slipped away—now with six extra […]

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Geotic :: Abysma (Ghostly International)

There’s never a dull moment on Abysma, and casting it as “passive listening” does it a bit of a disservice, in fairness. It’s a magical work, and a perfect soundtrack to all those hours spent at home during the transition from frosty spring into the glowing summer months. One of the refreshing things about Will […]

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Esem :: Enveloped – Remaster (Digital Edition)

Enveloped was a thing of beauty back in 2002, but be under no illusions: this new remastered edition is a revelation. The deFocus imprint launched way back in the year 2000 with a small compilation titled Do You See? It then set about releasing a bevvy of ambitious and creatively fertile releases from the likes […]

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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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BITS & PIECES with Daigo Hanada

Last February Japanese composer and pianist Daigo Hanada released his debut solo piano album on Montreal’s boutique imprint Moderna. Ichiru is made of eleven beautiful piano miniatures and a full-length closing piece written in Berlin and Tokyo and recorded using only an upright piano, a pair of microphones and Hanada’s two hands. Iglooview is in […]

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Monoform :: Mea Culpa (Touched Music)

Monoform crafts definitive basslines, mechanized beatwork, and slightly chilled-ambient noodling—consistently leaning on distant, dense and mysterious/melodic sonic sculpting. Yet another benchmark release by Touched (Music For Macmillan Cancer Support), this time from Birmingham-based Monoform (aka Craig Howell) with the 10-piece Mea Culpa album. Seemingly out of nowhere, and well-received around these parts, Mea Culpa comes highly recommended. […]

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Aquarium to Warren Raww :: The many habitats of Natural Sciences (Interview & Mix)

Then you meet those who refuse to adhere (to the spiral staircase of genres), who defy the norms and set their own standards. Manchester’s Natural Sciences would come under this banner. I’ve always used labels as a reference point to get a handle on electronic music. True, that guide rail isn’t as important as when […]

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The Caretaker :: Everywhere At The End Of Time (HAFTW)

In September 2016, The Caretaker was diagnosed with early onset dementia, beginning an inevitably finite journey into the realms of degenerative memory loss. This journey is set to be cataloged in six separate reports, a historic document of loss, progression and disintegration, with Stage One documented immediately. Here we experience the first signs of memory […]

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Eff Dst :: Blackout (Hymen)

Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark on soundtrack-driven environments as a propulsive bass assault shimmies its way throughout. Somewhere in the mist between foggy, dark industrial-tinged tones and lighter dub-ambient washes, Eff Dst (aka Belarus-based Sound Engineer, Dmitry Stepnov) delivers a contagious electronic album for Hymen titled Blackout. Dense, fluid, and evolved, piano keys embark […]

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V/A :: Source Book 1 (Raster-Noton)

The markers that identify the boundaries of the label’s surface area — techno, ambient, musiqué concrete — are on display, and the terrain inside them is mapped and signposted with the selection of twelve tracks spanning the last twenty years of releases. Raster-Noton have, in their own words, always tried to be more than a […]

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V/A :: Planned Obsolescence (Analogic Density)

Planned Obsolescence is a collection of organic abhorrence. Techno sown in toxic soil, allowed to grow in a caustic fog of feedback and spread. An interesting collective has taken root under the Analogic Density banner, one steeped in the traditions of Italian techno, bred on analogue instruments and discontent. 2017 means new possibilities, and a […]

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Dreissk :: To Nowhere (n5MD), “The Eye Can See” Video Premiere

Dreissk returns with his 3rd full-length album. Igloo Magazine is honored to premiere the video for the album’s opener, “The Eye Can See.” Press release from n5MD: To Nowhere is the 3rd full-length album from Undead Labs sound designer/composer Kevin Patzelt’s Dreissk project. The album features Patzelt’s now recognizable post-apocalyptic slant on ambient, post-rock and industrial […]

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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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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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