Post Tagged with: "Ambient"

Levels :: Levels (Umor Rex)

Tuning into and out of phase, Levels’ debut finds solace within the microscopic confines of broken industrial fragments, digging for lost rhythmic bits, and assembling them via a cohesive, and subdued energy. Tuning into and out of phase, Levels’ debut finds solace within the microscopic confines of broken industrial fragments, digging for lost rhythmic bits, […]

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MacroNoise :: Various Species EP (The Crime League)

A return to form, MacroNoise (aka Tomas Sebesta) exhibits continual growth and sound maturation with Various Species, five pieces crossing a wide-angle foray into organic (live) bass wobbling and ethereal electronics. A return to form, MacroNoise (aka Tomas Sebesta) exhibits continual growth and sound maturation with Various Species, five pieces crossing a wide-angle foray into […]

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Aeon Waves :: Mute Angel EP (Mindtrick)

A brisk and beautiful exploration through sound, vision, and voices that is well worth the trip. This four track by India-based Aeon Waves has been in constant rotation, its mesmerizing swirl of ambient downtempo dub, and subconscious voices is almost too emotional to take in one sitting. Like drifting into the atmosphere over the Pacific […]

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V/A :: Nature of Chaos Vol. 1 (ELM Collective)

Nature of Chaos Vol. 1 flashes skewed electronic listening music—punishing the ears with tangled sub-genre elements and tugging firmly on the heartstrings. A relatively new compilation (November 2017) that flashes skewed electronic listening music—punishing the ears with tangled sub-genre elements and tugging firmly on the heartstrings. 15 cuts with articulated and bubbling technoid shades (ie. […]

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SubtractiveLAD :: Valve & Ellipsis double review (Self-released)

Valve and Ellipsis follow a similar musical register where flexible tones, dense layers of sounds and aerial guitars lead the listener to a personal quest, to a feeling of deep quietness, flying the vast inner cosmical immensity. Stephen Hummell (aka SubtractiveLAD) is a multifaceted ambient based guitarist and quite prolific sound producer in the universe of DIY and […]

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Xurba :: Epikýrosi tou Dasikoú Pnévmatos (Electric Studios)

A manifest of intergalactic drones, tones, and serene landscapes. Xurba (aka Will Brazier-Smith) has traversed a few genres over the years, from brittle nostalgia-infused downtempo, to roughened clip-hop stints, to surreal ambient plateaus with a growing discography to boot. The latter is precisely where his latest album Epikýrosi tou Dasikoú Pnévmatos lands—its core is a […]

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V/A :: DRMN (Rakun0)

Subtle, nuanced, foggy electrical tones evolve and devolve seamlessly, making for a musical foray that is abstract yet moving. Spread over an hour, each musician manipulates brisk beats, bass, and tiny bleeps without over the top experimentation. Along the way, they manage to straddle the lines between soft to medium density electronic music. A culmination of […]

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Jvox :: Funhouse (Component)

Casual yet chaotic, serene yet skewed, Jvox manipulates sound like no other—ultimately making Funhouse its own contagious entity. Welcome back Jvox—one of my favorite musicians from the early 2000s! He comes in full-steam ahead on the wacky, glee-filled, downtempo beauty that is Funhouse. Have a listen to “Don’t Be Afraid” to get a sampling of […]

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V/A :: Golpea Tu Cerebro (Insane Muzak)

Golpea Tu Cerebro is no fluffy retrospective of Spanish electronics. This is jagged music, unpolished and bare emotion. An audio assault of crude works, the collection, and its 50 page booklet, is a hoarse scream of protest, a trembling shriek against near four decades of censorship and close-mindedness. It’s a curious occurrence how retrospective the […]

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Glimlicht :: Expressionistic Chrome (Shimmering Moods)

An absorbing, isolationist and ghostly ambient release that will ravish fans of William Basinski, The Caretaker, and Philip Jeck’s intoxicating, mnemonic electronic melancholia. Tremendously hypnotic and looped-based ambient work built on short repetitive fragments, with sombre, eerie and melancholic distorted micro melodies. One of our favorite DIY indie labels is back with a new release […]

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Cialyn :: The Lone Thistle EP (Kahvi)

A gorgeous EP of refined and detuned synths, drums, samples, found sound, and fuzzy voices far off in the distance. Boards Of Canada’s Music Has The Right To Children (Warp/Matador, 1998) was the theme to my high-school days—cascading through downbeat, nostalgic bliss, it hasn’t aged a bit. Even though the Scottish brothers continue to (slowly) amass a […]

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S>>D :: Co Intel Pro (Central Processing Unit)

Co In Pro is easily primed for the top shelves of listeners interested in definitive electronics with punctuated rhythm bursts. Both movement-based and armchair ready, Co Intel Pro is a fantastic (debut) album that crosses genre confines and maintains its futuristic, robotic, soundtrack-laden, and contagious trajectory. Consistently on the forefront of experimental electronic music, Sheffield-based Central […]

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Displacer :: Missing Warriors (Component)

Plenty of moods, variations and sound colors, timbral exploration make this organic and drone release worth the discovery. Recommended for fans of Robert Henke, Atomine Elektrine, Biosphere et al, and an instant favorite from Component’s latest productions. Displacer (aka Michael Morton) is a IDM and chill-out ambient music entity coming from Toronto. This project has […]

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Yomgaille :: Repetition and Motion EP (Kahvi)

Repetition and Motion delivers a nostalgic blur, its vintage synthesizer drones, tones, buzzes and warm hums meld around crisp beatwork. I drove straight into Yomgaille’s sound with blinders on, not knowing what to expect, except to understand that the ever-dependable Kahvi Collective can certainly churn some fine electronic butter. Repetition and Motion delivers a nostalgic […]

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Larvae :: Ghost Dubs EP (The Crime League)

A sparse and strange affair. Part dub, part ambient, part soundtrack, part drone, all rolled into one short, intriguing package. Larvae’s latest—the Ghost Dubs EP—is a sparse and strange affair. Part dub, part ambient, part soundtrack, part drone, all rolled into one short, intriguing package. In all honesty it has required repeated listenings to get a handle […]

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Christian Kleine Compilation :: Stream an exclusive track from the forthcoming (ASIP)

A Strangely Isolated Place have ventured further out of their ambient hunting grounds than ever before with the forthcoming Electronic Music From The Lost World (1998–2001), a collection of previously unreleased Kleine tracks rescued from old DATs and pressed onto sumptuous, transparent green double-vinyl. Igloo is proud to present an exclusive stream of “Somehow” from […]

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Gouldenberg :: First Expedition (Self-Released)

Soundscapes are constantly imaginative, chilling and menacing, mainly articulated on vintage synthesized-like textures, various electronic manipulations and catchy if not darkly moving melodies. Gouldenberg is a young synthscaping project coming from St. Petersburg, Russia. After a first release published in 2015 and titled Nyctophilia, the project is back with a new release First Expedition. The […]

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Subskan :: Ambidextrous Asylums (Hymen)

Ambidextrous Asylums performs the heroic celebration of industrial production—and then narrates its post-modern obliteration. An entire factory complex is crushed down into a single, blankly-blinking bank of computers. The shadowy hand-almond of a smartphone has killed entire regions. DJ and producer Subskan (aka Jean-Marx Polet) remains within a warp of obscurity—the German label behind his […]

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MacroNoise :: My Steps Lead Backwards EP (Kahvi)

A well-balanced sojourn through sublime organic-electronic realms. Four crisp, brisk, and punchy tracks from MarcroNoise (aka Prague-based Tomáš Šebesta) for the Kahvi Collective this time around. Back in August (2017) we absorbed the artists’ Caravan Planet EP which yielded “a meandering electrical calm worth diving into.” With My Steps Lead Backwards, MacroNoise let’s it all out. […]

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Gail Priest :: Heraclitus in Iceland (Metal Bitch)

A reflective, cerebral and moodily introspective travel through natural elements and atmospheres of deep quietness. Gail Priest is an Australian sound artist and organic ambient music composer who has been active since a handful years. Notable materials have been released on her own label and also on Kate Carr’s DIY independent label Flaming Pines in […]

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Lingua Lustra :: Truth Rings Like A Bell (Shimmering Moods )

This new effort carries on timbral explorations and sonic soundscapes, this time with a focus on the psych-acoustic impact of bells resonances. Lingua Lustra is one hyper-productive project curated by Albert Borkent. This sound alchemist and craft-based ambient music producer has just released his new album on Shimmering Moods for an alluring digital/cdr edition available […]

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WE FORFEIT (Mix 2) :: It’s cold at the bus stop

Ooft. Fierce nip the air these days. Madrid’s temperatures have plummeted and Chris and myself have knocked together some music to reflect those wintery moods as well as tracks to warm your cockles to. Ooft. Fierce nip the air these days. Madrid’s temperatures have plummeted and Chris Robertson and myself have knocked together some music […]

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Robert Logan :: Pop EP (Slowfoot)

A foray into new territory combining his knowledge of classical music with atmospherics and just a hint of a more beat oriented approach. When a new Robert Logan release appears we here at Igloo sit up and take notice. This is because his work appears to be that of someone who’s been composing for twenty […]

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Eusebeia :: Realization EP (Mindtrick)

A quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Eusebeia returns to Mindtrick with Realization, a quaint four-track EP that reveals finer dubstep elements—casually drifting, falling, and fading away. Early this year we examined the Introversion EP described as “midnight sonic emissions.” This release follows a similar path, its downtempo […]

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Nuanae :: Ryð EP (Kaer’Uiks)

Ryð is a refreshing and engaged five-track extended player that effortlessly crosses the wires between mechanical and instrumental production. Nuanae’s sound, as a result, sways back and forth between classic IDM and current-era electronic experimentation. Earlier this year, Nuanae’s Clusters And Refractions EP was described as “creating sparse dystopian worlds of dysfunctional audio beauty. A visceral post-IDM charcoal […]

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Vizier of Damascus :: Bukhara Kites Part One (Rednetic)

Tumbling arpeggios shift to splayed hip-hop breaks and wonky Eastern melody whilst TV documentary samples and short, pretty vignettes conjure further atmospherics on this wildly inventive and strange long player. UK-based producer, recording artist and sound designer, Arfan Ezra Munir Rai, steps up in his Vizier of Damascus guise with an LP of blunted mysticism […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #7 stuff made of dreams which are

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 #7.    Ambient/folk-gaze maven, Benoît Pioulard, has Lignin Poise, on Beacon Sound. Forget his pop/folk-y fluff, this is the stuff made of dreams which are!—another of those hazy slow falls inwards with airy guitar and a […]

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][uron :: Tracks 2008-2010 (Self-Released)

Tracks 2008-2010 is a great starting point for the Huron sound—a musical curriculum vitae that features relaxed, next-level electronic audio-works. From post-industrial slivers to dark-ambient realms, soundtrack-driven themes are elevated to reveal new layers of isolation. Steffen Schröder (better known as the prolific Huron) has been on my radar for several years. Continuing to cultivate futuristic […]

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Release your ears 7.0 :: Daniel Brandt, Saagara, Hidden Orchestra

Three titles that are piquing our ears lately—it’s our attempt to point you to some notable releases worth investigating regardless of genre. Our staff at igloomag.com continually sifts through a plethora of music in an effort to—at the very least—direct you to some interesting releases we may or may not have written about in full […]

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