Post Tagged with: "Dark Ambient"

HEXA :: Factory Photographs (Room40)

Tuning into this 10-track album, and one instantly finds the brooding lost-worlds of abandoned factories evident right from the start. As described on the liner notes, “HEXA is Lawrence English and Jamie Stewart. Factory Photographs is their soundtrack to David Lynch’s evocative exploration of the passing of the industrial age.” Tuning into this 10-track album, […]

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Day Before Us :: Nihil Interit (Rage in Eden)

Each track develops its own atmosphere, sometimes mysteriously cinematic and underpinned by wistful melodies. Day Before Us is a French based project which originally blends textured electronics with a strong lyrical sensibility of somber beauty. The project was formed in 2011 by Philippe Blache. Titled Nihil Interit, this new album is the third published by […]

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Elsewhereness revisited #3 :: Party Like It’s 1991

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, ’tube-d, ’cloud-ed, and ’camped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #3 1991 made waves in 2012 with High-Tech High-Life (Opal Tapes)—chewy New Age synth ‘n’ soundscapes laced with arpeggiating timbres and shimmering drones, and self-titled (Astro:Dynamics)–IDM-y sounds shot through with post-ambient forms and off-kilter melodies, while his Skogen, Flickan Och […]

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Loscil :: Monument Builders (Kranky)

Loscil has crafted a multilayered, hauntingly beautiful and addictive piece of music that flows smoothly through the veins like a powerful drug (minus the side effects) and percolates deep into the heart. Eccentric sound architect Scott Morgan returns as Loscil via Kranky to deliver his latest idiosyncratic ambient creation, Monument Builders. You never know what […]

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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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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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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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Crotaphytus :: Acanthosaura (Further)

A fascinating mix of live shots, library music, field recordings and cold hard machine sounds from this pioneering pair. Crotaphytus. Who? It’s not a name you hear very often, but the members of this group have made a pretty big impact on electronic music in their short careers: Robert Witschakowski and Nico Jagiella. This pair […]

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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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Shimmer Crush :: These Four Walls (The Crime League)

Above all else, there appears to be a luminous veil in the underpinnings of These Four Walls, a personal struggle that the artist reveals via lost mechanical data streams floating in the air. Shimmer Crush (aka Laurel Daugherty-Seto) opens up an account with Toronto’s The Crime League, run by Michael Morton (aka Displacer). Within These […]

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A WINTER TRANSMISSION :: Scann-Tec, Marconi Union, AES Dana feat. Miktek, Hoshin,Tortusa

Soon the autumn ghosts will start creeping in and winter will follow. Time to arm ourselves with some suitable, mysterious caressing sounds. Scann-Tec :: Unyt (Ultimae) The Russian producer Vladislav Isaev (a.k.a. Scann-Tec), returns to the influential French purveyor of ambient, downtempo electronica and progressive trance, but this time with a full-length album. Any Ultimae […]

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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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Luciano Lamanna :: In Vitro (Multiple)

Lamanna’s musical musings are far from clipped, most of his offerings are well into the seven minute mark. And this is what distinguishes his style. Tracks grow into themselves, steadily developing, morphing and mutating into beasts of cold beauty. I’ve mentioned before the trouble I have with keeping up with Luciano Lamanna’s productivity. I’m glad […]

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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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Beyond The Bristol Sound… Subtext to Fluid Audio

A post-card from Bristol—post-trip hop, drum’nbass, dubstep, a view beyond The Bristol Sound. Alan Lockett surveys the field, and picks out new sounds from Subtext, Sullen Tone, and Fluid Audio. Moving to Bristol in the 90s offered a vantage point from which to view the rise of a group of artists whose time had come, media-constructed as […]

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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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Glanko & Daniel Bailey :: Isometrik EP (Hidden Shoal)

Running parallel elements you might encounter alongside Loess and Loscil, each piece opens vivid laid-back sound arrays, textures, tones and trips. Two friends taking different musical paths—Glanko filtering glitch-data streams and electronics (ref. Igloo’s 2014 Alset review released on Halbsicht), Daniel Bailey on the guitarist/songwriter spectrum—bring together their strengths on the Isometrik EP with Australia’s expansive Hidden Shoal imprint. A 4-track, […]

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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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Day Before Us :: Enlightening Secrecy (Triple Moon)

Droning and brooding textured electronic sequences are joined by melodious acoustic lines. Making its name in the understated underground music scene, Day Before Us is at the intersection of various musical registers, from moodily atmospheric ambient, to ethereal dark wave with an emotionally evocative and soundtracky vibe. In five years a number of physical releases […]

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Eraldo Bernocchi & Shinkiro :: In Praise of Shadows (SSSM)

Though subtle indeed, In Praise of Shadows summons a certain dis-ease, a sense of the shy and the paranoid, as if the listening mind were an incarnation of the artwork gracing the album. Much of the music made by Eraldo Bernocchi resides on the broken edges of faith, hope and compassion. More sanguine than exsanguinating, Shinkiro (Manabu Hiramoto), whose work […]

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Balance / Lucianno Lamanna :: Double review (Scudiera / Subsound)

There’s a revival of techno in Italy and Lamanna, and like-minded musicians, are at the coal face. Psychological, at times bordering on serpentine, a deep and brooding sound has been sculpted out of ashen images and industrial clatter. It can be hard to keep up with artists, some more so than others. At times it […]

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Honzo :: Melancholia (Arboretum)

This is dark, lonely music; terrifying in one respect and cruelly honest. And within this rawness, this discord, there are wonderful moments. One of the wonders of Berlin is its mixture of people, cultures, influences. This mix in turn attracts others and the brew becomes even more diverse and varied. For years Germany’s capital has […]

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Kane Ikin :: Modern Pressure (Type)

Ikin harnesses various trajectories, folding early ’80s industrial and no wave into techno’s pulse, dub’s low end, and eerie Carpenter-esque menace. Drones loom and static sparks in these unheimlich maneuvres; minimal beats and synth draped in queasy ambience. Half a decade as half of Solo Andata, and Kane Ikin is alone, his musical mood darkened, more hermetic and isolationist. Following the […]

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Five questions with Keosz

From the depths of Slovakia Erik Osvald a.k.a. Keosz speaks briefly about inspiration, musical influences and of course his debut album, Be Left to Oneself—an enchanting ambient drone voyage pulsing with undulating electricity. A strong emotional core intensified by impressive sound design makes Be Left to Oneself truly addictive. Not many ambient albums can keep […]

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V/A :: Mid Atlantic Death (Great Circles)

A compilation of contrasts set in the rust clad cast of Great Circles. If you wanted to crack this Philadelphia label, sample its metallic taste and hear what their sound is all about; get listening. Anyone following what I write…God love ya! Nah, seriously; anyone following my poorly punctuated rants (and thanks for doing so!) […]

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2 8 1 4 :: 新しい日の誕生 (Dream Catalogue)

新しい日の誕生 (Birth of a New Day) isn’t an album that begins, it’s one you arrive at, as if slowly waking from a fever dream in the back of a car approaching that purple, neon-tinged city pictured on the cover. Don’t you just hate being late to the party? All the good music has already been […]

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