Post Tagged with: "Kosmische"

x.y.r. :: Labyrinth (Not Not Fun)

But topography, albeit figuratively, still figures as Labyrinth‘s decaying synth and faded sonorities eponymously model meandering inner zones with ‘six misty, mystic chambers of dreams, drones, delirium, and phased percussion, spiraling in slow, sacred arcs.’  On Labyrinth, his vinyl debut for LA Exotic Moods Enhancers Not Not Fun, retro-futurist synth seer x.y.r. ‘coaxes hushed auras of keys, metronomes, […]

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Between Interval :: Legacy (Spotted Peccary Music)

Legacy does not reinvent the genre, but certainly refreshes it in a spellbinding manner. This is space music in its finest form. Lush, liquid, and entirely ethereal. Ten tracks of intoxicating propulsive circular beauty. Any ambient electronica aficionado who wasn’t asleep during the last thirteen years, certainly heard of Stefan Strand’s Between Interval project at […]

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The Lure of the Synth :: Forma & Steve Hauschildt enchant with new albums on Kranky

“I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of all, you have to be a musician in order to make music with a synthesizer.” (Robert Moog) Ah…those velvet lush pads, endless sparkling arpeggios, sharp basslines and liquid lead sounds. Those crafty, intelligent machines, little and sometimes enormous, in the right hands can create […]

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x.y.r. :: Mental Journey To B.C. (Not Not Fun)

Vladimir Karpov floats fetid Formanta-mini (‘vintage Soviet keytar‘) loops and neo-vaporwave wibble over soft primitivist machine rhythms backlit with a mezzotint of remote insect drone and fictive field sounds. The usual paradigm for retro-lounge fantasist x.y.r. (‘Xram Yedinennogo Razmuwlenuja’*) is one of illusory worlds–be it lost cities of gold (El Dorado), polar oblivion (Arktika), or […]

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3VIEW :: Maps & Diagrams / x.y.r. (Handstitched*)

We catch up on three recent releases from Tim Martin’s Handstitched* imprint, two from the head of the house with his Maps & Diagrams hat on and one from relatively unknown Russian Vladimir Karpov, aka x.y.r. First impression of Ariel and Turmeric is that they lean less towards the default Maps & Diagrams ambient drone than a more automated Kosmische synth-y bent […]

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ALBUM PREMIERE: Aerosol :: Leave (n5MD) + five questions with the man behind the sounds

After six years and many colorful adventures in the far-flung districts of psychedelic rock, Danish dream weaver Rasmus Rasmussen (a.k.a. Aerosol) returns to Oakland-based influential cult label n5MD to release his third album, Leave, an effervescent sonic concoction full of retro analog sorcery and ethereal guitar work. Scroll down for an exclusive album stream and […]

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Benjamin Finger :: Mood Chaser (Digitalis)

Digitalis don, Brad Rose, now offers the Norwegian sound-dabbler an outlet for further quirky collage and slippery soundscape fare with latest, Mood Chaser, which again leans toward a stylistically wandering gait—a set of hallucinogenic synthesis dissolved in woozy lo-fi ambient solution with liquid pulse and sundry electronic detritus. Benjamin Finger claims he has ‘by accident been composing music […]

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Farthest South :: Spheres & Constellations Remixes (False Industries)

Here we have substantial retools from Frank Bretschneider, The Sight Below, Maps and Diagrams, and head honcho Yair Etziony himself. Tel-Aviv’s False Industries delivers a remix EP of Spheres & Constellations, a 2013 album by Israeli band Farthest South (Yair Etziony, Barry Berko, and Yair Yona). The album featured one long track, which, we’re informed, […]

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Maps and Diagrams :: Alluvium (Handstitched*)

Textured ambience of particulate detail, awash in harmonic liquid replete with grainy infusions, with Alluvium M&D presumably seeks both to represent and in so doing add resonance via the anchorage of entitling—mostly here with mineral and rock tags. Alluvium (Latin, alluvius (n.), from alluere (vb.), ‘to wash against’) is loose unconsolidated sediment, eroded, reshaped by water in some […]

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Stereocilia :: Murmurations (Echoic Memory)

With his guitar, London’s John Scott has found an Archimedean point from which he can move the world. Murmurations by Stereocilia With his guitar, London’s John Scott has found an Archimedean point from which he can move the world. Looping and self-sampling, he opens Murmurations with a twenty-four minute statement piece. “FWD>>” has something processional, plush and […]

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Celer :: Zigzag (Spekk)

Airy, spatial, with shuddering modulations, shades of unquiet, odd disembodied voicings in remotion, suggestive dissonant swells. Celer‘s remote yet intimate tonal stream of consciousness has been a near-constant presence for nigh on a decade. All the more fitting after a 3-year hiatus that boutique Japanese ambient drone soundscape imprint Spekk should swiftly follow Opitope’s Physis […]

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Tlön :: Truth In The 13th (Birkhouse)

A whirred world of kinetic scree slopes with synthetic colourings. ‘Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius’ (1962) is a Jorge Luis Borges parable, in which an article about a mysterious land called ‘Uqbar’ is the first indication of a vast conspiracy of intellectuals to imagine, and thereby create, a world known as ‘Tlön.’ Stuart Chalmers (glimpsed on igloo […]

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Secret Pyramid & John Davis :: Double review (Students of Decay)

A major vector in the trajectory of West Coast US ambient/drone for nearly a decade, Students of Decay quietly brought up a century of releases in late 2013 with two new ‘graduates’ (pre-‘viewed here)—Vancouver mover Secret Pyramid and Californian dreamer John Davis. For an unfamiliar name, with only some small acclaim (that for The Silent […]

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Pausal :: Sky Margin (Own)

The sky, regardless of marginalia, is hymned as winsome, as radiant, as before; but by adding new skin to the old ceremony, finding a natural beauty in non-nature, or rather endowing with naturalism something seemingly other. Another installment of ‘micro-orchestral music played with minimalist economy‘  from the New Forest’s finest purveyors of Ecstatic Drone. Strongly […]

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Atlantis :: Electra’s Discovery (Handstitched)

Studied lo-fi sci-fi archaeologies at the edges of a path trodden by Boards and electronic thrift-store diggers like Ekoplekz, it taps into a similar vein of knowing past-mining to Ghost Box, albeit less formalistic, more ludic. Not sure if this is the last, or simply the latest, from the man from Atlantis—Tim ‘Maps and Diagrams’ […]

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Rainbow Valley/Wind In Willows & Celer/Hakobune :: Double Review (Chemical Tapes)

UK-Spain tape traffickers Chemical Tapes specialize in matters pertaining to psycho-active phenethylamine chemical derivatives, notably psychedelics and/or empathogen-entactogens, audio-mediated via limited edition ambient / drone / synth product. Rob Gibson is the main man, dealing with artists and promotion, while a Spain-based mystery Mister handles design, site maintenance, keeping the tech ticking over. Established in […]

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Mountains :: Centralia (Thrill Jockey)

Texture tranches and melodic motifs slow building and transforming in grand designs of pretty particulate patterns; this not by the customary electronic tweakery of acoustic sources but by mixing purely acoustic with purely electronic—shifting from guitar, cello, organs and electric piano to modular electronics and sundry synthesis. A new set from Koen Holtkamp and Brett […]

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Pausal :: Forms (Barge)

Forms rather takes their patented minimalist romanticism and overlays components more subtly suggestive of biotic patterns and cycles, setting up a fine balance—of experimentation and harmony, long-form drones and hushed acoustic twinkles, daubings of nature sound and soft electronics, ending up dense yet gossamer-light, at once particulate and dissolved. Pausal return with another outing on […]

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Tidal & Atlantis :: Double review (Chemical Tapes)

The new wave of cassette underground, for all its freeform and fertile energy, sometimes seems to have spawned a twilight world crawling with a mass of audio-doodlers straining at the self-consciously weirded-out end of a sonic continuum loosely identifiable as ‘lo-fi experimental.’ Outcomes often resemble, if not the ramblings of a madman, then the flotsam […]

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AUN :: Phantom Ghost (Denovali)

Phantom Ghost has about it a compelling elusive quality, as if evaporating when its solidity feels graspable; it seems to float, as if levitating, just above ground, attended by plumes of fog enveloping proceedings, mirroring the spectral figure and blur of the cover.  AUN, project of Montreal experimental scenester, Martin Dumais, has evolved since 2007 over […]

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