Post Tagged with: "Kranky"

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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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2016

While other sites might fight to get 1000s down to 50 or 20, at Igloo HQ we’ve refused to don the hair shirt of reducing respective contributor lists to a consensual singularity, in favour of doing justice to diversity via lists that range far and wide, and a congruent preference for letting their multiplicity simply […]

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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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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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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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Elsewhereness revisited #2 Man Bites Hypnagogue

Elsewhereness revisited is an occasional feature documenting the drift at the margins: ambient gasbagging, tube-lubed, cloud-ed, and bcamped-up, complete with companion mix, Elsewhereness revisited #2 Two reissues on neonate Pre-Echo plus In Summer, a Geographic North tape now d/l-able, top up New-Noise-Romantic Jefre-Cantu Ledesma‘s HQ* (see “Love’s Refrain”‘s Cocteaus vs. chillwave). Lovers of A Year With 13 Moons or any of J-CL’s selected […]

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Christopher Bissonnette :: Pitch, Paper & Foil (Kranky)

Modular synthesis is more liable to unruly and unkempt behavior than delicate or subtle gesture, but here Bissonnette’s economy and deftness of touch make for a music of distinction. Since his debut, Periphery, in 2005, Kranky Canadian, Christopher Bissonnette has extended his sonic lexis and production grammar, with digital synthesis, concrète, and field recordings in a palette richly evidenced […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: Slings the Wooze Anew mix

Revisiting the sound and vision of Slings The Wooze, Igloo’s Alan Lockett, aka Mist-maxer albient, Slings the Wooze Anew with more than a score of exponents of blurred ambience, FX-drenched drone and electronic aethers new, renewed, and re-viewed, strung into wondrous wooze—all but opening keynote throwback-bite fresh from this year and last. Artists: 36, Alva Noto, Benoît […]

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Igloo Magazine :: Best of 2014

Here it is, well over 160 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electronica, synth, jazz, modern classical, experimental and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews, a Soundcloud player, and a slideshow randomly displaying some […]

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Chris Herbert :: Constants (Room40)

An immersive sequenced whole of ever-shifting textures, constantly unfolding over ten tracks, many bleeding one into another. Somewhat stifling for some, perhaps, the density of texture rarely relenting, space not so much the place as a scarce resource. Birmingham sound artist Chris Herbert isn’t a full-time musician, more of a full-time artist—a full-on sound dealer, […]

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Grouper :: Ruins (Kranky / Yellow Electric)

Grouper’s dark path has taken Harris to confess her intimacies in the most straightforward way. For a specific kind of fan, Ruins must sound like a sham. A horrible detour into the generic voice and piano pairing that Liz Harris avoided for so long. Celebrated and loved by all, 2008’s Dragging a Dear Deer Up […]

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A Winged Victory for the Sullen :: Atomos (Erased Tapes / Kranky)

Plenty of room is left amongst the arrangements to allow the mind to wander, for images to be conjured, for the music to wrap itself around you. Comprising eleven pieces of lush rapturous sound, Atomos continues the great work of Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran’s self-titled debut album under their A Winged Victory for the […]

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Anjou :: Anjou (Kranky)

An album stark and austere but dynamic, its elements shift like ice floes; colliding, sinking, and smashing into pieces, directed by some mysterious but entirely captivating design. The self-titled Anjou marks the first time Mark Nelson and Robert Donne have worked together since the excellent Fixed: Content by Labradford; here they are joined by Steven […]

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Ethernet :: Tanuki Dreams (gterma)

A magic theatre that encourages the mind to wander and get lost, listeners understood as receivers of stimuli in an environment of sensory patterns to be enjoyed. Rabindranath Tagore once wrote, “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” Each piece […]

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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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Top releases of 2013

Well over 150 releases have been selected by various igloomag.com contributors highlighting some of the finest in an expansive array of electronic music featuring ambient, dub, bass, glitch, industrial, IDM, electro, synth and various other sonic contortions. Links to reviews as well as a Soundcloud player are also included below. ALAN LOCKETT :: Top 20 Abdulla Rashim […]

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Justin Walter :: Lullabies And Nightmares (Kranky)

A soul-stirring sonic brew of contrasts. Tranquil and dreamy, but also disturbing and eerie. Definitely one of the most eccentric releases of the year. Justin Walter couldn’t have chosen more suitable artwork to accompany his latest collection of musical outputs. The blend of menacing red shades with the purifying, soothing, spiritual turquoise blue and looming […]

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Christina Vantzou :: No. 1 DVD & Remixes (The Numbered Series)

Subjecting such a frugal piece to deconstruction by remixers is unexpected, though Vantzou certainly has enlisted an impressive roster. All show the original great respect by exercising vivid imagination under the same tight leash of restraint. Artist and musician Christina Vantzou released No. 1 on Kranky in October of 2011 and shortly thereafter, released this […]

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Alan Lockett’s Tops of 2011 :: So Far (So Good)

Igloo Magazine Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett’s verdict on 2011’s half-year of music is sofar, sogood, with his picks appearing on two Top lists here. To accompany this, extracts from his thirty picks were chosen and sorted into two piles, broadly designated ambient/drone and techno/dub/idm, and spun into a brace of mixes. :::….:.:::….:::::::..:::::…..::..::::…::::.:.::::..:::…:::….:::.::::.:.::.:::.:::.:::…:::..::…:: 20eleven sogood :: […]

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ALAN LOCKETT :: 20eleven sofar | sogood (igloomag mix)

Alan, known to some as albient for his mix-tricks (and occasional audio-doodle) compiles 15 of driftiest dream-dealers in ambient/drone for 20eleven so far, while for 20eleven sogood he channels another 15 of the movie’n’grooviest techno/dub/idm players. Igloo Magazine Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett’s verdict on 2011’s half-year of music is sofar, sogood, with his picks appearing […]

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Tim Hecker :: Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)

Other listeners have remarked how the album is perfect accompaniment to early evening or night, but it sounds to this listener as though it would be the only appropriate soundtrack for a cyclonic wind; the type that threatens to blast you off your feet and sweep you into sky unless you plant your feet with […]

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Top releases of twenty-ten

With this article, 151 releases and 25 honorable mentions are highlighted as being titles that garnered the extra spins in 2010. These musicians (and associated labels) offered an abundance of quality productions coming from all corners of the globe with an emphasis on releasing music that doesn’t always follow a defined path. [January 2011] Twenty-ten […]

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