Post Tagged with: "Psychedelic"

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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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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Nigel Samways & Foss Moigne :: Sanyo 07.1 / Sanyo 07.2 (Remixes) (I Never Think Of You)

Sanyo 07.1 / Sanyo 07.2 (Remixes), credited to the duo, are on the other hand smooth and refined, softening the clank of a temple bell, enveloping it in silken cigarette smoke strings on the first, gliding silently through the city streetscape on the second. INTOY – I never think of you – is a new imprint launched […]

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Faex Optim :: Start with the River (Kahvi)

Collecting tranquil interludes gone astray, broken childhood samples, psychedelic undertones and kaleidoscopic colors colliding in blissful accord. As much as I try to hold back any reference to Edinburgh’s Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin‘s musical space as the genre-defining nostalgic downtempo duo, crafting a sound that they’ve firmly etched into the hearts of millions (I’d […]

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L’eoscombu Couti :: Five Cambridge Utilities (Constellation Tatsu)

A fabulous set of heavy-lid hypnagogue ambient drone drift. It’s not long since Constellation Tatsu‘s Winter Batch, which included the lovely likes of Chihei Hatakeyama’s You’re Still In It and Havenaire’s Tremolo. That tape hiss happiness abounds at the margins is down to the likes of Oakland’s self-styled ‘adventurous with spiritual artistic sensibilities’ cassette specialist. Rude health is in continued evidence in its just-in Spring batch, […]

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Tarotplane :: First (Aguirre)

This debut Tarotplane release is absolutely recommended for fans of classic Kosmische music, proto-ambient works as well as challenging post-rockin’ adventures. PJ Dorsey is a musician from Baltimore, MD who formed the modern psychedelic electro rockin’ project Tarotplane. I discovered his first album published by Aguirre some time ago. It made a great impression, reviving […]

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Plaster :: Mainframe (Kvitnu)

The order of the day is precise technical audio, vast depth of field, futuristic dystopias and a fair degree of psychotropic sound design. Italy and electronic music make comfortable bed fellows. From the analog compositions of Alessandro Cortini to London based Alessio Natalizia and his Not Waving project, Italy currently has a firm grip on […]

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Lunar Abyss & Uhushuhu :: Double review (Zhelezobeton)

Double review for Lunar Abyss and Uhushuhu. Aikana Uni by Lunar Abyss Lunar Abyss :: Aikana Uni (Zhelezobeton) A forest, boisterously Amazonian, at night, on a different planet. Crackling, golden atmosphere. Underscored by low radiation drone, while above, a satellite blinks. Thunking air vaguely reminiscent of the helicopters in Apocalypse Now. Ground underfoot that doesn’t quake but trembles. Evgeny Savenko […]

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Chris Weeks :: Trip (Odd John) / The Cloud (Self-Released)

Weeks has pursued a predilection for exploration of the floating and psychic vibrations of space-scapes, tranches of droning chord continua and brooding bass frequencies dwelt on, when not taken on minimalism-fuelled detours, prey to particulate play, subject to unreadable communications and electronic interference. The back catalog* of UK soundsmith Chris Weeks is voluminous for one whose artistic footprint has […]

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Faex Optim :: Mercury EP (Kahvi Collective)

Minimal yet metaphysical, Mercury is indeed a magnum opus of the imagination and psyche at the full command of substance—designating the origin of all that exists (through a divine chaos) and the lucidity of bringing those sounds of the Mercury dream to encompass all things. Mercury is a fitting title for this past summer’s ethereal […]

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Lone :: Lemurian Re-Issue (R&S / Magic Wire)

Layering samples on old tape and making music on all manner of quaintly out-of-date appurtenances—one of the many musical children to which Boards of Canada have a right—both collections spin the radio dial and spray acrylic color all over the place. Lemurian, the 2008 debut album as Lone by Matt Cutler (now re-mastered by Matt […]

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Ryosuke Miyata :: Sea of Nebukawa (Organic Industries)

With guitar and unspecified electronics, the Sea of Nebukawa is portrayed intimately. It feels as though we are being taken via slopes and slipways and ginnels to his favorite spots—a rare, affectionate interaction between man and place. Yet another gorgeous release from Organic Industries. All or at least most of the packages designed by Andre Gansebohm, each […]

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Maurice Louca :: Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot) (Nawa)

Possessing a visionary take on mongrel electronica, Egyptian producer-arranger Maurice Louca brings sounds familiar to lovers of Middle Eastern musics and dervishes them off into utterly new territory on his second album, Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot). Marching in with its dignified, chin-held-high lock-step festooned by carnival beads and garlands, a mad, fantastic organ running in between […]

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Poordream :: Ninetynine (Tympanik Audio)

Breakbeat electronica and speeding rhythms with ambient-psychedelic undertones, Ninetynine is romantic and sublime at the core. A beam of light in a vast space of darkness, Ninetynine—from the native Grecian sound designer John Valasis (aka Poordream)—is a conscious musical denary and his third since 2009. Serious and progressive, this release is a meditation that escapes […]

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Gnome & Spybey :: Reflective (The Crime League)

This new Gnome & Spybey explores the possibilities of synthesizers, disrupted collage sounds and harmonic piano touches around touchingly emotional ambient pieces in a pure classy vein. Signed on the highly productive and pluralistic electronic music label Crime League, this new Gnome & Spybey explores the possibilities of synthesizers, disrupted collage sounds and harmonic piano […]

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Multiview :: Daniel Thomas and Friends

Curator of two small, exciting imprints, Sheepscar Light Industrial and Cherry Row Recordings, Daniel Thomas‘ discography throbs with almost exponential growth. Here are a few things he and his friends have been up to lately. All of the releases are ruthlessly limited runs, but just about everything can be found unabridged on Bandcamp. Daniel Thomas […]

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More Black Then God :: 1964 Zen in the Drones (Aetheric)

More Black Then God creates dank storm culvert ambient in 1964 Zen in the Drones. Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt of Berlin via Chicago has released an impressive amount of music both under his own name and as More Black Then God (sic). I’ve barely scratched the surface of the rest of his work, but find it fitting that […]

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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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Nommo Ogo :: The Sea of Night (Katabatik)

This new Nommo Ogo incarnates a resolutely spacey, majestic and futuristic tribal musical direction. Leading representative musician of the contemporary tripped-out abstract synthedelic movement Michael Buchanan is back under the moniker of Nommo Ogo. After two recent and furiously eclectic-propulsive sci-fi electronic albums for Record Label Records and one self-released published this year, this new […]

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Niko Skorpio :: Khôra (Some Place Else)

A vortex of sorcerers’ certainties graphed according to agnostic geometry. Khôra by Finnish sound artist and graphic designer Niko Skorpio is a book of secrets, a collection of hermetic theurgies, but also literally a book insofar as this deluxe, double-three inch CDR edition, available only until 20 December, comes in the form of a handmade […]

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Wall to Wall Carpeting :: Pilliad Echons (Orila)

This is the persona of Pilliad Echons, juxtaposing the rough and the smooth in drawn-out sequences like night overlapping into day. Opening far away on a warped Indonesian island with bells and flutes creating a creepy ambience, this mercurial album by Greece’s Giorgos Axiotis settles in to laze upon Arcadian fields, as the artist distractedly […]

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Dub Spencer & Trance Hill :: Live In Dub & The Victor Rice Remixes (Echo Beach)

If you are in search of new, groovy and piquant dub realms, then this is the album for you. This live output is also a great introduction to the band’s sound, style and spirit, and surely will make you want to investigate the rest of its discography. “The bassline was so deep, you could feel […]

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Parallel Lines :: Infinity (Oxide Tone/Where are My Records)

A deep-tissue brain massage punctuated by masterful acupuncture. Each whack just hits the right power point, and afterward, you feel physically reinvigorated, injected with vitamins right into the muscles, maybe downright purified. [Release page] A quietly formidable Canadian power trio with Eric Quatch (thisquietarmy) on guitar, Ryan Ferguson on synthesizers and Pascal Asselin manning the […]

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Casi Cada Minuto :: In White Rooms (Exitab)

Casi Cada Minuto is a collection of ambient miniatures not unlike the instrumental tracks on Brian Eno’s Another Green World, evocative of pacific dreams on the faraway beaches of distant planets. [Release page] The buzzing hub of new electronic music in Slovakia, Exitab now releases In White Rooms, the debut recording by Casi Cada Minuto (real name Slavo […]

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Sheepscar Light Industrial :: Multi-review

Keeping good on its promise to release three new records every thirty days or so, Sheepscar Light Industrial offers up bite-size but chewy taste teasers of the “electronic, experimental, improvised, psychedelic, drone and noise” music by artists living in, around or caught loitering in Leeds. Keeping good on its promise to release three new records […]

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Capitol K :: Andean Dub (Faith & Industry)

Capitol K sails wonky, lo-fi electronica, psychedelia squiggles, and streetified, foot-stomping huayño as expertly as a master kite-flyer keeping his delicate craft aloft and swooping. [Release page] Kristian Craig Robinson (aka Capitol K) was already a critically-successful, musical world traveller when he hit the road for a 7,000 mile South American journey covering Peru, Bolivia and […]

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Tor.ma :: Inside Universe (Beats & Pieces)

Each beat swims by allowing the listener to depart from their current space and enter a dimension of self reflection aided by downtempo grooves and curiously intriguing samples, including yet another track featuring the penetrating monologues of the movie Waking Life. [Release page] Beats & Pieces brings us another great release for these warm months. […]

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Kingbastard :: Lost Property (Herb)

Crackling static, digitally manipulated field recordings of birds, lovely chord progressions played on guitar and piano, and pastoral atmospheres await the Lost Property listener. I reviewed Kingbastard’s Brainfunk EP on Herb Recordings back in September 2011, so it seemed a natural thing to investigate his latest release on Herb, Lost Property. Initially, I was quite […]

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