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Ghost Poems
Cat: KRANK 234LP.
Ambient/Drone
  1. Shiny Nowhere
  2. Stolen Time
  3. Felt Absence
  4. Oblique Ruins
  5. Snowy Water
  6. Rough Air
  7. Slate Horizon
  8. Ochre Sky
  9. Fossil Painting
  10. Deep Sky
Review: Jacob Long's third full length LP under Earthen Sea sees the New Yorker weave together a slew of downtempo tracks, pulling from dub-techno and chillhop sensibilities, in a tracklist that feels like you are in the center of a steel sphere, as tracks like the Lo-Fi 'Stolen Time' and 'Rough Air' reverberate around you. Ochre Sky is a real highlight off the records back half, the mellow timbre and interspersed organic percussion (including a sample of a sink splashing) evokes a slow paced walk through a luscious garden. The material quality of Ghost Poems is what makes it so special, with each of the 10 tracks constituting a different biome to an expansive diorama. From the warm sunbeams of 'Fossil Painting', to the underground lakes of 'Felt Absence' each track has something refreshing to offer.

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The Patience Fader
Cat: KRANK 232LP. Rel: 09 May 22
Ambient/Drone
  1. Swimming In A Western Motel (2:46)
  2. Outskirts, Dreamlit (6:20)
  3. Corniel (2:43)
  4. The North Line (4:00)
  5. Baitshop (0:28)
  6. Harmony Conversion (3:07)
  7. Memorizing, Memorizing (2:30)
  8. Just A Story (4:49)
  9. Nightwater (2:31)
  10. Wooster, Ohio (1:30)
  11. Almost Grown (4:52)
  12. Grounded (3:35)
Review: Mark Nelson is the vocalist and guitarist for post-rock outfit Labradford but also releases as Pan America, which is the alias he assumes for this new album on Kranky. The Patience Fader takes in 12 tracks of archetypal acoustic Americana and immediately transports you to the planes of the northern states. It is made of solo guitar instrumentals accented with lap steel, twilit atmospherics and harmonica and is truly elegant and emotive with highlights such as 'Corniel' and 'Grounded' making this some of his best work yet.
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 in stock $24.42
Because Of A Flower
Because Of A Flower (LP in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: KRANK 230LP. Rel: 14 Dec 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Track 1 (0:49)
  2. A Study In Vastness (6:42)
  3. Suite Pour L'invisible (6:52)
  4. Track 4 (5:16)
  5. Camille (5:03)
  6. Venus (7:38)
  7. Take The Thorn, Leave The Rose (5:59)
Review: Ana Roxanne is no stranger to gender discourse. 'I'm Every Sparkly Woman', which appeared on her 2015 debut EP, was a re-reading of the iconic Whitney Houston - Chaka Khan cover, and a celebration of modern femininity and empowerment which later became about loving yourself irrespective of gender as Roxane came out as intersex. Now ready with her second full-length album, identity is never far from the table.

Opening with a spectacular spoken word piece told through multi-tracked voices, we're given an introduction of layers, shades and connected musical phrases that's at once abstract but coherent - the complexity of life on record, perhaps? From there we explore everything from Gothic choral to ambient, New Age and dream pop. The result is highly affecting, sublime stuff you sink into slowly and never want to get back out of.
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Played by: Ariel Zetina
 in stock $25.73
Ghost Poems
Cat: KRANK 234. Rel: 14 Apr 22
Ambient/Drone
  1. Shiny Nowhere
  2. Stolen Time
  3. Felt Absence
  4. Oblique Ruins
  5. Snowy Water
  6. Rough Air
  7. Slate Horizon
  8. Ochre Sky
  9. Fossil Painting
  10. Deep Sky
 in stock $16.12
The Ballasted Orchestra
Cat: KRANK 015CD. Rel: 15 Apr 13
Industrial/Noise
  1. Central Texas
  2. Sun Drugs
  3. Down II
  4. Taphead
  5. Fucked Up (3:57am) (Music For Twin Peaks Episode #30)
  6. Part I
  7. Part II
  8. The Artificial Pine Arch Song
 in stock $14.54
Fixed Context
Cat: KRANK 047. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Ambient/Drone
  1. Twenty
  2. Up To Pizmo
  3. David
  4. Wien
 in stock $24.17
Microcastle
Microcastle (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: KRANK 127. Rel: 19 Mar 09
Indie/Alternative
  1. Cover Me (Slowly)
  2. Agoraphobia
  3. Never Stops
  4. Little Kids
  5. Microcastle
  6. Calvary Scars
  7. Green Jacket
  8. Activa
  9. Nothing Ever Happened
  10. Saved By Old Times
  11. Neither Of Us, Uncertainly
  12. Twilight At Carbon Lake
  13. Backspace Century
  14. Operation
  15. Ghost Outfit
  16. Dot Gain
  17. Vox Celeste
  18. Cicadas
  19. Vox Humana
  20. VHS Dream
  21. Focus Group
  22. Slow Swords
  23. Weird Era
  24. Moon Witch Cartridge
  25. Calvary Scars II/Aux. Out
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One Life To Leave
Cat: KKY 079. Rel: 10 Jun 05
Electro House
  1. A Requiem
  2. Requiem For A Requiem
  3. Put It Away, Put It Away, Put It Away, Dad
 in stock $7.53
Submers
Submers (2xLP)
Cat: KRANK 058. Rel: 14 Nov 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Argonaut I (7:04)
  2. Gymnote (6:02)
  3. Mute (7:27)
  4. Nautilus (6:59)
  5. Diable Marin (4:15)
  6. Resurgam (7:34)
  7. Le Plongeur (7:08)
  8. Triton (6:38)
  9. Kursk (7:08)
 in stock $28.59
Grid Of Points
Grid Of Points (LP + insert)
Cat: KRANK 217LP. Rel: 18 Apr 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. The Races (0:47)
  2. Parking Lot (3:33)
  3. Driving (3:37)
  4. Thanksgiving Song (3:01)
  5. Birthday Song (3:16)
  6. Blouse (2:32)
  7. Breathing (1:49)
  8. Coal Train (2:00)
 in stock $23.39
Submers
Submers (CD)
Cat: KRANK 058CD. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Ambient/Drone
  1. Argonaut I
  2. Gymnote
  3. Mute
  4. Nautilus
  5. Diable Marin
  6. Resurgam
  7. Le Plongeur
  8. Triton
  9. Kursk
 in stock $15.07
Cloud Room Glass Room
Cat: KRANK 175LP. Rel: 26 Apr 13
Ambient/Drone
  1. The Cloud Room
  2. Fifty Avenue 1960
  3. Relays
  4. Glass Room At The Airport
  5. Laurel South
  6. Project For An Apartment Building
  7. Virginia Waveform
 in stock $30.41
Cloud Room Glass Room
Cat: KRANK 175. Rel: 26 Apr 13
Experimental/Electronic
  1. The Cloud Room
  2. Fifty Avenue 1960
  3. Relays
  4. Glass Room At The Airport
  5. Laurel South
  6. Project For An Apartment Building
  7. Virginia Waveform
 in stock $15.33
Monument Builders
Cat: KRANK 204. Rel: 02 Nov 16
Ambient/Drone
  1. Drained Lake
  2. Red Tide
  3. Monument Builders
  4. Straw Dogs
  5. Deceiver
  6. Anthropocene
  7. Weeds
Review: Sound designer turned ambient explorer Scott Morgan is one of Kranky's longest-serving artists. He first appeared on the American label under his now familiar Loscil alias way back in 2001. Monument Builders is his eleventh solo full-length, and sees him effortlessly flitting between icy, slow-burning ambience, analogue soundtrack salvos (see the John Carpenter-ish "Red Tide", a bubbly blast of Cold War paranoia), cinematic tension-builders ("Straw Dogs"), throbbing, post-drone soundscapes ("Anthropocene"), and bittersweet mood pieces (the melancholic brilliance of "Weeds"). As you'd perhaps expect from a man whose day job involves scoring computer games, the album is hugely atmospheric and immersive.
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Played by: Thread London
 in stock $14.03
White Bird Release
Cat: KRANK 128CD. Rel: 19 Feb 09
Ambient/Drone
  1. There Can Be No Thought Of Finishing
  2. For Aiming At The Stars
  3. Both Literally & Figuratively
  4. Is A Problem To Occupy Generations
  5. So That No Matter
  6. How Much Progress One Makes
  7. There Is Always The Thrill Of Just Beginning
  8. Dr Robert Goddard
  9. In A Letter To HG Wells, 1932
 in stock $15.33
Nature
Nature (CD)
Cat: KRANK 195CD. Rel: 18 May 15
Indie/Alternative
  1. Sunday
  2. Nature
  3. Signs
  4. Lion
  5. Nowhere
  6. Clouds
  7. Transformation
  8. Child
 in stock $13.51
Foreign Body
Cat: KRANK 162. Rel: 21 Mar 12
Ambient/Drone
  1. Fell Sound
  2. Silent From Above
  3. Cliffs
  4. Drowning The Call
  5. Mine
  6. Mirror Of Our Sleeping
 in stock $19.23
Cryptograms
Cryptograms (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: KRANK 104V. Rel: 04 May 07
Indie/Alternative
  1. Intro
  2. Cryptograms
  3. White Ink
  4. Lake Somerset
  5. Providence
  6. Octet
  7. Red Link
  8. Spring Hall Convert
  9. Strange Lights
  10. Hazel St
  11. Tape Hiss Orchid
  12. Heatherwood
  13. Fluorescent Grey
  14. Dr Glass
  15. Like New
  16. Wash Off
 in stock $27.02
Semblance
Cat: KRANK 218. Rel: 07 Aug 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Crossings
  2. Ostinato
  3. Three/Two
  4. Rebreather
  5. Cut-Up
  6. New City
  7. Ascent
 in stock $13.26
Konoyo
Konoyo (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: KRANK 219LP. Rel: 21 Sep 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. This Life (8:47)
  2. In Death Valley (5:47)
  3. Is A Rose Petal Of The Dying Crimson Light Keyed Out (13:08)
  4. In Mother Earth Phase (10:26)
  5. A Sodium Codec Haze (5:46)
  6. Across To Anoyo (15:21)
Review: On his last album, 2016's "Love Streams", long-serving ambient experimentalist Tim Hecker joined forces with an Icelandic choir and orchestra. This time round, he has headed East, utilizing the services of Japanese musicians and percussionists. The resultant set, "Konoyo", tips a wink to Japan's deep history in both ambient and jazz, but is far darker and dystopian in tone. It's an intriguing approach, all told, and one that allows for tracks to organically evolve, slowly shifting between fluid, otherworldly dreaminess and unsettling, paranoid creepiness. It's this interplay - not just between darkness and light, but also the experimental and the traditional - that makes "Konoyo" such a riveting and enjoyable listen.
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 in stock $27.54
Gravitational Pull vs The Desire For An Aquatic Life (reissue)
  1. The Better Angels Of Our Nation (3:56)
  2. Cantus II: In Memory Of Warren Wiltzie (18:56)
  3. Lactate's Moment (11:48)
  4. Be Little With Me (6:29)
 in stock $24.68
No 4
No 4 (LP)
Cat: KRANK 215LP. Rel: 28 Mar 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Glissando For Bodies & Machines In Space (2:49)
  2. Percussion In Nonspace (1:38)
  3. At Dawn (2:47)
  4. Doorway (5:48)
  5. Some Limited & Waning Memory (5:21)
  6. No 4 String Quartet (3:17)
  7. Stairscases (3:57)
  8. Sound House (3:58)
  9. Lava (2:26)
  10. Garden Of Forking Paths (4:48)
  11. Remote Polyphony (feat Steve Hauschildt) (6:18)
 in stock $23.39
Aix Em Klemm (reissue)
Cat: KRANK 044LP. Rel: 05 Oct 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. The Girl With The Flesh Colored Crayon (6:43)
  2. 3X2 (Exit) (5:33)
  3. Sophteonal (7:57)
  4. Prue Lewarne (7:03)
  5. The Luxury Of Dirt (6:12)
  6. Sparkwood & Twentyone (6:59)
 in stock $18.19
Allegiance & Conviction
Cat: KRANK 226CD. Rel: 23 Apr 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. The Stranger
  2. Recon
  3. Moth To The Flame
  4. Alone
  5. Will I See The Dawn
  6. Crossing Over
Review: Husband-and-wife team Carl Hultgren and Windy Weber have been successfully fusing elements of ambient, dream pop and shoe gaze since the early 1990s, keeping up a steady release schedule that has so far resulted in no less than 11 studio albums and a string of inspired collaborative sets. Their latest album, "Allegiance & Conviction", is their first for three years and sees them drowsily drift through a selection of opaque, otherworldly tunes rich in densely layered guitars, hazy aural textures, barely audible vocals and dreamy, delay-laden sounds. It's a hugely enticing set all told, with our favourites including the glistening head trip of "Moth To The Flame", the Labradford style post-rock drones of "Alone" and the slow-burn bliss of "Crossing Over".
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 in stock $12.46
Anoyo
Anoyo (LP)
Cat: KRANK 220LP. Rel: 24 May 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. That World (9:03)
  2. Is But A Simulated Blur (4:14)
  3. Step Away From Konoyo (4:47)
  4. Into The Void (5:04)
  5. Not Alone (3:24)
  6. You Never Were (8:28)
Review: "Anoyo", Tim Hecker's latest must-check album, was apparently designed as a companion piece to its predecessor, 2018's "Konoyo". Like that album, it was inspired by his desire to fuse his brand of experimental electronica and wayward ambient music with the sounds of "gagaku" - a form of Japanese classical music famed for being played at the Far East nation's Imperial Court. In practice, that means recordings of traditional Japanese instruments and drums chopped, sliced, looped, mangled and reversed, fused with Hecker's own spacey ambient electronics and hazy electronic textures. It's a unique recipe, but one that results in a string of sublime, otherworldly compositions that just get better with each successive listen.
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 in stock $20.78
Equivalents
Cat: KRANK 221LP. Rel: 13 Aug 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Equivalent 1 (7:09)
  2. Equivalent 3 (7:15)
  3. Equivalent 6 (6:44)
  4. Equivalent 5 (4:15)
  5. Equivalent 2 (7:54)
  6. Equivalent 8 (3:25)
  7. Equivalent 7 (feat Secret Pyramid) (6:33)
  8. Equivalent 4 (7:50)
Review: Since joining the label at the turn of the millennium, Scott Morgan AKA Loscil has become one of the admirably experimental imprint's most prolific artists. "Equivalents" is Morgan's ninth album for the label and sees him offer up eight meditations on a hazy, spaced-out theme. It's a slow-burn affair, where processed melodic elements, held-note chords and drone style aural textures slowly move across the sound space. It's a formula that guarantees goodness from start to finish, with the pulsing "Equivalent 3", ghostly "Equivalent 6", Mr Cloudy-esque "Equivalent 2" and the becalmed and poignant "Equivalent 8" standing out.
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 in stock $27.54
AIA: Dream Loss (reissue)
Cat: KRANK 223. Rel: 29 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Dragging The Streets (6:20)
  2. I Saw A Ray (4:56)
  3. Soul Eraser (7:58)
  4. Atone (4:56)
  5. No Other (3:45)
  6. Wind Return (5:55)
  7. A Lie (5:07)
Review: Since first appearing in 2011, Liz Harris' seventh album as Grouper, "AIA: Dream Loss" has become something of a sought-after item. As this vinyl reissue proves, there's a very good reason for that: it's superb. Based around an opaque and cloudy production style that's as trippy as it is oddly comforting, it sees Harris layer up haunting freestyle vocals, droning electronic textures, analogue noise and all manner of acoustic and electric instrumentation - guitars, strings and so on - into a thick sonic soup. While the instrumentation may be distant and downplayed in the mix, that gives it a haunting, ethereal quality.
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 in stock $23.39
AIA: Alien Observer (reissue)
Cat: KRANK 224. Rel: 29 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Moon Is Sharp (6:56)
  2. Alien Observer (3:56)
  3. Vapor Trails (8:56)
  4. She Loves Me That Way (Second Heart Tone) (8:34)
  5. Mary On The Wall (6:10)
  6. Come Softly (4:29)
Review: Back in 2011, Liz Harris - better known under her artistic alias Grouper - released a pair of albums under the "AIA" banner. The first, "Dream Loss", has already been reissued; here, they offer up the second, "Alien Observer". It partly explores similar sonic territory, where distant-sounding recordings of Harris' voice, synths and evocative guitars are smothered in reverb, field recordings and noise, but also includes a few sharper, more defined moments. Amongst these, we'd suggest checking the sublime title track, a beautifully becalmed and spaced-out fusion of Harris' vocals and delay-laden guitar arpeggio scales, and closer "Come Softly", an even more beautiful and minimalist piece that's nothing less than stunning.
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 in stock $23.39
Clara
Clara (2xLP)
Cat: KRANK 231LP. Rel: 28 May 21
Ambient/Drone
  1. Lux (5:36)
  2. Lumina (6:05)
  3. Lucida (5:32)
  4. Stella (10:04)
  5. Vespera (6:05)
  6. Sol (4:57)
  7. Aura (8:29)
  8. Flamma (6:02)
  9. Orta (7:09)
  10. Clara (8:58)
 in stock $27.54
Epithymia
Epithymia (2xLP)
Cat: KRANK 207LP. Rel: 29 Mar 17
Ambient/Drone
  1. Culcinae (14:33)
  2. Greater Grand Crossing (4:02)
  3. Soucouyant (10:31)
  4. An Empty Bank (13:16)
  5. Glamr (5:53)
  6. Georgia (8:28)
Review: Upon its release in 2014, Anjou's eponymous debut album was praised on this very site for offering a "unique kind of ethereality" capable of lulling listeners into a "melodic daze". There's a similar feel about this follow-up, which sees the trio of Steven Hess and Labradford duo Mark Nelson and Robert Donne combine drone style sonic textures with gentle electronics, trippy hardware explorations, and effects-laden field recordings. It's perhaps a little more sombre in tone than their debut, but still boasts enough drowsily picturesque moments - see "An Empty Bank", "Georgia" and "Culcinae", in particular - to stave off any dystopian thoughts.
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 in stock $27.02
Sour Cherry Bell
Cat: KRANK 228. Rel: 25 Sep 20
Indie/Alternative
  1. Lowlight
  2. The Steelyard
  3. FM Secure
  4. Cherry Bell Blacktop
  5. Body Optics
  6. Quiet Time
  7. Simulus
  8. Perfect Interference
  9. Sourbell
  10. Petrechoria
 in stock $14.54
Coast/Range/Arc
Coast/Range/Arc (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: KRANK 229LP. Rel: 19 Nov 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Black Tusk (10:00)
  2. Fromme (7:28)
  3. Stave Peak (6:31)
  4. Neve (7:53)
  5. Brohms Ridge (11:16)
  6. Goat Mountain (10:44)
  7. Black Tusk (Descent) (6:26)
Review: Scott Morgan has made rather a lot of fine music over the years, and little better than his seventh album as Loscil, Coast/range/arc. Here it returns on vinyl after a nine-year absence, complete with a fresh bonus cut recorded in the same period, the Biosphere-esque arctic ambience that is 'Black Tusk (descent)'. Sonically, it fits snugly into the rest of the album, which offers the clearest distillation to date of Morgan's trademark sound. Full of beautiful, icy and slowly unfurling compositions that tend towards the meditative, the set is notable for Morgan's seemingly innate ability to craft immersive soundscapes out of a mixture of hazy drone textures, gaseous electronic chords, soft-touch melodies, atmospheric field recordings and simmering, near cinematic musical movements.
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 in stock $27.80
Ruins
Ruins (LP)
Cat: KRANK 189LP. Rel: 27 Oct 14
Ambient/Drone
  1. Made Of Metal
  2. Clearing
  3. Call Across Rooms
  4. Labyrinth
  5. Lighthouse
  6. Holofernes
  7. Holding
  8. Made Of Air
Review: Ruins is the 10th LP from Portland artist Grouper, an incredible set that's found it's home on the inimitable and always on- point Kranky label...and yes, it's another fine outing from the voco-noise head. Tracks like "Clearing", however, show another side to Grouper's usual rough edge. There's an element of smoothness to those sombre keys and far-out vocals. It's basically an ambient album with an extra layer of soul in its core - check "Made Of Air" for a seriously trippy set of soundscapes.
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Allegiance & Conviction
Cat: KRANK 226LP. Rel: 22 Apr 20
Experimental/Electronic
  1. The Stranger (4:33)
  2. Recon (6:42)
  3. Moth To The Flame (9:05)
  4. Alone (6:32)
  5. Will I See The Dawn (5:45)
  6. Crossing Over (5:56)
Review: Husband-and-wife team Carl Hultgren and Windy Weber have been successfully fusing elements of ambient, dream pop and shoe gaze since the early 1990s, keeping up a steady release schedule that has so far resulted in no less than 11 studio albums and a string of inspired collaborative sets. Their latest album, "Allegiance & Conviction", is their first for three years and sees them drowsily drift through a selection of opaque, otherworldly tunes rich in densely layered guitars, hazy aural textures, barely audible vocals and dreamy, delay-laden sounds. It's a hugely enticing set all told, with our favourites including the glistening head trip of "Moth To The Flame", the Labradford style post-rock drones of "Alone" and the slow-burn bliss of "Crossing Over".
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 in stock $23.90
Sour Cherry Bell
Cat: KRANK 228LP. Rel: 25 Sep 20
Indie/Alternative
  1. Lowlight (2:41)
  2. The Steelyard (5:03)
  3. FM Secure (4:03)
  4. Cherry Bell Blacktop (3:22)
  5. Body Optics (7:02)
  6. Quiet Time (5:24)
  7. Simulus (4:50)
  8. Perfect Interference (3:00)
  9. Sourbell (4:41)
  10. Petrechoria (4:23)
 in stock $19.74
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