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Cat: TO 114. Rel: 10 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Living Space
  2. Lo, Fr Ega
  3. Collect Yourself/Well Arranged
  4. Overt Too
  5. Lighter Touch
Review: When it comes to slow-burn electronic minimalism, few can match Eleh, an "analogue and modular synthesis" enthusiast who has released a wealth of inspired music on Touch and Important Records over the last two decades. The artist's latest album, "Living Space", was written over a period of seven years and sees Eleh deliver five sparse, alien and ear catching soundscapes. Some of these sound sparse and almost skeletal - see the elongated melodic tones of the opening track, or the bassbin-bothering pulsating sub weight of "Lo, Fr Ega" - while others are more layered and intricate despite their minimalist design. In the latter category you'll find standout cut "Lighter Touch", an epic journey into kosmiche-style ambient music reminiscent of some of Terry Riley's synthesizer-based works.
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 in stock $13.10
FORTHCOMING
Intimacy
Intimacy (CD)
Cat: PITPCD 03.
Ambient/Drone
  1. Someone Listening (Pour H)
  2. Delicately They Dance
  3. I Would Sing To You
  4. Yhe Glow Inside Us
Review: Swedish producer Ludvig Cimbrelius, also performing under the monikers Purl, Eternell, and Illuvia, has crafted a new collection of blissful sounds, utilizing layers of processed vocals over a bed of delicate guitar swells and luscious atmospheres. These four long pieces effortlessly flow together while drifting transcendently with the listener.
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FORTHCOMING
Songs of an Empty Room
  1. Departure
  2. White Room
  3. Your Face Disappearing
  4. Here, Nowhere Black
  5. Departure (Strangers In Bed)
Review: Songs of an Empty Room' is the second solo album from Iranian sound artist Maryam Sirvan, also one half of the electronic duo NUM. 'Songs of An Empty Room' is a static inner journey into infinity, a story of a secluded room on a dull, grey summer evening.
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FORTHCOMING
False Awakening
Cat: PITPCD 01.
Ambient/Drone
  1. Watching Myself From The Corner
  2. I'm Flying Over The City
Review: NUM's latest effort is a haunting journey into the dark silhouettes of avant-noise; if there was a soundtrack to accompany a journey into a black hole, 'False Awakening' would be it. NUM have created an ominous sound that goes far beyond any beaten path, stretching and exceeding uncharted territories that spirals into an infinite abyss. The 32 minute arrangement is comprised of two movements that incorporate processed voice, electric guitar, field recordings, electronics and saxophone.
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FORTHCOMING
Hidden Amongst The Trees & Foothills
  1. Pleasantries
  2. Wading Through A Sea Of Grass
  3. A Place To Call One's Own
  4. Quiet Boy
  5. Woodsmoke
  6. The Stars In Your Head & The Earth Beneath Your Feet
  7. Heron Song (He Waits In The Fog)
  8. Dreaming
  9. Meager Smiles For A Better Tomorrow
Review: Hidden Amongst the Trees and Foothills' was recorded this past spring during what I would describe as a very weird time for me. I was experiencing a constant sense of isolation and feeling disconnected with both myself and others. Playing guitar has been a constant source of peace for me and these are some tracks that came out of this difficult period. Looking back now, I feel like I'm in a different, better place now. I hope this music will bring peace to others just as it has done for me.
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FORTHCOMING
Pattern
Pattern (CD)
Cat: PITP 24CD.
Ambient/Drone
  1. Pattern (part 1)
  2. Pattern (part 2)
Review: Pattern' is a new, two song slow burner by Japanese sound artist duenn. This album is an hour long sonic journey bathed in shimmering reflections with a profound sense of stillness and quietude.
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FORTHCOMING
Fragments
Fragments (CD)
Cat: PITP 21CD.
Ambient/Drone
  1. Suspended In Liquid
  2. Enlightened Sustenance
  3. A Feeling Of Warmth In The Cold
  4. Falling Through Fingers
  5. In The Quiet & Still
  6. Solace
  7. Return From The Ashes
  8. Withdrawn
Review: Fragments' was created by using a method of composition James has been perfecting, where he takes small pieces of unreleased music that he has written stretching over the last 10 years, and runs them through different modes and methods of granular stretching and FFT processing. In some cases, the original audio source was no longer than 20-30 seconds long.
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FORTHCOMING
Orchestral Tape Studies
Cat: PITP 19CD.
Ambient/Drone
  1. Pre Violet
  2. Infinite Ocean
  3. Solar
  4. Strata
  5. Continuous
Review: Orchestral Tape Studies is a compilation arranged and produced by healing sound propagandist, ??. OTS is a group of richly layered movements of fragmented orchestral loops, paying homage to minimalist symphonic composers and orchestras. ?? incorporates field recordings and faint drone billows to accompany these selected samples of orchestral loops. With an emphasis on tone and recurrent murmurs, these four arrangements offer 32 minutes of delicate repetition, reticent sound treatments, and subtle manipulations. OTS is intended for low-volume listening.
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FORTHCOMING
Zake
Zake (CD)
Cat: PITP 08CD.
Ambient/Drone
  1. Radiance
  2. Night Shineth As The Day
  3. Kasita
  4. Minaret
Review: The debut self-titled ?? comes in a limited edition of only one hundred tapes. These four tracks are separated into vignettes, running about forty minutes and contain evocative drone work, from the faint abyss to luminous, jettisoning abandon. Radiance purrs of low-fi tranquility that skims the thin layered surface, with a warm base. Night Shineth as the Day collects some outdoor field recordings, bird sing sweetly paired with a sinewy mid-tonal synth alternating between a lackadaisical afternoon and hazy daydreaming.
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Cat: IDIB 105CD. Rel: 19 Sep 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Human Again
  2. Red Light
  3. Black Shadow
  4. She Made Him Love Again
  5. Copper Bells
  6. No Words
  7. Our Love In A Glass So Thin
  8. Suburban Pastel
  9. This Is Where The Sky Begins
  10. The Sum Of Our Sins
  11. She Made Him Love Again (reprise)
  12. Ship In The Sky
Review: Saxophonist and keyboardist Jorja Chalmers has accomplished much over the course of her career - she's toured and recorded extensively with Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music - but debut album "Human Again" marks the first time she's stood centre stage as a solo artist. She has all the ingredients to succeed on her own, though: a bold look, a supportive label in Italians Do It Better and a signature style that's in turns creepy, claustrophobic, cinematic, atmospheric and seductive. More importantly, "Human Again" is superb, offering a synthesizer-powered mix of dark ambient instrumentals, David Lynch style soundtrack pieces, drowsy and clandestine sounding songs and cuts that wrap her distinctive saxophone solos around the most evocative of electronic soundscapes.
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Cat: CDSTUMM 443. Rel: 27 Sep 19
Industrial/Noise
  1. Amore Amaro
  2. Let Go
  3. Amaro Amore
  4. Batticuore
  5. Momenti
  6. La Storia
  7. Sabbia
  8. Dormi
Review: Trailed as a direct sequel to his previous solo album, 2017's "Avanti", "Volume Massimo" sees Nine Inch Nails member Alessandro Cortini offer up another immersive trip through droning guitar textures, repetitive synthesizer motifs, exotic sitar parts and fuzzy electronics. It's effectively a series of "maximal" instrumental soundscapes with sounds so large and layered they rise above the "meditative" tag pushed by Mute's PR team. This is no criticism, though, just a reflection that while contemplative at times, one of the most joyous things about the album is Cortini's ability to build thrilling walls of sound.
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Cat: KRANK 221. Rel: 13 Aug 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Equivalent 1
  2. Equivalent 3
  3. Equivalent 6
  4. Equivalent 5
  5. Equivalent 2
  6. Equivalent 8
  7. Equivalent 7 (feat Secret Pyramid)
  8. Equivalent 4
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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VARIOUS
Cat: TSRCD 036. Rel: 04 Oct 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Ojard Et Jean Ray - "Une Barque"
  2. Jackson & His Computer Band - "Romantico"
  3. Fille Unique - "Elle Reve De Mars"
  4. Krikor - "Looker"
  5. Louisahhh!!! - "Here Is Hoping"
  6. Ashburn County - "Ghosts In The Battlefields"
  7. 67Yarc - "Light (Michele, Italy)"
  8. Trypheme - "Pierre's Birthday"
  9. Sonic Haiku - "Nenendape"
  10. Iueke - "Of The Dust"
  11. Bun - "Fatblwhut48"
  12. Destiino - "Like Love"
  13. Felicia Atkinson - "Amber's Desire"
  14. Smagghe & Cross - "Ressac"
  15. Numerus Aurus - "Consobrini"
  16. Le Comte - "Bye Bye"
  17. Villeneuve & Morando - "Constant"
  18. Dark Mark - "Body Bag"
  19. Abstraxion - "Cosmic Hole"
  20. Bambounou - "Self Stockholm Syndrome"
  21. Dye - "P-Branes"
  22. Pierre Rousseau - "Anonyme"
Review: Two years ago, Joakim surprised us all by releasing a superb compilation of contemporary French ambient music on Tigersushi. Mixing academic ambient, neo-classical, music concrete and electronica, "Musique Ambiante Francaise" tapped into France's long and illustrious experimental music history while offering a decidedly 21st century perspective. This second volume offers up more of the same, fitting between meditative electronic minimalism (Fil Unique), trippy and dubbed-out weirdness (Krikor), sustained-note paranoia (67Yarc), gentle new age synth-scapes (Trypheme), Pete Namlook style intergalactic electronics (Smagghe & Cross), stark piano pieces (Numerous Aurus), freaky weird-outs (Bambounou) and much more besides. Some of it is more unsettling that chilled-out, but without fail each and every track is superb.
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Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Extended Edition) (2xCD in 24 page hard-back book sleeve)
UMC
Cat: 774776 4. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Under Stars
  2. The Secret Place
  3. Matta
  4. Signals
  5. An Ending (Ascent)
  6. Under Stars II
  7. Drift
  8. Silver Morning
  9. Deep Blue Day
  10. Weightless
  11. Always Returning
  12. Stars
  13. The End Of A Thin Cord
  14. Capsule
  15. At The Foot Of A Ladder
  16. Waking Up
  17. Clear Desert Night
  18. Over The Canaries
  19. Last Step From The Surface
  20. Fine-grained
  21. Under The Moon
  22. Strange Quiet
  23. Like I Was A Spectator
Review: To tie in with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, Brian Eno has decided to put out a new edition of his decidedly spacey 1983 ambient album "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks", which started life as the soundtrack to a long-forgotten documentary about NASA's space program. The edition is rather special, not only because it contains a remastered version of the original set created by Eno, his brother Roger and regular collaborator Daniel Lanois, but also because it contains a second disc of previously unheard material. This is not old, though, but rather brand new recordings - described as "new interpretations of the film soundtrack" - made by the Lanois and the Eno brothers late last year in a similar style. In a word: essential.
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DSVII (CD)
Cat: M 7016. Rel: 16 Sep 19
Coldwave/Synth
  1. Hell Riders
  2. A Bit Of Sweetness
  3. Goodbye Captain Lee
  4. Colories
  5. Meet The Friends
  6. Feelings
  7. A Word Of Wisdom
  8. Lure De Fiel
  9. Jeux D'enfants
  10. A Taste Of The Dusk
  11. Lunar Son
  12. Oh Yes You're There, Everyday
  13. Mirage
  14. Taifun Flory
  15. Temple Of Sorrow
Review: Apparently inspired by 1980s computer game soundtracks and the synth-heavy scores to fantasy films, M83's "DSVII" is slated as a sequel to the band's 2007 set "Digital Shades". If so, it's a rather belated one, especially considering the French outfit has released three studio sets and a swathe of soundtracks since then. Regardless, the material here is deliciously evocative, emotion-rich and atmospheric, mirroring the ebb and flow (and peaks and troughs) associated with soundtracks whilst relying entirely on i80s-sounding synthesizers and drum machine hits. It's basically synth-wave, with Symmetry's "Themes From An Imaginary Film" - itself based on music initially intended for the "Drive" soundtrack - being an obvious comparison.
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 in stock $12.44
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Pop Ambient 2018 (unmixed CD)
Cat: KOMPAKTCD 142. Rel: 17 Nov 17
Ambient/Drone
  1. Fresco & Pfeiffer - "Splinter"
  2. Yui Onodera - "Prism"
  3. Chuck Johnson - "Brahmi"
  4. Triola - "L'Atalante"
  5. Kenneth James Gibson - "Disinclined To Vacate"
  6. Kaito - "Travelled Between Souls"
  7. Mikkel Metal - "Shame"
  8. Jens-Uwe Beyer - "Athos"
  9. The Orb - "Sky's Falling"
  10. T. Raumschmiere - "Eterna"
  11. Wurden & Pfeiffer - "Panorama"
  12. Yui Onodera - "Nine Chairs To The Moon"
Review: The appearance of Kompakt's annual Pop Ambient compilation is usually a sign that Christmas is on its way. This year's edition is naturally as soothing and heart-warming as a glass of single malt beside the fire following a heavy festive feast. Highlights include the neo-classical movements of Chuck Johnson's wintry "Brahmi", the bubbly electronics of Kenneth James Gibson's "Destined To Vacate", the cinematic sweeps and layered field recordings of Wurden and Pfieffer's "Vacate" and the gently unfurling bliss of Yui Onodera's "Nine Chairs To The Moon", which sounds like an unlikely collaboration between Johnny Nash and Brian Eno. Those after "bigger" names will enjoy the fine contributions from the Orb and T.Raumschmiere, though there are far more sublime pieces elsewhere on the CD.
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Cat: HOSP 614. Rel: 24 Jun 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Scarlet Locusts Of These Columns
  2. Neo-Savage (Suspicions Of Destiny)
  3. With Bated Breath (Bird In Hand)
  4. Tricks To The Brazen Eye
  5. Mondala (The Smell Of Power)
  6. The Mondrian
  7. White Ties To The Revolution
  8. Frozen Charlotte (Scarlet Temper)
  9. I Am The True Wine
  10. Myriads
  11. Feather Duster/Put In Place
  12. Blue Iris
  13. Patron Saint Of Murdered Wives
  14. Mud Soiled
  15. Nameless Faceless
  16. The Vanity Greater Than Misery
  17. Sanguinary
Review: Over the last decade, Jim Mroz AKA Lussuria has offered up a steady stream of albums that offer a distinctly opaque and otherwordly fusion of dark ambient, drone and electronic experimentation. "Scarlet Locusts of These Forests" is arguably amongst the best of them. It initially appeared in 2015 as a four-tape box set and here gets a release on CD for the very first time. It's wonderfully creepy, unsettling and mood enhancing in equal measure, with Mroz subtly shifting emphasis between aural dystopia and melodic enlightenment. One minute, you're listening to delay-drenched harp loops and creaking doors ("With Bated Breath (Bird In Hand)"), the next blissful ambient ("Frozen Charlotte (Scarlet Temper)"), Radio Workshop-esque analogue tones ("Blue Iris") or echoing dub techno style drones ("The Vanity Greater Than Misery").
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Cat: RVNGNL 58CD. Rel: 24 May 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Water Memory Poem
  2. A Lake
  3. Water Memory 1
  4. Water Memory 2
  5. Dock
  6. Your Pond
  7. Mount Vision Poem
  8. Synth 1
  9. Piano 1
  10. Synth 2
  11. Huckleberry
  12. Synth 3
  13. Piano 2 (Mount Vision)
  14. Outdoor (bonus track)
Review: Hailing from the Catskill Mountains, Emily A Sprague is a talented producer and sound designer emerging from the American underground. Her two self-released cassette albums "Water Memory and Mount Vision" may well have passed you by when they first snuck out in 2017 and 2018 respectively, but fortunately the ever-tuned-in RVNG Intl. are taking care of business and gathering these two wonderful releases together and presenting them as a beautifully packaged long playing release. This is the kind of delicate ambient material that suits both mindful immersion and environmental mood setting, emanating harmony and balance at every turn.
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  1. Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions
  2. Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions
  3. Temporary Bliss State
  4. Stage 4 Post Awareness Confusions
  5. Stage 5 Advanced Plaque Entanglements
  6. Stage 5 Advanced Plaque Entanglements
  7. Stage 5 Synpase Retrogenesis
  8. Stage 5 Sudden Time Regression Into Isolation
  9. Stage 6 Confusion So Thick You Forget Forgetting
  10. Stage 6 A Brutal Bliss Beyond This Empty Defeat
  11. Stage 6 Long Decline Is Over
  12. Stage 6 Place In The World Fades Away
Review: Jim Kirby AKA The Caretaker has been serving up volumes of the decidedly experimental "Everywhere At The End Of Time" series since 2016. This four-disc set gathers together albums four, five and six, each of which was inspired by a different aspect of dementia. So while "Stage 4" offers up a quartet of music concrete style sample collages and crackle-laden 1920s period pieces, "Stage 5" is dark, noisy, intense and droning - a kind of confused, cloudy aural soundscape that defies easy categorization. "Stage 6", the final album is the series, is largely quiet and contemplative, featuring lengthy, crackle-laden ambient movements that arguably count among the artist's most impactful pieces to date.
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Cat: ATONCD 07. Rel: 10 Dec 18
Techno
  1. Time Melts
  2. Reality Of Space
  3. Excalibur's Radar
  4. Millentum
  5. Lost
  6. Think City
  7. Shades Amaze
  8. Seeing Sense
Review: Ostgut Ton A-Ton completes their trilogy of compilations charting the early-to-mid-'90s ambient techno work of British producer Luke Slater under the 7th Plain alias. As with its predecessors, the eight included tracks offer a mixture of previously released fare from the project's heyday and music that's sat on dusty DAT tapes for well over two decades. Highlights come thick and fast, from the sun-bright sci-fi melodies, sustained ambient chords and bubbly acid lines of "Time Melts" and the Black Dog-ish shuffle of "Reality of Space", to the booming, club-ready "Lost", drowsy IDM cut "Think City" and the intergalactic, stretched-out bliss of brilliant closing cut "Seeing Sense".
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 in stock $11.66
UMC
Cat: 776431 9. Rel: 19 Jul 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Under Stars
  2. The Secret Place
  3. Matta
  4. Signals
  5. An Ending (Ascent)
  6. Under Stars II
  7. Drift
  8. Silver Morning
  9. Deep Blue Day
  10. Weightless
  11. Always Returning
  12. Stars
  13. The End Of A Thin Cord
  14. Capsule
  15. At The Foot Of A Ladder
  16. Waking Up
  17. Clear Desert Night
  18. Over The Canaries
  19. Last Step From The Surface
  20. Fine-grained
  21. Under The Moon
  22. Strange Quiet
  23. Like I Was A Spectator
Review: To tie in with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings, Brian Eno has decided to put out a new edition of his decidedly spacey 1983 ambient album "Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks", which started life as the soundtrack to a long-forgotten documentary about NASA's space program. The edition is rather special, not only because it contains a remastered version of the original set created by Eno, his brother Roger and regular collaborator Daniel Lanois, but also because it contains a second disc of previously unheard material. This is not old, though, but rather brand new recordings - described as "new interpretations of the film soundtrack" - made by the Lanois and the Eno brothers late last year in a similar style. In a word: essential.
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Cat: RBCD 11. Rel: 25 Apr 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Inspirations From A Mental Realm
  2. Variations On A Pentatonic Motion
  3. Menetekel
  4. 3C 123
  5. Yin-Yang
  6. Rythmic Desert
  7. The Quantum Jump (bonus track)
Review: Sometime Klaus Schulze collaborator Andreas Grosser spent much of the late '70s and early '80s making experimental syntheszier music inspired by the (then) West German kosmiche scene, handing out cassettes of his recordings to anyone that was interested. The best of these unreleased works were first gathered together on 1981's Venite Vessum, a cassette-only release that now exchanges hands for large sums online. Happily, Running Back has decided to make it available on CD for the first time, stretching the spacey and otherworldly ambience of Grosser's deep space compositions - some of which bubble along gracefully for 15 minutes at a time - over the disc's duration. Thrillingly, this edition also includes a previously unheard track, the Philip Glass style synthesizer cycles and sun-bright positivity of "The Quantum Jump".
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Cat: SOMACD 121. Rel: 30 Nov 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. 00.00
  2. 00.48.860
  3. 01.26.732
  4. 03.01.039
  5. 05.09.059
  6. 08.02.970
  7. 09.06.831
  8. 12.37.870
  9. 17.33.850
  10. 21.04.158
  11. 24.42.770
  12. 28.02.376
  13. 33.06.534
  14. 37.17.227
  15. 40.42.771
  16. 43.48.118
  17. 47.20.991
  18. 52.02.376
  19. 55.31.484
  20. 101.00.000
Review: It seems that Slam boys Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle are mellowing with age. Their latest studio album - the long-serving Glaswegian duo's sixth in total - dispels with the raging rhythms and full-throttle peak-time anthems in total, instead serving up a range of cuts that all hover around the 101 BPM mark. It's a successful switch, too, with the pair mining their love of deep techno, the sci-fi fuelled melodious futurism of early Motor City techno, and the beat box-powered punch of electro. Throw in some ambient techno headiness and nods towards turn-of-the-90s IDM and you have a sparkling set that suits serious home listening much more than their previous, dancefloor-centric LPs.
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Cat: SOMACD 122. Rel: 08 Mar 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. First Day In The City
  2. Sky
  3. This Cold Night
  4. Forest Voices
  5. Mirage
  6. Dust
  7. Night Stars
  8. January 31
  9. Talking With Shadows
  10. Melancholy Dreams
  11. Away
Review: Soma regular SLV is the epitome of techno cool; a producer who eschews press coverage and instead just serves up regular musical missives from his East Berlin studio. "Berlin: A Portrait In Music" is the shadowy producer's second full-length outing following last year's largely club-focused "Origin of Light" on Virgo. It has a very different feel to its predecessor, with SLV offering up a series of atmospheric ambient cuts built around evocative field recordings, gentle melodies, ghostly chords, crackling aural textures and occasional delay-laden percussion hits. While there is some contemplative positivity - see the impeccable sound design of "Forest Voices" and Jonny Nash style bliss of "Mirage" - the majority of the album is surprisingly poignant and melancholic, with SLV embracing the solitude and loneliness sometimes associated with living in a major European city.
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Cat: KOMPAKTCD 149. Rel: 24 Sep 18
Techno
  1. Made Of Steel. Made Of Stone
  2. Divide Now
  3. Hear Your Voice
  4. Something Left, Something Right, Something Wrong
  5. Who Goes There
  6. Infinite Moment
Review: Kompakt staple Axel Willner returns to present his sixth full-length effort for Kompakt, following up 2016's rather brilliant LP The Follower. On his latest outing, Willner is said to have looked for inspiration outside of the studio, which opened up fresh perspectives on the creation of new music. Moreover, he has stated that in a current climate of hopelessness, the album provided a sense of relief and comfort to him - providing feel good moments that he did not want to end. Indeed, Infinite Moment is a much more introspective affair than previous releases, from the brooding/slow burning opener "Made Of Steel. Made Of Stone", the smoky and glacial dub techno of "Hear Your Voice" to more evocative moments as heard on "Divide Now" or the life-affirming feel of the title track - which closes the impressive release on an optimistic note.
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Rausch (CD)
Cat: KOMPAKTCD 145. Rel: 16 May 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Rausch 1
  2. Rausch 2
  3. Rausch 3
  4. Rausch 4
  5. Rausch 5
  6. Rausch 6
  7. Rausch 7
Review: Since the release of 2016's epic Gas retrospective, Box, the pioneering drone ambient producer (real name Wolfgang Voigt) has been surprisingly productive. Rausch is the lauded electronic musician's speedy follow-up to last year's Narkopop, which happened to be his first full-length for over 15 years. As you'd expect, Rausch is superb, with Voigt variously turning cinematic orchestral tracks into hybrid electro-acoustic epics. While some are beat-less and fluid, others are loopy, hypnotic and otherworldly, with the German building tension via subtle rhythm tracks that draw on techno and IDM. The results are near faultless, as Voight once again proves that he's a true master of his ambient art.
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Whatness (CD)
Cat: KOMPAKTCD 138. Rel: 11 Jul 17
Ambient/Drone
  1. Liquid Mirror
  2. Mintnight
  3. Other The Sea
  4. Timeless
  5. Oktober
  6. Kurt's Forest
  7. April
  8. North
  9. Elusive
  10. Solarwind
  11. Pia
  12. Entrance
Review: Since the release of his debut 12" back in 2013, Anton Kubikov has established himself as one of the fastest-rising names in the dub techno scene. For this keenly anticipated debut album, he's flipped the script a little, delivering a set of breathtaking ambient tracks. Given the atmospheric nature of his previous productions and his obvious attention to detail, it's a move that not only makes sense, but also results in a string of brilliant highlights. Alongside dark and moody, horror-influenced soundscapes and claustrophobic, dub techno-informed pieces, you'll also find Jonny Nash-esque ambient guitar works, blissful piano compositions, gentle new age electronica and the sparkling, wall-of-sound orchestral drone of impeccable closer "Entrance".
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 in stock $10.21
VARIOUS
Pop Ambient 2016 (mixed CD)
Cat: KOMPAKTCD 128. Rel: 10 Nov 15
Ambient/Drone
  1. Stephan Mathieu - "April Im Oktober"
  2. The Orb - "Alpine Dawn"
  3. Anton Kubikov - "April"
  4. Max Wurden - "Unterwasser"
  5. Sicker Man & Gregor Schwellenbach - "Turns"
  6. Wurden & Pfeiffer - "Feinherb"
  7. Mikkel Metal - "Titan"
  8. Dave DK - "Veira" (Leonardo Fresco mix)
  9. Wolfgang Voigt - "Ruckverzauberung" (Thore Pfeiffer megamix)
  10. Jens Uwe Beyer - "The Bremen"
  11. Leandro Fresco - "Configuracion De Ataque"
  12. Thore Pfeiffer - "Idyll"
Review: Well it's that time of the year again. Wolfgang Voight compiles the best in ambient for his beloved label and it's more of the same high calibre ambient excursions you'd expect, like in previous editions. Starting off in truly breathtaking fashion with Stephan Matieu's "April Im Oktober", we're then treated to some new material by British icons The Orb, who present us with "Alpine Dawn" further testament to their otherworldly sense for sound. Label mainstay Mikkel Metal appears also with the sombre yet mesmerising cathedral drone of "Titan", as does Leandro Fresco, twice in fact. With both his sublime remix of Dave DK's "Veira" and his own "Configuracion de Atequa" featuring gorgeously uplifting tones reminiscent of old Gas material. Speaking of which, Voight himself appears with his mindblowing "Ruckverzauberung" from 2012 getting a brilliant modern revision by Thore Pfeiffer. Yet again, it goes without saying; this is essential listening.
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  1. Lento, Sostenuto Tranquillo Ma Cantabile
  2. Lento E Largo, Tranquillissimo
  3. Lento, Cantabile-Semplice
Review: Five years ago, Portishead front woman Beth Gibbons joined forces with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra to perform Henryk Gorecki's "Symphony Number 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)" at the National Opera Grand Theatre in Warsaw. Here, the recording of the concert is finally given a release. It's a stunning suite of classical pieces, with the orchestra making short work of Gorecki's swelling movements and deeply melancholic musical motifs. Gibbons is in particularly fine form, transforming herself into an operatic artist and accurately delivers the stunning, Polish-language pieces. It's an astonishing performance and nothing like we've ever heard from her before. The 24-minute opening track is, in particular, breathtaking.
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Cat: NUM 79CD. Rel: 19 Jan 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Hare Jaya Jaya Rama I
  2. Is This Clear? I
  3. Interlude
  4. Om Namah Shivaya
  5. Today Is This Magic Quality
  6. Great Bells In The Morning
  7. Interlude II
  8. Hare Jaya Jaya Rama II
  9. All Of A Sudden
  10. Om Tryumbacom
  11. I Can Only Bliss Out (F'days)
  12. We Shall Be Lifted
  13. Allah
  14. Cosmic Joe
  15. Laws Of Manifestation
  16. Who's In Love?
  17. Is This Clear? II
  18. Is This Clear? III
Review: Since the release of Laraaji's fine career retrospective, Celestial Music 1978-2011, in 2013, there's been renewed interest in the work of the autoharp-playing ambient spirtualist. It's perhaps surprising, then, that it has taken this long for someone to reissue his Vision Songs Volume 1, the former Brian Eno collaborator's first self-released cassette album. In many ways, it's atypical of his work, featuring as it does "devotional and inspirational songs", rather than new age instrumentals. It was recorded in 1984 and sees the one-time actor combining lo-fi Casio synthesizer chords and melodies with his own soulful, life-affirming lyrics and copious amounts of tape delay. It remains a fine work, with the constant warmth of original tape his offering a reminder of the set's decidedly lo-fi roots.
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Rainworks (CD)
Cat: MFM 020CD. Rel: 19 Oct 17
Ambient/Drone
  1. From Memory & The Sky
  2. The Way Of The Water
  3. The Hiding Place
  4. They Don't Love Each Other
  5. Nothing Ends
  6. A Rainy Afternoon
Review: Having introduced Spanish ambient pioneer Suso Saiz to a wider audience via last year's superb Odisea retrospective, Music From Memory has scored a new album from the long-serving musician and composer. Rainworks was recorded over a two-month period in early 2016, and sees Saiz evocatively join the dots between Jonny Nash style guitar-led ambience, gently undulating, piano-driven mood pieces, evocative collages of found sounds and field recordings (see opener "From Memory & The Sky"), and ghostly, effects-laden ambient. He also finds time to pay tribute to Steve Reich style American minimalism on the cyclical brilliance of "They Don't Love Each Other".
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Cat: 770221 4. Rel: 25 Jan 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Nocturnal Promenade
  2. To The Unknown Man
  3. Movement 9, Mythodea
  4. Moonlight Reflections
  5. Through The Night Mist
  6. Early Years
  7. Love Theme, Blade Runner
  8. Sweet Nostalgia
  9. Intermezzo
  10. To A Friend
  11. La Petite Fille De La Mer
  12. Longing
  13. Chariots Of Fire
  14. Unfulfilled Desire
  15. Lonesome
  16. 1492: Conquest Of Paradise
  17. Pour Melia
Review: On "Nocturne", his first fresh album for three years, legendary Greek composer Vangelis has jettisoned his beloved synthesizers and opted for a Grand Piano instead. The result is a set of breathtaking beautiful solo piano compositions that were, according to the press release accompanying the set, inspired by his pet passions: science, history and explorations. While he's included versions of a few old favourites from his expansive catalogue of film soundtracks - most notably the theme from "Chariots of Fire" and "Love Theme" from "Blade Runner" - the majority of the material is fresh and original. For the most part, these previously unheard compositions are every bit as atmospheric and beguiling as his ambient-leaning, synthesizer-heavy works.
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VARIOUS
1 Plus 1 Equals X (unmixed 2xCD in embossed box + booklet)
Cat: ERATP 100CD. Rel: 30 Aug 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Qasim Naqvi - "Brutal Moderna" (2:00)
  2. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - "Long May It Sustain" (2:00)
  3. Rival Consoles - "Ritual Song" (2:00)
  4. Nils Frahm - "Frau Dehlholm" (2:00)
  5. Daniel Thorne - "Iroise" (2:00)
  6. Daniel Brandt - "Blackpool Sands Forever" (2:00)
  7. Douglas Dare - "Darling" (2:00)
  8. Michael Price - "Eyn Hallow" (2:00)
  9. Kiasmos & Hogni Egilsson - "Zebra" (2:00)
  10. Ben Lukas Boysen - "Pending" (2:00)
  11. David Allred - "Ahoy" (2:00)
  12. Anne Muller - "Bel Tono" (2:00)
  13. Lubomyr Melnyk - "Palisade 1" (2:00)
  14. Hatis Noit - "Inori" (2:00)
  15. Masayoshi Fujita - "Spaceship Magical" (2:00)
  16. Hogni - "Mani" (2:00)
  17. Peter Broderick - "The Perpetual Glow" (2:00)
  18. Arthur Jeffes & Nils Frahm - "Up Is Good" (2:00)
  19. Daniel Brandt - "Blackpool Sands Forever" (Rival Consoles remix) (2:00)
  20. Penguin Cafe - "Wheels Within Wheels" (Greg Gives Peter Space remix) (2:00)
Review: Erased Tapes founder Robert Raths has stated that the objective of 1+1=X was to create a zeitgeist that captured the value of experimenting and reacting to each other as artists. In real time and in the same confines. It marks the tenth anniversary for the imprint, with this collection of exclusive songs from every artist on the label. Originally released on vinyl for Record Store Day 2018 back in April, this features all the original tracks, where they share instruments and each others' capabilities during a residency at Vox-Ton studio in Berlin. Highlights include label staple Nils Frahm's melancholic "Frau Dehlholm", Kiasmos teaming up with Hogni Egilsson on the emotional deep house of "Zebra" and the always impressive Peter Broderick on the bittersweet symphony of "The Perpetual Glow".
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Virgins (CD)
Cat: KRANK 183. Rel: 09 Oct 13
Ambient/Drone
  1. Prism
  2. Virginal I
  3. Radiance
  4. Live Room
  5. Live Room Out
  6. Virginial II
  7. Black Refraction
  8. Incense At Abu Ghraib
  9. Amps, Drugs, Harmonium
  10. Stigmata I
  11. Stigmata II
  12. Stab Variation
Review: Tim Hecker's music has a way of consistently confounding expectations thanks to his ever shifting nature, and Virgins is no exception. While 2011's Ravedeath 1972 felt weighed down by its sandblasted sound that brought to mind a ravaged landscape, and last year's Instrumental Tourist was filled with subtle Eastern influences, Virgins comes with a sound that feels somehow elegiac; opener "Prism" places cacophonous organs stretched to infinity, while "Radiance" is as close as Hecker will get to the sound of an angelic chorus. Other moments prove more introspective, such as "Live Room Out", and the sullen piano keys of "Black Refraction". It's an album with the same instantly timeless quality of Fennesz's Venice, and comes highly recommended.
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Cat: KRANK 191CD. Rel: 10 Nov 14
Ambient/Drone
  1. Ahull
  2. In Threes
  3. Bleeding Ink
  4. Sea Island Murders
  5. Iona
  6. Holding Pattern
  7. Catalina 1943
  8. Angle Of Loll
  9. Sturgeon Bank
  10. En Masse
  11. Angle Of List
Review: Since 2001 Scott Morgan has released a wealth of material, largely on his spiritual home of Kranky as well as in legion with Destroyer and Thee Crusaders. His thirteenth Loscil album is another serene body of work that deals in harmonious tones, picking up the baton from the likes of Fennesz and seeking to express such melancholic orchestrations through a unique set of voices. Indeed there are human vocal tones within the processed drifts of melody that mark out Sea Island, but they're on a level pegging with anchorless synths and subtle peaks of interference that mark out the character of Morgan's particular kind of ambience.
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Cat: KRANK 102. Rel: 06 Oct 06
Ambient/Drone
  1. Rainbow Blood
  2. Stags Aircraft Kings & Secretaries
  3. Palimpsest
  4. Chimeras
  5. Dungeoneering
  6. Palimpsest II
  7. Spring Heeled Jack Flies Tonight
  8. Harmony In Blue I-IV
  9. Radio Spiricom
  10. Whitecaps Of White Noise
  11. Whitecaps Of White Noise II
  12. Blood Rainbow
  13. Track 13
  14. Track 14
  15. Track 15
Review: "Harmony In Ultraviolet" is Tim Hecker's sixth album, Hecker's other albums appear on Alien 8, Mille Plateaux, EN/OF, and Fat Cat Records. "Harmony..." is a continuation of Hecker's interest in spectral communications, noise, impressionist musics, thresholds of listening pleasure/pain, and the limits of digital composition. This album is a significant development of his song-craft, challenging the usefulness of descriptors such as ambient, drone, metal, noise and electronic music. The New York Times has described his work as foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole.
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Plume (CD)
Cat: KRANK 096. Rel: 08 Jun 06
Ambient/Drone
  1. Motoc
  2. Rorschach
  3. Zephyr
  4. Steam
  5. Chinook
  6. Bellows
  7. Halcyon
  8. Charlie
  9. Mistral
Review: Another superior ambient album delivered to you by Kranky Records. 'Plume' is the fourth album from electronic composer and visual artist Scott Morgan aka Loscil from Vancouver. Improvised organic instrumentation, including guitar and vibraphone entwine with computer generated electronic sequences, analogue with digital, to create an extremely serene and spiritual sonic marriage.
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Anoyo (CD)
Cat: KRANK 220. Rel: 09 May 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. That World
  2. Is But A Simulated Blur
  3. Step Away From Konoyo
  4. Into The Void
  5. Not Alone
  6. You Never Were
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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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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Cat: HTH 108CD. Rel: 15 Mar 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Aisha Devi - "OMA" (Abdul Mogard remix)
  2. Penelope Trappes - "Carry Me" (Abdul Mogard remix)
  3. Nick Nicely - "London South" (Abdul Mogard remix)
  4. Becoming Animal - "The Sky Is Ever Falling" (Abdul Mogard remix)
  5. Fovea Hex - "We Dream All The Dark Away" (Abdul Mogard remix)
Review: Although Abul Mogard has made some stunning albums over the years, in recent times it's his reworks that have been celebrated most. It's perhaps for that reason that Houndstooth has decided to offer up this retrospective of the shadowy artist's most admired remixes. The most notable inclusion is the producer's previously unheard revision of Becoming Animal's "The Sky Is Ever Falling", a stunning, stretched-out soundscape that re-imagines the song as a heart-aching ambient epic. It's almost as good as Mogard's jaw-dropping interpretation of Fovea Hex's "We Dream All The Dark Away", whose fragile folk vocals, ever-intensifying modular synthesizer cycles and layered electronic drones deliver a stunning climax to an impeccable collection of inspired ambient soundscapes.
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KI Motion (CD)
Cat: WRWTFWW 026CD. Rel: 28 Jun 18
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Wood Dance
  2. Maximum
  3. KI-Motion
  4. Angwora Steps
  5. Hot Air
  6. Zindo Zindo
Review: Having previously served up new editions of a number of Midori Takada's solo albums, Swiss reissue specialists WRWTFWW have now turned their attention to her earlier work as part of the Mkwaju Ensemble. Ki-Motion originally appeared on legendary Japanese imprint Better Days way back in 1981, and saw the trio lay down a range of wonderfully breezy, melodious and life-affirming tracks that joined the dots between Glass and Reich style American minimalism, Berlin school ambient, Japanese new age bliss and gentle, proto-type electronica. It's perhaps not as rare or sought-after as some Takada-related releases, but it's still a delightful album: a melodious and sun-kissed affair that sparkles just as much as her sublime solo works.
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Mkwaju (CD)
Cat: WRWTFWW 025CD. Rel: 19 Nov 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Mkwaju
  2. Shak Shak
  3. Lemore
  4. Tira-Rin
  5. Pulse In The Mind
  6. Flash-Back
Review: Having previously reissued Mkwaju Ensemble's inspired 1981 debut "Ki-Motion", WRWTFWW now turns its attention to their equally impressive follow-up from the same year, "Mkwaju". Beginning with a breezy chunk of Marimba-driven four-to-the-floor bliss, the album sees the Japanese trio - whose members included legendary percussionist and ambient artist Midori Takada - shuffle between hypnotic, Steve Reich-influenced minimalism ("Shak Shak"), melodious fusions of new age electronica and modern American classical ("Tira-Rin"), and glacial ambient soundscapes ("Pulse In The Mind"). Best of all, though, is "Flash-Back", a dense and intoxicating percussion workout that stretches out over 13 mind-bending minutes.
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Re Member (CD)
Cat: 676600 5. Rel: 24 Aug 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Re:member
  2. Unfold (feat Sohn)
  3. Saman
  4. Brot
  5. Inconsist
  6. They Sink
  7. Ypsilon
  8. Partial
  9. Momentary
  10. Undir
  11. Ekki Hugsa
  12. Nyepi
Review: Since leaving his hardcore metal drummer past behind, Olafur Arnalds has gone on to become one of the most lauded composers and producers of his generation, balancing experimental work that blends neo-classical movements with most rock and abstract electronics, with acclaimed work for film and television. Re:member is the Icelander's first album since working on the Broadchurch soundtrack and undeniably his most high profile release to date. It's also fiendishly cutting edge, utilizing specially created software to trigger new sequences (as well as randomized electronic feedback) on two pianos chained to his primary instrument. These elements, naturally mixed with strings, live percussion and the multi-instrumentalist's own considered electronics, combine to create a mesmerizing and thoroughly absorbing album.
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Nicole (CD + insert)
Cat: WRWTFWW 022CD. Rel: 07 Nov 17
Jazz
  1. Morning Glow
  2. Breathing New Life
  3. Garden
  4. Urban Square
  5. Nile Blue
  6. Shining Through
  7. Early Summer
  8. Roses At The Cutting Edge
  9. Passion
Review: Back in the mid 1980s, Jun Fukamachi decided to establish his own label, Nicole. It didn't last very long. In fact, the imprint only ever put out one record: a promo-only collection of untitled instrumentals called '86 Spring & Summer Collection: Instrumental Images. Here, that hard-to-find set gets reissued on CD for the very first time. Heavily influenced by mid-1980s film and TV soundtracks, contemporaneous new age ambient and expressive experimental jazz, the synthesizer and drum machine heavy collection sounds like it was designed to showcase Fukamachi's library music credentials. Crucially, though, it contains some superb, life-affirming compositions that should thrill those who have been enjoying the previous reissues of both WRWTFWW and Holland's Music From Memory.
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Cat: BIO 25. Rel: 15 Mar 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. 'T Schop
  2. Pipistrellus
  3. Audax
  4. Strigiformes
  5. Rovertse Heide
  6. De Doornboom
  7. Hilsondis
  8. Icoon
Review: After a recent string of EPs and mini LPs, it's a pleasure to hear Biosphere tantalizing drones and ambient loops across a full-length. The Hilvarenbeek Recordings are a perfect encapsulation of the man's sound and vision, forever iterating his subtle sounds to paint rich and vivid portrays of the world and of his surroundings. The new album, one of his best to date, comes to life thanks to the amalgamation of field recordings, raw talent, and a pensive outlook on the world. A constant thirst for applying sound to vision, and vision to sound. Wonderful, as always.
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Veriditas (CD)
Cat: GI 322CD. Rel: 31 Aug 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. Seeming
  2. Latest Lost
  3. Dreams
  4. Eventually
  5. Even Today
  6. Harmonia
  7. North Wind
  8. Toward You
  9. Upward Beside The Gate
  10. Row The Tide
  11. Silverlight
Review: Ambient enthusiasts have long cherished Keith Kenniff's full-length excursions under the Helios alias, but now his particular brand of quiet contemplation and musical mind massage looks set to reach a wider audience. Ghostly International has snapped up this eighth studio album, a fine set that subtly flips his usual script while retaining Kenniff's trademark languid chords, soft focus production style and yearning, slowly unfurling melodies. He says there's more focus on "texture and harmony" and less adherence to musical rules and song structures. This might be the case, but the results are every bit as alluring, poignant and spiritual as any of his previous albums.
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Dissolvi (CD)
Cat: GI 320CD. Rel: 03 Aug 18
Ambient/Drone
  1. M Path
  2. Phantox
  3. Saccade (feat Julianna Barwick)
  4. Alienself
  5. Aroid
  6. Syncope (feat GABI)
  7. Lyngr
  8. Dissolvi
Review: Since Emeralds disbanded earlier in the decade, Steve Hauschildt has impressed with a serious of largely overlooked albums on Kranky that showcased his innate ability to craft distinctly melodic music that sits somewhere between IDM, slowly shifting ambient, droning soundscapes and more ethereal home listening techno. Dissolvi, his first album for Ghostly International, could well be his most accomplished solo work to date. While it explores similar sonic territory to previous full-length releases, the set is bolder, more atmospheric and, at times, intensely beautiful. While undoubtedly fresh, those with long memories will note audible nods to ambient and deep techno greats of the early 1990s, including Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum), Pete Namlook and, most obviously, Boards of Canada. In a word: timeless.
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Cat: BIO 31CD. Rel: 06 Jun 19
Ambient/Drone
  1. Skalbrekka
  2. Strandby
  3. Bergsbotn I
  4. Bjorvika
  5. Berg
  6. Kyle
  7. Fjolhogget
  8. Stordjupta
  9. Bergsbotn II
  10. Bergsbotn III
  11. Lysbotn
  12. Straumen
  13. Steinfjord
  14. Gilberg
  15. Alteret
  16. Geatkejavri
  17. Ha
Review: Norwegian ambient veteran Biosphere has enjoyed something of a renaissance of late, thanks in no small part to a series of essential reissues of his 1990s work. His latest release, "The Senja Recordings", is not a reissue, though, but rather his most significant and extensive new album in years. Icy, windswept and atmospheric, it was apparently recorded during extended stays on a Norwegian island over the course of four years. There's plenty of sparse, dark ambient material, of course, but also plenty of distorted but quietly melodic compositions that mirror the loneliness of his remote surroundings. He brings us closer than ever to those surroundings via extensive use of field recordings made during his time on the island, something that only enhances the listening experience.
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Cat: 329903 9810521. Rel: 07 Mar 19
Experimental/Electronic
  1. Opus
  2. Sonatine
  3. Intermezzo
  4. Lorenz & Watson
  5. Choral No 1
  6. Choral No 2
  7. Do Bacteria Sleep?
  8. Bachata
  9. Chanson
  10. Distant Echo
  11. Prelude
  12. Sonata
  13. Uetax
  14. Aqua
  15. Energy Flow
  16. Snake Eyes
  17. Tong Poo
  18. Reversing
Review: Since it first appeared in 1998, Ryuichi Sakamoto's sparse and minimal "BTTB" album has been released a number of times, each with a slightly different track listing. This 20th anniversary edition aims to set the record straight, gathering together all 18 tracks that have appeared on the various versions out there on one superb "director's cut" style release. The majority of the set is built around Sakamoto's Erik Satie style solo piano compositions, but there are notable diversions in which his experimental past and present comes through loud and clear. These include the delay-laden mouth harp motifs of "Do Bacteria Sleep?", the spaced-out ambient of "Prelude", reverb-heavy metallic percussion of "Sonata", the music concrete of "Uetax" and a killer piano cover of his old Yellow Magic Orchestra cut "Tong Poo".
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Cat: ES 006CD. Rel: 28 Jun 18
International
  1. Rainbow Serpent
  2. Djambaku
  3. White Cockatoo
  4. Mother, I'm Going
  5. Gandi Bawong
  6. Black Crow
Review: Efficient Space's latest release is certainly an intriguing one. It was sparked by the discovery of a CD copy of an obscure, mid-'90s album made by the late Victorian musician Peter Mumme and three Aboriginal songmen from the Yolngu people of the Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern territory. Uniquely, the album - here reissued under a new title with an additional unreleased piece - mixed the singers' traditional vocals with impeccable ambient soundscapes, gently pulsating electronic rhythms and the kind of fluid and wide-eyed synthesizer melodies more often found on '80s new age recordings. The results still sound remarkable and, thanks to the Yolngu singing style, surprisingly haunting.
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Played by: Dreems, Piers Harrison
 in stock $11.39
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