Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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Nils Frahm
All Encores

The incomparable Nils Frahm presents the third and final instalment in his Encores series of EPs, with all three of the compositions available as an 80-minute album titled All Encores. Conceived of as “musical islands” off of the mainland of 2018's album All Melody, the third part is more percussive and electronic than the previous EPs that focussed on piano and ambience. 

Ellis
Born Again

Canadian musician Ellis aka Linnea Sigglekow follows her debut EP Fuzz from a couple of years ago and support slots with Soccer Mommy and Alvvays with her full length debut, Born Again. She is being touted in various places as one of the artists to watch in 2020. She plays a kind of shoegazey / dream pop / folky / soft-psychedelic music - melodic and ethereal. On Fat Possum.

Margins
I Tried For Hours

Funnily enough I was just thinking about Craig Tattersall (former Hood guitarist, Remote Viewer and the Boats protagonist) and here he turns up as Margins - a multimedia collaboration with Daniel Crossley. Seems from the credits Tattersall handles the music side of thing, Crossley the artwork and CD design which comes in a vintage hardback books with the kind of extra ephemera you wouldn't want if you were spring cleaning the house. 
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Echium
Disruptions Of Form

Disruptions of Form is the latest album from enigmatic Manchester-based producer Echium. He is known for his hermit ways and making some precise ambient electronic music. This album is no exception, mixing ambient pop and cosmic electro-acoustics in a painstakingly arranged manner. It’s his first sferic since 2017’s Synthetic Space. It sees him rejoin a stable that also includes Space Afrika, Perila and Jake Muir.
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Roger Eno and Brian Eno
Mixing Colours

Roger Eno and Brian Eno - brothers together again, naturally. Each Eno sibling is renowned for their trailblazing solo ambient works, and being brothers they also have a lot in common. Here the common ground is found with sound and colour. Mixing Colours is a new LP, their first for Deutsche Grammophon, that sees them in a rare collaboration for the first time since the late ‘80s. 
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M. Sage
Catch a Blessing

Patient Sounds Intl. boss M. Sage rocks up on Geographic North (A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma) with new LP Catch A Blessing. This is an extremely welcoming record, one that uses electroacoustic techniques to twist ambient, new age and chamber music sounds into something more abstract. Fennesz, Cankun and J.G. Biberkopf are among the artists recalled across Catch A Blessing’s eight tracks.
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Jacaszek
Pentral

This is a re-issue of a 2009 album where Michal Jacaszek attempted to describe a church by way of sound. The church in question wasn't one particular church but three in Gdansk where he spend time making noises and checking out how the reverb changed the sounds. In effect he used the church as a huge studio, capturing the atmospheres and unique echoes. 
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Giulio Aldinucci
Shards of Distant Times

Italian composer Guilio Aldinucci delivers his latest studio album Shards of Distant Times, following up on the acclaim lavished on 2017’s Borders and Ruins and 2018’s Disappearing In a Mirror. Aldinucci’s skills as a sound designer come to the fore once again, assembling musical landscapes from snatches of recordings of the human voice, both new and ancient. 

Jacaszek
Music For Film

Over his nearly two decade-long career, Polish songwriter and composer Michal Jacaszek has always dabbled in film soundtracks as well as his own material. His latest studio album, Music For Film, marks a natural intersection of these two preoccupations, put together and released as one single autonomic movement. 
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Gilbert Cohen & Ariel Kalma
Head Voices

Originating when Ariel Kalma stayed at Gilbert Cohen’s house in Amsterdam at the start of European tour a couple of years back, Head Voices is the result of long back-and-forth of ideas. Recorded at Kalma’s place in Mullumbimby, Australia and mixed by I:Cube in Paris, it’s released on Cohen’s Versatile Records. 
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worriedaboutsatan
Time Lapse

worriedaboutsatan, no spaces, all lower case, is Bradford bloke Gavin Miller. He mixes post rock, ambient and techno music to create foggy yet propulsive soundscapes using guitar, 303s and 808s. Time Lapse is his 7th long-player but first for US electronic label n5MD, known for putting out affecting electronic records. RIYL GAS, Explosions in the Sky or early Biosphere.
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Peter Davison
Music On The Way

The first in a new re-issue series of albums by ambient composer Peter Davison, Music On The Way has never been made available since its initial release as the artist’s debut back in 1980. It’s a magnificent meld of hypnotic ambient music with early new age stylings, and commenced Davison’s lengthy career composing soundtracks for indie flicks, documentaries and even Disney. 
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Iasos
Angelic Music

Angelic Music is the second album by American-Greek new age musician, Iasos. It was originally released in 1978, three years after his debut. The album is made up of two long pieces. It has been said that Iasos plays a new age version of classical music. This album is for anyone who is into ambient music and the history thereof. 
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Field Works
Ultrasonic

Bats. They started the Coronavirus pandemic apparently but let's not hold that against them. As Field Works Stuart Hyatt uses recordings of the little flying furry things as source material on this unique album. He gathers together a host of composers including Eluvium, Sarah Davachi, Mary Lattimore and Taylor Dupree to help tell the story. 
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Hiroshi Yoshimura
Green

Hiroshi Yoshimura was an ambient music pioneer but sadly his music barely made it out of his native Japan in his lifetime. His debut album, Music For Nine Postcards, was reissued in 2017 and, along with him being discovered on YouTube, his popularity grew some 14 years after his death. Now we have his groundbreaking ambient masterpiece Green, reissued through Light In The Attic.
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Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams
Aporia

Sufjan Stevens takes a step into the world of New Age music with Aporia. It is a collaborative album made with Lowell Brams of Carrie & Lowell fame who co-owns Asthmatic Kitty records and also happens to be Sufjan Stevens’ stepfather. What we have here is the soundtrack of a non-existent sci-fi film that takes its cues from the likes of John Carpenter, Wendy Carlos and Mike Oldfield. This isn't something Sufjan Stevens has made on quiet weekend when he had nothing else to do, this is a proper, fully realised work.
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Gena Rose Bruce
Can't Make You Love Me

Yet another exciting new presence in Australian indie music, Can’t Make You Love Me is the debut studio album from Gena Rose Bruce. It’s been three years in the making, with backing musicians including the equally wonderful Jade Imagine, and it serves as an excellent showcase for Bruce’s sultry vocals and her ability to craft beautiful yet vaguely psychedelic musical backdrops. 
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bvdub
Ten Times the World Lied

Ambient techno guy bvdub releases his 40th album, Ten Times The World Lied, through Glacial Movements. The name of the label is perfectly suited to bvdub’s slowly engrossing music. It is his 5th album for the Rome-based label led by Alessandro Tedeschi. This is his first album without vocals, but that makes for a superb soundscape which gradually closes in, like clouds preparing to rain.

SONIKKU
Diamond Dust

An interesting concept almost puts two EPs into one here, each track featuring a rework from eclectic producer Mobbs. It's all late night swirls though, with advances in rhythms and transient beat-like timbres setting tracks apart. It's the most ambient side of μ-Ziq, in a computer game in an ecotopian future.
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Gigi Masin & Charles Hayward
Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2

Though best known for his work in This Heat and Camberwell Now, erstwhile sound explorer Charles Hayward has done plenty else in his time. For example, this 1989 split LP with Gigi Masin. The two musicians were tasked with devising music inspired by their local rivers, which led Masin into beautiful looping melodic ambience and Hayward into a sinister side-long drift piece. First time on vinyl for this rare release, out on Modern Classics.

D. Rothon
Nightscapes

On Nightscapes, using a bunch of emotive instruments such as pedal steel, omnichord, strings and mellotron, South London lad, D. Rothon reflects the way we may feeling during the night, good and bad. When senses are heightened and there’s anxiety and/or hope or dreams are enjoyed and broken. Coloured vinyl LP and cassette on Clay Pipe Music.
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Ian William Craig
Red Sun Through Smoke

Returning to the piano for the first time in a long while, Canadian composer and songwriter Ian William Craig presents a powerful new album in the shape of Red Sun Through Smoke. Recorded in Kelowna over a fortnight in the summer of 2018, when forest fires were threatening to engulf the city and which directly contributed to the death of his grandfather, Craig’s eighth album sounds a mournful and apocalyptic tone. 
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Craig Kupka
Crystals: New Music for Relaxation 2

We all need something to relax us in these terrifying times and in the absence of readily available heroin why not turn to this archival release by Craig Kupka. This contains two longform compositions featuring (wait for it) trombone and synthesizer. These unlikely bedfellows create a meditative sound that found favour in relaxation classes. 
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Lesneu
Bonheur ou Tristesse

Lesneu follow somewhat in the trail of the likes of Beach House in making slow moving but quite grandiose dream-pop. The singing is particularly interesting sounding like a cross between the guy from Band of Horses and the guy from R.E.O. Speedwagon. It works though  - it's really yearning stuff with melodies reaching towards the stars.    

Maria Somerville
All My People

Dream pop and Irish folk mingle beneath veils of Liz Harris-like soundscaping on this splendid debut from Dublin-based Maria Somerville. Her calm, secretive singing joins beautifully sculpted synths and guitar, quirky and understated sound design, the occasional plodding beat and quite a lot of reverb.
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Halftribe
Archipelago

Seemingly sweeping up most of the electronica/ambient acts the world has produced, Sound In Silence are busy curating quite a roster. The latest to join is Northern Ireland born Mancunian Ryan Bissett with his Halftribe project.  Here he blends warm electronics, soothing synths, field recordings and gently plucked folky guitars for fans of Fennesz and the Green Kingdom. Comes with the usual expert Sound In Silence packaging. 
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Endless Melancholy
A Perception Of Everything

Endless Melancholy have almost the perfect name for the music they make which is introspective, peaceful electronica to stare out of windows to. A Perception of Everything is their seventh album which has leader Oleksiy Sakevych musing on the search for inner peace and tranquility in an increasingly insane world. Perfect escape music for these times. 
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Skalpel
Highlights

Building their great reputation by welding samples from Poland’s rich history of jazz from the Sixties and Seventies to distinctive, modern hip-hop beats with a curator’s sense of love and knowledge, the Wrocław-based duo Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudło release their newest Skalpel record Highlight on the Nopaper imprint. 

Various
Jura Soundsystem presents Transmission Two

Jura Soundsystem is Isle of Jura label boss Kevin Griffiths. Transmission Two is the second installment in a compilation series that digs up highly-prized, sought-after and no longer available tracks from the worlds of ambient, electro, library music, slow disco and dub house. Artists include Carl Craig, Bochum Welt, Zann, John Rocca and David Arch.
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Mike Slott
Vignettes

Mike Slott aka Mike Nolan returns to Lucky Me, a label he helped set up, after 10 years away with Vignettes. His last release for the label was the influential Lucky 9Teen EP.  Slott is keen, with Vignettes, to avoid the cliched ‘imagined film soundtrack’ tag. It is, however, quite useful in describing the sonic world he has created here. Immerse yourself.
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Warmth
Life

Agustín Mena delivers another album of ambient, flawlessly serene beauty under his Warmth moniker. His fifth studio record in total, Life marries the sound of his first two albums Essay and Home with the darker, menacing textures he was hinting at over his most recent two LPs, Parallel and Wildlife. 
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Miguel Noya
Canciones Intactas

Canciones Intactas, which translates into English as Songs Intact is a lovely name for a career retrospective. It suggests ambient electronic composer Miguel Noya is telling us “Whatever has happened, I’ve made these songs and they’re here for eternity”. His music has seldom been heard outside of his native Venezuela and were mostly recorded to a backdrop of national financial crises, a corrupt government and violence on the streets. The music acted as, not necessarily a remedy, but a soothing balm to help cope with the outside chaos.

Coastlines
Coastlines

Coastlines self describe as a 'Japanese production unit' and are comprised of DJ and producer Masanori Ikeda and Cro-Magnon keyboard player Takumi Kaneko. As the cover depicts, they make summer ready house grooves ready for the beach and the pool. Classic balearic-influenced up tempo fun for a summer some of us may never see.  
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Inoyamaland
Danzindan-Pojidon

Inoyamaland are a new age duo from Japan. Their 1983 album Danzindan-Pojidon is a classic of ambient / environmental / electronic music and, due to this reissue on WRWTFWW Records, is available outside Japan for the first time. If your a fan of Midori Takada’s Through The Looking Glass album or Hiroshi Yoshimura’s Green album, then this is utterly essential.
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Various
Velvet Desert Music Vol. 2

The second instalment in Jörg Burger’s series of compilations for the Kompakt label, Velvet Desert Music Vol. 2 seeks to mingle the core aesthetic components of diverse genres such as soundtrack work, downtempo pop, kosmiche and Sixties psychedelia. Features tracks by the likes of The Fantastic Twins, Sascha Funke and Superpitcher on top of newcomers like Golden Bug and Mount Obsidian. 

Star Searchers
Avatar Blue

How far could you swim in two hours? I could do about 25 metres I reckon on a good day and with the wind behind. This 2CD from former the Skaters member Spencer Clark as Star Searchers features two hours of music made to represent the swimming patterns of aquatic life. It also serves as a soundtrack to an speculated imagining of how James Cameron's forthcoming Avatar 2 might be soundtracked. Ocean-based new aged synth wanderings for bath time. 

Jon Hassell
Vernal Equinox

Originally released in 1977, Vernal Equinox was the first commercially available work by composer and trumpeter Jon Hassell, later a collaborator with the legendary Brian Eno. The two of them provide sleevenotes for this timely re-issue, now on vinyl for the first time in 42 years and which was named one of the best ambient records of all time by Pitchfork. 
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Ulrich Schnauss
A Strangely Isolated Place

We certainly need some music that screams "don't worry, everything is going to be ok" with big soothing synths and comforting bass lines right now. One answer could be to revisit Ulrich Shnauss's back catalogue which often melds Boards of Canada-style electronics with towering melodies. A Strangely Isolated Place was his second album and since Schnauss has the rights to his back catalogue back, he's doing the decent thing and re-issuing them.  
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Noveller
Arrow

Noveller is the music project of Sarah Lipstate. She uses an electric guitar and a whole bunch of effect pedals to make her experimental sound. Arrow is her latest album. It comes at a busy time for her as she has been touring as part of Iggy Pop’s band as well as earning writing credits on some of his songs. In the past she has played with Glen Branca, JG Thirlwell and Lee Ranaldo and supported St. Vincent, U.S. Girls and Helium - acts she can also refer to as her adoring fans.
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Råå
Ljungens Lag

Created by Magnus Sveningsson (bass player with perennially underrated Swedish indie veterans The Cardigans) and produced by Carl Granberg last spring, Ljungens Lag (translated as ‘the law of the heather’) is released under the name Råå. The outfit’s second album, it sounds almost completely unlike how that all sounds - truly, this is a globe-trotting mixture of sounds! 
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Hakobune
Ruminating on What Was Unsaid

Created during the sweltering heat wake that Tokyo experienced last summer, Japanese ambient artist Takahiro Yorifuji delivers his latest Hakobune album Ruminating On What Was Unsaid. This brown-coloured vinyl release also marks the return of Yorifuji’s Tobira label, which was mothballed back in 2011. 
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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Mosaic Of Transformation

The Mosaic Of Transformation is the eighth album by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. The composer and musician is a big hit around these parts, i.e. Norman Records. Her 2016 album Ears was awarded the coveted Norman Records Album of the Years and it’s follow-up, The Kid, received a 9/10 review from our Laurie. This time out, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has written and ode to electricity. Our hopes are high. 
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The Chi Factory
Travel In Peace

Recorded soon after the death of J. Derwort in February last year, Travel In Peace is the final chapter in the long history of The Chi Factory. Recorded in Patmos by Hanyo van Oosterom amid all kinds of handmate woodwind instruments, it makes for an incredibly moving yet restful listening experience. 
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A Lily
Id-Dar Tal-Missier

A Lily, aka James Vella, follows up last year’s interesting Ten Drones On Cassette release with Id-Dar Tal-Missier, a fully-fledged album which pulls that ambient drone mastery into contact with actual song forms. Xylophone, guzheng and organ all make appearances on the record, as so guests like C Duncan and Daniel Neal. Out on Blank Editions.
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Erland Cooper
Solan Goose

Prolific multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper—also of The Magnetic North and Erland and The Carnival fame—defies genre categorisation, his eclectic sound ranging from electro experiments, lilting folktronica and evocative poetry set to classical tropes. This vinyl release, out on Phases, explores his Scottish origins, each track named after a bird familiar to his native Orkney. 

William Basinski
The Deluge

More glorious tape-loop-based minimal composition from William Basinski. The Deluge presents an alternative approach to the source material used on recent companion piece Cascade: a piano loop is processed via various subtle feedback systems, until the whole thing washes away in a haze. White LP on Temporary Residence.
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His Name Is Alive
Return To Never: Home Recordings 1979 - 1986 Volume 2

Return To Never: Home Recordings 1979 - 1986 Volume 2 follows on from 2019’s compilation All The Mirrors In The House documenting the home recordings of Warren Defever aka His Name Is Alive. The recordings were made when Defever was a teenager and show his experimental side was their from the off, making echoey, ambient guitar pieces mixed with field recordings, drone and lo-fi noise pop.
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Hania Rani
Home

According to Polish pianist and composer Hania Rani, her new album Home is the second half of the story she began on her album, Esja. This album sees her expanding her use of instruments and sound from the piano-focused Esja. She adds electronics, vocals, bass and drums and reaches for a more widescreen sound. It was mastered by Zino Mikorey, who has, in the past, worked with Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm.
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Gigi Masin
Calypso

Calypso is the fifth solo album by Italian ambient composer Gigi Masin. Masin was deeply affected by a visit to the Greek island of Gavdos and its beauty so much so it inspired him to compose a whole album about it and its relationship to mythical island Ogygia. Gavdos just happens to also be known as Calypso. It seems Masin is now reaching the heights of masters of the genre such as Brian Eno, Laurie Spiegel, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tangerine Dream and Midori Takada.
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Yumiko Morioka
Resonance

Yumiko Morioka originally released her only solo recording Resonance in 1987. It fell by the wayside in the noisy '80s but slowly picked up listeners via blog posts and You Tube clips. It is a delicate and spacious album of low key piano  - it's understated beauty could be compared perhaps to Erik Satie. This limited re-issue is timely for Morioka who lost her home and possessions in the 2017 Californian wildfires. In any case it's something soul stirring to discover.  
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Huerco S.
For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

Soft and soothing underwater ambient techno from one of the masters of the genre.  Huerco S. drops what could be a landmark missive that is sure to appeal to fans of Deepchord, Gas and Basic Channel. Delicious and serene sounds for your laid back summer listening.  Double vinyl only.   
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Yutaka Hirose
Nova + 4

We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want continue to do just that with this new record. Nova + 4 collects a few works by renowned Japanese ambient composer Yutaka Hirose. Hirose’s acclaimed 1986 work Soundscapes 2: Nova appears here with around fifty minutes of previously-unreleased music in tow. These watercolour drones of sparse piano and birdsong are lovely in that Sarah Davachi sorta way.
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Phantoms vs Fire
Modern Monsters I & II

Sharing the same protagonist as this album’s predecessor My Mind As Your Amusement Park, Brazilian composer Thiago C. Desant’s latest Phantoms vs Fire album Modern Monsters I & II thematically follows on but in musical terms contains more brass and percussive elements, yet not ditched the over-arching sense of dread and tension. 

Meemo Comma
Sleepmoss

Sleepmoss is the second album by Meemo Comma, AKA, Lara Rix-Martin, a Brighton-based producer. It is the follow-up to Ghost On The Stairs, which was an inward-looking, yet, cathartic album. Sleepmoss is more outward-looking, inspired by autumn and winter walks with her dog, celebrating the glory of nature.
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Alessandro Pizzin
Received: Selected Works 1981​-​1993

Alessandro Pizzin started out in the late ‘70s as one half of Italian experimental duo, Ruins. Here we have Received: Selected Works 1981​-​1993, a collection of his solo work. He started by taking inspiration from the Fluxus art movement and Japanese ambient pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura as he developed his own deep, rich collection of sounds. Compiled by Incidental Music with Pizzin’s input. 
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Venus Volcanism
Rizitiko

Venus Volcanism, aka, Rena Rasouli gives her electronic sounds to the world with Rizitiko, her debut mini-LP. It is based on traditional Cretan folk songs and built from there, exploring music’s healing power. It has developed from a thesis she wrote about traditional dialects in music and their focus on healing. On Optimo inprint Weaponise Your Sound.
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Thievery Corporation
Symphonik

Washington D.C. electronic duo Thievery Corporation reworked some of their classics with an orchestra for a now legendary show in their hometown in 2017. That show inspired them to create something new in the same vein. With the help of Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra, along with the Corp's live band, they have recorded Symphonik.
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Rafael Anton Irisarri
Peripeteia

His first album for the Dais imprint, American composer Rafael Anton Irisarri’s Peripeteia reaffirms - if it ever needed to be questioned - his skill and craft in the field of ambient drone music and electronica. It’s also a display of great emotional depth and nuance, influenced by upheavals in fortune and health in recent years. 
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Grouper
A I A : Dream Loss

AIA: Dream Loss was the first of a two part album series released by Grouper (aka Liz Harris) in 2011. The album continues her journey into deep ambience and distorted slow moving dream pop and has been compared to the earlier similarly muffled and spacey sound of Flying Saucer Attack. Long out of print, these two albums have received essential re-issue courtesy of the good people at Kranky.   
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Steve Hauschildt
Strands

Steve Hauschildt, formerly of synth-wizards Emeralds, is still going strong as a solo artist: this is his fourth solo record for the ever-excellent Kranky label. Strands is a particularly personal release for Hauschildt, as it engages with aspects of his Cleveland hometown. Expect all the graceful electronic pulsations you’ve come to love, arranged to perfection.

Emily A. Sprague
Water Memory / Mount Vision

Two self-released (2017, 2018) albums by LA composer-synthesist and songwriter Emily A. Sprague come together as one in a neat RVNG Intl. re-release. Aptly titled, the pieces on Water Memory comprise gently lapping phrases on piano and synth, while Mount Vision harnesses loops and drones for markedly more bucolic soundscapery.
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This Mortal Coil
It'll End In Tears

Oh lord this is the album. Back in the 80's no-one had any time for the likes of Big Star or Tim Buckley. 4AD head honcho was different though. He had exquisite taste and was also ambitious enough to put together a floating member super group to re-interpret some of his favourite songs. It Will End In Tears will always be most known for the now classic Cocteau Twins assisted reading of Buckley's 'Song To The Siren', but their version of Roy Harper's 'Another Day' runs it close as do two (count em) Big Star songs. 
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  • 4AD

Gigi Masin
Wind

Gigi Masin’s private press LP Wind gets a proper issuing thanks to The Bear On The Moon. Masin’s ambient songs drift on a bed of synths, in a way that plenty of obscurity-hunters have fallen for over the years. You could let it colour your room, or you could follow his songcraft: your choice. This reissue is remastered from the original tapes.
  • Vinyl LP (BAR-003/15)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Steve Hauschildt
Where All Is Fled

Former glittering Emeralds member Steve Hauschildt’s new solo LP is a typically expansive suite of pieces, pulling in synthesis, field recordings and acoustic instrumentation to form some heady trips. Where All Is Fled wavers between abstraction and melodies, mostly hitting that sweet spot where neither dominates. On Kranky.

Seabuckthorn & Sophie Gabrielle
Through A Vulnerable Occur

The IIKKI label put Seabuckthorn aka guitarist Andy Cartwright and Australian photographer Sophie Gabrielle in touch with each other who then went on to create Through A Vulnerable Occur together. Cartwright uses finger picking, bows and open tunings to create his music, a fine balance between ambient and folk. Gabrielle’s work is influenced by psychology, mythology and spiritualism.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jónsi & Alex Somers
Riceboy Sleeps (2019 Analogue Remaster)

Jonsi and Alex Somers don't just play together, they work together... or they did once on the Riceboy Sleeps album, originally released in 2009 but now available on posh triple vinyl with rounded corners and now including the All Animals EP. This is gorgeous ambience of the highest order which will appeal to people who like Sigur Ros but also to people (me) who don't like Sigur Ros but know good atmospheric downtempo electronics when they hear it. Delve in.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Grouper
A I A : Alien Observer

AIA: Alien Observer was the second part of a two part album series by Liz Harris (aka Grouper) and is the marginally more accessible of the two discs. Here Harris uses her voice to create vocal drones and loops that mesh with her simple, organic instrumentation. As always it's superbly crafted groggy and sleepy ambience with moments of true beauty by one of the most important ambient artists of her day.   
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK224)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Eluvium
Virga I

If you know ambient music then you'll know Eluvium. Matthew Cooper's project has long been known for its use of electronic minimalism and stark piano-based compositions. Here the artist soundtracks a temporary move into his garage studio which gave him a total different perspective being closer to nature and away from the gadgets of the modern world.  
  • Vinyl LP (TRR340LPC1)
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  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

LF58
Alterazione

If it is on Astral Industries you know what you are going to get - pure bliss. Here Neel and Filippo Scorcucchi team up as LF58 on an album of four meditative movements taking in pulsating longform ambient techno, noise and deep synth driven explorations. An immersive and transportive listen. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (AI-19)
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Maât
Solar Mantra

Musical fusions are a thing that the people at Growing Bin like to give to the world. Here we have Paris band Maât who fit that bill perfectly. Their mix of jazz, Balearic, dub, house and Afro on Solar Mantra. They have dedicated the LP to the late ‘70s Don Cherry-led fusion trio Codona.  
  • Vinyl LP (GBR 023)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

MATstudio
MATstudio 3

MATstudio 3 is the third installment of the recordings made for the Melody As Truth label by Johnny Nash and Suzanne Kraft. The pair experiment with sounds in their studio in Amsterdam before concentrating their creative gaze on the best bits, as with the two previous records in the series, to make an absorbing two-track LP.
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Benoît Pioulard
Slow spark, soft spoke

I love you Benoît, and if that's quite alright, I love you Benoît. Yes, Norman favourite Benoît Pioulard finally has a follow-up to The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter at the ready. That LP was a wonderful collection of folksy songs reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez and the like, washed out in the usual crackling haze of his more typical drone music. He's off to a good start with the alliterative title Slow spark, soft spoke, which would surely impress an English Literature teacher. Here he returns to the profound, melancholic textures of his drone music, offering slow-releasing lo-fi for you to chime along with your feelings to. It already came out on tape so you might have already heard it -- but if not, snatch up this gem.
  • Vinyl LP (DAUWLP02)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Slow Reels
Farewell Islands

Slow Reels is a new undertaking from minimalist artists Ian Hawgood (the Home Normal label) and James Murray (Slowcraft Records). Their debut album Farewell Islands is borne from a mutual love of vintage synthesisers and reel-to-reel tape machines, and will remind fans of avant-garde composers such as William Basinski. 

crys cole
Beside Myself

Beside Myself, the second studio album from Canadian sound artist crys cole, arriving five years after her first solo effort Sand/Layna. It makes inventive use of contact micropho nes, vocals, swathes of electronics and field recordings to create restful yet ever-so-slightly uneasy sound portraits.  

Fumio Miyashita
Silent Echo: Sounds of the Universe

Silent Echo: Sounds of the Universe by Fumio Miyashita is a seminal ambient work. Fumio Miyashita had his roots in psychedelic and space rock with two bands - Far Out and Far East Family Band before moving into the electronic realm in the late ‘70s. Silent Echo was originally released on cassette in 1984.
  • Vinyl LP (PALP-003)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Nyx Nótt
Aux Pieds de la Nuit

Nyx Nótt is the new project from Arab Strap’s Aidan Moffat. Nyx is a Greek goddess and Nótt is a Norse goddess. His new album is called Aux Pieds de la Nuit which roughly translates to At The Feet Of The Night. The album has a nocturnal feel to it as he recorded it at home whilst the rest of the household slept. It is also an album that celebrates the wee small hours.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Broads & Milly Hirst
Ollust

Electronic duo Broads have stripped away most of their synthesised elements on this collaboration with singer Milly Hirst as they explore the more bucolic elements of their native Norfolk.  Instead they use pianos, drones and acoustic instruments to underpin Hirst's often wordless vocals on an album which is the perfect soundtrack to a journey through the fens.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Monolithe Noir
Moira

French musician Antoine Pasqualini was instrumental in the conception of several pop bands in his homeland. He has since moved to Belgium where he spends his time working under the name Monolithe Noir making drone and ambient music, albeit with the beats and melodies of his pop past. His new album Moira features guest vocal performances from Rozi Plain, Peter Broderink and Elsie Dx - artists are who are similar in that they refuse to be pigeonholed. 
  • Vinyl LP (KTW011)
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Mariska Baars / Rutger Zuydervelt
eau

Although they regularly collaborate within the context of the Piiptsjilling quartet going back several years, Mariska Baars and Rutger Zuydervelt haven’t worked exclusively with each other since 2008. eau, a long-awaited album from the pair, is based on a lengthy, vaporous new composition best enjoyed on headphones! 

Rutger Zuydervelt
Sileen II

Sileen II is a studio version of a performance that Rutger Zuydervelt originally gave back in 2016, when he was commissioned by Musica to compose a piece for the OORtreders festival in Belgium to be played by 50 members of a local school orchestra. The simple structure of Zuydervelt’s music is exposed in this very much slowed-down version. 

Christopher Bissonnette
The Wine Dark Sea

Mmmm wine. The Wine Dark Sea is a phrase that coms from the writings of Homer (not that one) who described the sea as such leading to speculation he didn't fully understand colour. The Wine Dark Sea is Christopher Bissonnette's fifth album and sees the artist move away from a purely synth-based approach to using more acoustic instruments and textures. Very limited edition on Dronarivm. 
  • CD (DR-66)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Luke Schneider
Altar of Harmony

A key figure in the modern Nashville scene, playing back-up for artists such as Caitlyn Rose, Margo Price and Orville Peck, Luke Schneider shows off the full spectrum of his talent on the much underrated and oft-sneered at steel guitar on Altar of Harmony, a new solo album for Jack White’s Third Man Records. 
  • Vinyl LP (TMR669V)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Winter
Endless Space (Between You & I)

Samira Winter delivers the third album of heady psychedelic shoegaze by her eponymous, bi-lingual indie band Winter via the Bar-None label. With lyrics as ever in both Portuguese and English, Endless Space (Between You & I) ought to see the talented songwriter and singer build up her profile even further. 
  • Vinyl LP (BRNLP274)
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Tim Hecker
Ravedeath 1972

This isn’t the brutal sensory blast that the amazing title might suggest. It’s creepy pipe organ/piano/synth drone music, recorded in a church in Reykjavik. Super unnerving, but equally beautiful and engaging. It’s one of Hecker’s best works for sure, and is released on double LP and CD on Kranky.

Hugar
Varda

Varda are small rock towers that explorers used to navigate their way through Iceland. It is also the name of the second album by Icelandic duo, Hugar. Swathes of classical orchestration are met with ambient pieces all imbued with the spirit of post-rock. Brass, guitars, piano and electronic waves all add to the musical expedition.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2489C)
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  • Limited edition

O Yuki Conjugate
Peyote

I have to admit this one passed me by back in '91. It is a masterpiece of rhythmic ambient music inspired by post-punk by O Yuki Conjugate - a group whose history dates all the way back to 1982. It only got a CD release back in the day but BFE have pressed this onto vinyl. It's the sort of thing that will appeal to modern day music listeners - a grainy opus of darkwave ambient produced using vintage tools.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Laraaji & Lyghte
Celestial Realms

Dusted off from the heady days of 1986, here is a reissue of a New Age cassette by the legend Laraaji, collaborating here with Lyghte (aka Jonathan Goldman). Heavy but luscious long slabs of ambience, with bells, zither and guitar emerging and folding into the synthesised soup. Celestial Realms is reissued by Morning Trip.
  • Vinyl LP (MT 001)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Tangerine Dream
Recurring Dreams

Recurring Dreams is an album of reworked classics by the current line-up of German electronica and ambient trailblazers Tangerine Dream. The band now consists of Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane. Among the reworked classics on offer are Phaedra, Stratosfear, Tangram and Yellowstone Park
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FUJI||||||||||TA
iki

The first full-length album from Japanese sound artist Fujita Yosuke - a.k.a. FUJI||||||||||TA - in nine years arrives on Swiss imprint Hallow Ground. Iki follows a number of collaborations with the likes of Yamataka Eye and Suzuki Akio, and consists of four lengthy and meditative pieces recorded with a custom organ that Fujita constructed himself over ten years ago. 

Stumbleine
Sink Into The Ether

Stumbleine is the musical project of producer Peter Cooper. Sink Into The Ether is his 7th album and the music within provides the perfect soundtrack for doing just that: hazy, dreamy and melodic. One for lying down and not doing much to. Features guest vocals from Midas Fall vocalist Elizabeth Heaton on a surprising cover of the Hole track Malibu.
  • Vinyl LP (MONO143VNL)
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Leo Takami
Felis Catus & Silence

Tokyo-born composer Leo Takami releases a brand new studio album Felis Catus & Silence, arriving three years after his last release Tree of Life and representing yet another evolution in his sound. While jazz and classical music are the main strands of Takami’s music, ambient has always been an underpinning factor, which is now brought to the fore on these eight gently mesmerising tracks. 

Daniel Davies
Signals

Composer and musician Daniel Davies makes his recording debut for the Sacred Bones label. Signals evolved out of a period of collaboration with visual artist Jesse Draxler, and the eight tracks here are sculpted from guitars and keyboards, with melodies looming out of (then receding back into) haunting soundscapes of drone and synthesiser. 

René Aquarius
Universe

You may know Dutch drummer, René Aquarius from bands such as Dead Neanderthals, Imperial Cult and Cryptae. He loves a bit of grindcore, jazz and experimenting with either. On his new solo album, Universe, he’s made drones from manipulating and multitracking cymbals which keep moving and changing as they go.

Ocoeur
Everything

The brainchild of French electronic pioneer Franck Zaragoza, Ocoeur, is back with quintessential fresh produce - 'Everything'. Typically enamoured with such electro royalty as Aphex Twin and Brian Eno, the tracks glide and swirl across expansive and dreamy soundscapes. Perfect stuff for candle-lit bedrooms.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

William Basinski
A Shadow In Time

William Basinski pulls another couple of tape loops out of his voluminous archives, this time containing sounds from the rare Voyetra 8 synthesiser. A Shadow In Time is devised as a tribute to ‘David Robert Jones’ (aka David Bowie), and is a typically gorgeous, slowly-expanding work of Basinski-drone. Available on CD or vinyl, with exclusive, slightly different mixes on each format.

Talking Book
Talking Book II

Talking Book is the collaborative project of Bill Gould (Faith No More), Jared Blum and Dominic Cramp. As you can imagine from the title this is their second work coming a whole nine years after their first. They make a form of ambient music using real instruments which has been compared to Eno's early ambient projects, electro-acoustic tapes and 80's industrial recordings. 
  • Vinyl LP (KACA042)
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Matt Jencik
Dream Character

Judging by the distorted facial image on the front cover of his sophomore solo album, Matt Jencik should probably have titled the record ‘Nightmare Character’. As it is, Dream Character is a disorientating and often unsettling experience, making use of a much wider range of recording techniques than the deliberate simplicity involved in making Weird Times two years ago. 
  • Vinyl LP (HITD 049)
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Massive Attack
Massive Attack vs Mad Professor Part II (Mezzanine Remix Tapes ’98)

The union of Massive ‘Robert Isn’t Banksy, Honest’ Attack and Mad Professor has borne fruit before - the latter’s No Protection remix LP is beloved by fans of both parties - and they repeat the trick with these new Mezzanine dubs. Whether or not these were done around Mezzanine’s 1998 LP or more recently, all of the material on Mezzanine Remix Tapes ‘98 is previously unreleased. Also contains Mad Professor’s versions of Massive Attack rarities ‘Wire’ and ‘Metal Banshee’.
  • Vinyl LP (813785)
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Nurse With Wound
Soliloquy For Lilith

Those kind folks at Dirter have re-issued Nurse With Wound's classic 1988-era ambient opus Soliloquy For Lilith complete with 40 minutes of unreleased tracks from the same session. it's hard to overstate the importance of this album in the ambient field. It was way ahead of its time in producing atmospheric ambient music and was even a chart topper in the ambient field back in the day. 
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Ironomi
琹の葉 kotonoha

The eighth studio album by Japanese duo ironomi is also their first release on vinyl. Unmistakably pastoral and serene in tone, Kotonoha is evocative of walks through ancient forests and landscapes, with Junya Yanagidaira and Yu Isobe’s instincts very much in tune with nature for a long time by this point.