Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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CIEL
BBR#36 Movement EP

Released digitally back in April, Movement was the second EP from Ciel, dealing in sonic compound spilling across the boundaries of dream-pop, shoegaze and electro-pop. Now bolstered by two bonus tracks recorded under lockdown, it now gets a physical release with this lavish 7” single vinyl package, arriving in one of six sleeves with *deep breath* a letter from the label BBR, Ciel postcard, a sticker set, personalised confetti, a signed A5 poster, numbered fake polaroid of the band and download code. 
  • Vinyl 7" (BBR#36)
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Yui Onodera
Ray

Originally slated for use in a John Cage biopic, Yui Onodera's 'Ray' is a tantalising propect. It makes use of a 'prepared piano', visceral string sounds, and other hallmarks of electro-acoustic sound design. Teaser track 'Ray 1' (imaginitive) has lovely dry, staccato instrumentation and weirdly reminds me of UK Garage rhythms. Out on Serein.   

Ekin Fil
Coda

Ekin Fil’s drone pop has been used for film scores and drawn comparisons to the likes of Grouper, Felicia Atkinson and Harold Budd. On Coda, her latest album, the Turkish composer pulls on the most tender of heartstrings with piano and subtle noise on this glittering yet dark and shadowy work.

e & i (Craig Tattersall, Emmanuel Witzthum)
Hearts Full of Sorrow

A conceptual album exploring fragility and heartbreak, Hearts Full of Sorrow is a collaboration between musicians Craig Tattersall and Emmanuel Witzthum - going under the moniker e & i. It arrives in a beautiful package themed around a vintage book, containing polaroid prints, hand-stamped nautical explorers’ maps and book-marks. 

Swoop And Cross
Stories Of Disintegration

Time Released Sound finally get round to releasing some vinyl. Their CDs looked nice enough so just imagine what they'll do with the bigger format. Their first release is by London based Portuguese composer Ruben Vale who has produced an album of soothing music with dreamy piano motifs and a cinematic air.  

Olga Wojciechowska
Maps And Mazes

A real collector’s item, this: Polish violinist and composer Olga Wojciechowska covers 11 pieces originally written for various theatrical and film productions around the world on Maps And Mazes. It’s available on translucent sea-grey vinyl, but a limited run of 75 copies come housed in an adapted 60-year-old classical music box. 
  • Vinyl LP (TRS090)
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  • Vinyl LP (TRS090)
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Sea Glass
Shifts

Sea Glass were formed by Matt Ashton of The Leaf Library along with Melinda Bronstein. Shifts is their debut album. If you can imagine the folkie end of Broadcast mixed with the minimalist approach of Young Marble Giants and the reverb drenched sounds of Grouper, then you are on your way to knowing how this will sound. The best way to find out, of course, is to buy it.
  • Vinyl LP (WIALP084)
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Karl Lindh
Bortom E4's Horrisont

A Swedish producer based in Gothenburg, Karl Lindh (real name Lukas Pettersson aka Luke Eargoggle) drops his olde 2005 electronic brainchild on wax for the first time via Low Company - 'Bortom E4's Horrisont'. With a sprawling selection of instruments featuring on the pieces, the Scandinavian marries numerous styles and flavours to create something authentic and vibrant. Superb jazz-tinged ambient that shows a totally different side to the artist - best known for his electro productions on Bunker and his own Stilleben label.

The Gentleman Losers
Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter

It must be something about the dark days of winter that these guys want to capitalize on, with their quiet, melancholy, and perfectly fine-tuned electronic music. Finnish ambient post-rockers The Gentleman Losers already put out one of our favorite albums of 2018. Make We Here Our Camp of Winter continues in the same vein but, not unlike my personal life, is a bit emptier, bleaker, and slower.

Panoptique Electrical
Quiet Ecology

Australian composer Panoptique Electrical (one Jason Sweeney) elists cellist Zoë Barry to accompany some of his gentle trips across the ivories for this limited Sound in Silence release. Inspired by his search for quiet spaces in several cities down under, Sweeney & Barry mirror the peacefulness of these few spots of respite. They do so, however, not without an obvious touch of mournful disdain for the ceaseless noise of civilisation.

David Newlyn
Collected Fictions

David Newlyn returns to the lovely Sound In Silence (yndi halda, bvdub) for a new record of ambiences and beat experiments. Collected Fictions manages to be both one of Newlyn’s most diverse releases and also an album that maintains a strong aesthetic throughout. Be he serving up grainy tape-loops ala The Caretaker (‘Introduction (Broken Cassette Mix)’), post-rocky drones (‘Hymn To Bleachgreen’) or Boards Of Canada-style instrumentals (‘Travelling For A Living’), Newlyn always maintains a plaintive, slightly hypnagogic feel.
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Eternell
Imagined Distances

The author of several quality self-released albums and his Sound In Silence label debut Still Light two years back, Swedish artist Ludvig Cimbrelius - a.k.a. Eternell - delivers his next record Imagined Distances. The six lengthy tracks here are meditative, intelligent arrangements of hazy guitar melodies, warm synthesisers and gentle percussion. 
  • CD (sis075)
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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.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR258LPC1)
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Trio (Oran Kaplan, David Heredia, Youth)
Vertigo

The perhaps prosaic name, Trio, hides the identities of three far more exciting musicians, in what is probably seen as an unlikely collaboration. Former Gogol Bordello guitarist Oran Kaplan, Killing Joke bassist turned legendary producer Youth and Andalusian legend, flamenco guitarist David Heredia. They teamed up to play an improvised set that lasted four hours and traversed psychedelia and flamenco. Trio was formed and more gigs were played. Now we have their first album, Vertigo.
  • Vinyl LP (PWORD8)
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Roger Eno & Brian Eno
Luminous

Ambient brothers Brian and Roger Eno released the album Mixing Colours for Deutsche Grammophon in 2020. It will be getting an expanded release featuring 7 new tracks. Those seven new tracks are also available here as the 12” EP Luminous.  For continuity’s sake, the artwork is by Dom Theobold who also created the artwork for the LP. Well, continuity and the fact he’s good at his job.
  • Vinyl LP (4839298)
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Adam Oko
Diet Of Germs

Some really apt record titles around at the moment the latest being this re-issue of a 2015 cassette by Adam Oko. We don't know too much about him other than this was released on the Astro:Dynamics label and features Kate Bush's nephew Raven Bush on Suketo. Otherwise it's all Oko's thing and is a lovely swirling 12" of jazzy electronica that could do with finding a wider audience.  
  • Vinyl 12" (SC016)
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Waveform Transmission
V 3.0-3.9

After waiting over two decades for Rod Modell’s (cv313, DeepChord, Echospace, Our Lady Of The Flowers, Shorelights) collaborative ambient project with Chris Troy, Waveform Transmissions, to release new music, V 3.0-3.9 comes along comparatively quickly. Mastered by Noel Summerville, it arrives in a gatefold sleeve adorned with original artwork by Theo Ellsworth. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (AI20)
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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. 
  • Vinyl LP (GRAM2002)
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Windy & Carl
We Will Always Be

Will Always Be is the thirteenth album by Michigan ambien/drone duo, Windy & Carl. Formed in 1993, the pair take their influences from 4AD bands of the ‘80s. Their guitar-based ambience is heavily influenced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Windy & Carl in turn have gone on the be an influential act with bands such as Landing, White Rainbow and Growing citing their music as inspirational.

Nivhek
After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house

Portland, Oregon based ambient master Liz Harris aka Grouper self-released this initially, and it disappeared so quick you couldn’t be blamed for not knowing of its existence. Luckily the Superior Viaduct subsidiary, W.25th have us covered reissuing it in all its glory. As Nivhek Harris takes here ambience further into delicate minimalism, where the stark and sheer tonality is all consuming.

Steve Roach
Quiet Music 3

American ambient / electronic / new age composer Steve Roach recorded three albums based around synths, flute and electric piano known as Quiet Music between 1983 and 1986. Each album in the series has a different reason for existence and Quiet Music 3 was intended to aid his personal healing rituals. Originally released on cassette in 1986, this is the first time it has appeared on vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (TER064)
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Cigarettes After Sex
EP I

Cigarettes After Sex are gearing themselves up for the release of their debut full-length album this year, and what better way to prepare than by reassessing older material? EP 1 was originally released in 2012, setting the tone for the band’s lusciously dark ambient pop sound. Reissued on vinyl, CD and cassette tape by the Spanish Prayers label.

Ariel Kalma / Jonathan Fitoussi
The Encyclopedia of Civilizations Vol. 3: India

Abstrakce delivers the third instalment in its Encyclopedia of Civilizations split albums, in which two artists share musical insights into ancient cultures. Beautifully packaged in a letterpress sleeve and featuring a booklet with extensive liner notes, French musicians Jonathan Fitoussi and Ariel Kalma focus on India with a gentle, mesmerising journey. 
  • Vinyl LP (ABST012)
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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.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (PRB018)
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Jaz Coleman & Youth
Occular

Former bandmates in Killing Joke, Jaz Coleman and Youth have collaborated again, this time using their given names, well ...sort of... Jaz Coleman is called Jeremy and Youth is actually called Martin Glover. Their new album, Occular, is made up from dark, widescreen soundscapes and ambient sounds - which kind of goes against the baking heat of Andalusia where it was recorded. It might just be a classic, though.

Gigi
Illuminated Audio

A first-ever vinyl release for Illuminated Audio, an album of dub reinterpretations by producer Bill Laswell of Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu Shibabaw (a.k.a. Gigi). Following the release of her self-titled major-label album in 2001, recorded alongside legendary jazz names such as Wayne Shorter, Laswell embarked on a series of ambient re-works of the record, which were released on CD in 2003 and which brought out Gigi’s deep musicality. 

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.  

Abul Mogard
Kimberlin

Kimberlin is an experimental film set on the tiny Isle of Portland off the south coast of England, examining the phenomenon of insular politics and Brexit post-2016. Synthesiser wizard Abul Mogard delivers its haunting and alluring soundtrack, constructed from field recordings and an array of retro technology. 
  • Vinyl LP (ELP049)
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Hakobune
Solitude

Hakobune is Takahiro Yorifuji. He makes his music by layering guitar tones and, in the case of new LP Solitude, blends them with field recordings to make a blissful sound. Each track is named after rivers and streams near his home in Tokyo, Japan, places where he finds solitude. On Polar Seas Recordings.
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Global Communication
Pentamerous Metamorphosis

Released as Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard’s second studio album as Global Communication, Pentamerous Metamorphosis was also a complete re-working of shoegaze band Chapterhouse’s second and final album Blood Music in 1993, and originally only available as a bonus CD with that release. Hailed as a masterwork of contemporary ambient music, it then came out as a stand-alone album in 1998, and is now available once more. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2574C)
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Ian William Craig
Meaning Turns To Whispers

Norman fave Ian William Craig is back again with a reissue of his earliest, piano-based album: not in a straightforward way though. While the improvised melodies he plays have that pristine neo-classical Frahm-esque beauty to them, Craig has tweaked, looped and manipulated the source piano via tape, creating some totally different textures. Mmmmmm. Meaning Turns To Whispers is limited to 500 LP copies, on Aguirre.
  • Vinyl LP (ZORN43LP)
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James Krivchenia
A New Found Relaxation

Big Thief drummer James Krivchenia releases his second solo album, but A New Found Relaxation sounds very different to the subtle yet powerful impressions he makes on his band’s records. Drawn from a vast array of field recordings, obscure radio snippets and internet-sourced found sounds, it’s an oasis of peacefulness constructed amid a stressy and accelerating outside world. 

UNKLE
Psyence Fiction

Psyence Fiction was the debut album by James Lavelle's UNKLE project and the one which was made in collaboration with DJ Shadow. It includes a host of guests from the good such as Thom Yorke and Mark Hollis to the bad (as in good) in Mike D (Beastie Boys)and Kool G Rap to the actual bad in Richard Ashcroft. Slated as a bit of a mess on release it has gained traction over the years and is now seen as an ambitious, thought provoking work. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (6759386)
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Reuben Vaun Smith
Warm Nights

Self-taught as a matter of necessity - on course to be a pro footballer until he sustained a serious injury - Yorkshire-based Reuben Vaun Smith’s Warm Nights is one of the most remarkable electronic music debuts in recent memory. Composed largely with a MIDI keyboard, the untutored production style doesn’t get in the way of soundscapes evocative of hedonism and peacefulness. 
  • Vinyl LP (SNDWLP136)
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Soft Palms
Soft Palms

Active in the Long Beach music community for years, Soft Palms consists of former Coathangers and White Woods star Julia Kugel and ex-Growlers member Scott Montoya. Over eight lengthy tracks, they create a compound of space-rock and dream-pop that feels almost weightless on their debut album, Soft Palms. 
  • Vinyl LP (LPEVE061)
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A-Sun Amissa
Black Rain (I)

Collecting together three long-form pieces of music from Richard Knox’s A-Sun Amissa project recorded at the start of 2020 and which have been released one-at-a-time in recent months, Black Rain (I) finds a normally meticulous composer and arranger being forced into deadlines, with highly interesting results. 

Various
Bruton Brutoff – The Ambient, Electronic and Pastoral Sounds of The Bruton Library Catalogue

Containing beautiful and evocative pieces of instrumental music from the likes of John Cameron, Alan Hawkshaw, Francis Monkman and Brian Bennett, the self-explanatory Bruton Brutoff – The Ambient, Electronic and Pastoral Sounds of The Bruton Library Catalogue is curated by genre expert Jonny Trunk. 
  • Vinyl LP (JBH088LP)
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MJ Guider
Sour Cherry Bell

Her second release for Kranky under the moniker MJ Guider, Sour Cherry Bell sees Melissa Guion push the instrumental combination used on her 2016 effort Precious Systems to their absolute limit. Constructed gradually in rehearsal spaces and her home studio, it’s an intoxicating mix of dream-pop, shoegaze and ambient music. 

Johnny Woods
Pavilions

Gently unfurling improvised synthesizer meditations from Johnny Woods, created on a Buchla 200e in his solar powered studio in the mountains of New Mexico. On the surface, these seemingly minimal seven pieces may appear simple but evolve into deeply immersive complex sonic fractals. Big tip for those that dig Caterina Barbieri, Alessandro Cortini, Laurie Spiegel and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
  • Vinyl LP (BTS-008)
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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.   
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK223)
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Loscil
Endless Falls

Taking his name from the ‘looping oscillator’ function in the Csound program, Canadian ambient artist Scott Morgan has been recording as Loscil for two decades. Endless Falls was his fifth studio album for the Kranky imprint, and recorded in part with Destroyer’s Dan Bejar, and it gets a double-LP re-issue. 

Robert Farrugia
Worn

Inspired by a brief stay in Finland around 2015, Maltese composer Robert Farrugia returns to his preferred instrument of the piano for his latest album Worn. Written last summer on an old multitrack cassette recorder, building from modest musical motifs with improvisational techniques, the album is pressed on aquamarine vinyl. 
  • Vinyl LP
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Cocteau Twins
Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay

A nice new pair of Cocteau Twins reissues from 4AD, remastered anew using the original analogue master tapes. This release combines two EPs, Tiny Dynamine and Echoes In A Shallow Bay. Originally released within two weeks of each other in 1985, it makes a lot of sense to see them presented together here on one platter of 180g vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (CAD3510)
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Cosey Fanni Tutti
Time To Tell

A founding member of Throbbing Gristle as well as one half of Chris and Cosey, Cosey Fanni Tutti is a born collaborator, working through countless mediums with an ever growing list of artists. Originally released on cassette in the early 80's, Time To Tell has been remastered and pressed onto vinyl for the first time and includes a 16-page booklet.
  • Vinyl LP (CTITTTLP2017)
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Dallas Acid
The Spiral Ambience

Inspired by European electronic music of the Seventies, Texan trio Dallas Acid present a companion album to their acclaimed record The Spiral Arm. Where that album concerned humankind’s relationship with nature, The Spiral Ambience reverses that perspective in a series of slowed-down, remixed tracks. 
  • CD (WAST058CD)
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Song Sung
This Ascension Is Ours

Produced alongside the esteemed David Holmes and his long-standing creative foil Keefus Ciancia, Irish twin sisters Georgina and Una McGeough present their debut album as Song Sung. Created initially by placing melodies to the sound of bass they could hear floating up from a bar over which they lived in New York, This Ascension Is Ours is filmic and otherworldly yet unmistakably earth-bound at the same time. 

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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  • Limited edition

Bélver Yin
Luz Bel

Bélver Yin are one of the great lost bands of indie music history. Boasting an ethereal, jangly dream-pop sound similar to that of Cocteau Twins and the C86 scene in the UK, the Spanish outfit recorded their debut album Luz Bel in 1991. It underperformed commercially, and the group only recorded two more follow-ups several years later, but it has lived on as a cult classic. It now gets a re-issue on vinyl via Efficient Space. 
  • Vinyl LP (ES016)
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Toshioki Matsumura
A Visual Brain: 1986-1993

Toshioki Matsumura was a Japanese musician who composed scores for video art between the years of 1986 and 1993 using then cutting edge technology to produce the works. Some of his music recalls the repetitive minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich but he also strays into mutant funk, epic balladry and new-age synth pop. This collection is the first time his work has been commercially available and collects together the best bits of his catalogue. 
  • Vinyl LP (CHN002)
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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.   

Cigarettes After Sex
Crush

Here they are, the worst named band in the entire universe but one which has a rather palatable sound which will appeal to fans of Mazzy Star, Low and Galaxie 500. Here is a one off single following on from their much loved debut album with two tracks which have yet to see the light of day. Let's forget smoking after intercourse and just swoon to the sounds.   
  • Vinyl 7" (PTKF1150-7)
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r beny
Eistla

The ability to create moving music with no words, no beats and no conventional instruments is rare, but Bay Area-based modular synth artist Austin Cairns - a.k.a. r beny - is such an example. Originally available only as cassettes and digital copies, Belgian label Dauw are now reissuing his first four albums on vinyl. Eistla was the final one of these, first released at the end of 2018. 
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Giuseppe Ielasi
Five Wooden Frames

As well as representing his return to the 12k record label after many years, Giuseppe Ielasi also returns to the guitar on his latest studio album Five Wooden Frames. His work of late having been characterised more by minimal, electronically-produced sounds, but this records gliding loops of acoustic guitar are a delight. 

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.

Helen
The Original Faces

Check this one out Grouper fans! Liz Harris has formed a band, as in ‘an actual band’ band. Harris’ unmistakeable vocals can thus be heard over a sort of shoegaze/indie-pop backing. Helen still maintains an essentially mystic nature, but it is very welcome to hear a whole new side to Harris. The Original Faces is released by Kranky.

Harry Bertoia
Clear Sounds / Perfetta

The ‘Sonambient’ sound sculptures of Harry Bertoia are astonishing things: the sleeve art for this new release gives you an insight into the roomfuls of shimmering metals Bertoia designed. Clear Sounds and Perfetta are two particularly remarkable, highly minimal performances, never previously released.
  • Vinyl LP (F/W1033)
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Richard Skelton
These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound

Richard Skelton began making music in 2004 as a way of coping with the death of his wife. Since then he has averaged more than 3 releases per year. His music has been compared to the likes of Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Stars Of The Lid, Arvo Part and William Basinski. These Charms May Be Sung Over A Wound sees him moving into new territory, soundwise, eschewing acoustic instruments, informed by the rural setting of the Scottish Borders in which he lives
  • Vinyl Double LP (PHNTM015)
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Lama Lobsang Palden & Jim Becker
Compassion

Compassion is the beautiful but unlikely result of a collaboration between veteran Chicago-based guitarist Jim Becker and energy healer Lama Lobsang Palden. Arising from a healing session that Becker sought out nearly ten years ago, the various chants, bells and percussion used in the therapy are resolved to make something deeply evocative. 

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.

Nightmares On Wax
Smokers Delight (25th Anniversary Edition)

Released at the height of the music press’s fascination with ‘trip-hop’, George Evelyn’s second Nightmares On Wax album Smokers Delight gets a lavish 25th anniversary re-issue, a minor masterpiece that passed under the radar in commercial terms back in ‘95 but which remains a cult classic to this day.

Bonobo
Linked

The evergreen Bonobo (aka Simon Green) anticipates a summer full of DJ sets with 'Linked', a club ready slow burner that is as atmospheric as any of his previous work. It follows 2017's Migration and 2019's fabric Presents compilation. Green is also responsible for the incredible photograph on the sleeve. It's a beautiful world isn't it?
  • Vinyl 12" (ZEN12514)
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Cranes
Forever

The 1993 album by British shoegazers Cranes is now being made available again on vinyl! Forever is perhaps the best-loved of the band’s albums, with an all-round gorgeous sheen cast over the songs, some of which overwhelm with full-band power, and others of which peel things back to just piano and voice. Limited edition of 1000 records, reissued by Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1850)
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Be My Friend In Exile
Portraiture Of Your Ashes / Dancing Through The Rubble Of An Abandoned Cathedral

Bristolian micro-label Aphelion Editions are back with another very limited run. This time they’ve turned their attention to ambient artist Be My Friend In Exile and his lengthy takes Portraiture Of Your Ashes / Dancing Through The Rubble Of An Abandoned Cathedral. Utilising electric guitar loops, keyboards and the occasional dreamily-rendered vocal, the artists creates rich and enveloping soundscapes that come across like a more cautious bvdub or Explosions In The Sky.
  • Tape (APHELION008-K7)
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Sgt. Elyas
Tubular Moanings Of A Galactic Refrigerator

Hey Sgt. Elyas (Pollet), French guitarist and experimental composer. Is your refrigerator moaning? Yes it is, apparently. In a rather tubular fashion. The album is two twenty-minute works comprising many varied, guitar-driven soundscapes. Drone, ambient, dark ambient and experimental designs leave a haunting taste in the mouth.
  • CD (APHELION012-CD)
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  • Tape (APHELION012-K7)
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Bill Laswell
City of Light

If, like Mr. Burns, I had an emergency button I could press under my desk whenever I wanted to make things happen, it'd be big and red and say COIL. Once again fans of the industrial ambient innovators can rejoice as City of Light sees its day in the sun. Back in '97, producer and genre hopper Bill Laswell collaborated with Peter Christopherson (you know, don't you?) and John Balance; the trio made a thirteen-minute piece and got ambient legend Tetsu Inoue to collage the scenes around it. The result is an expansive, droning, dreaming record for all to treasure.
  • Vinyl LP (SRV114)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Brian McBride
The Effective Disconnect (Music Composed for Vanishing of the Bees)

Brian McBride you'll know as one half of Stars of the Lid and if you like their slowly unfurling brand of ambience you are going to adore this solo work. It's a soundtrack for a film about those wonderful if sadly disappearing creatures bees. McBride has produced an elegant work of forlorn instrumentals with a far reaching sadness and where the sound of silence plays a part as big as the sound of his instruments.  

Howling
Colure

Sometime solo artist and The Acid frontman Ry X and Âme’s Frank Wiedemann get back together to present a new album from their collaboration project Howling, five years after their debut Sacred Ground. Mixing together electronic and acoustic instruments to create productions suitable for radio and clubs, Colure ought to be another success. 

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. 
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Jon Hassell
Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two)

Seeing Through Sound by US Trumpeter John Hassell is the follow-up to Listening To Pictures, released in 2018, and is the second part in his Pentimento series. More that 40 years after his first album as a band leader and coining the term Fourth World Music, he is still finding ways to mutate sound. Here we have future blues, effervescent beauty, electronic clicks and motorik beats, but not as you might know them.

C. Diab
White Whale

A beautiful forging of neo-classical music, post-rock and ambient soundtrack work, White Whale is the third studio album from Caton Diab - a.k.a. C. Diab. Featuring bowed guitar, woodwind, synths and studio effects, it’s an expression of the insecurities and anxieties about the world around us that were on Diab’s mind as he created White Whale last summer. 

Laraaji
Sun Piano

Something of a departure from his characteristic zither compositions, revived cult icon Laraaji returns to the piano on this collection recorded by Jeff Zeigler. Sun Piano is released alongside a companion album titled Moon Piano, a mini-album of piano and autoharp duets, and a complete piano sessions anthology CD. 
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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.

Enofa
Nerra Ninna Noak

Nerra Ninna Noak is the second album of ambient beauty inspired by nature from musician Ross Baker - known under the alias of Enofa - that he’s released on the Time Released Sound imprint. Evoking the background sounds of the English countryside, the sights and smells, it’s another wonderful artistic achievement. 

Francesco Maria Narcisi & Giacomo Fidanza
The Accordion Sessions

Giacomo Fidanza is a master at taking that most interesting of instruments, the accordion, into more experimental territory than usual. Here on The Accordion Sessions his rich droning playing is processed and mixed with field recordings by Francesco Maria Narcisi, leaving us with a gorgeous suite of sound. Limited edition of 100 CDs on Time Released Sound.
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Mario Verandi
Remansum

Arriving in a packaging that can only be described as a labour of love, the new album from Argentinian composer Mario Verandi is with us. Each of the 75 copies pressed of Remansum - a word derived from a Latin word meaning an idyllic spot to appreciate beauty - is housed in a collage artwork from torn and reassembled photographs from a 100-year-old book on travels in Spain, and then placed in a recycled, chipboard jacket. 
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Francesco Giannico
Les Mondes Imaginaires

Italian sound artist Francesco Giannico returns to Time Released Sound with another LP of tender ambient compositions. Les Mondes Imaginaires contains that kind of blissed-out folktronica that dissolves into a pleasant warmth as soon as it hits your ears. It’s a lovely record that befits lovely packaging, and in Time Released Sound’s handmade editions it has got just that.
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Global Communication
Transmissions

Transmissions, a new 3xCD box set, captures techno duo Global Communication - consisting of Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard - at the peak of their powers in the early-to-mid Nineties. The set includes a newly remastered version of their classic 1994 album 76:14, their full album overhaul of labelmates Chapterhouse’s Blood Music LP titled Pentamerous Metamorphosis, and a curated disc of singles and remixes. 
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Global Communication
76:14 [Remastered Edition]

Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton first started making music together in 1991 and have made a variety of styles of electronic music under several different names such as Reload, Jedi Knights, Link and Chameleon. They recorded their ambient techno masterwork 76:14 as Global Communication in 1994. An eternal classic available once more. An eternal classic available once more on their Evolution label. Updated gatefold sleeve design by Mark Gowing with in-depth sleevenotes by Ben Cardew.
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Chapterhouse Retranslated by Global Communication
Blood Music: Pentamerous Metamorphosis [Remastered Edition]

Released as Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard’s second studio album as Global Communication, Pentamerous Metamorphosis was also a complete re-working of shoegaze band Chapterhouse’s second and final album Blood Music in 1993, and originally only available as a bonus CD with that release. Hailed as a masterwork of contemporary ambient music, it then came out as a stand-alone album in 1998. Available once more on their Evolution label. Updated gatefold sleeve design by Mark Gowing with in-depth sleevenotes by Ben Cardew.
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Mary Lattimore
Silver Ladders

The talented harp player Mary Lattimore isn’t slowing down after two great albums in consecutive years, 2018’s Hundreds of Days and last year’s collaboration with Mac McCaughan New Rain Duets. Recorded with Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, her unmistakable style now shares the spotlight with licks and flourishes of Halstead’s guitar, and the results on Silver Ladders are wonderful. 
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Holy Motors
Horse

Horse by album title, horse on sleeve so it seems Estonia-based twangy band Holy Motors have got obsessed with all things equine on their first album since not at all horse related album Slow Sundown. The band sound nothing like their geographic location, instead take influence from the American West to make shoegaze and dream-pop with an obvious Americana and rockabilly sound.  

Wil Bolton
Surface Reflections

Five years after the acclaimed release of his last album Whorl, sound artist Wil Bolton returns with a brand new record. Consisting of five lengthy tracks clocking in at just under three-quarters of an hour, Surface Reflections flickers between delicate synthesisers, warm ambience and field recordings. 
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Western Edges
Prowess

Listen up, Normanites, this is something you’ll want to hear: Western Edges is the new project from Richard Adams of Hood, The Declining Winter, and Memory Drawings. Prowess, the project's debut, sees him exploring the world of ambient and electronic music and is comparable to bvdub, Aphex Twin and the beatless bits of Boards of Canada. It also soundtracks the area around Saltaire...and we love Saltaire here at Normans!  It is his third release on Sound Is Silence following two albums in 2015 by The Declining Winter and Great Panoptique Winter. 
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[.que]
And Inside

Tokyo-based multi-instrumentalist Nao Kakimoto releases his second album as [.que] for the Sound In Silence label. And Inside originated from the sessions for his highly acclaimed 2017 record Wonderland, and showcases a slightly more personal aspect of his gentle post-rock aesthetic. The limited run of 300 CDs are packaged in hand-stamped, cobalt-blue cardboard envelopes. 
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Midwife
Forever

Midwife is the experimental pop project of Madeline Johnston Her latest album, Forever, is dedicated to her late friend Colin Ward, with whom she worked at the creative hub Rhinoceropolis in Denver, Colorado. It is an emotionally charged, melancholic album of reverb-drenched dream pop and ambient music. On The Flenser.
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Etrusca 3D
Etrusca 3D

Etrusca 3D is a duo made up of Francesco Cavaliere and Spencer Clark. Their self-titled debut LP is released through Clark’s Pacific City Discs and Discrepant. The duo are each audio and visual artists in their own own right. This collaboration sees them invoking the music of the ancient Etruscans and giving it a fresh 21st century spin using Cavaliere’s voice and an Emax 2 sampler.

Various
Breathing Instruments

Breathing Instruments is an album put together by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. She asked the artists to emphasise the ways in which instruments sound like they're breathing. Features tracks by Juliana Barwick, Mary Lattimore, Kathryn Shuman and Emily A Srague. Kaitlyn Auerila Smith also rose to the challenge on a collaboration with Cool Maritime.
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bvdub
Wrath & Apathy

bvdub, AKA San Francisco-based producer Brock Van Wey, adds to his already considerable catalogue with Wrath and Apathy. The album is based on Kafka On The Shore, the 2002 novel by Haruki Murakami. Brock Van Wey expresses himself in a typically rambling yet stirring way over 4 side-long pieces. On n5MD.
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Bing & Ruth
Species

Species is the fourth studio album from David Moore’s Bing & Ruth musical project, and second on the prestigious 4AD imprint. Inspired by Moore’s passion for long-distance running, this seven-track collection is an immersive exploration primarily of the Farfisa organ, with only sparse accompaniment from the band’s fellow founders Jeremy Viner and Jeff Ratner. 

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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William Cashion
Postcard Music

While the world raised a collective eyebrow at the rap-based alter ego of Samuel T. Herring last year, perhaps more conventional is the prospective solo career of Future Islands’ bassist William Cashion. His debut album, Postcard Music, has been informed by meditation, travel and in-studio experimentation. 

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’.

Tommy Mandel
Music For Insomniacs

Tommy Mandel’s main job was playing keyboards in Bryan Adams backing band. You’ve got to earn a living somehow, I guess. His real passion was for making esoteric synth music. Music For Insomniacs is an album-worth of such music, originally released on a private press cassette in 1984. Each track takes inspiration from waves of sleep. If you enjoy the work of Mort Garson, Woo, Brian Bennett, Angelo Badalamenti, Klaus Schonning or Bruce Haack then this is for you.
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Suso Saiz & Suzanne Kraft
Between No Things

Between No Things is a collaboration between two well-established figures in the ambient music landscape, Suso Sáiz and Suzanne Kraft. Having forged a friendly personal and then a creative relationship at a show in Amsterdam three years ago, sessions of experimental jams led to over 30 hours of raw material, edited down gradually to this striking album. 

Tim Hecker
Dropped Pianos

Dropped Pianos is a kind of companion LP to Tim Hecker's Ravedeath 1972 album consisting of piano-based instrumentals. Where Ravedeath is grand and lush, dropped pianos is stark and cold and a more minimalist work of sketchy pieces that nonetheless stand up on their own accord and add to the ever growing catalogue by this fine musician.  

Strawberry Guy
Taking My Time To Be

He's had a million You Tube streams, he plays keys in the Orielles, he's the Strawberry Guy no less. Real name Alex Stephens, he moved from Wales to Liverpool where the city that spawned both the Beatles and Cast inspired him to make dream pop that was initially done for fun but when the clicks kept coming the Strawberry Guy decided to do it for real. Cue this debut mini LP that should snag your ears if you like a bit of Beach House and Weyes Blood. 

Jason Lytle
Arthur King Presents Jason Lytle: NYLONANDJUNO

The latest album in the King Arthur presents series sees Grandaddy mainman Jason Lyttle getting experimental. NYLONANDJUNO was recorded for the LA collective by Lyttle alone using an analog synth and a nylon strung guitar. He took his inspiration for making the music from the song titles he’d already come up with.
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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. 
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Kruder & Dorfmeister
The K&D Sessions

On its first release in the late 90s, this epic downbeat journey was ranked alongside Carboot Soul and Entroducing as an eternal late night classic. Now almost twenty years later its legend lives on. The numerous collaborations and session tracks still sound deep and wonderful, and are come on a vast and satisfying five LPs. Dig in.

Julianna Barwick
Healing Is A Miracle

An artist who’s able to do so much with very little, Julianna Barwick prepares the release of her fourth solo album Healing Is A Miracle, and her first for Ninja Tune. Enlisting the help of three guest musicians - Sigur Rós’s Jónsi, Nosaj Thing and Mary Lattimore - it’s a testament to her creativity and imagination that she can create such majesty using just her voice and a select few trusted instruments. 

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