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Penelope Trappes
Penelope Two

Penelope Two: the second solo album from Penelope Trappes (also of The Golden Filter and Priscilla Sharp...view item »


Secretsundaze
Cyber EP

After many years of DJing, putting on parties and running the Secretsundaze label the duo of James Priestley & Giles Smith are now starting to show off their production skills. Following on from the ...view item »


Specimens
In The Dust Of Idols

Let the existential malaise of winter well and truly set in, and do it to the new Specimens record. The boss of the excellent emerging label First Terrace, Alex Ives' solo work is marked by a keen ear for the various modes of ambient music, from Lawrence English's potent and fuzzy drone to the loops of William Bas...view item »


Federico Durand
Pequeñas Melodías

Argentina’s Frederico Durand (12k, Home Normal, Spekk, White Paddy Mountain) offers up a suite of heartwarming, lo-fi somnolambient melodies and sound design, accompanied by the photography of Albarrán Cabrera, for IIKKI. Plenty of hiss, grainy warmth and trickling sample delays courtesy of eurorack...view item »


Tim Stebbing
The Atmosphere Factory (1985​-​1991)

The Atmosphere Factory (1985-1991) is a compilation of tracks by Leeds-based bedroom-synth practitioner Tim Stebbing. He was little known at the time but this collection should change that as his compositions foreshadow Boards of Canada whilst comparisons have been drawn to Manuel Gottsching...view item »


SK U KNO (Suzanne Kraft)
U KNO

Netherlands-based Suzanne Kraft (a bloke named Diego, by the way) previously spotted on pal Jonny Nash’s label Melody as Truth label and now on No 'Label' with another LP. U KNO reproduces material performed live last year, ranging all sorts from woozy interludes and ambient dreamscapes to ra...view item »


Melody As Truth (Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft)
Framed Space: Selected works 2014-2017

Melody As Truth AKA Amsterdam based producers Jonny Nash (not the I Can See Clearly Now guy!) and Suzanne Kraft (AKA Diego Herrera) have had their first three years work on the Melody As Truth label collected together as Framed Space: Selected Works 2014-2017. Disc one features Nash, disc two fe...view item »


Liam J Hennessy
Held

After previously recording under his Drops moniker, London based composer Liam J Hennessy started focusing on music for film and presents his debut album under his own name. Sublime ambient post-everything for fans of Light & Motion, Message To Bears, and Helios...view item »


Eternell
Still Light

Relentlessly peaceful ambiscapes of guitar, synths, field recordings and vocals from Höör, Sweden sound tinkerer Ludwig Cimbrelius in Eternell Mode (as opposed to Purl Mode) for Athenian late-ambient DIY label Sound in Silence. Just three tracks but over seventy minutes from the ...view item »


(ghost)
The First Time You Opened Your Eye

(ghost) drops the beats and the glitch-aesthetics for a change, going for full drone-ambient beauty here on The First Time You Opened Your Eye. This CD release is limited to just 200 hand-numbered copies, each one of which is presented in a handmade sleeve with a polaroid snap for the cover image. Released by Sound In S...view item »


North Atlantic Drift
Departures, Vol. 1

Minimal ambient duo North Atlantic Drift release their fifth full length through Polar Seas. Aiming further down the minimal route, as far as they can go, should pique the interest of any Celer or Stars of the Lid fans. They have created two videos are released alongside it to provide context an...view item »


Gavin Miller
Shimmer

Yorkshire-based experimentalist Gavin Miller - one-half of worriedaboutsatan - is back with a new EP Shimmer, his first outing on the Greek label Sound In Silence. Reverb heavy guitar and piano work is for the most part placed centre-stage, surrounded by ambient sound design that makes the minuscule feel seismic. This is a limited vinyl run of o...view item »


Cocteau Twins
The Pink Opaque

A nice new pair of Cocteau Twins reissues from 4AD, remastered anew using the original analogue master tapes. The Pink Opaque compiled choice cuts from the group’s early work in order to break them to the American market in 1986, and the selection of material still stands up today. Pressed to 180g vinyl....view item »


MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant maste...view item »


Portishead
Dummy

Island is reissuing Portishead's seminal trip-hop album, 'Dummy'. Originally released in 1994, their first record is a collection of dark and sonorous electronic tunes inspired by rock music , jazz and hip-hop alike. 'Dummy' helped synthesize a new sound that became essential to the Bristol scene, coinciding with bands such as Massive At...view item »


A New Line (Related)
A Roomful of Lovers

Limited hand painted 7" following on from critically acclaimed Dead Albatross nominated LP on Home Assembly. Features an original cut of non-album track 'A Roomful of Lovers' plus a Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) edit.  A New Line (Related) is the solo project of Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer, Hood) creating gorgeous, minimal swathes of am...view item »


Portico Quartet
Untitled (AITAOA #2)

London's Portico Quartet, here with 'Untitled, Art in the Age of Automation #2', weave together jazz, electronica, ambient and minimalism in an addictive sound that journeys through textures, acoustic arrangements and grooving, widescreen minimalism. A hard-hitting record that's well worth the listen....view item »


Max Ananyev
Water Atlas

Russian ambient instrumentalist Max Ananyev might just be one of those guys who will cite obscure philosophers at your dinner party. Luckily his music has the same qualities of endlessness, carried by meandering pianos and expansive soundscapes, without the dreariness. On 2018’s Water Atlas, you'll find nothing bu...view item »


bvdub
Drowning in Daylight

The illustrious esquires at Apollo represent sadcore-ambient titan bvdub’s label of the week for Drowning in Daylight, a quadrilogy of teary twenty-minute longuns with right poetic titles. Now passing the thirty album mark, Brock Van Wey can be counted on for the skills to pay the bills and give your ears some cin...view item »


Leifur James
A Louder Silence

Late Night Tales offshoot imprint Night Time Stories issue the debut LP from Leifur James. Gilles Peterson is a fan of the young Londoner’s music, which is no surprise given that the kind of jazzy electronica that makes up A Louder Silence is catnip for the ...view item »


Rhian Sheehan
A Quiet Divide

Rhian Sheehan is one of those ‘contemporary classical’ composers, which is a fancy way of saying you make music to be used in adverts for banks. Though we’ve never heard of him before it seems to be that he’s extremely popular in his native New Zealand. A Quiet Divide is an LP of thirteen tracks ...view item »


Julien Boulier
A Film Not Yet Made

French pianist and composer Julien Boulier offers a suite of trickling ivories laced with delicate strings and electronics for lovingly, dementedly DIY-packaged label Time Released Sound. A Film Not Yet Made indeed glistens with unmistakably cinematic meaning...view item »


Enofa
Arboretum

Debut album from Ross Baker’s new alias Enofa. Arboretum is an album deeply immersed in nature: walks in the p...view item »


Mike Cooper
Tropical Gothic

Mike Cooper has been making his own special interpretations of ‘Tropical’ music for many years now, and this continues in style with new album Tropical Gothic. As you’d expect, this brings some darkness into the sound, reflecting on colonial influences. The music is wonderful, with guitars and field re...view item »


MKWAJU ensemble
MKWAJU

Over the past couple of years the We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want label have formed a strong bond with Japanese composer Midori Takada. As well as giving new life to Takada’s Through The Looking Glass and Lunar Cruise LPs the label has also taken a shine to the work of Takada’s...view item »


Terekke
Improvisational Loops

Terekke, whose work is usually heard on the banging L.I.E.S. label, here takes a meditative approach for Music From Memory. Improvisational Loops is as it claims to be: an organically-developed suite for digital synthesiser and looper. The album grew out of some yoga classes, so the music is appropriately new age tinged...view item »


G.B. Beckers
Walkman

Trading for major money on Discogs (for original copies) and much less money on Normanogs (for the Music From Memory reissue), this 1982 LP from G. B. Beckers is a strange collection of art rock. The gen...view item »
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Hekla
Á

Somewhat appropriate for an album of theremin and voice, neither of which being instruments controlled directly by the hands, to find its way onto the label Phantom Limb. Icelander Hekla’s debut is a peculiar one indeed, really testing the expressive and musical limits of the theremin outside its stereotypical usage. This ...view item »


Jonathan Fitoussi
Diagonals

Hands In The Dark (Cankun, Bitchin Bajas) drop this ambitious LP from Jonathan Fitoussi. Recorded in a London church crypt in the ...view item »


Various
PRINT/TRACK 01 // PRINT/TRACK 02

Thesis Project’s PRINT/TRACK series is an interesting endeavour. It works one of two ways - either musicians create two pieces to which visual artists respond with a 10” work, or vice versa. The end result is a luxury vinyl. The first (Ed Carlsen, Heather Woods Broderick...view item »


Caught In The Wake Forever & glacis
Version & Delineation

Sowerby Bridge’s finest label, Crow Versus Crow, presents a tape of lovely, delicate music and sound. Version & Delineation combines the delicate, melodic, phone-recorded piano improvisations of glacis...view item »


Matthias Puech
Alpestres

Matthias Puech is a builder of modular synths, and also a user of those synths, in this case creating an abstract electronic soundscape that also evokes in some way an Alpine hike. Alpestres actually has a lot o...view item »


Giulio Aldinucci
Borders and Ruins

Karlrecords (Konstrukt & Keiji Haino, Arovane) repress Guilio Aldinucci’s 2017 LP Borders And Ruins. This is an ambient LP of rare intensity, though not one that fits easily into the ‘dark ambient’ subgenre. While cuts like ‘Division’ a...view item »


Air
Moon Safari

Remastered version 12” vinyl on Rhino. Moon Safari was the album that rocketed Air into, well, space. Couldn’t go to any record shop, or turn on any TV channel without hearing Sey Boy or Kelly Watch the Stars. Now it’s had the full treatment and back on vinyl. Comes with download code...view item »


Bruno Sanfilippo
InTRO remastered & expanded

2006 album from Mr Bruno Sanfilippo, reissued with two additional pieces from the same sessions that were previously unreleased. InTRO is a pretty lush listen, with near neoclassical-grade stately piano mixing with field recordings, synth sweeps, and an all-round cinematic sensibility. Reissued by ad21....view item »
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This Is Where
This Is Where

This is Where...We Came In might have been the Bee Gees swansong but this This is Where is a mysterious doom and ambient band who feature Norman Westberg amongst their number. Though they don't have the noisy brutalism of Swans the three piece have a musical dialogue dominated by tension and blissful density.  ...view item »


Sugai Ken
UkabazUmorezU

With needlepoint precision and a crystal clear veneer, Sugai Ken brings his dynamic yet delicate tapestries of artificial and organic sound to Rvng Intl. His previous outings on EM Records and Lullabies For Insomniacs have helped shine a light on the illustrious sound design feats the Kanagawa, Japan-based artist is capable of. ...view item »


Ric Kaestner
Music For Massage II

Did you know Ric Kaestner’s soothing New Age cult cassette Music for Massage had a Part II? Unlike Part I, its release was strictly low-key, purely for tape collectors and masseuses and never actually intended for public sale. Sifted Sand Records dutifully honour these conditions by reissuing the album for public sale on b...view item »


Sarah Davachi
Gave In Rest

Proving it's both a marathon and a sprint, drone artist Sarah Davachi puts out yet another record. Hot off the heels of the impressive baroque tone poem Let Night Come On Bells End the Day, Davachi makes the hop to Ba Da Bing! for a record of lonely, isolationist ambient music that refl...view item »


Kyle Bobby Dunn
Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness

Apparently some dude from Pitchfork reckons Kyle is the king of drone. Like, can you imagine if this music started affecting all walks of society instead of stressed middle class office workers. He'd have to really get his stage act together for the arena tours. Anyway, my granddad, he's the king of drone right. He goes on and on etc about the w...view item »


Ben Chatwin
Drone Signals

Former Talvihorros chap Ben Chatwin has not been content with releasing one album this year. Instead he has gone back to his sound sources for 'Staccato Signals' and created an entirely new work. 'Drone Signals' as you might guess by the title is a more ambient stretched out work that will appeal to all your dro...view item »


Mikael Lind
Strings and Clusters

Bradley “anthéne” Deschamps’ Polar Seas label introduces another grand player in Reykjavik musician Mikael Lind, whose previous ports of call include Morr Music and Time Released Sound. Although it does nothing to help clichés about music from Iceland, Strings and Clusters does br...view item »
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White Lies
Five

Five is the er….fifth album by London three-piece White Lies. The facts Normanites might like to know is that it was produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Boo Radleys, Pulp etc) and mixed by Alan Moulder (JAMC, Ride, NIN etc) and Killing Joke bassist and renowned producer, Flood, plays synth on it a bit too. LP and CD on PIAS....view item »


Rapoon
Little Rocket Man And The Planet That Moved

Rapoon is Robin Storey, formerly known to the world as a member of Zoviet France. He’s a busy bee, and new album The Little Rocket Man An...view item »


Haiku Salut
There Is No Elsewhere

Fresh from collaborating with Public Service Broadcasting on the very successful Every Valley LP, Haiku Salut come t...view item »


7FO
Moment (Selected Works 2012​-​2017)

After releases on RVNG International and Bokeh Versions, Osaka-based producer 7FO provides the first release for the new imprint Metron Records. Moment (Selected Works 2012-2017) sees 7FO tidying up a selection of tracks recorded in recent years for vinyl release. The p...view item »


Sam McClellan
Music Of The Five Elements

Seance Centre see fit to repress Sam McClellan’s 1982 New Age work Music Of The Five Elements. McClellan - a musician who moonlights as an acupressurist - concerned himself with making music to heal after he finished studying electronic composition at Hampshire College. Using the pentatonic scale ...view item »


Cass.
Postclub Prism

Postclub Prism is an appropriate title for this suite of ten tracks by Cass., as the vibes here are very much chillout ambience. After you’ve ascended to those beat-driven highs, ...view item »
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Silent Vigils
Fieldem

Thoughtful, patient and gentle ambient music from Silent Vigils. Fieldem is the first collaborative release of many from Stijn Hüwels on Home Normal, this time with James Murray. Together they craft a soundscape for reflection ...view item »


Penelope Trappes
Carry Me

Run the Trappes! The Penelope Trappes, to be precise. Having released her acclaimed debut LP Penelope One on Optimo last year, Trappes is now hot-footing it over to Houndstooth for the follow-up. To tide people over before Penelope Two (seems she’s got a thing going there...view item »


Alessio Ballerini
Wiwanana

A soundtrack by a European music for a film shot in Africa with Japanese artwork, the internationalist spirit truly inhabits Alessio Ballerini. Wiwanana's soundtrack is one of gentle electronics and warm arpeggios, Ballerini's music conveys the sunshine and lens flare that defines the film's palette....view item »


Pinkshinyultrablast
In The Hanging Gardens

Pinkshinyultrablast return with their latest 10", almost definitely cementing their position as the best shoegaze band to come out of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dreamy synths and vocals from vocalist Lyubov, taking notes from forefathers such as My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins. On Club AC30...view item »
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Irmin Schmidt
5 Klavierstücke

An album of solo piano pieces from Can keyboardist Irmin Schmidt here. The five tracks of 5 Klavierstücke are one-take improvisations which were recorded on two grand pianos - one prepared, one unprepared - and augmented with ambient noise from around the studio in the south of France. The prepared...view item »


Less Bells
Solifuge

The location of Joshua Tree, California is important to Solifuge, the full-length debut by Less Bells. The dichotomy of summer monsoons and starry nights that the desert landscape bring inform the dramatic and desolate qualities of the music. The woman behind the project, Julia Carpenter, made the music by reshaping a classical ...view item »


Tone Color
Everything You Know Is Wrong

Never has a title felt more apt in 2018. Both a thing many of us have said to each other IRL and online through the years, Everything You Know Is Wrong is Tone Colour's beguiling and sparsely contextualised collection of loops and patch experiments, living in homage to Keith Fullerton Whitman...view item »


Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the secon...view item »
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Cremation Lily
In England Now, Underwater

In England Now, Underwater is an album for anyone who's ever found themselves on the coast of Britain in Winter. To make it Cremation Lily (aka Zen Zsigo) manipulated field recordings of the Hastings coast and used electronics to capture the hostility, grandeur, and lost splendour...view item »


Midori Takada & Lafawndah
Le Renard Bleu

The first new release from Midori Takada in almost two decades! Le Renard Bleu (translation: ‘The Blue Fox’) is a single-track, twenty-minute EP that sees the Japanese composer step out alongside NYC’s Lafawndah. Takada plays tuned percussion and also employs waterphones, Japanese stri...view item »


Deathprod
Morals and Dogma

The early works of Norwegian experimentalist Deathprod (aka Supersilent member Helge Sten) here receive some attention from Smalltown Supersound’s reissues division. Morals And Dogma is a particularly dense Deathprod record, composed over many years using multiple...view item »


This Mortal Coil
Blood

Blood was the third and final This Mortal Coil album and like it's predecessor Filagree and Shadow, was presented as a double album. Once again large swathes of the 4AD roster were involved and the album has several highlights that compare favourably with their earlier work. There are two Chris Bell (Bi...view item »


This Mortal Coil
Filigree and Shadow

Filagree and Shadow was the follow up to the much loved debut It Will End In Tears from shadowy 4AD collective This Mortal Coil. Again leader Ivo Watts-Russell chose a supergroup made out of (mostly) artists on his label but this time there were more self penned compositions, enough to make it into a double alb...view item »


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 T...view item »


Gaussian Curve
The Distance

Gaussian Curve’s second album, recorded in Amsterdam, finds the trio dealing with a whole new way of making music: this time, they have an eager audience waiting to hear what they’ve got. The Distance should do an excellent job satisfying old fans (and new), being a sweet and emotional set of rich widescreen...view item »


Suzanne Menzel
Goodbyes and Beginnings

1981 synth-pop from Denmark, in the form of the one and only album by Suzanne Menzel, self-released at the time and hard to find since then. Klaus Schonning contributes new agey electronic backing to ...view item »


Eblen Macari
Musica Para Planetarios

Musica Para Planetarios is a ten track release from Eblen Macari. This classic record has been reissued on LP from Seance Centre. Originally based on the Mexican guitar and electronic artist's live performances in the Luis Enrique Erro Planetarium in Mexico City to accompany a journey through our galaxy... metaphorically, of course. Enjoy.&...view item »


Eleventeen Eston
At The Water

Rather luscious new-age-tinged synth-and-guitar ambience from Eleventeen Eston, a man who clearly knows his Göttsching and his hypnagogically-recalled 80’s pop. At The Water is some seriously atmospheric stuff, full of crystalline pads and melancholy melodies on pianos, guitars and synths. Re...view item »


Various
I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America, 1950-1990

Now if you’re a regular visitor to our site you’ll know that our reviewing style is very much of the quick first impression variety rather than a detailed analysis on account of about 200 records coming out every week and our humble little army of men, ladies and droids desperately trying to figure out what’s worth talking abou...view item »


Helios
Veriditas

Keith Kenniff returns under his Helios alias to bestow upon us a new album of ambient electronica. His modus operandi -- to work quietly, in the suburbs in the dead of night -- is reflected in the simple, serene calm of his music. It's a method that has served Kenniff well over the last decade or so of production; unhurried, usi...view item »


Jim O'Rourke
Sleep Like It's Winter

Startling long-form ambient work from Jim O'Rourke that seems to dissolve time as it elegantly unravels across forty-four minutes which feel like hibernating through the cold season. An air of melancholy is slowly revealed through rich layers of tender drones, delicate keys, electronics etc. The overall effect like dwelling inside some...view item »


The Cinematic Orchestra
Every Day

The Cinematic Orchestra album is coffee table lounge jazzy background music in a Zero 7 ish way. Nice in places and boring in others. Overall better than most and what they do... they do terribly well. Every Day is on CD and LP...view item »


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. ...view item »


Ben Rath
Anything Is Possible

Sound In Silence tend to do a good job with their releases. They’re always short runs that are delightfully compiled in handmade packaging. Real labours of love. This latest one, a long-player called Anything Is Possible, comes courtesy of Mancunian Ben Rath. It’s a collection of warm, ...view item »


Odeon
Galaxies

Captain’s log, star date 2018-02. We’ve received a transmission from the four-person crew of the vessel Odeon, in the Edizioni Mundo sector. Title Galaxies, it appears to be a series of immaculate references to psychedelic 1970s Italian film soundtracks and 1980s synthpop. It is clearly the work of some seri...view item »


Cosmic Ground
Legacy / The Plague

Deep Distance wanted to release Cosmic Ground's self titled debut in it's entirety but track lengths proved impossible to squash onto vinyl so instead we get two of the best cuts from the disc spread out nicely onto wax. This is excellent long form, sequencer-heavy electronic psych. Turn on, switch off, lie down.    &n...view item »


Charles Ditto
Basso Continuo: Cyberdelic Ambient and Nootropic Soundscapes (1987-1994)

For fans of abstract ambient early adopter Charles Ditto, here’s a bunch of secrets well-kept. With a name like Basso Continuo: Cyberdelic Ambient and Nootropic Soundscapes, and an album-cover like that, what else is there to say? Expect compositions drawing on long, low drones as well as jumbling e...view item »


Pausal
Volume Flow

Music to imagine vistas, valleys, forests and glaciers to by airy UK duo Pausal, known individually as Alex “Olan Mill” Smalley and Simon Bainton. With a cover painting by Susanne Seinmann, the album comprises extended improvisations edited down into manageable pieces. Beard and morning coffee option...view item »


Pep Llopis
Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes

Pep Llopis tunes into the rich lineage of legendary Mediterranean sea stories with Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes, a suite of arty ambience rich with elements of minimalism and driven by Llopis’s prog-informed synthesizer. Recorded and released in 1987, Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes ...view item »


The Green Kingdom
Seen And Unseen

Yes! Michael Cottone is back as The Green Kingdom with his new album Seen And Unseen, this time on the Sound In Silence label. This Michigan sound artist and graphic designer is ever using composition to soundtrack landscapes with keen melodies and often labyrinthine structure. Cottone's skills as a son...view item »


Parekh & Singh
Science City

Parekh & Singh present their second LP, and boy is it lush. Science City perhaps lands somewhere between the gorgeous dream-pop of Beach House and the textured arrangements of Grizzly Bear: in any case, its eleven tracks make up a beautiful and rich listen. Science City &nb...view item »


Various
THESIS COLLECTED 01

Gregory Euclide’s and Gabor Kerekes’ ostentatious glambient label Thesis now gives folk with tighter budgets the chance to purchase a selection from the catalogue so far on CD and digital formats. If you’ve held off on the elegant 10” releases, now’s your chance to catch some of the contributions from an all-star ca...view item »


Steve Hauschildt
Dissolvi

Former Emeralds synth wizard Steve Hauschildt returns with 'Dissolvi' the name taken from the latin phrase cupio dissolvi, meaning "I wish to be dissolved". Let's hope Steve isn't dissolved any time soon as here he presents another example of his work which contains techno pulses, synth haze, the voice of&n...view item »


Michael Beharie & Teddy Rankin-Parker
A Heart From Your Shadow

Michael Beharie of Zs and Teddy Rankin-Parker (a cellist who has worked with Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and the like) have known each other for years, but this is their first collaboration, and what a well-considered treat it is. Energetic and intricate music...view item »


Christina Vantzou
No. 4

This latest LP from Christina Vantzou is a bit of a love-in. Getting together with Angel Deradoorian, Forma's John Also Bennett, Clarice Jensen and a fair few others, the Belgian composer allowed her collaborators to add or delete parts at will. Surprisingly, the record doe...view item »


Tim Hecker
Radio Amor

A new opportunity to experience the earlier work of beloved dronester Tim Hecker with this reissue of his 2003 second album Radio Amor. This one is focused and powerful, wi...view item »


Tim Hecker
Mirages

'Mirages' is one of ambient musician and noise thrill-seeker Tim Hecker's earliest works, originally released in 2004. Back in the days of its initial release, Alien8 described the record as a "death metal ambient classic in waiting", which sums up the harsh, often dissonant soundscapes Hecker was interested in making in his early days. This rec...view item »


The Black Dog
Black Daisy Wheel

Beloved electro-grumps The Black Dog are back with a pair of distinct albums on the theme of dismal, hysterical post-truth media society. Black Daisy Wheel tackles its dystopian theme in a subdued, ambient style, with uneasy textures and characteristically gloomy synths drifting about. Occasional beats find their way in...view item »


Biosphere
The Hilvarenbeek Recordings

The Hilvarenbeek Recordings are sourced from an organic (or ‘Bio’ - nice) farm in Holland, and were recorded and assembled for a project at Incubate. The field recordings of nature and bucolic human activity have been subtly pressed into the service of some classic-sounding Biosphere tracks, mixing ambient w...view item »


Grouper
Grid Of Points

Portland's Liz Harris AKA Grouper is one of only a few artists who consistently melts our collective hearts. Her 'Grid Of Points' album (like her previous record on Kranky, 'Ruins') is more stripped-back than her earlier work, with a greater emphasis on songwriting and delicate piano compositions. What was previously submerged in effects resonat...view item »


Grouper
Ruins

'Ruins' is the newest record by drone folk artist Grouper. Recorded in a house near a lost, deserted village in Portugal, under the usual reclusive conditions that Liz Harris writes music, the record is the closest her project has gotten to capturing actual songs, each performed on a piano and recorded immediately to a 4-track. 'Ruins'...view item »


Hammock
Mysterium

Nashville, Tennessee’s Hammock returns. Mysterium is the duo’s eighth and latest album. The record serves as memorial to Clark Kern, son-like figure to Hammock,...view item »


Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

Stars of the Lid's seventh studio album saw a slight hesitation in what appeared to be a progression further into orchestrated ambience. The previous LP's rich, stately tone does make up a lot of the character, but a return to the exploration of non-musical, abstract sonic nuance is where the magic is here, still wonderful in re...view item »


Electric Sewer Age
Moon’s Milk In Final Phase

‘Moon’s Milk In Final Phase’ was originally issued in 2012 on the Divine Frequency label and is comprised of four tracks from Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and Danny Hyde’s sessions dating back to 2007. Apparently the music was originally intended to conclude Co...view item »


Kelly Lee Owens
Kelly Lee Owens

As her star rises ever-higher, Kelly Lee Owens has picked a fine moment to release her debut full-length. ‘The colours, the beauty, the motion’ she opines over ‘CBM’, and it’s a neat summation of a record that has its eyes firmly on the dancefloor while still searching for the personal warmth of cla...view item »


Terry Riley
In C

This is one of the works and recordings that put minimalism on the map. Riley's In C has been called the The Rite of Spring of our time. This first recording led the way to the many other versions that appeared but this is the first and the best. Since this landmark recording, there have been other noteworthy versions. I heard an interesting one...view item »


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s EARS is a dense, swirling explosion of samples, synthesizers and chanted vocals that reminds us of Panda Bear’s Person Pitch at its most playful and ecstatic. Since her previous album Euclid, Smith’s songs have become looser, but also mo...view item »


Loscil
Monument Builders

Drummer and saxophonist for Destroyer but If you haven’t heard any of Loscil’s 12 albums this is as good a place as any to start. Warm synthesis, subtle dubby chords meet field sampling in an ambient space-capturing setting, a sense of place and the grandeur within it. Droney, but so very musical. &n...view item »


Tim Hecker
Love Streams

Brand new full-length from Tim Hecker, who here brings his flaring waves of electronics into contact with woodwinds and the Icelandic Choir Ensemble (as arranged by Johann Johannsson). Love Streams builds on previous album Virgins, and was partly recorded in the same Reykjavik ...view item »


Ian William Craig
Centres

Ever-prolific tape chemist Ian William Craig is readying yet another record of gorgeous crackle pop. Having broken our hearts with the fragmented opera loops of A Turn of Breath in 2014, he's since released the understated but equally beautiful Cradle For The Wanting ...view item »


Tim Hecker
Harmony In Ultraviolet

Tim Hecker now. On Kranky, finest purveyors of sonic avant-rock & deep, spectral space folk (not to mention incredibly absorbing mood music) Ant likes this so much he's floating around the office on an invisible carpet. I'm afraid to say this lovely sounding CD, 'Harmony in Ultraviolet' would probably be AOTW if it weren't the...view item »


The Avalanches
Since I Left You

A masterpiece of sampling, Since I Left You challenged norms of authorship and genre in its determination to appreciate the creative potential of appropriation art. The Avalanches showed about as well as can be that a sample cut away from its origin can be made to do wonderful things in a new context. In other words: th...view item »


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