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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 resonates with a newfound clarity; what was previously obscured is foregrounded, offering a clearer window into the heart and mind of the artist and revealing previously unheard details within her meticulously crafted, gorgeous compositions. And yet, there's still enough mystique surrounding her songs and fragile, ghostly, ambient soundscapes to make her work as intriguing as ever.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK217LP)
  • CD (KRANK217)

William Basinski + Lawrence English
Selva Oscura

William Basinski and Lawrence English are friends (one based in LA, the other somewhere in Australia) whose paths have crossed numerous times over the past 5 or 6 years, sometimes by chance and other times more deliberately. In those moments they began to make the embryonic basis of Selva Oscura. Within its grooves are two extended pieces of music representing constantly shifting and unspooling states of being. A gradual, eternal reveal, of coming into contact with the 'strange familiar'. Choose from Indies-only opaque grey vinyl, or regular black LP. On Temporary Residence.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR312LP)
  • Vinyl LP (TRR312LPC1)
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  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
  • CD (TRR312CD)

Giulio Aldinucci
Disappearing In A Mirror

Giulio Aldinucci’s gradual path to choral sample-scamblin’ stardom has led him from Time Released Sound and Dronarivm up to this second outing for Karlrecords. Disappearing in a Mirror finds the Italian sound designer driving his sacred loops through searing distortion, droning crescendos and tenuous titles such as ‘Aphasic Semiotics’.
  • Vinyl LP (KR055)
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  • CD (KR055CD)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 of sonic focus and narrative drive for a modular synth record, with evocative titles in various European languages to help the listener off on their sonic trip up the mountain.
  • Vinyl LP (HITD 042)
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  • Limited edition

Nils Frahm
Encores 2

La la la, plink plonk plink, some new Nils Frahm here to make you think. The Pianist For All Millennials drops the second of his Encore EPs via Erased Tapes. This one kind of sounds like a more highfalutin take on Vangelis’s score for Blade Runner. Encores 2 is definitely music, and when all things are considered that’s probably a good thing.
  • Vinyl 12" (ERATP117LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Hannu Karjalainen
Drift

I remember Hannu Karjalainen’s debut album Worms in my Piano all the way back in 2006, with its vignetted tufts of sweet, instrumental pop-ambient. Now he’s on his fourth, Drift, and while it’s definitely still our Hannu, he’s taken in a few contemporary ambient influences; it sounds a bit like classic Hannu reworked by Marsen Jules and bvdub.
  • Vinyl LP (KDS007)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

FEAN (Piiptsjilling with Joachim Badenhorst, Sylvain Chauveau and Annelies Monseré)
FEAN

Piiptsjilling (the brothers Jan and Romke Kleefstra, Mariska Baars and Rutger “Machinefabriek” Zuydervelt) rebrand as FEAN for this outing with guests Annelies Monseré, Sylvain Chauveau and Joachim Badenhorst. The team improvise delicate brooders with church organ, spoken and sung voice, woodwinds, bass and other to sober themes of ecological decay. Beautiful art design as well.
  • CD (MFR069)
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JAWS
The Ceiling

Jaws are back with album number three, The Ceiling. The Birmingham dream pop band get lumped in with the Digbeth B-Town scene - a scene that supposedly revolves around The Twang, Swim Deep and Peace, although they deny existence of such a scene. The band are popular with Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. LP and CD on JAWS.
  • Vinyl LP (JAWS021LPX)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (JAWS021LP)
  • CD (JAWS021CD)

Yumi Zouma
EP III

Yumi Zouma - almost certainly no relation to France and Chelsea centre-back Kurt - drop a new four-track EP via Cascine (Korallreven, Chad Valley). EP III is another one of those retro-ish, ‘80s-ish, Italo Disco-ish synth things which pass for indie music these days. Will please fans of Chairlift, Bon Iver, Wild Nothing and the rest of that rabble.
  • Vinyl 10" (CSN114LP)
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  • Last copy

Benjamin Finger
Into Light

Somber composer Benjamin Finger’s latest takes a turn for the darker. Into Light hosts four compositions, two of which are more than 15-minute affairs. The strings sound like Godspeed You! outtakes, set to minimal electronic backdrops, and the vocal loops create a dissociative bleakness. LIYL: pondering existence while staring out over grey buildings.
  • Vinyl LP
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
In Summer

Reissue of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma’s magical 2016 EP In Summer. Originally released and now sold-out on cassette, this intensely personal record alternates field recordings with large, emotional and noisy soundscapes, seemingly growing from a natural environment. This vinyl reissue is limited edition so get it while it’s fresh.
  • Vinyl LP (PTT013LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

GAS
Zauberberg

Wolfgang Voigt’s second album under his lauded forest techno moniker GAS is back, singly tree-issued on Kompakt. First released in ‘97, Zauberberg offers Voigt’s revolving branches of hazy, throbbing ambient at their most ambiguous, as if unsure of what really waits out there in the woods. The third track especially is one of his masterpieces.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (Kompakt 370.1)

Oliver Kearns
Amelioration

Pianist and field recordist Oliver Kearns has spun together a number of different threads to form the 67 minute Amelioration. An album that completely washes over you, before slowly revealing it's depth and variety. The space within its ambience is made real by free jazz inspired drumming. On Aphelion Editions.
  • CD (APHELION010-CD)
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  • Tape (APHELION010-K7)
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epic45
Drakelow EP


  • Vinyl LP (Vaughan Arms 003 COL)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Various
Pop Ambient 2019

Ah you can set your watch by it....and terrify yourself that it seems to have been about three years since Pop Ambient 2001. Yes for fans of ambient music, time is marked by these compilations from Kompakt. The curators always seem to find something new and this year sees contributions from Coupler, Last Train To Brooklyn, The Black Frame, Yui Onodera Max Würde, Triola aka Jörg Burger / The Modernist, Thomas Fehlmann. Not always household named but part of the charm of these things is discovery.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (Kompakt395)
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  • Last copy
  • CD (Kompaktcd150)

Ian William Craig
Thresholder

Ian William Craig is always very welcome round these parts, and Thresholder, the man’s first album in eighteen months, demonstrates why. Those tape machines of his are put to work in the construction of an eleven-track, forty-minute sound environment. Deep and gorgeous smeared ambience, on FatCat sub-label 130701.
  • Vinyl LP (LP1332)

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
Ghost Forests

Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore are both great, let's be honest. So Ghost Forests was bound to be a winner of a record: and so it has proved. The two musicians have built six songs together, mixing the many strings of the guitar and the harp with Mary’s vocals. Ghosts Forests feels like a perfect fitting-together of two excellent solo artists: try it. On Three Lobed Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (LPTLR125)
  • CD (CDTLR125)

Bipolar Explorer
Sometimes In Dreams

Bipolar Explorer is the cheerily-named project of NYC dynamic duo Summer Serafin and Michael Serafin-Wells. As ever on Slugg Records, Sometimes in Dreams is their seventh album - and they made this one a double. The pair specialise in shoegazy dream-rock, blending sung lyrics with poetry and spoken word to convey tender affection, warmth and also great tragedy and sadness.
  • CD
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  • Limited edition

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)

Joseph Shabason
Anne

Yeah this is a good one. Anne was composed for Joseph Shabason’s mother in honour of her struggles with degenerative illness. The personal and familial turmoil of this experience crinkles the edges of these milky instrumentals. There is a feeling of tender, quiet sadness to the likes of ‘Forest Run’ that is extremely moving. Musically Shabason's second LP is pitched somewhere between Freetown Sound-era Blood Orange and Loke Rahbek/Frederik Valentin’s Buy Corals Online.
  • Vinyl LP (WV182LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (WV182LP)
  • CD (WV182CD)

Fabio Orsi
Motel A Tre Stelle

Slight change of pace from Fabio Orsi here. We’re used to the Italian composer giving us records of atmospheric drone. He hasn’t completely abandoned that on Motel A Tre Stelle, but this new LP also sees him going down some hitherto-unexplored kosmische/new age rabbit holes. Tracks like ‘Profundo Blu’ have got a nice Tangerine Dream flavour to them.
  • CD (st.an.da1807)

Various
Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990

Light In The Attic’s obsession with reissuing Japanese records shows no sign of abating. For their next trick they’ve given us a collection of ambient compositions made in the country during the ‘80s. Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 includes delicate pieces from Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Hideki Matsutake and many other distinguished artists. Visible Cloaks’ Spencer Doran has compiled this one.
  • Vinyl LP box set (LITA167LP)
  • CD (LITA167CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Emra Grid
Shay’s Vacation House


  • Vinyl LP (OPAL113)
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Northerner
End Of The Holiday

Those who have missed the evocative guitar playing of Vini Reilly over the last few years, should maybe check out Northerner (AKA Martin Cummings) to get their fix. This, his third full length album on Home Assembly, is full of perfect evocative soundscapes with a dusky balearic feel and laden with those gorgeous plangent guitar stylings over gently rolling electronica.  *UK EXCLUSIVE ON SILVER VINYL* (whilst stocks last).    
  • Vinyl LP (HAM019LPC)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Vinyl LP (HAM019LP)
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Same Waves
Algorithm of Desire

‘Algorithm of Desire’ by Same Waves is an exercise in oddball electronic pop, both restrained and open-ended. Same Waves are a collaboration between Lindsay Anderson (L’ALTRA) and John Hughes, together making a sound of hushed eccentricity, welcome to scrapes of violin, plonking synths, and at times almost whispered vocals. The LP - which features contributions from the likes of Bill MacKay and Macie Stewart - is released by the Flau label.
  • Vinyl LP (FLAU71LP)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Patricia Escudero
Satie Sonneries

Though there are plenty of examples of classical music plugging in - think Switched-On Bach, think Wendy Carlos playing Henry Purcell on an electronic keyboard for A Clockwork Orange - there are few as good as Patricia Escudero’s updates of Erik Satie. The Frenchman’s deceptively simple compositional style lends itself well to synthetic treatment, and Escudero utilises an array of sounds across Satie Sonneries. Originally released in 1986, the record gets a deserved re-press by Equilibrio.
  • Vinyl LP (EQB02)
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  • Last copy

Jon Hassell & Brian Eno
Fourth World Vol 1: Possible Musics

Fourth World Vol. 1 is one of Brian Eno's most underrated collaborative records, offering a different perspective on his ambient compositions by way of percussionist and trumpeter Jon Hassell. It questioned the paradigms of "world" music and also queried what the term would imply in the future, melding together electronic innovations with the older disciplines of several different regions. It's a deeply textural and agonisingly hypnotic work. 
  • Vinyl LP (GBLP019)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 lovelies Phonogene and Clouds. Mastered by a master of such things, 12k’s Taylor Deupree.
  • Vinyl LP (IIKKI 00)
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  • CD (IIKKI 00)
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Endless Melancholy
Fragments of Scattered Whispers

Endless Melancholy. Not (necessarily) a description of life in the Norman office, but the alias of Ukraine's Oleksiy Sakevych. His latest collection of achingly sad ambience is on its way via Dronarivm, titled 'Fragments of Scattered Whispers'; wherein gentle, feathery piano melodies melt into crystalline ambient textures. With tape explorations. Sounds nice. Nice and hazy.
  • CD
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Richard Neale
Growth + Decay

Bespectacled producer Richard “Hexagonal Packaging” Neale follows last year’s Eves with new EP Growth + Decay. Though it retains its folky tinges, the spontaneous live instrumentation of Eves largely gives way to digital loops of short phrases, layered and built up into something quite dramatic. As before, mastered by James Plotkin.
  • CD (RAINBEAR006CD)
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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 And The Planet That Moved works as a particularly good example of his well-refined aesthetic: wide, droning soundworlds, propelled by beats and considering the dark state of our planet. Released by Klanggalerie.
  • CD (CDGG281)
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  • Last copy

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 instrument forms the core of the record, and in doing so it gives the LP a strong whiff of Schmidt's one-time tutor John Cage.
  • Vinyl LP (SPOON61)
  • CD (CDSPOON61)

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 electronics, reminiscent of early 80’s action-flick soundtracks.
  • Vinyl LP (PC002)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Massive Attack
Blue Lines

Ah 'Blue Lines'. That time hip-hop, reggae, R&B, and soul all together under the mysterious cinematic umbrella of Massive Attack. The first time their special blend of breakbeats, sampling and rapping was heard and it's presence is still being felt 25+ years on. The usual guests are in place, Horace Andy, Tricky, Neneh Cherry and of course Shara Nelson on the stone cold classic 'Unfinished Sympathy'.  
  • Vinyl LP (5700960)

Heavenly Music Corporation
In a Garden of Eden

Extremely calm mood music from Heavenly Music Corporation. On In a Garden of Eden, a five track EP released by Astral Industries, HMCorp play the softest of synths over the gentlest of field recordings. The sonic equivalent of being slowly rocked to sleep by a benevolent cosmic being. It takes a real artisan to make music this chill.
  • Vinyl LP (AI-11)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Akira Rabelais
Eisoptrophobia


  • Vinyl Double LP (BKEDIT017)
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SRSQ
Unreality

Unreality is a phoenix from the flames. SRSQ is the solo project of Them Are Us Too’s Kennedy Ashlyn - the same Them Are Us Too who lost collaborator and dear friend Cash Askew in the 2016 Ghost Ship Fire. This LP is the sound of Ashlyn coming to terms with the grief. Sonically these tracks are pitched somewhere between Zola Jesus, The Cocteau Twins and White Ring. Unreality fights its demons in real time, and is all the more affecting for it.
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS119LPC)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS119LP)
  • CD (DAIS119)

Puredigitalsilence
Circumfluence

We've got ourselves a rare Korean electronics gem here. Puredigitalsilence’s Circumfluence was originally released on a short CD run in 1998, and the record was assumed lost to the sands of time before the folk at Daehan Electronics resurrected it for this reissue. Good on them - this LP’s sky-scraping drones, equal parts My Bloody Valentine, Deerhunter and bvdub, are more than worth a second hearing.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DE003)

Various
Spaciousness - Music Without Horizons

Lo Recordings kicks off a series on ambient music with Spaciousness - Music Without Horizons. The compilation and the ongoing series looks to highlight music labelled as ambient and new age. Spaciousness features musicians including Abul Mogard, Matthew David, Private Agenda and Cathy Luca.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LO159LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Choir Boy
Passive With Desire

Synth-pop! Passive With Desire, by Choir Boy, has the intimate lonely feel of bedroom DIY productions, though the detailed band arrangements and even live instrumentation(!) actually give it a broader scope, crossing in places into the feel of actual eighties hit pop. Heavy feels and light synth melodies: out on Dais.
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS117LPR)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS117LP)
  • CD (DAIS117CD)
  • Limited edition

Winterlight
The Longest Sleep Through The Darkest Days

Plymouth shoegaze/electronic poppers Winterlight are keeping it in the family with their latest album which sees leader Tim Ingham's daughter Isabel taking over on bass duties. Cute. They've taken seven years over this faffing with all kinds of sounds before realising if it ain't broke don't fix it. Smart. 
  • CD (MD261)

Moscow Youth Cult
Brutalist

Who knew videogame sound engineers could make catchy dark pop? We haven't heard the full album yet, of course. But the first preview of the duo’s new album Brutalist starts off with a classic Hearts of Black Science midnight-loner sound, and expands with the controlled sophistication that only sound designers could reach. Excellent choice for starting off your solo dance parties.
  • Vinyl LP (OWN012LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

PLYXY
Gloryland

After being issued as a small cassette run by Ascetic House in early 2018 PLYXY’s Gloryland now gets a re-release via Hallow Ground. As is the want of the Swiss label, this record is a pretty frosty and demanding listen. The gnarled, weary synthscapes here recall Forest Swords and fellow HG act Dedekind Cut. Closer ‘March Of Youth’ breaks out into full-on noise.
  • Vinyl LP (HG1806)
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Methyl Ethel
Triage

Australian art-rock combo Methyl Ethel enjoyed some success with their second album, Everything Is Forgotten. They matched dark lyrics with sparkling melodies and songs such as ‘No.28’ and ‘Ubu’ were among some of 2017’s best moments. Now they’re back with a follow-up, Triage. It finds the band in a more contemplative mood than usual.
  • Vinyl LP (4AD0114LP)
  • CD (4AD0114CD)
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

K. Leimer
Music for Land and Water

Amazingly, this is a first-time vinyl version of the classic 1983 album 'Music For Land And Water', by K. Leimer. Originally only available as a cassette tape release, 'MFLAW' was composed for a series of four closed-loop tape machines, with each playing a loop of differing length, as a month-long art gallery installation.  Only two synths and a pianet were used in the recording. The screen-printed sleeve artwork depicts an abstract topographical map; includes a large square insert. Limited (200 copies) reissue LP, on Les Giants.
  • Vinyl LP (LES001)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Colorlist
Full Circle

Colorlist: Charles Rumback, Charles Gorzcynski, and John Hughes (of Hibernis). Four veterans of Chicago’s transgressive underground jazz scene. Here’s their fourth album, courtesy of dependably tasteful Welsh label Serein. The quartet’s interactions of woodwinds, drums and various electronics are graceful and atmospheric.
  • CD (SERE017)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Janek Schaefer (For Robert Wyatt)
What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing

Scholarly sound artist Janek Schaefer has been doing his thing while garnering acclaim for at least two decades now, and here he is with a new work that showcases his transient sound at its most accessible. The new record (For Robert Wyatt) - 'What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing' was constructed from parts of Wyatt's 'Cuckooland' album and is particularly resonant, now adapted from the performance into one side of the record. The piece is complemented by 7 new equally poignant compositions. Well, count me in. Limited edition (1000 copies) of the transparent gold vinyl LP, also on CD; on Temporary Residence.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR305LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • CD (TRR305CD)

Colin Potter
Rank Sonata

Colin Potter has been orbiting the centre of the UK underground music scene(s) for his whole career, as a member of Nurse With Wound and Current 93 and through a stack of other collaborations. Rank Sonata is a fully solo work however, and finds Potter wandering his electronics down dreamy ambient pathways. On Hallow Ground.
  • Vinyl LP (HG1505)

Pilar Zeta
Moments of Reality

Moments of Reality is the debut album by Pilar Zeta. Released on Ultramajic, the album is a inspired by Japanese new age from the 1980s and post-modern art. Made using '90s synths, the album is a candy-pop haze which wafts between PC Music's riotous manipulations and a conceptual art refinement.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (LVX036)
  • Coloured vinyl

Various
THESIS SET 03

This is set of 4x 10" records featuring Sophie Hutchings & Julia Kent, Aaron Martin & Tilman Robinson, Andrew Hargreaves & Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer/the Boats), Kyle Bobby Dunn & Anjou. Handmade packaging includes: Jackets with Unique illustration using airbrush & cut paper. Laser cut with project title and songs & THESIS Logo. Unique sleeves with pen/airbrush illustration of artist's hands and states of origin. Laser cut with credits & thesis logo Black vinyl 10" records pressed at Record Industry in The Netherlands. Poly storage sleeves.
  • Vinyl LP box set
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  • Last copy

offthesky
Enfolding

Ukraine’s Hidden Vibes presents Jason Corder’s pathologically productive offthesky alias. New album Enfolding finds Corder on various instruments and accompanied by a bunch more - strings, synths, vocals, harp and brass from Julie Slater, Anna Hess, Kiera Perle and several others. Between them they ease out ‘scape after ‘scape of moody tranquility.
  • CD (HV048)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Various
Midday Moon, Ambient and Experimental Recordings from Australia & New Zealand 1980 - 1995

Aussie label Bedroom Suck brings us Midday Moon, an excellent new double-LP comp of ambient and experimental musics out of Australia and New Zealand taken from the period of 1980 to 1995. The recordings have origins on various micro-labels, private pressings and the artists' own personal archives. Melbourne DJ / archivist Rowan 'Sanpo Disco' Mason has delved deep into a largely uncelebrated world of latter twentieth-century Aussie New Age and beyond. And we're glad he did. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BSR-082)

Modern Cosmology
Summer Long

Astonishingly this collaboration between Stereolab chanteuse Letitia Sadier and Brazilian band Mombojo has almost exactly the same name as the title of the recent Jane Weaver album. I mean, it’s unbelievable isn’t it? How does that happen?  Anyway this should be a nice small album of  bossa-nova, pop, and psychedelia for summer. 
  • Vinyl 10" (ER347)
  • Limited edition

Jessica Moss
Entanglement

Entanglement is album number three from Jessica Moss. Moss earned her stripes with a fifteen year stint in Canadian post-everything band Thee Silver Mt. Zion (and all variations on that name). She has also worked with such luminaries as Vic Chesnutt and Carla Bozulich. The title of this album explains it all, really: She uses violin and her voice to create twisting, swirling, overlapping - tangling, if you will, soundscapes. LP and CD on Constellation.
  • Vinyl LP (CST138LP)
  • CD (CST138CD)

Keir Vine
Instance

London’s Trestle Records (City Shepherd, Adam Coney) drop a record from famed keyboardist/hang player Keir Vine. The Instance EP is rather different to the plush post-jazz that Vine dishes up as part of Portico Quartet. These eight tracks are built around droning church organs, field recordings, found sounds and little snippets of piano. They've got a bit of a Ghost Box flavour to it. It all adds up to a really nice listen.
  • Vinyl LP (TR035)

Nik Turner & Youth
Pharaohs From Outer Space

From Killing Joke to Embrace, from U2 to Paul McCartney, Youth has pretty much done everything there is to do within the musical sphere...except perhaps collaborate on an album with Hawkwind saxophonist Nik Turner. Well now he's ticked that off his bucket list with this album of enticing sonic soundscapes. Fans of 1990 will also be pleased to see Adamski making an appearance. 
  • Vinyl LP (PWORD3)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ultrafog
How Those Fires Burned That Are No Longer

Kouhei Fukuzumi has released a couple of cassettes for Japanese label Solitude Solutions and Spain's Angoisse imprint and now makes his vinyl debut as Utlrafog on Los Angeles' excellent Motion Ward label -- their previous release was an ace from uon (West Mineral Ltd.) 'How Those Fires Burned That Are No Longer' runs the duration of a mini-album, and is pure bliss from the off - with the torch song like ambient of opener 'Swallow', the more zoned and trippy 'OIO', and dreamy droner 'Golden Tundra'. On the flipside the beautifully majestic 'Trace' precedes the fluttering tropical Fourth World ambient of 'Scent' before 'Cependant' has us riding the skies. Tip for fans of uon, Space Afrika, GAS, Huerco S. etc.
  • Vinyl 12" (MW004)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Ensemble 0
Ensemble 0 Plays Eight Compositions and It Lasts 38:36

Can’t fault them for clarity and accuracy. Ensemble 0 Plays Eight Compositions and It Lasts 38:36 delivers on each of the promises of its title, and the individual tracks follow the same format. This contemporary group devised their own pieces for (mostly) acoustic instrumentation, and the results are tenderly-textured and delicately explorative. LP release on the Flau label.
  • Vinyl LP (FLAU77LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Saloli
The Deep End

The Year Zero for Mary Sutton’s debut LP as Saloli was a performance at a clothing-optional soaking-pool sauna. In attempting to make music for people relaxing in hot bubbly water, Sutton came up with these sounds of warm, tranquil beauty. The generative point of The Deep End encourages comparisons with Yamaneko’s Spa Commissions, but the sounds here lean more towards the New Age reissues of Seance Centre. Out via Kranky (Tim Hecker, Dedekind Cut).
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK214LP)
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  • CD (KRANK214)

Heinali
Iridescent

A new full-length album from busy Ukrainian sound-worker Oleg Shpudeiko, aka Heinali. Iridescent is mostly crafted out of modular synth improvisations, some of which are then reworked and re-ordered to created the finished pieces we hear here. Sometimes deep in ambient drifts, and sometimes pumping beats, this material is always strong for those who like some electronic adventure.
  • Vinyl LP (INJA009)

Our Lady Of The Flowers
Holiday In Thule

Our Lady of the Flowers is Rod Modell (Deepchord, cv313, Echospace), so before we list the other names you can be sure of hearing gorgeous atmospherics of degraded sound, impeccable bass production and crackling background hiss. He’s joined by less familiar friends Kevin Dunham, Jeri Frantz, Erinn Pegan, Jay Buckets and Warren Doss, and between them they’ve made Thule - whether it’s supposed to be ‘ultima Thule’ or the real-life town of Qaanaaq - sound like a fine holiday destination.
  • CD (sps1830)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jon Porras
Voices Of The Air

John Porras, of Barn Owl fame, was inspired by Gita Sarabhai and John Chowning’s writings on frequency modulation synthesis to make Voices Of The Air. Here he replaces his guitar with a Yamaha DX7 synthesiser, in order to explore more possibilities in the areas of focused minimal sound. Deep material, out on Ba Da Bing!
  • Vinyl LP (BING143)
  • CD (BING143CD)

Hibernis
Middle Of The Meds

Hibernis drop an LP via Serein (Hauschka, Herzog). Middle Of The Meds is a record of ambient electronica that carries itself with a quiet intensity. John Hughes (son of John Hughes, director of Ferris Bueller's Day Off etc.) creates brooding instrumentals reminiscent of Susanna And The Magical Orchestra and the obfuscating synthscapes that characterise Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ work for screen. The way Lindsay Anderson then embeds her vocals in the mix is reminiscent of Grouper.
  • CD (SERE016)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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Cye Wood & Lisa Gerrard
The Trail Of Genghis Khan

Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance) and Cye Wood collaborated on this music as an accompaniment to the film The Trail Of Genghis Khan, a film about Mongolia seen through the perspective of an Australian man. Strings and voice build up the backbone of this record, creating sparsely beautiful atmospheres. Vinyl release on the splendidly named Infinite Fog label.
  • Vinyl LP (IF-75-LP)
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Various
Switched - On Eugene

The Eugene of this compilation’s title isn’t a specific person but a place: Eugene, Oregon, where the Eugene Electronic Music Collective gathered to hippily make sounds in the 80’s. Numero Group once again do a great job of sifting and creating, presenting sixteen selections from members of the group. Real intimate, DIY direct stuff, mined from obscurity.
  • Vinyl Double LP (NUM198LP)
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  • CD (NUM198CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Orb
History Of The Future Part 2

Available on double CD or as a boxset with 3 CDs and DVD on Malicious Damage. Having announced a new album due in 2015, The Orb have released two retrospective compilations their work up until now. Including only released on vinyl tunes and unreleased video footage on the DVD, as well as completely unreleased songs "Baghdad Batteries Launch Night" and "Jam On Your Honey".
  • CD box set (MDB707)
  • CD (MD708)

Motohiko Hamase
Reminiscence

Motohiko Hamase’s Reminiscence is another one of those rare vintage items that will quickly pluck up the attention of serious vinyl collector heads, but this reissue thankfully puts it in the hands of the regular listener and lover of new-agey, electric-bass-led ambient-jazz-fusion music. Reissued by Studio Mule.
  • Vinyl LP (STUDIOMULE10LP)
  • CD (STUDIOMULE10CD)

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 Still Hope EP that came out on Phonica back in June the pair release Cyber. This EP sees the title track done three ways - the deep ‘House Pass’, the Danielle Baldelli-esque ‘Cosmic Slide’ and the Floating Points-aping ‘Ambient Sax Mix’. Good stuff.
  • Vinyl 12" (MULEMUSIQ230)
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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 and the soundtracks of John Carpenter. LP, limited to 300 copies on Ceres Motion.
  • Vinyl Double LP

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 rather blazed ‘n’ wonky sampletronica.
  • Vinyl LP (RHD-033U KNO)
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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 features Herrera, although they have shared, and continue to share ideas. This 2CD set shows where their project started and where it’s heading.
  • CD (MAT012)
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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. Features guests Good Weather For An Airstrike and Umber.
  • CD
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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 bvdub school of damp  tranquility for your autumnal windowgazing.
  • CD
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

(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 Silence.
  • CD
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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 only 150 hand-numbered copies, each coming with a download code and handmade packaging.
  • CD
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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 masterstroke.
  • Vinyl LP (WRWTFWW026)
  • CD (WRWTFWW026CD)
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Dakota Suite & Dag Rosenqvist
What Matters Most

A slow, haunting new LP from Dakota Suite here. What Matters Most sees DS auteur Chris Hooson join forces with Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) and former collaborator Emanuele Errante (Elem). With Hooson taking up the singer-songwriter's archetypal companions of guitar and piano, the other two augment his snow-slow songs with all manner of instruments and effects. They flush tracks like ‘Now That You Know’ with a mournful, glacial beauty that brings to mind a digital Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
  • Vinyl LP (KALKLP107)
  • CD (KALKCD107)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 ambient techno with nods to Deepchord and Gas. 
  • Vinyl 7"
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  • Limited edition

Nils Frahm
Screws Reworked

This double vinyl LP, or CD, set from composer Nils Frahm has all the sparse piano and delicate Moog work we expect from him. But, on Screws Reworked Frahm has invited fans to submit their individual reinterpretations of his work. Screws was a warm and personal album, and that beautiful material has been affectionately reworked in a number of styles; from sublime drones to glitchy edits.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ERATP079LP)
  • CD (ERATP079CD)

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 cinematic thrills.
  • Vinyl Double LP (AMB1809)
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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 Brownswood boss. Tracks like ‘Red Sea’ and ‘Time’ are reminiscent of early Nicolas Jaar if he’d come up with the current crop of London jazzers like Nubya Garcia and Joe Armon-Jones.
  • CD (ALNCD53)

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 and that’s all we have to say on the matter.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LP085)
  • Limited edition

Enofa
Arboretum

Debut album from Ross Baker’s new alias Enofa. Arboretum is an album deeply immersed in nature: walks in the parks and the forest have made their way into this music in the form of field recordings, but also a certain mood: not straightforwardly ‘pretty’ so much as mystic and peaceful. Presented with typical aplomb by Time Released Sound.
  • CD (TRS078)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 recordings all adding colour to Cooper’s vivid imagination.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP58)

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 gentle, chorus-treated guitar parts hint at acts of like The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, but tracks such as ‘Vollmond’ are asides of heavily-treated experimental electronica.
  • Vinyl LP (MFM 035)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 results in often rubbery, repitched, resonating bits and blobs that bring to mind a sort of stripped-down, slithering Silent Shout by The Knife. Excellent.
  • Vinyl LP (PHNTM3)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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) and second (Benoît Pioulard, Will Samson) instalments are bundled together here. Beautiful artwork aside, the music tends towards contemporary classicism and electronica ala Nils Frahm.
  • Vinyl Double 10"
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

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 with fizzy electronic textures from Caught In The Wake Forever, resulting in some really nice, simple-but-deep pieces. Pro-duped cassettes.
  • Tape (CVC009)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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’ are characterised by the sort of bleak granulated soundscapes one finds in the work of both bvdub and Shackleton, the Gothic beauty of ‘Venus Of The Bees’ and ‘Parole’ is more akin to the frosty weightlessness of some Posh Isolation releases.
  • Vinyl LP (KR040)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.
  • CD (ad120)
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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.  
  • Vinyl LP (HG1801)

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. This album builds on that reputation with some startling excursions into audio collage.
  • Vinyl LP (RVNGNL40LP)
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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 record is glitchy, choppy and above all blunt, an unsentimental take on a musician who has gone on to make some of the most emotive ambient music out there. It's good to be evil sometimes, Tim. You can now grab 'Mirages' from Kranky/Alien8 as part of a lovely reissue initiative. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK181LP)
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  • CD (KRANK181)

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, such as on the dubby ‘We Must Repeat’. There are also moments of total, aching beauty, such as the climax of ‘Cognitive Dissident’.
  • Vinyl LP (DUSTV055)
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  • Limited edition
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  • CD (DUSTCD055)
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Stars Of The Lid
The Ballasted Orchestra

Stars Of The Lid’s second (or third depending on how you’re counting) LP gets a timely reissue courtesy of Kranky. The importance of The Ballasted Orchestra continues to grow more than two decades on from its 1997 release. Subsequent milestones such as William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops and The Caretaker’s An Empty Bliss Beyond This World owe a huge debt to the thousand-yard ambiences here.
  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK015LP)
  • CD (KRANK015)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Brian Eno
Reflection

Ambient music pioneer and all-round legend Brian Eno is back on Warp records with Reflection. In Eno’s own words this double vinyl LP and CD returns to his his earliest ideas about composing so-called ambient music and is as blissful, complex, demanding and beguiling as any of his music from that period.     
  • Vinyl Double LP (WARPLP280)
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  • CD (WARPCD280)

Emerald Web
The Stargate Tapes


  • Vinyl Double LP (FKR068LP)
  • CD (FKR068CD)

Tim Hecker
Harmony In Ultraviolet


  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK102LP)
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  • CD (KRANK102)

Tim Hecker
An Imaginary Country


  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK130LP)
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  • CD (KRANK130)

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