Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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Peter Davison
Music On The Way

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

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

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

Hiroshi Yoshimura was an ambient music pioneer but sadly his music barely made it out of his native Japan in his lifetime. His debut album, Music For Nine Postcards, was reissued in 2017 and, along with him being discovered on YouTube, his popularity grew some 14 years after his death. Now we have his groundbreaking ambient masterpiece Green, reissued through Light In The Attic.
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Gena Rose Bruce
Can't Make You Love Me

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

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

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

Ian William Craig
Red Sun Through Smoke

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

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

Maria Somerville
All My People

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

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

Mike Slott
Vignettes

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

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

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

Inoyamaland
Danzindan-Pojidon

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

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

Star Searchers
Avatar Blue

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

Jon Hassell
Vernal Equinox

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

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

Noveller
Arrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Basinski
The Deluge

More glorious tape-loop-based minimal composition from William Basinski. The Deluge presents an alternative approach to the source material used on recent companion piece Cascade: a piano loop is processed via various subtle feedback systems, until the whole thing washes away in a haze. White LP on Temporary Residence.

His Name Is Alive
Return To Never: Home Recordings 1979 - 1986 Volume 2

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

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

Yumiko Morioka originally released her only solo recording Resonance in 1987. It fell by the wayside in the noisy '80s but slowly picked up listeners via blog posts and You Tube clips. It is a delicate and spacious album of low key piano  - it's understated beauty could be compared perhaps to Erik Satie. This limited re-issue is timely for Morioka who lost her home and possessions in the 2017 Californian wildfires. In any case it's something soul stirring to discover.  
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Yutaka Hirose
Nova + 4

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

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

Meemo Comma
Sleepmoss

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

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

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

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

Emily A. Sprague
Water Memory / Mount Vision

Two self-released (2017, 2018) albums by LA composer-synthesist and songwriter Emily A. Sprague come together as one in a neat RVNG Intl. re-release. Aptly titled, the pieces on Water Memory comprise gently lapping phrases on piano and synth, while Mount Vision harnesses loops and drones for markedly more bucolic soundscapery.
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Jónsi & Alex Somers
Riceboy Sleeps (2019 Analogue Remaster)

Jonsi and Alex Somers don't just play together, they work together... or they did once on the Riceboy Sleeps album, originally released in 2009 but now available on posh triple vinyl with rounded corners and now including the All Animals EP. This is gorgeous ambience of the highest order which will appeal to people who like Sigur Ros but also to people (me) who don't like Sigur Ros but know good atmospheric downtempo electronics when they hear it. Delve in.     
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MATstudio
MATstudio 3

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

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

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

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

Mariska Baars / Rutger Zuydervelt
eau

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

Rutger Zuydervelt
Sileen II

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

Luke Schneider
Altar of Harmony

A key figure in the modern Nashville scene, playing back-up for artists such as Caitlyn Rose, Margo Price and Orville Peck, Luke Schneider shows off the full spectrum of his talent on the much underrated and oft-sneered at steel guitar on Altar of Harmony, a new solo album for Jack White’s Third Man Records. 
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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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Tim Hecker
Ravedeath 1972

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

Hugar
Varda

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

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

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

Ocoeur
Everything

The brainchild of French electronic pioneer Franck Zaragoza, Ocoeur, is back with quintessential fresh produce - 'Everything'. Typically enamoured with such electro royalty as Aphex Twin and Brian Eno, the tracks glide and swirl across expansive and dreamy soundscapes. Perfect stuff for candle-lit bedrooms.
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William Basinski
A Shadow In Time

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

Matt Jencik
Dream Character

Judging by the distorted facial image on the front cover of his sophomore solo album, Matt Jencik should probably have titled the record ‘Nightmare Character’. As it is, Dream Character is a disorientating and often unsettling experience, making use of a much wider range of recording techniques than the deliberate simplicity involved in making Weird Times two years ago. 
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Nurse With Wound
Soliloquy For Lilith

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

Ecovillage
Arrived

Ecovillage are Emil Holmstrom and Peter Wikstrom. Arrived is the Swedish electronic duo’s seventh album. They have described this as the most difficult yet most rewarding album they've made. Influences pop in from everywhere - William Basinski to Simple Minds, Incredible String Band  to Brian Eno and Luke Vibert to Arvo Pärt, it seems their music is built on a little bit of everything.
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Priscilla Ermel
Origens Da Luz

Origens Da Luz is a brief highlights package of the career of Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Priscilla Ermel. Assembled from original recordings made between 1986 and 1994, this double-LP package showcases Ermel’s love of taking traditional musical forms and enhancing them with her own take on synth technology. 
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Liquid Canoe
Liquid Canoe

Wolfgang Matthes leads the loose spacey, acidic bass, slow funk collective known as Liquid Canoe. Their eponymous album takes its cues from German electronic music and space rock of the 1970s. I don’t really want to write the cliche but I feel it’s necessary - this might be one to turn on, tune in and drop out to.
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Gamardah Fungus
Natural Storm

Who likes wind? Who likes ocean? Well if you like both (or either) then you may have come to the right place. Gamardah Fungus are a duo straight out of Dnipro, Ukraine who celebrate their 10th anniversary with this album celebrating the two elements. The results are an intense blend of powerful ambience and doomy electronics perfect for that wind-lashed drive through Lytham St Annes. Limited edition CD of just 100. 
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My Bus
Our Life In The Desert

My Bus are a dream pop duo formed by Joe Cassidy and Gary McKendry. The pair previously recorded as Butterfly Child and Papa Sprain respectively. With their new project and new album, Our Life In The Desert, they take the dream pop roots and create something quite sensational with Joe’s melodic hooks tempered by Gary’s love for atonal subversion.
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Visionary Hours
Coalescence of Form

Hayden Berry is a musician from out Hebden Bridge way and you may know him as head honcho of the Preserved Sound imprint. Visionary Hours is his musical project which uses all manner of organic instruments to create lovely bucolic pieces that sit somewhere between rural folk and neo-classical. Coalescence of Form comes out on the Hidden Vibes imprint in a very limited edition of 100, 
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Stars Of The Lid
The Tired Sounds of

Repress of Stars of the Lid’s 2001 neo-classical drone album, The Tired Sounds of. The way this album ebbs and flows is unlike much you’ll hear from music. It has far more in common with waves beating against a shore. The glacial pace of its changes suggest a timelessness. It sounds massive, and I feel.. small.

Kennebec
Departure

Night Time Stories releases Departure, the much-anticipated debut album from Portland-based Kennebec, in mid-February. Following the production of its title track (which finishes off the album) back in 2017, it’s been a long period of refinement for the project’s mastermind Eric Phillips, taking in anime soundtracks, obscure hip-hop and ambient electronica to deliver this 10-track delight. 
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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?
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Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree
Live In London

Two legends of the avant-garde world combine on a re-mastered version of this live album, recorded in 2014 at the St. John-at-Hackney Church. Japanese composer and former Yellow Magic Orchestra member Ryuichi Sakamoto is joined by electronic musician Taylor Deupree as the pair improvise wildly on minimalistic musical themes. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Emika
Klavirni Temna

Emika (aka Ema Jolly) has steadily made a name for herself over the past decade, with her trip-hop infused electronica. However on 'Klavirini Temna' (meaning 'dark piano' in Czech), Emika keeps things pure and stripped-back with a cluster of heartwarming piano-driven songs - juxtaposing both dark and light themes.

Emika
Dilo Variations

Czech pioneer Emika (aka Ema Jolly) is making a name for herself in the game of leftfield neo-classical electronica. Currently residing in Berlin, the producer prepares to release 'Dilo Variations' - a piece darker in colour than anything before, but with that same elegance Emika applies to everything she does.

Moss Covered Technology
Slow Walking

The first release on Polar Seas Recordings from Moss Covered Technology, the recording name of English producer Greig Baird, creator of some of the most compelling ambient albums of recent years. Balancing melody with texture in a series of pleasingly varied minimalistic pieces, Slow Walking comes on a very small vinyl run. 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Masahiro Sugaya
Horizon Volume 1

Masahiro Sugaya is barely known outside of his native Japan but Empire of Signs want to change all that with this introduction into his works. He has straddled the worlds of acoustic and experimental composition, jazz and future thinking computerised sounds in a long career which began in the 1980s. This remastered collection is a good place to start for newbies to his music and will appeal to fans of Hiroshi Yoshimura and the Lights In The Attic compilation Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 on which Sugaya appeared.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Emika
Klavirni

Beginning with the gentle and flickering piano riffs of 'Dilo 4', Emika (aka Ema Jolly) presents yet another soul-soothing collection of hazy and piano-driven tracks in 'Klavirni'. As an improvisation-based piece, the pioneer's sheer creativity and imagination is fully exposed for all to enjoy - it's transcending stuff.

SineRider
Four Years Away

It’s always a treat to get in a new release from Sound In Silence. The Greek label's records always sound lovely and are presented in beautiful, carefully assembled packages. The latest SOS drop comes courtesy of Devin Powers’ SineRider project. Powers, who also goes by Hooting Everywhere and Bleepy Bloopy (among others), turns in a selection of wistful synth ambiences for Four Years Away. Imagine The Caretaker getting his hands on some Boards Of Canada LPs.

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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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.   
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Fenella
Fenella

Fenella is a project from one Jane Weaver, one of the 21st century's most adept practitioners of psychedelia. Along with two of her bandmates, she has created a soundtrack for Marcell Jankovics’ 'Fehérlófia', a 1981 Hungarian animated film that is a perfect match for Weaver's brand of warm and colourful psychedelia. 

Lung Dart
Slouching Towards Meridian

Tim Clay and James Rapson are a pair of Leeds University students who now base themselves in South-East London and have the collective name Lung Dart. Their latest project, Slouching Towards The Meridian follows on from their score for Mark Leckey’s exhibition at Tate Britain. It finds the duo’s ear for melody wrapped in melancholy and dazed ambient sounds. Their penchant for an unconventional approach to music production gives them an innovative edge.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Giulio Aldinucci
No Eye Has An Equal

Siena-based composer Giulio Aldinucci has been an expert in creating impressionistic electro-acoustic masterworks for almost two decades at this point. Now comes his latest album, No Eye Has An Equal, consisting of four long-form tracks that will appeal to fans of drone music, ambient music and post-rock in equal measure. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jon Hassell / Farafina
Flash of the Spirit

Jon Hassell is best known for his collaborations with non Western music and traditional African acts in a form of music he called Fourth World. On this his 1987 album Flash of the Spirit he records with Farafina - a percussion voice and dance collective. It was recorded by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and this is its first ever vinyl remaster.  

Biosphere
The Petrified Forest

From his hazy and ambient universe, Norwegian producer Geir Jenssen - aka Biosphere - has begun to raise eyebrows with his eery brand of twisted techno. Returning with The Petrified Forest, a mini album inspired by the 1930's movie of the same title, Jenssen boasts his creativity with a bewildering sense of unfathomable atmospheres. 

Paul Haslinger
Exit Ghost

As a former member of legendary electronic music outfit Tangerine Dream and an experienced composer of soundtrack work, Paul Haslinger strikes out by himself on this much-anticipated album that’s taken him eight years to write, record and finesse. Built primarily around Haslinger’s grand piano, Exit Ghost sees this teller of other people’s stories examine his own life and experiences. 
  • Vinyl LP (AIR001LP)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Yoshihiro Sawasaki
Neocrystal

Neocrystal by Yoshihiro Sawasaki is an obscure slice of ambient techno from the mid-90s that didn’t reach the size of audience it deserved to at the time. Itl was originally released on Sublime Records which has been an important label in the development of Japanese electronic music releasing music by Susumu Yokota and Ken Ishii. This reissue comes via a new MOMA imprint, MOMArchives.
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Hatchie
Keepsake

Hatchie is the stage name of Brisbane songwriter Harriette Pilbeam so you can sort of see why she's not using her birth name for this project. This is her debut album after an earlier well received EP. She uses a varied sonic palette with synthpop, ethereal guitars, industrial textures and new wave all featuring leading to a powerful sound that is already gaining her lots of plaudits.   

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’.

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Shining Levels
The Gallows Pole

Naming its debut album after Benjamin Myers’ 2017 Walter Scott Prize-winning novel The Gallows Pole, The Shining Levels is a Northumbria/Durham-based collective of folk and electronica musicians dedicated to presenting traditional sounds from Britain and abroad in a thoroughly modern perspective.

Deserta
Black Aura My Sun

Matthew Doty was better known for once collaborating with none other than Josh Tillman (Father John Misty) in a group labouring under the name Saxon Shore. He recently heard the news that he was going to be a father and set about working on a solo project Deserta so he could tick it off the list before his priority becomes changing nappies and not sleeping. It's a widescreen shoegaze -influenced effort that  brings to mind Sigur Ros, the Cocteau Twins and the Cure.  

Machinefabriek
Stillness Soundtracks II

Stillness Soundtracks II by Machinefabriek is the second installment of music he has made with Glacial Movements label head Alessandro Tedeschi for videos depicting an Antarctic journey by Dutch photographer and artist Esther Kokmeijer. Unlike like the lively first installment, the mood of the music here is set by climate change and is therefore more sombre. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Aidan Baker & Gareth Davis
Invisible Cities II

Two years on from their first collaboration, Nadja’s Aidan Baker and bass clarinet player Gareth Davis hook up once again for Invisible Cities II. Much like its 2018 predecessorl, the album is a beautiful sonic exploration that’s intelligent enough to value space and quiet as much as noise. 

SK U KNO (Suzanne Kraft)
NUMERO U KNO

Absolutely killer three-track from Suzanne Kraft’s SK U KNO alter-ego here. NUMERO U KNO kicks off with the barnstorming ‘Shopbeat’, a track that sounds like a first-wave grime instrumental cross-bred with something by Special Request. Expect the thing to tear the roof off the club when it gets dropped. RAMZi drops by to help out with the wistful deep house jam ‘Founded (SK Mix)’, and NUMERO U KNO closes out with the humid, D Tiffany-style cut ‘Accelerate Me Wildly (Middlesex Edit)’. Wicked.
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Will Burns & Hannah Peel
Chalk Hill Blue (Deluxe Edition)

Musician Hannah Peel and poet Will Burns link up for the dreamy Chalk Hill Blue. Neither artist takes the lead here, sometimes Burns responds to Peel and sometimes Peel to Burns. The result is always captivating; Burns delivers his poems with authority and conviction, while Peel's music is as eccentric as usual. This edition is bundled with the duo's 'Pale Tussock' 7".
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Tourist
Wild

Tourist aka William Phillips quickly follows his 2019 album, Everyday, with Wild. It is an album of shimmering electronics, heartbreaking piano and sampled vocals all tied together by, what is becoming, his trademark robust groove. Phillips co-wrote the Sam Smith hit Stay With Me, for which he won a Grammy. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Per Nørgård
Expanding Space

Mostly known for his more conventionally classical music, in 1985 Per Nørgård composed and recorded a solo electronic trip of cosmic proportions. Freed of the constraints of the ensemble, Nørgård's Expanding Space is a rhythm-less, melody-less and harmony-less epic that was intended to be both meditative focal point and discrete ambience. Reissue by Institute for Danish Sound Archaeology.
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Johnny Jewel
Vapor

Johnny Jewel is a member of Chromatics and owns the record label Italians Do It Better. Vapor is his fourth solo album and was released in 2018. It is a collection of instrumentals that when strung together as they create a soundtrack for a post-apocalyptic world of barren landscapes and smoky skies.
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Shlohmo
Bad Vibes

Bad Vibes was the debut release from West Coast producer Shlohmo (aka Henry Laufer). He has gone on to be a respected producer visual artist and clothes designer but here is where it all started. It showcased a laid back form of lo-fi hip-hop production that saw him compared with the likes of Flying Lotus as a purveyor of innovative vibey production. Friends of Friends who issued it back in the day present this 2020 issue of what has become an album of much influence in the intervening years.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Abul Mogard
Above All Dreams

Who is Abul Mogard? We're inclined to believe the elaborate backstory of an old Serbian Factory worker is a wind-up, but it matters not. Whoever this artist is, they have an immense talent for embedding their emotions into their haunting, cinematic strain of forlorn modular synth constructed ambient music. You can feel the yearning in these six heart-melting pieces - best keep a box of kleenex next to the turntable.
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Matthew Collings
Uzonia

Matthew Collings is a Scottish-based composer who mixes traditional orchestra instruments with electronics to create his pieces. Uzonia is taken from a term coined by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright as Usonia, being the ideal view of America. Collings interprets this term, in a world that has seen Trump elected and the UK vote to leave the EU, as a mix of something Utopian and something that has the potential to cause danger, or just be meaningless.

Please Wait
Black & White

Following his very successful tribute record 25 Nights For Nujabes last year, Perth-based artist Ta-ku returns with a collaborative EP with Canadian producer Matt McWaters under the name Please Wait. The result of sharing musical stems and Tik-Tok links for several years, Black & White was reportedly a cathartic experience for both of them. 

North Atlantic Drift
Pillars

This is the first North Atlantic Drift release on vinyl, and the first album the duo have recorded remotely (between Toronto and Walkerton, Ontario). Pillars consists of 9 pieces for guitar, synthesizers, strings and samples and brings subtle changes to the minimal ambience of the Departures Vol. 1 and 2 albums released on Polar Seas and Sound in Silence.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Session Victim
Needledrop

German pair Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling are Session Victim. A production duo who have three full albums under their belt, released through Delusions of Grandeur, as well as a bunch of 12s. Needledrop is their fourth album and comes to us from Night Time Stories, the label responsible for the popular Late Night Tales series. It marks a move in focus for the duo, from the club to home listening. Trip hop, jazz, soul and downtempo grooves are all at play here. Features a vocal performance from Beth Hirsch know for lending her voice to Air’s classic, Moon Safari.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop