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Ric Kaestner
Music For Massage II

Did you know Ric Kaestner’s soothing New Age cult cassette Music for Massage had a Part II? Unlike Part I, its release was strictly low-key, purely for tape collectors and masseuses and never actually intended for public sale. Sifted Sand Records dutifully honour these conditions by reissuing the album for public sale on black vinyl, coloured vinyl, CD and cassette. Pick your poison and oil up!
  • Vinyl Double LP (SSR001LP-COLOR)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • Vinyl Double LP ( SSR0001LP)
  • CD (SSR0001CD)
  • Tape (SSR0001CS)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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)

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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Mikael Lind
Strings and Clusters

Bradley “anthéne” Deschamps’ Polar Seas label introduces another grand player in Reykjavik musician Mikael Lind, whose previous ports of call include Morr Music and Time Released Sound. Although it does nothing to help clichés about music from Iceland, Strings and Clusters does brim with ethereal strings, glacial textures and billowing, snowy grains. A soundtrack to BBC nature documentaries never made, a giant Sigur Rós interlude, a melancholy Instagram dreamscape of barren valleys and vistas… this one has it all.
  • CD (psr-038)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

White Lies
Five

Five is the er….fifth album by London three-piece White Lies. The facts Normanites might like to know is that it was produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Boo Radleys, Pulp etc) and mixed by Alan Moulder (JAMC, Ride, NIN etc) and Killing Joke bassist and renowned producer, Flood, plays synth on it a bit too. LP and CD on PIAS.
  • Vinyl LP (PIASR445LPX)
  • Vinyl LP (PIASR445LP)
  • CD (PIASR445CDX)

Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat

Originally released in 2013, this album was recorded by Liz Harris alongside her best-known work, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. It’s in the same stylistic ballpark - ethereal, heavily reverbed electric guitar and vocals with dark and mysterious undercurrents, sometimes swimming into clearer focus when Harris switches to acoustic. Out of print for a while and now back on CD.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK177LP)
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  • CD (KRANK177)

Haiku Salut
There Is No Elsewhere

Fresh from collaborating with Public Service Broadcasting on the very successful Every Valley LP, Haiku Salut come through with their third full-length. There Is No Elsewhere is a synthesis of the more palatable end of contemporary classical music - Yann Tiersen, the Erased Tapes and Village Green stables - with the light electronica of Mum and 20th Century British composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams. Out via PRAH Recordings (Oliver Coates, Group Listening).
  • Vinyl LP (PRAH015)

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

After releases on RVNG International and Bokeh Versions, Osaka-based producer 7FO provides the first release for the new imprint Metron Records. Moment (Selected Works 2012-2017) sees 7FO tidying up a selection of tracks recorded in recent years for vinyl release. The producer’s loop-based style, half-ambient dreaminess and half exploratory synth work, brings to mind E Ruscha V or a wordless Panda Bear.
  • Vinyl LP (MTR 001)
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Sam McClellan
Music Of The Five Elements

Seance Centre see fit to repress Sam McClellan’s 1982 New Age work Music Of The Five Elements. McClellan - a musician who moonlights as an acupressurist - concerned himself with making music to heal after he finished studying electronic composition at Hampshire College. Using the pentatonic scale and Chinese philosophy as guiding principles for his work, McClellan composed a ‘Focussing’ and ‘Gathering’ piece for each of the five elements. The result is not always tranquil, but often beautiful, reminiscent of Eno and prefacing Spacemen 3.
  • Vinyl LP (07SC)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cass.
Postclub Prism

Postclub Prism is an appropriate title for this suite of ten tracks by Cass., as the vibes here are very much chillout ambience. After you’ve ascended to those beat-driven highs, Postclub Prism can guide you gently down to a shimmering place of melancholy bliss atmosphere. Vinyl release on the Into The Light label.
  • Vinyl LP (ITLINTL01)
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Silent Vigils
Fieldem

Thoughtful, patient and gentle ambient music from Silent Vigils. Fieldem is the first collaborative release of many from Stijn Hüwels on Home Normal, this time with James Murray. Together they craft a soundscape for reflection and remembrance, for hope and for forgiveness. 
  • CD (HOMEN111)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Penelope Trappes
Carry Me

Run the Trappes! The Penelope Trappes, to be precise. Having released her acclaimed debut LP Penelope One on Optimo last year, Trappes is now hot-footing it over to Houndstooth for the follow-up. To tide people over before Penelope Two (seems she’s got a thing going there) Trappes is releasing this 7”. It contains album track ‘Carry Me’ and exclusive tune ‘I Can Hear You…’. The former is a mournful, syrup-slow ballad in the Grouper vein; the latter a Gothic Colin Newman tribute. Carry Me also comes with a CD on which Abul Mogard turns the title track into a reverberant drone.
  • Vinyl 7" (HTH104)

Alessio Ballerini
Wiwanana

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

Pinkshinyultrablast
In The Hanging Gardens

Pinkshinyultrablast return with their latest 10", almost definitely cementing their position as the best shoegaze band to come out of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dreamy synths and vocals from vocalist Lyubov, taking notes from forefathers such as My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins. On Club AC30 - limited run of 'rose sunshine' coloured vinyl.
  • Vinyl 10" (AC3015024)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Less Bells
Solifuge

The location of Joshua Tree, California is important to Solifuge, the full-length debut by Less Bells. The dichotomy of summer monsoons and starry nights that the desert landscape bring inform the dramatic and desolate qualities of the music. The woman behind the project, Julia Carpenter, made the music by reshaping a classical string piece through a process of cut-ups before transposing the passages for the synthesizer. LP and CD on Kranky.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK216LP)
  • CD (KRANK216)

Tone Color
Everything You Know Is Wrong

Never has a title felt more apt in 2018. Both a thing many of us have said to each other IRL and online through the years, Everything You Know Is Wrong is Tone Colour's beguiling and sparsely contextualised collection of loops and patch experiments, living in homage to Keith Fullerton Whitman's "playthoughs max patch". For those who love tinkered, adjusted and rerouted field recordings, look no further.
  • CD (AF39)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.
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  • BBE

Midori Takada & Lafawndah
Le Renard Bleu

The first new release from Midori Takada in almost two decades! Le Renard Bleu (translation: ‘The Blue Fox’) is a single-track, twenty-minute EP that sees the Japanese composer step out alongside NYC’s Lafawndah. Takada plays tuned percussion and also employs waterphones, Japanese strings and various drums in her composition. Meanwhile Lafawndah offers vocals that appear to draw strength from both Western and Eastern opera. It’s potent stuff.
  • Vinyl LP (KENZ01)
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  • !K7

Deathprod
Morals and Dogma

The early works of Norwegian experimentalist Deathprod (aka Supersilent member Helge Sten) here receive some attention from Smalltown Supersound’s reissues division. Morals And Dogma is a particularly dense Deathprod record, composed over many years using multiple guest musicians in addition to Sten’s electronics rig. Vinyl reissue.
  • Vinyl LP (STS280LP)
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Gaussian Curve
The Distance

Gaussian Curve’s second album, recorded in Amsterdam, finds the trio dealing with a whole new way of making music: this time, they have an eager audience waiting to hear what they’ve got. The Distance should do an excellent job satisfying old fans (and new), being a sweet and emotional set of rich widescreen indie songs. Released by Music From Memory.
  • Vinyl LP (MFM 018)
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Eblen Macari
Musica Para Planetarios

Musica Para Planetarios is a ten track release from Eblen Macari. This classic record has been reissued on LP from Seance Centre. Originally based on the Mexican guitar and electronic artist's live performances in the Luis Enrique Erro Planetarium in Mexico City to accompany a journey through our galaxy... metaphorically, of course. Enjoy. 
  • Vinyl LP (03SC)
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David Newlyn
Collected Fictions

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

Ben Rath
Anything Is Possible

Sound In Silence tend to do a good job with their releases. They’re always short runs that are delightfully compiled in handmade packaging. Real labours of love. This latest one, a long-player called Anything Is Possible, comes courtesy of Mancunian Ben Rath. It’s a collection of warm, wistful drones that will appeal to fans of Fennesz and Tim Hecker. Comes handcrafted, of course.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Odeon
Galaxies

Captain’s log, star date 2018-02. We’ve received a transmission from the four-person crew of the vessel Odeon, in the Edizioni Mundo sector. Title Galaxies, it appears to be a series of immaculate references to psychedelic 1970s Italian film soundtracks and 1980s synthpop. It is clearly the work of some serious connoisseurs. We are not yet sure what this fabulous space music means, but we like it.
  • Vinyl LP (MND008)

Tim Hecker
Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again


  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK211LP)
  • CD (KRANK211)

Cosmic Ground
Legacy / The Plague

Deep Distance wanted to release Cosmic Ground's self titled debut in it's entirety but track lengths proved impossible to squash onto vinyl so instead we get two of the best cuts from the disc spread out nicely onto wax. This is excellent long form, sequencer-heavy electronic psych. Turn on, switch off, lie down.       
  • Vinyl 12" (DD53)
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  • Limited edition
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Pep Llopis
Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes

Pep Llopis tunes into the rich lineage of legendary Mediterranean sea stories with Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes, a suite of arty ambience rich with elements of minimalism and driven by Llopis’s prog-informed synthesizer. Recorded and released in 1987, Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes is now reissued by Freedom To Spend, housed within some wonderfully dry sleeve art.
  • Vinyl LP (FTS3LP)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ken Camden
Space Mirror


  • Vinyl LP (KRANK180LP)
  • CD (KRANK180)

Parekh & Singh
Science City

Parekh & Singh present their second LP, and boy is it lush. Science City perhaps lands somewhere between the gorgeous dream-pop of Beach House and the textured arrangements of Grizzly Bear: in any case, its eleven tracks make up a beautiful and rich listen. Science City  is released by the Peacefrog label.
  • Vinyl LP (PFG196)
  • CD (PFG196CD)

Monoganon
VISITATIONS 0101

Lost Map (Lazy Day, Alabaster DePlume) kick off their new VISITATIONS series with an EP from old favourite Monoganon. The Scotland-born, Sweden-based artist John B. McKenna has turned in a record of delightfully unusual electronica here. Opener ‘Visitations 1’ is a strange bit of anti-acid that obliquely recalls Proc Fiskal, but following track ‘One By One’ is beautiful electro-pop that could pass for something off of Bon Iver’s second LP. On the flip, ‘Visitations 3’ and ‘Visitations 5’ are dubby Balearic takes.
  • Vinyl 12" (VISITATIONS 0101)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

LFZ
Name Plus Focus

Making their bow on Castle Face are retro-futurists LFZ. Name Plus Focus arrives with the John Dwyer Seal Of Approval - probably par for the course given that it is being released by his label. One spin of this LP and you can see why. The icy, vaguely proggy synthscapes here are the sort of thing that has been creeping into Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees/OCS sound for some time now. For fans of Italians Do It Better, or perhaps Wendy Carlos if you’re of a more classic disposition.
  • Vinyl LP (CF104)
  • CD (CF104CD)
  • Artist(s):
  • LFZ
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

GAS
Rausch

You wait years for a new GAS album and two come along (almost) at once. Hot on the heels of last year's 'Narkopop' this is a different kettle of fish altogether, consisting of one long track which you are meant to listen to in one sitting. Wolfgang Voigt's work is ideal for this long form presentation. He's possibly less good at poetry though, so we won't reproduce in full the poem he's written to accompany the work.
  • Vinyl Double LP (Kompakt386)
  • CD (Kompaktcd145)

Julee Cruise
The Voice of Love

This was the second Julee Cruise album following on from the hugely successful 'Floating Into the night' (which featured the classic Twin Peaks theme 'Falling'). This album contained further collaborations with David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti and translated some of their score-based material into more song-based compositions. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (SBR3026LP)
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  • Limited edition
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  • CD (SBR3026CD)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Roger Eno
Dust of Stars

The press release manages to write several paragraphs about Roger Eno without mentioning his brother. We will though. It's our Brian's brother. But really he should be seen in his own right as a composer of note and here collaborates with producer Youth (Killing Joke, Embrace etc) where Roger's spectral piano combines with Youth's cinematic soundscapes.  
  • Vinyl LP (PWORD1)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Grandbrothers
Dilation

Minimalist, techno composers Grandbrothers present their debut album ‘Dilation’. Following their instant classic EP ‘Ezra Was Right’, Grandbrothers have taken their exploration into minimalist ambiance to pioneering new territory with techno structures and rhythmic dancefloor characteristics.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FILMLP001)

Michiru Aoyama
Brilliant Days

Brilliant Days is the second release on vinyl from Japanese producer Michiru Aoyama. He lives by the sea in Kamakura, Japan, and this location informs his ambient music. Brilliant Days consists of two pieces of music made from electric guitar lines treated with electronics to create a serene soundscape. His work has been much praised by the legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Aoyama has also reinforced his knowledge of electronic music with a stint in Berlin as well as releasing work on Organic Industries, Taalem and Somehow Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (MA002)

Tropics
Nocturnal Souls

After LPs for Planet Mu and Innovative Leisure, the latest full-length from Chris Ward’s Tropics project drops via Plus Fours. Nocturnal Souls is an accomplished neo-soul album in the vein of his mates BADBADNOTGOOD - indeed, the celebrated jazz group crop up as backing band here. Ward’s fine songwriting style incorporates elements of the French New Wave, cosmic jazz, chillwave and even a little 'Reckoner'-era Radiohead. He’s got a great set of pipes on him too.
  • Vinyl LP (PF002)

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 3

This is the third collection of tracks from Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook entitled, you guessed it, The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 3). This one also brings about the composers differing electronic sounds and throws them together to create electronic master pieces. Available on double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2103)
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Carl Weingarten
Living In The Distant Present

Carl Weingarten is a long underrated ambient slide guitarist. Hopefully, this reissue of his 1985 album, Living in The Distant Present, can change that. His music is deeply meditative, and will be comfortingly familiar to fans of new age music. Most impressively, Weingarten manages to find the ambient slide guitar equivalent of shredding. 
  • Vinyl LP (VISTA007)
  • CD (VISTA007CD)

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.
  • Vinyl LP (BETBC012)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Negro
Clase media

Valencia’s Fernando Junquera, performing as Negro, is a solo guitarist whose mastery of his instrument allows his music to smoothly encompass a world of sounds, from American primitive to Tortoise-tinged post-rock to deep Loren Connors style ambience. Clase media is the third Negro solo album, and it is out on the La Castanya label.
  • Vinyl LP (LC55LP)
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  • CD (LC55)

Portishead
Portishead

Essential Bristolian soundtracky trip-hoppers second LP from back in 1997.  This is the one that eschewed their debut's occasional pop moves and delved deep into sample-delica and disturbing textures. It's an intimate and occasionally frightening listen full of regret and pathos between the grooves.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (5715099)

Julien Boulier
A Film Not Yet Made

Julien Boulier’s new album is a fittingly-titled piece of highly-cinematic romantic grandiose miniatures: captivating stuff. A Film Not Yet Made is available in regular CD and LP editions, as well as a box set version that Time Released Sound themselves describe as ‘over-the-top’... red vinyl in a vintage box, with vintage 1860’s magazine cuttings, vintage french architectural plans, dried lavender, and a handwritten score. Well.
  • Vinyl LP (TRS077)
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  • CD (TRS077)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Kira Kira
Alchemy & Friends

Icelandic ‘audio/visual prankster’ Kira Kira presents a lavish release on Time Released Sound (Porya Hatami, Ghostwriter). It’s the usual Reykjavik sort of thing from Kira Kira here, though Alchemy & Friends does stand out from the Olafur Arnalds/Sigur Ros crowd for its patience and attention to detail. These are detailed experimental ambiences that draw from electroacousticism, drone, chamber music and more. Very nice indeed. The handmade packaging is lovely too.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Mathilde Bataillé
Le Soleil Dans L’oeil

On La Soleil Dans L’oeil, Mathilde Bataillé takes her inspiration from Elliott Smith, Grouper and Sandy (Alex G). She creates her songs through misty guitar lines interspersed with tape loops and dazed field recordings. The recordings also have a certain je ne sais quoi, an amount indefinable magic dust sprinkled over them making them a captivating listen. Cassette Tape on NX Records.
  • Tape
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Long Now
Restoration EP

The Long Now - a duo made up of Richard Norris (The Grid, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve) and opera singer-turned-experimental musician Finnur Bjarnason - release their debut EP. Restoration is kind of what you’d expect from a classically-trained Icelander and a British electronica OG. Weighty soundscapes, pitter-patter beats and lots of messing around with voice. If you enjoyed that Kiasmos thing that Olafur Arnalds did a little while back then this one is likely to rustle your jimmies.
  • Vinyl 12" (TLN1)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Benoît Pioulard
Hymnal


  • Vinyl LP (KRANK178LP)
  • CD (KRANK178)

Martini Ranch
Holy Cow

Here’s one that might be news to you. As a tribute to the passing of Bill Paxton Futurismo have unearthed his avant-synth-pop project Martini Ranch, from 1986-1988 he worked with Andrew Todd, and also featured members of The B52’s and Devo. The reissue comes with a DVD featuring two music videos directed by James Cameron and Rocky Schenck.
  • Vinyl LP (FUTNO24)

Forma
Semblance

Forma return to Kranky (Grouper, Tim Hecker) for their latest LP. Semblance is another fine record from the Brooklyn group that combines their penchant for minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Jon Gibson with a contemporary modular sensibility. The likes of ‘Three-Two’, while not exactly being techno, have as much pulse and movement as any DJ tool. The trio maintain the control and focus of the best art-music ensembles throughout Semblance. Lovely artwork too.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK218LP)
  • CD (KRANK218)

Cocteau Twins
Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay

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

Masayoshi Fujita
Book of Life

Masayoshi Fujita - an artist you may know better from his Jan Jelinek collaborations under the guise of El Fog - completes the trio of vibraphone LPs begun with 2013’s Stories. Book Of Life keeps the focus on the big metal xylophone while also incorporating a wider range of tertiary instruments than the Japanese composer has previously. Orchestral strings, choirs and brass crop up on these exercises in contemporary classicism. Out via Erased Tapes.
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP111LE)
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl LP (ERATP111LP)
  • CD (ERATP111CD)

Cranes
Forever

The 1993 album by British shoegazers Cranes is now being made available again on vinyl! Forever is perhaps the best-loved of the band’s albums, with an all-round gorgeous sheen cast over the songs, some of which overwhelm with full-band power, and others of which peel things back to just piano and voice. Limited edition of 1000 records, reissued by Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1850)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Kruder & Dorfmeister
The K&D Sessions

On its first release in the late 90s, this epic downbeat journey was ranked alongside Carboot Soul and Entroducing as an eternal late night classic. Now almost twenty years later its legend lives on. The numerous collaborations and session tracks still sound deep and wonderful, and are come on a vast and satisfying five LPs. Dig in.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (K7073)
  • Label(s):
  • !K7
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Kano
Runes

The first thing to say about this is that it’s not by the grime legend Kano. In fact, Runes is about as far away from ‘P’s And Q’s’ as it’s possible to get. Originally released in 1986 under the names of both Kano and Don Campbell - again, nothing to do with the Lover’s Rock singer - Runes is a spare, haunting record that teeters on the border between New Age music and ritual/dark ambient. Re-released by Subliminal Sounds.
  • Vinyl LP (SUB126LP)
  • Limited edition

Goldmund
Sometimes

Goldmund, aka Keith Kenniff has apparently had great success squeezing his music into films and adverts and such, which makes sense in some ways: he writes very elegant, dramatic piano music. But also, most of Sometimes is just as dark as the sleeve art suggests: I can’t imagine many of these tracks making me want to buy any lifestyle accessories. On Western Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (WEST138LP)
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  • CD (WEST138CD)

Tim Hecker
Dropped Pianos


  • Vinyl LP (KRANK161LP)
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  • CD (KRANK161)

Kodaline
Politics Of Living

Aha! B-Unique Records, is it? Wondered when we’d see you again. The London ‘indie’ label may never scale the dizzying heights of the time when it had The Kaiser Chiefs, The Ordinary Boys and The Twang on its roster, but at least now it can call on the services of workmanlike Irish rockers Kodaline. It’s probably not a coincidence that new LP Politics Of Living has been dropped at exactly the right moment to ride on the coat-tails of the Snow Patrol comeback.
  • Vinyl LP (88985458071)
  • CD (88985458072)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Tanukichan
Sundays

A nice bit of shoegaze from Hannah van Loon’s project Tanukichan, channeling those Sundays vibes into some proper dreamy, though never lightweight, songcraft. The sound is very Californian and dreamy, with extra instrumentation beyond van Loon’s vocals and rad guitar handled by producer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Out on Company Records.
  • Vinyl LP (CHI11LP)
  • CD (CHI11CD)

Tropic of Coldness
Framed Waves

Italian-American duo Tropic Of Coldness release their latest drone opus via Glacial Movements (bvdub & Loscil, Scanner). It’s a fittingly-named label for an album such as Framed Waves. This is a work of slow beauty built on sonic micro-shifts rather than abrupt changes. Hums, whirrs and groans drift over one another across these five lengthy entries, with the occasional spool of electric guitar added for extra poignancy.
  • CD (GM034)

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

Michael Beharie of Zs and Teddy Rankin-Parker (a cellist who has worked with Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and the like) have known each other for years, but this is their first collaboration, and what a well-considered treat it is. Energetic and intricate music, mixed by the big man Jim O’Rourke. A Heart From Your Shadow is released by Mondoj.
  • Vinyl LP (MONDOJ 05)
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Chihei Hatakeyama / Vida Vojić
FTS002

The second release in First Terrace’s split 12” EP series is from Chihei Hatakeyama and Vida Vojic, both presenting typically quiet and considered work. Chihei’s single piece is precisely as lush as you’d expect from this ambient guitar wizard, and Vida’s material is designed to be heard in utter darkness, derived from an exhibition. On First Terrace.
  • Vinyl 12" (FTS2)

Christina Vantzou
No. 4

This latest LP from Christina Vantzou is a bit of a love-in. Getting together with Angel Deradoorian, Forma's John Also Bennett, Clarice Jensen and a fair few others, the Belgian composer allowed her collaborators to add or delete parts at will. Surprisingly, the record doesn’t feel cluttered, coming across more as the work of a hive-mind operating under Vantzou’s guiding hand. Tracks like ‘Some Limited And Waning Memory’, for instance, are full of the ambient minimalism and open spaces that characterised her three previous albums.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK215LP)
  • CD (KRANK215)
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Sontag Shogun & Moskitoo
The Things We Let Fall Apart / The Thunderswan

Breathy-voiced Moskitoo (Sanae Yamasaki) joins forces with Sontag Shogun (Ian Temple, Jesse Perlstein and Jeremy Young) to produce a pair of gentle electroacoustic ambient numbers for Home Normal. Field recordings, piano, Moskitoo’s voice and various electronics are all more or less processed into an elegantly-woven texture of easy listening. ‘The Things We Let Fall Apart’ and ‘Thunderswan’ were mastered by Lawrence English.
  • Vinyl 7" (HOMEN106)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Stray Theories
All That Was Lost

If you like ambient music then you'll probably like this third record from Stray Theories called All That Was Lost. When Templeton-Wolfe isn't busy writing and composing material for other musical ventures, he gets time to release gold like this which will appeal to fabs of Hammock and Eluvium. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released, proudly must I add, on n5MD. 
  • CD (MD264)

Tim Hecker
Radio Amor

A new opportunity to experience the earlier work of beloved dronester Tim Hecker with this reissue of his 2003 second album Radio Amor. This one is focused and powerful, with perhaps a little less of the mellow counterpoints to the harshness that we find on later Hecker albums. Must hear stuff if you don’t know it already. On Kranky.
  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK212LP)
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  • CD (KRANK212)

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 4

The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 4) is another compilation record from two great electronic composers: Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook. Apart from looking rather cool on the record sleeve, the music is pretty damn cool, too. Available on a double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2104)
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Tim Linghaus
Memory Sketches

Last seen in 2016, debuting Vhoir on Moderna Records and turning a few heads, East German Tim Linghaus readies his next batch of tunes for Tokyo’s Schole Records. And Sweden’s 1631 Recordings. As before, Tim offers up a number of plodding, wistful piano pieces, laced with strings and delicate electronics.
  • CD (SCH-053)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Pariah
Here From Where We Are

Pariah makes his long-awaited return with his even-longer-awaited debut LP. The reason that the one born Arthur Cayzer has taken so long to drop Here From Where We Are is down to the fact that, after getting a little jaded by music, he took time to rediscover the sounds that really made him tick. As such, this record is a nice mix of the sort of banging techno he does alongside Blawan in Karenn and synth ambiences, sound art and more. He sounds like he’s enjoying himself, which is nice. Out via Houndstooth.
  • CD (HTH096CD)

Immersion
Sleepless

Immersion is the pairing of Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel and Wire’s Colin Newman, dabbling once more in experimental goodness. Sleepless is beautifully put together, giving off nice kosmische vibes at times. The album also features some guest appearances, from members of Hexenschuss and Holy Fuck. Released on the Swim label.
  • Vinyl LP (VWM55LP)

Mac-Talla Nan Creag
The Sorrow Of Derdriu

We were a massive fan of Firecracker's first Mac-Talla Nan Craeg release, a record that curve-balled our expectations on the label to release good house bangers via an archaeological dig of Scotland's ancient landscape. One can only assume that participating artists Hoch Ma Toch, Other Lands and Lord Of The Isles have been up on the highlands drinking more whiskey as they've now got The Sorrow of Derdrilu to give us, another sound collage created through found sound, synths and traditional song study. They claim this one is more narratively driven, based on particular ancient tales rather than inferred from simply hanging out in the countryside.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FIREC027)
  • CD (FIREC027CD)

John Tilbury & Oren Ambarchi
The Just Reproach


  • Vinyl LP (BT010LP)

Kutiman
Don't Hold Onto the Clouds

The multi-talented Kutiman drops a new full-length via his own Siyal Music imprint. Don’t Hold Onto the Clouds is, in the producer/instrumentalist/label-owner/animator’s own words, a record that helps him fall asleep. We can see why that’s the case - the four lengthy entries here are languid things that recall, among others, Moondog and Alice Coltrane. There’s also a clear influence of Indian classical music. It’s a dreamy LP for sure.
  • Vinyl LP (SYL004B)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Vinyl LP (SYL004)
  • Limited edition

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)

C. Diab
No Perfect Wave

No Perfect Wave is a stunning tonal mix of bowed guitars and tape manipulation that creates waves of shifting drones that are melancholic yet beautifully uplifting, no tension, just resolve. Arthur Russell, Colin Stetson, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor but if they spent the week with Sigur Ros, you know, to cheer them up a bit.
  • Vinyl LP (INJA003)
  • £17.49 £13.12 (saving: £4.37)
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Ben Chatwin
Staccato Signals

Talvihorros remains in hibernation while Ben Chatwin issues a third album under his own name for Village Green. This one began as an attempt to do a purely electronic analogue synth album, but that’s not really our Ben, is it? Acoustic instrumentation found its way into things sooner or later, and what you get is a record bubbling with analogue warmth and cinematic strings.
  • Vinyl LP (VGLP037)
  • CD (VGCD037)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Steve Gibbs
Adrift

Steve Gibbs presents his debut album, although this may not be the first time you’ve heard his music. Gibbs’ more cinematic compositions have already appeared in film, TV and dance productions, and have been popular on Bandcamp. No surprise really, as his style mixes stately neo-classical piano and strings with subtle electro-acoustic tweakery. Adrift is released by Injazero.
  • Vinyl LP (INJA005)

Wolves in the Throne Room
BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini

Southern Lord drop an LP of Wolves In The Throne Room live cuts. For their 2011 BBC Session the Washington group surprised everyone by coming through with wildly different interpretations of two tracks from their Celestial Lineage LP (also 2011). Rather than performing ‘Prayer Of Transformation’ and ‘Thuja Magus Imperium’ as thick-as-tar black metal numbers that also function as paeans to humankind’s fatal failings, for this session the tracks are transformed into thick-as-tar black metal numbers that also function as paeans to humankind’s fatal failings … on ice!
  • Vinyl LP (LORD184LP)

Orchard (Aidan Baker, Gaspar Claus, Franck Laurino, Maxime Tisserand)
Serendipity

Another supergroup curation by ici d’ailleurs director Stéphane Grégoire, Orchard consists of Nadja’s Aidan Baker, Pedro Solo’s Gaspar Claus, Zéro’s Frank Laurino and Chapier Fou’s Maxime Tisserand. The quartet, strangers at the time of curation, hit it off with strong improvisations of ambientish post-rock - not unlike ol’ Tortoise. Appropriately, beautiful photos of an orchard comprise the artwork.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MT08LP)
  • CD (MT08CD)

Schengen/Portal/Innerise/Weyland
EP


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

Portal
Gone But Not Forgiven


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

Still Crescent
Along The Fringe Of Starlit Frost


  • CD (MMM044)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Christina Vantzou
Nº1 Remixes / Nº1 Film

This limited edition CD+DVD set includes a 47-minute film by Christina Vantzou exclusive to the DVD. The films are set to the entire audio of her wonderful 'No. 1' album which was released on Kranky back in October 2011. Also included is a CD of remixes of tracks from that album, featuring a stellar line-up of artists including; Koen Holtkamp, Loscil, Ernest Gibson, Montgomery Knott, Ben Vida, Dustin O'Halloran, Robert Lippok, and ISAN.
  • CD
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  • Limited edition

Fazerdaze
Morningside

Flying Nun are beloved by many for their central role in documenting New Zealand’s underground indie scene, but they haven’t rested on their laurels. Here they have brand new work from up-and-coming artist Fazerdaze, who has swiftly moved from bedroom production to the fully-fledged ecstatic indie pop we hear here. Morningside is released on CD and vinyl LP.
  • Vinyl LP (FN574LP)
  • Limited edition

Susso Seki Singh
Orange Sunshine

Exuberant trio Susso Seki Singh are here with their debut album, a ravishing, limited-edition gold-coloured vinyl, that sees the gifted musicians weaving together hypnotic instrumentation and subtle electronica. This record showcases the kora, the Celtic Harp and santoor to devastating effect. Meditative and powerful.
  • Vinyl LP (PWORD2)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Them Are Us Too
Amends

Them Are Us Too is the collaborative project of Kennedy Ashlyn and Cash Askew, a duo who had been sketching demos in homage to their shared younger passions of generations-old shoegaze and dream pop.Tragically, Askew died in the Ghost Ship fire of 2016 -- Kennedy returned to the studio to finish the startling, unabashed, overdriven pop they were working on, getting production help from Telefon Tel Aviv.
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS116LPG)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Vinyl LP (DAIS116LP)
  • CD (DAIS116CD)

David Tagg
PILL SERIES USB

This release from David Tagg is released on a USB stick packaged within a pill box that promises ‘Sleeping Pills’. But PILL SERIES USB carries the conceit beyond that: the musical contents are in fact intended to soothe the listener to sleep, over the course of 8 hours of ambience. Only 21 copies of this unusual release, hurry hurry!
  • Poster
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Michal Turtle feat. HOVE
Middle of the Road Less Travelled

80s electro tinkerer Michal Turtle has seen a renewed interest in his music in recent years, with Music From Memory reissuing a number of records from his back catalogue. Now Light Of Other Days sees him team up with guitarist Hove for this EP of gentle deep house and Balearic beat. There’s a nice dinky quality to the synths on Middle of the Road Less Travelled that recalls Dazion and Dip In The Pool.
  • Vinyl 12" (LOOD011)
  • £9.49 £7.12 (saving: £2.37)
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A Veil Of Water
Late Night Loneliness

Self-taught multi-instrumentalist Rune Trelvik releases his second full length under his A Veil Of Water moniker. Channeling the more melancholic side of his output Late Night Loneliness mixes post rock and gentle, minimal, neoclassical akin to Ólafur Arnalds’ Living Room Songs. It’s soft, sad, and dare I say, pure bloody emo….. Limited to 100 copies
  • CD (HV047)
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Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 1

The legendary Klaus Schulze and his similarly synth-toting pal Pete Namlook loved their Pink Floyd, like any good psychedelic travellers would, and they carried this inspiration over to their Dark Side Of The Moog series. These ain’t covers though: the material here on Volume One is space-synth ambient music on an epic scale. Double LP release from Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2101)
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Virginia Wing / XAM Duo
Tomorrow’s Gift

London indie band Virginia Wing and electronic experimentalists XAM Duo, who are comprised from members of Hookworms and Deadwall, got together in Bradford on freezing January day and did a little bit of improvising. Tomorrow’s Gift is the exciting, tweaked and refined result of those sessions.
  • Vinyl LP (FIRELP491)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Fabio Orsi
Just For A Thrill

Some slow cleaners from Fabio Orsi. Just For A Thrill is the new full length offering from the Italian producer. On this one he melds expansive electronics and synths with field recordings to blur the lines between organic and artificial to the point where you're not sure which is which. Definitely one for the Eno heads. Out on CD from Home Normal.
  • CD (homen062)
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Various
Meditations 1

Released through Shimmering Moods Records, Meditations 1 gives you just that; some beautifully light music which carries you into a meditative state. With 13 tracks from different artists, the CD is packaged in some beautiful packaging to fully compliment the enthralling music within which is guaranteed to take you into a happier, more peaceful place. Guaranteed to enhance bathtime pleasure by 100%. Limited to 125 hand numbered copies.
  • CD
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Aspidistrafly
A Little Fable


  • CD (KITCHEN007)
  • £15.49 £9.29 (saving: £6.20)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

TimeDog
Objects of Mind

The debut album by Glaswegian ambient musician Pete Burton. Ethereal electronic music ranging from ambient, drone to experimental percussion structures with a hint towards the kosmische Zeitgeist. All guitars, synths and percussion instruments played by Pete Burton, with a strong focus on live improvisation. Pete is stronlgy influenced by Krautrock acts such as Popol Vuh or Tangerine Dream but also modern ambient music like Biosphere etc. 150 limited, hand numbered & manufactured CDs only.
  • CD (21-diam.)
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The Orb
No Sounds Are Out of Bounds

After two techno albums for Kompakt, The Orb’s main man Alex Patterson wanted to create something more expansive and less predictable. He was keen to work with more people and use more vocals too. The result is No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, The electronic duo’s guest-heavy 15th album. It features guest performances from Hollie Cook, Roger ‘Brian’s Brother’ Eno, Youth, Steve Hillage, Jah Wobble and renowned session musician Guy Pratt. Double vinyl LP on Cooking Vinyl. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (COOKLP711)
  • CD (COOKCD711)

Various
(The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986

Acting as a sequel to Light in the Attic’s I Am The Center, The Microcosm delves further into experimental new age electronic compositions from the 70s and 80s. Mapping a peaceful yet strange world between prog, psych and ambient electronica. With pieces from Vangelis, Roedelius, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh, Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys.
  • Vinyl LP box set (LITA143LP)
  • CD (LITA143CD)

Various
Late Night Tales presents AFTER DARK Nocturne

Available on double vinyl LP or on CD on Late Night Tales. The LP comes as fully unmixed separate tracks with download code to Bill Brewster’s mix and tracks, and the CD IS the mix with download code to digital versions of individual tracks. Bass pounding, late night session, disco cuts from the likes of Lindtrøm, Coalkitchen and Rudy Norman. Bill Brester is best known as the author of Last night a DJ saved my life and How to DJ(Properly).
  • Vinyl Double LP (ALNLP41)
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  • Last copy

Loscil
Monument Builders

Drummer and saxophonist for Destroyer but If you haven’t heard any of Loscil’s 12 albums this is as good a place as any to start. Warm synthesis, subtle dubby chords meet field sampling in an ambient space-capturing setting, a sense of place and the grandeur within it. Droney, but so very musical.  
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK204LP)
  • CD (KRANK204)

Loscil
Plume


  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK096LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (KRANK096)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Pan American
White Bird Release


  • Vinyl LP (KRANK128LP)
  • CD (KRANK128)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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