Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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Piano Magic
Low Birth Weight

'Low Birth Weight' was the second album by Piano Magic the loose collective that centre upon the orbit of Glen Johnson. Originally released in 1999, Johnson freely admits that the album was hugely influenced by Disco Inferno, that brilliant ahead of their time act who burned out too quickly. Here, Johnson blended the sampledelia of Disco Inferno with the dream pop of the likes of Kitchens of Distinction and as always with Piano Magic is joined by an array of guests and collaborators including Pete Astor (the Loft/the Weather Prophets). 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Field
Looping State Of Mind

Who is the best person at loops? It could be argued that The Field's Axel Willner is up there at the top end of the chart. Looping State Of Mind is his third album and one of his best. Again it is a series of sublime blissed-out techno tracks which circle round and round like a bird looking for its prey as you slowly wallow in his bathtub of luxurious sounds. This (currently) comes at a nice price so no excuses... buy now - ask questions later. 

Silence
Silent Meditation

Father and son duo Eric and Ben Antonow launched this project on Kickstarter, ultimately hitting their funding goal nine times over. Some will scoff, though a record filled only with silence has its uses and meanings. As the title suggests, the release has been arranged mainly with meditation in mind. Plays just as well at 45 as at 33⅓.

Phaedra
Blackwinged Night

Phaedra is the solo project of one Ingvlid Langgård, a fine art graduate who brings a rich compositional talent as well as a strong visual art practice. On Blackwinged Night, the second album of a proposed trilogy, classical instruments and synthesised rhythms support dramatic, performative vocals. On the Rune Grammofon label.

Marconi Union
Dead Air

Past collaborators with likes of Jah Wobble and Max Richter, Manchester’s Marconi Union have enjoyed a long and fruitful career since forming almost two decades ago. For their tenth album, the trio have dispensed with beats and guest spots, opting for a more impressionistic sound on the beautiful Dead Air. 

Swoop And Cross
Stories Of Disintegration

Time Released Sound finally get round to releasing some vinyl. Their CDs looked nice enough so just imagine what they'll do with the bigger format. Their first release is by London based Portuguese composer Ruben Vale who has produced an album of soothing music with dreamy piano motifs and a cinematic air.  
  • Vinyl LP (TRS074)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Rutger Zuydervelt and Bill Seaman
Movements of Dust

Rutger Zuydervelt and Bill Seaman have collaborated on Movements of Dust. You probably know Rutger Zuydervelt as the man behind Dutch electronic project Machinefabriek. Bill Seaman hails from these shores and has previously collaborated with John Supko. This album was recorded between Durham and Rotterdam in the first half of 2019.
  • Vinyl LP (oscarson no. 25)
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  • Limited edition

Kira Kira and Hermigervill
Sumabörn (Summer Children)

Time Released Sound are releasing the soundtrack for the recent Icelandic film 'Sumarbörn' composed by Kira Kira and Hermigervill. A film that plays with the tension between the real and the imagined, the music very much follows suit in the way that its both playful and dramatic but always beautiful. Imagine a more ethereal Twin Peaks soundtrack and you're halfway there. 
  • Vinyl LP (TRS081)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Hoshiko Yamane & Mikael Lind
Spaces In Between

Spaces In Between by Hoshiko Yamane & Mikael Lind is an ambient album led by traditional classical instruments and structures backed up by synths. The title refers to the geographical space between the two artists, one lives in Berlin and one lives in Reykjavik. The album was recorded by each artist sending ideas to the other over the internet, gradually forming full pieces. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Abul Mogard
Kimberlin

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

Costanza Francavilla
Children of the Universe

Costanza Francavilla is an Italian ambient composer and producer based in Ibiza. Children of the Universe is inspired by the score she wrote for the 2018 Camile Budin film of the same name. As the universe is the theme, you can imagine the wondrous and cosmic sounds she makes with reverb-y synths and cellos -perfectly blending the worlds of electronic and classical music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ambienti Coassiali
Dream Rooms

Dreams Rooms by veteran Italian music project Ambienti Coassiali is a series of infinite guitar guitar loops. The sound creates an atmosphere that develops over time making it an entirely immersive and enveloping experience. For the guitar nerds out there, the music is made using an early ‘70s EKO ranger guitar. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Death and Vanilla
Are You A Dreamer?

Super Swedes Death and Vanilla return for their first album since 2015's To Where The Wild Things Are. The group peddle a lovingly retro form of synth and dream pop which has drawn comparisons to Broadcast, Cocteau Twins and is heavily influenced by library music, German Krautrock and 60s psych. I daresay you are going to love it. 

Yoshio Ojima
Une Collection des Chaînons I and II: Music for Spiral

A first-ever CD release for both parts of Une Collection des Chaînons: Music For Spiral, an environmentally orientated music project from composer Yoshio Ojima. It was originally commissioned and released in 1988 for the spiral-shaped atrium at the Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, and is designed to be listened to at ambient, background noise level - in Ojima’s own words “at around the same volume as daily life sounds such as air conditioners and refrigerators”. 

Karma Moffett
Sitting Still Within / Sitting Still Without

Sitting Still Within / Sitting Still Without by Karma Moffet was originally released in 1982. The album was at the forefront of the growing New Age movement in the early ‘80s. Moffet was a pioneer in the genre, but not for his use of new available technology, more for not using it and getting new sounds from field recordings and ancient instruments such as Tibetan bowls and bells.
  • Vinyl LP (MT004LP)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

An Explore
1

The functionally titled 1 from duo An Explore brings together two incredibly talented musicians from the British avant-garde scene - Rob Macdonald (founder of the Scratch nightclub, and part of Speeka, Jumbonics and Gum Drop) and Lucy Wilkins (touring and recording violinist). This thoughtful EP is available on both CD and 10” vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Good Weather For An Airstrike / Signal Hill
Moura / Blessed Land

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Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Loon

Another installment of the intimate improvisational collaboration series between Erased Tapes figureheads Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm. The material on Loon came about from a couple of days spent with some new synthesisers and a few effects units. The results are delicate, beautiful and explorative. 12” on Erased Tapes.

Ian Hawgood + Stijn Hüwels
No Voices

No Voices by Ian Hawgood and Stijn Hüwels started life as a pile of old tape in Hawgood’s garage. As he tried to salvage what he could from it, it killed his reel-to-reel, gradually slowing before stopping forever. He found this to be a beautiful thing. The salvaged music, with the addition of Stijn Hüwels subtle meldoies, made for a truly beautiful ambient album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Seefeel
Peel Session

When they signed to Warp Records in 1994, Seefeel became the label's first act who used guitars. Since then Warp have released records by other guitar acts like Grizzly Bear and Maxïmo Park but at the time it was a big decision for both label and band. 'Peel Sessions' is one of ten radio sessions released by Warp to commemorate 30 years of big decisions.

James Murray
Embrace Storms

Slowcraft (London) and KrysaliSound (Milan) are two labels with a similar vision of releasing unclassifiable music in beautiful packaging. Embrace Storms by James Murray is perfect for a joint release by the two labels. Two sound collages to free your mind from the chaos, presented in a packaged designed by Murray himself. 

Julia Kent
Green and Grey (Expanded)

Oh no. We're getting releases already for Black Friday. But the good news is that this Julia Kent record might be worth getting. It is her second album from 2011 on vinyl for the first time including the 'Last Day in July' EP and two unreleased tracks. You may know by know the sound of Kent's looped cello which she places amongst electronics and field recordings and if not this could be a good place to start.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (BAY107VX)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Kirk Barley
Landscapes

Constructed from edited improvisations and a vast library of his own acoustic and electronic sounds and field recordings, Landscapes is the latest record from the prolific Kirk Barley (who also records under the name Bambooman). These 11 tracks are squeezed into barely over half an hour, but create a constantly moving tapestry of ever-shifting moods and soundscapes. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cicada
Hiking In The Mist

Cicada are a chamber ensemble from Taiwan. Hiking In The Mist is their new album which is built on notes taken from their hikes and transcribed into music that paints a pictures o their homeland’s expansive views and beauty. You may have experienced their music through their collaborations with Olafur Arnalds, Rachel Grimes and Balmorhea.

Massive Attack
The Spoils

Two massive tracks from Massive Attack. The Spoils is a soft and string filled ballad that gets under the skin, featuring the haunting vocals of Hope Sandoval. And on the flip side Ghost Poet channels Spaceape over a lunging bass driven half time track with a pluck string melody. Presented on coloured vinyl and in stunningly printed sleeves.
  • Vinyl 12" (VST2142)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Nils Frahm
Encores 3

Nils Frahm is also known as the 'piano man' and indeed invented that 'piano day' you see people rattling on about every year. Encores 3 is the third (natch) of his trilogy of work exploring different avenues of his sound. Where part one was generally solo piano and acoustic and part two ambient, part three is all about the percussive and electronic side of his music. The three EPs will at some stage be available as one 80 minute collection but for now it's time to delve in to the last in the series as a standalone disc.  

Night Flowers
Fortune Teller

London's Night Flowers have slowly been getting known for their emotional dream pop that recalls those early 90s bands that time forgot who trailed in the wake of the likes of the Sundays and Belly. On this their second album they continue to marry '80s and '90s influences for big venue-ready indie pop with jangling, dreamy guitars skirting round Sophie Petit's swooping voice. Straight ahead stuff but with a crucial emotional core that ensures these songs yearn effectively.    
  • Vinyl LP (DBR018VL)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

Yuk
Paraiso EP

Not content with being a restaurateur and a rather good chef, Chad Valencia also makes music as Yuk. Paraiso EP is released via Leaving Records and is showing L.A. how lo-fi ambient records should be made. Paraiso EP is part one of a two-part series If you like Boards Of Canada, Teebs, Flying Lotus and Madlib you should check this out. 
  • Vinyl LP (LR162)
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  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • Yuk

Nils Frahm
Encores 2

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

Ryan Teague
Recursive Iterations

On Recursive Iterations, Ryan Teague mixes electronics and acoustic instruments, post-rave, neo-classical and film scores to create a widescreen minimalist soundscape that is masterful in its use of space and restraint. There have been comparisons to Oneohtrix Point Never, The Haxan Cloak and Ital Tek, so if they float your boat, give this a go.
  • Vinyl LP (KTLP005)
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  • Limited edition
  • CD (KTCD005)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Steve Hauschildt
Nonlin

Steve Hauschildt has been long admired in these parts, firstly for his work with experimental electronic trio Emeralds and then as a solo artist with classic albums such as Where All Is Fled and Strands. His new album, Nonlin, is his sixth and sees him evolve yet further. Another classic? We shall see, but the chances are good.

offthesky
Fallow

Denver-based experimental artist Michael Jason Corder delivers his latest offthesky album, keeping up his unbelievably prodigious production rate of roughly 70 major releases over the last decade and a half. Fallow, featuring the vocals of Rin Howell and strings arranged by Julie Slater, is available in a small run on CD format. 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

SRSQ
Temporal Love / Unkept

SRSQ is singer / songwriter Kennedy Ashlyn. Ashlyn used to be one half of dream pop duo Them Are US Too with Cash Askew. Askew tragically died in 2016 in the fire at a warehouse known as the Ghost Ship that belonged to an Oakland, California artist collective. It has taken Ashlyn some time to come to terms with the tragedy and recording her debut album as SRSQ, Unreality, in 2018 has helped ease the pain. Temporal Love / Unkept is her new single. An album will follow in 2020. 
  • Vinyl 7" (DAIS144LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Yoshio Ojima
Une Collection des Chaînons II: Music for Spiral

A first-ever vinyl release for the second part of Une Collection des Chaînons: Music For Spiral, an environmentally orientated music project from composer Yoshio Ojima. It was originally commissioned and released in 1988 for the spiral-shaped atrium at the Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, and is designed to be listened to at ambient, background noise level - in Ojima’s own words “at around the same volume as daily life sounds such as air conditioners and refrigerators”. 

Various
Pop Ambient 2020

This double-LP / single-CD compilation marks the 20th anniversary of the Pop Ambient series, hosted by the Cologne-based indie label Kompakt, owned by Wolfgang Voigt, Michael Mayer and Jürgen Paape. Masters at presenting abstract techno within an accessible pop framework, the label picks 16 of the finest cuts from its series for Pop Ambient 2020. The vinyl edition also contains a 44-page book of artwork from across the series. 

Yoshio Ojima
Une Collection des Chaînons I: Music for Spiral

A first-ever vinyl release for the first part of Une Collection des Chaînons: Music For Spiral, an environmentally orientated music project from composer Yoshio Ojima. It was originally commissioned and released in 1988 for the spiral-shaped atrium at the Wacoal Art Center in Tokyo, and is designed to be listened to at ambient, background noise level - in Ojima’s own words “at around the same volume as daily life sounds such as air conditioners and refrigerators”.

Various
Thousands of Eyes in the Dark

For its 20th anniversary in 2019, the Ghostly International label presents its latest ‘SMM’ compilation. Thousands of Eyes in the Dark presents ten original fragments of electronica arranged as one continuous suite, with the artists sourced from around the world and from beyond the label’s usual roster. 

Sam Mallet
Wetlands

Late film score composer Sam Mallet made music that took pointers from a wide range of influences: Arvo Pärt, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, John Coltrane and Jon Hassell to name a few. He made soundtracks that straddled the worlds of ambient, jazz and rock that accompanied TV series, short films and even experimental video art. Wetlands is the result of a thorough dig into Mallet’s archive by Rowan Mason (Sanpo Disco/Recurring Dream) and Tony Remple (Musique Plastique). 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Arp
Ensemble - Live!

Alexis Georgopoulos, better known by his stage name Arp, delivers a new 12” EP for the Mexican Summer label. Following the recent success of his studio-bound album Zebra, this new collection Ensemble - Live! showcases him as a musician, interacting spontaneously with four other musicians in the same room. 
  • Artist(s):
  • ARP
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Hollie Kenniff
The Gathering Dawn

Hollie Kenniff was once one half of the duo Mint Julep with her husband Keith Kenniff, who was also known for his involvement with Helios and Goldmund. The Gathering Dawn is her debut solo album and finds the Canadian-American musician at the centre of sprawling ambient work made from icy synths, softened guitars, and Kenniff’s mournful vocals.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Various
Silhouette Cameo 3

The Silhouette Cameo 3 is a desktop cutting machine used to cut a variety of materials to aid your crafty needs. Stuart Bowditch recorded the sound of one in action and thirteen artists were asked by Courier to record a piece of music in response to it. There is a wide range of sounds going on here from artists such as Isnaj Dui, Robin Saville, Viridian, Kevin Buckland, The Humble Bee and more. The fancy CD packaging includes individually cut Courier covers and Courier confetti.
  • CD (Packet05)
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  • Limited edition

Astatine
Global Exposure

Stéphane Recrosio aka Astatine is the wild man of the Paris lo-fi scene releasing scores of lathe cut singles and limited releases onto the world. It's nice that Sound in Silence are bringing his work to a wider audience as his shambling distorted lo-fi needs to be heard by the type of ears who worship at the altar of Guided By Voices, Sebadoh/Sebtridoh and particularly the early Hood lo-fi experiments.  
  • CD (sis069)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Hammock
Silencia

Silencia is the final part of a trilogy of albums by Hammock. The Nashville post-rock /  ambient duo say that the arc of the trilogy, which also includes the albums, Mysterium and Universalis, takes inspiration from the music of Arvo Part and Georgy Sviridov and the writing of American poet Li Young Li. Their work finds healing in silence, and that’s what Hammock have done here. The duo’s guitars are backed by droning horns, strings and the 20-strong Budapest Art Choir.

Bersarin Quartett
Methoden und Maschinen

Bersarin Quartett is the ambient project of German DJ, sound designer and musician Thomas Bücker. Methoden und Maschinen is the fourth album by the project. It seems Bücker has allowed influences from Andy Stott, Tim Hecker, Fennesz, Murcof, Dictaphone and Hidden Orchestra with whom Bersarin Quartett has played with in recent years. This, of course, is no bad thing.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Benoît Pioulard
Sylva

I'm worried on seeing Benoît Pioulard described in the press release as a 'veteran'. It seems he's only just got started. The Seattle native has always been one for a concept and this album sees him complement a linen book of Polaroid SX70 photographs with new music which is mostly instrumental but contains two stand out vocal pieces. His music is always beautifully immersive and we have no doubt this will be no different. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Mont Analogue
Super Flumina Babyloni

Mont Analogue is a 1950s French fantasy novel. It is also the name of this rather splendid ambient / psychedelic / krautrock band featuring Alex Van Pelt (not the American Football coach) and Ben Lupus. Allow Super Flumina Babyloni to escort you on some dreamy, trance-like travels. Features guest performance from New Age musician Ariel Kalma.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Slow Meadow
Happy Occident

Happy Occident is the third album by Slow Meadow - the solo project of Texan, Matt Hill. It is an album of mournful ambient chamber music. Hill’s inspiration for making the album came about when contemplating what is means to be happy in the western world. Does the meaning of the word live up to what we expect from happiness? Put this on and have a good think about it. Violinist Ellen Story guests.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cosey Fanni Tutti
Time To Tell

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

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.

Hior Chronik
Blind Heaven

Blind Heaven by Greek-born, Berlin-based composer and musician Hior Chronik is an album of soundscapes that incorporate elements of drone, neo-classical and ambient music. It is the follow-up to his 2017 album, Out Of The Dust. Features guest performances from Amber Ortolano, Masayoshi Fujita, Hania Rani and Francesco Donadello.
  • Label(s):
  • 7K!

Rich Ruth
Calming Signals

Calming Signals is an ambient record with additional emotional catharsis. (Michael) Rich Ruth has played in a number of bands, but has also been making ambient music in his own time. Ruth was carjacked during the recording of the album. This meant the album became a way of him changing a horrible experience into something positive.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

SUSS
High Line

SUSS hail from New York city and play a brand of ambient country music. It is influenced by the likes of Ry Cooder, Bruce Langhorn and Daniel Lanois. High Line features a mix of classic country instruments such as pedal steel, harmonica, mandolin and, of course, the good ol’ guitar with manipulated electronic sounds. A refreshing take on what ambient music can be.

Ian Hawgood + Phil Tomsett
Fragmented Boundaries

Fragmented Boundaries is not your usual Home Normal release. It does feature label owner Ian Hawgood along with his pal Phil Tomsett, but rather than the usual blissful ambience it is an album filled with random bursts of noise and melodic passages. It’s fragments of this and that pieced together. It perhaps reaches further than previous releases and its journey, whilst highly enjoyable, is a little more wild.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

J Colleran
EP01

Producer J Colleran launches his new label venture Oyae with the release of his own new five-track EP, available on 12” vinyl. Anyone who saw him this summer on the festival circuit will know the kind of thing contained on EP01 - slippery, mutating and frenetic modern dance music rubbing up against glacial ambience. 
  • Vinyl 12" (OY001)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Seahawks & WOO
Celestial Railroads

This is an interesting collaboration where transcendental psychedelic types Seahawks rework the music of gloriously hushed turn of the 80s duo Woo. There are two completely contrasting styles at work here so it will be interesting to see how this works. The press release suggests something like Spacemen 3 reworking the KLF. At least it's not the SeaHORSES and Woo collaborating as I originally (mis)read. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Dan Armstrong
A Long Time Coming

Do you like to chill? Do too many drums put you on edge? Do you enjoy Biosphere, William Orbit and all the sort of stuff? If you said yes to any of those questions then Dan Armstrong’s A Long Time Coming is very much the record for you. To be honest, even if you didn’t answer in the affirmative this LP of tranquil downtempo ambient compositions is still well worth your time.

Ummagma
Compass

Electronically-enhanced rock duo Ummagma return with their first album in seven years, and their first to ever be released on vinyl. With the long wait explained by the years it took them to move from Russia to Canada, Compass is the album that most accurately reflects the band’s post-genre approach. 
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Jonas Meyer
Konfusion

Apparent studio magpie, Jonas Meyer, releases his debut album, Konfusion, through Serein. The German musician makes his music from picking whatever catches his eye in the studio - various keyboards and synths and percussion, which are then manipulated. His sound straddles the precise editing of the digital world and more organic, gentle sounds.

Kryshe
Continuum

Continuum is the third album by electronic artist Kryshe making him a major artist in the Serein stable. As the title suggests, the album is very much a continuation of the ambient sounds from previous albums March of the Mysterious and Hauch. A mix of dreamlike sounds made from voice, strings and field recordings. 

Lo Five
Geography of the Abyss

Lo Five, AKA Neil Grant is a Liverpool based producer who plies his trade in the world of ambient and experimental electronica. Geography of the Abyss is his second full length album. The music explores states of mind and how our perception of things can change - a thematic continuation from his first album. 

Oliver Patrice Weder
OPW

A classically-influenced jazz and piano player, Swiss-born musician Oliver Patrice Weder has composed music for the film The Haunted as well as soundtracks for the BBC in his career. He now presents his debut album OPW, on which he’s been writing over the last couple of years, on SA Recordings. 
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cranes
Wings Of Joy

Some might call Cranes’ genre-defying mix of dreampop with gothic instrumentations melodramatic, others would say it’s revolutionary. We won’t take much of a stand here: either way, their debut Wings of Joy is being brought back to life by the kind folks at Music on Vinyl. Dive right back into their experimental take on early 90s shoegaze!
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2248C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Isnaj Dui
Sight Seeing

Katie English has attracted a devoted cult fanbase over the years for her impressionistic electronica under her Isnaj Dui moniker. Two years after her triumphant Poiesis album comes Sight Seeing, a record conceptually concerned with synaesthesia but also a range of common and rare sight disorders and which sees the compositions constantly degrading and distorting. 

A Winged Victory For The Sullen
The Undivided Five

Their fifth release (but only their second official studio album) and based around the idea of the perfect fifth, A Winged Victory For The Sullen begin a new life on Ninja Tune with a bold different direction on 'The Undivided Five'. Built on their neo-classical and ambient roots, it’s by far the duo of Dustin O’Halloran and Adam Wiltzie's (Stars of the Lid) most immersive and detailed work yet.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Petrels
Dusk Loom

Having enjoyed a prodigious output of an album at least every 12 months from 2011 to 2016, The Dusk Loom has taken Oliver Barrett a comparatively lengthy three years to put together, having stepped back from his Petrels project briefly. Finding inspiration ancient and modern mythology, otherworldliness is the key theme on this seventh record. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Dallas Acid
The Spiral Arm

The Spiral Arm is the first album for All Saint Records by synth-orientated dream-pop group Dallas Acid, and their third album proper overall in the last decade. The trio’s career has also seen them do soundtrack work, and collaborate last year with Laraaji, and that fondness for and experience in creating cinematic soundscapes is detectable here. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cigarettes After Sex
Cry

Promising more blissful, narcoleptic dream-pop after the success of his early singles, Greg Gonzalez delivers his second Cigarettes After Sex album, Cry. Recorded and finessed by Gonzalez himself during sessions in the middle of the night in Spain, it’s another suite of meditations on intimacy and heartbreak.

Netherworld
Algida Bellezza

Inspired by first-time fatherhood, Glacial Movements label founder Alessandro Tedeschi - also known as Netherworld - has dedicated his latest album Algida Bellezza to his baby daughter. With its tracks named after the Latin labels for various Arctic-dwelling animals, the almost entirely synthesiser-driven collection is preoccupied with disappearing innocence and beauty. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Land Of Light
The World Lies Breathing

With its strange glitchy and twinkling melodies, Land of Light return from a seven year break with new LP 'The World Lies Breathing'. As a follow up to their debut, this piece is a highly experimental slice of electronica lives in its very own sparse and ambient universe. Best served in a candle-lit bedroom.

Rothko
Refuge for Abandoned Souls

Rothko have been making their bass-led ambience since 1998 and are a revolving cast of musicians circling around leader Mark Beazley. Their last album buried their basses in haunted ambience and was their darkest album to date. With titles like The Day After Your Death, Refuge for Abandoned Souls promises not to be a barrel of laughs but life isn't particularly laughable right now and that's why we need bands like Rothko more than ever.  

SHHE
SHHE

Scottish /  Portugese producer and artist SHHE  has the real name of Su Shaw, which when said all together repeatedly makes for a different version of a popular tongue twister. In a quest to find herself, SHHE left her old life in Fife behind to find herself among a bunch of creative types in Dundee. It was this that helped her capture her atmospheric, sparse, haunted vision that is her self-titled debut album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ikpathua x Anxiety Support Group
Tape 09

London-based label Cong Burn’s Tape 09 sees Anxiety Support Group split one in half with Ikpathua following the split with Carlos (Charlotte Bickley), this time presenting the usual porta-studio improvised jams mixed up with abstract, blissful techno. Presented in a limited run of only 50 cassettes. 

Foxes in Fiction
Trillium Killer

Foxes In Fiction is the recording moniker of Warren Hildebrand, a Canadian musician who currently resides in the Big Apple. Trillium Killer is his third album, a patchwork of soundscapes, tape samples, drum machines, vocals, strings and electronic bass sees lo-fi and hi-fi nestling together in perfect harmony. A good thing to know about this fella is that he founded the label Orchid Tapes, and is responsible for putting out early recordings by Sandy (Alex G) and Soccer Mommy.

Will Burns & Hannah Peel
Pale Tussock

After the runaway success of the previous collaboration between Will Burns and Hannah Peel ('Chalk Hill Blue'), the pair join forces again to create hypnotic follow up - 'Pale Tussock'. The release is full of immersive electronics and escapist soundscapes, while tinged with the political and social anxieties of our era.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Saariselka
The Ground Our Sky

Saariselka is a collaboration between two pioneers of ‘ambient Americana’, Chuck Johnson and Date Palms’ Marielle V. Jakobsons. With the former playing pedal steel guitar and the latter on synthesisers, the duo’s debut album The Ground Our Sky explores those horizons where the earth beneath our feet meets the celestial heavens. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Black Taffy
Elder Mantis

One of them there beat tapes here. Elder Mantis falls on the more melodic side of the beatmaker world - think Clams Casino rather than J Dilla - and his new LP Black Taffy is another lush listen from the MPC-bothering Texan. Anyone who’s had some fun with recent full-lengths from Black Milk and Budgie should give Black Taffy a go.

Matt Christensen / Circle Bros
Split

Matt Christensen was the guitarist and singer for Zelienpole, a band on the edges of slowcore, post-rock and shoegaze. His solo work is similar, but a more spacious and eerie. Wim Lecluyse who runs Morc Records, records under the name Circle Bros and has a sound that, over the years, has changed from ambient to song-based project. Their split single is available through Morc Records.
  • Vinyl LP (morc 078)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

M. Grig
Mount Carmel

12k brings you dobro, lap- and pedal-steel guitarist M. Grig’s latest work, Mount Carmel. Modern ambient bingo grids at the ready: the PR is seven paragraphs of exposition, it’s his “most personal record to date” and yes indeed, the music embraces hazy, pastoral nostalgia. It’s delectably engineered - it’s 12k after all - and a calm, delicate and rich listen. Good stuff.
  • Label(s):
  • 12k

Corey Fuller
Break

12k welcomes back Tokyo-based Corey Fuller, he of the delicately disciplined duo Illuha. Break boasts a theme: that, to quote Scatman John, “everyone struggles one way or the other”. So check out Fuller’s message to you: let this detailed, meticulously recorded and mixed take on Tim Hecker’s drone-dramatics plop a dollop of catharsis into your life.
  • Label(s):
  • 12k

Erik Levander
Inåt

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Erik Levander joins the Forwind label with his latest album release Inåt (meaning ‘Inwards’). As opposed to the largely synthesiser-based nature of his previous LP Couesnon, these five new compositions mix both digital and acoustic instrumentation and use it as a platform for the listener to journey inside their minds. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Seasons (pre-din)
Distortion Of The Cell

The confusingly monikered Seasons (pre-din) is a Manchester artist previously working in the ambient and drone fields. You want it darker? Ok then Seasons (pre-din) have dialled up the doom on this new album which blends in post punk and dirty underground club sounds to the mix. Sometimes soothing, sometimes frighteningly abrasive it draws on a larger palette of sounds to emerge with a more varied work than before.  
  • CD (FWD26)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

PCM
Attraverso

PCM are a new ambient trio consisting of Francesco Perra, Matteo Cantaluppi and Matteo Miliea. All have previous form in ambient music and sound design but here collaborate on an album on which they try to blend drone music, haunting shards of guitar and kosmische synth. Interesting to see an ambient group, well versed as we are at seeing ambient music made by one solitary composer. Should be an interesting mix.  
  • Artist(s):
  • PCM
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Fumio Miyashita
“Wave” Sounds Of The Universe

Beautiful vinyl re-issue of “Wave” Sounds of the Universe, the 1983 album from Japanese musician Fumio Miyashita. With a career that’s taken in musicals, progressive rock bands and academia in medicine and music therapy, Wave is a work of true beauty. Also the first in a re-issue series of Miyashita’s discography. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jonathan Scherk & Daniel Majer
It's Counterpart

Jonathan Scherk & Daniel Majer are a pair of musicians from in and around the post-rock scene in Vancouver. They are both solo artists in their own right, but on It’s Counterpart, seem to have found that their two styles are able to blend together. It is an album of sound collages sourced from YouTube, field recordings and those records you find for a quid in charity shops
  • Vinyl LP (FAIT19LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

John Roberts
Can Thought Exist Without The Body

With perhaps his most introspective and thought-provoking release yet, John Roberts returns with 'Can Thought Exist Without The Body'. It marks his return to the piano, parking chugging house grooves in favour of a more ambient and spatial sound. The perfect soundtrack to self-reflection and meditation.
  • Vinyl LP (BED-010)
  • £24.49 £19.59 (saving: £4.90)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Various
Pop Ambient 2001

2001 eh? Pretty bleak. Pop Ambient's long running series of electronica compilations would probably provide the perfect atmospheric soundtrack to those strange days. No household names on this 2001 version now available for the first time on vinyl just an immersive and deeply ambient collection of tracks. 

Inoyama Land
Commissions: 1977-2000

Bloody hell. Makoto Inoue and Yasushi Yamashita have been making Ambient and New Age sounds for over four decades as Inoyama Land (see what they did there?) Here is a collection spanning the years 1977 to 2000 and this remastered LP perfectly exemplifies the nostalgic and pastoral synthesizer- led sound that has become their trademark. Comes with interview, liner notes and photos. Essential for all fans of transcendental new age and lost documents. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Thomas Méreur
Dyrholaey

Constructed almost entirely from piano and vocals, Thomas Méreur’s debut studio album Dyrhólaey evokes the vast expanses of Icelandic wilderness that inspired the record. The space of the music and the loneliness of nature fold back in to the record’s secondary theme, that of grief and personal loss. 
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Dino Spiluttini
Heaven

Vienna’s Dino Spiluttini joins the roster of Vienna’s Editions Mego. I wonder often Dino and Peter Rehberg bump into one another at the supermarket. This is an album of powerfully realised neo-church music productions; Spiluttini’s bristling, gnashing style achieves a particularly spiritual grandness in its search for comfort from earthly trials.
  • Vinyl LP (EMEGO266)
  • £19.99 £15.99 (saving: £4.00)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Studio Mule
Visible Cloaks Remix

Studio Mule’s BGM LP was a record full of covers of rare grooves from Japan. Visible Cloaks (Spencer Doran) knows a thing or two about Japanese music - check the Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 compilation he curated for Light In The Attic - so it makes sense to get him in on remix duties. He fully blisses out two tracks from BGM on this gorgeous EP of ambient drone. Think Ian William Craig.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Minor Pieces
The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming

There’s always a flurry of excitement at Norman Towers when we get wind of a new Ian William Craig record. His latest effort sees him team up with the hitherto-unknown Missy Donaldson to form Minor Pieces. The pair’s debut LP, The Heavy Steps Of Dreaming, sees them combining Craig’s incomparably beautiful hauntological drone-songs with crystal-clear close harmonies and gentle acoustic strums. It is, of course, absolutely brilliant. Think a more crystalline rendering of Bon Iver’s recent glitch opuses - actually, better still, just think about mid-period Björk.
  • Vinyl LP (FATLP155LTD)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

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

Franz Kirmann
Madrapour

Inspired by Robert Merle’s 1976 novel of the same name, in which passengers are stuck on a plane to an imaginary country but never lands (which sounds a bit like a stag party I once went on) Madrapour is a series of ghostly, anxious musical repetitions constructed by Franz Kirmann, the French composer behind the soundtrack to the BBC's 'McMafia'.
  • Tape (BYTES03)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Various
Jose Manuel presents Magic Carpet: Contemporary Music 1982-1994

Jose Manuel presents Magic Carpet: Contemporary Music 1982-1994 is a compilation of ambient and experimental tracks that were released on the German Harmonie Exotic label between 1982 and 1994. In all of these obscure tracks, the dreamlike melodies come from the same source  - or are all part of the same carpet, hence the title - but have been mixed with whatever the latest piece of kit was that year. Makes for an interesting ride.
  • Vinyl Double LP (HE002)
  • £33.99 £27.19 (saving: £6.80)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Bedchamber
Geography

Some lovely shoegazey indie from Indonesian group Bedchamber here. The band’s debut LP Geography does a good line in post-Real Estate dream-pop, all will-o’-the-wisp guitars and gently sighing vocals. From time to time the band ratchet it up a gear to lock into something more sprightly - quicksilver tracks like ‘Falter’ and 'Ride' have more in common with Diiv. All in all Geography is a delightful thing.

R. Elizabeth
Every And All We Voyage On

After debuting on Where To Now? back in 2015 with Season Of Error, R. Elizabeth (Rachael Finney) now delivers a new full-length through Glasgow’s excellent Night School. Every And All We Voyage On slots neatly into a label roster that already includes Molly Nilsson and The Space Lady. This is dreamy, hypnagogic synth-pop with plenty of Hype Williams about it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Steve Hiett
Down On The Road By The Beach

Steve Hiett was a photographer who snapped the likes of The Beach Boys, Miles Davis and The Doors for Rolling Stone magazine. He also made records that mixed blues, jazz and electronic music that fits somewhere between The Durutti Column, Steve Cropper and Ashra. Down The Road By The Beach was originally released in Japan in 1983. This is the first repress since. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Steve Hiett
Girls In The Grass

Steve Hiett was a photographer to the stars and guitarist who made the obscure but much sought after album, Down The Road By The Beach which was released in 1983. Girls In The Grass is a collection of previously unreleased Balearic soul instrumental tracks from his personal archives, released as a companion piece to the reissue of his 1983 album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Toby Wiltshire
Surfacing

Lovely set of widescreen ambiences - some sad, some happy - from Leeds-based composer Toby Wiltshire here. Surfacing lilts along very nicely indeed, the synthetic textures bobbing like buoys in a bay at dusk. Some of the sounds here might be the heavily-manipulated tones of Wiltshire’s beloved saxophone, though we’re not sure on that one. Try Loscil for a related artist.

Ose
Ellipsis

Ellipsis is a set of deep, brooding minimal electronic compositions from London-based producer Ose (Ewan Fisher). On this, his debut LP, Fisher makes degraded and widescreen drones that often crescendo into cacophonies by the end. Sparse, mournful pianos add further pathos to the proceedings. If you blended Sigur Ros, Ben Frost and bvdub you might end up with something like Ose’s Ellipsis.
  • Artist(s):
  • Ose