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

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

Bonobo
Linked

The evergreen Bonobo (aka Simon Green) anticipates a summer full of DJ sets with 'Linked', a club ready slow burner that is as atmospheric as any of his previous work. It follows 2017's Migration and 2019's fabric Presents compilation. Green is also responsible for the incredible photograph on the sleeve. It's a beautiful world isn't it?
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Corre
Rituals

Sharing musical DNA with the likes of Nils Frahm and the dreamier, more ambient end of Jon Hopkins’ work, Bristol duo Corre is an audio-visual project courtesy of photographer Hattie Ellis and producer Henry Green. Latest album Rituals comes paired with a short film, and is a compelling exploration in warm, minimalist electronica. 
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JAB
Erg Herbe

NYC school minimalism meets New Age ambient on the latest Shelter Press offering from Brooklyn artist JAB aka John Also Bennett. The name JAB may well be familiar from the CV & JAB ‘Thoughts Of A Dot As It Travels A Surface’ record, also released by this fine label. Bennett employs various types of flutes and synthesis techniques as well as just intonation to create a blissful work or tranquil and often delightful avant-ambient.
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Jessica Bailiff
Hour Of The Trace

Jessica Bailiff’s second LP Hour Of The Trace was one of Kranky’s early triumphs. Emerging in 1999, this record blends a few variant strains bubbling up in the contemporaneous international underground. Spiritualized’s bliss-rock vistas, Stars Of The Lid’s thousand-yard ambiences, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billie’s acoustic balladry and Animal Collective’s freaksy folksy style all exert pressure on Hour Of The Trace. An enigmatic and excellent album.
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Eno
Another Green World

Another Green World is Brian Eno's third solo album and marks the beginning of his move from rock-based compositions to the ambient work he pursued in the late '70s. It contains some of his best known tracks such as St Elmo's Fire and the beautiful title track and is notable for guest spots from Robert Fripp, John Cale and Phil Collins. 
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Frame
The Journey

FRAME, a project by Andrea Benedetti and Eugenio Vatta are all about the particular atmosphere of a movie theatre, and have since 1992 been creating powerfully evocative soundscapes to that effect for audiences. Here in front of us we have the FRAME sound distilled into album form. The Journey is released by Glacial Movements.
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ANN
Certain Colors

ANN is a musical project and not just one lady called Ann. The mysterious makers behind the project are experimental in their approach, allowing allsorts into the mix from minimal techno, elements of jazz, drone, dub and even their mistakes. 'Certain Colours' is a project interested in experimentation and embracing the mistakes we make.
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Albrecht La'Brooy
Healesville

Albrecht La’Brooy is Australian electronic duo Sean La’Brooy and Alex Albrecht. Their new album of improvised gentle ambient sounds, Healesville, was recorded in a mud brick hut among a field of growing strawberries in Melbourne. The hut provided acoustically warm environment for the pair to make their music. At times, you can hear tractors and strawberry pickers talking on the recordings.  

Ami Dang
Parted Plains

Baltimore’s Ami Dang takes us on a futuristic new age odyssey with her new LP Parted Plains. This record fuses psychedelic ambiences, Dang’s highly expressive sitar playing and folktales from both the Middle East and South Asia. The resulting record is a hazy and highly evocative listen that evokes Laraaji, Mary Lattimore, High Places and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
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Ariel Kalma
Nuits Blanches au Studio 116

Another hard-to-hear great from the world of INA GRM. Ariel Kalma developed an excellent electroacoustic set-up to augment his saxophone circular breathing with long tape-loops and richly-textured electronics. Nuits Blanches au Studio 116 brings us some unreleased material from deep within Kalma’s personal archives: hell yeah! On Transversales Disques.
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K. Leimer
Irrational Overcast

Press release that mentions Trump alert! Irrational Overcast sees K. Leimer in a remarkably solemn mood, as he tried to unpack the wave of authoritarianism that has found its way into the US politics. The result is lo-fi and noisy, as though Leimer himself is struggling to keep him and his thoughts together. On First Terrace.
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David Holmes
The Holy Pictures

David Holmes’ 2008 LP The Holy Pictures receives its first vinyl pressing courtesy of 3 Loop Music. ‘I Heard Wonders’ is the hit - you’ll recognise it from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics - but there’s so much more to this record. The Northern Irish singer-songwriter crams everything from Motorik Krautrock to The Jesus And Mary Chain to hauntological drone into this dense, powerful paean to his hometown of Belfast.

Nightmares On Wax
Carboot Soul

Nightmares On Wax provided the constant chill vibes for Warp Records back in the day, and 'Carboot Soul' kept a steady hand on proceedings, melding together trip-hop sounds with the same old jazz affections and haze of 'Smoker's Delight'. It's being reissued with all its siblings as part of the N.O.W. Is The Time Campaign, which will hopefully immortalise this smooth type of easy listening. 
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Watine
MAISON GEOMETRIES feat. Watine

Originally released earlier in 2019, Maison Geometries feat. Watine is the result of French musician Watine asking fellow musicians to remix and generally tinker with her original work. With the likes of Richard Adams, Christian Quermalet and Sébastien Paindestre at the controls, it plays as an uninterrupted sequence. 
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Spheruleus
Light Through Open Blinds

Lost Tribe Sound is a great little label of passionate musos who genuinely love all of the music they put out. Light Through Open Blinds, the latest LP from Lincolnshire’s Spheruleus (Harry Towell), is an easy record to get behind - you can see why the people at LTS went for this thing. This is quixotic, charming and folksy electronica that’ll have you thinking of Animal Collective’s Sung Tongs.
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øjeRum
Alting Falder I Samme Rum

Intriguing sounds from Copenhagen, brought into being by øjeRum. Alting Falder I Samme Rum is a spacious listen that carefully choses a few elements (synth loops, pad drones, reverbs etc.) and lets them play out against each other for a good while, with strong and calming results. Released by Sound In Silence.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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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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Sweeney
Human, Insignificant

Australian artist Jason Sweeney, recording under his own name after two decades of releases under various monikers, presents a short 26-minute album about vulnerability titled Human, Insignificant. It’s constructed around Sweeney’s cracked vocals, brittle piano melodies and layers of orchestral instruments and field recordings. 
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Morning Myth
Glass Sky

Morning Myth are cosy folk-pop duo hailing from the south coast. They take their influences from Nick Drake, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell. Singer Aimee Herbert-Smith’s voice has been likened to all sorts of fabulous singers from Linda Perhacs to Cocteau Twins’ chanteuse Liz Fraser. Glass Sky is their debut album. Self-released.

Cigarettes After Sex
Affection

Cigarettes After Sex have made a big splash in 2017. Despite the dodgy name, the music is great. Affection, the El Paso, Texas band’s debut single, finally gets a physical release on 7” after previously only being available as a download. Buy this and discover where it all began for the ambient pop maestros.

Martina Lussi
Diffusion Is A Force

Martina Lussi is a sound artist who currently calls Switzerland home. Diffusion is a Force is inspired by the way in which everything changes so quickly and seems to work differently these days from politics to music consumption. The album is comprised of field recordings, electronically manipulated live instruments and synths. It is the follow up to her Hallow Ground debut Selected Ambient. LP on Latency.

Jonny Nash
Make A Wilderness

Jonny Nash has been going full ambient for some time now, but he really goes all in on this third solo album, Make A Wilderness. A slow pace, a mixture of distant synth swells, subtle strings, and glockenspiel etc. percussion make for a thoughtful and compelling suite. Make A Wilderness is released by Music From Memory.

Death And Vanilla
Death And Vanilla

The year was 2012 when we first got offered copies of this, the first album from Death and Vanilla. It was a Normans favourite but like all good things disappeared very quickly. Fire Records have since helped take the band to new levels of popularity by unleashing the band's second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' and now that they are playing enormo-dromes have kindly re-issued their earlier hard-to-find work including this album that according to his review seemed to cause Phil immense personal hygiene problems on first listening.  

Wilson Tanner
II

Wilson Tanner, who lets remember are two men rather than one, present an electronic album entirely recorded on a boat (a 1950’s boat no less). I’m sure I saw a satirical tweet along similar lines recently… Anyhow, whether or not you can hear the sea air in the filter sweeps, II delivers lots of richly-textured synth fun. On Efficient Space.

Several Wives
Göldi Fell

Mancunian label Gizeh (Loscil, Tomorrow We Sail) drop Göldi Fell, an LP by the experimental drone act Several Wives. This is a highly unsettling blend of horror movie sound effects, empty-warehouse atmospherics, electro-acoustic techniques and warped chamber strings. Think Muslimgauze composing for a film from the Saw franchise.
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Pauline Anna Strom
Trans-Millenia Music

The last few years have seen the rediscovery of a lot of music that had been unjustly neglected due to association with the New Age tag. The work of Pauline Anna Strom is a prime example: though driven by highly subjective cosmic concepts, her ambient but melodic music transcends crystals’n’yoga cliché. Losing her sight in childhood didn’t prevent her digging deep into the arcane complexities of synths such as the Yamaha DX7. Hers is a verdant, varied and exploratory soundworld, and her compositions display meticulousness and rigour. This double LP (or single CD) comp is drawn from a trio of 80s albums. Recommended for fans of Suzanne Ciani, Popol Vuh and Klaus Schulze.
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Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree
Live In London

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

My word how often did I listen to that last Synkro album Changes? Too many times. One of the nicest tracks on it was one of the most ambient so it's encouraging to see him veer into more ambient territories for this new LP. Like many Joe McBride has become immersed in vintage synths and explores them fully here. Could be a good one this. 

Carmen Villain
Both Lines Will Be Blue

Carmen Villain’s long and fruitful relationship with Smalltown Supersound spawns a third LP. On Both Lines Will Be Blue - the follow-up to the buzz-building Infinite Avenue - the Norwegian-Mexican artist delivers another set of peyote-hazed, fourth world psychedelia. New age, kosmische, dub and ambient music are all wrapped up in these languorous electronic compositions. The final results recall Inga Copeland.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

SK U KNO (Suzanne Kraft)
U KNO

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

A new Ekin Fil, this time on Sweden’s Possible Motive. Throughout 32 minutes and eight songs, Ekin Üzeltüzenci laces sodden, pensive guitar and electronics with reverberating vocal layers. While bound to awaken comparisons with the likes of Grouper, it’s clearly produced by different means. The mournful, uneasy procession of ‘Stay Severed’ is a brilliant highlight.
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SK U KNO (Suzanne Kraft)
NUMERO U KNO

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

A double-LP memorialising the great Roger Oumaou, the Guadaloupe-born avant-jazz musician who passed away in 2018, Vwayajé collects the best of the three albums he recorded with Gwakasonné in the Eighties - Gwakasonné, Temwen, and Moun. Their music was a hypnotic blend of American jazz styles and sounds from Guadaloupe itself. 

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. 
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Line Spectrum
Bruma

Line Spectrum is the latest boundary-pushing sonic exploration project from Ukranian, Oleg Puzan. Bruma is slowly evolving minimalism - so minimal in places that there are silent passages - that encapsulates field recordings and manipulated sounds. This will take you to a place where nature and tranquility are one and the same. Puzan has also released records as Dronny Darko via Cryo Chamber.
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Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 6 (The Final DAT)

The Dark Side Of The Moog series of albums by Klaus Schultz and Pete Namlook took Pink Floyd songs and reworked them for the Moog synthesizer. Vol. 6 - The Final DAT from 1997 is their version of the title track from the band’s 1983 album, The Final Cut. Schultz has a recording career that stretches back to 1969, including a stint in Tangerine Dream. Namlook was an important figure in electronic music until his untimely death in 2012.

Windy & Carl
We Will Always Be

Will Always Be is the thirteenth album by Michigan ambien/drone duo, Windy & Carl. Formed in 1993, the pair take their influences from 4AD bands of the ‘80s. Their guitar-based ambience is heavily influenced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Windy & Carl in turn have gone on the be an influential act with bands such as Landing, White Rainbow and Growing citing their music as inspirational.

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!
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Kayla Guthrie
Falling Star

Katie Guthrie floats over deep beats that sound like they might be lost Bowery Electric tracks with a pinch of Julia Holter. Each of Falling Star’s tracks creates its own universe, but the title track is probably our favorite: an ethereal 8-minute journey, grappling for sure footing but never quite finding it.

AVA
Waves

AVA are a duo made up of TV and Movie composer, Aisling Bouwer and Royal Ballet Composer and session musician, Anna Phoebe. The pair are both classically trained but come together on Waves to create ambient soundscapes. Their music schooling is not wasted here though, as they show the piano and violin as two delicate and intricately intertwining instruments.
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Ian William Craig
Meaning Turns To Whispers

Norman fave Ian William Craig is back again with a reissue of his earliest, piano-based album: not in a straightforward way though. While the improvised melodies he plays have that pristine neo-classical Frahm-esque beauty to them, Craig has tweaked, looped and manipulated the source piano via tape, creating some totally different textures. Mmmmmm. Meaning Turns To Whispers is limited to 500 LP copies, on Aguirre.

Aidan Baker / Faith Coloccia / John Mueller
See Through

See Through is the product of a three-way collaboration between Aidan Baker (of post-metal band Nadja), experimental rock drummer Jon Mueller and Mamiffer member Faith Coloccia. As you’d expect, mammoth, hypnotic arrangements of drum machines and electric guitars blend into each other. Released by Gizeh.
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Yutaka Hirose
Nova + 4

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

Two sets of Secret Pyramid material from 2011 and 2016, initially released only on cassette but now reissued together on vinyl by Gailur. Distant Works I and II are minimal and warmly treated, with powerfully atmospheric drones and tape-mangled miniatures alike. Great stuff, good to see both volumes available in the same handsome package.
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The Lilac Time
Prussian Blue

The Lilac Time are a long-running group who have left it a leisurely eight years since their last album was released. No Sad Songs broke that streak, and went down very well, and now Prussian Blue rounds it all out with an alternate mix of its title track (from that album) and new versions of a number of old favourites. 12” on Tapete.
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Laraaji & Lyghte
Celestial Realms

Dusted off from the heady days of 1986, here is a reissue of a New Age cassette by the legend Laraaji, collaborating here with Lyghte (aka Jonathan Goldman). Heavy but luscious long slabs of ambience, with bells, zither and guitar emerging and folding into the synthesised soup. Celestial Realms is reissued by Morning Trip.
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Fake Laugh
Honesty / Surrounded

We loved his debut self titled album from last year which promised a new talent who could get close to the classic 80s indie songwriters like Roddy Frame or Paddy McAloon. Kamran Khan has the sort of talent that it's hard to bottle  - a fluid melodicism that makes his dream pop glide above everything else in the genre.  

Ben Chatwin
Drone Signals

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

Portico Quartet
Untitled (AITAOA #2)

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

Francesco Giannico
Les Mondes Imaginaires

Italian sound artist Francesco Giannico returns to Time Released Sound with another LP of tender ambient compositions. Les Mondes Imaginaires contains that kind of blissed-out folktronica that dissolves into a pleasant warmth as soon as it hits your ears. It’s a lovely record that befits lovely packaging, and in Time Released Sound’s handmade editions it has got just that.
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Pablo's Eye
Spring Break

Belgium’s STROOM.tv have proved themselves a natty little label over the past couple of years. Their run of unearthing some leftfield electronica gems continues with a release from long-running experimental ambient project Pablo’s Eye. Spring Break compiles eight tracks from down the years, some of which date back to the 90s. This is curious music, evasive yet inviting in a manner which recalls Hype Williams.
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Chocolate Hills
A Pail of Air

Mmm….Chocolate Hills, as Homer Simpson would probably say. These Chocolate Hills are an ambient music duo consisting of Paul Conboy whose other projects include Metamono, Corker Conboy and APE and Alex Paterson from The Orb. The pair hit it off when they met in Australia and realised their musical ambitions matched. Pail Of Air is their debut album.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

bvdub
Explosions In Slow Motion

Bvdub’s drones and ambient work always remind us of large floating cloud ships, constantly billowing and developing. Sometimes it works well, sometimes it’s a bit too much for our tastes, and it’s hard to say on which side Explosions in Slow Motion will turn out to be. Expect large pads, huge soundscapes, and melancholy piano loops. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

David August
David August x Ron Trent x Rafael Anton Irisarri

David August surrenders two tracks from his D’Angelo album to a pair of very different producers, in order to see what very different results they hand back to him. Ron Trent works sweet house magic, as we knew he would, while Rafael Anton Irisarri takes the ‘Deconstruction’ part seriously, rendering the ‘Florence’ track into something cinematic and droning all of its own. EP on 99CHANTS.

Private Agenda
Île de Rêve

Debut album from London/Berlin-based duo Private Agenda. After putting out a string of EPs on various different imprints, like Lo Recordings and International Feel, Île de Rêve takes its inspiration from a utopian version of island life. More centred on instruments than lyrics, the album is an immersive Balearic-infused daydream from start to finish. CD release includes tracks from the group’s most recent EP Aura.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Kevin Richard Martin
Sirens

Kevin Richard Martin is of course the man behind Techno Animal, God, King Midas Sound and of course The Bug. This strike out under his own name is the debut on wax of a new work which was made to document the feelings Kevin had around the delivery, receipt and early days of his first child. The record is therefore tumultuous, emotional and at times heartbreaking. Lawrence English realises a long held dream by releasing it on his Room40 label.   

Massive Attack
Heligoland

This was the fifth album from the masters of trip hop and as usual contains an array of guests including Horace Andy (natch), Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval and..well...  Guy Garvey. You can't get all your decisions correct I suppose but this is an overlooked album by these experts of dark beats and now has been re-issued on double LP. 
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Rob Burger
The Grid

An understudy and collaborator with jazz and avant-garde legends going as far back as Max Roach and Laurie Anderson, and then immersing himself in session and soundtrack work, Rob Burger is one of the most consistently undervalued figures in music over the last quarter of a century. The Grid is his latest solo album. 

Young Marco
Bahasa

Did you know that Young Marco has Indonesian heritage? Us neither. In 2014 the Safe Trip boss travelled to the country at the behest of Island Of The Gods (Black Merlin, Jonny Nash) to explore his roots. While there he made some field recordings that he then brought back to his Amsterdam studio and fused with hypnagogic synthscapes. The result is Bahasa, an LP of dreamy new age ambiences.

Brian Eno
Ambient 1: Music For Airports

Groundbreaking stuff here from Brian Eno. Ambient 1: Music For Airports was released in 1978 and marks the first time when the word ‘ambient’ was used in connection with this kind of music. Eno made the album by layering tape loops. His intention was to make a soundscape that would cut through anxieties and tension in an airport. Half-speed master. Cut at 45 rpm on heavyweight vinyl.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cool Maritime
Sharing Waves

At last! a record you really can judge by its cover. Sharing Waves by Cool Maritime features electronic compositions inspired by the great outdoors. The Los Angeles based producer took the adventurous and expansive aspects being alone in the wild to inform his music. If you like Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Brian Eno or Kraftwerk you should probably give this a whirl. LP on Leaving Records.

Various
Pop Ambient 2015

The latest in the hopefully never ending series of Pop Ambient compilations from the good people at Kompakt. Does what it says on the tin really but each one is unique and with a different feel or flow. This one features new and exclusive stuff from Thore Pfeiffer, Dirk Leyers, Gregor Schwellenbach,  Leandro Fresco, Max Würden, Ulf Lohmann and the prolific Bvdub. 

Jim Wilson
God's Chorus

In 1992, David Carson and The Little Wolf Band released Medicine Songs, an album of atmospheric New Age folk and spoken-word songs. For the closer, Carson’s nephew (and the album's producer & keyboardist) Jim Wilson recorded crickets chirping in the backyard one night, then duplicated the recording and slowed one layer down by several octaves. Perhaps surprisingly, the result is a melodic, ghostly choral sound. The isolated recording has been on SoundCloud for six years and streamed a thousand billion times; enter Jonny Trunk to bring us a vinyl version at last. Cover illustration by young Cornish artist Bess Kirby.

Merdh Laleh
Water For Your Eyes

Water For Your Eyes is a record of fragile beauty from ambient composer/sound artist Merdh Laleh (Valdemar Kragelund). The project’s debut LP, Water For Your Eyes sees the kind of beatific ambiences we tend to associate with Brian Eno being subsumed by the hissing fauna of Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement or crackling distortion of bvdub. In the end this thing is not dissimilar to Fennesz. Lovely album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Mike Cooper
Tropical Gothic

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

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.

Matthew Shaw
Among The Never Setting Stars

I know I'm guilty of the very bad habit of drawing too much from a song or album's title when I write about it. Luckily for me the titles of Matthew Shaw's Among The Setting Stars provided the jumping off point from which Shaw created this selection of trippy and pastoral droning ambience. On Blackest Rainbow.

Earthen Sea
Grass and Trees

Jacob Long - a man also known as Earthen Sea and someone who looks like Warren Ellis if he’d started out on synths instead of fiddles - returns to Kranky with new LP Grass And Trees. Long states that his aim with these compositions was to simplify and declutter his practice, and that sense of order really benefits this record. The tracks of Grass And Trees pull back from dub techno until only the ambiences remain, kind of like early Nicolas Jaar with even fewer beats.

The Orb
Cow / Chill Out, World!

Following the success of 2015’s Moonbuilding 2703 AD, The Orb return with their 14th studio album, Cow / Chill Out, World! Known for their genre-bending abilities and being equally comfortable with an experimental take on sound as they are with club-friendly beats, The Orb’s latest effort is an attempt at an ambient record.  
  • Vinyl LP (Kompakt354)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

The Quiet Temple
The Last Opium Den (On Earth)

Lead single from The Quiet Temple’s forthcoming debut album. Duke Garwood and Soulsavers’ Richard Machin’s merry band of players, made up of an ever-changing collection of musicians like Julian Cope, Spiritualized and Stereolab, prioritise improvisation to synthesise the underground sleaze of the world’s last opium den.

GAS
Königsforst

Warm on the heels of last November’s Zauberberg reissue, it’s the equally welcome Königsforst. Following on from its predecessor, it has all the fundamentals of the signature Gas sound: thickets of grainy, slowed-down strings and brass ushered along by mucky, throbbing kicks into lush forested reveries.

Panoptique Electrical
Quiet Ecology

Australian composer Panoptique Electrical (one Jason Sweeney) elists cellist Zoë Barry to accompany some of his gentle trips across the ivories for this limited Sound in Silence release. Inspired by his search for quiet spaces in several cities down under, Sweeney & Barry mirror the peacefulness of these few spots of respite. They do so, however, not without an obvious touch of mournful disdain for the ceaseless noise of civilisation.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Amp
Entangled Time

Entangled Time is the new and 19th album by electronic/post rock/space rock duo, Amp. It’s their first full-length studio album since Outposts in 2011. Since their inception in 1992 the duo have collaborated with a whole host of people including David Pearce of Flying Saucer Attack, Matt Elliott of Third Eye Foundation and Julian Cope collaborator Donald Ross Skinner. CD, limited to 200 hand made, hand numbered copies.
  • Artist(s):
  • Amp

Western Edges
Prowess

Listen up, Normanites, this is something you’ll want to hear: Western Edges is the new project from Richard Adams of Hood, The Declining Winter, and Memory Drawings. Prowess, the project's debut, sees him exploring the world of ambient and electronic music and is comparable to bvdub, Aphex Twin and the beatless bits of Boards of Canada. It also soundtracks the area around Saltaire...and we love Saltaire here at Normans!  It is his third release on Sound Is Silence following two albums in 2015 by The Declining Winter and Great Panoptique Winter. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

HIN
Warmer Weather EP

Making its debut on the Sound In Silence imprint, HIN is a coming together of two childhood friends who’ve each found their own successes in different bands. Jerome Alexander (of Message To Bears) and Justin Lee Radford (of the Kids And The Cosmos) explore dreamy ambient electronica on their EP Warmer Weather.
  • Artist(s):
  • HIN
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail
Borders

Two of Derry/Londonderry’s brightest and most talented musicians over the last five years eventually meet on Borders. Eoin O’Callaghan (a.k.a. Elma Orkestra) and Ryan Vail unite contemporary classical and cutting-edge electronica music on this thrilling set of compositions that urge togetherness in a divided world. 

Kira Kira
UNA

For UNA, Icelandic producer Kira Kira draws inspiration from her decade-long practice of meditation and yoga to create six mantras to spark the listener’s imagination. The sparse instrumentation and occasional vocal chants create a vast sonic space for personal reflection, relaxation and peace: the musical equivalent of a warm bath.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Eluvium
Pianoworks

Pianoworks is one of those things that belies a deeply depressing message, the loss of childhood wonder and joy, with deeply beautiful and moving music. It is an album that was apparently 'recorded, re-recorded, and re-re-recorded in the span of nearly a decade', in Eluvium's quest for the perfect sound. Opener 'Recital' is meant to mimic just that, the recital of a piece of music. It does so in such a way that conveys the adherence to form and technique, but never loses a sense of magic from the simple act of playing piano. It is, as the press release states, 'uncomplicated as it is uncompromised'.

Cigarettes After Sex
EP I

Cigarettes After Sex are gearing themselves up for the release of their debut full-length album this year, and what better way to prepare than by reassessing older material? EP 1 was originally released in 2012, setting the tone for the band’s lusciously dark ambient pop sound. Reissued on vinyl, CD and cassette tape by the Spanish Prayers label.

Radare
Der Endless Dream

Radare’s 'Der Endless Dream' is all saloon bar menace, with its twanging guitar, halting drums, and droning organ. The German group have a tremendous sense of style and appreciation for high drama. It’s a cliche but this is music fit for soundtracks, and it’s all too telling that Twin Peaks is referenced as you easily imagine this blared out of the roadhouse speakers.

Josephine Wiggs
We Fall

Josephine Wiggs, most famously of wonderful Boston band The Breeders, has released a few albums under different guises over the years. She has never let genre prevent her from doing what she wants. We Fall, her latest album, is no exception. She takes influences from Eno’s Another Green World, Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Harold Budd. LP and CD on Sound Of Sinners.

Microdeform
Under Observation

Bristolian artist Microdeform drops a hyper-limited run of his new LP Under Observation. The one born Liam McConaghy makes fervid, moody ambient-noise tracks that sometimes stumble onto pastures of great beauty. Imagine a cheerier Prurient … or maybe a less angsty bvdub? There is also some Caretaker-aping tape degredation to entries like ‘Ybycuì’.

Dag Rosenqvist
Blood Transmission

Blood Transmission comes from the incredibly prolific Dag Rosenqvist. The album is a droning terror.  Tracks start out quiet (but always sinister) and end at ear shredding intensity (that is still... incredibly sinister). Music so rarely manages to capture the feeling of dread like this. On Hidden Vibes.

Erik Wøllo
Sources (Early Works 1986-1992)

Smalltown Supersound drop a collection of previously unreleased works from Nordic ambient pioneer Erik Wøllo. The tracks that make up Sources (Early Works 1986-1992) have their genesis in the sessions surrounding Wøllo’s mid-80’s trio of Dreams Of Pyramids, Traces and Silver Beach. Anyone familiar with those LPs will already know of Wøllo’s woozy synth stylings, part-Eno and part-Schulze. Artists such as Boards Of Canada and Prins Thomas owe Wøllo a debt.

Paco Sala
Our Love Is The Gold

Third studio album from dreamy synth-pop duo Paco Sala. Our Love Is The Gold the pair are not afraid to assert themselves and play to their strengths. As on past album the synth sounds are to die for and the vocal performance is heartbreaking and intense. Above all else they are not afraid to be themselves, relishing in their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. 

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.

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

Helios
Veriditas

Keith Kenniff returns under his Helios alias to bestow upon us a new album of ambient electronica. His modus operandi -- to work quietly, in the suburbs in the dead of night -- is reflected in the simple, serene calm of his music. It's a method that has served Kenniff well over the last decade or so of production; unhurried, using just the one mini-cassette tape machine for recording. Kenniff subscribes to Hildegard von Bingen's belief in "the greening power of the divine," and it shows in his soothing and centring work. Veriditas is a CD / LP on Ghostly.
  • 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.

Brian Eno
Discreet Music

Early solo Brian Eno material from 1975, originally issued through Eno’s legendary Obscure Records. Side A is the real Discreet Music, one of his very first self-defined ‘ambient’ works, recorded with an EMS Synthi AKS and tape loops (mmmm, yum). Side B involves messing around with Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major, with pleasing results. Virgin reissue.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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