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Earthen Sea
An Act Of Love

Earthen Sea is the solo project of Jacob Long, also of the punkish outfit Mi Amo. The music he makes as Earthen Sea however is fairly different, being a form of dub techno that leans so far into ambient music that at times you can just forget about the dancefloor. Big wam sweeps...view item »

Circular Ruins
The Thorned Maze

Hazy electronics from Berlin resident Marijn Degenaar, operating under the rather Borgesian name Circular Ruins. The Thorned Maze builds elaborate and spacey synth structures that tend towards darkness, and then leaves the listener to wonder around within them, with captivating results....view item »

Atlantic Coral
Bubble

This is mysterious little 3" CD is comprised of a single 17-minute track of lovely swirling ambient synth tones from Atlantic Coral, with very occasional, very sparse bass. It's all very cosmic and blissful. It's making our Business Lady feel better about herself, maybe it'll do the same for yours?...view item »

Rudi Arapahoe
Double Bind

I’m not familiar with this Rudi Arapahoe feller but Phil assures me he’s very good and rarely puts anything out, so I’m intrigued. On this little CD here (part of Hibernate’s excellent 3” CD postcard series) he gets together with five friends, inclu...view item »

Leonardo Rosado
Studies On Solitude

These Twisted Treeline 3" CDrs are coming thick and fast, with this week's offering from Leonardo Rosado who also records as Subterminal. The title here probably gives the game away somewhat as to what the overall mood is here. Yeah, you guessed it's pret...view item »

Koda
Movements

Infraction have repressed a small amount of the Movements CD by Koda which was one of their earlier releases. It's not one I've heard until now so I thought I'd write a few words on it. From start to end this album is totally beautiful. If you're into ambience and drone music then this is heartily recommended. I'm not sure what the music has bee...view item »

Rare Form
Six Months in Hiding

This lavish release from Californian duo Rare Form features seven lengthy pieces that draw from drone, post-rock, noise music and witchy ambience. The alternation between wall-of-sound screeching and amber-suspended synths is particularly striking on twenty-minute centrepiece ‘The Road To Awe’. Both of the vinyl...view item »

Simon Whetham
Is the Water Supposed to be This Blue?

Here’s a smashing little mini CD on the Rural Colours label by Simon Whetham. Usually Simon deals in field recordings and art installations but this release sees him creating a piece of music created with an old guitar he owned as a teenager. It’s a splendid sound he’s happened upon with the guitar almost chiming like a piano i...view item »

Pun Collins
Lunar Influence

Pun Collins traverses the murky outlands of post-genre dance music and future soul on Lunar Influence, a shifting, patient electronic opus. This cinematic, twilit journey is thick with atmosphere, deftly swapping rhythms with minimal effort and suspending lush instrumentation in a weightless tension....view item »

Prins Emanuel
Arbete / Fritid

Work and leisure; seldom shall the twain meet. It’s the great, arbitrary binary of modernity, as well as a core theme of this debut LP by Prins Emanuel of Sweden. His Royal Highness has quite the knack for funky, exotic house music, and a soft touch with his shuffling production. He’s fibbing about the ‘work&rs...view item »

Tourist Kid
Crude Tracer

Aussie upstart Tourist Kid is here with his first release for Melody As Truth, a stuttering digital romp that takes in serene, glassy ambience, delicate piano and fetishistic instrumentation. It's a beautiful record; spacious, nuanced and heart-wrenching, complete with broken vocals and plaintive, delicate pulses. ...view item »

Peter Power & Friends
Awake Into Life

Not perma grinning 70s DJ Peter Powell but Peter Power who unlike Peter Powell is a cosmic voyager who has resided in Ireland Germany and now Brazil. His mixes are eclectic, ritualistic with a dream-like spirituality that reflects his restless activity as a producer. This one is limited to 300 hand numbered copies.    ...view item »

Nick Kuepfer
Rural Route 7

Number 7 in the series is here and if you're not familiar, the previous releases have been by Damien Valles, Machinefabriek, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Gentlemen Losers and more folks! Lovely little things they are as well and they include download codes which is good for you mac loving types who struggle with 3" CD's. The series has largely been drone ba...view item »

Devon Loch
Sleep Scale

Minimalistic organs and piano mixed in acoustic collages. Slightly dissonant and distractedly meandering. Sleep Scale is hypnotizing, somnambulant almost. The debut by Devon Loch, joined here by Ela Orleans and Best Available Technology, sounds like the demented memoirs of pure energy. ...view item »

Zinovia Arvanitidi
Ivory

Once part of Pill-oh but now a single human entity, Zinovia Arvanitidi details a solo record for Kitchen that goes sparse for the emotional overdrive. It's a record of piano on its ones, showing her ability at creating diffuse environments from minimalist frameworks. A lovely, panoramic sound come...view item »

Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Stare

This is a dream pairing for you neo classical types. The Laurel & Hardy of all things neo classical come together for a very special limited release just for record store day. You should read the (very long...) press release for this. It's a fascinating story of veggie pizza, falafel a...view item »

Night Foundation
Memory Bells

Lobster Sleep Sequence’s first release, a record by Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet was universally appreciated by our team and had us all set aside our differences and unite in a huge ambient group hug. Therefore, we’ve been waiting wit...view item »

Ian MacFarlane
Planetarium

Shhh... it's private press. Have some respect. This much unknown ambient synth record was made by Cybotron maverick Ian MacFarlane, whose music may once have been a little weird to most ears. An experimentalist with conspiracies and surrealisms in his head, he envisioned Pla...view item »

Express Rising
Fixed Rope II

Express Rising, here expanded beyond Dante Carfagna into a trio, go deep into ambient territory with their instrumental music on Fixed Rope II. The instruments and melodies remain clearly distinguishable, but they are draped in reverb and mystery, perfect for those in-between moods. Fixed Rope II...view item »

Hellvete
Droomharmonium

Everyone loves a good bit of harmonium right? Glen Steenkiste, a player with psych band Sylvester Anfang II, certainly does, as he has dedicated his solo project Hellvete...view item »

Luke Howard
Open Heart Story

An LP that thinks an awful lot of itself from Australian composer Luke Howard here. Open Heart Story is one of those ‘contemporary classical’ records that is basically just Adele without singing and drums. Titles like ‘In Metaphor, Solace’, ‘Elysian Fields’ and &lsquo...view item »

Rafael Toral
Sound Mind Sound Body

Early work from Portuguese sound-worker Rafael Toral. Sound Mind Sound Body is composed almost entirely out of guitar sounds, though the processes Toral has used in the devising and processing of the work have smoothed out the instrument almost completely, into a rich, ever-stretching plane of ambient d...view item »

Tony Buck
Unearth

It's been fifteen long years since we last heard solo work from Tony Buck. Having spent a long time working as the clairvoyant drummer in improvisational noise trio the Necks, it may be a surprise to many that he has strong compositional chops. The appropriately titled Unearth reveal...view item »

Good Weather For An Airstrike
Little Steps

Good Weather For An Airstrike. Good name for a band? That’s the real question. Little Steps is the Winchester group’s ninth album since the band formed in 2009. The group was made to make relaxing music to alleviate group...view item »

Dustin Wong + Takako Minekawa + Good Willsmith
Exit Future Heart

I for one am extremely excited about this. Dustin Wong is the guitar knotter and looper known, in addition to his past service in noise rock band Ponytail, for making majestic records out of simple, riffed ideas. The ecstasy of his music will here be paired with noise pranksters Good Wills...view item »

Exquisite Russian Brides
Overflow Variations

Here’s that good stuff for you, fresh and direct from Copenhagen (no, not Russia). Exquisite Russian Brides is Marc Kellaway (also of Boy On Boy and Distortion Girls), utilising his collection of old synths, drum machines and tapes in order to create great grey slabs of at...view item »

Bipolar Explorer
Sometimes In Dreams

Bipolar Explorer is the cheerily-named project of NYC dynamic duo Summer Serafin and Michael Serafin-Wells. As ever on Slugg Records, Sometimes in Dreams is their seventh album - and they made this one a double. The pair specialise in shoegazy dream-rock, blending sung lyrics with poetr...view item »

Malena Zavala
Aliso

Slow, warm and bittersweet dream pop ditties are the stuff of Argentina-born, Britain-raised Malena Zavala’s debut album, and she writes, performs and produces them very well. There’s a very gentle mix of roots rock, Latin and singer-songwriter styles at work here, rendered in fuzzy, lo-fi production...view item »

Rachel Grimes
The Doctor from India (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Ah always good to hear from the lovely Rachel Grimes of Rachel's pottering about. Here she makes a soundscape/soundtrack for this documentary about a holistic health pioneer. She uses (as always) her signature piano but also adds in violin, harp, saxophone, and strings all bound up in ambient soundscapes. ...view item »

Kali Malone
Cast Of Mind

Drones for synthesiser and woodwind. The lazy thing to do would be to compare Cast of Mind to Ellen Arkbro's excellent For Brass and Organ. But I am lazy, so I will. Where Arkbro focussed on the analogue Kali Malone, juxtaposes it with the digital, allowing f...view item »

Celer
I Love You So Much I Can't Even Title This

Celer created I Love You So Much I Can’t Even Title This in 2008, using both analogue (tape) and digital (laptop) processing to utterly transform original sounds and samples of Samuel Barber’s compositions alike. Distant-...view item »

The Chi Factory
The Kallikatsou Recordings

The name The Chi Factory suggests an industrial production line for music, but in fact, all the work done on The Kallikatsou Recordings took part in a remote cave. The two side-long suites presented here are deep, droning soundscapes that bear the weight of their age (this project has been active since 1983) beautifully...view item »

Michal Turtle
Return To Jeka

Dutch imprint Music From Memory gather eight tracks from the archives of Michal Turtle. 'Return To Jeka' is the label's third release in collaboration with the English artist. Previously, they raided his tapes for the 'Are You Psychic?' EP and 'Phantoms Of Dreamland' 2LP. Like those records, this rewinds back to the 80s and feat...view item »

Fabio Orsi | Alessandra Guttagliere
Giardino Forico n° 1 - Napoli

Extremely enticing visual and sound art project from Italian electroacoustician Fabio Orsi and Italian photographer and poet Alessandra Guttagliere. Giardino Forico no 1 - Napoli would appear to be an attempt to represent a place (the city of Naples) through a layered blend of field recordings and sound...view item »

Steve Roach
Dreamtime Return

Steve Roach’s 1988 ethno-ambient release Dreamtime Return hits the thirty-year mark and gets the anniversary remaster treatment. Combining appropriated references to Aboriginal Australian folklore and spirituality with his own creativity with electronic instruments, the album is a canonical masterpiece of New Age ...view item »

SEIROM
1973

Ambient, transcendent sounds from a man usually known for his lack metal. SEIROM is M.C. De Jong, and his work on this double album stands opposite his work like Gnaw Their Tongues, not as its direct opponent but approaching similar themes from alternative ends of the spectrum. Metal percussion meets celestial strings. CD and vi...view item »

Sign Libra
Closer To The Equator

Ahh, Libras. Passionate. Gentle. Loving. Into ballet. At least, this particular Libra is. Sign Libra is an alias of Latvian composer Agata Melnikova, and Closer To The Equator is a concept-heavy EP of music initially composed for a ballet at the Latvian National Opera. It draws on the sound world of BBC...view item »

Lieven Martens Moana
Idylls

Idylls is the new album from sound art collagist and composer Lieven Martens Moana. Following its namesake it is presented as audio prose, composed using field recordings and minimal instrumentation and channelling the experiences of Robert Louis Stevenson. Recorded over a few years between Antwerp and Tokashikijima. Li...view item »

glacis
The World Is A Little Lonelier Without You

Originally only available as a CD via Facture Records, this moving LP from Euan Alexander Millar-McMeeken aka glacis has been put to wax off the back of a Kickstarter campaign. Conceived as a tribute to the artist’s father who passed away in 2011, Hamilton works alongside friend Ed Hamilton to create these...view item »

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 ...view item »

Thievery Corporation
Treasures From The Temple

Treasures From The Temple by Thievery Corporation picks up thematically where their Temple of I & I album left off. It finds the Washington D.C. electronic duo blending dub, dancehall and roots flavours with their trademark sound. For album number eleven they’ve shipped in a bunch of gue...view item »

Luton
Black Box Animals

Lost Tribe Sound had better not rename themselves William Ryan Fritch Records after all - things are getting diverse again. Here Italian duo Luton slip out a little 200-copy run of their brooding new album Black Box Animals. It combines various orchestral arrangements with electric guitar, piano, electronics and other s...view item »

His Name Is Alive
Black Wings

I can't pinpoint the exact moment His Name Is Alive got inspired by Hawkwind and Rush but I kinda sometimes wish it hadn't have happened.  This Detroit collective have been putting out wildly varied records since 1986 and kinda do what the hell they like. This latest opus is a 30 track ride...view item »

Group Listening
Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 1

Prah Recordings - the label responsible for releasing Oliver Coates’s fantastic Upstepping LP - with a collaborative LP between jazz pianist ...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 t...view item »

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...view item »

A Winter Light
A Winter Light

For his solo exhibition of the same name in a Sligo gallery, Mark Garry invited some chums to write and record music on location, in direct response to the pieces on display. These include Karl Burke, Nina Hynes and Claudia Schwab as well as actor Cillian Murphy ...view item »

Dorias Baracca
Dorias Baracca

Tragically, Dorias Baracca’s promising career was cut short in 2011 when singer and songwriter Buster Svendsen passed away. The day of his death also happened to be the same day that their self-titled debut LP was completed. As such, the fact that Dorias Baracca has seen light of day at all is a triumph. The seven...view item »

Hakobune
Obelisk

Warm ambient music and a nice photograph: what more could you feasibly need to know? Hakobune has been at it for years and has made some of the loveliest, mildly shimmering drone there is, for Constellation Tatsu and elsewhere. he releases Obelisk on Polar Seas Recordings, using gorgeously processed ...view item »

epic45
Drakelow EP

This was a bit of a milestone in the E45 back catalogue as it centred greatly on their instrumental electronica constructing capabilities and much less on the chiming pastoral post-rock they won their fan-base with. I'd say if you like drone, glitch, minimal composition and ambient electronic styles this will...view item »

Still Circles
27:36

This is a very pretty debut LP from Bradford duo Still Circles. It’s a record of well-groomed, emotive electronic pop songs of the Cocteau Twins school. Natalie Kolowiecki’s breathy croon recalls ...view item »

Shorelights
Ancient Lights

Rod Modell AKA Deepchord (see also  Echospace, Waveform Transmissions, Transformations) has hooked up with the two blokes from Detroit’s nospectacle, Chris McNamara and Walter Wasacz to become ...view item »

Stars Of The Lid
Gravitational Pull vs The Desire for an Aquatic Life

Gravitational Pull vs. the Desire for an Aquatic Life is, I have to say, a pretty fantastically appropriate title for a Stars of the Lid album. Captures the elemental, slow-moving feel of their drone compositions, not to mention their profound beauty. This is their second album, from 1996, on Kranky Records....view item »

Be My Friend In Exile
Portraiture Of Your Ashes / Dancing Through The Rubble Of An Abandoned Cathedral

Bristolian micro-label Aphelion Editions are back with another very limited run. This time they’ve turned their attention to ambient artist Be My Friend In Exile and his lengthy takes Portraiture Of Your Ashes / Dancing Through The Rubble Of An Abandoned Cathedral. Utilising electric guitar loops,...view item »

Daniel W J Mackenzie
Glass Permanent

Daniel W J Mackenzie (also known as Ekca Liena) is a cornerstone of the Brighton underground scene, organising and performing in stacks of different contexts, including hardy drone perennials Plurals. Glass Permanent is a full-length suite of minimal drone composition, with prominent pi...view item »

Panoptique Electrical
Disappearing Music For Face

Coming out on the always lovely Sound in Silence label, this is a captivating album from Jason Sweeney an Australian composer who also records under the name Pretty Boy Crossover and was behind last years Great Panoptique Winter project with Hood's Richard Adams.  This album is made up of eleven composition...view item »

Amp
Switched On And Live

Bristol-London collective Amp, then: a band formed in the early nineties based around core members Richard Walker (The Secret Garden) and Karine Charff. This disc, 'Switched on and Live', features nine tracks recorded live at four different venues in Bristol, London and Breda in the Netherlands, and has all the atmospheric charm and slightly lo-...view item »

yellow6
About The Journey

You've got to like a bit of Yellow6. The Leicestershire based guitarist has created a large back catalogue of swelling ambience that never fails to bring to mind the haunted atmospheres of the likes of La Bradford, Roy Montgomery and Windy and Carl. This latest 75 minute opus co...view item »

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 pea...view item »

Biosphere
Substrata

Fans of isolationist ambient music have reason to rejoice as Substrata, widely regarded to be an ambient classic, is reissued on double 180gr vinyl and CD. Linking the slow moving, icy soundscapes of Thomas Köner with the distant rhythms of Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2, the album has become a significant source of inspirat...view item »

Ocean Floor
The World of Rain

Aonghus Reidy AKA Ocean Floor returns after the sublime 4 Shadows record for Aphelion Edition with a much longer single piece, spread over 2 sides of 180gm vinyl. Named The World of Rain, Reidy conjures a similar sound as on his previous effort, utilising analogue synth to create a bubbling, liquid piece full of languorous melancholy. Side 1 is...view item »

Firestations
The Year Dot

Firestations are the latest outfit to emerge from the ever interesting Lost Map stable and this debut features a brand of nice-listen indie pop with perky melodies, sunshiny vibes and unthreatening subject manner. So pleasant and harmony drenched that it's hard to imagine it being recorded in Walthamstow.  ...view item »

Voices From The Lake
Live at MAXXI

Editions Mego present a set of ambient techno noodlings, initially performed Live at MAXXI, part of an exhibition in Rome. Voices From The Lake is the duo of Donato Scaramuzzi and Giuseppe Tillieci, and they have an excellent melodic sensibility as well as a strong ear for texture, tone...view item »

Distant Animals
Lines

Very intellectual drone from Distant Animals. Daniel Alexander Hignell is an artist, musician, and more. Lines is inspired by such greats of minimalism as La Monte Young and Morton Feldman. Most intriguingly, this comes with 4 postcards showing "lan...view item »

Field Harmonics
Corpsing

Field Harmonics is the solo project of Epic 45's Rob Glover and here he deconstructs the sound he's been building up to on his earlier two electropop influenced LPs. This has led to a new sound more fluid and more abstracted. A deconstructed take on where he was heading. Let's call this a fresh start.  ...view item »

Randall McClellan
The Healing Music Of Rana Vol. 2

Originally a 1983 cassette release, these two tracks recently resurfaced as part of a tape boxset on Sun Araw’s Sun Ark label, and appear here on vinyl for the first time. McClellan employs Moog synths and a rigorous compositional process in these immersive long-form pieces, designed for t...view item »

David August
DCXXXIX A.C.

David August lets the drums drop away for this latest LP. DCXXXIX is made up of twenty-four tracks that investigate all things ambient. Droning synths, nuggets of found sound, idly hit percussion, some ivory-tinkling, that sort of thing. A nice record to get lost in for an hour. Will appeal to fans of the Icelandic scho...view item »

The Debutantes
Adams Apples / Kids

Taken from their critically acclaimed cassette EP, ‘Adams Apples/Kids’ is the latest 7” release from Irish, sun-soaked, indie slacker pop band The Debutantes. Featuring Leon Butler on guitar and vocals, Paula Cullen (The September Girls) on bass and vocals and Sarah Grimes (also of The September Girls) on drums, playing heartbr...view item »

Ekca Liena
Gravity and Grace

Public House Recordings alumni Ecka Liena offer their follow-up to Graduals in Gravity and Grace, another gorgeous soundtrack to shadows and solitude. Utilising non-musical sound as a structuring device, this record houses some of the band's most ambitious ideas to date. Come for the im...view item »

Moon Gangs
Earth Loop

Moon Gangs is the solo jam of BEAK> keyboardist William Young and 'Earth Loop' has emerged out of his love for early day synth movers and shakers such as Tangerine Dream and Popol Vuh. Young didn't go out much as a child and so had years to listen to soundtracks and play vide...view item »

Bowery Electric
Beat

Finally available on vinyl pressing after a 20 year wait (to the day), is Bowery Electric's sophomore record - Beat. Slotting into a timeless sub-genre with the likes of Portishead and Massive Attack, the New York-based duo's avant-garde trip-hop stands t...view item »

The Field
Yesterday and Today

The Field i've only just recently been getting into, this man who creates what Brett hilariously terms as "emo-house". I'm unsure how to categorise his music, i'd rather not. His tunes in the past have apparently been constructed from micro edited vocal snippets and this symphonic, hypnotic brand of minimal techno and house and has a simi...view item »

Les Halles
Zephyr

As soon as I got word of a new Les Halles record being up for pre-order a soothing ray of Spring sunshine radiated behind me and I knew everything would be okay. Not Not Fun have the pleasure of issuing Zephyr, another collection of ambient vitamins that Baptiste Martin chose to record on computer this ti...view item »

William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Divertissment

Serious minimalists heavyweights collaborating right here. William Basinski should need no introduction, and Richard Chartier has been ploughing a rich furrow of electronic microsound for years. Their third collaboration together is Divertissment, which is of course a richly detailed sonic environment, ...view item »

Various
Pop Ambient 2012

I don't feel qualified enough to review this Pop Ambient collection. Sure, I dig ambient sounds but with Kompakt we're talking serious business - proper studious Ambient music made by proper grown-ups. You've only got to look at the contributing artists to know they ain't messin'. We...view item »

Ulrich Schnauss
No Further Ahead Than Today

He continues to be everywhere including bafflingly in Tangerine Dream with whom he has produced a new album to be released later this year. He has, though, never quite lived up to the promise of his first two records but this his 5th LP promises a return to the melancholic, atmospheric compositions that stirred us so long ago.&n...view item »

The Transcendence Orchestra
Modern Methods For Ancient Rituals

Through a vast array of instruments and processes, in a setting designed to evoke transcendental energies, Anthony Child and Daniel Bean have conjured up a remarkable torch bearer of deep listening. It's a slowly shifting, drone wash of texture and growth that will definitely appeal to fans of Eno, Laraa...view item »

Gaspard de La Montagne
Spectres

Emotive downtempo techno from Gaspard de la Montagne. The swish Swiss producer and SBIRE co-founder shows the skills for tumbling, dubby rhythms (‘Spectre’, ‘Aube’) and rather melancholy synth arrangements (‘Aube’, ‘Masque’). EP closer ‘Perspectives’ is a slow-burner re...view item »

Tor Lundvall & John B McLemore
Tor Lundvall Presents: Witness Marks - The Works of John B. McLemore

Kind of a long story, this one, but the gist as we can surmise: Tor Lundvall is an ambient submariner as good as Gigi Mason but a fair bit more neglected. On this special entry into his catalogue he compiles works by John B. McLemore, an artist made famous by, what else, a podcast called S-Town. The po...view item »

Flica
Sub:Side

Kuala Lumpur’s Euseng Soto has been playing with his electroacoustic instruments since 2005 and here he is with ‘Sub:Side’, his fifth record to date as Flica. Soto’s work is highly melodic and can push on at a fair lick -- as he does on ‘Waver’, where notes jump out as if w...view item »

Lowtide
Southern Mind

Australian shoegaze outfit Lowtide return with their second full-length album, titled Southern Mind. We know the game with shoegaze of course, but Lowtide are bosses at constructing a good guitar swirl, and they cut in enough other pleasing flavours to keep it all lively. Released by Opposite Number....view item »

J-Walk
Limelight Nights

Inspired by Manchester, summertime, and the anticipation of facing a long night (presumably in Manchester) head on, Martin Brew returns as J-Walk, for his new album Limelight Nights. Brew played all the instruments on the album, with the J-Walk project taking on the character of an imaginary band, allowing Brew ...view item »

Tangerine Dream
Quantum Gate

Some 50 years in 'the biz' later, Tangerine Dream have never settled for less than innovation. Edgar Froese sadly left us in 2015 but his latest updated vision for the totemic band is now laid out for all to hear, on Quantum Gate. Remaining members Quaeschning, Schnauss and Yamane promise a contemporary evolution of the...view item »

Robert Haigh
Creatures of The Deep

Robert Haigh has dabbled in quite a few different styles and sounds over the years, from drum & bass to industrial, but here on Creatures Of The Deep, he is in a Satie-esque piano mood. These eleven tracks have the delicate melodic miniature feel of Satie’s work, though with e...view item »

Colleen
A Flame My Love, A Frequency

French multi-instrumentalist Cecile Schott returns to Thrill Jockey with her seventh full length album as Colleen. A large step away from her usual sound palette, Schott replaces her viola da gamba with ...view item »

Methyl Ethel
Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel are an Australian indie outfit with a keen interest in dream pop. Everything Is Forgotten also has the advantage of James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco)  at the production desk, adding electronic flair to the guitary pallette. Available in CD and black vinyl editions, p...view item »

Drape
Let There Water Air

Drape take physical instruments like guitars, cellos and pianos, and then subsumes the acoustic sounds in thick drones. The effect is like glimpsing sunlight poking through the clouds. Let There Water Air is released in CD and vinyl editions: take your pick between black and clear wax pressings. On Infraction....view item »

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani
FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy

Synth maestro of the present meets synth maestro of the past AND present in the next chapter of the intergenerational FRKWYS series from RVNG Intl. Since they've both twiddled, bleeped and blooped for the good of all things vibrant, textural and chill, this promises to be a wondrous and rich collaboration....view item »

Breathless
Blue Moon

Tenor Vossa present this gorgeous album of shoegaze and indie-drone, complete with new material, on double vinyl LP or CD. Blue Moon is from 1999 and the middle of Breathless’ career. Here Dominic Appleton’s powerful and melancholy vocals dominate their dream-pop sound, but the unusu...view item »

Biosphere
Microgravity

Not only does this release present the full debut release of the Biosphere project, but it also contains a whole CD / LP’s worth of previously unreleased material! Sweet. But the rest of Microgravity still warrants purchase, still standing as firm ambient house classic. All remastered, double CD or triple LP, on B...view item »

Dirk Serries & Rutger Zuydervelt
Buoyant

Rutger Zuyderveldt, minimal drone expert extraordinaire, also known as Machinefabriek and Piiptsjilling, once again teaming up with a crazy sound explorer: this time it's Dirk Serries, known for Microphonics. Together they have created Buoyant...view item »

Korallreven
An Album By Korallreven

Korallreven brings you An Album By Korallreven, which makes perfect sense, I suppose, and it starts off with the gauzy layers of "As Young As Yesterday," which eventually resolve into a perky piece of shoegaze pop. The dreamy "Sa Sa Samoa" and sparkling "The Truest Faith" are full of hope. Not everything is all peachy, though: "Keep Your Eyes Sh...view item »

Eluvium
Copia

Someone who utilises orchestral-ness with a degree of sheer brilliance and mastery is ELUVIUM.  Matthew Cooper (he who is Eluvium) makes the fantastic neo classical thing I've heard in some time. Copia is by far his strongest release and pretty much every track will have you delving for more tissues as you wipe the tears from...view item »

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