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Virginia Wing / XAM Duo
Tomorrow’s Gift

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

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

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


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TimeDog
Objects of Mind

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

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

Various
Late Night Tales presents AFTER DARK Nocturne

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


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The Black Dog
Black Daisy Wheel

Beloved electro-grumps The Black Dog are back with a pair of distinct albums on the theme of dismal, hysterical post-truth media society. Black Daisy Wheel tackles its dystopian theme in a subdued, ambient style, with uneasy textures and characteristically gloomy synths drifting about. Occasional beats find their way in, such as on the dubby ‘We Must Repeat’. There are also moments of total, aching beauty, such as the climax of ‘Cognitive Dissident’.
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You + Your D. Metal Friend
Sonnier


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William Basinski
Silent Night


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Seahawks
Eternal Beams

New Age relax-o-trons and prolific musicians Seahawks follow up their critically lauded Escape Hatch LP with Eternal Beams. Two sides of exploratory music that make you feel nestled, comfortable and at peace before revitalising you, via pulsating sounds, dolphin noises and good vibes. LP and CD on Ocean Moon,
  • Vinyl LP (OM20)
  • CD (OM20CD)

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 2

The legendary Klaus Schulze and his similarly synth-toting pal Pete Namlook loved their Pink Floyd, like any good psychedelic travellers would, and they carried this inspiration over to their Dark Side Of The Moog series, of which this is Volume Two. Subtitled A Saucerful of Ambience, this is another colossal slab of Schulzetastic space-synth magic. Double LP release from Music On Vinyl.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MOVLP2102)

Le Fruit Vert
Passiflore

Le Fruit Vert are two people, layering up a carefully picked selection of field recordings, electronics, organ, and vocals, resulting in something that is in some sense pop, but in other senses something rather different. Passiflore was first released in 2013 on the humble cassette medium, but has now graduated to vinyl, in this reissue by Them There Records.
  • Vinyl LP (TTR009)
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Brücken / Froese
Beginn

Beginn is new music from the new collaboration of Propaganda vocalist Claudia Brücken and Jerome Froese, the son of Edgar Froese and an active member of the Tangerine Dream dynasty in his own right. The pair manage to cut together a compelling mixture of electro-pop and electro-space music, that ought to be enjoyed by fans of either artist. CD and double LP edition on SFE.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SFELP066D)
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Ambienti Coassiali
Vol. 1 - Room 1-6

In the late 1980s, armed with nothing but a Yamaha DX7 and a Revox A77 tape machine, the Italian ambient/concrète duo Capricorni Pneumatici produced this remarkable work of chillaxed FM synthesis under the name Ambienti Coassiali. This vinyl & DVD reissue makes this lush material available for the first time since the original cassette.
  • Vinyl LP (INC011X)
  • Vinyl LP (INC011)

Celer
Tightrope


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Talvihorros
Descent Into Delta


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Jason Kolar
Modified PerspectiveS

Perhaps the perspectives in Jason Kolar’s Modified Perspectives are the underlying instruments (vibraphone, guitar, piano etc.) that are modified through the heavy use of deepwater reverb, ambient processing and synthesis? Or perhaps the modification is applied to your own everyday perspectives through listening to Modified Perspectives? Either way, this is a good record.
  • Vinyl LP (STRLP 013)

Biosphere
The Hilvarenbeek Recordings

The Hilvarenbeek Recordings are sourced from an organic (or ‘Bio’ - nice) farm in Holland, and were recorded and assembled for a project at Incubate. The field recordings of nature and bucolic human activity have been subtly pressed into the service of some classic-sounding Biosphere tracks, mixing ambient warmth with an inquisitive love for sound. On Biophon Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (BIO25LP)
  • CD (BIO25)

Cucina Povera
Hilja

Back at it with the sound art, constantly pushing the boundaries of music creation. Cucina Povera (originally from Finland, hence talks/sings in Finnish occasionally), is a Glasgow-based sound artist and Hilja is her latest release. If you're familiar with ASMR, you'll get that tingly hit straight to the back of your neck as soon as she opens her mouth. Available on vinyl LP and released on Night School. First press is limited to 300 copies, and contain hand-screened sleeves. 
  • Vinyl LP (LSSN055)

Hilary Woods
Colt

Dublin native Hilary Woods' minimalist acumen is on resounding display here, this limited-edition blue vinyl (out on Sacred Bones) also showcasing her compositional finesse. Expect atmospheric instrumentation, dreamy vocals and gentle electronica, along with a generous helping of stark piano and lyrical poetry. A glorious listen. 
  • CD (SBR201CD)
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Scuba Death
The Worm At The Core

The name Scuba Death sounds like it belongs to some psych-rock group, but actually the name refers to a nearly-fatal experience that Brazilian composer Ricardo Donoso had while scuba diving. The brush with doom pushed him to express himself creatively: The Worm At The Core, an album centred around thunderstorm field recordings, is the latest chapter of the project. On Further Records.
  • Vinyl LP (FUR114)
  • Limited edition

Stefano Guzzetti
Short Stories. Piano Book Volume Two.

Stefano Guzzetti follows on from where he left off with Volume One of his Piano Book series, a set of simply stated solo piano pieces, recorded in the intimate inner space of home. These so-called ‘short stories’ do indeed feel like sparsely sketched-out little narratives, ready to probe late night thought, or just induce a calmer state. CD release from Home Normal.
  • CD (HOMEN105)

Laura Jean
Devotion

Chapter Music present the latest LP from Australian Music Prize nominee and Jenny Hval collaborator Laura Jean. Devotion is quite a departure from the music of Jean’s previous albums, with the singer trading her previously folksy sound in for a peppy synth-pop look. Tracks like ‘Girls On The TV’ and ‘Touchstone’ wouldn’t sound out of place on Italians Do It Better.
  • Vinyl LP (CH152LP)
  • CD (CH152CD)

Bonobo
Days to Come


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My Home, Sinking
King of Corns

This white vinyl release of Enrico Coniglio's, aka My Home, Sinking, 'King of Corns' is as special as the music itself, a bucolic, meditative rumination on melancholia, assembled from the building blocks of gentle folk guitar, lilting harmonica and illuminating, dramatic vocals. Sometimes sweet, sometimes frenzied, this is a gorgeous album.
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Atlantic Coral
Bubble


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Rudi Arapahoe
Double Bind


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Leonardo Rosado
Studies On Solitude


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Koda
Movements


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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 are different colours, and the drop also includes a lyric sheet, additional artwork and liner notes.
  • Vinyl Double LP (WTAR 001)
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Simon Whetham
Is the Water Supposed to be This Blue?


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Strom Noir
Famadihana


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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.
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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’ bit though - this is two sides o’ pure leisure.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ZZV16009)
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Nick Kuepfer
Rural Route 7


  • CD single (SF7)
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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. And I mean that in a good way.
  • Vinyl 12"
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Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm
Stare


  • Vinyl 12" (ERATP042LP)

Night Foundation
Memory Bells


  • Vinyl 12" (LSS002)
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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 Planetarium as a suite of meditations relating new age music to the galaxy. The start of a great MacFarlane unearthing.
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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 is released by Numero Group.
  • Vinyl LP (ER8016LP)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (ER8016CD)
  • Limited edition
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jon Hopkins
Opalescent

House producer and Coldplay helper Jon Hopkins has done a lot since Opalescent, but his debut record now gets a reissue after fifteen years in the game. It was released to Just Label who largely dealt in beautified ambient music, and Hopkins sentimental sound was well suited to their whims -- that said, his music introduced different extremities, with his thunderous rhythmic ideas coupled with a more pastoral sound.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TAOLP006)
  • CD (TAO006R)

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 ‘I Still Dream About You, Sometimes But Not Always’ wear their open heart on their sleeve. Howard has been nominated for an Australian Music Prize, which either says something about Australian music or this blurb writer.
  • Vinyl LP (6704156)
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Rafael Toral
Wave Field


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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 drone. This is a reissue of the 1999 edition of this album.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DC701)

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 member Tom Honey’s tinnitus. It certainly is blissful ambience and enough to put me into a peaceful, happy slumber.
  • Vinyl LP (SSS075)
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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 Willsmith, who made an incredible, euphorically harsh record for Umor in Things Our Bodies Used to Have, along with the Casio tones of Takako Minekawa. An instant purchase for all the leftfields amongst you.
  • Vinyl LP (UR110LP)
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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 atmosphere. Plenty of dubby delay and hissing grain envelopes the beat pieces and the ambient sections in considerable measure. Overflow Variations is a double LP on The Cat Box Corp.
  • Vinyl Double LP (CBC31)
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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
  • Vinyl LP (YUC025LP)
  • CD (YUC024CD)

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. 
  • CD (TRRSPEC014CD)

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 for further exploration. On Hallow Ground.
  • Vinyl LP (HG1803)

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-sounding ambience with a weighty emotional heft to it: delicate and huge at the same time. Double LP on Infraction.
  • Vinyl Double LP (INFX 057 LP)
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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. LP release on Astral Industries.
  • Vinyl LP (AI-07)
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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 features eight previously unheard cuts of obscure Britsh synth music, produced between 1983 and 1985. We can hear his background in jazz and classical, and even the funk and dub influences that run through this electro-ambient-tropical doozy.
  • Vinyl LP (MFM 029)
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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, and fifty-six pages worth of photographs and words. Available in both single and double CD editions from 13 / silentes.
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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 cheese.
  • Vinyl Double LP (TER049LP)
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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 vinyl from Aurora Borealis.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (ABX058LP)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 nature documentaries to create work heavy with hissing fauna and New Age textures. When you through Melnikova’s vocals into the mix, the whole affair sounds like Grimes soundtracking Blue Planet.
  • Vinyl LP (ATN 039)
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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. Limited vinyl packaged with a 12 page book.
  • Vinyl LP (PCSV 039)
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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 mournful pieces. Millar-McMeeken’s piano is augmented by grainy ambiences and spectral plumes of reverb to create something reminiscent of Ryuichi Sakamoto, or a more private take on the glacial post-rock of Explosions In The Sky.
  • Vinyl LP

Brian Eno
Music For Installations

New and unreleased works from the dome headed genius behind such albums as Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto'. This is a collection of original recordings from 1986 to date of music recorded for use in installations. Various versions available including super 6CD box set that you will only be able to afford if you are Jacob Rees-Mogg. 
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (6724075)
  • CD box set (6717772)

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 guest artists to help them out including Mr. Lif, Sitali, Racquel Jones, Notch, Natalia Clavier, and Lou Lou Ghelichkhani. LP and CD on Eighteenth Street Lounge.
  • Vinyl LP (ESL224LP)

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 stuff. The effect is a moody series of fragmented classical and ambient phrases in a slow dance.
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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 through acapella vocals, psych riffs, prog insanity and everything in between.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (HHBTM192)

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 Paul Jones and Steve Black aka Sweet Baboo. Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works sees Group Listening rearranging pieces from the likes of Brian Eno and Arthur Russell for (you guessed it) clarinet and piano. Combining their main instruments with sparsely-utilised mbira, effects pedals and drum machines, the pair create sweet contemporary chamber music that wouldn’t sound out of place on a recent These New Puritans record.
  • Vinyl LP (PRAH013LPX)
  • Coloured vinyl
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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.
  • Vinyl 12" (ERATP072LP)

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 and his brother Paidrig Murphy. Sax, strings, guitar, piano and percussion are what accompany the various singers in what is really quite a sweet collection of quiet alt-folk songs.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition

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 tracks within showcase a band with a far better grasp on what makes for good shoegaze revivalism than many of their peers. My Bloody Valentine and Ride spring to mind.
  • Vinyl LP (VISTA006LP)
  • CD (VISTA006CD)

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 guitar. 
  • CD (psr-029)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Dangermouse & Sparklehorse
Dark Night of The Soul


  • Vinyl Double LP (5099964082011)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 Polica’s Channy Leaneagh, and along with Jack Donnison she’s constructed seven ethereal instrumentals to back up the vocals. Think Forest Swords, but nicer and with singing.
  • Vinyl LP (EZ0012)
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  • CD (EZ0012CD)

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 Shorelights to make some ambient techno. Amber Lights is a passionate exploration of space, body and mind. Limited edition double 12” on Subwax bcn.
  • Vinyl Double 12" (SUBWAXBCNLP03)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • CD (SUBWAXBCNCD03)

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.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK020LP)
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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, keyboards and the occasional dreamily-rendered vocal, the artists creates rich and enveloping soundscapes that come across like a more cautious bvdub or Explosions In The Sky.
  • Tape (APHELION008-K7)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Amp
Switched On And Live


  • CD
  • £10.49 £8.39 (saving: £2.10)
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  • Last copy
  • Artist(s):
  • Amp

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 comes in two distinct styles of packaging and with Sound in Silence's record of making things look nice they are both bound to be gorgeous. 
  • CD
  • £10.99 £8.79 (saving: £2.20)
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Jóhann Jóhannsson
IBM 1401, A User's Manual


  • Vinyl Double LP (DAD2609)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • CD (CAD2609CD)
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

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 inspiration for a new generation of ambient producers and those seeking musical experiences on the fringes of consciousness.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BIO5LP)

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 more brooding, playing with a long, slow sliding melody, with a hint of brooding menace teasing in and out of malice and melancholy, which eventually builds to a satisfying yet fatalistic crescendo. This long first side may take more than a few listens to appreciate its subtle beauty. Ponderous and infinitely sombre, Side 2 instantly hits you out the gate with its funereal underwater piano and organ sound, fading out. All in all, a record that deserves repeated, thoughtful listening. Available from Erstwhile Books & Music, Limited to 250 copies on 180gm black Vinyl and download code.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Various
Commune


  • Vinyl 12" (VGLP049)
  • £15.49 £11.62 (saving: £3.87)
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  • Limited edition

Laraaji
Sun Transformations


  • Vinyl LP (WAST055LP)
  • Limited edition

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.  
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

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 and atmosphere: these pieces often sound half-underwater.
  • Vinyl Double LP (EMEGO209LP)

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 "land-art interventions" made during the creation of the album. Love a bit of interdisciplinary art me.
  • Vinyl LP (HG1804)

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.  
  • Tape
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  • Last copy

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 therapy and meditation. This isn’t massage parlour, crystals and incense guff, but New Age at its most potent and time-bending, to rank alongside the works of Steve Roach, Laraaji and Pauline Anna Strom.  
  • Vinyl LP (ZORN42LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 school and some of the more hissing fauna-type stuff that Posh Isolation have been putting out recently.
  • Vinyl Double LP (99CHANTS1LP)

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 heartbreaking pop through a dreamy wash of layered noise, fuzzy vocals and strummed out guitars.
  • Vinyl 7" (ER14-7)
  • Coloured vinyl

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 immense, dramatic soundscapes and stay for the never-ending melancholy.   
  • CD (SOUL0102)

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 video games. This has infused his music which is full of ambient, analogue synth loops and foreboding, cinematic drones.  
  • Vinyl LP (VGLP032)
  • CD (VGCD032)

Grouper
Ruins

'Ruins' is the newest record by drone folk artist Grouper. Recorded in a house near a lost, deserted village in Portugal, under the usual reclusive conditions that Liz Harris writes music, the record is the closest her project has gotten to capturing actual songs, each performed on a piano and recorded immediately to a 4-track. 'Ruins' finds Harris either performing spectral ballads, fashioned after her ambient leanings, or thrumming on the piano like it's just another part of the natural environment. It's arguably her sparsest record yet -- right down to the incidental recordings of rain and animals chirping -- and the closest the listener will get to hearing Harris' voice upfront.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK189LP)
  • CD (KRANK189)

The Field
Yesterday and Today


  • Vinyl Double LP (KOMPAKT193)

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 time; the instrumentation remains, with fujara flutes, panpipes and chimes, but the production rings out a synthetic screen glow that reminds me of sitting comfortably in front of an old family PC.
  • Vinyl LP (NNF350LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk
Passage

Ulrich Schnauss and Jonas Munk both know their way around music: their individual past activities have included drum & bass, post-rock, psych, shoegaze, electronica… Schnauss even recently became a member of Tangerine Dream! Passage, the second collaboration of the two, is a shimmering suite of spacey electronic music, suitable for epic dreaming and drifting. Out on Azure Vista.
  • Vinyl LP (VISTA001LP)
  • CD (VISTA001CD)

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, subtle but powerful.
  • Vinyl LP (IMPREC417)
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  • Last copy

Various
Pop Ambient 2012


  • Vinyl LP (KOMPAKT247)

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. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (SCREALLP002)
  • CD (SCREALCD002)

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, Laraaji and Natural Snow Buildings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (EMEGO246)

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 electronic ambience also rising to the fore in places. CD from Unseen Worlds.
  • Vinyl LP (UW17LP)
  • CD (UW17)

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