Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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Steve Hiett
Girls In The Grass

Steve Hiett was a photographer to the stars and guitarist who made the obscure but much sought after album, Down The Road By The Beach which was released in 1983. Girls In The Grass is a collection of previously unreleased Balearic soul instrumental tracks from his personal archives, released as a companion piece to the reissue of his 1983 album.
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Toby Wiltshire
Surfacing

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

Ose
Ellipsis

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

Electronic music artists Greg Foat and James Thorpe continue their loving tribute to the curious world of library music with their second record. Photosynthesis was delivered by surprise to the Athens of the North label earlier in 2019, having been recorded quickly on quarter-inch tape on the Isle of Wight. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

M83
DSVII

If you’re a big M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez)  fan, as I’m sure lots of you are, you’ll be aware of his 2007 album, Digital Shades Vol. 1, which contained some Eno influenced ambient outtakes that couldn't find a place on any of his albums. 12 years have passed and M83 has amassed  enough material for a second helping, DSVII. This time there’s an ‘80s sci-fi element to the music. Eno is still clearly an influence but there’s evidence he’s been listening to Mort Garson, John Carpenter and Suzanne Ciani, too.
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Ekhodom
Ekhodom

Ekhodom is a side-project from Thievery Corporation’s Eric Hilton, in collaboration with producer Gianmaria Conti, herself once a guest on Thievery Corporation’s album Radio Retaliation way back in 2008. Featuring 11 tracks of moody downtempo hip-hop, Ekhodom on a limited edition double-vinyl package that includes a CD. 
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Katherina Bornefeld
Angeltalk

The latest release from the Daydream Library series, Angeltalk is a solo release from Katherina Bornefeld. Taking time off from her position as drummer for veteran Dutch experimental punk act The Ex, Angeltalk could hardly be more different, an album of meditative and quasi-spiritual music to rest the soul. 

Pétra
Aunis

Pétra is the new project by Brian Allen Simon (known as Anenon in most circles) and Chantal Chadwick. Comprising of semi-improvised pieces written, recorded, and produced on the Greek island of Nisyros, it takes in Steve Reich-esque minimalism, breathy ambience, and visceral, immediate electronic textures. Out on Injazero Records. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Loscil
Sketches From New Brighton

Sketches From New Brighton is yet another set of delightful pillowy electronica from the inimitable Loscil (Scott Morgan). Morgan’s blend of downtempo electronics, ambient music and dub techno has influenced artists like Edward and Nicolas Jaar, but when he’s on form there are very few other artists who can craft soundscapes as wintry or as beautiful. And on this, his sixth LP, Morgan is once again on form.

Logic Moon
I See Planets

Melding ambient music with haunting, minimalist techno, I See Planets is the latest studio outing from Mainz-born artist Tobias Lorsbach, a.k.a. Logic Moon. Constructed from electronic elements growing up from acoustic foundations, Lorsbach's new album offers a deliberately retro-futurist aesthetic. 

Old Amica
Taiga

Swedish two-piece Old Amica reveal their sixth studio album, and their second instrumental effort. Originally acting as the score to a short film called ‘Place. Poetry. Periphery’, Taiga soon took on a life of its own, and evolved into a treatise on childhood memories and the interactions of humans with nature. 
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Ben Rath
Any Given Moment

Last recording under the name Slow Heart Music, a more accessible outlet for his music than the drone-based experiments under his own name, Manchester artist Ben Rath now attempts to resolve the two tendencies in his nature with new album Any Given Moment. Using the acoustic guitar as a sound source to be messed around with, it’s a warm and lush experience. 
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Electric Capablanca
Puzzles & Studies

A rather cryptic release from an unknown artist / collection of artists going under the name Electric Capablanca. The name is inspired by a former champion chess player, 'Puzzles & Studies' evokes the kind of ambient, throbbing soundscapes conjured up by Tangerine Dream, Manuel Göttsching and early Kraftwerk. 
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Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 5 (Psychedelic Brunch)

Klaus Shultz and Pete Namlook were pioneering artists in German electronic music. The Dark Side Of The Moog was a series of albums showcasing the, then brand new, Moog synthesizer. Vol. 5 - Psychedelic Brunch, features inventor Robert Moog himself, playing an intro to the 8 part ambient, atmospheric track.

Remo Seeland
Hollow Body

The first album under his real name, Hollow Body was inspired by a revelatory physical experience that Swiss artist Remo Seeland had while travelling on the New York subway. Recorded between that city, Zurich and Reykjavik and implementing field recordings from urban and rural settings, it’s an album preoccupied by ideas of perception. 
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Sontag Shogun & Moskitoo
The Things We Let Fall Apart / The Thunderswan

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

For the twelfth Loscil album, inspiration has been taken from the photography of Alfred Stieglitz. This is a very wise decision, as the silvery shimmer of his cloud and sky photos meet their perfect sonic analogue in the sound of Equivalents, which drifts gorgeously along in classic Loscil / Kranky style.

Valotihkuu
By The River

Denis Davydov - a.k.a. veteran musician Valotihkuu - deliberately restricted his palette of instruments when creating his latest album By The River. An electric guitar, a delay/reverb pedal and a 4-track portable tape recorder were all it needed to lay down this fluid, deliberately underthought collection, which arrives on a limited CD run. 
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G.B. Beckers
Walkman

Trading for major money on Discogs (for original copies) and much less money on Normanogs (for the Music From Memory reissue), this 1982 LP from G. B. Beckers is a strange collection of art rock. The gentle, chorus-treated guitar parts hint at acts of like The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen, but tracks such as ‘Vollmond’ are asides of heavily-treated experimental electronica.
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Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 8

You know an instrument maker is important when albums start being named after it. This is the eighth volume in Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's influential series 'The Dark Side Of The Moog'. Although, according to Namlook, the series was not an homage to Pink Floyd, it is still expansive, genre-bending, and mind-expanding, with proggy undertones and synth aplenty.   

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 7

The seventh instalment in Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook's series 'The Dark Side Of The Moog' is one for electronica fans everywhere. It's dark and meandering with plenty of synths and haunting atmospheres. As with all volumes in this series, it makes you feel like you're wandering around an abandoned spaceship at night. What's not to love?      

Asobi Seksu
Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu were a dream pop / shoegaze band from America who consisted of singer and keyboardist Yuki Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna who was known to sing a bit too. They were joined by a whole host of musicians in their four album career. Their self-titled debut was released stateside in 2004, but Europe had to wait until 2007 to get their mits on it. This is the first ever vinyl pressing. Interesting fact: Asobi Seksu translates into English as 'playful sex'.  

Gareth Quinn Redmond
Laistigh Den Ghleo

Laistigh Den Ghleo is a set of beautifully spare ambient compositions from Irish composer Gareth Quinn Redmond. For this record Redmond draws direct inspiration from Satoshi Ashikawa’s 1982 album Still Way (Wave Notation 2). Ashikawa said his music ‘should drift like smoke and become part of the environment surrounding the listener's activity’, and it’s easy to see Redmond taking this to heart in Laistigh Den Ghleo’s environmental watercolours. Midori Takada, another touchstone for Redmond, provides some of the liner notes.
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Satoshi Ashikawa
Still Way (Wave Notation 2)

In many ways a reissue of Satoshi Ashikawa’s 1982 LP Still Way (Wave Notation 2) is what WRWTFWW Records have been building to ever since they set up shop in the early 2010’s. Ashikawa’s spare, dreamlike environmental music has had a profound impact on the label’s output - it can be heard in everything from WRWTFWW’s reissues of Midori Takada and Mkwaju Ensemble to their recent set from Gareth Quinn Redmond. Taking cues from Brian Eno and Erik Satie, Ashikawa’s ultra-minimalist ambiences "intended to be listened to in a casual manner, as a musical landscape or a sound object”. Put on Still Way and let it melt into the background.
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Ryan Electric Product
Morningside

Ryan Reid used to make challenging post-industrial fare as City Surgical, but he’s radically changed course with his new project Ryan Electric Product. On Morningside we find Reid creating beatific, almost overwhelming ambient soundscapes that nod to Huerco S., The Caretaker and Boards Of Canada. Reid himself terms it 'death bed music', and it’s really rather fantastic stuff.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Midori Takada & Masahiko Satoh
Lunar Cruise

The reissue of Midori Takada’s sublime minimal album, Through The Looking Glass earlier this year created quite a buzz with vinyl enthusiasts around the world. WRWTFWW Records are now releasing more from the Japanese master; Lunar Cruise. Released on vinyl for the first time, Lunar Cruise sees Takada working alongside Masahiko Satoh to create a minimal landscape imbued with jazz and spiritual elements.      
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.

Joseph Shabason
Anne

Yeah this is a good one. Anne was composed for Joseph Shabason’s mother in honour of her struggles with degenerative illness. The personal and familial turmoil of this experience crinkles the edges of these milky instrumentals. There is a feeling of tender, quiet sadness to the likes of ‘Forest Run’ that is extremely moving. Musically Shabason's second LP is pitched somewhere between Freetown Sound-era Blood Orange and Loke Rahbek/Frederik Valentin’s Buy Corals Online.

BORA
Noyée

French-born and Berlin-based producer Pauline Canavesio - a.k.a. BORA - attempts to define the indefinable through music on her latest album Noyée (meaning ‘Drown’) which she describes as “an attempt on existence”. At times it is tempestuous and roiling with emotion, at others calm and contemplative. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Keith Berry
Viable Systems 2

Viable Systems 2 is the second in a series of recordings by London-based minimalist and ambient composer, Keith Berry. Berry has made music that shifts in mood and texture to help the listener and the environment they’re in. I’m guessing if you’re rushing through a crowded city on the way to work, sticking this in your lugs might help.
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Nils Frahm
Screws Reworked

This double vinyl LP, or CD, set from composer Nils Frahm has all the sparse piano and delicate Moog work we expect from him. But, on Screws Reworked Frahm has invited fans to submit their individual reinterpretations of his work. Screws was a warm and personal album, and that beautiful material has been affectionately reworked in a number of styles; from sublime drones to glitchy edits.

Skyphone
Hildur

Danish trio Skyphone have their 2014 LP Hildur set to vinyl for the first time courtesy of the nice people at Lost Tribe Sound. Makes sense, too - Hildur is one of those expansive, widescreen albums that tend to sound best on wax. Back in the day this stuff would have been referred to as ‘folktronica’, but seeing as times have changed we’ll put it in the same corner as Apparat and Bibio.
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Skyphone
Marsh Drones

Lost Tribe Sound love Skyphone, so it makes sense that the label have teamed up with the Danish group for the release of new LP Marsh Drones. The band’s blend of folk instrumentation, electronics, post-rock and a dash of musique concrete is in rude health on this careful, pretty record. For similar artists you’re looking at Telefon Tel Aviv, Bonobo, Fink, that kinda vibe.
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Salami Rose Joe Louis
Zdenka 2080

You can get away with calling yourself something like Salami Rose Joe Louis if you’re signed to Brainfeeder. On her latest full-length record 'Zdenka 2080' the Bay Area mainstay shows off exactly the kind of chops that would have impressed label boss Flying Lotus. This LP’s blend of nu-jazz songwriting, neo-soul, Adult Swim-style zaniness and vaguely astral noodling really isn’t far from the work of fellow Brainfeeder luminary Thundercat.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ian Hawgood
Love Retained

Incredibly bare piano pieces, presented with thanks, love and admiration for those around him. Battling with depression for decades Ian Hawgood found a release, but also a trigger in composing, these unfinished and unmastered piano sketches serve up as a mirror to that fragility, and mark his departure from his own label (Home Normal) and possibly music itself.

Altars Altars
Small Hours

Sounding like The Gentleman Losers recording the skit tracks for Boards of Canada or Helios, Altars Altars is gentle, filled with tape warbles (because he put everything through a reel to reel), delicate plucked guitar, and awash with field samples and children playing. It’s dreamlike state, lying in a field in your youth ambient music. Loverly.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Tobias Hellkvist
Kaskelot: Reissue + Remixes

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured electroacoustic suites for some years now. Kaskelot is an EP that went down very well in Japan in 2011: now it gets a bulked-up reissue, with new remixes by artists like Chihei Hatakeyama and offthesky, each one of whom takes the source material in an interesting new direction. Edition of 500 CDs on the Home Normal label.

Leo Svirsky
River Without Banks

Leo Svirsky is a contemporary classical composer of rare deftness. His pieces spool out like running water, and as such it’s apt that his new LP should be entitled River Without Banks. Arranged for two pianos and various accompanying instruments, Svirsky’s music is tranquil, stirring and extremely lovely. Gas, Peter Zummo and Michael Nyman all come to mind when listening to River Without Banks.

Don Slepian
Sea of Bliss

Originally released as a cassette only way back in 1980, Don Slepian’s milestone composition Sea of Bliss finally gets its first ever issue on vinyl. Recorded using the legendarily difficult-to-use Alles digital synthesiser, the album’s two side-long compositions became landmarks in what became known as the new age genre. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Sigur Rós
22° Lunar Halo

Sigur Ros recently reworked some of their old output for the soundtrack of a dance work by choreographer Cheng Tsung-Lung. The new music they forged from old means also rank as some of the band’s most arresting output, a collection of detailed drones and serious rhythm workouts that aren’t a million miles away from Einstürzende Neubauten. Don’t believe us? See for yourself - the show’s score has now been released through KRUNK under the title 22° Lunar Halo.

Sigur Rós
Variations On Darkness

Lately the Icelandic group Sigur Ros have spent a fair bit of time writing music for dance pieces. As well as 22° Lunar Halo - the score they created for a new choreography by Cheng Tsung-Lung - les Ros also turned out Variations On Darkness for a performance by the Icelandic Dance Company at their own Nordur og nidur festival. Comprising of new material and re-workings of some older tracks, the two side-long pieces of Variations On Darkness find the band at their most expressive and ambitious. Everything from icy drone to broiling noise to the organic power electronics of Ben Frost get a look-in here.

Ocean Floor
Mirror

Mirror by Ocean Floor was originally released on cassette in 2018 and quickly sold out. It will now enjoy a limited vinyl pressing. A series of stripped back tracks for piano and synthesizer. They were initially sketched out following a bad night’s sleep in 2014. They were gradually formed into melodic tunes and the inclusion of a little guitar on one track.
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Phantoms vs Fire
My Mind As Your Amusement Park

Phantoms Vs. Fire - who will win? Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait a while to find out. Project mastermind Thiago Desant intends My Mind As Your Amusement Park to be the first record in an eight-part series. If all of the subsequent LPs are as intense as this one then we’re in for an epic journey - My Mind As Your Amusement Park is a set of degraded, often rather haunted sound design that draws on The Caretaker, bvdub, Jean-Michel Jarre and Olafur Arnalds.

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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J-Walk
Mediterranean Winds

London producer J-Walk returns his third album 'Mediterranean Winds', another suite of tracks that specifically aims to capture the feel of a particular time and place. But what time and what place? If only he'd left some clues... With sonics inspired by the soundtrack works of Brian Eno and Vangelis, it never loses the soulful bent of its creator. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Tracing Back The Radiance

Tracing Back The Radiance is an album of beautiful drone ruminations from Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. From a blend of instruments (vibraphone, reeds, keyboards and so on) and instrumentalists (Chuck Johnson, Gregg Kowalsky, Mary Lattimore to name but three) the Root Strata head-honcho crafts ambiences of shimmering and transcendental beauty. A gorgeous LP that reminds us of Ian William Craig and Vashti Bunyan's mid-00's collaborations with Animal Collective.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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  • ANN

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 their sound, on a concept record which strives to translate quantum mechanics into sound. Warning: new doors may open. Double 180-gram vinyl gatefold LP, CD on Kscope.

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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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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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.

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.

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.

Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno
Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Extended Edition)

First released in 1983 as the soundtrack to documentary film ‘For All Mankind’ about the Apollo moon landing, and now highly recognisable in its own right after use in countless films, TV shows, ads and the Olympics opening ceremony, Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois’ album Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks gets a deluxe re-mastered release. Also includes an entirely new album of 11 instrumental compositions re-imagining the soundtrack to the original documentary. 
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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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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.

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.

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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  • Ava
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Dean Hurley
Anthology Resource Vol. II: Philosophy Of Beyond

Following his close work with David Lynch on the third series of the cult classic series Twin Peaks, Dean Hurley turns his attention once again to his Anthology Resource output.⁣⁣These 12-tracks weave together rich and celestial soundscapes made up of tape loops and sampled field recordings to create a unique sonic tapestry. Hurley explores themes of death, the afterlife, and escaping our physical form, specifically near-death experiences, alien encounters, and psychedelic incidents. Spooky stuff!

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.
  • Vinyl LP (GZH088LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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

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.
  • Vinyl Double LP (GAILUR002)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.
  • Vinyl 12" (TR326)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.  

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.
  • CD (TRS084)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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

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.

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.
  • Vinyl LP (LR123LP)
  • £18.48 £16.63 (saving: £1.85)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Mac-Talla Nan Creag
The Sorrow Of Derdriu

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

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.

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 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.

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

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. 

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.
  • Vinyl LP (LP07739)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

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.
  • CD (HV051)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

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. 

Tim Hecker
Anoyo

Here is another chance to Hecker. Anoyo emerges from the same sessions as his previous album Konoyo which means it is in collaboration with members of Tokyo Gakuso. Anoyo, however, is a starker album that is described as barren, desolate and skeletal. Music for solitude, a place which is increasingly required in order to get away from this hustle bustle world.