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This Mortal Coil
It'll End In Tears

Oh lord this is the album. Back in the 80's no-one had any time for the likes of Big Star or Tim Buckley. 4AD head honcho was different though. He had exquisite taste and was also ambitious enough to put together a floating member super group to re-interpret some of his favourite songs. It Will End In Tears will always be most known for the now classic Cocteau Twins assisted reading of Buckley's 'Song To The Siren', but their version of Roy Harper's 'Another Day' runs it close as do two (count em) Big Star songs. 
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  • 4AD

SRSQ
Unreality

Unreality is a phoenix from the flames. SRSQ is the solo project of Them Are Us Too’s Kennedy Ashlyn - the same Them Are Us Too who lost collaborator and dear friend Cash Askew in the 2016 Ghost Ship Fire. This LP is the sound of Ashlyn coming to terms with the grief. Sonically these tracks are pitched somewhere between Zola Jesus, The Cocteau Twins and White Ring. Unreality fights its demons in real time, and is all the more affecting for it.

Jessica Moss
Entanglement

Entanglement is album number three from Jessica Moss. Moss earned her stripes with a fifteen year stint in Canadian post-everything band Thee Silver Mt. Zion (and all variations on that name). She has also worked with such luminaries as Vic Chesnutt and Carla Bozulich. The title of this album explains it all, really: She uses violin and her voice to create twisting, swirling, overlapping - tangling, if you will, soundscapes. LP and CD on Constellation.

Various
Salaam for Yemen

Hibernate and DRONARIVM team up to drop a compilation that offers both friendship and financial support to the people of Yemen. Salaam For Yemen features some great music - from the ethereal drones of Hannu Karjalainen to Snow Palms’s dainty ivory tinkling, this is an album that holds up extraneously to the good cause it supports. 100% of the profits of Salaam For Yemen will be donated to War Child.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Red Stars CPR
Earth Is Heaven​ /​ Heaven Is Hell

Earth Is Heaven /Heaven Is Hell is the paradoxically named EP from Red Stars CPR, a collaboration between Red Stars Over Tokyo and CPR where they found unity in their difference of approach. Warm and uncanny loops bleed into something more sinister and darkly psychedelic. Earthly and heavenly and hellish. On Testtoon. 

Leighton Craig
Diamond Eye

Leighton Craig lives in Brisbane, Australia. He makes lo-fi keyboard instrumentals that vary in their complexity. At times he drops in samples from his vast cassette library of noises. Diamond Eye is his latest album. Another thing he does is draw straight, descending lines as shown on the cover to this record. LP on Bruit Direct Disques.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Kid Koala featuring Trixie Whitley
Music To Draw To: Io

The second of Kid Koala’s Music To Draw To LPs arrives via Arts & Crafts. Anyone expecting some of Kid Koala’s trademark scratch-symphonies needs to leave that at the door - as with 2017’s Music To Daw To: Satellite, Io is a record of ecstatic ambient compositions. Trixie Whitley guests on a third of the tracks here, and her bluesy coo gives numbers like ‘All For You’ a bit of a Susanna And The Magical Orchestra flavour.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

GAS
Zauberberg

Wolfgang Voigt’s second album under his lauded forest techno moniker GAS is back, singly tree-issued on Kompakt. First released in ‘97, Zauberberg offers Voigt’s revolving branches of hazy, throbbing ambient at their most ambiguous, as if unsure of what really waits out there in the woods. The third track especially is one of his masterpieces.

Massive Attack V Mad Professor
No Protection

The Mad Professor does what he does best on the Bristolian trip-hop progenitors second album Protection. No Protection takes Massive Attacks’ claustrophobic paranoia and opens it up, cranks the bass and amplifies the influence of soundsystem culture, for a complete dub remix. 180 gram vinyl reissue on Universal.

Various
Static Waves 7

The press release for the latest instalment of Saint Marie’s Static Waves series describes the Texan imprint as ‘sonically-driven’, which bodes well. As anyone who checked in with the previous half-dozen Static Waves entries will be expecting, Static Waves 7 is a good collection of dream-pop, shoegaze and all the other nice kinds of music of that ilk. Features Amusement Parks On Fire, Loveblind, Swoone and a bunch of others.
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Jonny Nash / Lindsay Todd
Fauna Mapping

Jonny Nash (not to be confused with the I Can See Clearly Now guy) has recorded under the aliases Land of Light, Discossession, and Sombrero Galaxy, with Gaussian Curve and for the Melody is Truth label. Lindsay Todd aka House of Trapps records for Firecracker. Together they’ve made Fauna Mapping. It is an album of beautifully manipulated field recordings, painstakingly collected to hear every sound of island wildlife there is. LP on Island of The Gods.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Zimiamvian Night
Zimiamvian Night 3

Third part of Mike Bennett's Zimiamvian Night project. A collection of extremely long form ambient music, the total running length lying north of the 100 minute mark. Can be played quietly for a more authentic ambient experience, or loudly to get up close and personal to the combination of field recordings, acoustic noise, and piano. On Infraction.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Colin Potter
See


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

The Last Ambient Hero
The Big Chill

The Last Ambient Hero clearly care very deeply about being put in the right section in your record store. Yes, The Big Chill is an ambient album, influenced by those cold parts of our planet. Be sure to wrap up warm when you listen to this one on, you won't be able to help but feel the wind pass into you as you do. Utterly terrifying and expansive. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Machinefabriek
With Voices

Tireless timbral titillator Machinefabriek crackles his way onto Western Vinyl with an album of various human voices variously manipulated and recomposed into a shifting soundscape. Whose various voices, you ask? Those of Peter Broderick, Richard Youngs, Marissa Nadler and Zero Years Kid, for instance.

Jakob Thorkild
Devotional

With his new LP Devotional the Danish composer/guitarist Jakob Thorkild brings the curtain down on half a decade of work. This album completes the Grenzgänger trilogy that began with 2014’s Art Sleaze. Here Thorkild is joined by singer Anna Mose and electric violinist Andrea Rebecca Alsted for a record of potent minimal-classical compositions. The title of the Devotional is an apt one - many of the tracks here hover at the edge of religious and spiritual music in a manner that recalls Arvo Pärt.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Specimens
In The Dust Of Idols

Let the existential malaise of winter well and truly set in, and do it to the new Specimens record. The boss of the excellent emerging label First Terrace, Alex Ives' solo work is marked by a keen ear for the various modes of ambient music, from Lawrence English's potent and fuzzy drone to the loops of William Basinski. In the Dust of Idols contemplates death and what comes after it, but sounds beautiful in the process.

Carl Matthews
Call For World Saviours

This LP actually came out in 1984, but given the monstrous mess that we have on our hands in 2018 an album entitled Call For World Saviours is due for a very timely re-release. Carl Matthews’ twinkling ambient synthesiser compositions are equal-parts Tangerine Dream, Tim Blake and the new age sounds that were coming out at the time of the record’s initial release. Calming sounds for crappy times.

Tim Hecker
Konoyo

Master sonic architect Tim Hecker returns to Kranky with an album which takes inspiration from conversations with a recently departed buddy. 'Konoyo' was mostly recorded in a Japanese temple just outside Tokyo in collaboration with gagaku ensemble Tokyo Gakuso. Hecker manipulates their source sounds (strings, woodwinds, percussion) and re-shapes and sculpts the raw material into his own vision, focussing on negative space. The resulting sombre mood has a ritual/ceremonial weight - as though he were channelling communications from the great beyond.

Edgar Wappenhalter
s/t

Steve Marreyt is back with a self-titled LP, under his Edgar Wappenhalter handle. His first proper release in yonks (2010) -- unless you count the stupidly small batches of cassettes from a year or two ago -- arrives with three long and fully formed drone-folk sound-collages. Utilising mainly vocals and samples, the first side comprises a voice-only lamentation in dedication to the sadly passed Dutch artist Herman Bisschop. The flip is sample-heavy, layered and intense yet crystal clear. LP on Morc, in a limited edition of 150 only, in a screen-printed sleeve.

Penelope Trappes
Penelope Two

Penelope Two: the second solo album from Penelope Trappes (also of The Golden Filter and Priscilla Sharp). The Trappes sound is slick and noirish electronic shoegaze pop, all slow and cinematic. Trappes’ voice sets the tone with its cold cool: this album will likely do great things for Julee Cruise fans. Its released by Houndstooth.

Desert
Sense EP

Desert are the Catalan duo of Cristina Checa and Eloi Caballé who count dream pop legends like Cocteau Twins, Insides, Kate Bush and Julia Holter as just some of the inspirations for their synthetic electronic pop. Their new music was recently sent into space by the people at Sonar to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the festival. Martians way well be listening to this as we speak.     

Stray Ghost
A Shade Under Thirty

Stray Ghost, a.k.a., Anthony Saggers is now over 30, which is super old. Most likely, he made latest album A Shade Under Thirty while still under 30. Having chewed the fat with Highpoint Lowlife, Time Released Sound, 1631 and others, Saggers now brings his romantic, windswept piano plodathons to London label Phases.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

yellow6
merry6mas2018

British post-rocker yellow6 (Jon Attwood) gets into the festive spirit with merry6mas2018. Usually with Christmas albums you get at least some nod to the holidays. Not merry6mas2018. In fact, this LP is wholly comprised of offcuts from November’s 20th anniversary mega-album REFLECT. Mind you, the Jonny Greenwood-aping guitar instrumentals here are pretty enough to bring a certain brand of Xmas cheer to the table. Who's for eggnog?

The Mistys
Pregnant Mannequin

Boomkat really know how to big up their own releases in a way we don't . Their description of this, the second album from the Mistys uses all the phrases we're growing to know and love of late...'tape worn' for example. Certainly saccharine shoegaze/dreampop album recorded to a salvaged D90 tape that's about to disintegrate will catch a few listeners. We'll bat back with gothic dream pop somewhere between Mum and Grouper's Helen project. Recorded onto tape on my dad's old music centre. 
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Aukai
Branches of Sun

Markus Sieber -- born in East Germany, 15 years prior to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall -- delivers his sophomore album as Aukai, 'Branches of Sun'. Sieber spent a month holed up in the Colorado Rockies; each day crossing a frozen lake twice, to and from his studio in a cabin in the mountains. The result is an album rich in beautifully sensual, textured tones; featuring piano, cello and Andean ronroco / baritone charango -- a guitar-like instrument in the lute family. Once again Sieber has proved himself a master of delicate, dappled, emotional music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

This Mortal Coil
Blood

Blood was the third and final This Mortal Coil album and like it's predecessor Filagree and Shadow, was presented as a double album. Once again large swathes of the 4AD roster were involved and the album has several highlights that compare favourably with their earlier work. There are two Chris Bell (Big Star) songs including an exquisite 'You and Your Sister' performed by Kim Deal and Tanya Donnelly and the likes of Gene Clark, Syd Barrett and Mary Margaret O'Hara get their back catalogues raided.   
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Why?
Live at Third Man Records

Why? are a hip-hop inspired indie band fronted by Yoni Wolf. Following the release of their most recent album, last year's Moh Lhean, Why? played at Third Man Records - the Chocolate Factory to Jack White's Willy Wonka. Live at Third Man Records is a raucous reminder of the night.

Gri + Mosconi
Between Ocean and Sky

There seems to be a lot of excellent ambient, drone and soundscape coming out of Italy at the moment. Here, Francis M. Gri and Federico Mosconi come together to create Between Ocean and Sky, which is the third in the Slowcraft Presents series. Created between Milan and Verona, the album is an indefinable sound of ethereal beauty and underlying dread.  

Justin Walter
Unseen Forces

Justin Walter plays the EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) ‘wind-synth’ that is mainly seen in the hands of the Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen these days. But Unseen Forces doesn’t hide the instrument in a large ensemble: it puts the EVI out there solo, in a set of semi-improvised and sometimes re-sequenced performances. A pretty unique record, out on Kranky.

Kit Grill
Obsession

Kit Grill is a musician and producer from London. His career so far has seen him taking in influences from everywhere, working with electronic music and weird and wonderful samples. Obsession, his latest cassette, focuses solely on the piano. Since 2013 he has released 3 additional albums and 5 12” EPs, all for Primary Colours.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

This Mortal Coil
Filigree and Shadow

Filagree and Shadow was the follow up to the much loved debut It Will End In Tears from shadowy 4AD collective This Mortal Coil. Again leader Ivo Watts-Russell chose a supergroup made out of (mostly) artists on his label but this time there were more self penned compositions, enough to make it into a double album. Like it's more lauded debut exquisite taste was shown in the choice of covers with Tim Buckley, Gene Clark and Wire all getting their songbooks raided. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Heinali
Anthem

Oleg Shpudeiko has suggested that the existence of this album is linked to a therapeutic journey of recovery from emotional darkness. Given the depth of emotion present in the rich sonic world it presents, this is easy to imagine. The album utilises various methods of production and structuring, blending techniques from Shpudeiko’s modern-classical work with approaches to composition you might find on a film soundtrack. The electronic elements are prominent, with circular repetitions bringing the work close to the very outer reaches of techno and more ambient forms of noise, sat comfortably in the world of soundscape-informed music alongside Abul Mogard or Ben Frost.

Hammock
Universalis

Nashville instrumental duo Hammock are nearing fifteen years in the game. Here’s the second instalment in their planned trilogy of albums (the first was 2017’s Mysterium). They occupy an airy space between post-rock, slowcore, ambient and modern classical (aka ambient cello); sounds like Ólafur Arnalds covering Mono’s quiet bits. Titles include ‘Tether of Yearning’, ‘Scattering Light’ and ‘We Watched You Disappear’. Top post-rock titles there.

Denis Wise
Wize Music

Denis Wise, no, not former Chelsea, Wimbledon, Millwall and reality TV irritant, but the electronic/ambient/ experimental tape pioneer who has worked with Bill Laswell and Gong’s Daevid Allen. Wize Music compiles his work for the first time from his very difficult to find self-pressed LPs to work he contributed to projects with members of the Emerald Web Band. LP on Finders Keepers.

Eraldo Bernocchi
Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It

Italian multi-instrumentalist Eraldo Bernocchi, releases a soundtrack to the documentary 'Cy Dear' documenting the life of the American artist, Cy Twombly. Released on Bernocchi's co-founded label, RareNoise, Like A Fire That Consumes All Before It is an atmospheric soundtrack suitable for the life of the influential artist.  

Giulio Aldinucci
Disappearing In A Mirror

Giulio Aldinucci’s gradual path to choral sample-scamblin’ stardom has led him from Time Released Sound and Dronarivm up to this second outing for Karlrecords. Disappearing in a Mirror finds the Italian sound designer driving his sacred loops through searing distortion, droning crescendos and tenuous titles such as ‘Aphasic Semiotics’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Dennis Young
Quest

After Liquid Liquid disbanded in 1983, percussionist/marimba player Dennis Young started working on a series of New Age-y solo records. Some of these were released as small cassette runs in South Korea. Now the archivists at Daehan Electronics have dusted off the original tapes and are planning a series of reissues that will also feature previously unheard material from Young. The run kicks off with the dreamy synthetic ambiences of Quest.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Matthias Puech
Alpestres

Matthias Puech is a builder of modular synths, and also a user of those synths, in this case creating an abstract electronic soundscape that also evokes in some way an Alpine hike. Alpestres actually has a lot of sonic focus and narrative drive for a modular synth record, with evocative titles in various European languages to help the listener off on their sonic trip up the mountain.
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Yumi Zouma
EP III

Yumi Zouma - almost certainly no relation to France and Chelsea centre-back Kurt - drop a new four-track EP via Cascine (Korallreven, Chad Valley). EP III is another one of those retro-ish, ‘80s-ish, Italo Disco-ish synth things which pass for indie music these days. Will please fans of Chairlift, Bon Iver, Wild Nothing and the rest of that rabble.
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Oliver Kearns
Amelioration

Pianist and field recordist Oliver Kearns has spun together a number of different threads to form the 67 minute Amelioration. An album that completely washes over you, before slowly revealing it's depth and variety. The space within its ambience is made real by free jazz inspired drumming. On Aphelion Editions.
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epic45
Drakelow EP


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Various
Pop Ambient 2019

Ah you can set your watch by it....and terrify yourself that it seems to have been about three years since Pop Ambient 2001. Yes for fans of ambient music, time is marked by these compilations from Kompakt. The curators always seem to find something new and this year sees contributions from Coupler, Last Train To Brooklyn, The Black Frame, Yui Onodera Max Würde, Triola aka Jörg Burger / The Modernist, Thomas Fehlmann. Not always household named but part of the charm of these things is discovery.  

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
Ghost Forests

Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore are both great, let's be honest. So Ghost Forests was bound to be a winner of a record: and so it has proved. The two musicians have built six songs together, mixing the many strings of the guitar and the harp with Mary’s vocals. Ghosts Forests feels like a perfect fitting-together of two excellent solo artists: try it. On Three Lobed Recordings.

Ian William Craig
Thresholder

Ian William Craig is always very welcome round these parts, and Thresholder, the man’s first album in eighteen months, demonstrates why. Those tape machines of his are put to work in the construction of an eleven-track, forty-minute sound environment. Deep and gorgeous smeared ambience, on FatCat sub-label 130701.

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 poetry and spoken word to convey tender affection, warmth and also great tragedy and sadness.

Cigarettes After Sex
Crush

Here they are, the worst named band in the entire universe but one which has a rather palatable sound which will appeal to fans of Mazzy Star, Low and Galaxie 500. Here is a one off single following on from their much loved debut album with two tracks which have yet to see the light of day. Let's forget smoking after intercourse and just swoon to the sounds.   

Emra Grid
Shay’s Vacation House

More dark ambient devilry from the excellent Opal Tapes (Soft Issues, Fret) here. Emra Grid’s Shay’s Vacation House is a set of murky drones that will appeal to anyone who’s been enjoying The Stone Tapes’ recent output. Grouper and His Name Is Alive are also mixed up in Shay’s Vacation House.

Northerner
End Of The Holiday

Those who have missed the evocative guitar playing of Vini Reilly over the last few years, should maybe check out Northerner (AKA Martin Cummings) to get their fix. This, his third full length album on Home Assembly, is full of perfect evocative soundscapes with a dusky balearic feel and laden with those gorgeous plangent guitar stylings over gently rolling electronica.  *UK EXCLUSIVE ON SILVER VINYL* (whilst stocks last).    

Same Waves
Algorithm of Desire

‘Algorithm of Desire’ by Same Waves is an exercise in oddball electronic pop, both restrained and open-ended. Same Waves are a collaboration between Lindsay Anderson (L’ALTRA) and John Hughes, together making a sound of hushed eccentricity, welcome to scrapes of violin, plonking synths, and at times almost whispered vocals. The LP - which features contributions from the likes of Bill MacKay and Macie Stewart - is released by the Flau label.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Richard Neale
Growth + Decay

Bespectacled producer Richard “Hexagonal Packaging” Neale follows last year’s Eves with new EP Growth + Decay. Though it retains its folky tinges, the spontaneous live instrumentation of Eves largely gives way to digital loops of short phrases, layered and built up into something quite dramatic. As before, mastered by James Plotkin.

Rapoon
Little Rocket Man And The Planet That Moved

Rapoon is Robin Storey, formerly known to the world as a member of Zoviet France. He’s a busy bee, and new album The Little Rocket Man And The Planet That Moved works as a particularly good example of his well-refined aesthetic: wide, droning soundworlds, propelled by beats and considering the dark state of our planet. Released by Klanggalerie.

Irmin Schmidt
5 Klavierstücke

An album of solo piano pieces from Can keyboardist Irmin Schmidt here. The five tracks of 5 Klavierstücke are one-take improvisations which were recorded on two grand pianos - one prepared, one unprepared - and augmented with ambient noise from around the studio in the south of France. The prepared instrument forms the core of the record, and in doing so it gives the LP a strong whiff of Schmidt's one-time tutor John Cage.

Charles Ditto
Basso Continuo: Cyberdelic Ambient and Nootropic Soundscapes (1987-1994)

For fans of abstract ambient early adopter Charles Ditto, here’s a bunch of secrets well-kept. With a name like Basso Continuo: Cyberdelic Ambient and Nootropic Soundscapes, and an album-cover like that, what else is there to say? Expect compositions drawing on long, low drones as well as jumbling electronics, reminiscent of early 80’s action-flick soundtracks.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Brian Eno
Music For Films

The Bonce himself gets his 1978 LP Music For Films reissued. This is, y’know, one of those Brian Eno albums. Sure, it’s a bit of an odds-and-sods collection; yes, the tracks here are quite short when compared to the long-form half-music of something like Music For Airports; OK, it’s not that similar to what he was doing with Talking Heads at the same time. But this is still an album by Brian Eno. You know what you’re in for, and what you’re in for is nice cloud music.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Various
Spaciousness - Music Without Horizons

Lo Recordings kicks off a series on ambient music with Spaciousness - Music Without Horizons. The compilation and the ongoing series looks to highlight music labelled as ambient and new age. Spaciousness features musicians including Abul Mogard, Matthew David, Private Agenda and Cathy Luca.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Choir Boy
Passive With Desire

Synth-pop! Passive With Desire, by Choir Boy, has the intimate lonely feel of bedroom DIY productions, though the detailed band arrangements and even live instrumentation(!) actually give it a broader scope, crossing in places into the feel of actual eighties hit pop. Heavy feels and light synth melodies: out on Dais.

Winterlight
The Longest Sleep Through The Darkest Days

Plymouth shoegaze/electronic poppers Winterlight are keeping it in the family with their latest album which sees leader Tim Ingham's daughter Isabel taking over on bass duties. Cute. They've taken seven years over this faffing with all kinds of sounds before realising if it ain't broke don't fix it. Smart. 

Hiroshi Yoshimura
Music For Nine Postcards

Hiroshi Yoshimura was a pioneer of environmental music, parallel to Eno, Yoshimura created ambient music to fit with physical spaces, music to be in and live through. ...Nine Postcards is simply keyboard and rhodes played sweetly and softly. First vinyl reissue since its original release in 1982 with full reproduction of original artwork and sleeve plus new liner notes. For fans of Brian Eno’s ambient works.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Moscow Youth Cult
Brutalist

Who knew videogame sound engineers could make catchy dark pop? We haven't heard the full album yet, of course. But the first preview of the duo’s new album Brutalist starts off with a classic Hearts of Black Science midnight-loner sound, and expands with the controlled sophistication that only sound designers could reach. Excellent choice for starting off your solo dance parties.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

PLYXY
Gloryland

After being issued as a small cassette run by Ascetic House in early 2018 PLYXY’s Gloryland now gets a re-release via Hallow Ground. As is the want of the Swiss label, this record is a pretty frosty and demanding listen. The gnarled, weary synthscapes here recall Forest Swords and fellow HG act Dedekind Cut. Closer ‘March Of Youth’ breaks out into full-on noise.

Colorlist
Full Circle

Colorlist: Charles Rumback, Charles Gorzcynski, and John Hughes (of Hibernis). Four veterans of Chicago’s transgressive underground jazz scene. Here’s their fourth album, courtesy of dependably tasteful Welsh label Serein. The quartet’s interactions of woodwinds, drums and various electronics are graceful and atmospheric.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Celer
Memory Repetitions

Coming to a letterbox or collection depot near you: it’s Celer, the reliably ambient and ambiently reliable work of Tokyo resident Will Long - someone whose surname accurately describes his discography. This is a muscular five-parter - one lengthy part per disc - aimed to reflect back on the Celer story so far. Highly recommended to fans of Celer.

Janek Schaefer (For Robert Wyatt)
What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing

Scholarly sound artist Janek Schaefer has been doing his thing while garnering acclaim for at least two decades now, and here he is with a new work that showcases his transient sound at its most accessible. The new record (For Robert Wyatt) - 'What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing' was constructed from parts of Wyatt's 'Cuckooland' album and is particularly resonant, now adapted from the performance into one side of the record. The piece is complemented by 7 new equally poignant compositions. Well, count me in. Limited edition (1000 copies) of the transparent gold vinyl LP, also on CD; on Temporary Residence.

Colin Potter
Rank Sonata

Colin Potter has been orbiting the centre of the UK underground music scene(s) for his whole career, as a member of Nurse With Wound and Current 93 and through a stack of other collaborations. Rank Sonata is a fully solo work however, and finds Potter wandering his electronics down dreamy ambient pathways. On Hallow Ground.

Various
THESIS SET 03

This is set of 4x 10" records featuring Sophie Hutchings & Julia Kent, Aaron Martin & Tilman Robinson, Andrew Hargreaves & Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer/the Boats), Kyle Bobby Dunn & Anjou. Handmade packaging includes: Jackets with Unique illustration using airbrush & cut paper. Laser cut with project title and songs & THESIS Logo. Unique sleeves with pen/airbrush illustration of artist's hands and states of origin. Laser cut with credits & thesis logo Black vinyl 10" records pressed at Record Industry in The Netherlands. Poly storage sleeves.

Various
Midday Moon, Ambient and Experimental Recordings from Australia & New Zealand 1980 - 1995

Aussie label Bedroom Suck brings us Midday Moon, an excellent new double-LP comp of ambient and experimental musics out of Australia and New Zealand taken from the period of 1980 to 1995. The recordings have origins on various micro-labels, private pressings and the artists' own personal archives. Melbourne DJ / archivist Rowan 'Sanpo Disco' Mason has delved deep into a largely uncelebrated world of latter twentieth-century Aussie New Age and beyond. And we're glad he did. 

Modern Cosmology
Summer Long

Astonishingly this collaboration between Stereolab chanteuse Letitia Sadier and Brazilian band Mombojo has almost exactly the same name as the title of the recent Jane Weaver album. I mean, it’s unbelievable isn’t it? How does that happen?  Anyway this should be a nice small album of  bossa-nova, pop, and psychedelia for summer. 

Keir Vine
Instance

London’s Trestle Records (City Shepherd, Adam Coney) drop a record from famed keyboardist/hang player Keir Vine. The Instance EP is rather different to the plush post-jazz that Vine dishes up as part of Portico Quartet. These eight tracks are built around droning church organs, field recordings, found sounds and little snippets of piano. They've got a bit of a Ghost Box flavour to it. It all adds up to a really nice listen.

Nik Turner & Youth
Pharaohs From Outer Space

From Killing Joke to Embrace, from U2 to Paul McCartney, Youth has pretty much done everything there is to do within the musical sphere...except perhaps collaborate on an album with Hawkwind saxophonist Nik Turner. Well now he's ticked that off his bucket list with this album of enticing sonic soundscapes. Fans of 1990 will also be pleased to see Adamski making an appearance. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ultrafog
How Those Fires Burned That Are No Longer

Kouhei Fukuzumi has released a couple of cassettes for Japanese label Solitude Solutions and Spain's Angoisse imprint and now makes his vinyl debut as Utlrafog on Los Angeles' excellent Motion Ward label -- their previous release was an ace from uon (West Mineral Ltd.) 'How Those Fires Burned That Are No Longer' runs the duration of a mini-album, and is pure bliss from the off - with the torch song like ambient of opener 'Swallow', the more zoned and trippy 'OIO', and dreamy droner 'Golden Tundra'. On the flipside the beautifully majestic 'Trace' precedes the fluttering tropical Fourth World ambient of 'Scent' before 'Cependant' has us riding the skies. Tip for fans of uon, Space Afrika, GAS, Huerco S. etc.
  • Vinyl 12" (MW004)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Not sure that you need us to introduce this one to you. The album that broke Aphex Twin to the masses (relatively speaking), Selected Ambient Works 85-92 starts with two genuinely sublime pieces of music, ‘Xtal’ and ‘Tha’, which your collection literally cannot be without. The whole thing is great though, whether for solo listening late at night or for esoteric dancefloors. An absolute classic.

Ensemble 0
Ensemble 0 Plays Eight Compositions and It Lasts 38:36

Can’t fault them for clarity and accuracy. Ensemble 0 Plays Eight Compositions and It Lasts 38:36 delivers on each of the promises of its title, and the individual tracks follow the same format. This contemporary group devised their own pieces for (mostly) acoustic instrumentation, and the results are tenderly-textured and delicately explorative. LP release on the Flau label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Saloli
The Deep End

The Year Zero for Mary Sutton’s debut LP as Saloli was a performance at a clothing-optional soaking-pool sauna. In attempting to make music for people relaxing in hot bubbly water, Sutton came up with these sounds of warm, tranquil beauty. The generative point of The Deep End encourages comparisons with Yamaneko’s Spa Commissions, but the sounds here lean more towards the New Age reissues of Seance Centre. Out via Kranky (Tim Hecker, Dedekind Cut).

Heinali
Iridescent

A new full-length album from busy Ukrainian sound-worker Oleg Shpudeiko, aka Heinali. Iridescent is mostly crafted out of modular synth improvisations, some of which are then reworked and re-ordered to created the finished pieces we hear here. Sometimes deep in ambient drifts, and sometimes pumping beats, this material is always strong for those who like some electronic adventure.

Jon Porras
Voices Of The Air

John Porras, of Barn Owl fame, was inspired by Gita Sarabhai and John Chowning’s writings on frequency modulation synthesis to make Voices Of The Air. Here he replaces his guitar with a Yamaha DX7 synthesiser, in order to explore more possibilities in the areas of focused minimal sound. Deep material, out on Ba Da Bing!

Hibernis
Middle Of The Meds

Hibernis drop an LP via Serein (Hauschka, Herzog). Middle Of The Meds is a record of ambient electronica that carries itself with a quiet intensity. John Hughes (son of John Hughes, director of Ferris Bueller's Day Off etc.) creates brooding instrumentals reminiscent of Susanna And The Magical Orchestra and the obfuscating synthscapes that characterise Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ work for screen. The way Lindsay Anderson then embeds her vocals in the mix is reminiscent of Grouper.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cye Wood & Lisa Gerrard
The Trail Of Genghis Khan

Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance) and Cye Wood collaborated on this music as an accompaniment to the film The Trail Of Genghis Khan, a film about Mongolia seen through the perspective of an Australian man. Strings and voice build up the backbone of this record, creating sparsely beautiful atmospheres. Vinyl release on the splendidly named Infinite Fog label.

Various
Switched - On Eugene

The Eugene of this compilation’s title isn’t a specific person but a place: Eugene, Oregon, where the Eugene Electronic Music Collective gathered to hippily make sounds in the 80’s. Numero Group once again do a great job of sifting and creating, presenting sixteen selections from members of the group. Real intimate, DIY direct stuff, mined from obscurity.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Orb
History Of The Future Part 2

Available on double CD or as a boxset with 3 CDs and DVD on Malicious Damage. Having announced a new album due in 2015, The Orb have released two retrospective compilations their work up until now. Including only released on vinyl tunes and unreleased video footage on the DVD, as well as completely unreleased songs "Baghdad Batteries Launch Night" and "Jam On Your Honey".

Motohiko Hamase
Reminiscence

Motohiko Hamase’s Reminiscence is another one of those rare vintage items that will quickly pluck up the attention of serious vinyl collector heads, but this reissue thankfully puts it in the hands of the regular listener and lover of new-agey, electric-bass-led ambient-jazz-fusion music. Reissued by Studio Mule.

Secretsundaze
Cyber EP

After many years of DJing, putting on parties and running the Secretsundaze label the duo of James Priestley & Giles Smith are now starting to show off their production skills. Following on from the Still Hope EP that came out on Phonica back in June the pair release Cyber. This EP sees the title track done three ways - the deep ‘House Pass’, the Danielle Baldelli-esque ‘Cosmic Slide’ and the Floating Points-aping ‘Ambient Sax Mix’. Good stuff.
  • Vinyl 12" (MULEMUSIQ230)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

MKWAJU ensemble
KI-Motion

An unknown classic, KI-Motion is some of the finest percussion work you'll likely hear. Rhythms made meditative and minimalist, the MKWAJU Ensembl explored fertile ground in the world of ambience, influenced by the membership of legendary percussionist Midori Takada. A resonant masterstroke.

Dakota Suite & Dag Rosenqvist
What Matters Most

A slow, haunting new LP from Dakota Suite here. What Matters Most sees DS auteur Chris Hooson join forces with Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) and former collaborator Emanuele Errante (Elem). With Hooson taking up the singer-songwriter's archetypal companions of guitar and piano, the other two augment his snow-slow songs with all manner of instruments and effects. They flush tracks like ‘Now That You Know’ with a mournful, glacial beauty that brings to mind a digital Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

A New Line (Related)
A Roomful of Lovers

Limited hand painted 7" following on from critically acclaimed Dead Albatross nominated LP on Home Assembly. Features an original cut of non-album track 'A Roomful of Lovers' plus a Miles Whittaker (Demdike Stare) edit.  A New Line (Related) is the solo project of Andrew Johnson (Remote Viewer, Hood) creating gorgeous, minimal swathes of ambient techno with nods to Deepchord and Gas. 

William Basinski + Lawrence English
Selva Oscura

William Basinski and Lawrence English are friends (one based in LA, the other somewhere in Australia) whose paths have crossed numerous times over the past 5 or 6 years, sometimes by chance and other times more deliberately. In those moments they began to make the embryonic basis of Selva Oscura. Within its grooves are two extended pieces of music representing constantly shifting and unspooling states of being. A gradual, eternal reveal, of coming into contact with the 'strange familiar'. Choose from Indies-only opaque grey vinyl, or regular black LP. On Temporary Residence.

bvdub
Drowning in Daylight

The illustrious esquires at Apollo represent sadcore-ambient titan bvdub’s label of the week for Drowning in Daylight, a quadrilogy of teary twenty-minute longuns with right poetic titles. Now passing the thirty album mark, Brock Van Wey can be counted on for the skills to pay the bills and give your ears some cinematic thrills.

Leifur James
A Louder Silence

Late Night Tales offshoot imprint Night Time Stories issue the debut LP from Leifur James. Gilles Peterson is a fan of the young Londoner’s music, which is no surprise given that the kind of jazzy electronica that makes up A Louder Silence is catnip for the Brownswood boss. Tracks like ‘Red Sea’ and ‘Time’ are reminiscent of early Nicolas Jaar if he’d come up with the current crop of London jazzers like Nubya Garcia and Joe Armon-Jones.

Rhian Sheehan
A Quiet Divide

Rhian Sheehan is one of those ‘contemporary classical’ composers, which is a fancy way of saying you make music to be used in adverts for banks. Though we’ve never heard of him before it seems to be that he’s extremely popular in his native New Zealand. A Quiet Divide is an LP of thirteen tracks and that’s all we have to say on the matter.

Steve Hauschildt
Dissolvi

Former Emeralds synth wizard Steve Hauschildt returns with 'Dissolvi' the name taken from the latin phrase cupio dissolvi, meaning "I wish to be dissolved". Let's hope Steve isn't dissolved any time soon as here he presents another example of his work which contains techno pulses, synth haze, the voice of Julianna Barwick. 

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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