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Silent Vigils
Fieldem

Thoughtful, patient and gentle ambient music from Silent Vigils. Fieldem is the first collaborative release of many from Stijn Hüwels on Home Normal, this time with James Murray. Together they craft a soundscape for reflection and remembrance, for hope and for forgiveness. 
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Penelope Trappes
Carry Me

Run the Trappes! The Penelope Trappes, to be precise. Having released her acclaimed debut LP Penelope One on Optimo last year, Trappes is now hot-footing it over to Houndstooth for the follow-up. To tide people over before Penelope Two (seems she’s got a thing going there) Trappes is releasing this 7”. It contains album track ‘Carry Me’ and exclusive tune ‘I Can Hear You…’. The former is a mournful, syrup-slow ballad in the Grouper vein; the latter a Gothic Colin Newman tribute. Carry Me also comes with a CD on which Abul Mogard turns the title track into a reverberant drone.

Pinkshinyultrablast
In The Hanging Gardens

Pinkshinyultrablast return with their latest 10", almost definitely cementing their position as the best shoegaze band to come out of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Dreamy synths and vocals from vocalist Lyubov, taking notes from forefathers such as My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins. On Club AC30 - limited run of 'rose sunshine' coloured vinyl.
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Less Bells
Solifuge

The location of Joshua Tree, California is important to Solifuge, the full-length debut by Less Bells. The dichotomy of summer monsoons and starry nights that the desert landscape bring inform the dramatic and desolate qualities of the music. The woman behind the project, Julia Carpenter, made the music by reshaping a classical string piece through a process of cut-ups before transposing the passages for the synthesizer. LP and CD on Kranky.

Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.
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  • BBE

Midori Takada & Lafawndah
Le Renard Bleu

The first new release from Midori Takada in almost two decades! Le Renard Bleu (translation: ‘The Blue Fox’) is a single-track, twenty-minute EP that sees the Japanese composer step out alongside NYC’s Lafawndah. Takada plays tuned percussion and also employs waterphones, Japanese strings and various drums in her composition. Meanwhile Lafawndah offers vocals that appear to draw strength from both Western and Eastern opera. It’s potent stuff.
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  • !K7

Deathprod
Morals and Dogma

The early works of Norwegian experimentalist Deathprod (aka Supersilent member Helge Sten) here receive some attention from Smalltown Supersound’s reissues division. Morals And Dogma is a particularly dense Deathprod record, composed over many years using multiple guest musicians in addition to Sten’s electronics rig. Vinyl reissue.

Helios
Veriditas

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

Odeon
Galaxies

Captain’s log, star date 2018-02. We’ve received a transmission from the four-person crew of the vessel Odeon, in the Edizioni Mundo sector. Title Galaxies, it appears to be a series of immaculate references to psychedelic 1970s Italian film soundtracks and 1980s synthpop. It is clearly the work of some serious connoisseurs. We are not yet sure what this fabulous space music means, but we like it.

Parekh & Singh
Science City

Parekh & Singh present their second LP, and boy is it lush. Science City perhaps lands somewhere between the gorgeous dream-pop of Beach House and the textured arrangements of Grizzly Bear: in any case, its eleven tracks make up a beautiful and rich listen. Science City  is released by the Peacefrog label.

Monoganon
VISITATIONS 0101

Lost Map (Lazy Day, Alabaster DePlume) kick off their new VISITATIONS series with an EP from old favourite Monoganon. The Scotland-born, Sweden-based artist John B. McKenna has turned in a record of delightfully unusual electronica here. Opener ‘Visitations 1’ is a strange bit of anti-acid that obliquely recalls Proc Fiskal, but following track ‘One By One’ is beautiful electro-pop that could pass for something off of Bon Iver’s second LP. On the flip, ‘Visitations 3’ and ‘Visitations 5’ are dubby Balearic takes.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

LFZ
Name Plus Focus

Making their bow on Castle Face are retro-futurists LFZ. Name Plus Focus arrives with the John Dwyer Seal Of Approval - probably par for the course given that it is being released by his label. One spin of this LP and you can see why. The icy, vaguely proggy synthscapes here are the sort of thing that has been creeping into Thee Oh Sees/Oh Sees/OCS sound for some time now. For fans of Italians Do It Better, or perhaps Wendy Carlos if you’re of a more classic disposition.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

GAS
Rausch

You wait years for a new GAS album and two come along (almost) at once. Hot on the heels of last year's 'Narkopop' this is a different kettle of fish altogether, consisting of one long track which you are meant to listen to in one sitting. Wolfgang Voigt's work is ideal for this long form presentation. He's possibly less good at poetry though, so we won't reproduce in full the poem he's written to accompany the work.

Michiru Aoyama
Brilliant Days

Brilliant Days is the second release on vinyl from Japanese producer Michiru Aoyama. He lives by the sea in Kamakura, Japan, and this location informs his ambient music. Brilliant Days consists of two pieces of music made from electric guitar lines treated with electronics to create a serene soundscape. His work has been much praised by the legendary Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Aoyama has also reinforced his knowledge of electronic music with a stint in Berlin as well as releasing work on Organic Industries, Taalem and Somehow Recordings.

Tropics
Nocturnal Souls

After LPs for Planet Mu and Innovative Leisure, the latest full-length from Chris Ward’s Tropics project drops via Plus Fours. Nocturnal Souls is an accomplished neo-soul album in the vein of his mates BADBADNOTGOOD - indeed, the celebrated jazz group crop up as backing band here. Ward’s fine songwriting style incorporates elements of the French New Wave, cosmic jazz, chillwave and even a little 'Reckoner'-era Radiohead. He’s got a great set of pipes on him too.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 3

This is the third collection of tracks from Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook entitled, you guessed it, The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 3). This one also brings about the composers differing electronic sounds and throws them together to create electronic master pieces. Available on double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl. 

Carl Weingarten
Living In The Distant Present

Carl Weingarten is a long underrated ambient slide guitarist. Hopefully, this reissue of his 1985 album, Living in The Distant Present, can change that. His music is deeply meditative, and will be comfortingly familiar to fans of new age music. Most impressively, Weingarten manages to find the ambient slide guitar equivalent of shredding. 

Negro
Clase media

Valencia’s Fernando Junquera, performing as Negro, is a solo guitarist whose mastery of his instrument allows his music to smoothly encompass a world of sounds, from American primitive to Tortoise-tinged post-rock to deep Loren Connors style ambience. Clase media is the third Negro solo album, and it is out on the La Castanya label.

Kira Kira
Alchemy & Friends

Icelandic ‘audio/visual prankster’ Kira Kira presents a lavish release on Time Released Sound (Porya Hatami, Ghostwriter). It’s the usual Reykjavik sort of thing from Kira Kira here, though Alchemy & Friends does stand out from the Olafur Arnalds/Sigur Ros crowd for its patience and attention to detail. These are detailed experimental ambiences that draw from electroacousticism, drone, chamber music and more. Very nice indeed. The handmade packaging is lovely too.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Long Now
Restoration EP

The Long Now - a duo made up of Richard Norris (The Grid, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve) and opera singer-turned-experimental musician Finnur Bjarnason - release their debut EP. Restoration is kind of what you’d expect from a classically-trained Icelander and a British electronica OG. Weighty soundscapes, pitter-patter beats and lots of messing around with voice. If you enjoyed that Kiasmos thing that Olafur Arnalds did a little while back then this one is likely to rustle your jimmies.
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Martini Ranch
Holy Cow

Here’s one that might be news to you. As a tribute to the passing of Bill Paxton Futurismo have unearthed his avant-synth-pop project Martini Ranch, from 1986-1988 he worked with Andrew Todd, and also featured members of The B52’s and Devo. The reissue comes with a DVD featuring two music videos directed by James Cameron and Rocky Schenck.

Forma
Semblance

Forma return to Kranky (Grouper, Tim Hecker) for their latest LP. Semblance is another fine record from the Brooklyn group that combines their penchant for minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Jon Gibson with a contemporary modular sensibility. The likes of ‘Three-Two’, while not exactly being techno, have as much pulse and movement as any DJ tool. The trio maintain the control and focus of the best art-music ensembles throughout Semblance. Lovely artwork too.

Cocteau Twins
Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay

A nice new pair of Cocteau Twins reissues from 4AD, remastered anew using the original analogue master tapes. This release combines two EPs, Tiny Dynamine and Echoes In A Shallow Bay. Originally released within two weeks of each other in 1985, it makes a lot of sense to see them presented together here on one platter of 180g vinyl.
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  • 4AD

Masayoshi Fujita
Book of Life

Masayoshi Fujita - an artist you may know better from his Jan Jelinek collaborations under the guise of El Fog - completes the trio of vibraphone LPs begun with 2013’s Stories. Book Of Life keeps the focus on the big metal xylophone while also incorporating a wider range of tertiary instruments than the Japanese composer has previously. Orchestral strings, choirs and brass crop up on these exercises in contemporary classicism. Out via Erased Tapes.

Kruder & Dorfmeister
The K&D Sessions

On its first release in the late 90s, this epic downbeat journey was ranked alongside Carboot Soul and Entroducing as an eternal late night classic. Now almost twenty years later its legend lives on. The numerous collaborations and session tracks still sound deep and wonderful, and are come on a vast and satisfying five LPs. Dig in.
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  • !K7
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Kano
Runes

The first thing to say about this is that it’s not by the grime legend Kano. In fact, Runes is about as far away from ‘P’s And Q’s’ as it’s possible to get. Originally released in 1986 under the names of both Kano and Don Campbell - again, nothing to do with the Lover’s Rock singer - Runes is a spare, haunting record that teeters on the border between New Age music and ritual/dark ambient. Re-released by Subliminal Sounds.

Kodaline
Politics Of Living

Aha! B-Unique Records, is it? Wondered when we’d see you again. The London ‘indie’ label may never scale the dizzying heights of the time when it had The Kaiser Chiefs, The Ordinary Boys and The Twang on its roster, but at least now it can call on the services of workmanlike Irish rockers Kodaline. It’s probably not a coincidence that new LP Politics Of Living has been dropped at exactly the right moment to ride on the coat-tails of the Snow Patrol comeback.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Tanukichan
Sundays

A nice bit of shoegaze from Hannah van Loon’s project Tanukichan, channeling those Sundays vibes into some proper dreamy, though never lightweight, songcraft. The sound is very Californian and dreamy, with extra instrumentation beyond van Loon’s vocals and rad guitar handled by producer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Out on Company Records.

Tropic of Coldness
Framed Waves

Italian-American duo Tropic Of Coldness release their latest drone opus via Glacial Movements (bvdub & Loscil, Scanner). It’s a fittingly-named label for an album such as Framed Waves. This is a work of slow beauty built on sonic micro-shifts rather than abrupt changes. Hums, whirrs and groans drift over one another across these five lengthy entries, with the occasional spool of electric guitar added for extra poignancy.

Chihei Hatakeyama / Vida Vojić
FTS002

The second release in First Terrace’s split 12” EP series is from Chihei Hatakeyama and Vida Vojic, both presenting typically quiet and considered work. Chihei’s single piece is precisely as lush as you’d expect from this ambient guitar wizard, and Vida’s material is designed to be heard in utter darkness, derived from an exhibition. On First Terrace.

Christina Vantzou
No. 4

This latest LP from Christina Vantzou is a bit of a love-in. Getting together with Angel Deradoorian, Forma's John Also Bennett, Clarice Jensen and a fair few others, the Belgian composer allowed her collaborators to add or delete parts at will. Surprisingly, the record doesn’t feel cluttered, coming across more as the work of a hive-mind operating under Vantzou’s guiding hand. Tracks like ‘Some Limited And Waning Memory’, for instance, are full of the ambient minimalism and open spaces that characterised her three previous albums.

Tim Hecker
Radio Amor

A new opportunity to experience the earlier work of beloved dronester Tim Hecker with this reissue of his 2003 second album Radio Amor. This one is focused and powerful, with perhaps a little less of the mellow counterpoints to the harshness that we find on later Hecker albums. Must hear stuff if you don’t know it already. On Kranky.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 4

The Dark Side of the Moog (Vol. 4) is another compilation record from two great electronic composers: Klaus Schulze and Pete Namlook. Apart from looking rather cool on the record sleeve, the music is pretty damn cool, too. Available on a double vinyl LP with an insert, and released on Music on Vinyl.  
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Tim Linghaus
Memory Sketches

Last seen in 2016, debuting Vhoir on Moderna Records and turning a few heads, East German Tim Linghaus readies his next batch of tunes for Tokyo’s Schole Records. And Sweden’s 1631 Recordings. As before, Tim offers up a number of plodding, wistful piano pieces, laced with strings and delicate electronics.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Pariah
Here From Where We Are

Pariah makes his long-awaited return with his even-longer-awaited debut LP. The reason that the one born Arthur Cayzer has taken so long to drop Here From Where We Are is down to the fact that, after getting a little jaded by music, he took time to rediscover the sounds that really made him tick. As such, this record is a nice mix of the sort of banging techno he does alongside Blawan in Karenn and synth ambiences, sound art and more. He sounds like he’s enjoying himself, which is nice. Out via Houndstooth.

Immersion
Sleepless

Immersion is the pairing of Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel and Wire’s Colin Newman, dabbling once more in experimental goodness. Sleepless is beautifully put together, giving off nice kosmische vibes at times. The album also features some guest appearances, from members of Hexenschuss and Holy Fuck. Released on the Swim label.

Earthen Sea
An Act Of Love

Earthen Sea is the solo project of Jacob Long, also of the punkish outfit Mi Amo. The music he makes as Earthen Sea however is fairly different, being a form of dub techno that leans so far into ambient music that at times you can just forget about the dancefloor. Big wam sweeps of sound will swallow you up white the 4/4s keep you moving. New album An Act Of Love is released by Kranky.

Kutiman
Don't Hold Onto the Clouds

The multi-talented Kutiman drops a new full-length via his own Siyal Music imprint. Don’t Hold Onto the Clouds is, in the producer/instrumentalist/label-owner/animator’s own words, a record that helps him fall asleep. We can see why that’s the case - the four lengthy entries here are languid things that recall, among others, Moondog and Alice Coltrane. There’s also a clear influence of Indian classical music. It’s a dreamy LP for sure.

Tim Hecker
Mirages

'Mirages' is one of ambient musician and noise thrill-seeker Tim Hecker's earliest works, originally released in 2004. Back in the days of its initial release, Alien8 described the record as a "death metal ambient classic in waiting", which sums up the harsh, often dissonant soundscapes Hecker was interested in making in his early days. This record is glitchy, choppy and above all blunt, an unsentimental take on a musician who has gone on to make some of the most emotive ambient music out there. It's good to be evil sometimes, Tim. You can now grab 'Mirages' from Kranky/Alien8 as part of a lovely reissue initiative. 

C. Diab
No Perfect Wave

No Perfect Wave is a stunning tonal mix of bowed guitars and tape manipulation that creates waves of shifting drones that are melancholic yet beautifully uplifting, no tension, just resolve. Arthur Russell, Colin Stetson, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor but if they spent the week with Sigur Ros, you know, to cheer them up a bit.

Ben Chatwin
Staccato Signals

Talvihorros remains in hibernation while Ben Chatwin issues a third album under his own name for Village Green. This one began as an attempt to do a purely electronic analogue synth album, but that’s not really our Ben, is it? Acoustic instrumentation found its way into things sooner or later, and what you get is a record bubbling with analogue warmth and cinematic strings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Steve Gibbs
Adrift

Steve Gibbs presents his debut album, although this may not be the first time you’ve heard his music. Gibbs’ more cinematic compositions have already appeared in film, TV and dance productions, and have been popular on Bandcamp. No surprise really, as his style mixes stately neo-classical piano and strings with subtle electro-acoustic tweakery. Adrift is released by Injazero.

Wolves in the Throne Room
BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini

Southern Lord drop an LP of Wolves In The Throne Room live cuts. For their 2011 BBC Session the Washington group surprised everyone by coming through with wildly different interpretations of two tracks from their Celestial Lineage LP (also 2011). Rather than performing ‘Prayer Of Transformation’ and ‘Thuja Magus Imperium’ as thick-as-tar black metal numbers that also function as paeans to humankind’s fatal failings, for this session the tracks are transformed into thick-as-tar black metal numbers that also function as paeans to humankind’s fatal failings … on ice!

Orchard (Aidan Baker, Gaspar Claus, Franck Laurino, Maxime Tisserand)
Serendipity

Another supergroup curation by ici d’ailleurs director Stéphane Grégoire, Orchard consists of Nadja’s Aidan Baker, Pedro Solo’s Gaspar Claus, Zéro’s Frank Laurino and Chapier Fou’s Maxime Tisserand. The quartet, strangers at the time of curation, hit it off with strong improvisations of ambientish post-rock - not unlike ol’ Tortoise. Appropriately, beautiful photos of an orchard comprise the artwork.

Schengen/Portal/Innerise/Weyland
EP


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Christina Vantzou
Nº1 Remixes / Nº1 Film

This limited edition CD+DVD set includes a 47-minute film by Christina Vantzou exclusive to the DVD. The films are set to the entire audio of her wonderful 'No. 1' album which was released on Kranky back in October 2011. Also included is a CD of remixes of tracks from that album, featuring a stellar line-up of artists including; Koen Holtkamp, Loscil, Ernest Gibson, Montgomery Knott, Ben Vida, Dustin O'Halloran, Robert Lippok, and ISAN.

Fazerdaze
Morningside

Flying Nun are beloved by many for their central role in documenting New Zealand’s underground indie scene, but they haven’t rested on their laurels. Here they have brand new work from up-and-coming artist Fazerdaze, who has swiftly moved from bedroom production to the fully-fledged ecstatic indie pop we hear here. Morningside is released on CD and vinyl LP.

Susso Seki Singh
Orange Sunshine

Exuberant trio Susso Seki Singh are here with their debut album, a ravishing, limited-edition gold-coloured vinyl, that sees the gifted musicians weaving together hypnotic instrumentation and subtle electronica. This record showcases the kora, the Celtic Harp and santoor to devastating effect. Meditative and powerful.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Them Are Us Too
Amends

Them Are Us Too is the collaborative project of Kennedy Ashlyn and Cash Askew, a duo who had been sketching demos in homage to their shared younger passions of generations-old shoegaze and dream pop.Tragically, Askew died in the Ghost Ship fire of 2016 -- Kennedy returned to the studio to finish the startling, unabashed, overdriven pop they were working on, getting production help from Telefon Tel Aviv.

David Tagg
PILL SERIES USB

This release from David Tagg is released on a USB stick packaged within a pill box that promises ‘Sleeping Pills’. But PILL SERIES USB carries the conceit beyond that: the musical contents are in fact intended to soothe the listener to sleep, over the course of 8 hours of ambience. Only 21 copies of this unusual release, hurry hurry!

Michal Turtle feat. HOVE
Middle of the Road Less Travelled

80s electro tinkerer Michal Turtle has seen a renewed interest in his music in recent years, with Music From Memory reissuing a number of records from his back catalogue. Now Light Of Other Days sees him team up with guitarist Hove for this EP of gentle deep house and Balearic beat. There’s a nice dinky quality to the synths on Middle of the Road Less Travelled that recalls Dazion and Dip In The Pool.
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Immersion
Analogue Creatures Living on An Island

Immersion is a project by Colin Newman of Wire and Malka Spigel of Githead. It was shelved just before 2000 and has now been brought back on Newman’s Swim imprint. Analogue Creatures Living on An Island is glorious synthetic dream pop that lacks structure or rhythm, it nears on drone, but with an undeniable sunshine to it.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 1

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. These ain’t covers though: the material here on Volume One is space-synth ambient music on an epic scale. Double LP release from Music On Vinyl.

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.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.

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.

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. 

Various
(The Microcosm): Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986

Acting as a sequel to Light in the Attic’s I Am The Center, The Microcosm delves further into experimental new age electronic compositions from the 70s and 80s. Mapping a peaceful yet strange world between prog, psych and ambient electronica. With pieces from Vangelis, Roedelius, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh, Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys.

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).

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’.

You + Your D. Metal Friend
Sonnier


William Basinski
Silent Night

William Basinski with another one of those long-ass bits of ambient niceness that he does so well here. Across the course of an hour Silent Night undulates slowly between hissing drones and heavenly synth choirs. Basinski says that he thinks of the hissing sound as crickets, which sounds about right. Arvo Pärt, The Caretaker, yada yada yada.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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,

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.

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.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cigarettes After Sex
Cigarettes After Sex

This is the debut full-length album from Cigarettes After Sex, following up on a number of EPs. They’ve stepped things up for the occasion, with a sound more widescreen than ever before. The songs are romantic in subject matter and sonic construction: this could well be the soundtrack to your next heartache. CD and LP editions available on Partisan Records.

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.
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  • SFE
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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

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.

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.

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. 

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

Jon Hassell
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)

First album in nine years from Fourth World aesthetic creator Jon Hassell. On Listening To Pictures he applies the painterly technique of pentimento, where new strokes unearth older ones, to a kind of ambient jazz. Using overdubs Hassell creates dense ever shifting layers that are an absolute joy on the ears. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Aukai
Aukai

German composer/producer Markus Sieber assumes the Aukai moniker for his debut LP after moving away from his recent career in acting. He manages to channel the drama of his last profession through cinematic, orchestrated acoustic ambiences evoking the feeling of travel and memories of time spent in natural surroundings, all of this subtly enhanced by electronics. Enticing!
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.

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.

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.

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

Leonardo Rosado
Studies On Solitude


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

offthesky & Pleq
A Thousand Fields

A collaborative effort between US based offthesky a.k.a. Jason Corder and Polish resident Pleq a.k.a. Bartosz Dziadosz this is an album of experimental ambience. Utilising abstract treatments of minimalism, field recordings and playing with delicate use of single piano strings, harp, echo and more this is a album of both space and depth. 'A Thousand Fields' is the first time these artists have worked together on an album. This is available as a 2xLP set, cut at 45 rpm on 180gram vinyl with a tip-on style heavy gatefold sleeve and OBI strip featuring artwork from Pyhai. The first 300 copies will include a bonus 7" entitled "Still Your Bones" (INFX 062 S) with 2 exclusive tracks. There are only 500 copies pressed in total - so be quick.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.

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)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Biosphere
The Petrified Forest

From his hazy and ambient universe, Norwegian producer Geir Jenssen - aka Biosphere - has begun to raise eyebrows with his eery brand of twisted techno. Returning with The Petrified Forest, a mini album inspired by the 1930's movie of the same title, Jenssen boasts his creativity with a bewildering sense of unfathomable atmospheres. 

Loscil
Plume

Scott Morgan’s fourth Loscil album Plume took a different approach to previous efforts, using harmonic roots as a platform for live improvisation in the studio, with editing kept to a minimum. The ambient drone/electronica that Morgan deals in swells and recedes slowly throughout and proves itself adaptable to change. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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