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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.
  • CD (WM54)
  • Vinyl 10" (VWM52)

Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk
Passage

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

Carsten Jost
Perishable Tactics

David Lieske has been keeping himself busy with various activities, but it’s been a colossal amount of time since he last released a full-length under his Carsten Jost moniker (2000!). Perishable Tactics combines brand new material with a few previously issued limited-release cuts, with the whole thing meshing together into a sterling example of agitated house music. CD / double LP release on Dial.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DIALLP039)
  • CD (DIALCD039)

Electric Sewer Age
Moon’s Milk In Final Phase


  • Vinyl LP (SOL185)
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  • CD (SOL185CD)
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Leonard Donat
Deer Traps

Alexander Leonard Donat hasn’t got enough projects to be getting on with it seems. With his various monikers covering kraut drone (Vlimmer), indie shoegaze (Leonard Las Vegas) power-pop-fuzz (Infravoid) and more Deer Traps is a minimal ambient affair that swells and shifts between empty cityscapes and woodland, with vinyl crackling and ghost-like presence of Leyland Kirby. CDr on his Blackjack Illuminist label.
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Au.Ra
Cultivations

Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles return to the Felte label for their sophomore full length as Au.Ra. For fans of Slowdive, Pale Saints, Primal Scream, Cultivations has grown from Au.Ra’s previously successful formula of not rushing things and letting things take shape. This heady, airy and freeing shoegaze sound is the result, unforced but nurtured.
  • Vinyl LP (FLT042LP)
  • CD (FLT042CD)

James Murray
Floods Returned

After a couple of albums on Home Normal, Ultimae, and Voxxov british ambient artist James Murray returns to his own Slowcraft label with this gorgeous limited CD. Slow unfolding ambience that has the ethereal uplifting qualities of Brian Eno’s Apollo, chords and notes are near impossible actually grasp.
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Milieu
Blisschord Variations


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Nigel Samways
The Singing Gloom


  • CD single (TTL036)
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yellow6
Sounds & Moving Pictures


  • CD (P06S01)
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Silent Diane
Capella / Lights On


  • Vinyl 7" (TRUE-065)
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Phillippe Hallais
An American Hero

Philippe Hallais has been producing as Low Jack for some time, but here he steps out under his own name for the first time, presenting some rather different experiments. An American Hero finds Hallais taking on the tropes of, er, ESPN sports documentaries, presenting a suite of ambientish tracks that trace out the ghost of one of these generic narratives. An American Hero is released by Modern Love.
  • CD (LOVE106)
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Penelope Trappes
Penelope One

Inspired by Scott Walker and This Mortal Coil, Penelope Trappes rented a small studio in London and set about making an album that reflected the boldness of those artists. Mainly using just piano, voice and effects, Trappes has produced the sort of emotionally vulnerable music she describes as free, empowered and naked. 
  • Vinyl LP (OMLP11)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Celer & Machinefabriek
Greetings From

Two drone geniuses get together and improvise their way through a bunch of live performances, then set their exemplary work down for Greetings From. Celer and Machinefabriek used their improvised, free form approach to playing together as a way of producing the strangest results possible for their music, and they offer it to us here in a gorgeous packaging of postcards and photos.
  • Poster
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J.D. Emmanuel
Rain Forest Music

After making a handful of ambient new age albums in the early 80s J.D. Emmanuel basically stopped, moved house and left all of his records there. Luckily rediscovered this album caused enough of a stir to see him return to music and now get reissued through Aguirre. Heavily inspired by Terry Riley and Steve Reich, Rain Forest Music is filled with serene twinkling synth melodies and calm field samples that sooth the soul.
  • Vinyl LP (ZORN047LP)

Monos
Age & Transformation


  • CD (INFX 044)
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Various
Schole Collection Box

Check this out Schole fans: the label is celebrating its tenth birthday with this hefty five CD box-set! The Schole Collection Box contains highlights from across the label’s substantial catalogue, arranged chronologically by release date. Artists represented include Daisuke Miyatani, Quentin Sirjacq, Akira Kosemura and Dakota Suite, plus many many more. Limited edition.
  • CD box set (SCH-050)
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L. Pierre
Surface Noise


  • Vinyl 10" (MELO087LP)

M. Ostermeier
Tiny Birds

On Tiny Birds, M. Ostermeier focuses on the gradual development of sparse and minimal piano melodies and then intertwines them with beautiful field recordings and delicate violin. Home Normal have unearthed another gem with this patient album of neoclassical drone and gorgeous ambient chamber music.
  • CD (HOMEN071)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Keith Berry
Simulacra


  • CD (INFX 069)
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Alex Durlak
Seconds


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ELS
Winters Split


  • Tape (GW01)
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David Wenngren & Jonatan Nastesjo
Below


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Valgeir Sigurdsson
Architecture Of Loss


  • Vinyl LP (HVALUR13LP)
  • CD (HVALUR13CD)

Valgeir Sigurdsson
Draumalandid


  • Vinyl LP (HVALUR8LP)
  • CD (HVALUR8CD)

Paul Corley
Disquiet


  • CD (HVALUR15CD)

Pefkin
Murmurations

Pefkin is the solo project of Gayle Brogan, who has been involved in bands / projects like Electroscope and Boa Melody Bar for many years. Murmurations is an album of secretive folk-drone, and ambient song, for the most part themed around birds. Released as a limited edition of “just over 100” LPs, each accompanied by a lyric sheet. On Morc.
  • Vinyl LP (morc 73)
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  • Limited edition

Hessien
Calcifer EP


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Pantha du Prince
The Triad: Ambient Versions

Pantha du Prince’s wonderful album The Triad now returns… in ambient form! Rather than farming out the stems to other producers, Pantha has crafted these versions himself, with the help of his engineer Kassian, turning each track inside out for a deep experience free from the need to be danceable. Double LP on Rough Trade.
  • Vinyl Double LP (RTRADLP893)

Ian Hawgood + Wil Bolton
Transparencies

Eight years into their collaboration, Wil Bolton and Home Normal main-man Ian Hawgood have finished their first full-length album. Transparencies is a tender release full of intimate interplay of instruments and sounds: Bolton and Hawgood are perfectly suited to one another, sharing a subtle melodic approach. Released on Home Normal in a limited edition of 500 CDs.
  • CD (HOMEN104)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Demen
Nektyr

Slowed, ethereal and majestic debut album from Stockholm’s Demen. A solo project by Irma Orm, who is a person of few words and leaves the music to speak for itself. Standing somewhere between The Haxan Cloak, Julianna Barwick and oOoOO, Orm’s debut full length pushes to near overbearing tone, with ringing somber chords.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK209LP)
  • CD (KRANK209CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Shelling
Aquarium Sympathy

Shelling are a Tokyo-based pop shoegaze band, which frankly is enough to get me interested. If you need more, this is the second album from the duo Aya and Shota. They make what is described as in Japan as Sherbet Pop, but don’t let that put you off. It’s anything but -- poppy, upbeat and moving ambient sounds.
  • CD (WPMC010)
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Oceaneer
Ghost Ship Cargo

The debut album by Oceaneer is an eerie thing, themed around ghosts and ships. Ghost Ship Cargo is built out of dramatic guitars, a broken old piano, and all sorts of semi-abstract sounds of creak, hiss and crackle. Fans of the the themes and sounds of Gavin Bryars’ Sinking Of The Titanic (the version with Philip Jeck) should be delighted to hear this. CD on Blackjack Illuminist Records.
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High Sunn
Hopeless Romantic

High Sunn has racked up thirty releases to date, an impressive number even before you become aware that that accounts for just three years, or that Mr High Sunn is currently only seventeen(!!). It sounds absurd, but hey, just listen to Hopeless Romantic and you’ll find it hard to deny that the kid has the indie-pop talent to back it all up. Vinyl EP on PNK SLM.
  • Vinyl LP (PNKSLM023)

FJORDNE & stabilo
Andrew

Tokyo’s FJORDNE and Hiroshima’s stabilo provide two tracks apiece to this CD. The combination works well - the former’s billowing, 30s-jazz-club piano playing and dense sound collages play nicely off of stabilo’s murkier ambiences. There is more than a shade of early Eno here. Hand-stamped, lovingly packaged and comes with a download.
  • CD
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Aidan Baker & Karen Willems
Nonland

Nadja drone-guitar lord Aidan Baker spent a day in the studio with drummer and Inwolves leader Karen Willems last year, improvising and following one another into interesting musical corners. Nonland is a subtly developing beast, audiby the product of two serious talents opening up with each other. Edition of 300 LPs in Gizeh.
  • Vinyl LP (GZH074)
  • Limited edition

Animal Collective
Meeting Of The Waters

Following on from their Painting With album last year, Animal Collective reveal the results of a recent trip to Brazil: four new tracks, recorded live in the rainforest by Avey Tare and Geologist and integrating field recordings. Animal Collective on location. Meeting Of The Waters is a 12” release on Domino.
  • Vinyl 12" (RUG813T)
  • Limited edition
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Sana Obruent
Prince Of The Air

Sana Obruent is Paul Lopez’s intimate project for stirring up ambient dronescapes, which he apparently does in the dead of night, perhaps to let the spirits in. Prince Of The Air is a real drift of a record, with each track resting calmly but powerfully in the middle of any space it is played into. This is a CD release from Blackjack Illuminist Records.
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Moshimoss & Stabilo
FIIElI

FIIEII is the mini slice of collaborative wonderment from Japanese based artists Moshimoss & Stabilo. The piece as a whole is crammed with warm sounds and quality songwriting, whilst an otherworldly quality runs throughout. Comprised of four tracks, this release may be snappy but it lacks nothing where quality is concerned.
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Valgeir Sigurðsson
Dissonance

Working as a producer for acts such as Bjork, Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and CocoRosie, Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson releases his fourth  solo full length on Bedroom Community. Falling in and out of its namesake, Dissonance hold grand pieces reflect great joy and sadness, melding neo classical and electronics to cinematic effect.
  • Vinyl LP (HVALUR28LP)
  • CD (HVALUR28CD)

Gailes
Seventeen Words

Two top-of-the-line melodic dronemakers team up to form Gailes: that’s Benoit Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri. Seventeen Words was recorded during heavy winter times, and it has the special ability to sound both cold (the wind, the snow drifts) and warm (the thick walls and the fire). This is a vinyl release on Ba Da Bing!
  • Vinyl LP (BING119)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

sad_rave
Add Red

The Don’t Drone Alone label makes a long-awaited return with their second release, an intriguing realisation of a Michael Pisaro score by sad_rave. Add Red mixes field recordings of club scenes with precisely tuned sine waves and plain synth interjections, knitting together an abstract sound-narrative that’ll entice and beguile. Limited edition of fifty cassettes on Don’t Drone Alone.
  • Tape (dda002)
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Various
Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

Kindly ambient label Serein assembles their various drone grazers, scrapers and sleepers into one fabulous compilation. Not only does 'Orbital Planes & Passenger Planes' have a rhyming title, it serves as a meditative travel piece, music for active out-of-window observations and pillow-leaning existentialism. Includes cuts from drone songwriter Benoit Pioulard and contact noise artist Strie -- plus cuts from Hidden Rivers, Otto A Totland and The Inventors of Aircraft. And more! So much more.
  • CD (SERE010CD)
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Ken Ikeda + David Toop
Skin Tones

Super-veteran music-author and sound-worker David Toop teamed up with former David Lynch collaborator Ken Ikeda for an improvised collaborative performance last year, and the recording is now receiving release on Home Normal. Skin Tone is a careful weaving together of objects, steel guitar, synth and flutes: a composed-in-the-moment suite from two total pros. Edition of 500 CD copies.
  • CD (HOMEN090)
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Billow Observatory
II: Plains/Patterns

Billow Observatory are a transatlantic (Detroit / Denmark) duo carving out icey slabs of droning ambience with elements of shoegaze and distant techno woven into the mix. II: Plains / Patterns is some of their most rhythmic work to date. Available in an edition of 300 ‘milky translucent vinyl’ LPs and on CD, courtesy of Azure Vista.
  • CD (VISTA002CD)

Hauschka
What If

Hauschka is a modern master of prepared piano music, successfully transferring this esoteric approach to the instrument into lovely melodic songs. What If sees Hauschka adding automatic player pianos into the mix, which opens up even more possibilities for this eternal sound-tinkerer. Released by City Slang.
  • Vinyl LP (SLANG50117LP)
  • CD (SLANG50117)

Anjou
Epithymia

Anjou are of course two thirds of legendary ambient post-rockers Labradford and under this unassuming moniker are free to tinker with their vaporous soundscapes consisting of the two 's's - synths and space. This is their second album following on from their well received self titled debut. Expect lots of sonorous, liquid compositions from these masters at work.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK207)
  • CD (KRANK207CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

James Murray
Killing Ghosts

James Murray makes music that sometimes sounds like the ghosts of techno: tracks that might once have moved bodies on a dancefloor have been diffused and reduced so thoroughly that they now inhabit a wholly different space. Killing Ghosts is a suite of those ambient remnants. Released by Home Normal in an edition of 500.
  • CD (HOMEN091)

Jacaszek
Kwiaty

With four years since his last solo full length, polish electroacoustic producer Jacaszek moves to big boys Ghostly International with Kwiaty. Incredible acoustic sounds sampled, cut and processed to the Nth degree create a collage of space and place. Based around a book of 17th century poems and featuring the vocals of Hania Malarowska from Hanimal. Melancholic joy.
  • CD (GI281CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

High Plains
Cinderland

Collaborative project between classically trained cellist Mark Bridges and Scott Morgan (probably better known as his solo moniker Loscil or as the drummer and saxophonist for Destroyer). Since working together on an endless generative music app in 2015 a future project was looming, in the form of High Plains, 9 tracks of low level neo-classical pieces blending cello, electronics and field recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK206LP)
  • CD (KRANK206)

Dag Rosenqvist & Matthew Collings
Hello Darkness

The occasionally-recurring team-up of Matthew Collings and Dag Rosenqvist present the results of five years of work, chopping and processing audio from studio sessions until finally satisfied with the results. Hello Darkness is deep and dark and heavy, but also not lacking in a sense of humour: just look at the cover. Out on Denovali.
  • Vinyl LP (DEN275LP)
  • CD (DEN275CD)

Secret Shine
There Is Only Now

Secret Shine existed in an usual place during their early years  - a shoegaze band on Sarah Records. Therefore they were obviously ignored by the mainstream press but were a little too noisy for Another Sunny Day fans. Now is probably the ideal time for them to return as everyone is now ok with shoegaze and people have now realised that Sarah Records was a very good thing. This new opus could well give the forthcoming Slowdive LP a run for it's money.  
  • Vinyl LP (SMR098LP)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (SMR098)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Old Fire
Songs From The Haunted South

Old Fire presents a collection of remarkably lush and rich Songs From The Old South, thick with bass and strings and reverb. The presentation of this release is really very fine, being a 180g heavyweight vinyl LP housed in a Vaughan Oliver-designed sleeve with metallic printing. Additionally, there is a download code and a bonus CD containing an ‘ambient album deconstruction’. On Brooklyn Bridge Records.
  • Vinyl LP (BBR03)
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Peter Silberman
Impermanence

A logical extension of Silberman’s work in The Antlers, Impermanence is a beat-up and skeletal record replete with breathy vocals and humming held guitar chords. It finds a good home on Transgressive imprint Anti-. Buyers from Norman/other indies get a special bonus disk with four ambient cuts and the non-album single ‘Slips Away’ - what a nice treat eh.
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS259X)
  • Indies-only
  • CD (TRANS259CD)
  • Indies-only

Whimsical
Sleep To Dream

Sleep To Dream started getting made in the early 2000s, but difficult band stuff meant that Whimsical dissolved before it was completed… Until now! The reformed band have recently returned to the lost record, taking original parts and rounding them out with brand new recordings, with lovely classic indie-pop results. Sleep To Dream is released by Saint Marie.
  • CD (SMR107)

Methyl Ethel
Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel are an Australian indie outfit with a keen interest in dream pop. Everything Is Forgotten also has the advantage of James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco)  at the production desk, adding electronic flair to the guitary pallette. Available in CD and black vinyl editions, plus a special exclusive magenta vinyl edition if you hurry. On 4AD.
  • Vinyl LP (CADD3701)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Vinyl LP (CAD3701)
  • CD (CAD3701CD)

Deathprod
Treetop Drive

The early works of Norwegian experimentalist Deathprod (aka Supersilent member Helge Sten) here receive some attention from Smalltown Supersound’s reissues division. Treetop Drive is an early 90’s work composed using Sten’s ‘Audio Virus’ array, spinning twisted samples and unruly electronics into a satisfyingly fried-sounding whole. LP reissue with remastered audio.
  • Vinyl LP (STS279LP)

Endless Melancholy
Music For Quiet Mornings

Endless Melancholy have recorded this lovely suite as a deliberately functional sound-background: this is indeed Music For Quiet Mornings, subtly scored for piano and hovering tones. The pieces feel very thoughtful, peaceful without being overly simplistic. Edition of 150 CDs on the Preserved Sound label.
  • CD (PS7)
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Poppy Nogood
Mood Paintings

Poppy Nogood, who is based in New York and named for a Terry Riley piece, presents Mood Paintings, an accurately-titled set of four tracks. A whole host of instruments were used in the creation of this album, but few can be easily distinguished from the abstract expressionist shimmer of the whole. Unhurried musical atmospheres, released by Preserved Sound in an edition of 150 CDs.
  • CD (PS40)
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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.
  • CD (HOMEN100)
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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.
  • CD (HOMEN076)
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Tobias Hellkvist
Vesterhavet (Extended)

Tobias Hellkvist has been composing richly-textured dense drone suites for some years now. Vesterhavet was initially self-released last year, but Home Normal liked it enough to give the full extended version of the piece a proper physical release, which is what you see before you. Vesterhavet will suit any fan of thick but melodic big-room ambience. Edition of 200 CDs.
  • CD (HOMEN093)

Various
Static Waves 5

The 5th compilation released by Saint Marie records, showcasing the breadth of their dreampop and shoegaze love affair, covering all aspects of the genres and the diversity within it. 17 tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased, including tracks from Seasurfer, Bloody Knives, Resplandor, and When The Sun Hits. Get this one ready for the summer.
  • CD (SMR113)

Immersion
Analogue Creatures

This five track vinyl 10” from Immersion perfectly connects the duo’s backgrounds. First formed by Wire’s Colin Newman and Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel in the 90s, Immersion make organic techno built from precise loops and minimal textures. As the name Analogue Creatures suggests, this EP is about analogue gear and making a racket with it.
  • Vinyl 10" (vwm50)

Poppy Nogood
Music for Mourning

American violinist and composer Poppy Nogood releases his first full length album on handmade label Preserved Sound. Echoing masters of the emotionally charged neo-classical, and minimalism such as Max Richer and Steve Reich, Nogood works around self imposed restriction and improvisation to create delicate and emotionally raw pieces.
  • CD (PS35)
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Multicast Dynamics
Continental Ruins

Samuel van Dijk’s hazy electronic project Multicast Dynamics presents what he calls a ‘sound documentary’ on sunken infrastructure. Continental Ruins is thus suitably watery and sombre in tone, using heavily-processed synths and field recordings to create deep-textured sound slabs that’ll pull the listener under. Out on Denovali.
  • Vinyl LP (DEN276LP)

Vermont
II

Sophomore efforts are always difficult, but Vermont simply continues where they left off. On II, German synthesizer-whisperers Marcus Wogull and Danilo Plessow (from Motor City Drum Ensemble) once again show a world brimming with vintage analog electronics, where they have created exciting upbeat soundscapes approaching the krautrocky. A fine example of why we love it when Kompakt makes exceptions on its strict minimal-techno-producers-only policy.
  • Vinyl LP (Kompakt361)
  • CD (KOMPAKT133)

The Holydrug Couple
Soundtrack For Pantanal

Soundtrack For Pantanal was recorded alongside The Holydrug Couple’s Moonlust album, and it applies the same kind of luscious psychedelic drone rock to a film. Except that this particular film does not actually exist… A shame, as I’d love to see the images that would fit with this lovely sounding album. LP release on BYM Records.
  • Vinyl LP (BYM36)

Marconi Union
Tokyo+

Marconi Union released this suite of ambient shimmer-groove in 2009, in fairly limited quantities. This reissue of Tokyo makes the excellent music available again, and also adds a live reimagining of the entire album, wherein original loops and parts of Tokyo were organised into new compositions. Tokyo + is a double CD release on Just Music.
  • CD (TAO061)

Bonobo
Migration

Up there with the likes of Fourtet, Jon Hopkins and Tycho, Bonobo is a world-renowned electronic producer/DJ who creates a spectacular sonic landscape with an authentic blend of trip-hop, ambient, IDM and his own unique twist. Long-awaited by fans, Migration is the Brighton-born producer's sixth studio release. If 2016 single Kerala is anything to go by, then the album is everything you'd expect... formidably intelligent, finely crafted and infinitely pretty. Released as Vinyl Double LP and CD on the Ninja Tunes label.
  • Vinyl Double LP (ZEN236)
  • CD (ZENCD236)

Laraaji
Celestial Vibration

The endearing and inspiring Laraaji started glowing with Celestial Vibration, his first record, which was originally released on the edge of the '70s under his  other name, Edward Larry Gordon. It's a stunning show of his early innovations, which have now been basked in as the crowning achievement of a new age renaissance -- his use of arpeggiated zither, circular percussive rhythms and trickling ambience pretty much exists unto no other musician. 
  • Vinyl LP (SJRLP369)
  • CD (SJRCD369)

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.
  • CD (HOMEN078)
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Michael Vallera
Vivid Flu

After a couple of releases on Opal tapes under his other moniker COiN Michael Vallera released his debut under his own name, a dark and gradual industrial soundscape. On his follow up, Vivid Flu on Denovali Vallera continues down a dark, almost film noir distorted machinery path with drowned plucked electric guitar.
  • Vinyl LP (DEN274LP)
  • CD (DEN274CD)

Brian Eno
Reflection

Ambient music pioneer and all-round legend Brian Eno is back on Warp records with Reflection. In Eno’s own words this double vinyl LP and CD returns to his his earliest ideas about composing so-called ambient music and is as blissful, complex, demanding and beguiling as any of his music from that period.     
  • Vinyl Double LP (WARPLP280)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • CD (WARPCD280)

Konntinent
Empire Line

The final album from London-based Paco Sala under the Konntinent moniker. Empire Line is a richly textured piece of electronic ambience. Imagine if Wolfgang Voigt dissected and regurgitated a Nils Frahm record. Features vocals from Cuushe, Chantal Acda and Lisa Beth Madisson. Out on CD from Home Normal.
  • CD (HOMEN075)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s EARS is a dense, swirling explosion of samples, synthesizers and chanted vocals that reminds us of Panda Bear’s Person Pitch at its most playful and ecstatic. Since her previous album Euclid, Smith’s songs have become looser, but also more confident, making more prominent use of her lovely vocals.
  • Vinyl LP (WV145LP)
  • CD (WV145CD)

Embers Below Zero
The Oblivion Sea

The Shimmering Moods label has long been a reliable purveyor of ambient drones, and they maintain their reputation with this release, the debut full-length of Embers Below Zero. The Oblivion Sea is a suite of hazy remembrance music with a very melancholic effect. Limited edition of fifty CDrs, presented in handmade packaging.
  • CD (SHM CD027)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

π∆ππ
Selected Piano Works

On his Selected Piano Works, π∆ππ treats us to that vintage three-days-in-a-Berlin-bunker vibe. By using just as much piano as silence between notes, π∆ππ has created a mesmerizing and esoteric album. What’s also esoteric about this release is the fact that there’s only 50 CDs, packed in handcrafted paper wallets. Don't let 'em slip away!
  • CD (SHM CD030)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Viewfound
Memorate

Shimmering Moods is treating us to some great releases to weather the winter. Milo Thesiger-Meacham, also known as Viewfound, recorded the pieces on this album in the years between his 14th and 20th birthday, so you can actually listen to a boy reach adulthood. On this record, you’ll find lots of piano-based soundscapes, field recordings, and a sobering and calming musical peacefulness. Limited to 50 copies, with artwork by Milo himself.
  • CD (SHM CD028)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Gigi Masin & Charles Hayward
Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre Volume 2

Though best known for his work in This Heat and Camberwell Now, erstwhile sound explorer Charles Hayward has done plenty else in his time. For example, this 1989 split LP with Gigi Masin. The two musicians were tasked with devising music inspired by their local rivers, which led Masin into beautiful looping melodic ambience and Hayward into a sinister side-long drift piece. First time on vinyl for this rare release, out on Modern Classics.
  • Vinyl LP (MCR923)
  • CD (MCR923)

Maurizio Abate & Matteo Uggeri
Beyond Time

Guitars, field recordings and electronic fragments are brought together by Maurizio Abate and Matteo Uggeri for their latest release, a pleasing melodic sound-drift. Beyond Time is available either as a straightforward digipack CD edition, or as a super-fancy elaborate CD edition housed in a vintage wallpaper sleeve with old photographs, old book pages and dried leaves as part of the ensemble. My my.
  • CD (TRS067)
  • £58.99 £44.24 (saving: £14.75)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Laraaji
Be Still and Glow

Here is a gorgeous motherload of Laraaji material from the 1980’s, scooped up from the archives, remastered and restored to cassette for your easy enjoyment. Be Still And Glow is a triple c90 set, containing four meditative pieces that are given full reign to expand out to their natural length. Beautiful material, reissued by Leaving Records.
  • Tape (LR101CS)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Botany
Deepak Verbera

On the edges, with Fennesz in tow, and you want to make a psych record, oh, too late, Botany has beaten you to it. Using mixtures of genre defining equipment, from MPCs and samplers to trippy guitar dronings and choirs he crafts free-form psych soundscapes, that sound like Leyland Kirby may have dusted them off from his archive.
  • Vinyl LP (WV146LP)
  • CD (WV146CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Benoît Pioulard
Sonnet

An intimate album of warm melodic droning. Benoit Pioulard started the process of making this album by recording unexpectedly musical tones from animal or mechanical sources (eg. extractor fans), and then transposing those sounds to his guitar. Released on almost-identically-priced vinyl and CD by the ever-loved Kranky label.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK193LP)

Biosphere
Cirque

Cirque is Biosphere’s turn-of-the-century album, initially released in the year 2000 on Touch. Being the fourth Biosphere record, Cirque presents the perfectly-distilled form of his gorgeous ambient music. This reissue, presented in either double CD or double LP formats, comes with a six-track bonus album as well as handsome new artwork! On Biophon Records.
  • CD (BIO26)

Steve Hauschildt
Strands

Steve Hauschildt, formerly of synth-wizards Emeralds, is still going strong as a solo artist: this is his fourth solo record for the ever-excellent Kranky label. Strands is a particularly personal release for Hauschildt, as it engages with aspects of his Cleveland hometown. Expect all the graceful electronic pulsations you’ve come to love, arranged to perfection.
  • CD (KRANK205)

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

Synth maestro of the present meets synth maestro of the past AND present in the next chapter of the intergenerational FRKWYS series from RVNG Intl. Since they've both twiddled, bleeped and blooped for the good of all things vibrant, textural and chill, this promises to be a wondrous and rich collaboration.
  • Vinyl LP (FRKWYS13LP)
  • CD (FRKWYS13CD)

Message To Bears
Carved From Tides

Jerome Alexander AKA Message To Bears presents his fourth LP, a soothing collection of ambient/post-rock-ish pieces which serve as an appropriate backdrop for the following activities: 1) stargazing 2) rainy-day relaxation 3) driving through majestic countryside 4) my personal favourite: crying into a pillow. Carved From Tides is a finely crafted web of acoustic guitar licks, sweet soundscapes, gentle beats and ghostly vocals. Released as Vinyl LP and CD.
  • CD
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2814
Rain Temple

2814 are in the business of shimmering electronic ambience, operating with a distinctly dreamy aesthetic. Rain Temple could be the soundtrack to an area of Metroid Prime, or an animation about future Tokyo. It is released, suitably enough, on the Dream Catalogue label, as a very attractive double LP set.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DREAM_777)
  • In stock and ready to ship

Christina Vantzou
No. 3

Classic Kranky material here from Chistina Vantzou’s third record, for which she enlisted a 15-part micro-orchestra. Formerly involved with The Dead Texan, Vantzou here pulls those classical instruments (and several synths) through layer-upon-layer of processing, ending up with a smooth and shiny surface.
  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK199LP)
  • CD (KRANK199)

Federico Durand
Jardin de Invierno

Argentine sound artist Federico Durand produced new album Jardin de Invierno simply, using single takes of immediate performances using various quiet instruments, and then assembling and juxtaposing them into the particular shapes we hear here. Jardin de Invierno (or ‘Winter Garden’) is a sweet, subtle release, out on the Spekk label.
  • CD (KK032)

Loscil
Triple Point


  • CD (KRANK049)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jessica Bailiff
Hour Of The Trace


  • CD (KRANK038)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ten
Yukon Youth

Delicious ambience inspired by a trek across the landscapes of Alaska by Leeds musician Dominic Deane aka Ten. Ten is an ever-morphing entity of droning soundscapes and blissed out neo-classical compositions and on this record produces nine tracks of shifting textures all housed in an extremely limited fold out CD. 
  • CD (TEN001)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Artist(s):
  • Ten
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Daniel Land
In Love With A Ghost

Daniel Land has had a tough time of it since the breakup of his Modern Painters band, with health issues that almost knocked him out of music making altogether. But Land thought through, and has In Love With A Ghost to show for it, a richly-layered dream-pop record as strong as anything he has released to date. Released by Hinney Beast Records.
  • CD
  • In stock and ready to ship

Michael Begg
A Moon That Lights Itself

A Moon That Lights Itself is a commissioned work by Michael Begg. At the request of the Scottish National Galleries Begg composed these pieces focussed around 19th century painter Charles François Daubigny, and as with Daubigny’s paintings these light to dark wandering pieces that mix modern classical with sound art installation reveal more intricacies with every listen.
  • CD (OMCD08)
  • In stock and ready to ship

JAWS
Simplicity

JAWS are a Birmingham outfit who sing indie pop from the middle of a reverb haze that is part shoegaze, part 80’s mood-rock. Certainly some Cure lurking in some of those guitar tones and in the sweep of certain choruses. Simplicity is a fair title: it doesn’t mess about, but gets right to the core of what these guys do. Released by the band’s own Jaws label.
  • Vinyl LP (JAWS006LP)
  • CD (JAWS006CD)

Giulio Aldinucci
Goccia

Giulio Aldinucci gets good and atmospheric on Goccia, his first album in four years. There is plenty to be heard here, with long swathes of thick ambience and properly rhythmic sections freely interchanging: and he hasn’t forgotten to imbue everything with melodies either. Goccia is released on CD by the Home Normal label.
  • CD (HOMEN067)

Resina
Resina

Rehydrated FatCat imprint 130701 continue to rain down new classical treats with the debut record from Resina, alias of cellist and general sound artist Karolina Rec. Resina emerged from an impressive demo tape and suggests an interpretation of the Polish underground scene -- as with most 130701 releases, it's a medley of both gorgeous and intense sounds.
  • Vinyl LP (LP1323)
  • CD (CD1323)

Fink
Sort of Revolution


  • Vinyl LP (ZEN146)
  • CD (ZENCD146)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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