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William Basinski
A Shadow In Time

William Basinski pulls another couple of tape loops out of his voluminous archives, this time containing sounds from the rare Voyetra 8 synthesiser. A Shadow In Time is devised as a tribute to ‘David Robert Jones’ (aka David Bowie), and is a typically gorgeous, slowly-expanding work of ...view item »


Grouper
The Man Who Died In His Boat

Originally released in 2013, this album was recorded by Liz Harris alongside her best-known work, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. It’s in the same stylistic ballpark - ethereal, heavily reverbed electric guitar and vocals with dark and mysterious undercurrents, sometimes swimming into clearer focus when Harris switches to ...view item »


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 s...view item »


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 ...view item »


Ulrich Schnauss
No Further Ahead Than Today

He continues to be everywhere including bafflingly in Tangerine Dream with whom he has produced a new album to be released later this year. He has, though, never quite lived up to the promise of his first two records but this his 5th LP promises a return to the melancholic, atmospheric compositions that stirred us so long ago.&n...view item »


Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
On The Echoing Green

Cutting his teeth with groups such as Portraits, The Alps, and collaborating with Liz Harris (Grouper) as Raum, San Francisco based multi-instrumentalist Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has been releasing albums consistently since. On The Echoing Green...view item »


Brian McBride
The Effective Disconnect (Music Composed for Vanishing of the Bees)

The latest installment of McBride's surprising move from prolific Fulham goal poacher to ambient pioneer extra-ordinaire is this stunning soundtrack to the documentary "Vanishing of the Bees". I joke of course, this Brian McBride has long been known as one half of consistently appealing minimalist beauty-drone merchants Stars of the Lid. There r...view item »


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,...view item »


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 ...view item »


Milieu
Blisschord Variations



Nigel Samways
The Singing Gloom



yellow6
Sounds & Moving Pictures

Last week saw two Yellow 6 releases drop and here's another one. It's like buses, innit? Despite the fact over the last 13 years or so he's released over 110 releases this is the first one to come with a DVD. Anyway seeing as though I've heard so many albums by him I thought I'd watch a t...view item »


Silent Diane
Capella / Lights On



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 ambienti...view item »
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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 des...view item »


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 poss...view item »
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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 St...view item »


Monos
Age & Transformation

This two disc set has been in the works for six years now. Originally issued on Fungal (Darren Tate aka Monos’s label) in 2004 and then reissued in 2005...both in tiny editions which disappeared quickly and now time and pati...view item »


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...view item »


L. Pierre
Surface Noise

Aidan Moffat’s most recent L Pierre album impressed me a lot, displaying a genuine knack for understated sampledelica in the former Arab Strap mumbler. On this 10” EP he celebrates surface noise in a six-movement suite of meticulously a...view item »


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 mu...view item »


Keith Berry
Simulacra

The surely sleepy Keith Berry makes music while hibernating, creating the sort of brain-fogged beauty I can only imagine coming out of a pure and dreamless night. Having made lovely records like ‘Simulacra’ for a long while now, he knows exactly how to make an ear-coating lullaby, using slowly avalanching chords and raindrop tape his...view item »


Alex Durlak
Seconds

This is a beautiful looking thing. It’s on one-sided white vinyl with a story extract printed on the other side, housed in a fancy weird sleeve with one translucent side so you can read it. Very classy. Anyway, it’s on Damian Valles’s Komino imprint and it...view item »
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ELS
Winters Split

ELS is the solo project of Edward Simpson of Circuit Breaker fame delivering his first slice of magnetic joy, or more likely magnetic doom, on new (and possibly his) label Gateway. Mastered by Stephen Bishop (Basic House/Opal Tapes).  There are certainly some downcast electronic gloom tunes on h...view item »


David Wenngren & Jonatan Nastesjo
Below

Soundscaping Records brings you another round of drifting electronic ambience, this time with a collaboration between two artists, David Wenngren (Library Tapes) and Jonatan Nastesjo (Woodchucker) , ‘Below’ has the recurring theme of breathing and the sounds created from this theme having a ...view item »


Valgeir Sigurdsson
Architecture Of Loss

So this guy has been around the block a bit...did the strings on Feist’s album, worked with Damon Albarn on his Dr Dee folly. This is apparently his third album, I’ve yet to hear...view item »


Valgeir Sigurdsson
Draumalandid

Icelandic producer and composer Valgeir Sigurdsson follows his Ekvilibrium album with another for Bedroom Community in the form of 'Draumalandid' and what a gentle and tender piece of work it is. Delicate melodies are interwoven with cinematic modern classical strings and piano. In many ways it feels like a soundtrack and there is a wonderful sense...view item »


Paul Corley
Disquiet

This is the debut album from American composer, engineer and sound recordist. His CV looks pretty tidy as he’s previously appeared on records by Ben Frost, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Tim Hecker so clearly the man...view item »


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, a...view item »


Hessien
Calcifer EP

I wonder if Hessien have named this EP after the fire in ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’...I hope so, I do like that film, but I suppose it doesn’t really matter. What’s happening on this record is that Tim Diagram (Maps & Diagrams, Atlantis, etc) has teamed up with Charles...view item »


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 t...view item »


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 ano...view item »


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....view item »


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...view item »


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...view item »


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 ...view item »


Drombeg
Earthworks

Drombeg is a new solo project from Thom Brookes, and Earthworks is his debut full-length album, following 2015’s EP. This is the sound of a landscape being explored (an Irish landscape, to be precise), field recordings and electronics coalescing around string and piano figures. At times, reminisce...view item »


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 talent...view item »


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. Meeti...view item »


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...view item »


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 w...view item »


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...view item »


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-narra...view item »


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 songwri...view item »


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 gui...view item »
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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 S...view item »


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 sonoro...view item »


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....view item »


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...view item »


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 loo...view item »


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...view item »


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...view item »


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 resu...view item »


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’ ar...view item »


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....view item »


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. Unhur...view item »


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 N...view item »
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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 sourc...view item »
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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 ...view item »


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, an...view item »


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 ...view item »


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 crea...view item »


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-process...view item »


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, wh...view item »


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 soun...view item »


Grantby
The Beast System

Back in ‘95 Grantby AKA Dan Grigson, released a five track EP via Bristol-based Cup of Tea label. It was critically acclaimed and lead track Timber became a mainstay at downbeat club nights across the western world. After some remix work for Calexico and Depeche Mode and his track...view item »


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 +...view item »


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...view item »


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&rsquo...view item »
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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 dr...view item »


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....view item »


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 pack...view item »


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 ...view item »


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-bas...view item »


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...view item »


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 wal...view item »
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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,...view item »


Lieven Martens
Two Pastorals

Lieven Martens, aka avant-new-age producer Dolphins Into The Future, has gathered up some community sounds from rural Portugal for your pleasure. Two Pastorals gives you two pastorals and no more: this is a C9 cassette, containing only nine minutes of audio in total. But remember: quality trumps quantit...view item »
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Lieven Martens
Coral Groups

Lieven Martens, aka avant-new-age producer Dolphins Into The Future, presents Coral Groups, a live piece for a hefty thirty-two channels of audio. An excerpt of this piece is backed with Four Pages,...view item »
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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...view item »


Benoit 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....view item »


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 a...view item »


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 t...view item »


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. ...view item »


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....view item »


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, sub...view item »


Loscil
Triple Point

Loscil's debut album for Kranky was released in 2001, and Scott Morgan's impressive discography has grown and developed considerably since this early release. The ten tracks here are really stripped back, and sound a lot like minimal German techno to my ears (not that I'm an expert on that genre). If you prefer the more nuanced sound of Loscil's...view item »


Jessica Bailiff
Hour Of The Trace



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. ...view item »


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...view item »


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 ...view item »


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 th...view item »


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 eith...view item »


Mark Harris & JOHN 3:16
Victory Over The Sun

This is Victory Over The Sun, a thrilling ambient journey crafted by Mark Harris & John. The duo ambitiously take their project to uncharted land - album closer Vortex, for example, is an immersive wall of distortion that becomes more aggressive and immediate, before spirall...view item »


Jessica Bailiff
Old Things



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...view item »


Benoît Pioulard
The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter

On his sixth release for Kranky Benoît Pioulard weaves delicate candyfloss pop melodies through a hazy wooden shack in the sun setting. Reflective and at peace pop songs that let you just take a minute for yourself. Delicately plucked guitars and satisfyingly found sound-like percussion takes you away from it all....view item »


Brian Eno
The Ship

A new Brian Eno album is always something to get excited about, but particularly after a four year wait and in collaboration with the iconic Warp records. The Ship is Eno on classic form, creating beautiful ambient music built from minimalist drones. Here he's also particularly fascinated w...view item »


Fink
Sort of Revolution

Sort of Revolution a great down-tempo album. It's one of those albums that is a great listen all the way through and continues a certain mood and vibe from start to finish. Love the touch of pop (i.e. you can tap or sing to most of the tracks) yet each song is really ambitious and very much maturely chosen. I've really grown to appreciate Fink o...view item »


Nightmares On Wax
Smokers Delight

The Nightmares on Wax re-issue campaign wouldn't be complete without this, their most well known and well regarded album. As our customer reviewer Andrew righty points out, this was the album they went from bleep to bong and is full of classic mid 90's style laid-back smoky grooves. ...view item »


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