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Cigarettes After Sex
EP I

Cigarettes After Sex are gearing themselves up for the release of their debut full-length album this year, and what better way to prepare than by reassessing older material? EP 1 was originally released in 2012, setting the tone for the band’s lusciously dark ambient pop sound. Reissued on vinyl, CD and cassette tape by the Spanish Prayers label.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Luke Howard
Sun, Cloud

Sun, Cloud has previously only been made available in Australia, but no more! Now us UK folks can enjoy Luke Howard’s music for ourselves. Piano is firmly at the centre of these compositions, spinning delicate neo-classical melodies into the air, where strings, electronics and field recordings mingle and add texture. Sun, Cloud is luscious stuff really. Released on vinyl by Mercury KX.

Biosphere
Shenzhou

Shenzou is Biosphere’s 2002 record, upon which most of the tracks were built out of scratchy old vinyl samples of Debussy recordings, which lends the album a Gas-like classical flavour beneath all that nice shimmering looping ambience. This reissue of Shenzou also contains the album The Samphire Tower in full, as a bonus! Double CD and triple LP editions.

Those Who Walk Away
The Infected Mass

Those Who Walk Away is a contemporary music project helmed by composer Matthew Patton, also incorporating members of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. New piece The Infected Mass mixes classical instrumentation with sinister drones and, remarkably, recordings from the black boxes of aircraft in distress, which certainly makes this a powerful listen. Released by Constellation.

The Green Kingdom
The North Wind and the Sun

With a steady stream of releases over the past decade through Dronarivm, SEM, and Tench Michael Cottone has delivered a huge and diverse catalogue of sun drenched, heartwarming ambience as The Green Kingdom. His first release on Lost Tribe Sound sees them convince him to strip back the electronics and focus on more acoustic instrumentation. Find a tree to sit under in the shade and forget the big bad world.
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The Orb
Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld

Sheesh! The Orb's legendary debut LP gets a 4LP re-issue to mark its 25th anniversary. An odyssey of ambient and dance the record has many stand outs such as 'Little Fluffy Clouds' making it one of the few places where psych and dance properly collide. Comes in the original artwork. I'm not sure if there are bonus tracks as it doesn't say.   

Jun Fukamachi
Nicole (86 Spring and Summer Collection - Instrumental Images)

Super-rare (eg never actually officially released for sale before) library music from Japan, 1986. Jun Fukamachi was commissioned by the Nicole fashion brand to introduce their 86 Spring and Summer Collection, and he did so with these slick funky tracks, which have a profoundly 80’s sheen to them. Reissued by the Kraft label.

yellow6
Running to the Red [merry6mas2017]

It’s (almost) Christmas, which means it’s time, among other things, for another merry6mas. The nineteenth, to be precise! Every year, the tireless Yellow6 (Leicester’s Jon Atwood) ties up loose ends written and recorded throughout the months and compiles a festive year-end release. Plenty of gloomy ambient and post-rock guitar to be expected. As usual, the super Silber Media is responsible for a limited CD pressing.
  • CD (Silber 254)
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Yasuaki Shimizu
Kakashi

Another welcome reissue of Yasuaki Shimizu’s work, hot off the heels of his Music for Commercials on Crammed Discs. With fewer commission-related restrictions, his work here is more elaborate and immersed in playful fusion - if you didn’t know that he was on that Mariah album Utakata No Hibi (reissued to great acclaim in 2015) before, it’ll be obvious now. The ultra-crunchy bass and elegant sax are especially noteworthy here. And what a lovely cat!
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Belle Game
Fear / Nothing

The second effort from Vancouver dreampop outfit The Belle Game, Fear / Nothing sees the band rework their sound and broaden their horizons. Their characteristically fuzzy pastel sound is contrasted with darker lyrics and bolder percussion. Near-ecstatic vocal highs take their place alongside a few brooding numbers, all infused with synths and classic reverb.

Minais B
As The River At Its Source

As The River At Its Source is the debut solo album from Minais B, the nom-de-plume of musician Villads Kint who is one-third of minimalist pop band Khalil. Emphasising kinetic fluidity in their music and the importance of communication at its thematic core, it’s a fascinating piece of long-form work. 
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Martina Lussi
Selected Ambient

These works by Martina Lussi are named for various gemstones, lending a slight touch of the mystical to the sound compositions we hear. Selected Ambient isn’t ambient in a basic generic way (there is quite a lot going on in some of these pieces), but it does have a thoughtful power to it. LP release on Hallow Ground.

J-Walk
Limelight Nights

Inspired by Manchester, summertime, and the anticipation of facing a long night (presumably in Manchester) head on, Martin Brew returns as J-Walk, for his new album Limelight Nights. Brew played all the instruments on the album, with the J-Walk project taking on the character of an imaginary band, allowing Brew to single-mindedly capture everything he set out to.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Visible Cloaks
Lex

Fabulous abstract ambient pop music for digital robots here on Visible Cloaks’ new record. Lex was composed through various process of software randomisation, creative uses of MIDI, and texts fed and re-fed through so many language translation processes that a new un-language has been formed. Eerie but soothing audio oddities grounded in the hyperreal digital now.

Mark Van Hoen
The Last Flowers From The Darkness

This expanded reissue of The Last Flowers From The Darkness by Mr Mark Van Hoen, released by Medical Records, is a 1997 album originally released on Touch. While the album is featured in full, it also includes 20 minutes of added material and is presented on limited edition high quality double 160-gram classic vinyl.

Loscil
Sea Island

A vital cog and immortal player in Vancouver's alternative music scene -- having played drums  for Dan Bejar's Destroyer while also making an endless slew of ambient works -- Scott Morgan is better known as Loscil. 'Sea Island' is a new record of sorts, collecting loose but original material Morgan has made over the last two years. Some of these pieces were composed with spare studio time, while many of them began life as live works. 'Sea Island' proves Morgan to be a master of synthesising electronic drones with an acoustic discipline -- Kranky, innit?

Aris Kindt
Swann and Odette

Aris Kindt are the duo that take shoegaze music and strip out all of the unnecessary rock, rhythm and song-based elements out, leaving just luscious ambient sounds. Swann and Odette’s guitars and modular synths are suitably submerged in layers of effects and shimmering processing, letting the listener bathe in the massive delayscape. On new label Kingdoms.

Max Loderbauer + Jacek Sienkiewicz
Live At Berlin Atonal 2015

The Berlin Atonal festival (housed in an former power-plant, the perfect location for heavy, industrially-tinged sounds) have started to release selected performances from last year’s event. Here we have the techno producer Jacek Sienkiewicz and synth-man Max Loderbauer operating together to make deep-reaching, thickly-textured drone. 500 vinyl copies only!

Michael Begg | Mélenchon Brève
One True Vine

The massive creaks and drones of TITAN: A Crane is a Bridge have barely finished reverberating, but Michael Begg’s back with another full-length for Omnempathy, this time in collaboration with someone or something named Mélenchon Brevé. On One True Vine, The gradual and contemplative style of Bregg’s (sometimes dark-)ambient music meets devotional themes, resulting in a lonesome, rather spiritually-charged melancholy.

Hior Chronik
Out Of The Dust

Trying to put your finger on what musical style this is, is like trying to remember what you had for your dinner 3 years ago on the 12th Tuesday of that year. Some describe is a 'neo-classical' others go with 'ambient-indie-neoclassical-drone-music'. Either way, it's one of those that you have to hear for yourself to truly be able to put your finger on what you think it is. Out Of The Dust is the brilliant record from Hior Chronik and is available on vinyl LP and CD and released on !K7. 
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Quaeschning & Schnauss
Synthwaves

Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss were both disciples of the sadly departed Edgar Froese, and their album Synthwaves kneels at the altar of the greats, notably Tangerine Dream. Precise synth modulations and mutations aplenty then, made on pristine analog equipment. Kosmiche sounds to drift off to, masterfully imbued with emotion. Floaty LP -- or CD -- on Azure Vista.

Choir Boy
Sunday Light

Choir Boy is not a project of an unaccompanied acappella male chorister, but the dream-pop outfit of former punk rocker Adam Klopp. Sunday Light is a bright and melancholy pair of 80’s-flavoured new romantic pop music, catchy and grand but also essentially bedroom in feel. 7” single on DAIS.

James Green
Donkey Jukebox

Donkey Jukebox started life as an art installation by James Green in a Yorkshire pub. Green created pieces of music by looping phrases he played on a French lap organ and weaving them into nonrepeating linear soundscapes. Artist and musician Green is hardly prolific as a solo artist, this being only his second album in 13 years, but in that time he has also formed The Big Eyes Family Players and collaborated with Alasdair Roberts.
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Charlie Ulyatt
Live EP - Rough Trade Nottingham Sept 16

Minimal ambient solo electric guitar performance recorded live at Rough Trade in Nottingham. Charlie Ulyatt plays a couple of tracks from his self-released Dead Birds record as well as three entirely new tracks. Softly evolving chords and plucks alongside ebow dronings allowing everything to ring out to pull you in. Far from a perfect performance, but only adds to the depth.

Trespassers William
Anchor

Slow team Trespassers William reissue one of their many requiems just in time for RSD: 'Anchor' is early days for the band, back when they were teens trying to one up Slint in the race for prodigal indie rock talent. These tracks see the band begin to traverse their twin sounds: wide-open ambient 'scapes and plain but plaintive indie pop songs. Lovely, of course. Of course.

Ghost and Tape
Vár

Ghost and Tape is the ambient music project of Heine Christensen. Var is his fourth album. It is warm and organic soundscapes made up from electric and acoustic instruments mixed with field recordings. Following a stint on the Schole label, Var is released on Home Normal. This should go down a treat with you lot.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Harry Bertoia
Sonambients: The Sound Sculpture Of Harry Bertoia

The otherworldly recordings Harry Bertoia made on his self-designed sound sculptures had become largely unavailable over the years, a situation somewhat rectified by Important Records’ recent Sonambient boxset. This new CD/DVD combo makes a more affordable introduction to Bertoia’s work, while being absolutely essential for anyone already hooked. The DVD contains a 1971 documentary showing the artist performing on his sculptures in his Pennsylvania barn. The accompanying audio disc features newly uncovered 1969 recordings on which Harry is joined by brother Oreste and sister Ave. If you’re a fan of drone, sound art, ambient or electronic music, this is not to be missed.

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog – Vol. 9-11

The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 9 - 11 continues the quite frankly epic archival effort to tunnel through the mass recordings that were made when the legendary Klaus Schulze started working with Pete Namlook in the 90’s using an array of Moog synthesisers. This 5CD box-set is a hell of a trip through the spaceways, and getting this much material allows a stronger insight into the pair’s creative process. On MIG Music.

Gregg Kowalsky
L'Orange L'Orange

Gregg Kowalsky, who used to be half of Date Palms, presents new work. L’Orange L’Orange grew out of earlier work for manipulated tape machines, but takes that approach into lusher territory with a suite of dense and delicious ambient tracks that are almost pop-like in their listenability. Released on Mexican Summer.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ben Lukas Boysen
Golden Times 1

Ben Lukas Boysen hands over his tracks Golden Times 1 and ‘Nocturne 4’ (taken from the album Spells) to both Max Cooper and Tim Hecker(!) for some vivid and idiosyncratic reworkings. The EP is rounded out with a new Boysen original in the form of ‘Evensong’. 12” on Erased Tapes.

Hammock
Mysterium

Nashville, Tennessee’s Hammock returns. Mysterium is the duo’s eighth and latest album. The record serves as memorial to Clark Kern, son-like figure to Hammock, who died in 2016. An hour-long album of modern classical flavours, contemplative ambient and choral music from the Budapest Art Choir. For fans of Richter and Johannsson. 2LP + CD in gatefold on Hammock Music, insert with art by Pete Schulte.

Moon Zero
Relationships Between Inner & Outer Space

Moon Zero’s new album, the grandly-titled Relationships Between Inner & Outer Space, begins with a track named for Iceland’s ‘Keflavik’ airport that shimmers and swells into a dense mass of all sorts of melodic and textural sounds, sourced from instruments, tape loops, field recordings and more. And so it continues, in lush Denovali style.

Air
Talkie Walkie

Rhino Records are in the midst of a campaign of reissuing the discography of Air, the smooth, loungey French synth-charmers. Talkie Walkie first came out in 2004, and is suitably Airy - and I don’t just say that because of the pun, this album feels like an early summer evening in the park with a light breeze. Pressed to proper 180g vinyl and freshly remastered.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Carta
The Sand Collector's Dream

A ten track release from the really really sad (apparently) US based band Carta. Their fourth record that makes you want to think about every little thing you've ever said or done to anybody and apologise with your hearts' greatest meaning. The Sand Collector's Dream is available on Vinyl LP and is released on Saint Marie. 

When The Sun Hits
Immersed Within Your Eyes

Nottingham band When The Sun Hits make huge sounding songs. Over the six tracks on their new EP, Immersed Within Your Eyes, they dabble with early-Verve style swells, gaze at their shoes and link stuff together with ambient passages akin to that of Seefeel or early Aphex Twin. But it wouldn’t be When The Sun Hits if the songs didn’t have mammoth choruses, so they're in the mix too. Limited Edition of 250 copies on Saint Marie.

Correspondence
Wave Recital

Molars alumni Ben Catt is Correspondence, and Wave Pictures is the first full album of the project. Each track is borne out of a particular process (following the inspiration of Steve Reich and Julius Eastman), but the record doesn’t sound programmatic: no, it is full of lively loops, colourful marimba lines, and poppy textures. Cassette from Audiobulb.
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exedra
Entropic

Ambient comes in many shapes and forms, and we’re all for that. One guy plays piano and synthesizer, the other guy puts on his lowest voice and reads brooding poetry. Sound like your cup of tea? Then don’t pass up on the chance to buy the Entropic EP by exedra. It takes all colors to make a rainbow!

Various
Pop Ambient 2018

The release of Kompakt’s annual Pop Ambient compilation is always one of the loveliest musical events of the year: always a warm, luscious swirl of pulsating beats and shimmering synths from some of the best producers in the game. Pop Ambient 2018 features exclusive cuts from Max Wurden & Tore Pfeiffer, The Orb, Kaito and many more. Twelve tracks of goodness on Kompakt.

Keith Berry
VIABLE SYSTEMS 1

What point is there to life if you can’t pretend you’re a cloud every now and then? Keith Berry (not the boxer) knows exactly what it's like to be a floating body of evaporated water, and his new album Viable Systems 1 is like a warm cocoon of gently shifting and transposing pads. Think Pausal, think beatless Selected Ambient Works, think Kompakt's Pop Ambient series.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Luke Howard
Sun, Cloud / Night, Cloud

Sun, Cloud has previously only been made available in Australia, but no more! Now UK listeners can also enjoy Luke Howard’s music. Piano is central to these compositions, spinning delicate neo-classical melodies into the air, where strings, electronics and field recordings add texture to the mix. This CD release of Sun, Cloud also comes with Night, Cloud, an extra disc of remixes by various producers.

Richard Neale
EVES

Purveyor of gentle electronica and lover of hexagons Richard Neale presents his new album EVES via the charmingly-named Rain Bear Records. Piano leads layers of weightless vocals and ambient sections throughout these somnolent, folk-tinged numbers. Mastered by the excellent James Plotkin, the CD comes housed in swell die-cut hexagonal packaging.

Isnaj Dui
Poiesis

Isnaj Dui, aka experimental musician Katie English, presents her new full-length Poiesis. True to form, she continues to blend sparse motifs created from all sorts of electronic and acoustic sources. Her trademark Orientalist flute is present, if less so than previously. Slow and artful, English covers a spectrum from playful to quite sinister and tense. Poiesis comes in a hand-stamped sleeve, as with all Rural Colours releases.

No-Man
Returning Jesus

First released in 2001, here is another chance for you to get your hands on Returning Jesus, a key statement from no-man. A sublimely subtle suite of art-rock songwriting with a smooth, lush, ECM-jazz instrumental palette. This reissue is available as a double LP or as a double CD, with the CD edition also including a stack of b-sides, demos and other associated rarities.

raven
the night is dark, the night is silent, the night is bright, the night is loud

New album from Peter Hollo’s (Fourplay, Tangents) solo project Raven. At it’s heart, is his cello, creating loops, drones and ambiences. Backed up with electronics, sampling and piano Hollo doesn’t so much force two worlds together but molds them to fit seamlessly. Neo classical meets breakbeats, noise and glitches. Think Squarepusher meets Arthur Russell.

Pia Fraus
Field Ceremony

Estonian dream-pop shoegazers Pia Fraus enter their 20th year with the release of Field Ceremony, their first album in 10 years. Sweeping melodies glide over ethereal instrumentation whilst their gaze is fixed to their feet. If you like My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, The Pastels or The Pale Saints, you should probably give this a go.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Aparde
Glass

After a couple of small releases on Dusted Wax Kingdom and Keller, Paul Schröder’s Aparde project unveils it’s debut full length on Ki Records. Atmospheric techno meets Moderat pop “song” direction, emotively enrapturing and so slickly produced it’ll make weep. Available on LP and CD.

The Orb
U.F.Orb

U.F.Orb was considered as a prog rock album by journalists at the time of its release in 1992. Now, The Orb’s second long-player is rightly regarded as a classic of the ambient genre. Alex Patterson’s ability to channel Eno-eque sounds and take them into a new musical era was strengthened by Kris Weston’s creativity and technical ability. U.F.Orb features guest appearances from Jah Wobble on Bass and Steve Hillage on guitar.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Fantastic Twins
Obakodomo

The Twins (as they were previously known) have got a little self confidence and are now Fantastic Twins. Good for ‘em. Here’s their debut LP out on Optimo Music. Obakodomo is composed as a soundtrack to a contemporary dance performance done by dancers for an audience of toddlers. It’s a transportative soundtrack of playful, frightening and strange sounds.

Colleen
A Flame My Love, A Frequency

French multi-instrumentalist Cecile Schott returns to Thrill Jockey with her seventh full length album as Colleen. A large step away from her usual sound palette, Schott replaces her viola da gamba with synthesizers and electronic processes, opening new worlds to explore. Available on both LP and CD.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Off World
2

Off World got off to a flying start last year with I, a record released as part of a trilogy of electronic works on Constellation echoing back to their Musique Fragile Series. Featuring avant-folk artist Sandro Perri, the group's record offered beguiling instrumental twists that sounded like vintage coming back to life; the roster appears to have changed here, Perri joined by the likes of labelmate Eric Chenaux as well as Matthew Cooper, Susumu Mukai and others.

Jon Hassell
Dream Theory In Malaya (Fourth World Volume Two)

Here is an album that displays Jon Hassell’s early conception of Fourth World music: an attempt to step outside of rigid cultural boundaries. Dream Theory In Malaya was recorded with Brian Eno and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on board, and uses an engaging combination of electronically-affected trumpet, field recordings, glitches and drones, and much more besides. Reissued with a bonus track, on Glitterbeat.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Snow Palms
Origin and Echo

Snow Palms is a project of David Sheppard (he also wrote an acclaimed Brian Eno biography) that focuses on the rich power of mallet instruments, exploiting the fabulous combination of melodicism and percussion that these instruments (think marimbas and metallophones) can provide. Origin And Echo is full of excellent intuitive compositions, and is released by Village Green.

Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline

Stars of the Lid's seventh studio album saw a slight hesitation in what appeared to be a progression further into orchestrated ambience. The previous LP's rich, stately tone does make up a lot of the character, but a return to the exploration of non-musical, abstract sonic nuance is where the magic is here, still wonderful in repress.

Julian Cope
Rite At Ya

Rite At Ya is a collection of 4 monumental cosmic jams from the Arch Drude, Julian Cope. It’s the 5th in the series of Rite albums, which he began putting out in the early ‘90s. The music contained here dates from 1993 to the present day. This will swallow you whole and spit you back out. A thoroughly worthwhile experience after trudging through the daily grind. CD only on Head Heritage.

Kryshe
March Of The Mysterious

Not music for an imaginary soundtrack, thank goodness: Christian Grothe aka Kryshe initially made this music as a score for a special screening of the 1915 film Alice In Wonderland. A confounding synthesis of contemporary, free jazz and brooding filmic ambience, the record's atmosphere matches the darkly joyous surrealism of Lewis Carroll.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jah Wobble
In Trance

A triple CD compilation put together by Jah Wobble himself that focuses mainly on his earlier releases on his own 30 Hertz label and his more ambient productions. Features tracks from his collaborations with Philip Jeck and Jaki Liebezeit, and Evan Parker. A great affordable introduction by the man himself.

IIVII
Invasion

Josh Graham is an all-rounder, dipping toes in all pies. Previously a guitarist in Red Sparrowes, visual artist for Neurosis and currently in Battle Of Mice and A Storm Of Light. Invasion is his second solo outing as IIVII which is dark ambient seems set to a post apocalyptic alternate future. Think John Carpenter injected with Graham’s post metal influences.

Treha Sektori
Severh Sehen

French dark ambient producer Treha Sektori released Severh Sehenh in 2014 on a small number of CDs. Consouling Sounds have now put it on vinyl for the first time. One 35 minute track of brooding and overbearing bleak soundscapes that Bohren und der Club of Gore would craft if they did ambient. FFO Deaf Center.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

From the Mouth of the Sun
Hymn Binding

Aaron Martin (Black Vines, The Cloisters) and Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) have individually had releases on Miasmah, Type and Denovali. Joining forces as From The Mouth Of The Sun they work entirely with acoustic sound sources, from guitars to organs and cellos. Swelling neo-classical pieces to soothe the soul.
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Laraaji
Sun Gong

A major new work from sonic explorer and yoga fanatic Laraaji. A shimmering two track experiment on the tonalities of the gong as he shifts the sound of this most round of instruments through various electronic processes. This single LP will get you ready for the more extensive 'Bring On The Sun' which follows on later. 

Ancient Ocean
Titan’s Island

Released on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, Titans Island is the second full-length album from Ancient Ocean. Exploring the sounds of Modern Classical music alongside Minimalism and Sound Art, the four tracks on this LP come together to build a diverse and strange land through which to roam; both beautiful and enthralling, it is a finely crafted experience.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Stars Of The Lid
The Ballasted Orchestra

Stars Of The Lid’s second (or third depending on how you’re counting) LP gets a timely reissue courtesy of Kranky. The importance of The Ballasted Orchestra continues to grow more than two decades on from its 1997 release. Subsequent milestones such as William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops and The Caretaker’s An Empty Bliss Beyond This World owe a huge debt to the thousand-yard ambiences here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Hannu Karjalainen
A Handful Of Dust Is A Desert

A Handful of Dust Is a Desert is the new album from Finnish musician Hannu Karjalainen, also a filmmaker. This collection is sure to delight fans of subtle ambient electronica, being a gentle and minimal trip through some dreamy territory, scored for synthesiser, distant piano, twinkling glockenspiel and more. Released in CD and vinyl editions by Karaoke Kalk.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jason van Wyk
Opacity

Jason van Wyk is not just a musician, he is a sound artist. Opacity shows the South African's true brilliance and ability to use to his full advantage his talent at connecting what happens in his head to the music that comes through his instruments. This record is available on CD and is released on Home Normal. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Auburn Lull
Hypha

The latest opus from reclusive rural psychedelia explorers Auburn Lull veers into new territories showcasing a newfound love of minimalism and restrained composition. Though there's still an influence of vintage electronic music and the more ambient side of Slowdive present, Auburn Lull are pushing their sound into new areas with this rich and inventive record.   

Tim Mislock
Now Is The Last Best Time

Tim Mislock has created a world to make you feel like you are floating in a vast, organic space without boundaries. Mislock’s debut solo album, Now Is The Last Best Time, is an ambient record filled with guiding guitar. He has had to watch his stepdad experience dementia; the slow, inevitable deterioration brought about by Alzheimer’s has informed and shaped the record. He cites Eno, Eluvium and particularly Gavin Bryars as musical influences.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Memnon Sa
Lemurian Dawn

London-based sonic maven Misha Hering (also known as Among The Bones) makes a stylistic leap with his second album as Memnon Sa, moving on from the doom metal growl of Citadel to embrace a formidable arsenal of analogue synthesisers as the fuel for his wall of sound ruminations. With broad, tumbling set pieces to unleash his banks of fuzzy oscillations across, this is as brooding and bombastic an update on the prog tradition as you’re likely to get.

Leigh Toro
Layers of Ash

Leigh Toro has Layers of Ash released on lovely Rural Colours (RC081). For his third -- if you don’t count his Flotel releases on Expanding Records -- granular sounds are frayed round the edges to make textural distortions that highlight the contrasts and contradictions between abrasive frequencies and more subtle resonances. An edition of 100, CDr in nice card and artwork by Katie English.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Simfonica
Letters In Time

‘Letters in Time’ is an art concept release from Simfonica that has so far been unavailable to buy in its complete form due to apparent political content on two of the tracks. Despite heaping much praise on the project – “You have created a very brilliant sound there… It is amazing to experience how you combine audible and visual aesthetics in order to illustrate your reflection of the individual topics…” etc. – the German label concerned told Simfonica, “I am hesitating to release the DVD. The reasons are the topics MLK and World War I. Political content and context is something that I really want to keep away from the label.” Maybe it reflects an understandable German sensitivity, but the suggestion that the content should be re-defined or restricted only adds to the suspense and eeriness of this audio/visual release from Simfonica. The full ‘Letters In Time’ DVD is now presented by TM Studios.

GAS
Narkopop

Well what do we have here then? Following on from that enormous box set of his greatest work of 20 years vintage, Wolfgang Voigt re-ignites his Gas project with a new album which, though it continues the thick foggy sonics of earlier work introduces dense and sometimes atonal sonics to the magical mist with that pulsing kick drum as always ever present.   

Benni
I & II

Benni is the latest guise of Ben McCullough of Wizzard Sleeve/Heavy Lids/Natural Child. This solo outing is focused firmly on imagines sci-fi soundtracks and with 80’s electro pulse. With cited influences being Vangelis, John Carpenter and arcade games I & II is an epic journey from cinematic soundscapes to high energy chase music.
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MJ Guider
Precious Systems

Influenced by the landscape around her New Orleans home, Melissa Guion has made a record of pastoral drifting electronic haze that coupled with her dream like, affected voice makes the whole thing sit somewhere between Grouper and early Cocteau Twins. Therefore she is almost the perfect artist for Kranky. On initial listen this has something to suggest that it could have lasting appeal to fans of rural psychedelics.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Jason van Wyk
Attachment

If you’re after pretty much perfect relaxation and harmony, look no further than Attachment by Jason van Wyk. The record could send you to sleep, or into deep thought, or maybe even into deep space. A blend of electronic sounds, strings and piano compliment each other so well in this release. Available on CD on Home Normal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Vlimmer
Randow (Original Soundtrack)

Randow is a regular podcast show about a village that sits next to a space-time hole where a city used to be. Basically, LOST in a forest. On soundtrack duty is prolific darkwave/postpunk songwriter Vlimmer, this time reining in the songcraft to make some droney dark ambient atmospheres to accompany an eerie and unsettling story.

Masayoshi Fujita and Guy Andrews
Needle Six

Phil thinks Guy Andrews was the guy who sang that cover of 'Mad World' but I think he's hopelessly wrong. Guy Andrews in instead a London based producer and here he has collaborated on a live BBC 'Late Junction' session with Japanese vibraphone player Masayoshi Fujita. It has now been released on a very limited 12" to make your Record Store Day just that little bit more improvised.  

Shocking Pinks
Dance The Dance Electric

Dance The Dance Electric by Shocking Pinks was an unusual record that ended up being released on the DFA label ten years ago. It combines that label’s punk-dance aesthetic with yet more styles: hints of reggae atop the nu-disco flares. It has been out of print for a long while, but to accompany the band’s first world tour it has been reissued on EDILS Recordings.

Odd Nosdam
LIF

LIF by Odd Nosdam is the ultimate addition to any man, woman or child's ambient and drone collection. A nice mix of soft landscaping sounds with gentle rhythmic buzzes, this record is available on CD, released on Sound In Silence and will be one of only 200 handmade and hand-numbered copies in a white recycled - we like recycled - cardboard envelope. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Portishead
Roseland Live NYC

It's Portishead, performing live at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, during their original '90s pomp (later followed by their current pomp of course). And it’s a pretty sublime performance all told, the main group joined by an orchestra to perform dusty, extra-noirish versions of classic tracks from Dummy and Portishead. Reissued on 2 LPs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Joseph Shabason
Aytche

A nine-track release from Joseph Shabason entitled Atyche. This release is a true experimental record that Shabason himself has spoken out about and the difficult struggles with mental health and the theme of assisted suicide. A mix of gentle electro-jazz and ambient drones in the background allows this album to help you sink into deep thought. Available vinyl LP and CD.

Dead Light
Remixed

Four track EP of remixes of select tracks taken from modern classical/ambient duo Dead Light’s self titled debut full length from 2016. Featured artists include Luke Abbott, Andrea Belfi, and Rafael Anton Irisarri under his The Sight Below (Touch/Miasmah/Ghostly International). Vinyl on Village Green.

Rat & Co
Third Law

Here  - I'll tell you something that will surprise you. I don't like rats. This is the second Rat referencing band of late after Rat boy so maybe they are due a comeback. This lot are from Australia and have shared stages with Tycho and Chet Faker so i think we know what to expect though the press release promises music that 'defies explanation'.   
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The 7th Plain
Chronicles I

This is a collection of analogue synth burblings made by Luke Slater under his the 7th Plain alter ego back in the '90s. These pieces expand ambient music away from a beat less platform to create emotional escapist electronic music. The album has been released on A -Ton, a sister label to Ostgut Ton, focussing on ambient, archive and alternative music.

Ekca Liena
Slow Music For Rapid Eye Movement

Originally released in a tin box on Dead Pilot in 2008 our very own imprint Public House Recordings have now given this stellar ambient/post rock/drone/electronica lost classic a brand new vinyl lease of life. Stretched out ambient music with a collage-y feel, like the best bits of Stars of the Lid, Loscil and Tim Hecker all rolled into one. Very limited (to 250) vinyl in reverse board sleeve.  

Joel Jerome
Cosmic Bear Jamboree

Joel Jerome, 'LA's Behind-the-Scenes Indie King' is back with Cosmic Bear Jamboree. Jerome evokes the slacker cool of the likes of Mac Demarco and Beck with ease, plus the vintage artiness of Ariel Pink. Featuring kaleidoscopic choirs, warm guitar licks and plenty-o' spacey reverb, his new album contains the hits 'Cosmic Dancer', 'Errbody Wants Somebody' and 'Complicated Man'. More psychedelic thriftstore folk-pop fun assured.

X.Y.R
Labyrinth

Downbeat sounds from what sounds like a snowed-in St. Petersburg, what X.Y.R has made here is a record of pop music obscured in ambience. His keyboard works sound muted, even untouced here, as if the keys are serving themselves from an attic corner -- with its foggy beats and low-key melodies, his music sounds like a lovely, recently rediscovered antique.

Andrea Belfi
Ore

Andrea Belfi is a dab hand behind the drumkit and also behind the live electronics console (here featuring a sampler and a modular synth). On new solo record Ore he mixes his various approaches into a bustling suite of rhythmically driven electroacoustics, showing off Belfi’s smart texturally-driven approach. Released by the Float label.

Anjou
Anjou

Anjou is born from the ashes of Virginia's staple post-rock band Labradford, bringing together guitarist and singing man Mark Nelson with bassist Robert Donne for their first collaboration in a good minute. With Labradford all but disbanded, 'Anjou' is a good chance as any to recreate their magic, bringing together stunning ambient textures with a conflicting dose of noise. They're joined by Steven Hess, who has helped feel the noise for Fennesz, as well as Nelson's seminal instrumental project Pan•American. 

Siavash Amini
TAR

Containing an ocean-sized depth of emotion and meaning, TAR is Tehran-based producer Siavash Amini's 2017 brainchild. Comprised of four offerings, including the mammoth twelve-minutes-plus tracks 'A Dream's Frozen Reflection' and 'The Dust We Breathe', this is a sophisticated take on modern drone and classical genres.

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. 

Tommy Awards
Inre Rymden

Tommy Awards aren't some kind of awards showcase ('Guess what? I won a Tommy') but a Swedish outfit who combine slo-motion house with new age funk and the kind of elegance not seen on Roxy Music's 'Avalon'. Quite a combination and add in bits of Popol Vuh and David Crosby (?) and you are in the dream like melting point the band have presumably envisioned. 

Phonophani
Animal Imagination

Norwegian producer/composer Espen Sommer Eide records under the name Phonophani, after a slew of releases on Rune Grammofon he moves to the Hubro label for his latest full length Animal Imagination. Gaining huge influence from early ambient electronica he creates almost aggressive ambient spaces with a hard percussive pulse, dense, powerful and lush.

Anton Kubikov
Whatness

Best known for his work as one half of Russian synth agitators SCSI-9, Anton Kubikov has stepped out on his own with an album of weightless ambient pieces. The tracks here combine synthetic soundscapes, somnambulant ivory tinkling and generous helpings of reverb. All in all, the overall effect is one of pleasant tranquility.

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

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