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Goldmund
Sometimes

Goldmund, aka Keith Kenniff has apparently had great success squeezing his music into films and adverts and such, which makes sense in some ways: he writes very elegant, dramatic piano music. But also, most of Sometimes is just as dark as the sleeve art suggests: I can’t imagine many of these tracks making me want to buy any lifestyle accessories. On Western Vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (WEST138LP)
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  • CD (WEST138CD)

offthesky & Pleq
A Thousand Fields

A collaborative effort between US based offthesky a.k.a. Jason Corder and Polish resident Pleq a.k.a. Bartosz Dziadosz this is an album of experimental ambience. Utilising abstract treatments of minimalism, field recordings and playing with delicate use of single piano strings, harp, echo and more this is a album of both space and depth. 'A Thousand Fields' is the first time these artists have worked together on an album. This is available as a 2xLP set, cut at 45 rpm on 180gram vinyl with a tip-on style heavy gatefold sleeve and OBI strip featuring artwork from Pyhai. The first 300 copies will include a bonus 7" entitled "Still Your Bones" (INFX 062 S) with 2 exclusive tracks. There are only 500 copies pressed in total - so be quick.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (INFX061LP)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Death And Vanilla
Death And Vanilla

The year was 2012 when we first got offered copies of this, the first album from Death and Vanilla. It was a Normans favourite but like all good things disappeared very quickly. Fire Records have since helped take the band to new levels of popularity by unleashing the band's second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' and now that they are playing enormo-dromes have kindly re-issued their earlier hard-to-find work including this album that according to his review seemed to cause Phil immense personal hygiene problems on first listening.  
  • Vinyl LP (FIRELP428)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • CD (FIRECD428)

Sound of Ceres
Nostalgia for Infinity

Nostalgia for Infinity is technically the debut for Sound of Ceres, but their dreamy pop and sample-heavy bossa nova sound has actually be honed through previous bands and live performance. Delicate guitar and drums are hidden within a patchwork of samples and soft boy/girl harmonies. We have the CD, vinyl LP and limited aque blue independents-only vinyl!
  • Vinyl LP (JNR187LPC1)
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  • Coloured vinyl
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  • CD (JNR187CD)

C Duncan
The Midnight Sun

Last year Glaswegian C Duncan released his debut album, Architect which was a Norman favourite (#30 in the Albums of the Year list). On his new LP The Midnight Sun he has taken a more experimental approach with sweeping synths and electronics undercutting his layered harmonies and gorgeous instrumentation. LP and CD on Fat Cat.
  • Vinyl LP (FATLP144)
  • CD (FATCD144)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Peptalk
Islet

With a history of playing with arty types such as Thurston Moore, Yoko Ono and Xiu Xiu you could think that Peptalk would be some kind of noise/art collective. Instead they draw on their love of exotica, dub, electronica and in particular the Bladerunner soundtrack to create their own world of highly original yet highly accessible becalmed soundscapes. 'Islet' is their debut album and will appeal to fans of artists as disparate as Mum, The Slits and Ryuichi Sakamoto. 
  • Vinyl LP (HAM011)
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Yuri Lugovskoy
Yuri Lugovskoy


  • CD (HAM007)
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Forma
Physicalist

New one on Kranky looks, from the outside, somewhere between a new Pallbearer record and some psych venture -- in reality it's an ambient behemoth, sprawling its Kosmische excursions over a double album that sounds like Harold Budd partnering up with Steve Hauschildt in a three-legged drone race. On this record Forma add artist and musician John Also Bennett to their roster, who most recently offered up a remix for Christina Vantzou's latest record. This record is a tale of two stories, choosing to build a bridge between modular experiments and neo-classical composition. Less techno, more thoughtful slumber.
  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK202LP)
  • CD (KRANK202CD)

Syndrome
Forever And A Day

Mathieu Vandekerckhove plays in the group Amenra, but he also has a lonely and intimate solo project: Syndrome. Forever And A Day is like post-rock music with the grand climaxes taken out and replaced with an uneasy droning ambient aesthetic. It feels bleak, but deep down it could be somewhat comforting. Out on Consouling Sounds.
  • Vinyl LP (SOUL0075LP)
  • CD (SOUL0075)

Å Asher-Yates
Mothers Garden

The debut album from Å Asher-Yates is a fragile set of nature-inspired pieces that seem to slip back and forth between fluttering abstractions and ‘songs’. Mother’s Garden is bucolic and intimate like a woozy summer’s afternoon. Released by Shimmering Moods in a slender limited edition of 50 CDr copies, hand-numbered and hand-packaged.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Dimitar Dodovski
Dérive

We still don't know how a mood shimmers, but we digress: Shimmering Moods is still putting out the warmest drone there is. This new one from Dimitar Dodovski contains slowly calibrated ambient compositions with rhythmic sniffs, the atmosphere of the record coming alive like a slow dissolve effect. Derive suggests melodicism but clings to its kindly atmosphere.
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Hiss Tracts
Shortwave Nights


  • Vinyl LP (CST104LP)
  • CD (CST104CD)

John Southworth
Small Town Water Tower

On Small Town Water Tower, John Southwater has made some subtly strange pop music, with songs that are wistful and quietly grand. This isn’t exactly his previous territory (Small Town Water Tower is his tenth album), but why not do something new eh? Especially when it is put together with such skill as this. Released by the Tin Angel label.
  • CD (TAR068)

Beautumn
Bordeaux

I don’t want to fall into a load of cliched ‘ice and snow’ imagery just because Beautumn is from Russia, but to be fair he doesn’t make it easy with that sleeve art, or with the slow, detached tones of his ambient music. Bordeaux is a slight thing, hovering slowly through cold air, with distant samples jostling with minimal synth drifts. 400 CD copies on Infraction.
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Sankt Otten + N
Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik

Sankt Otten are a krautrock duo who have reached the dizzy heights of their tenth full-length album. Every piece on Männerfreundschaften und Metaphysik grew out of in-depth studio improvisations with guitarist friend N on hand, and the results are pretty damn droney. CD / double LP release on Denovali.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DEN263LP)
  • CD (DEN263CD)

Unidentified
001

For once, the name Unidentified isn’t a conceit. Apparently this music is sourced from an unlabeled cassette tape found in a Dorset charity shop, with no way of tracking down its creator. For (presumably?) amateur home jams, these synth tracks are quite impressive, with an eerie atmosphere to them. A curious business. Edition of 50 CDrs on Shimmering Moods.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Lustmord
The Word As Power


  • Vinyl Double LP (BLACKESTLP004)

Marihiko Hara & Polar M
Beyond


  • CD (mnc014)
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Ben Chatwin
Heat & Entropy

Strings form the underlying core of this album: rubbed, bowed, strummed, prepared, and attached to a wide array of instruments from pianos to quasi-pianos to guitars to mandolins. Lovely strings! And some electronics too. Ben Chatwin has done a great job harnessing these many textures in service of the curious melodies of Heat & Entropy. It’s out on Ba Da Bing.
  • Vinyl LP (BING115)

Kyo
Aktuel Musik

Aktuel Musik is released on Copenhagen’s Posh Isolation imprint and features alumni of synth group Lust For Youth and the techno of Norin. Given that lineage, it is maybe surprising that these 8 tracks are often bright and playful rather than blackened and sinister, with field recordings, melodic synths and acoustic instruments blending into enticing textures. Real fine stuff Kyo, real fine stuff.
  • Vinyl LP (PI174)
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  • Kyo
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Cynthia
Between Two Worlds

Cynthia tease us with the information that they are a pair of well-known artists… But we don’t get to know who. No matter, the sounds on Between Two Worlds can speak for themselves: a suite of semi-abstract composition, at times ambient, at times noisy, at times driven by rhythm. CDr release on Shimmering Moods in an edition of 60, with typically beautiful handmade packaging.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Hollow Sunshine
Bible Sea

Hollow Sunshine pairs talents from Deafheaven and Other Houses together for the creation of total electronic music. Bible Sea has a hazy, thick texture, with Morgan Enos’ vocals drifting through the mix as if half-buried in old synthesisers. It feels almost narcotic, though the sweet melodies always shine through. Released by the Iron Pier label.
  • Vinyl LP (IRP020)

Puro Instinct
Autodrama

Despite that super vintage-looking cover artwork, Puro Instinct are a group that exist in the here and now. They have a totally classic synth-pop sensibility, but every part of their sound is draped with shimmery shoegaze textures. You can also hear that Autodrama was recorded in Los Angeles: this is a hot sunny record for cruising down boulevards to. Out on the Manifesto label.
  • Vinyl LP (MFOLP46301)
  • CD (MFOCD46301)

The Grand Gestures
Remixed

For a swan song, we are presented with an album entirely made up of remixed versions of tracks taken from The Grand Gestures’ debut, second and third album as well as their christmas album Happy Holidays. With remixes from Luminous, Andrew Wasylyk and Man Without Machines and featuring a multitude of guest vocalists including Andrew Mitchell (Idlewild), Jill O'Sullivan (Sparrow And The Workshop / Bdy_Prts).
  • CD (CHUTECD300)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

DJ R Tango
Road to Freedom

Road To Freedom is the first time ever that the work of DJ R Tango has been properly released: exciting times. The Hungarian producer conjures some potent landscapes out of what sounds like a shed-full of battered electronics: over the course of the album, brutal distorted beats fall back to allow synth-ambience to shine. Cassette release on Reject and Fade.
  • Tape
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  • Limited edition

Ben Lukas Boysen
Spells


  • Vinyl LP (ERATP085LP)
  • CD (ERATP085CD)

Ben Lukas Boysen
Gravity


  • Vinyl LP (ERATP084LP)
  • CD (ERATP084CD)

Adzuki
Radio Sea

The key to Radio Sea’s sound and atmosphere is right there in the title: the meeting point of the infinite wash of the sea and the static hum of the radio. This place has been identified by Adzuki, and is evoked throughout the album, which forms an audio blanket around the listener. Hand-packaged CD on Shimmering Moods.
  • CD (SHM CD021)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Delilah Gutman, Drawing Virtual Gardens
Charcoals

Delilah Gutman and David Gutman (the latter going under the name of Drawing Virtual Gardens) produced Charcoals out of delicate piano and heady electronics, resulting in sensitive semi-ambient suite of music that are right at home on the Shimmering Moods label. Limited edition of 65 CDs, in carefully handmade packaging.
  • CD (SHM CD022)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Antonymes
(For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly

As Antonymes Ian M. Hazeldine has developed a sound that mixes neoclassical flourishes and the almost imperceptible pulse of ambient music. On (For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly the artist plays piano and electronics and then gradually incorporates string arrangements from James Banbury, creating a sound that is delicate and often joyous in its gradual development.
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Chris Tenz
Nails Through Bird Feet

Chris Tenz’ new album Nails Through Bird Feet has been brewing for about four years, during which time he has pulled in the talents of friends including Machinefabrik and Fieldhead for assistance. Songs, but with an ambience conscious approach. Released as an LP and a 7” and a tape(!) on the remarkably named slowwank label.
  • Vinyl LP
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Chris Herbert
Katushki

Chris Herbert is a sound architect with a nice, intuitive approach: he is equally adept dealing with melodic material as he is pure texture, and Katushki holds the ear’s attention throughout. It really pulls off that trick of changing constantly but imperceptibly, ending up somewhere altogether different to where we came in.. Released in a limited edition of 100 cassettes, on the Low Point imprint.
  • Tape
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Kreidler
ABC


  • Vinyl LP (BB165LP)
  • CD (BB180)
  • Indies-only

Sapphirine Phlant
Until The Light Takes Us

More gorgeous ambience housed inside gorgeous packaging from the Shimmering Moods label. Sapphirine Phlant does a very interesting thing here, translating some of the vibe of Black Metal into electronic drone-song. Eerie, compelling results. Only 50 copies of this are available, no doubt on account of them all being carefully handmade, with photographs accompanying the CD.
  • CD (SHM CD020)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Weval
Weval

Somewhere between Cloud Boat, Moderat, and Darkside you find Weval. Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers lock themselves away in an attic room in the Netherlands and create this warming, soul filled electronica with pop sensibilities and catchiness. Switching between loving ballads you’ll sing along to shuffling analog grooves.
  • CD (KOMPAKT131)

Jeff Runnings
Primitives and Smalls

Jeff Runnings is usually busy working with his group For Against, but he’s taken some time out to make his solo debut under his own name, Primitives and Smalls. Shiny synth-pop with an 80’s feel is the name of the game, and Runnings is a pro at it. The album is released by Saint Marie as a CD and limited edition of 250 LPs.
  • Vinyl LP (SMR089LP)

port-royal
You Ware Nowhere

port-royal’s recent album Where Are You Now gets the full remix treatment, with producers turning in an array of different approaches to the material. The Sight Below, John Tejada and To Destroy A City are all involved, as are two winners of a remix competition! How sweet. 13 tracks over more than 70 minutes, on n5MD.
  • CD (MD244)
  • Limited edition

Johnny Hawaii
New Age On a Board

New Age On A Board is an semi-ambient album with implied surf overtones and distant hovering tribal rhythms. Johnny Hawaii, operating out of Marseille, does a great job of creating a strong, fresh vibe while keeping his sounds subtle. LP release in an edition of 300, with attractive cut-out lettering on the minimal sleeve. From La Station Radar.
  • Vinyl LP (LSR 040)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Korallreven
Here In Iowa Remix EP

Korraleven are no longer a going concern, having bowed out with the original version of Here In Iowa. But they are surely allowed this little bonus release, which gathers some assorted treats together, including a Peaking Lights remix and a live cover of Guns & Roses’ ‘November Rain’! 12” for Record Store Day, on Be With Records.
  • Vinyl 12" (BEWITH001TWELVE)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The High Violets
Heroes and Halos

The High Violets have many years of dreampop experience (this is their fifth album), meaning that they can be truly relied upon to provide that special woozy feeling to the listener. Heroes And Halos has learned all the lessons of shoegaze, and marries them to proper pop structures. CDs and a limited edition of 250 vinyl copies are out there, courtesy of Saint Marie.
  • Vinyl LP (SMR086LP)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (SMR086)

Bloody Knives
I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This

Bloody Knives are an intense proposition, producing what might be considered to be shoegaze via a noise-rock approach. The soundfield is saturated with layers of distorted guitars, delicate vocals floating in the middle. But too much filth is laden on for bliss-out relaxation to be an option. I Will Cut Your Heart Out For This is released by Saint Marie.
  • Vinyl LP (SMR095LP)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (SMR095)

Vektormusik
Time Woke Up In Darkness excerpts Vol 2

Vektormusik are a Danish duo who recently composed some soundtrack pieces for a theatre production. Time Woke Up In Darkness excerpts Vol 2 presents several of these pieces, all rather pretty and minimal. 2 CD editions are available, a regular digipack version and an astonishing bespoke hand-crafted art edition. On Time Released Sound.
  • CD (TRS061)
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  • Limited edition
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Volume Settings Folder
Laguna

M. Beckmann is a busy guy… Having self-released over 15 albums under The Volume Settings Folder he’s releasing his first vinyl in the form of Laguna on Oscarson. This is gorgeous, expansive, post-everything ambient music. Highly influenced by Sigur Ros and The Album Leaf but with the minimalism and solitude of Caught in the Wake Forever.
  • Vinyl LP (osc no. 07)
  • Limited edition
  • CD (osc no. 07)
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Max Wurden
Transit

Max Würden produces thickly textured ambient music with a dub sensibility that sometimes rears its head in the form of actual beats. Transit seems to be designed specifically with eyes-closed sonic journeying in mind: just follow the thrust of the submerged-in-drone field recordings. CD release on Bine Music.
  • CD (BINECD034)

Richard J. Birkin
Vigils

Richard J. Birkin has put together a very subtle collection here on Vigils, with many of the pieces containing nothing more than stately piano and wispy strings, the latter provided by Iskra Strings, who you may have heard with Radiohead or Johann Johannsson. A hushed record, full of melancholy wonder and quiet drama. On Reveal.
  • CD (REVEAL060CDX)

Akira Kosemura
Niji no Kanata – seven colors variations


  • CD (sch032)
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Kenneth James Gibson
The Evening Falls

Kenneth James Gibson must be a busy man, running the Adjunct Audio while also performing in a number of projects, from [a]pendics.shuffle to his Bell Gardens duo with Brian McBride of Stars Of The Lid. This solo joint is a full ambient stretch, slow and beatless and easy to get lost in. The Evening falls is on Kompakt.
  • Vinyl LP (KOMPAKTPA4)
  • CD (KOMPAKTPA4)

Strategy
Information Pollution

Abstract ambience and drone from Paul Dickow’s Strategy project. This alien music is produced from radio static, snippets of battered tapes and distorted field recordings. Information Pollution is an apt title too, as assorted found sounds and ambient recordings overlap and fill the space, like harsh noise for the digital age.
  • Vinyl LP (FUR101)
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Parallelism
Angular Geometry

Parallelism follows up his self-titled 2015 release with Angular Geometry. This CD on Shimmering Moods is ambient drone full of rich synthesizer and muffled field recordings. The album begins subtly, with barely perceptible tones and murky tape hiss like Kevin Drumm at his quietest. But beneath the surface there are some lovely melodies and even some glitchy rhythms.
  • CD (SHM CD017)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Valanx
The Towering Pillars

With Valanx’s The Towering Pillars the Shimmering Moods label continue releasing artists who blur the distinctions of drone and ambient, electronic and acoustic. This CD, with handmade cover, strikes a darker tone than many contemporaries and pushes into dank, industrial zones. The music is dense and downcast; a bleak and often beautiful collection.  v
  • CD (SHM CD018)
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Bengalfuel
Rapalyea

‘Rapalyea’ is the latest release on Shimmering Moods Records by ambient synthesizer soundscapers Bengalfuel. Conjuring futuristic landscapes of desolate and peaceful majesty over luxurious pads and layer happy production, the record simmers with restraint until the final piece, which culminates in a rage of melodic chaos and mechanical beats.
  • CD (SHM CD009)
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  • Limited edition
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Breathless
Blue Moon

Tenor Vossa present this gorgeous album of shoegaze and indie-drone, complete with new material, on double vinyl LP or CD. Blue Moon is from 1999 and the middle of Breathless’ career. Here Dominic Appleton’s powerful and melancholy vocals dominate their dream-pop sound, but the unusual instrumentation and bubbling drones provide the perfect foundation.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BREATHLP15)
  • CD (BREATH15D)
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Deux Filles
Space & Time

Deux Filles is a project undertaken by soundtrack composer Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd-Tucker, posing as two French girls. Here goes Space & Time, which is amazingly their first recording in decades, and maintains the woozy ethereality of their earlier work. Out on Les Disques du Crepuscule.
  • CD (TWI1161CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Light Sleeper
The Goodbye That Keeps On Giving

The Goodbye That Keeps On Giving is five tracks of wistful ambience and fleeting melodies. The beautifully titled Light Sleeper concoct a dreamworld of half-remembered memories through soft, woozy drones. Out on limited CDr from Shimmering Moods in an edition of 100 hand-numbered copies with handmade cover.
  • CD (SHM CD 011)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Moby
Hotel Ambient

Hotel Ambient by Moby was originally released as bonus disc on the limited edition version of his 2005 album Hotel. This version has been expanded to include extra tracks and fully remastered. Hotel Ambient contains some of Moby’s best ambient material - music you can really get lost in. The album showcases Moby’s influences from modern classical pioneers such as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich and the godfather of ambient music, Brian Eno to the revolutionary Detroit techno of Derrick May and the IDM found on the Warp label’s roster in its early days.
  • Vinyl LP (5060236632678)
  • CD (5024545714227)

Various
Static Waves Volume 4

Saint Marie Records present their fourth annual Static Waves compilation to date, again pooling an impressive quantity of material only from the label’s roster. Most of the 33 tracks here are previously unreleased, so fans of artists like Static Daydream, Bloody Knives and Orange will want to dig into this 3-disc box set, especially at such a bargain price!
  • CD box set (SMR094)

Ocoeur
Reversed

Franck Zaragoza steps out under his Ocoeur moniker for a fourth full-length exploration of the melancholy possibilities of solo piano compositions. I say solo piano: some delicate string arrangements also curl themselves around the edges of Reversed. Released by n5MD on both CD and grey / white vinyl formats.
  • Vinyl LP (MD243LP)
  • Limited edition

Limited Liability Sounds
Surrounding Countryside

Limited Liability Sounds present a slab of gorgeous ambience reportedly inspired by the nature writings of Henry David Thoreau. Just as his Walden rejects the modern world’s stresses and strains for the wilderness, so does Surrounding Countryside hide away in cushioning walls of drone ambience. Edition of 50 CDs on Shimmering Moods.
  • CD (SHM CD014)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Mike Cooper
New Kiribati

First released in 1999, here is the first installment in Mike Cooper’s intriguing journey away from songcraft and towards ‘Ambient Exotica Soundscapes’: intriguing and atmospheric little soundworlds made with… well, all sorts. This reissue on Discrepant is the first ever appearance on vinyl for these remarkable recordings, where they clearly belong.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP21)

Ocean Floor
Jupiter

Originally released on cassette (uber limited to only 33 copies) label ZamZam Records, Ocean Floor has taken it upon himself to re-release Jupiter on vinyl. 10 tracks of organs and synths mappping a stargazing journey, think of a lo-fi Gustav Holst without the grandeur - it’s ultimately quite charming.
  • Vinyl LP
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Bersarin Quartett
III

Massive draws here for fans of Deaf Center, or A Winged Victory for the Sullen, and even add in a bit of Bohren und der Club of Gore for good measure. Melancholia fully explored in these releases, and slowed to an unbearable halt. Layers of strings, synths and distorted swells. Thomas Bücker’ Bersarin Quartett’s third release in this series.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DEN246LP)

CHVE
RASA

CHVE is the solo project of Colin H. Van Eeckhout, the frontman of Amenra. For RASA he restricts himself to using only voice and hurdy-gurdy: a bold move and immense restriction, but one that has firmly paid off. Thick drones are coaxed from his instrument, and processed into cavernous sonic chambers. Released by Consouling Sounds.
  • Vinyl LP (SOUL0059LP)
  • CD (SOUL0059)

Ed Tullett
Fiance

At just twenty-two, Ed Tullett has already garnered plenty of acclaim and here he delivers his debut LP, Fiancé, to show that the acclaim was deserved. Fiancé moves through genres with aspects of R&B moving into drifting dream pop. It straddles the divide between electronic and folk with ease and seems both intimate and epic within the same song. CD or 180g vinyl LP limited to 400 copies with black and white splatter vinyl. Vinyl comes with printed inner sleeve and CD.   
  • Vinyl LP (MONO101VNL)
  • CD (MONO101CD)

Fontaine
Diamond Lake

Another fine stretch of deep-reaching ambience from the Shimmering Moods imprint. Fontaine paints 4 audio pictures, with rich dark hues of electronic drift. As ever with this label, the music is packaged within handmade covers, with photos and a brown paper wallet. Only 50 copies of Diamond Lake available, so don’t wait around.
  • CD (SHM CD015)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Arkadelphia
Islands of Mind

Travel deep with Arkadelphia, who has a weighty collection of ambience and occasional leftfield techno for you to dig into. As the release stretches over 4 hours and 34 tracks, it makes sense that Islands of Mind is being released on USB stick full of FLAC files (download codes included for other formats) in a ‘special’ brown paper bag. 50 copies only!
  • Poster (SHM USB016)
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We Mythical Kings
Visitations

We Mythical Kings is made up of Raz Ullah and Peter Phillipson. Visitations is their debut album - a result of controlled and structured improvisations on guitar synthesizers and a huge array of hacked effects. Recorded over a six day period, whilst locked away in a small cottage on the Isle of Mull and then collated later the album swings from abstract drones and pops to lush guitar picks and lofi driving rhythm boxes.
  • CD (LCR006)
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The Arctic Flow
The Luminous Veil

A fresh wave of dreampop from sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, The Luminous Veil is a new EP from the contrastingly titled The Arctic Flow. Essentially a bedroom solo record it’s infused with that muffled reverb aesthetic redolent in the sounds of The Radio Dept. Out on 10" EP + CD from Oscarson, including a handmade lyric booklet.
  • Vinyl 10"
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Wolves and Horses
Every Moment Of Light And Dark

Belgian ambience from Wolves and Horses, aka Christian Saint-Viteux. The tracks that make up Every Moment Of Light And Dark were apparently composed with imaginary short films in mind, and are suitably cinematic as a result. Slow-moving atmospheres, as you’d expect, buoyed occasionally by emotive touches of piano. CD on UAE Records.
  • CD (UAECD1504)
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Ensemble Economique
Blossoms In Red

Ensemble Economique (the ensemble is in fact so economical that it contains only one member, Brian Pyle) release their / his eleventh album. Blossoms In Red has that shimmering ambient-songcraft vibe Pyle excels at, carefully placing subtle pieces of instrumentation next to each other. Guest appearance from Peter Broderick!
  • Vinyl LP (DEN243LP)
  • CD (DEN243CD)

Loscil
Plume


  • Vinyl Double LP (KRANK096LP)
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  • CD (KRANK096)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Balustrade Ensemble
Renewed Brilliance

The Balustrade Ensemble make an odd music, a kind of free-floating ambience with lashings of uncanny new age-ness. The Ensemble has plenty of instruments and even more production techniques at their fingertips, so that Renewed Brilliance perfectly conveys its very specific sound. Quite compelling. Out on Serein.
  • CD (SERE009)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Sinclar Sinclair
Breaking the Waves

Second EP from mystical Estonian alt-pop band The Sinclair Sinclair. The tracks of Breaking the Waves tend to build the rhythm section up around an electronic core, while vocalist Keit Kukk (singing in English) draws her singing straight from the history of ethereal vocalists. Released by the Beautiful Strange label.
  • Vinyl LP
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Various
Internecine: The Vanished Musicians

An interesting project here: contemporary artists pay curious tribute to World War Two era German -> Australian refugee musicians, who were effectively silenced by immigration authorities. The likes of Isnaj Dui and Markus Mehr work with visual artists for Internecine: The Vanished Musicians, an audiovisual experience presented on DVD.
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Talvihorros
And It Was So


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Christopher Bissonnette
Pitch, Paper & Foil

Christopher Bissonnette patches in his analogue synthesiser once more for this new outing on Kranky. While plenty have been tutting about ‘peak modular’ recently, with Pitch, Paper & Foil Bissonnette shows that a clear vision and tight control can achieve wonder without going bleep-mad.
  • CD (KRANK197)

Dag Rosenqvist
Vowels

Dag Rosenqvist has been something of a serial collaborator over the years, but has recently reverted to droning under his own name. Vowels was made to accompany a contemporary dance performance, but holds onto its power even when played alone. Released as a very fetching clear vinyl LP in a limited edition, on the memorably titled Awkward Formats imprint.
  • Vinyl LP (AF08)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Inventions
Blanket Waves

Inventions is a still relatively new duo made up of alumni of Eluvium and Explosions In The Sky. With this, their third album in not much more than a year, they combine the epic scale and the emotional intimacy of their approaches into a warm, melodic, semi-abstract pair of pieces. Limited edition LP on Temporary Residence.
  • Vinyl LP (TRR266LP)
  • Limited edition

Bing & Ruth
City Lake

The full length debut from avant-ambienters Bing & Ruth is treated to an expanded reissue. City Lake takes in the exquisite piano work of David Moore, nestling the reverb-drenched tones amidst clarinet, cello and vocals for a luxuriously engulfing piece of work. Out on CD and 2LP vinyl from RVNG Intl.
  • CD (RVNGNL31CD)

Rodinia
Drumside / Dreamside

Rodinia have put together a wonderful rhythm-fest here for this LP. The two members started off with a jam on a stack of synth equipment, and later on added drums and other instruments. It feels like every aspect of the sound-field is in some way rhythmic, yet also a little ambient in texture. Drumside / Dreamside is released by now Again.
  • Vinyl LP (NA5132LP)

T.Raumschmiere
T.Raumschmiere

T.Raumschmiere is the project of Marco Haas, label boss of the Shitkatapult imprint. This self-titled album is the first in 7 years, and although the press release ties itself in knots over whether or not this is ambient music, to my ears it sounds like industrially-tinged dark synth-simmer, with some vocal tracks. Has a strong atmosphere though. On Album Label.
  • Vinyl LP (ALB007LP)
  • CD (ALB007CD)

Duane Pitre
Bayou Electric

Academic drone-artist and former pro skateboarder (seriously) Duane Pitre returns with Bayou Electric. Completing the trilogy started by his last two records, this piece is built up around a field recording rich with personal resonance, around which the sonic resonances of the ensemble were built. On Important Records.
  • Vinyl LP (IMPREC421)
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M83
Digital Shades Vol.1

The first in M83’s ongoing ambient series Digital Shades, founding member Anthony Gonzales explores a world of M83 songs, but without those pummeling drums. Volume 1 focuses on Brian Eno-esque drifting pianos and synthesizers, but claims more of your attention than, for example, Music for Airports. 
  • CD (NV833211)
  • Artist(s):
  • M83

port-royal
Where Are You Now

Since Roman times, Italy has been renowned for it’s strong (euro)dance culture. Prolonging ancient traditions, port-royal (mind the hyphen) have finally returned with a full length album. Where Are You Now is filled with catchy Mediterranean beats and brimming with electronic shoegazing energy.
  • Vinyl Double LP (MD238LP)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Chris Walla
Tape Loops

You don’t expect an album named Tape Loops to come from a former member of Death Cab For Cutie, but here it is! Chris Walla, who founded that band, has taken things a lot more abstract: not quite full Lescalleet / Dilloway, but a pretty strong set of pieces that use analogue technology with skill. On Trans-Records.
  • Vinyl LP (TRAN013LP)
  • CD (TRAN013CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Pinkshinyultrablast
Everything Else Matters

Big wide open shoegaze from St. Petersberg, Russia! Pinkshinyultrablast grabbed that pleasing name from an album by Astrobrite, which gives an impression of what their sound might be, but these guys love shoegaze too much to simply replicate it like a relic from the early '90s. Instead they push forward and outwards, into subtly new spaces.
  • CD (AC3011112)

Denzel + Huhn
Brom

Denzel + Huhn carefully create exciting digital soundfields for the pleasure of the listener. Brom is their first record in eight years, and the thought that has gone into it’s 14 tracks in that time is audible. These pieces crackle, skip and hum with a remarkably melodic sensibility. Released on CD by the Oktaf label.
  • CD (OKTAFCD011)
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Beacon
For Now


  • Vinyl 12" (GI-169)
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Jeff Stonehouse
Mariner's Willow

Mariner’s Willow by Jeff Stonehouse is a recording that is dedicated to his mum and imbued with her spirit. The piano and guitar work together on the recording mimic the ebb and flow of the sea which was an important part of her life. The sounds of nature heard on the album were recorded near Stonehouse’s mother’s home in the South Downs on the last day she spent there. Deep in the mix are the vocals of Alicia Merz, one of his mother’s favourite singers. Stonehouse is keen to point out that the album is intended as a celebration of his mother’s life and is not supposed to be a sad work.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Zander One
Emerald Awaking

Emerald Awakening is a somewhat blissful journey, containing twelve tracks that Zander One tells us are influenced by the passing of the seasons in his local valley. Pastoral ambience pleasure. The album comes with two remixes by Coppice Halifax and Shea McGilvray, in a limited CDr edition of 100 copies.
  • CD (SHM CD010)
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  • Limited edition

Chandeliers
Artifacts

Mood music reflecting deep and dark emotions from Chandeliers. Artifacts is a slow-moving submersion into still waters of warm, multi-layered ambience. Fans of Basinski's decaying soundworlds will find much to love here. Out on limited CDr from Shimmering Moods. In an edition of 100 hand-numbered copies with handmade cover.
  • CD (SHM CD 012)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

gasansui
Gallery Six

Available on CD and are ridiculously limited to only 100 copies in special packaging. Very minimal ambient aural landscapes filled with pure tones, warm static and field samples galore, sounds and pads washing in and out of each other with only mild glimpses of form. For fans of Celer, Stars of the Lid, Machinefabriek or Type records in general.
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  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Vaadat Charigim
Sinking As A Stone

A supple psych offering from Israeli rockers Vaadat Charigim. Sinking As A Stone manages to utilise heavy distortion and screeching guitars whilst sounding sumptuously lush all at once. Drenched in reverb it’s an expansive collection of emotive epics. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Burger Records.
  • Vinyl LP (BRGR825LP)
  • CD (BRGR825CD)

The Doubling Riders
Garama

The Doubling Riders originally released Garama in 1991. The album is a strange beast: for the most part it is more or less ambient music, composed out of quiet, leisurely synths and some distant vocal samples. The inspiration is apparently the ancient kingdom from which the record takes its name. Reissued by Time Released Sound.
  • CD (TRS054)
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  • Limited edition
  • CD (TRS054)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Phaedra
Blackwinged Night

Phaedra is the solo project of one Ingvlid Langgård, a fine art graduate who brings a rich compositional talent as well as a strong visual art practice. On Blackwinged Night, the second album of a proposed trilogy, classical instruments and synthesised rhythms support dramatic, performative vocals. On the Rune Grammofon label.
  • Vinyl LP (RLP3172)

Ancient Ocean
Blood Moon

Ancient Ocean sound very much as you’d expect Ancient Ocean to sound like. Slotting next to your Kranky and Low Point records, Blood Moon is a swirling, droning affair that leaves you swimming in a rich sea of aural delight. Dip your toe and you’re soon immersed. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Beyond Is Beyond.
  • CD (CDBBIB020)

The Host
Esalen Lectures

The Host’s new record, The Esalen Lectures, is essentially a fake record, taking as its conceit the idea of visiting a psychedelic retreat. This slightly sinister hippy environment is conjured up through New Age synth sounds and all manner of whooshing and hissing. This could certainly make you feel ‘altered’. On Touch Sensitive.
  • Vinyl LP (TSR003)

Jens Uwe Beyer
The Emissary

The Emissary by Jens Uwe Beyer is the full-length debut from a seasoned Kompakt alumni. With a raft of releases under his Popnoname alias, Jens Uwe Beyer now steps out under his own name to deliver an intimate, GAS-inspired selection of tasty Pop Ambient morsels. Out on CD and vinyl LP+ CD from Kompakt.
  • CD (KOMPAKTPA3)

Django Django
Reflections

Reflections is taken from Mercury Music Prize nominated and London based art-rockers Django Django’s latest album Born Under Saturn. This four-track 12” EP features Reflections as featured on the album along with 3 quite different remixes: the Happa Remix, Jellyman’s Midnight Jelly Jam version and Leith Waterworld remix.
  • Vinyl 12" (BEC5156172)

Via Tania
Boltanski


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

Yuki Aida
Revolve


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

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