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Christina Vantzou
No. 2

As our resident drift-core/neo-classical/everythings-ok-electronica expert is in hospital with a malfunctioning gall stone, I have been passed this weeks slower releases to pore over. Forgive me though as I have the attention span of a gnat, I couldn’t even sit through the entire Bruno Mars performance on t...view item »

Nils Frahm
Screws Reworked

This double vinyl LP, or CD, set from composer Nils Frahm has all the sparse piano and delicate Moog work we expect from him. But, on Screws Reworked Frahm has invited fans to submit their individual reinterpretations of his work. Screws was a warm and personal album, and that beautiful material...view item »

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 trac...view item »

Aukai
Aukai

German composer/producer Markus Sieber assumes the Aukai moniker for his debut LP after moving away from his recent career in acting. He manages to channel the drama of his last profession through cinematic, orchestrated acoustic ambiences evoking the feeling of travel and memories of time spent in natural surroundings, all of this subtly enhanc...view item »

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 Thou...view item »

Jon Hopkins
Opalescent

House producer and Coldplay helper Jon Hopkins has done a lot since Opalescent, but his debut record now gets a reissue after fifteen years in the game. It was released to Just Label who largely dealt in beautified ambient music, and Hopkins sentimental sound was well suited to their whims -- that sa...view item »

Death And Vanilla
EP

Oh kind people at Fire Records, fresh from issuing Death and Vanilla's much loved second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' have now embarked on a re-issue programme of the bands earlier work including this now impossi-find debut EP. This was the record that first informed us that there could indeed be life after Broadcast. ...view item »

Butterfly Child
Futures

Butterfly Child, who are essentially one man, Joe Cassidy, plus a revolving cast of characters, have a penchant for shimmering dream pop. After releasing a trio of albums and six EPs in the ‘90s, Belfast-born, Los Angeles based, Cassidy quietly released a single, No Longer Living In Your Shadow, i...view item »

Eluvium
False Readings On

Oh go on, get excited about a new Eluvium record. It's been a while since Matthew Cooper framed his ambient-leaning post-rock in such a compelling light -- in fact False Readings On seems to intertwine his pastoral, widescreen sound with a harsher resolution, with the orchestration battling...view item »

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 an...view item »

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. O...view item »

C Duncan
Architect

Available on LP or CD on FatCat records. This is the wondrous debut album from sun-dappled Glaswegian C Duncan. 'Architect' is a fantastic album just waiting be be played on your stereo through summer. Will appeal to fans of Django Django, Sufjan Stevens and last years pop master Stephen Steinbrink.   ...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 »

Norman Westberg
The All Most Quiet

Having been in numerous, yet short lived, projects Norman Westberg is undoubtedly most known for his work in Swans. Alongside, his solo work has been constant. Putting most of it out himself, he has now turned to Hallow Ground for this two track album. Opposing his rhythmic power in Swans, his s...view item »

Tangent
Collapsing Horizons

Twinkling electronics from Dutch outfit Tangent here on their third album Collapsing Horizons. Each track could be excavated to reveal separate strata: glitchy beats, serene ambience, digital hiss and delicate melodies all coexist neatly together. Released as CD and as coloured vinyl LP on the n5MD label....view item »

Biosphere
Departed Glories

New album from highly-respected ambient electronic maestro Biosphere, his first in 5 years. Departed Glories has the gorgeously cloudy haze of Biosphere’s best work, but imbued with distant fragments of old Eastern...view item »

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....view item »

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 beca...view item »

Yuri Lugovskoy
Yuri Lugovskoy

My first encounter with Yuri Lugovskoy’s music was around two and a half years ago through his debut CD (also self-titled) on Moteer. The Ukranian artist’s sophomore album is released o...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 so...view item »

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 5...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 th...view item »

Celer
Inside the Head of Gods

Twenty odd minutes of gentle organ music by acclaimed ambient sorts Celer to accompany an exhibition of the pantings of Taichi Kondo for his exhibition 'What's my name?' at Finale Art File in Manila, Philippines. Pressed onto a simple CD made in an edition of 300 for you to enjoy possibly whilst perusing the paintings. ...view item »

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 s...view item »

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 Denov...view item »

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 t...view item »

Lustmord
The Word As Power

Not, you may suspect, the kind of music one wants to hear on a hot summers day like this. Unless your reaction to the sun is to wrap a towel around your head and lie in a darkened room until it all goes away. Despite having released records since 1990 and collaborated with the likes of Clock DVA, Chris &...view item »

Marihiko Hara & Polar M
Beyond

Ever wonder what a collaboration between Harold Budd and Mark Knopfler would sound like? Just listen to the opening track of this magical new album by Marihiko Hara & Polar M and hear a pretty good approximation, smooth gliding guitar ar...view item »

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 He...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 ...view item »

Damian Valles
Strand

Canadian artist Damian Valles has been busy over the past six years or so transmitting his sounds via Under The Spire, Experimedia, Hibernate, Textura, ...view item »

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 narcot...view item »

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 ...view item »

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...view item »

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 shin...view item »

Ben Lukas Boysen
Gravity

“Oh man, he’s the new Nils Frahm” seems to be Norman Reviews editor Clint’s catchphrase, these days. A new Frahm is born unto us every day and a new pianist is using the Frahmian mode every other week. Claudio Ranieri? He’s like the Premier League’s Nils Frahm, buddy. Plinky pl...view item »

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 ...view item »

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...view item »

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 tha...view item »

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...view item »

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 ...view item »

Ian Martin
Notations of the Form

More gorgeous ambience housed inside gorgeous packaging from the Shimmering Moods label. Ian Martin’s music is sheer atmosphere, the 7 tracks of Notations of the Form spreading their musique concréte tendrils around the listener. Only 50 copies of th...view item »

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 accoun...view item »

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 catchi...view item »

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 S...view item »

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! H...view item »

Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook
The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 5-8

The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol. 5 - 8 continues the epic archival effort to tunnel through the recordings that were made when the legendary Klaus Schulze started working with Pete Namlook on an array of Moog synthesisers. This 5CD box-set is a hell of a trip through the spaceways, and getting this much m...view item »

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 slee...view item »

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’ ‘N...view item »

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 viny...view item »

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 Th...view item »

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 astonish...view item »

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...view item »

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....view item »

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 r...view item »

Akira Kosemura
Niji no Kanata – seven colors variations

Some more Japanese niceness on the Schole Records label, here we have Akira Kosemura and the first single to be lifted from his new album. Featuring vocalist Lasah, it’s the usual cosy sweet Japanese dream pop. The vocals are so sweet that it could be sung by...view item »

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 o...view item »

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...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 downc...view item »

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 mechanic...view item »

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 ...view item »

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....view item »

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...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 fo...view item »

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 amb...view item »

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 a...view item »

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 char...view item »

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 B&...view item »

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 ...view item »

Dereck Higgins
Myths​.​.​.​Realities

Dereck Higgins is a cornerstone of music in the Midwest, working with bands like Norman & The Rockwells and Digital Sex. Myths… Realities however is a collection of home recordings, mostly produced on a 4 track. Nevertheless, these solo jams are full-featured and deep: ...view item »

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...view item »

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’...view item »

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 ‘sp...view item »

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...view item »

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...view item »

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 ...view item »

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. ...view item »

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 o...view item »

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 ...view item »

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 audi...view item »

Talvihorros
And It Was So

We've supported this Londoner since we stocked his first ever hand-assembled CDr way back in the mists of 2008. Ben Chatwin he goes by the name of when in the company of his relatives but to us he is Talvihorros which sounds like it could be either a mythica...view item »

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....view item »

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 memor...view item »

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 editi...view item »

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....view item »

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 release...view item »

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 trac...view item »

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....view item »

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...view item »

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....view item »

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 u...view item »

Bonobo
The North Borders

Bonobo is the master of sunny, warm, chilled out, slightly jazzy instrumental electronica so it comes as a surprise to find some slightly bland vocals adorning the opening track. It’s very nice in a kind of sad Postal Service way but also has the electronics &...view item »

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