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Ken Camden
Space Mirror

Kranky Records used to be one of my favourite record labels back when they had artists like Bowery Electric and Labradford on their roster. These days I’m a little out of touch with the Chicago label so this seems like a nice way to get me r...view item »

Loscil
Endless Falls

I wandered into the office yesterday, late and a little hungover and was greeted by some arresting and deeply comforting audio. Scott Morgan's Loscil project was responsible for gently easing my brain back into reality. 'Endless Falls' begins with the sound of rainfall, I just love the chaotic nature of the rhythms of raindrops so it's a winning op...view item »

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...view item »

Toro Y Moi
Causers Of This

In the top ten of pretty much everyone's 'one to watch in 2010' lists, Toro Y Moi (a.k.a Columbia, South Carolina's Chaz Bundick) has alot of hype to live up too on his debut 'Causers Of This'. Mashing up the sounds of Psychelia, Indie Rock, Electronica, Soul and R&B into an accomplished pop smoothy Bundick's music sounds informed and modern, a...view item »

Kreidler
ABC

Dusseldorf based post-rock pioneers Kreidler are now in their twentieth year on planet music, along with bands like Tortoise and Do Make Say Think melding the sounds of Krautrock, prog rock and electronica to create a whole new genre, Many copyists have followed since then bu...view item »

Fort Lauderdale
Rock 'n Roll

Fort Lauderdale fail to inspire with a 7" & CDs on Memphis Industries called 'Rock 'n' Roll'. Fuck me fellers! How much of a brainstorming session did it take to agree on that nugget eh? I can't be bothered any further with this except to say how can a record label deliver me single of ...view item »

Ken Camden
Dream Memory

Kranky continues to pedal its alternative lullaby lifestyle with Dream Memory, a beguiling abstraction of guitar norms by Ken Camden, who attempts to bring together the disparate timbres of guitar and synth. This records alien technological drone is offered estranged vocal flourishes by Angel Olsen and Emily E...view item »

Greg Davis
Midpoint

Home Normal are churning them out at the moment. It feel like they have something out every week! I could be wrong, perhaps my perception of time has been altered. I blame Greg Davis and his 'Midpoint' CD. This guy's stuff has a strange effect on me. The disc comprises two tracks. The first is a mixdown from a live quadraphonic performance where he...view item »

S. Carey
Hoyas

I'm loving the first track on this EP from Bon Iver sideman S. Carey. He builds the track slowly using subtle electronics and whispered vocals but it all reaches a wonderful l...view item »

Illuminine
#1

This is the debut album release from noisemaker Illuminine aka Kevin Imbrechts (Mosquito). Holed up in his bedroom with a guitar and a selection of effects pedals, Illuminine has been experimenting with sound for years to produce this sharp, economical, post rock, post noise-rock record that grew conceptually from a lo fi guitar album into the s...view item »

ADR
Chunky Monkey

ADR some of you may recall was the chap responsible for the inaugural release on the Public Information label. Real name Aaron David Ross, he is also half of Gatekeeper. I was somewhat taken by surprise when the needle first ...view item »

TimeDog
The Fragile Present

Another shimmering little ambient release from the Shimmering Moods label, presented in beautiful hand-made ‘special packaging’ in an edition of only 100 copies. TimeDog’s record, The Fragile Present, moves through bliss, tension, heavy melancholy, unease, and back to bliss again over the course of jus...view item »

Damian Anache
Capturas del Unico Camino

Oh, there’s a lot going on here. Where to begin? So, there are some acoustic instruments played by Damian Anache and he also makes sounds “generated with his mouth” - it’s kinda like throat singing, or just someone saying “aah” for the dentist. There’s also a computer playing an algorith...view item »

Implodes
Reverser

Mixing drone, shoegaze and psych rock into the same room like distant cousins awkwardly making conversation on the Christmas holidays, Implodes make a strange cacophony of loud noises - reverberating, sustaining and compelling, Reverser offers up a different kind of darkness to the psych rock univers...view item »

Six Six Seconds
Tearing Down Heaven

Six Six Seconds’ Tearing Down Heaven was first heard on a Downwards compilation a few years ago, but it was agreed by all involved that it was worth being released on a disc of its own. Here it is on a 10”, in all its dark, seething glory, backed with Reprise, a fresh return to the same territory....view item »

~~^^^macheteoxidado^^^~~
Viento De Las Montanas

Viento De Las Montanas comes as a beautifully handmade CDr package, with photos that evoke the same gorgeously desolate landscape that the album does. Constructed from field recordings, instruments including harmonica, and a strong narrative sense, ~~^^^macheteoxidado^^^~~ have made a deeply atmospheric work. On Shimmer...view item »

Øe
Unseed

Unseed is a member of the Hanami Series, meaning that this particular portion of delicate ambience is themed around nature and its transience. Øe is the project of label owner Fabio Perletta, and this album comes packaged, as all the best albums do, with some seeds from a Japanese cherry tree. Oh...view item »

Adverb
JADI

Adverb is a musical project focused closely on memory, all of JADI’s tracks apparently expressing a moment in its creator’s life. Although what those moments are and what exactly they signify to Mr or Mrs Adverb must remain a mystery… Eight tracks of melodic electro-acoustic ambiences...view item »

Air
Premiers Symptomes

Rhino Records are in the midst of a campaign of reissuing the discography of Air, the smooth, loungey French synth-charmers. Premiers Symptomes is, appropriately enough, their debut EP, initially released in 1997 to gather up some earlier singles. Pressed to proper 180g white vinyl and freshly remastered....view item »

Wolfgang Voigt
Ruckverzauberung 10 / National Park

Exciting times for Wolfgang Voigt fans, as the German ambient-techno overlord harks back to his Gas days… Ruckverzauberung 10 / National Park is an hour-long, single track, improvised from processed orchestral instruments as an installation for a newly opened national park. Gorgeous work, as you&...view item »

Valet
Nature

Reverb-heavy slowness from Bay Area lifers Valet. A collaboration between Honey Owens, Fauria and Mark Burden, Nature is a shimmering shoegazey effort that’s as expansive as it is organic in sound. Fans of the My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive revivalist aesthetic take note. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Kranky....view item »

Shana Falana
Set Your Lightning Fire Free

Having worked through an internship-like period of low-profile, lo-fi cassette and bandcamp releases, Shana Falana is finally ready to follow up her 2011 EP with a full length, on the Team Love label. On Set Your Lightning Fire Free, big sweeping dream-guitars and waves of vocals make for a grand artistic statement....view item »

Breakfast In Fur
Flyaway Garden

Following their first, eponymously titled EP, consisting of jangly guitar, a selection of childrens toys and the soft, gently whispered vocals of Kaitlin Van Pelt, Breakfast In Fur’s latest release ‘Flyaway Garden’ sees what began as a recording project between Dan Wolfe and Kaitlin Van Pelt move into more assertive, punk rock ...view item »

Melodia
Diario de viaje

The Home Normal label continue their run of broad but utterly distinctive releases with a limited edition, four panelled recycled card CD from Melodía. A travel journal of intimate and low key instrumentals for acoustic guitar and twinkling electronics, the affecting, meandering songs perfectly capture idyllic trips spent...view item »

Toro Y Moi
Freaking Out

Toro Y Moi's new album is full of house style stomp and squelch. Its five tracks wouldn't sound out of place on the Golden Child soundtrack. It has electro grooves and soulful vocals in abundance. It starts off with a track called "All Alone" which has a really good beat and solid bass grooves. This level of quality doesn't dip...the grooves...view item »

Pale Blue
The Past We Leave Behind

Pale Blue is the new project from Mike Simonetti. Simonetti enlisted the incredible talent of Silver Hands’ vocalist Elizabeth Wight to be the focal point of Pale Blue. The Past We Leave Behind is a warm, melodic electronic record with elements of...view item »

Piiptsjilling
Wurdskrieme

I've got to do summat "beard" says he, the man over there, rapidly sliding down the slippy chute into the terrifying realm that is 40-dom. 'Beard' was the term we used to employ to describe anything that may get musical academics & sound-art buffs frothing with excitement but would undoubtedly clear 99.9% of the public houses in Britain. Als...view item »

Surf City
Jekyll Island

Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, one imagines Surf City’s name borrows as much from their country’s diverse panoply of sports as much as they do from Brian Wilson. As you’d expect Jekyll Island is sun-drenched but with a keen ear for extended fuzz workouts. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Fire....view item »

Danny Clay
Ganymede

Some spiritual alleviation from Danny Clay. Ganymede are eight works from the Midwestern artists and producer. These pieces came to life when Clay took a bit of Schubert's Ganymed, disentangled the parts and created his own piece of ambient wellness. His studio wizardry shows how ...view item »

Echodrone
Five

A backwards looking release from shoegaze-inspired electro-MOR band Echodrone. Five sounds like Slowdive playing Depeche Mode covers underwater. It’s a little bit like a dreampop Smashing Pumpkins at times thanks to the swirling, distorted guitars and ethereal vocals. Out on CD from Saint Marie....view item »

Christopher Hipgrave
No Greater Hero Than The Least Plant That Grows

Sublime ambient music from enigmatic UK composer Christopher Hipgrave. Initially causing a stir with his 2009 debut ‘Day’ Hipgrave has since released material on Low Point and developed acclaimed music-making software. His new album is characterised by its atmosphere of deep contemplation, delicate textural inte...view item »

Sage Taylor
Parallels & Rhythms EP

‘The Parallels & Rhythms’ EP is Portland composer Sage Taylor’s second release on Dutch label Shimmering Moods Records. The A side is a perfectly flawed and serene work of ambient, blissed out peacefulness while the two B sides are both warm and hazy summer time tracks. Very limited edition with no repress....view item »

The Orb
History Of The Future Part 2

Available on double CD or as a boxset with 3 CDs and DVD on Malicious Damage. Having announced a new album due in 2015, The Orb have released two retrospective compilations their work up until now. Including only released on vinyl tunes and unreleased video footage on the DVD, as well as completely unreleased songs "Baghdad...view item »

Toro Y Moi
June 2009

This is a collection of more “lo-fi” songs recorded by Chaz Bundick in the summer of 2009 alongside the commercially released Toro Y Moi stuff so while it's still got many of their trademarks it's a slightly ...view item »

Le Chat Blanc Orchestra
Ste-Claire Hotel

Make Mine Music seem to be pouring out the releases these days and here is another one by ....I don't know I can't read the cover.....let me check...... its Le Chat Blanc Orchestra which is a collaboration between Pascal Asselin (Millimetrik, Below the Sea) and Mathieu Grise (Destroy All Dreamers). I am delighted to report that its absolutely lovel...view item »

Quantec / relapxych.0 / Deer
Shapes and Phases of Amibence

Triple header here but I'm only Familiar with Quantec who here gives us more of his ultra chilled out dub techno that goes down well in the early hours. 'Endless Sacrifice' clocks in at just under nine minutes and should hit the spot for followers of Deepchord. Relapxych.0 stuff is nice sounding too at times recalling classic ambient tracks and ...view item »

Inch Time
Icicles & Snowflakes

That Inch Time CD that came out on Static Caravan was dead good. I don't know if anyone remembers it but it was a winner. Consequently the new 7" single (icicles & Snowflakes) came to me with some anticipation. It's absolutely lovely clicky melodic electronica of the highest order. There's more jungle sounds in there (l...view item »

Olan Mill
Half Seas Over

More gorgeous piano powered drone from the prolific Olan Mill. In the crowded field of modern composition and ambient, Alex Smalley’s newest project has created a unique space joining the emotional reach and oceanic swells of someone like Fennesz with subtle organic and instrumental touches drawn from field recording. The ...view item »

Chihei Hatakeyama and Good Weather For An Airstrike
Falling Sun

Getting Chihei Hatakeyama to play on your record is a sure-fire way to make things just that little bit more serene, his work sounding potently organic through the use of acoustic guitars, piano motifs and little electronic flourishes. On Falling Sun, he joins forces with the equally hushed Good Weather For An A...view item »

Machinone
Tokyo

There’s a certain ‘Flau’ sound isn’t there? The Japanese label seem adept at finding unusual examples of their particular brand of micro-music that sounds somehow Japanese even though its difficult to say why or how. Even when they veer off genre there is something distinctive linking it together. Tohoku’s M...view item »

Ghost and Tape
Poble Nou

Found sound recordings of water, birds along with harmonious synths and strings from Barcelona-based musician, producer and wanderer Heine Christensen under his Ghost and Tape moniker. Layers upon layers of sound build up to create the feeling of a beautiful day. You can almost smell the hot earth and the cool stream. Four track...view item »

Sinner DC
The Ambient Mixes

A longform collection of re-imaginings from 2012’s Future That Never Happened LP, The Ambient Mixes is an 80-minute minimalist trip. Geneva-based Sinner DC take cues from their relationship with Sonic Boom to transport the mixes to new psychedelic depths. Out on CD and 12” vinyl from Mental Gro...view item »

Golden Fable
Ancient Blue

The Welsh dream too, you know. Golden Fable are a trio of dream pop wizards, and they'e following up their debut record, 'Star Maps'. That record efficiently demonstrated their shimmering sound through synths, programmed drums and effects upon effects, but this record presents it even more neatly and emotively. 'Ancient Blue' goes in for th...view item »

Antonymes
There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay

Ian M Hazeldine, a.k.a Antonymes revisits and reinterprets ‘Beauty Becomes The Enemy Of The Future’ (previously available on Cathedral Transmissions) with the help of guest contributors Ian Hawgood, Katie English, ...view item »

Brian Eno
The Shutov Assembly - Expanded Edition

Out on All Saints is the new reissue on vinyl LP and CD of Brian Eno's '92 droner The Shutov Assembly - Expanded Edition. Made primarily for his artist pal Sergi Shutov, TSA is akin to Eno's earlier capacious work's, yet it develops into a slightly more sinister and angular persona. Perhaps thi...view item »

Brian Eno
The Drop

This is not Brian Eno's dubstep album. 'The Drop' is a largely formless collection of ambient soundscapes in the vein of the producers best and most influential works, combining his disciplines with abundant melodies. Originally released towards the turn of the century, like 'Another Green World' happening all over again, a little bit quieter....view item »

Church & State
Live at Huntingfield Church 29/01/10

Oh, this is lovely. Church & State is a collaborative project between two brothers, Adam and Matthew Moore, with Adam playing guitar while Matthew processes and manipulates the sounds. What we're left with is something which doesn't sound an awful lot like a guitar...there's an almo...view item »

Phoenix York
Godspeed Phuong

Phoenix York creates ambient sound records, creating the sensation of being trapped in a bathroom with a friendly man who wants to play you his synthesiser. This album, his first, has moments of post-rock and an almost orchestral feel in parts, using found sounds, a guitar and a sampler. Perfect for bath time....view item »

Various
Air Texture Volume IV – Selected By Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN

Another release in the Air Texture series, with the curation duties being performed by Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN. Air Texture IV - Selected By Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN is a collection of acoustic and electronic ambient works, drifting from lucid floating synths to gloomy dank drones. Generously spatial offerings from all involved. Ou...view item »

Application
System Fork

Application are Martin & Richard Dust (The Black Dog). System Fork was designed around the principle of Itamae. Every detail was described and thought about before any work in the studio was done. This process took two years before a set of rules and principles were fully realised for the creative process in the studio...view item »

Islands Of Light
Ruebke

Islands Of Light (as well as rhyming with Angel Delight) is the  is the work of Vienna-based artist Dino Spiluttini. Best known for sharing the 'bill' on a recent split release with Nils Quak he also runs the Beatismurder label and co-founded Total Light records.  He's done drone type stuff before but this time he's at the pian...view item »

Nightmares On Wax
A Word Of Science

This is a real landmark LP, not so much in the career of NOW, as I think their key album is Smokers Delight, but rather a landmark in terms of the Northen bleep era and Warp records. Whilst not the first album on Warp, it felt significant as it seemed to symbolise a shift from one off singles to having artists who look...view item »

Bonobo
The North Borders Tour. - Live

'BONOBO GOLDEN TICKET' competition. Buy the CD or DVD version of 'The North Borders Tour' from us and you are in with a chance of winning one of 10 pairs of 'golden tickets' secreted randomly in copies of the album. The ticket will secure you a VIP pass to either the final date of Bobobo's tour at Alexandra Palace, London on 28th Novembe...view item »

Marconi Union
Weightless

All kinds of downbeat, be it conjured through ambient sounds, post-rock soundscaping or IDM-leaning electronica, Marconi Union make a sound that aims to be modest and simplistic -- the tracklist for 'Weightless' attests to that, comprising of a six-part suite with no concepts and no fuss. This time, the group try to keep it really minimalist, oc...view item »

Seth Cluett
Forms of Forgetting

Actual art, but in a record. If that sounds up your alley, this could be the disc for you. Seth Cluett describes himself as an artist, performer and musician. He plays a load of different instruments, some of which he made himself, and he is very heavy on concepts, experimentation and utilizing a variety of techniques to make music. This ha...view item »

Matthew Collings
Silence Is A Rhythm Too

Matthew Collings is a Scottish-based composer. Not only being a solo recording and live artist, he collaborates regularly with artists from all kinds of fields including musicians (Ben Frost, Dag Rosenqvist from Jasper TX, Denovali label mate Talvihorros, Christos Michalakos or Euan Mcmeeken with whom he forms the duo Graveyard Tapes), dancers a...view item »

Matthew Collings
Splintered Instruments

Discipline makes the world go round, baby. So said King Tubby I believe. So labels take note: this is how you produce CDs in the modern age. The packaging is utterly tremendous, way superior of anything I’ve seen in recent months. Housed in lovely brown card, you get a cd, some postcards, a guitar p...view item »

Richard Ginns
Fall, Rise

A brief survey of this new Richard Ginns CD on Twice Removed. Seven tracks of twinkly, sleep-inducing ambience and field recordings. It kinda sounds like he's recorded this outdoors in an intentionally raw fashion as there appears to be the sensation of a breeze blowing through some trees or a particularly hissy tape track beneath the meandering...view item »

Christina Vantzou
No.1

Christina Vantzou has worked as a visual artist alongside Stars of the Lid and the Dead Texan (where she contributes as a musician also). but makes potent ambient through the orchestral process as well. No. 1 is her first solo record, a ...view item »

Fripp & Eno
The Equatorial Stars

You know what these two are like: they really love stars. King Crimson frontman Robert Fripp and ambient music saint Brian Eno released their collaborative effort 'Evening Star' back in 1975, a tranquil soundscape that helped popularise drone way back when. It took them thirty years to make another record together, but 'The Equatorial Stars' was...view item »

Roll The Dice
Until Silence

I've tried with these Swedes before and I still haven't got 'em figured out on their third album so maybe I should just give up. It's not that I actively dislike them as I don't, There is just something a little laboured, authoritarian and pompous about their music, especially at its most dramatic and symphonic. That's not to say it isn't all RE...view item »

Robert Curgenven
SIRÈNE

Here's the latest collection of thoughtful texturescapes from Robert Curgenven, who's already put out some of his cerebral minimalism on the esteemed L-NE imprint, including a collaboration with label honcho Chartier. The four tracks here all follow a similar template - 16-foot pipe organs recorded in five separate churches (St Paul, Ludgvan; ...view item »

Nightmares On Wax
N.O.W Is The Time

Here’s Leeds own George Evelyn with a long overdue best-of compilation from the 20 plus years strong Nightmares On Wax history. This is sure to bring back memories of those post club chilled vibes from the nineties and beyond featuring tracks from his early classic albums like ‘Smokers Delight’ and ‘Carboot Soul&r...view item »

Olan Mill & Keung Mandelbrot
Seismology

Olan Mill and Keung Mandelbrot have long been friends but this is the first time the two have collaborated together on a record, one which apparently came together quite organically through the pair simply sitting down with guitars and improvising together. Here, over five tracks, they collect the results of these improvisations, a slow-burning ...view item »

Listening Mirror
The Heart Of The Sky

Here's a review of the original sold out cassette!  I like this chap! I like this cassette too. I took it out of it's crappy plastic case (tape cases are shite) and I was confronted by a beautiful gold tape. It was like a golden ticket in a...view item »

Petrels
The Silver Chimney Club / Wat Tyler

Droning through the British countryside, Petrels has finally remastered and released these two tracks on a physical medium. Clocking in at 17 and 22 minutes respectively, The Silver Chimney Club/Wat Tyler are two songs that tell a noisy story. Recommended for fans of long, slow ambient and intense drone. Pressed on 180g...view item »

Kareem
Porto Ronco (Vinyl Edits)

Berlin-based artist and Zhark Recordings head Patrick Stottrop aka Kareem takes the controls for the third release from The Death Of Rave imprint. Known for his dark industrial techno and gloomy hip-hop 'Porto Ronco (Vinyl Edits)' has him dropping the beats in place of...view item »

Mr Scruff
Render Me

A 12” sample of Mr Scruff’s latest album on Ninja Tune, Friendly Bacteria. Two reworkings of the track ‘Render Me’, a track that features vocals from Denis Jones. I found his vocals pretty weird to be honest, especially put within the usually light and Scruffy sound of the track, but maybe that i...view item »

Various
Greater Lengths: An All Saints Compilation

Two discs neatly summing up the brilliance of Dominic Norman-Taylor’s All Saints label. Released just as those ‘in the know’ are discussing an ambient revival (did it ever go away?) this compilation contains pieces by Brian Eno (and his bro Roger), Laraaji, Harold Budd...view item »

Thisquietarmy
Rebirths

One man guitar orchestra Eric Quatch inhabits that wild and fertile (and increasing populated) border zone between ambient, shoegaze and metal. He’s been quietly forging his sound and releasing music as Thisquietarmy since 2005 and with this latest release, ‘Rebirths’, he offers new recordings of select tracks from his consider...view item »

Pulse Emitter
Crater Lake

Daryl “Pulse Emitter” Groetsch returns this week with more of his cosmic synth meanderings, and y’all have probably long since realised that he’s got some of the peaciest peace vibes on the scene, and if so you’ve got a fairly solid idea of what this album sounds like. This is a concept record of sorts - Groetsch wa...view item »

Cleared
Drown

Tone-worshipping Chicago duo Cleared are back this week with another LP of their distorto-drone compositions, mixing electronics, guitars, and lots of sounds whose original sources are pretty much anyone's guess. After starting out with a passage which is certainly guitar sounds, they drift into a kind of dystopian ambience that is both deeply...view item »

Laraaji
Remixes (Bee Mask, Ela Orleans, Sun Araw and Motion Sickness Of Time Travel)

Four remixes of classic Laraaji compositions by four big playas in the realm of contemporary ambient and experimental music; Bee Mask, Ela Orleans, Sun Araw and Motion Sickness Of Time ...view item »

connect_icut
Small Town by the Sea

Dropping field recordings over simple and pleasant beats, connect_icut’s newest release should be both accessible and enticing to a broad audience. WIth layers and structures slowly peeling away and revealing themselves through the ethereal pads, Small Town is sure to please the existent fans and create a few new ...view item »

Sontag Shogun
Tale

Sontag Shogun create lovely chilling pieces of piano based neo-classical music but fill them to the brim with found sounds, snatches of dialogue and field recordings. The opening title track is a beautiful piece of piano bliss, a simple recurring motif that recalls the sweetness of Max Richter or Dusti...view item »

King of the Mountains
Zoetrope

Melting your awareness into a pool of goo with King of the Mountains. Zoetrope is the next instalment from the Mancunian producer. Taking beat making and electronic soundscapes in his own direction, Phil Kay sculpts his own brand of blissed out & ethereal kruatrockish electronica. Full of synthesised ...view item »

David Newlyn
Disintegrating Suburban Dream

I'm having another of my early morning ambient sessions. This time the man easing me from sleepy confusion into another week's review onslaught is David Newlyn, whose new CD 'Disintegrating Suburban Dream' I've just played twice through with a blank, glazed look on my face as I sup my coffee. Newlyn is making ambient texturescapes which ...view item »

Christopher Bissonnette
Essays In Idleness

Canada's Christopher Bissonnette has opted to limit himself to a single home-built synth on this hazy LP of languorous drones and tones, in search of, in his own words, "a more tactile approach to sound generation". I'm having a nice time with it. It's languid and quite cosmic but still with that '70s-ish feeling of physicality to it, man and ma...view item »

Inventions
Inventions

I've had a lot of "challenging" music to review today, which I don't mind in principle but after a few hours it can really clog up your brain. Here to give me a little mental clean-out and loosen me out for more oddness, though, are Inventions. I'm pretty confident they won't be too freaky because it's a collaboration from people involved with t...view item »

Black Hat
Thought of Two

Seattle resident Nelson Bean a.k.a Black Hat is an experimental drone man working on the fringes of the underground dance scene and producing some pretty interesting and, considering the connotations connected with the style, very rhythmic work. Here we’re presented with three distinct pieces of out there dance music meant for home...view item »

Christopher Tignor
Thunder Lay Down In The Heart

This is Christopher Tignor's second record (after Core Memory Unwound) under his own name - after recording - Slow Six & Wires Under Tension. (it's his 7th full length release) This is a good record, I think it might be a very good one. Excellent restraint, build up, and release. Some of the most beau...view item »

Sparkling Wide Pressure
A Heart Is The Hardest Thing To Find

Sparkling Wide Pressure continue to deliver lo-fi drone constructed out of enthralling riffs, sideways synth glare and bottomless chords that appear at crucial, empty moments. A Heart Is The Hardest Thing To Find sounds like a marine dive into a trench that lights up after hours of darkness....view item »

Dino Spiluttini & Nils Quak
Modular Anxiety

Synth drone fans will like this one - Nils Quak and Dino Spiluttini take a side each to showcase their modular synth tweaking prowess over ten tracks, all pressed onto a shiny gold slab of vinyl. I’m listening to Spiluttini’s side first, bursting into action with the desolate and slightly industrialised ambience of ‘Anxiety&rsq...view item »

The Splendid Ghetto Pipers
Die Gute Besserung

With a name like The Splendid Ghetto Pipers, you don’t know what to expect. But it certainly isn’t an epic hour-and-a-half long drone fest, which is exactly what Die Gute Besserung is. Recorded live, the CD takes you through layers and layers of noise, static, hauntingly subtle melodies and tenderly quiet gu...view item »

Talvihorros
Eaten Alive

Here is a brand new record from the Scottish composer Ben Chatwin aka Talvihorros who has already released a series of well received records over the past half decade. Here he moves somewhat in a more electronic direction and as with many other manipulators of sound in the current climate the ghost of Joh...view item »

Sunn O))) & Ulver
Terrestrials

I'm coming to the home stretch of this week's review marathon and running out of time so I have to make the frankly jarring aesthetic leap from the earnest '80s tweepop of Helen and the Horns straight over to this slow-burning slab of theatrical dirgery from Sunn O))) and Ulver. Thankfully this is one of the records where you already know what i...view item »

A.R.C. Soundtracks
Archive: Volume One

The Little Crackd Rabbit label bring you this latest full length from A.R.C. Soundtracks, in the past they have remixed the likes of Aiden Baker and Fuzzy Lights, they produce a sound of gloomy twisted folk drone with odd sounds of tribal percussion and fuzzed out guitar and sy...view item »

Benoit Pioulard
Hymnal Remixes

Benoit Pioulard is the alter ego of American singer / songwriter Thomas Meluch. Releasing music prolifically since 2001, 2013's 'Hymnal' is his most recent recording. Here it is given the remix treatment by a plethora of mix magicians, lending a new vibe to Pioulard's experimental folk sound. Double CD on Lost Tribe Sound. ...view item »

Actual Taped Voices
The Sound Of The Phantom Whistle

Lord,  I’m tired. Tired of a non-sleep. Tired of a croaky throat, tired of a coffee hangover. Yes, I get hangovers off coffee....and pizza. However, this 12” record is really getting me motoring. Oh cock this is good. Right then, first up what is it? Its by Actual Taped Voices and here they 'Present the Sound of the Phantom Whis...view item »

Antidrom
Antidröm

Ooooh. This is dark, mysterious and just a little bit frightening. Basing themselves somewhere in the middle of the fens, Antidrom take the eerie bleakness of such surroundings and infuse them into a music that slowly unfurls itself using grainy, crumbling synth and disjointed drum machine. I don’t know what frightens me about the ...view item »

Jessica Bailiff
Jessica Bailiff

Jessica Bailiff is a lady. She's made a few albums before and is mates with Low. Her new album on Kranky is a lovely surprise. Its nice shimmery acoustic music thats somewhere between Low and Hope Sandoval. We like this a lot here.........view item »

Emerald Web
The Stargate Tapes

The first time I gave this record a spin I was reminded immediately of that most decent Kat Epple & Bob Stohl LP on Dead Cert, thinking that there were some striking similarities between both records. Not just the fact that these are antholog...view item »

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