Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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X.Y.R
Labyrinth

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

Andrea Belfi
Ore

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

Anjou
Anjou

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

Siavash Amini
TAR

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

Tommy Awards
Inre Rymden

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

Phonophani
Animal Imagination

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

Anton Kubikov
Whatness

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

Chrissie
From the Carboniferous

This new tape from don't drone alone is courtesy of Chrissie Caulfield (Helicopter Quartet, CSMA), an experimental violinist & synthbarbler based in our hometown of Leeds, Yorkshire. Inspired by a local quarry and played in one single take, the 30-minute A side veers from fragile string slicings to monolithic chunks of FX-drizzled sound and back. A synth ode to Blade Runner on the B side concludes things. Limited run of 50 !

Alder & Ash
Psalms for the Sunder

Montreal’s Alder & Ash take a leaf from Colin Stetson’s single instrument becoming a whole band, and takes the stark yet highly emotive soundtrack compositions of Warren Ellis and Nick Cave, adding in influences from noise and doom and a loop pedal. Made entirely on a cello Psalms For The Sunder is delicate and violent in equal measures. There are highly limited number of these handmade physical copies available, so be quick.
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Alder & Ash
Clutched in the Maw of the World

Look towards Colin Stetson and Warren Ellis and Nick Cave soundtracks, take a cello, loop pedal and an array of effects and travel via noise, post-rock and doom influences. This is where you’ll find Montreal’s Alder & Ash. Minimal yet cacophonous it swings between gentle and emotionally tense to distorted relief. Incredibly limited physical copies made.
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Stereocilia
The Road to the Unconscious Past

Stereocilia is the work of John Scott, one man busily working away amidst a load of synths, guitars and samplers to knit together this record of finely weaved post-rock-drone. The Road To The Unconscious Past recalls some of Mark McGuire’s work, with thoughtful guitar lines held in suspended synth-animation. Out on the Echoic Memory.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Trevor De Brauw
Uptown

Trevor De Brauw is the guitarist of Pelican, and this is his first solo release. Although don’t assume that he’s only just had the idea: Uptown has been slowly created over the course of the last ten years. Uptown pushes away from songs and riffs and into dense drone-ambient territory, where it turns out Trevor is a master of the kind of careful control needed to really succeed with this stuff. CD and LP editions on The Flenser.

Richard Bone
Age of Falconry

After initially working in his own band, Bone, and new wavers Shox Lumania in the late 70s and 80s Richard Bone set up Quirkworks Laboratory Discs and went solo to experiment with ambient electronica meeting jazz and lounge. Landing somewhere between Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Bayonne there’s lots of lush acoustic and semi acoustic repetition and chord structures.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Isnaj Dui
Dioptrics

The next stage of Isnaj Dui's exploration of flute-driven ambient caress is Dioptrics, the Yorkshire-based artist's 9th solo release, this time back on Fbox Records. Things are about to get a little more dissonant, which means that there may be wince-inducing moments amongst the soothing toots and taps that you'd usually associate with the instrument. If 'usual' could ever be used to desribe Isnaj Dui.
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Ian William Craig
Slow Vessels

Ian William Craig somewhat returns to his tremendously loved 2016 album Centres with an EP that relocates some of those pieces onto voice, piano and acoustic guitar, with just a few licks of subtle tape manipulation lapping at the edges. Slow Vessels proves that Craig’s songwriting is just as powerful when it stands naked as when it is wreathed in fuzz magic. 12” on 130701.

Apart
Digital Frame


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C Duncan
Wanted To Want It Too

After gaining a Mercury prize nomination and a boat load more production skills with his debut album, C Duncan, returns with a new single. It’s a huge washy and glorious synth-ballad. Straight shooting drums and walking bass line with almost orchestral synth arrangements, and his layered voice floating around somewhere in the middle.

C Duncan
Other Side

Cute lil' 7" from the once folk-quaint C. Duncan, who did what every indie rock darling does and played around with synths on The Midnight Sun. "Other Side" was one of Duncan's first public excursions with electronics and offered a shimmering sideways glance to his usual style, his delicate and decidedly Grizzly Bear vocal mingling with warm layers of tone. It's arguably the song bridging the disconnect between Midnight Sun and his debut Architect, and it's matched with a new tune on the flip, the typically titled "Sibling".
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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.   

Ocean Floor
Four Shadows

After two tiny self-releases, Bristol based experimenter Aonghus Reidy brings his modular equipment to the Aphelion Editions label for Four Shadows. Slowly evolving electronic chords, pads and textures make up this late-night imaginary soundtrack. Headphones at the ready and a clear night sky for a long distance journey.
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Electric Sewer Age
Moon’s Milk In Final Phase

Electric Sewer Age is a project of mysterious provenance, although it eventually turned out that Peter Christopherson and Danny Hyde of Coil were largely behind it, and indeed it was their final collaboration. Moon’s Milk In Final Phase has been unfindable for some years, but now we’ve got a reissue of this deep-space abstract eulogy. On Soleilmoon.
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Leonard Donat
Deer Traps

Alexander Leonard Donat hasn’t got enough projects to be getting on with it seems. With his various monikers covering kraut drone (Vlimmer), indie shoegaze (Leonard Las Vegas) power-pop-fuzz (Infravoid) and more Deer Traps is a minimal ambient affair that swells and shifts between empty cityscapes and woodland, with vinyl crackling and ghost-like presence of Leyland Kirby. CDr on his Blackjack Illuminist label.

Au.Ra
Cultivations

Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles return to the Felte label for their sophomore full length as Au.Ra. For fans of Slowdive, Pale Saints, Primal Scream, Cultivations has grown from Au.Ra’s previously successful formula of not rushing things and letting things take shape. This heady, airy and freeing shoegaze sound is the result, unforced but nurtured.

yellow6
Sounds & Moving Pictures


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Phillippe Hallais
An American Hero

Philippe Hallais has been producing as Low Jack for some time, but here he steps out under his own name for the first time, presenting some rather different experiments. An American Hero finds Hallais taking on the tropes of, er, ESPN sports documentaries, presenting a suite of ambientish tracks that trace out the ghost of one of these generic narratives. An American Hero is released by Modern Love.

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.

Celer & Machinefabriek
Greetings From

Two drone geniuses get together and improvise their way through a bunch of live performances, then set their exemplary work down for Greetings From. Celer and Machinefabriek used their improvised, free form approach to playing together as a way of producing the strangest results possible for their music, and they offer it to us here in a gorgeous packaging of postcards and photos.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

J.D. Emmanuel
Rain Forest Music

After making a handful of ambient new age albums in the early 80s J.D. Emmanuel basically stopped, moved house and left all of his records there. Luckily rediscovered this album caused enough of a stir to see him return to music and now get reissued through Aguirre. Heavily inspired by Terry Riley and Steve Reich, Rain Forest Music is filled with serene twinkling synth melodies and calm field samples that sooth the soul.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

ELS
Winters Split

ELS is the solo moniker of Edward Simpson, one half of London duo Circuit Breaker who’ve previously toured with Sleaford Mods. Rather than continue down the glitchy, messed-up post-punk sounds of his main band, Simpson withdraws into introspective electronica for this six-track debut EP release Winters Split. 

David Wenngren & Jonatan Nastesjo
Below


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

Pefkin
Murmurations

Pefkin is the solo project of Gayle Brogan, who has been involved in bands / projects like Electroscope and Boa Melody Bar for many years. Murmurations is an album of secretive folk-drone, and ambient song, for the most part themed around birds. Released as a limited edition of “just over 100” LPs, each accompanied by a lyric sheet. On Morc.
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Last Days
Seafaring

Northumberland based musician Graham Richardson (Last Days/St Kilda) crafts very still contemplative music. Emotionally raw and reflective pieces with acoustic, electronic and found sound elements. Returning to n5MD for his fifth full length Seafaring Richardson turns his focus to the sea and Ernest Shackleton. For fans of Helios, Loscil, The Album Leaf.

Pantha du Prince
The Triad: Ambient Versions

Pantha du Prince’s wonderful album The Triad now returns… in ambient form! Rather than farming out the stems to other producers, Pantha has crafted these versions himself, with the help of his engineer Kassian, turning each track inside out for a deep experience free from the need to be danceable. Double LP on Rough Trade.

Ian Hawgood + Wil Bolton
Transparencies

Eight years into their collaboration, Wil Bolton and Home Normal main-man Ian Hawgood have finished their first full-length album. Transparencies is a tender release full of intimate interplay of instruments and sounds: Bolton and Hawgood are perfectly suited to one another, sharing a subtle melodic approach. Released on Home Normal in a limited edition of 500 CDs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Demen
Nektyr

Slowed, ethereal and majestic debut album from Stockholm’s Demen. A solo project by Irma Orm, who is a person of few words and leaves the music to speak for itself. Standing somewhere between The Haxan Cloak, Julianna Barwick and oOoOO, Orm’s debut full length pushes to near overbearing tone, with ringing somber chords.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

High Sunn
Hopeless Romantic

High Sunn has racked up thirty releases to date, an impressive number even before you become aware that that accounts for just three years, or that Mr High Sunn is currently only seventeen(!!). It sounds absurd, but hey, just listen to Hopeless Romantic and you’ll find it hard to deny that the kid has the indie-pop talent to back it all up. Vinyl EP on PNK SLM.

Kelly Lee Owens
Kelly Lee Owens

As her star rises ever-higher, Kelly Lee Owens has picked a fine moment to release her debut full-length. ‘The colours, the beauty, the motion’ she opines over ‘CBM’, and it’s a neat summation of a record that has its eyes firmly on the dancefloor while still searching for the personal warmth of classic singer-songwriter fare. No surprise, then, that ‘Arthur’ is a paean to Arthur Russell and single ‘Anxi’ is a Jenny Hval collab.

Aidan Baker & Karen Willems
Nonland

Nadja drone-guitar lord Aidan Baker spent a day in the studio with drummer and Inwolves leader Karen Willems last year, improvising and following one another into interesting musical corners. Nonland is a subtly developing beast, audiby the product of two serious talents opening up with each other. Edition of 300 LPs in Gizeh.

Animal Collective
Meeting Of The Waters

Following on from their Painting With album last year, Animal Collective reveal the results of a recent trip to Brazil: four new tracks, recorded live in the rainforest by Avey Tare and Geologist and integrating field recordings. Animal Collective on location. Meeting Of The Waters is a 12” release on Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Valgeir Sigurðsson
Dissonance

Working as a producer for acts such as Bjork, Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and CocoRosie, Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson releases his fourth  solo full length on Bedroom Community. Falling in and out of its namesake, Dissonance hold grand pieces reflect great joy and sadness, melding neo classical and electronics to cinematic effect.

Gailes
Seventeen Words

Two top-of-the-line melodic dronemakers team up to form Gailes: that’s Benoit Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri. Seventeen Words was recorded during heavy winter times, and it has the special ability to sound both cold (the wind, the snow drifts) and warm (the thick walls and the fire). This is a vinyl release on Ba Da Bing!
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

sad_rave
Add Red

The Don’t Drone Alone label makes a long-awaited return with their second release, an intriguing realisation of a Michael Pisaro score by sad_rave. Add Red mixes field recordings of club scenes with precisely tuned sine waves and plain synth interjections, knitting together an abstract sound-narrative that’ll entice and beguile. Limited edition of fifty cassettes on Don’t Drone Alone.
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Various
Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol. 1

Kindly ambient label Serein assembles their various drone grazers, scrapers and sleepers into one fabulous compilation. Not only does 'Orbital Planes & Passenger Planes' have a rhyming title, it serves as a meditative travel piece, music for active out-of-window observations and pillow-leaning existentialism. Includes cuts from drone songwriter Benoit Pioulard and contact noise artist Strie -- plus cuts from Hidden Rivers, Otto A Totland and The Inventors of Aircraft. And more! So much more.

Loscil
First Narrows

First Narrows was the third Loscil album to be released and, now over a decade old, it certainly deserves its first outing on wax. The album is a wonderfully polite work of gentle computer sound, processed acoustic instruments and beats that are alarmingly hypnotic, perfect for drives, late nights and subdued social happenings. Check out “Sickbay” for a great case in point, which wraps layers of soothing, wide pads over skittering rhythms and soft syncopations of smokey keys. Lush.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Hauschka
What If

Hauschka is a modern master of prepared piano music, successfully transferring this esoteric approach to the instrument into lovely melodic songs. What If sees Hauschka adding automatic player pianos into the mix, which opens up even more possibilities for this eternal sound-tinkerer. Released by City Slang.

Anjou
Epithymia

Anjou are of course two thirds of legendary ambient post-rockers Labradford and under this unassuming moniker are free to tinker with their vaporous soundscapes consisting of the two 's's - synths and space. This is their second album following on from their well received self titled debut. Expect lots of sonorous, liquid compositions from these masters at work.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

James Murray
Killing Ghosts

James Murray makes music that sometimes sounds like the ghosts of techno: tracks that might once have moved bodies on a dancefloor have been diffused and reduced so thoroughly that they now inhabit a wholly different space. Killing Ghosts is a suite of those ambient remnants. Released by Home Normal in an edition of 500.

High Plains
Cinderland

Collaborative project between classically trained cellist Mark Bridges and Scott Morgan (probably better known as his solo moniker Loscil or as the drummer and saxophonist for Destroyer). Since working together on an endless generative music app in 2015 a future project was looming, in the form of High Plains, 9 tracks of low level neo-classical pieces blending cello, electronics and field recordings.

Dag Rosenqvist & Matthew Collings
Hello Darkness

The occasionally-recurring team-up of Matthew Collings and Dag Rosenqvist present the results of five years of work, chopping and processing audio from studio sessions until finally satisfied with the results. Hello Darkness is deep and dark and heavy, but also not lacking in a sense of humour: just look at the cover. Out on Denovali.

Secret Shine
There Is Only Now

Secret Shine existed in an usual place during their early years  - a shoegaze band on Sarah Records. Therefore they were obviously ignored by the mainstream press but were a little too noisy for Another Sunny Day fans. Now is probably the ideal time for them to return as everyone is now ok with shoegaze and people have now realised that Sarah Records was a very good thing. This new opus could well give the forthcoming Slowdive LP a run for it's money.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Old Fire
Songs From The Haunted South

Old Fire presents a collection of remarkably lush and rich Songs From The Old South, thick with bass and strings and reverb. The presentation of this release is really very fine, being a 180g heavyweight vinyl LP housed in a Vaughan Oliver-designed sleeve with metallic printing. Additionally, there is a download code and a bonus CD containing an ‘ambient album deconstruction’. On Brooklyn Bridge Records.

Peter Silberman
Impermanence

A logical extension of Silberman’s work in The Antlers, Impermanence is a beat-up and skeletal record replete with breathy vocals and humming held guitar chords. It finds a good home on Transgressive imprint Anti-. Buyers from Norman/other indies get a special bonus disk with four ambient cuts and the non-album single ‘Slips Away’ - what a nice treat eh.

Whimsical
Sleep To Dream

Sleep To Dream started getting made in the early 2000s, but difficult band stuff meant that Whimsical dissolved before it was completed… Until now! The reformed band have recently returned to the lost record, taking original parts and rounding them out with brand new recordings, with lovely classic indie-pop results. Sleep To Dream is released by Saint Marie.

Methyl Ethel
Everything Is Forgotten

Methyl Ethel are an Australian indie outfit with a keen interest in dream pop. Everything Is Forgotten also has the advantage of James Ford (of Simian Mobile Disco)  at the production desk, adding electronic flair to the guitary pallette. Available in CD and black vinyl editions, plus a special exclusive magenta vinyl edition if you hurry. On 4AD.

Poppy Nogood
Mood Paintings

Poppy Nogood, who is based in New York and named for a Terry Riley piece, presents Mood Paintings, an accurately-titled set of four tracks. A whole host of instruments were used in the creation of this album, but few can be easily distinguished from the abstract expressionist shimmer of the whole. Unhurried musical atmospheres, released by Preserved Sound in an edition of 150 CDs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Bing & Ruth
No Home Of The Mind

After a couple of much loved releases on RVNG International, Kansas based composer David Moore aka Bing & Ruth has signed to 4AD. This is a much more apt signing for a label that was known for moody and elegant music than the fucking Lemon Twigs and should bring a bit of self cocking respect back to the imprint. 'No Home of the Mind' explores the piano's percussive qualities alongside woodwind and gorgeous soundscapes. 
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  • 4AD

Various
Static Waves 5

The 5th compilation released by Saint Marie records, showcasing the breadth of their dreampop and shoegaze love affair, covering all aspects of the genres and the diversity within it. 17 tracks, 13 of which are previously unreleased, including tracks from Seasurfer, Bloody Knives, Resplandor, and When The Sun Hits. Get this one ready for the summer.

Immersion
Analogue Creatures

This five track vinyl 10” from Immersion perfectly connects the duo’s backgrounds. First formed by Wire’s Colin Newman and Minimal Compact’s Malka Spigel in the 90s, Immersion make organic techno built from precise loops and minimal textures. As the name Analogue Creatures suggests, this EP is about analogue gear and making a racket with it.

Poppy Nogood
Music for Mourning

American violinist and composer Poppy Nogood releases his first full length album on handmade label Preserved Sound. Echoing masters of the emotionally charged neo-classical, and minimalism such as Max Richer and Steve Reich, Nogood works around self imposed restriction and improvisation to create delicate and emotionally raw pieces.

Vermont
II

Sophomore efforts are always difficult, but Vermont simply continues where they left off. On II, German synthesizer-whisperers Marcus Wogull and Danilo Plessow (from Motor City Drum Ensemble) once again show a world brimming with vintage analog electronics, where they have created exciting upbeat soundscapes approaching the krautrocky. A fine example of why we love it when Kompakt makes exceptions on its strict minimal-techno-producers-only policy.

The Holydrug Couple
Soundtrack For Pantanal

Soundtrack For Pantanal was recorded alongside The Holydrug Couple’s Moonlust album, and it applies the same kind of luscious psychedelic drone rock to a film. Except that this particular film does not actually exist… A shame, as I’d love to see the images that would fit with this lovely sounding album. LP release on BYM Records.

Dolphins Into The Future / Lieven Martens Moana
Songs Of Gold, Incandescent

Dolphins Into The Future, aka Lieven Martens Moana is a closely thought-out project that expresses its creator’s experiences through field recordings and songs, each presented with a varying degree of treatments. These pieces, first available in a myriad of other ways, are here compiled onto a private press LP in an edition of only 170.

Drape
Let There Water Air

Drape take physical instruments like guitars, cellos and pianos, and then subsumes the acoustic sounds in thick drones. The effect is like glimpsing sunlight poking through the clouds. Let There Water Air is released in CD and vinyl editions: take your pick between black and clear wax pressings. On Infraction.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Marconi Union
Tokyo+

Marconi Union released this suite of ambient shimmer-groove in 2009, in fairly limited quantities. This reissue of Tokyo makes the excellent music available again, and also adds a live reimagining of the entire album, wherein original loops and parts of Tokyo were organised into new compositions. Tokyo + is a double CD release on Just Music.

Bonobo
Migration

Up there with the likes of Fourtet, Jon Hopkins and Tycho, Bonobo is a world-renowned electronic producer/DJ who creates a spectacular sonic landscape with an authentic blend of trip-hop, ambient, IDM and his own unique twist. Long-awaited by fans, Migration is the Brighton-born producer's sixth studio release. If 2016 single Kerala is anything to go by, then the album is everything you'd expect... formidably intelligent, finely crafted and infinitely pretty. Released as Vinyl Double LP and CD on the Ninja Tunes label.

Laraaji
Celestial Vibration

The endearing and inspiring Laraaji started glowing with Celestial Vibration, his first record, which was originally released on the edge of the '70s under his  other name, Edward Larry Gordon. It's a stunning show of his early innovations, which have now been basked in as the crowning achievement of a new age renaissance -- his use of arpeggiated zither, circular percussive rhythms and trickling ambience pretty much exists unto no other musician. 

Multicast Dynamics
Continental Ruins

Samuel van Dijk’s hazy electronic project Multicast Dynamics presents what he calls a ‘sound documentary’ on sunken infrastructure. Continental Ruins is thus suitably watery and sombre in tone, using heavily-processed synths and field recordings to create deep-textured sound slabs that’ll pull the listener under. Out on Denovali.

Michael Vallera
Vivid Flu

After a couple of releases on Opal tapes under his other moniker COiN Michael Vallera released his debut under his own name, a dark and gradual industrial soundscape. On his follow up, Vivid Flu on Denovali Vallera continues down a dark, almost film noir distorted machinery path with drowned plucked electric guitar.

Brian Eno
Reflection

Ambient music pioneer and all-round legend Brian Eno is back on Warp records with Reflection. In Eno’s own words this double vinyl LP and CD returns to his his earliest ideas about composing so-called ambient music and is as blissful, complex, demanding and beguiling as any of his music from that period.     

Anthony Child
Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle, Vol. 2

Following up Vol. 1 from 2015, Anthony Child, better known as Surgeon lets all the masks and hard edges drop to the floor for the material released under his own name. Taking single long take field samples recorded in the jungle as backing tracks to his much more ambient hardware improvisations. Come, get yourself zenned.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s EARS is a dense, swirling explosion of samples, synthesizers and chanted vocals that reminds us of Panda Bear’s Person Pitch at its most playful and ecstatic. Since her previous album Euclid, Smith’s songs have become looser, but also more confident, making more prominent use of her lovely vocals.

Embers Below Zero
The Oblivion Sea

The Shimmering Moods label has long been a reliable purveyor of ambient drones, and they maintain their reputation with this release, the debut full-length of Embers Below Zero. The Oblivion Sea is a suite of hazy remembrance music with a very melancholic effect. Limited edition of fifty CDrs, presented in handmade packaging.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

π∆ππ
Selected Piano Works

On his Selected Piano Works, π∆ππ treats us to that vintage three-days-in-a-Berlin-bunker vibe. By using just as much piano as silence between notes, π∆ππ has created a mesmerizing and esoteric album. What’s also esoteric about this release is the fact that there’s only 50 CDs, packed in handcrafted paper wallets. Don't let 'em slip away!
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Viewfound
Memorate

Shimmering Moods is treating us to some great releases to weather the winter. Milo Thesiger-Meacham, also known as Viewfound, recorded the pieces on this album in the years between his 14th and 20th birthday, so you can actually listen to a boy reach adulthood. On this record, you’ll find lots of piano-based soundscapes, field recordings, and a sobering and calming musical peacefulness. Limited to 50 copies, with artwork by Milo himself.
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

The Orb
Cow / Chill Out, World!

Following the success of 2015’s Moonbuilding 2703 AD, The Orb return with their 14th studio album, Cow / Chill Out, World! Known for their genre-bending abilities and being equally comfortable with an experimental take on sound as they are with club-friendly beats, The Orb’s latest effort is an attempt at an ambient record.  
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Botany
Deepak Verbera

On the edges, with Fennesz in tow, and you want to make a psych record, oh, too late, Botany has beaten you to it. Using mixtures of genre defining equipment, from MPCs and samplers to trippy guitar dronings and choirs he crafts free-form psych soundscapes, that sound like Leyland Kirby may have dusted them off from his archive.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Biosphere
Cirque

Cirque is Biosphere’s turn-of-the-century album, initially released in the year 2000 on Touch. Being the fourth Biosphere record, Cirque presents the perfectly-distilled form of his gorgeous ambient music. This reissue, presented in either double CD or double LP formats, comes with a six-track bonus album as well as handsome new artwork! On Biophon Records.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani
FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy

Synth maestro of the present meets synth maestro of the past AND present in the next chapter of the intergenerational FRKWYS series from RVNG Intl. Since they've both twiddled, bleeped and blooped for the good of all things vibrant, textural and chill, this promises to be a wondrous and rich collaboration.

Message To Bears
Carved From Tides

Jerome Alexander AKA Message To Bears presents his fourth LP, a soothing collection of ambient/post-rock-ish pieces which serve as an appropriate backdrop for the following activities: 1) stargazing 2) rainy-day relaxation 3) driving through majestic countryside 4) my personal favourite: crying into a pillow. Carved From Tides is a finely crafted web of acoustic guitar licks, sweet soundscapes, gentle beats and ghostly vocals. Released as Vinyl LP and CD.

Christina Vantzou
No. 3

Classic Kranky material here from Chistina Vantzou’s third record, for which she enlisted a 15-part micro-orchestra. Formerly involved with The Dead Texan, Vantzou here pulls those classical instruments (and several synths) through layer-upon-layer of processing, ending up with a smooth and shiny surface.

Loscil
Monument Builders

Drummer and saxophonist for Destroyer but If you haven’t heard any of Loscil’s 12 albums this is as good a place as any to start. Warm synthesis, subtle dubby chords meet field sampling in an ambient space-capturing setting, a sense of place and the grandeur within it. Droney, but so very musical.  

Federico Durand
Jardin de Invierno

Argentine sound artist Federico Durand produced new album Jardin de Invierno simply, using single takes of immediate performances using various quiet instruments, and then assembling and juxtaposing them into the particular shapes we hear here. Jardin de Invierno (or ‘Winter Garden’) is a sweet, subtle release, out on the Spekk label.

Loscil
Triple Point

Normanology 101: In the world of science, the ‘triple point’ is the moment at which a material is in flux between its vapour, liquid and solid states. The term proves to be an apt title for Loscil’s 2001 debut LP, a record in which sounds slip-slide around and textures come with soft edges. The micro-house of Jan Jelinek, Boards Of Canada-aping electronica and a dubby ambient style that prefigures Jay Glass Dubs are all to be found drifting across Triple Point. This record was the first to emerge from Loscil’s fruitful partnership with Kranky.
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Ten
Yukon Youth

Delicious ambience inspired by a trek across the landscapes of Alaska by Leeds musician Dominic Deane aka Ten. Ten is an ever-morphing entity of droning soundscapes and blissed out neo-classical compositions and on this record produces nine tracks of shifting textures all housed in an extremely limited fold out CD. 
  • Artist(s):
  • Ten
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

Daniel Land
In Love With A Ghost

Daniel Land has had a tough time of it since the breakup of his Modern Painters band, with health issues that almost knocked him out of music making altogether. But Land thought through, and has In Love With A Ghost to show for it, a richly-layered dream-pop record as strong as anything he has released to date. Released by Hinney Beast Records.

JAWS
Simplicity

JAWS are a Birmingham outfit who sing indie pop from the middle of a reverb haze that is part shoegaze, part 80’s mood-rock. Certainly some Cure lurking in some of those guitar tones and in the sweep of certain choruses. Simplicity is a fair title: it doesn’t mess about, but gets right to the core of what these guys do. Released by the band’s own Jaws label.

Ekca Liena
Slow Music For Rapid Eye Movement

Originally released in a tin box on Dead Pilot in 2008 our very own imprint Public House Recordings have now given this stellar ambient/post rock/drone/electronica lost classic a brand new vinyl lease of life. Stretched out ambient music with a collage-y feel, like the best bits of Stars of the Lid, Loscil and Tim Hecker all rolled into one. Very limited (to 250) vinyl in reverse board sleeve.  
  • Vinyl LP (COMMONROOM14)
  • In stock and ready to ship

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 spiralling off into oblivion...
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop
  • Genre(s):
  • Ambient / Downtempo / Dreampop

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 solo work is far more abstract and consists of blending tonal and atonal guitar swells.. The Swans terror and tension is still very much in there.

Resina
Resina

Rehydrated FatCat imprint 130701 continue to rain down new classical treats with the debut record from Resina, alias of cellist and general sound artist Karolina Rec. Resina emerged from an impressive demo tape and suggests an interpretation of the Polish underground scene -- as with most 130701 releases, it's a medley of both gorgeous and intense sounds.