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Blue Chemise
Daughters Of Time

Students Of Decay (Alex Cobb, Caroline No) release a collection of evocative ambiences from Aussie artist Blue Chemise. Daughters Of Time is a delicate album. Many of the tracks here are contemplative, lackadaisical things that come fogged with reverb and tape grain. Th...view item »
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Kyle Bobby Dunn
Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness

Apparently some dude from Pitchfork reckons Kyle is the king of drone. Like, can you imagine if this music started affecting all walks of society instead of stressed middle class office workers. He'd have to really get his stage act together for the arena tours. Anyway, my granddad, he's the king of drone right. He goes on and on etc about the w...view item »
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Anne Guthrie
Brass Orchids

The cover art for Brass Orchids - French horn player, field recordist and sound artist Anne Guthrie’s second LP for Students of Decay - is eerily similar to that of Schattenspieler by the late Marcus Fjellstrom. Check it out. As for the music, Guthrie has created strange, subdued compositions out of proce...view item »
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Sarah Davachi
All My Circles Run

The vast soundworld of Sarah Davachi expands a little further with All My Circles Run, her second LP of the year after the stunning modular portraits of Dominions. While that record continued to investigate Davachi's juxtaposition of straight-up tone drone and rippling, Radigu...view item »
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Secret Pyramid
The Silent March

Canadian ambient fuzz face secret Pyramid has a re-issue of his hallowed small run tape from a couple of years ago here. Comparisons have been bandied around with Popol Vuh and Flying Dog Saucer Attack seemingly the main culprits of influence here. I don't know how much of this is true as I've not heard it but I think if you like yr vast cosmic ...view item »


Billy Gomberg
Slight At That Contact

One of drone music's most important Billys returns with what we imagine will be a gorgeous and crystalline record. Part of found sound snippet crew Fraufraulein and hot off one of the warmest ambient record's of 2015, Certain Words Again and Again, his newest effort has been prepped for drone school Stude...view item »
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En
City of Brides

En is the project of James Devane and Maxwell August Croy, working together to create deep and detailed droning compositions. City of Brides stretches out four deep pieces over four sides of vinyl, utilising koto, guitar, synth, and plenty else besides. Powerful, highly-focused business...view item »
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Sarah Davachi
Barons Court

Sarah Davachi, musician and composer extraordinaire releases her debut album Barons Court, utilising her MFA in Electronic Music to bring you all sorts of weird, wonderful vintage and new synthesiser sounds.  More minimalist drone than full-on and including a variety of other instruments played by Davachi and others. Vinyl ...view item »
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Alex Cobb
Chantepleure

Students of Decay have been showing us pure drone bliss recently, and now it's bossman Alex Cobb's turn to shine with a work that stands as a culmination of his career: Chantepleure is a work motivated by contentedness and serenity, with the noise elements of Cobb's work being reduced and shifted to ...view item »
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Secret Pyramid
The Silent March / Movements of Night

Serene droner Amir Abbey has released two records under the Secret Pyramid moniker, and here they're collected like the double LP they were destined to be, providing a nice counterbalance to one another. This issue brings together 'The Silent March' and 'Movements of Night' for an all-encompassing treatise on living, dying and all the fear that ...view item »
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Marble Sky
Marble Sky

Jeff Witscher has worked under many different names in his time producing ambient and electronic music, and while others may have been more popular (such as his psych-influenced electronic project Rene Hell), Marble Sky contains his prettiest and most straight-forward work. Initially very scarcely released on a handful of cassettes, this eponymo...view item »
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Duane Pitre & Cory Allen
The Seeker and the Healer

The main press release fact about Duane Pitre is that before he became a minimalist composer, he was a pro skateboarder! We try not to retread old info here at Norman, but that particular fact bears repeating. Here he teams up with sound artist Cory Allen, who brings his custom-made "49-stringed Drone Harp" (!) ...view item »
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Maxwell August Croy and Sean McCann
I

A complex yet spacious fusion of soundworlds from Maxwell August Croy and Sean McCann. Processed koto and strings vie for attention across an expanse of evocative, open-hearted compositions. Wide-eyed, perhaps, but all the better for it. FAO fans of Richard Skelton and Eluvium. Out on vinyl Lp from Students Of Decay....view item »
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Secret Pyramid
Movements Of Night

Secret Pyramid is the alter-ego of Vancouver’s Amir Abbey, who on this LP sculpts a series of blackened ambient drone drifts which cycle through deceptively melodic progressions all buried in scrambled distortion which rumbles and hisses its way into every crack in the soundstage, making for quite an overpowering listen if you have it turn...view item »
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Mark Banning
Journey Into The Light

This LP by Mark Banning was recorded in 1984 but I would never have guessed if I hadn't read the press release, as it contains just the kind of new agey peace vibes that seem to be all the rage at the moment. The LP is composed entirely of processed guitar, zither, voice and field recordings, but if I didn't know better I'd think that those stre...view item »
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Aquarelle
August Undone

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Alex Cobb
Passage to Morning

Yo, this could be a load of old Cobb-lers, being yet another undulating, reverberating pile of old drone but it often has that magic profound quality that gets stuck in your throat. Selected cuts here from SOD founder and ...view item »
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Marielle V Jakobsons
Glass Canyon

This is a record from Marielle Jakobsons (not some kind of contest between Marielle and Jakobsons as the title may lead you to expect), a Californian droney minimalist sound artist type. On this album she’s exploring the textural possibilities of combining just synthesisers and viol...view item »
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En
Already Gone

This is lovely. En brought out an album a couple of years back on Root Strata (the label which band member Maxwell August Croy co-runs with the prolific Jefre Cantu-Ledesma...view item »
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Aquarelle
Sung In Broken Symmetry

This is the second album I think from Ryan Potts under the Aquarelle moniker. The boy describes himself as an FX pedal fetishist - each to their own - he satisfies his lustful cravings on this four track slab of blissed out noisy ambiance.  The most blatant and obvious influence is F...view item »
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Caboladies
Renewable Destination

Oooh, this is nice! Really busy ambient stylings from Chicago-based Kentuckians (is that a word?) Caboladies. They use synths and processed guitar to make bustling, textured, atmospheric jams. The first one sounds like a movie ...view item »
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Brothers of The occult Sisterhood
Suppress (Detached) Orchestra

It's great that we're now stocking titles on Students Of Decay. Brothers Of The Occult Sisterhood's 'Suppress (Detached Orchestra)' is a messed up jam with a free-jazz vibe that reminds me a little of Raccoo-oo-oon. Will sit nicely with yer Not Not Fun LP's.. My right foot is soaked through as I write this. It was raining this morning and I must ha...view item »
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Glass Organ
OUR

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Asuna + Opitope
Sunroom

Ponderous, dusty arpeggios and meandering guitar strokes mooch in the foreground whilst flickering waves of found sound & field recordings form the backdrop of the soundtrack to an evening beside a gently lolling beach, the peaceful chirrup & whirr of crickets & fireflies enhance your loosely rolled jazz cigarette as you watch the he...view item »
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Taiga Remains
Ribbons Of Dust ( Pt 3 )

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Taiga Remains
Ribbons Of Dust ( Pt 1 )

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Molten Strings, Train Wrecks And Birdsongs
Molten Strings, Train Wrecks And Birdsongs

'Molten Strings, Train Wrecks And Bird Songs' is a compilation on Students Of Decay. All you need to know is that it features Birchville Cat Motel, Zaimph, Peter Wright, Family Underground, Robert Horton, C Spencer Yeh, The North Sea, Taiga Remains and more. Brilliant stuff with artwork to die for. Ace experimental / noise action. ...view item »
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Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Shining Skull Breath

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: 'Shining Skull Breath' (Students Of Decay) At the other scale of the electronica divide is the school of drone/tone, challenging interuptions and molten frayed noise popularised by this imprint and host of practitioners out to put a kind of solidity and earthiness into this end of the caustic ambient template. Fans on...view item »
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Jade Emperor
Telegrams For Council Oak

The Jade Emperor CD features Brad Rose, who is The North Sea and is also the chap who runs Digitalis, along with Wilson Lee who is some dude from Hong Kong. This is some nice opium den style psyched out weird folk shit which is gonna appeal to fans of North Sea, Six Organs and other such folkwhiffery. Lots of tinkles, drones and guitar twans hither...view item »
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Uton
Ground's Dream Cosmic Love

Also on the label is a CD by Uton (called 'Ground's Dream Cosmic Love') who is some Finnish dude making some serious dark droney industrial gear. One 45 minute track which draws you in to a world of general wrongness. I'm reminded of the Eraserhead soundtrack at moments, but there are some odd thruspings of melody kicking around within the drones. ...view item »
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