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Colorlist
Full Circle

Colorlist: Charles Rumback, Charles Gorzcynski, and John Hughes (of Hibernis). Four veterans of Chicago’s transgressive underground jazz scene. Here’s their fourth album, courtesy of dependably tasteful Welsh label Serein. The quartet’s interactions of woodwinds, drums and various electronics are graceful and a...view item »


Hibernis
Middle Of The Meds

Hibernis drop an LP via Serein (Hauschka, Herzog). Middle Of The Meds is a record of ambient electronica that carries itself with a quiet intensity. John Hughes (son of John Hughes, director of Ferris Bueller's Day Off etc.) creates brooding instru...view item »


Max Ananyev
Water Atlas

Russian ambient instrumentalist Max Ananyev might just be one of those guys who will cite obscure philosophers at your dinner party. Luckily his music has the same qualities of endlessness, carried by meandering pianos and expansive soundscapes, without the dreariness. On 2018’s Water Atlas, you'll find nothing bu...view item »


Striƫ
Perpetual Journey

Having been silent since 2015’s Struktura, it’s a delight to witness a return from the secretive (though no longer anonymous) Strië. Her comeback EP, Perpetual Journey, charts the unfortunate and inhumane voyage of the dog Laika. It continues somewhat in the slow and reverberating collagist loo...view item »


Brambles
Charcoal

Ooh, a new release on Serein which is undoubtedly a label of quality! I’m feeling a little hyper after my peanut butter Kit Kat chunky so you’ll have to excuse my excitement. Brambles are a new artist to me but those regular readers will know that the...view item »
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Kryshe
March Of The Mysterious

Not music for an imaginary soundtrack, thank goodness: Christian Grothe aka Kryshe initially made this music as a score for a special screening of the 1915 film Alice In Wonderland. A confounding synthesis of contemporary, free jazz and brooding filmic ambience, the record's atmosphere matches the da...view item »
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The Greatest Hoax
Expiration Compositions

As The Greatest Hoax, composer Taylor Jordan has set out to write music to be listened to during the process of dying. Though we can’t (yet) tell you how well it works in its intended context, we do know that Expiration Compositions is a rich set of music thoughtful music for piano, strings and am...view item »


Selffish
He She Them Us

Having not been heard from much since 2004, except for the odd remix here and there and his last full length 'Ena' being released on Thinner in 2004 you couldn’t be blamed for thinking Selffish was now deep into semi retirement. He was busy though gathering source material and solace from the Latvian countryside....view item »
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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 songwri...view item »
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Nest
Retold

Nest next. I really liked the look of this album straight away. I felt it looked "glacial". 'Retold' is one of those wonderfully moody, cinematic neo-ambient albums full of small electronic glitches, melancholic keys and an evocative, studious, classical feel. These Nesters are two old Miasmah associates, ...view item »
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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 »


Hidden Rivers
Where Moss Grows

As both artist name (Hidden Rivers) and album name (Where Moss Grows) indicate heavily, this is music deeply rooted in the natural landscape. Refreshingly however, Huw Roberts (the man behind the project) understands that that doesn’t have to mean an acoustic folk-fest: instead he deploys mellow e...view item »
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Olan Mill
Pine

I'm not familiar with Olan Mill but after the Nest CD on Serein I had a feeling it was gonna be a goodie so I've sat and listened to this a couple of times now. It is a goodie as well!! It's totally lush neo-classical infused ambience and I guess the nearest thing comparison I get to in my head is the most obvious one that is Stars of The Lid. I...view item »
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Imprints
Data Trails

Shaun Crook, Darren Clark and Alex Delfont are Imprints, a group of friends who mash up various pieces of equipment like tape machines, synths, guitar pedals and the like to form a blur of gnarly ambient soundscapes. Released on the Serein label,  ‘Data Trails’ has a real organic and almost live feel to it’s madcap improvi...view item »
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Colorlist
Sky Song

Chicago post-jazz duo Colorlist are back this week with their first album since 2010’s ‘A Square White Lie’. The formula here is light analogue synth drones and woodwind breezing over gently puttering drums. It’s surprising how full-sounding their textures are considering there are only t...view item »


Nest
Body Pilot

I really approve of the idea of someone from the Rainy Valleys (Wales) and the dark, cold forests of Norway collaborating. Especially when the Norwegian contingent is one-half of neoclassical/dark drone titans Deaf Center!! The CD ('Retold') these chaps had out on this very same label was an absolute gem and wasn't actually around for too lo...view item »
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Hauschka
Youyoume

Hauschka is back, this time with a lovely little three-song 10” on Serein. On the first side we've got 'So Close', a succession of repetitive piano-led loops that begin glacial and gradually get more upbeat and slightly skittery as they go along. I'm not sure if he's playing all thi...view item »
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Colorlist
The Fastest Way To Become The Ocean

What is this sublime post-rock jazz I got here in my shaking hairy mitts? I started thinking Tortoise meet Terry Riley from the off and I was half-correct geographically as Colorlist are from Chicago. And Jeff from the 'Toise guests on the track 'Nine Lives'. There's some utterly lovely stuff going on here. This EP is warm, deep, spiritual, play...view item »
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Donato Wharton
A White Rainbow Spanning The Dark

My worries about this being another addition to the Norman Records drone mountain were banished by the time of the second track where scratchy guitar scrapings and some nice bluesy guitar (oh no, someone stop me I'm about to say it) licks come into play. Like the furthest reaches of the Talk Talk later experiments or Neil Young's soundtrack ...view item »
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