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Sophie Hutchings
Becalmed

This is the debut album from this Australian pianist and it will have you reaching for the Kleenex as there are some tear inducing moments of beauty to behold. This lady is clearly a virtuoso with amazing writing and compositional skills. For the greater part of the album she plays solo however she is accompanied by drums, electric guitar, violi...view item »
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Sparkling Wide Pressure
Grandfather Harmonic

We've got another of these unassuming-looking CDs from the Preservation label that almost invariably have pretty, twinkly, detailed loveliness on them. This one's by Sparkling Wide Pre...view item »
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Olan Mill
Home

This, believe it or not, is my first serious listen to Olan Mill whom we have formerly had two previous best-selling releases in by. While I'm not getting distracted by my utter dismay at somebody beating me to a stupidly rare and obscure CDr by S...view item »
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The Singing Skies
Routine & War

With Status Quo giving exclusivity to Tesco for their new album it's a tough time for the sort of record shops that attempt to stock things that aren't the Girls Aloud comeback tour CD and make up bag box set. The Singing Skies are not Status Quo and the ...view item »
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Padna
Burnt Offerings

This latest burnt offering from the frequently impressive Preservation imprint comes from Brooklyn’s Padna, who creates haunting melodic soundscapes with gentle drones, piano tinkles, tape hiss and occasional field recordings, all contributing...view item »
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Panabrite
The Baroque Atrium

Panabrite is back with his second full-length album (I thought it was his third but I guess one of those wasn’t full-length enough) of nostalgic cosmic synthscapes. Here at Norman Towers we’re quite fond of Norm Chambers and his therapeutic analogue drift. There’s just t...view item »
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Nickolas Mohanna
Reflectors

I've reviewed a couple of discs by this guy before. Namely 'Optics' on Slow Flo and also 'Transmission Hue' on Low Point, both of which I really got quite into. This new offering is equally as submersive in many ways with its wonderful guitar and synthesizer sounds which shimmer and hover, occupying a total bliss...view item »
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Mirror To Mirror
Body Moving Slowly

Mirror To Mirror is California’s Alex Twomey, who has already released one album of what the press release from this CD describes as “towering constructions of ambient synth cloudscapes” and now ventures into more organic lands, incorporating live piano and harpsichord sounds...view item »
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Talk West
Black Coral Sprig

Here's my second CD of the day from the very lovely Preservation imprint. This one is by Talk West and contains eight tracks of anti-gravity ambience full of pillowy synth drones, plaintively plucked guitar and smudged vocal washes. The main feature on the record is the guitar, though. It's got so much reverb it sounds like it was record...view item »
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Gunter Schlienz
Contemplation

Second diskette I have had the fortune to hear on Preservation this week. Must admit I've not heard anything much from them bar the Olan Mill album in the last couple of years. They're always at it though, this is their third release this year! Gunter Schlienz and his 'Contemplation' is here and I am so glad it ...view item »
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Dusted Lux
Neverended

'Neverended' begins with some rumbling granular fuzz, meandering exploratory string picking and what sounds like a crazed whirring oscillator. It binds the worlds of experimental folk, proto-electronics and lo-fi drone beautifully. Lovely folk musings on the title track next with a deep sad gently-reverbed vocal. Onto the hissy dictaphone music ...view item »
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Sophie Hutchings
Night Sky

Right then, who needs some gorgeous neoclassical stuff, concocted with trilling piano and some truly breathtaking strings? Anyone? This is to be filed along similar recordings  by Dustin O Halloran, ...view item »
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Loren Connors and Chris Forsyth
Contrasts

Contrasts couples together the work of experimental guitar veteran Loren Connors with his more contemporary avant-garde counterpart Chris Forsyth in one of a special series of cassette tapes. Each artist has recorded a special 20-minute work to explore the medium of cassette. Con...view item »
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Olan Mill
Hiraeth

One of this weeks best sellers but strangely no review appears on the site. We were probably too busy slavering over their 3" CD on Hibernate which is now sold out. Don't weep yourself silly though, this full length album is full of the ghostly ambience that Olan Mill appear to have cornered the market in. I've been playing thi...view item »
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Matthew Barlow
Sun Showers

I've got a couple of relaxing CDs from the ever-reliable Preservation this week, the first of which is this one by Matthew Barlow. 'Sun Showers' is a four-track suite of droney ambience and field recordings, mixing musical elements such as plaintive guitar and piano tinkles and blurry celestial synths with environmental sounds like birds...view item »
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Area C
Map Of Circular Thought

New work from Erik Carlson of Providence RI is always greeted hear with open ears. For this particular release he's joining the dots between Seefeel, Terry Riley and Steve Reich and in the process has created some engaging, intricate and ultra dreamy audio. Guitar, Organ, drum machine and keyboard were utilized to create these layers of shimmeri...view item »
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Deep Magic
Reflections Of Most Forgotten Love

As far as I can gather Alex “Deep Magic” Gray has been involved with Pocahaunted and Black Eagle Child and is a current live member of Sun Araw, plus Phil says his last album was really good so all the signs...view item »
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Grand Salvo
Slay Me In My Sleep

I’m initially quite surprised to hear something like this on Preservation, which is mostly the preserve of super classy antipodean electro acoustic/minimal/ambient types. Mr Salvo on the other hand is far more of a songwriter in the traditional sense, penning lyrically-centred piece...view item »
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Seaworthy
Bellows & Breath

Cult Aussie types Seaworthy I'm sure used to construct a kind of dusty fragile post-rock “Australicana” but these days are more in line with the improvised drone/soundscape crew. This CD on the very highly regarded ...view item »
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Greg Haines
Digressions

This weeks 547th piece of ambience comes from Greg Haines, an Englishman now, like almost everyone in the world, based in Berlin. Here, he has worked with a UK school orchestra in order to  stretch them into areas unknown and to add his own neo-classical bent to their collaboration. I...view item »
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Aaron Martin & Justin Wright
Light Poured Out Of Our Bones

Another potential dream marriage perhaps? Aaron Martin and Justin Wright (Expo 70)...nice!! This is on the Circa label (offshoot of Preservation) and these babies are all in themed packaging limited to 300 copies. I've liked everything I've heard from this series so far and I'd totally recommend picking up any you can find! Anyway this is we...view item »
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Fabio Orsi
Stand Before Me, Oh My Soul

This sucker is part of a new series on the Preservation label called Circa. Only 300 made apparently 'n all! Is he from Italy? You'd think so given his name but I don't like jumping to conclusions and that. The music I've heard by him before has been on a more ambient tip but this is a bit different as it features drums.... In fact it features a...view item »
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Deep Magic
Lucid Thought

Another batch of things have arrived which I've been forced to write about. It's me doing the forcing as well so picture that will you. Deep Magic is Alex Gray who has played in Sun Araw, Pocahaunted, Black Eagle Child and maybe the Manics. I could be lying about the last one. Here he travels a tropical spacey path with some mellow wah wah, lots...view item »
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Quiet Evenings
Transcending Spheres

There are lots of things that get my goat but one of them is the mastering engineers being mentioned in press releases. Preservation aren't the worst or only culprits at least in this case there's some kind of story (he's their teacher or something) but otherwise its barely worth mentioning, its a job, you might as well credit the guy who c...view item »
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Richard Skelton
Marking Time

Richard Skelton's lovely 'Marking Time' CD that was released on the Preservation label has received a timely vinyl release from the folks at Type. It fits most snugly into the modern classical end of the label and has some real nice moments. This is basically an album of very human and moving music with heart warming strings, piano and guitar. It s...view item »
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Fabio Orsi and Valerio Cosi
Thoughts Melt in the Air

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Heather Woods Broderick
From the Ground

Heather Woods Broderick is sister of the famed Peter and i've landed her dinky debut CD on Preservation, 'From the Ground'. At first i'm reminded of a less desolate Nina Nastasia with a spot of Mirah or Laura Veirs, soft acoustic, wistful sweet vocals with sympathetic strings & the barest percussion. Other songs have a dreamlike quality,...view item »
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Aaron Martin
Chautauqua

I think I've enjoyed listening to everything I've heard by Aaron Martin. He's a supremely talented artist and his releases are getting stronger if 'Chautauqua' is anything to go by. The opener is fantastic with field recordings of bird calls, a most majestic organ, cello and some fabulous twinkles. This is his third album and it really does showcas...view item »
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Evan Miller
Beeswax Ephemera

Incredible!  This guitarist is amazing and if you haven't heard him do it now!!!He handles a guitar like a true master and he is never static . I've seem him play in Iowa City several times and his stuff is always fresh and pushing limits with a gorgeous result.  You can almost feel his soul emerge from the music as he plays.  There is no...view item »
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Pimmon
Smudge Another Yesterday

I tell you what, the packaging on this CD is lovely! Preservation have done up Pimmon's Smudge Another Yesterday in a right origami-fest that folds out from its modest CD sized beginnings into a wall-obliterating giant poster of doom, but as nice as it is I can't help thinking that I'd probably end up ripping it in half five minutes after taking it...view item »
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Oliver Mann
The Possum Wakes At Night

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Tan Or Boil
Seamstress In A Suitcase

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Eddie Marcon
Shining On Graveposts

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