Ambient Music Mixes & Recommendations
Jun 08

In the Shortlist sections, I will mention the albums that I enjoyed listening to, but couldn't find the time (or the right words) for a "full" review for. Still, I definitely think they deserve your attention, with ór without extra words!

Rapoon

RAPOON - THE FIRES OF THE BORDERLANDS
Originally released in 1995, this is considered a landmark album in the impressive catalogue of Rapoon (Robin Storey) releases. It became out of print long ago, but now receives a well-deserved expanded re-release: the double CD features a (near) 40 minute live recording for KFJC Radio (San Francisco) from 1996, next to the remastered version of the original album.

Jun 07

Ambit

Inner Vision Laboratory is a musical project from the Polish artist Karol Skrzypiec, who describes his music as 'basically industrial dark ambient, also including elements of ethnic music, classical music, et al."

"AMBIT" is the result of his online collaboration with Nepenthe (Daniel Krause) (whose alias probably refers to the 'Drug of Forgetfullness'). (Note: See Nepenthe's reaction in the comments below)

May 25

Harnes Kretzer - Petrichor
+ Ohrenbetäuberende Stille - No. 1

Petrichor

Building on the sound of a soft damped piano, including the breathing and squeaking sounds of the piano's inner mechanics, "Petrichor" risks being compared to the reference artist of the genre, Nils Frahm.
A comparision I guess almost every artists would fail.

May 19

"Dream Sequence" starts with a rumbling distant thunder and the dripping sounds of water in a bathroom nearby. Slowly - very slowly! - drone chords set in to create a calm soothing sound. But underneath, there is the dark foreboding sound of a low register piano pulse...

"We are Snoqualmie Falls, and this is the soundtrack to our dream life. Where we're from the birds sing a pretty song, and there's always music in the air."

Snoqualmie Falls - named after the scenic cascade in Washington State - is Jeff Stonehouse (a.k.a. Listening Mirror and Jffstnhs) creating the music and Alicia Merz adding her ethereal vocals.

May 17

Taalem is a Paris-based label - "exploring the different sides of ambient music through 3" CD-R's and FLAC downloads - with a somewhat different release policy:
"As we're tired of all these ultra-limited & ultra-expensive releases, taâlem discs are unlimited editions. As long as the demand exists, every release is available." Some fine examples from their recent releases:

Inner Frost

∅E + ENRICO CONIGLIO - INNER FROST
21 Minutes (2 Tracks) of Glacial ambient created by ∅e (Fabio Perletta: guitar, loops) and Enrico Coniglio (guitar, field recordings, sampler).
The (december 2013) release was especially postponed because the music perfectly fits the winter season. The opening sounds of a harsh winter storm might give you some extra chills.
But in summer, this wide musical landscape full of fascinating details may help you cool down when desired!

May 09

In the Shortlist sections, I will mention the albums that I enjoyed listening to, but couldn't find the time (or the right words) for a "full" review for. Still, I definitely think they deserve your attention, with ór without extra words!

Mise en Abyme

RAISON D'ÊTRE - MISE EN ABYME
Another voyage into darkness by Raison D'Être (Peter Andersson, Sweden, who has been recording music since 1992). "Mise en Abyme" ("Placed into the abyss") "is an inner journey down to the most hidden and dark parts of the Self. But even in the darkest and chaotic places in the depths, there are small shades of light, hope and understanding."

May 07

In the Shortlist sections, I will mention the albums that I enjoyed listening to, but couldn't find the time (or the right words) for a "full" review for. Still, I definitely think they deserve your attention, with ór without extra words!

Richard Chartier

RICHARD CHARTIER - SUBSEQUENT MATERIALS (2006 - 2012)
Where most releases nowadays are focussed on a physical release on a vinyl album and thus do not cross the 40 minute mark, Richard Chartier chooses a different approach and squeezes the most out of the possibilities of a digital release: Subsequent Materials (2006 - 2012) offers no less than three hours of his characteristic electronic music.

May 04

Atomos

This 12" EP "Atomos VII" is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the 2011 self-titled debut of A Winged Victory for the Sullen (core members Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Dustin O'Halloran, usually performing with different guest artists).

Apr 28

Various Compilations
Elements 1-5; Ambient Sleeping Pills 1-3; Earthtones 2; Soft Recordings; Ache; Cyan Music Ambient Selections 2

Compilation albums are a nice (and often inexpensive) way to get introduced to new artists you're not yet familiar with. For a label, they're a great way to present their artist portfolio. Or a way to raise some money to fund new projects.
Or ... they may be used as an auditive sleeping pill...
Prepare for over 15 hours of assorted musical selections:

Elements 1-5

ELEMENTS ONE - FIVE
To celebrate their five years of existence, the renowned Home Normal label presents a massive five-album compilation set.
64 Tracks with an incredible artists line-up (I won't even begin to start name-dropping here!). Apart from the five album set, the individual albums are also sold separately.
Profits of each album will go to five different charity organisations: one for each separate album.

Apr 22

Micromelancolie

It seems I have missed some things in the past: Micromelancoliéis a new name to me, but according to the discography on his site, Robert Skrzynski has already released around 30 titles (cassettes and CD/R) since 2009.

Micromelancolié is a great name for his project.
Likewise, "It doesn't belong here" is a great album title, since that is exactly how the music sounds: as if it doesn't belong here.

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