Two great compilations presenting a range of ambient styles: Ambient Layers, and Sustain Series Vol. 1 (proving that sustainable ambient music exists).
An Moku and Stijn Hüwels meet in a pleasurable space *** Mathieu Karsenti paints a picture of a ‘diverse, textured and complex human environment…
Memories of childhood: Tapani Rinne reflects on his childhood hometown, Pepo Galán on his aunt’s house on the beach where he stayed during summers.
Acoustic piano, contemporary classical and expressions of ‘Solastalgia’: works by Chris Abrahams, John Luther Adams, Michael Begg and the Black Glass Ensemble.
Orchestral symphonic drones by A-Sun Amissa and Ashtoreth & Stratosphere. Dark references to impending doom.
David Cordero’s trip to Japan results in very uplifting ambient music *** Anthéne is perfectly at home creating ‘dusty ambient guitar and synth led works’
The abstract soundscapes of Martina Claussen combine her voice with sound objects, field recordings, and electronics * Returning from Berlin to Italy inspired Andrée Burelli * Clarice Jensen evokes stasis and movement at the same time.
Three different albums that are still connected: releases by Silent Vigils, James Murray & Mike Lazarev, and Ian Hawgood.
Built around Christine Ott’s ‘Comma’ and its variation, ‘Upon Departure’ became a somewhat melancholy journey that fits the end of this remarkable year.
(Surround version also available for free download)