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Stray Theories; Rudi Arapahoe; Lucy Claire; Milkweed Assassin Bug; Jeremiah Pena

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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 or without extra words! 


Stray Theories

STRAY THEORIESTHOSE WHO REMAIN
With his latest release Stray Theories (Micah Templeton-Wolfe) adds another level of refinement to his already impressive (and independently produced) discography.
Micah is a master of widely cinematic arrangements and melancholic compositions, seemingly evolving out of nothing into a melodic hook that sticks with you for a long time.

The physical edition of “Those Who Remain” is a C47 cassette tape released on Already Dead Tapes (also including the download version), but if you’re not into tapes the download version is also available separately.
Regular Ambientblog visitors familiar with the Parallax” mix may be surprised to find the track “Promises” in this collection, which was then taken from the Elements 2 compilation and featured as one of the mix’s anchor tracks. Which may prove to be an indication of what beauty can be found on this album!



Rudi Arapahoe - Double Bind

RUDI ARAPAHOE – DOUBLE BIND

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To my surprise here’s another release featuring a track that was included in one of the earlier mixes (Flowers And Bones): the title track of Rudi Arapahoe’s latest EP was also featured on the Hidden Landscapes 2 compilation.
With its heavenly vocals and haunting melody it definitely is the main track on this 19 minute EP, furthermore featuring atmospheric explorations of the Double Bindphenomena:
“Rudi has applied the theory to the relationships that define his world and voiced the findings as music. A face in the mirror, an intimate partner, a public face, a professional face, opponents in business, friendships, the relationships that make up a life; come together to speak, confound and contradict one another.”


RUDI ARAPAHOE – DOUBLE BIND



Lucy Claire - Suite

LUCY CLAIRESUITE
Starting out with gentle field recordings of city street sounds, this remarkable little album slowly turns into a beautiful post-classical composition for piano-violin-cello (with Lucy Claire Thornton playing the piano).
As a Masters Graduate of The Royal College of Music, these tracks are obviously not Lucy’s ‘first steps’ in composing music, which is clearly demonstrated by the daring dissonant turns she sometimes takes. The CD release features two tracks, each about 7 minutes long, and leaves me wanting to hear more of Lucy Claire’s work.
The digital download also includes an additional remix track by Winter Son (Thomas Ragsdale) which “takes the original’s moonlit chords and sets them to a distant beat; one that will never let you forget what time of night it is.”



Short Play

MILKWEED ASSASSIN BUG – SHORT PLAY

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With a name like that, you’d expect some seriously hard noise, but in fact almost the opposite is true. On this little 17 minute album, Milkweed Assassin Bug (John MCrea and Ian Leslie) present some lovely soft crossover tracks from post-classical to atmospheric jazz, playing piano, saxophone, cello and electronics. The EP may be somewhat harder to find as it is not available on Bandcamp, but you can track it down on iTunes, Amazon – and even try it out on Spotify.


MILKWEED ASSASSIN BUG – FERNWEH



Jeremiah Pena - Fragmentations

JEREMIAH PENAFRAGMENTATIONS

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Since he started making music in 2007, Jeremiah Pena has been composing music for films and games mostly. “Fragmentations” is his first full album and shows his versatility in creating cinematic music. Meandering through a lot of different moods, this could indeed have been a successful movie (or game) soundtrack.
“A foray into electronic ambience and beats, deep soundscapes and glitched drums, spiked with cello and piano”.

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Marconi Union; Green Kingdom; Slow Dancing Society; Stray Theories; SRFelix

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In the Shortlist sections, I will mention some of the albums that I enjoyed listening to, but couldn’t find the time (or the right words) for a “full” review for. Still, I think they deserve your attention: use the links to find more info and hear previews.

Different Colours

Spotify MARCONI UNION – DIFFERENT COLOURS

“In the ten years of their existence, Marconi Union have released six critically acclaimed albums. Their music has featured on TV, Films, Art Installations, Ballet and various other productions. The most frequently identified strands in their music are ambient, electronica, jazz and dub. However, they draw on many other influences which subtly appear in their music.”
We wanted to create a more soulful record with a greater emphasis on structure and arrangement, whilst immersing listeners in an almost narcotic haze, in a similar fashion to Bernard Herrmann’s Taxi Driver soundtrack.”
With Different Colours, they definitely succeeded!

Incidental Music

Spotify THE GREEN KINGDOM – INCIDENTAL MUSIC

“The heart of Incidental Music is the acoustic guitar: melodies, chords, drones, and percussive sounds sometimes used in a straightforward manner, while at other times abstracted and manipulated to beautiful effect. These minimal themes serve as an apt score to the small scenes occurring around us all the time.”
An audio accompaniment for a spontaneous still life, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Something for those stolen moments when we stop and appreciate the beauty of minutia in the often unseen world all around us.”

Laterna Magica

Spotify SLOW DANCING SOCIETY – LATERNA MAGICA

“From the soft-focus exhalation of opener ‘A Few Moments’, via the gleaming musical universe of recently released single ‘I’ll Leave A Light On’, through to the hypnotic pulse and drifting melancholic piano of finale ‘Tomorrow’s Another Day’, Slow Dancing Society (Washington-based musicial/producer and “nostalgist extraordinaire” Drew Sullivan) presents his new album with tracks “underpinned by gorgeous guitar drift and warm synth wash, sparingly propelled by throbbing electronic undercurrents”.

Stray Theories

SpotifySTRAY THEORIES – EVEN THOUGH WE SLEEP

 The music of Micah Templeton-Wolfe has been described as a ‘fusion of atmospheric ambient & melodic chillout music, with touches of nu-jazz and post-rock like cinematic soundscapes.’
I have nothing to add to that, except that this album fits the description – and delivers a very pleasurable listen.

SrFelix

S.R. FELIX – SRFELIX

SRFelix is a young one?man band from France, evolving in the fields of dreamy ambient and acoustic post?something. This is his first collection of songs, written and recorded at home between Lille and the shores of Brittany.

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