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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:31:40 AM »
Exit In Grey- Shadows Of Stillness- Russian ambient. The first two tracks are rather ominous, with windy, thick drones predominating, with occasional distant voice/radio samples adding flavor. The mood lifts significantly in the last two tracks. Peaceful dronework with beautiful half-melodies drifting lazily around the drones, with bird and voice samples. Very calm and uplifting.

Chris23, this might be right up your alley!

Anthony Kerby and Tomas Weiss- Distant Shadows; Ah, those vast, windy shorelines...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:17:57 AM »
Tord Gustavsen Quartet- The Well; great, minimal, slow jazz.
Grey Frequency- Cold Geometry; grainy, foggy drone work. Excellent! Bleak and "cold", but not as cold as the damn weather.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2014, 07:49:42 PM »
"Chris has suddenly become my new music guru- everything he suggests really hits the spot for me."

Couldn't agree more. Though I do have trouble keeping up with his voracious appetite.  ;)

Lol! I have trouble keeping up with him too. He eats music the same way Chris Farley ate cheeseburgers.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2014, 05:32:06 PM »
From The Mouth Of The Sun- Woven Tide- Really great neo-classical/ambient that's not afraid to wear it's passion on it's sleeve. A Dag Rosenqvist and Aaron Martin collab. Incredibly moving.

Thanks to Chris23 for sending me his extra copy!

Also, another great bandcamp release, suggested to me by Chris- Virlyn- Aquirre; A free download, so you can't go wrong. Rather tense and sad dark ambient with excellent use of distant cello and piano fills.

Chris has suddenly become my new music guru- everything he suggests really hits the spot for me.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:16:20 PM »
Aglaia - Hymns
This is a pretty cool release, but out of sync with the typical Aglaia vibe. Throughout each track there is a highly processed voice submerged in the mix. I can't understand what it is saying (if it is saying anything in particular), but it has a spooky, robotic quality to it. That voice, combined with the more typical Aglaia synth work, gives this album a really unique sound--something that is both alien and yet strangely familiar. I imagine this is what hymns may sound like if they were performed by humanoid insects on another planet.

Samples/Buy: http://www.aliodie.com/index.php?_l=1&_w=1&__fidSez=89&cnt=203&__pg=


Strange that you should mention that; I've been breeding humanoid insects from other planets as a hobby, and strangely, they DO have an affinity for singing hymns. The damn things are keeping us awake at night! I have to throw cold water on them to quiet 'em down  ...but seriously, I love that description, will have to look that up.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2014, 01:35:41 PM »
Talkingmakesnosense- The Winter Drones- an oldie, but goodie. Forgot how nice this is... I wonder what happened to this guy- he made two really good albums, and then disappeared.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:04:16 AM »
This morning:

Anthony Paul Kerby & Tomas Weiss- Revelation- very nice space drift. Unlike their previous collaboration, Distant Shadows, which was fraught with restlessness and tension, this disc is a relatively peaceful and benign journey- no troublesome asteroids and comets to dodge :) The production and sound design is flawless, of course. Highly recommended to those who like the darker side of ambient.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2014, 08:09:42 PM »
It's up on Bandcamp already. Listened to one of the tracks on it and it's great. Might buy it too.


Gulp. Grant me the power to resist the temptation to buy the digital version before the physical CD arrives!


I have not really checked out Alio Die properly, which is surprising tbh.

Is this the new album ?;

http://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/amidst-the-circling-spires

Not really keen on vocals usually on ambient pieces but have to say this is very, very good indeed.


Wow, that really DOES sound good! I loved Apsaras, I may have to buy this one as well.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:19:17 PM »
2013

riverun | new cartographies
seetyca & etheocles stevens | sulphur VII
circle of pines | tulpa raiser
frozen thoughts | calm before the storm
phragments | new kings and queens
cryobiosis | within ruins
oophoi & ran kirlian | the physics of heaven
abandonded asylum | endless path of loneliness
alphaxone | the curtain of silence
oophoi | i hear the woods whispering | r i p
ran kirlian | complex silence 38
optical frameworks | surrounded fog | thanks joe

thanks to all the artists       h

Glad you liked the Surrounded Fog album, hjalmer. That's one of my favorites this year.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 29, 2013, 04:51:39 PM »
I probably only bought 25 albums at most, but my favorite of the lot would be Virlyn- Man Asleep.

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I'm really enjoying this set, though it takes a while to assimilate so much music. El Culto mentions the fact that the music "jumps around" and never really completes a theme--  I would agree, but that very quality is what makes it so special, spontaneous and fresh to me. Great stuff!  --but having said that, I prefer (slightly)the last 3 Boats albums- "Ballads Of The Darkroom", "Ballad Of The Eagle", and "Ballads Of The Research Department".

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Heh! Well, this music would've freaked out my wife and son too, so I listened to it with headphones. It didn't freak ME out!

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The most effective track for me is "Dyatlov Pass", with that lost choir fading in and out of the mix. Incredibly moving...

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Hey, this album is right up my alley! Dirty, grainy, industrial ambient... but underneath all the lo-fi murk there are strange and curious meandering melodies that come and go. Good work! Reminds me a lot of Optical Frameworks- Surrounded Fog, but without the dub influence.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:06:49 PM »
I've been playing this a lot recently:

- Dupree: Nuestro Camino

Not Taylor Dupree, but a jazz trio --- guitar, B3 organ, drums. Highly recommended.
Great organ. Quality, easy-listening stuff.
If interested: http://public-hifi.bandcamp.com


Thanks for the tip Anthony. Must look into this.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2013, 08:16:13 PM »
Virlyn- Man Asleep- Stylistically, this music jumps all over the place, but who cares? It all fits together very nicely anyway. This is a magical, special album, one of the very best I've heard this year.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:18:40 AM »
Strom Noir- Ghosts Are The Most Fragile When Dancing- I love this one, a real oddity in Strom Noir's discography. It's one of the most diffuse albums I've ever heard-- on the surface, it's just static-y fog, but close listening reveals a myriad of fascinating sounds. It's only an EP though. Damn. Should be longer.


Thanks a lot, Joe, I have e-mailed your feedback to Emil of Strom Noir, always a great pleasure to read comments like this!!! Btw, a new CD album by Strom Noir is coming out late January 2014 on Polish label Zoharum, entitled "Urban Blues". Here is a little teaser:

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Thanks for the tip, Richard! I like most of what I've heard from Strom Noir, and I doubt this will be an exception. How ya been anyway? I see you've been writing lots of reviews. You do a good job-- always entertaining and informative in your descriptions of the music.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:02:18 PM »
Strom Noir- Ghosts Are The Most Fragile When Dancing- I love this one, a real oddity in Strom Noir's discography. It's one of the most diffuse albums I've ever heard-- on the surface, it's just static-y fog, but close listening reveals a myriad of fascinating sounds. It's only an EP though. Damn. Should be longer.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2013, 05:39:31 PM »
Joe ::   8)

I would have used a thumbs up image, but there isn't one.

I would have commended you on your fine mastering job, but (1)  -I didn't want to give you a big head, and (2) -I'm not exactly sure what "mastering" is ::)

Chris- Well Of Souls and Somewhere Else are two of my favorites as well...  and I haven't heard Landscape In Obscurity in years, thanks for the reminder.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:05:27 PM »
Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood- The Vivid Unmapped. I haven't had this out in a while, I forgot how impressive this is. The first two tracks are rather ordinary and unremarkable, but after that it descends into a vast, windswept mystery. The awesome sense of space and distance cannot be overestimated here. The music is an understated stew of seemingly random piano notes, guitar plucks, synths, field samples, and other assorted odd musical effects. There's a palpable aura of edginess about it, as though some silent and unknowable drama is taking place just beyond your edge of perception. So strange, but so seductive!

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