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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:47:16 PM »
offthesky vs Kinder Scout - The Curio Collection
No clue how to describe this. Experimental ambient soundscapes based mostly on field recordings, cello, violin, guitar, banjo, vibes, mellotron, flute, and sparse vocals. Fun listening. From Home Normal, 2012.

Listen/Buy: http://noise.offthesky.com/album/the-curio-collection

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 05, 2014, 01:43:49 PM »
Tobias Hellkvist - Everything is Connected (Home Normal 2012)
Beautiful, rich, and sophisticated drone work from Sweden. This works really well with headphones. There is an excellent 4/4 track thrown into the mix that fades in and out in a seamless way.

Samples/Buy: http://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/everything-is-connected

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2014, 05:05:43 PM »
They are both great tracks.

Spheruleus - Voyage

Excellent electro-acoustic ambient that serves as a soundtrack of sorts for a doomed nautical voyage.

Buy/Listen: https://spheruleus.bandcamp.com/album/voyage

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:16:42 AM »
NP Moss Garden -  In the Silence of the Subconscious, just ordered from Carpe Sonum and listening to the download..........FANTASTIC  8)

I'm streaming this now and like it. The sixth track is virtually identical to "The Sunken Land" from Norris's Datura Notes release as The Ashes of Piemonte, however. Weird.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:35:39 PM »
I've been hunting down samples from various "favorites of 2013" lists and discovering lots of neat things. I appreciate everyone taking the time to highlight some of their favorites from the year!

NP: Deepchord - Electrostatic Soundfields


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On the topic of el culto news: I am eagerly awaiting my copy of the new Tomas Weiss release!!  :)

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I use iTunes on my PC.

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That's remarkable. After reading your post, I did a similar search and found a ton of releases under their own names. These guys don't rest! I had no clue that they were so active.

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Thanks for the head's up!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 2013 Favorite Albums("normal" music)
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:30:53 AM »
I didn't buy a lot of "normal" music either, thridsystem. My favorite non-ambient release of 2013 was, without a doubt, Vampire Weekend 's Modern Vampires of the City.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:22:47 AM »
If I had to flee the country without much notice, these would be the three 2013 releases I would take with me:

1. ASC - Time Heals All (Silent Season)
2. The Seaman and the Tattered Sail - Light Folds (Facture)
3. Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes (Twice Removed)

Here are some other 2013 releases (or Dec 2012 releases) that I thought were great. In some cases I liked them because, well, they conformed well to the prototype of the kind of ambient music I enjoy. In other cases I liked them because they challenged that prototype just a little bit, forcing me to listen more deeply.

Billow Observatory - Billow Observatory (Felte)
Aglaia - Hymns (Hic Sunt Leones) (prob not just a recency effect)
Ithaca Trio - Music for Piano & Patience (Home Normal) (probably a recency effect; will have to see how well it holds up)
Resonant Drift - Full Circle (Flow Space Music/FloBob Music)
The Angling Loser - Author of the Twilight (Time Released Sound)
Viryln - Man Asleep (ETALABEL)
Martin Fuhs - Grauton (self-released; digital only)
Orla Wren - Book of the Folded Forest (Home Normal)
Antonymes - There Can Be No Beauty Without Decay (Hibernate)


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:00:58 PM »
Ithaca Trio - Music for Piano & Patience
Two 30-minute piano tracks. Simple and straight-forward, right? Despite the apparent simplicity, this is an absolutely mesmerizing and complex album. The improvised piano tracks are looped and layered on top of one another, using multiple channels, and recorded to a degrading reel-to-reel tape. The result is ghostly and hypnotic. I love this.
Buy/Listen: http://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-piano-patience

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 29, 2013, 04:05:55 PM »
With those caveats in mind, Anthony, what were some of the 2013 releases you enjoyed the most? And you're NOT allowed to list Lammergeyer!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:03:46 PM »
stormloop - Arctic Conditions
Downloaded this today, thanks to a "name your price" sale that Kev Spence is hosting on Bandcamp. It is excellent; I wish I had picked up the CD before it sold out. Slow moving and expansive synth soundscapes.
Listen/Buy: https://stormloop.bandcamp.com/album/arctic-conditions

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Great review, Richard. This is a truly excellent album.

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Hilarious. I was listening to this last night and, once again, my daughter asked me to turn it off. You're freaking out 8-year olds in the US! (I think it is a great release, however!)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2013, 08:57:01 AM »
Offthesky and Pillow Garden - A Dream in a Dream
This is a digital EP from 2011 on the Audio Gourmet netlabel. This is excellent. It isn't typical of Offthesky's work and reminds me a lot of some of Alio Die's more majestic cathedral-style drone work. Check this out.
Listen/Buy/DL: http://music.audiogourmet.co.uk/album/a-dream-in-a-dream

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:36:13 PM »
Sounds like fun.

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Downloaded and have listened a few times. Really cool!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 26, 2013, 11:29:39 AM »
Avalon Sutra is one of my favorites too. Wasn't that billed as his "last album" when it was released?

Moskitoo - Mitosis
A unexpected Christmas gift from a family member. Japanese experimental pop meets ambient, from 12k. 

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