A little off-topic but, how do you like that i7-4790? I was going to put one in my upcoming mini-ITX build.
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Good quality reverb is important. I'd recommend Valhalla verbs as a quality affordable option. I use their Room a lot but they're all good.
Eliane Radigue - L'ile Re-Sonante
Simple Minds--Theme for a Great City. 2xCD, two shows from 1981 and 1982 in Sydney. This is simply one of the best live recordings I've ever heard, from any band. 10/10, both performance and sound quality. Where did they get this stuff? It must've been from radio shows. It sounds like it was recorded yesterday, not almost 35 years ago. The New Gold Dream set is amazing, almost bettering the studio versions. From about 1981 to 1984 this band was total class. Experimental, moody, haunting at times, yet accessible. This was before their sad demise into bland stadium rock and totally selling out, much like U2 from Joshua Tree forward. Both NGD and Sparkle in the Rain were IMO two of the best rock albums of the 80s.
This sounds great. I am a huge fan of the period of the band from '79-'84. NGD and Sparkle are both great, but my favorite album of theirs is Empires and Dance. A lot of people still don't know about their pre-watered down era, believe it or not. I've turned a few friends onto them by introducing them to those early albums.
The Verve - A Storm In Heaven
Not ambient but I love it.
A big favorite of mine. Too bad they never made another album quite like it.
This album has a somewhat similar vibe:
Have to say, I'm pretty surprised to see this pricing decision elicit so much drama here. I'm speaking only of the initial responses. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I just assumed this was an artist not as well known for darker ambient music having a little fun with some of the more cliched tropes of the genre. Even if I did have reason to suspect the price reflected a sincere religious conviction, the label "Satanist" is pretty damned uninformative. A self-identified Satanist is at least as likely to be a nature-loving peacenik or a theatrically inclined but otherwise harmless atheist as the depraved caricature the term traditionally connotes.
It's a fine album, btw.
Really loving these new Jacob Newman and Underwood/Newman releases on Bandcamp:
Beautiful, percolating sounds and textures. Plus, you can't beat their low, low prices.