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Her Mystery Sea release is awesome.......

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: May 07, 2008, 12:25:44 PM »
There is a John Foxx track from his "Cathedral Oceans" release called "Infinite in All Directions."  ::)

I'd like to echo all the praise--the label and the store are now everything I hoped Hypnos would/could be some years back when I had lost hope.  MG and Lena are doing an excellent job, I've had nothing less than excellent service on my orders from the store this year. Thanks!!

Infraction does it again with Parks' "Umber" CD, just received this today and it won me over instantly. Like a lost Fax sublabel release meets Beautumn. Highly recommended!!

Even this post was ignored--until now!  :D

Thom Brennan's new album IS coming out soon, says Lloyd at Backroads.  But then again, it was coming out soon three months ago, so you never know...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Mathias Grassow
« on: April 09, 2008, 11:43:22 PM »
Ambessence is a very nice release.  Headphone listening is recommended on this, as the drones are low in the mix and very subtle (my car stereo didn't do it justice). 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Kenji Siratori CD on Umbra
« on: April 06, 2008, 07:56:45 AM »
Kenji Siratori's "Callous Cell" on Oophoi's Umbra label continues the label's quest for excellence in ghostly, dark, ethereal ambience.  I was surprised how good this is, as all I knew of Siratori was that he was a "noise" artist from Japan and sci-fi writer.  While some of the disc is quite dark, it has some incredibly ethereal, beautiful passages as well.  Definitely worth picking up if you are an Umbra/Oophoi fan. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: April 01, 2008, 10:15:59 PM »
My first reaction to Alio Die's new album, "Aura Seminalis," was my jaw dropping to the floor at how absolutely CELESTIAL this recording is.  I am close to concluding this is the definitive AD album he has been working towards for the last, what almost 20 years now? A beautiful distillation of his sound and an incredibly spiritual trip.  Some forumites have commented it doesn't sound like AD, but I feel just the opposite: this is AD all the way, no mistaking it. The ghostly, mournful Gregorian chants, DEEP drones... this is Alio Die's magnum opus!!  If I had to compare it to other previous works, I'd say "Door of Possibilities" and "Descendre Cinq Lacs..."  It's a shame this CD will not be more widely distributed (only avail. from the website) because it is one every fan who's ever loved Stefano Musso's work has just got to hear.  Bravo Stefano!!!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Italy
« on: April 01, 2008, 10:01:09 PM »
OK, it's official: Zeit's "Waves from the Sky" is truly magnificent.  God, this album has it all: drones, field recordings, sequencers, mellotrons, guitars, bass...this feels like a celebration of so many great influences, from 70's cosmic music to ambient minimalism to organic ambience.  Stunning!! I highly recommend this disc, one of the very best of 2008 so far.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Mathias Grassow
« on: March 30, 2008, 11:57:57 AM »
Cool, thanks for the info. I just ordered Ambessence from ad21.  Is the InTRO disc worth getting?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Stearns
« on: March 30, 2008, 10:52:22 AM »
Deep R.- Planetary Unfolding is available at Groove Unlimited, I guess they acquired some rare copies of this.  It's also on Ebay right now up to $37...Yeah, Stearns has been off the radar far too long!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Italy
« on: March 30, 2008, 10:46:27 AM »
Gordon, thanks for the review of the Zeit disc. Really looking forward to hearing it.  Also I agree, Mondi Sensibili is the best of the three Aglaia releases, although I've not heard the new one on Faria yet, "Unprofaned Twilight." I'm waiting until Soleilmoon gets it so save some cash.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Italy
« on: March 29, 2008, 09:34:47 AM »
They both better be good as I spent $55 bucks on 'em due to the USD-Euro fiasco! Brian, let us know how the Zeit is, please...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 29, 2008, 09:30:53 AM »
I played the jump to conclusions game last night after a game of Twister and twisted my brain.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:02:11 AM »
Loren, I could argue with you all day about this topic, but honestly I don't know why there is so much resistance to somebody pointing out the obvious.  If you can explain to me why Somewhere Else is being sold for $6.99 at Projekt and Soleilmoon, for a reason other than that it was a commercial flop, I would love to know. As for "Blood Machine," that CD was advertised on the SR site last year as "very last copies" and now it is "on sale."   Yes, it is a great album, but obviously sales haven't been too swift for whatever reason.  I promise not to make any negative comments about SR for at least six months. ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:08:06 PM »
Somehow I knew this was coming....

I don't think I'd have to be "highly" cynical unless I had good reason to be, and judging by the fact the label itself is stuck with what, 1,000 copies that aren't selling forcing them to practically give it away, and then discovering, by coincidence, 80 sets of only the other two discs...when I read the "explanation" for all of this my intelligence was insulted. I am not forcing anyone to take my side, just stating my opinion.  On a side note, I've noticed most of the "on sale" CD's at the SR site are the weakest and least popular.  Prices are usually reduced on products (not just CD's) that don't move.  It is simple economics. Projekt is not going to reissue the other two discs and take another loss. Take care. --Drone On

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 12:49:38 PM »
Those 80 sets sold out already?? I don't believe it.  I think only 20 sold and the rest will be put in storage until 2015 and then miraculously "unearthed"  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:10:15 AM »
Exactly! (thanks Undershadow).  Even Projekt has "Somewhere Else" at a budget price now. Along with "Inner Zone" (which didn't sell either).  I guess my point was why give a dubious explanation for not reissuing the other Ascension discs when the real reason is obvious. Nothing to do with the quality of the music, of course. Both discs mentioned above are excellent. I don't think it has to do with any oversaturation, either. Simply that there was not enough demand for product.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 25, 2008, 10:25:45 PM »
Not to be a smartarse, but I noticed recently on the SR site a two-disc set of the remaining "Ascension of Shadows" discs ("Somewhere Else" was reissued on Projekt, and the others were to follow).  The description states Projekt decided to scrap the idea of reissuing the other two to "focus on other SR projects."  Is this really the case? Or is it that the first reissue sold miserably?  I have noticed the "Somewhere Else" reissue at Soleilmoon for $6.99.  Sounds like they are not moving and gathering dust. And how did Projekt suddenly "discover/uncover" 80 discs 2 and 3 which were thought to be "sold out" long ago?  Sorry, I guess my cynicism sometimes gets the best of me.

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