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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4700 on: July 18, 2015, 02:03:04 AM »
Mathias Grassow & John Haughm--Aurae.  This could well be my favorite release of 2015.  Mesmerizing from start to finish.  A must have for Grassow addicts.  If I can get some time I'll try and post a review on the forum. 

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4701 on: July 18, 2015, 11:41:07 AM »
Robert Fripp & Andrew Keeling & Metropole Orkest | Wine of Silence  -  I just discovered this release from 2012.  It's orchestral arrangements of pieces taken from Fripp's solo performances.  Very nice.

Josh Mason | Timecode Beach  -  A nice collection of lo-fi, sometimes glitchy ambient guitar noodlings.  https://digitalisrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/timecode-beach

Alva Noto | Xerrox vol.3  -  Best ambient/electronic album I've heard this year.

Benoît Pioulard | Stanza  -  The companion piece to his Sonnet album.  This is a good collection of dusty, slightly noisy ambient tunes.  https://pioulard.bandcamp.com/album/stanza


Non-ambient spins:

Dengue Fever | Deepest Lake  -  Cambodian surf music - enough said.

Tame Impala | Currents  -  Excellent pop tunes.

Phil Manzanera | The Sound of Blue  -  Worth it for the song "No Church in the Wild" which is a cover of a Kanye West tune.  The Kanye song samples a Manzanera guitar riff from the album K-scope released in 1978.  Both versions are very good.  I don't believe Manzanera was ever paid for the sample even though the song was on a platinum album, tv ads and movies.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4702 on: July 20, 2015, 08:47:40 PM »
Dave: I just noticed today that Marconi Union now has a bandcamp page. https://marconiunion.bandcamp.com/ As time and money permits, I'll probably use this as an opportunity to fill some gaps.

Chihei Hatakeyama - Mist
Guitar drones with environmental samples. Really good drift music.
Buy/Sample: https://chiheihatakeyama.bandcamp.com/album/mist

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4703 on: July 22, 2015, 06:37:29 AM »
Chris thanks for the heads up on Marconi Union.  I'll check my MU collection to see if there are holes to fill.

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« Reply #4704 on: July 22, 2015, 05:30:21 PM »
After having the Bass Communion box set sitting on my desk for over a year (I know), i finally ripped it to my iPod and gave a listen to the discs I hadn't heard in the past.  Particularly loving Litany 1 and 2.

https://youtu.be/2ugAMx5XY_Q (Youtube vid is a little distorted)

Also been spinning the new Ascendant album Aetheral Code, normally not too much into the more electronica influenced type of ambient but it sounds slick.

Also finally grabbed the latest Opeth Album Pale Communion, while I have enjoyed it for what it is (a 70s prog-influenced rock album), it would be nice if the next album was a return to form.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4705 on: July 24, 2015, 03:29:48 AM »
Redshift - Toll

Glide is THE track I've been waiting to hear from them. Superb!

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4706 on: July 27, 2015, 07:57:50 PM »
pinkcourtesyphone - description of problem + three themes
Two great releases from Richard Chartier and friends. Experimental soundscapes that belong in a David Lynch film. Love this stuff. The digital releases are 30% off for the next month on LINE; good chance to pick up some stuff.
Buy/Listen: https://lineimprint.bandcamp.com/album/description-of-problem
https://lineimprint.bandcamp.com/album/three-themes

Ishq - Summer Light
An hour-long piece that is dense with field recordings and light electronic flourishes. Like some of the other releases in this series, this one seems improvised and spontaneous rather than deliberate. Some of the environmental sounds and effects really shine with headphones.
Buy/Listen: https://ishq.bandcamp.com/album/summer-light

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4707 on: July 28, 2015, 03:25:31 PM »
Been playing:

Arovane -- Atol Scrap, Lilies, Icol Diston. These are fine things.

Checked on Bandcamp :  arovane.bandcamp.com

Good time to check out the early releaes if you don't already have them ... euro is not always this low !   8)
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4708 on: July 28, 2015, 06:39:31 PM »
Been playing:

Arovane -- Atol Scrap, Lilies, Icol Diston. These are fine things.

Checked on Bandcamp :  arovane.bandcamp.com

Good time to check out the early releaes if you don't already have them ... euro is not always this low !   8)

Thanks for the link.  Didn't know he had a new one out.  His Tides release is a long-time favorite and his 2013 album Ve Palor is pretty good, too.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4709 on: July 29, 2015, 01:52:11 AM »
Very angry stuff from the underbelly of UK society

'Key Markets' by Sleaford Mods

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4710 on: July 29, 2015, 02:49:31 AM »
Thanks to drone on for the suggestion of Pjusk: Sart. Just the sounds I needed to hear right now...

Lately been listening to:
Rapoon: The Fires of the Borderlands. Had this a long time ago and recently re-acquired. Still sounds amazing...
Alio Die: Aura Seminalis. This album brings one into another world that is just outside this one...keen to check out Holographic Codex next.
Tetsu Inoue: Inland...dove back into Tetsu's music again recently, after a hiatus. The intricacy and balance of organic/hypnotically digital is captivating and transporting. Dipping into Slow and Low and World Receiver as well. I think I read somewhere on the forum that Tetsu has disappeared from the world of music. I hope he doing well out there somewhere, but if he never makes any more music we still have a more than bountiful catalogue of work to enjoy...
Wendy Carlos: soundtrack to the movie Tron...been enjoying many soundtracks lately and this one is up there, even enjoying the Journey interludes between the intriguing fusion of orchestra/synthesizer. Synth line of the End Titles track can reduce one to tears.
Edgar Rothermich: soundtrack to Blade Runner (recreated from Vangelis). This came out at the 30th anniversary of Blade Runner, and now a couple years later there's a second edition, which I think has been remastered. Rothermich has done glorious job of re-playing the music from the film, and making it into a real album. I don't own any of the other "official" soundtracks made by Vangelis, as I'm not too keen on the voice tracks from the movie being included on some of them (will watch/listen to the movie for that). What the Blade Runner soundtrack (and this recreation album) does to me is hard to describe, pure joy and nostalgia-for-the-future sadness...
Andy Stott: Faith in Strangers and Luxury Problems. Dark goth/techno/industrial/ambient/ethereal w/ female voices that is a cut above the rest in quality and delivery. I don't understand if there are even music categories any more after some of this stuff I've been getting into. Ambient seems to be fused into most other genres, and other genres of electronic have dissolved boundaries into each other. A very enjoyable time...

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4711 on: July 30, 2015, 07:22:11 AM »
Raison d'etre - Myse En Abyme

Love it. Especially "Katharos"

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4712 on: July 30, 2015, 09:48:34 AM »
9 dragons:  apparently Tetsu has physically disappeared, not just from music.  There were some posts here about that awhile ago....

Now listening:

Zoviet France--Vienna 1990.  This was right before Robin Storey went solo as Rapoon.  Thus this might as well be a live Rapoon album, heavy on the ritual tribal ambience.  Check out the reverb drenched didgeridoos.  A heady brew to trip out to.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4713 on: July 30, 2015, 08:28:51 PM »
The Light & Day - Memory

I really like this. An impressive ambient album done with acoustic instruments and field recordings.

https://thelightandday.bandcamp.com/album/memory


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« Reply #4714 on: August 04, 2015, 07:28:35 PM »
Tambour - Chapitre
Compositions for piano and strings, from the new and impressive Moderna Records label.
Buy/Sample: https://modernarecords.bandcamp.com/album/chapitre-i

Dronny Darko & protoU - Earth Songs
Conceptual dark ambient from Cryo Chamber. The album provides a chronicle of the Earth's history, starting with the Big Bang, passing through early life and the singularity, and, finally, our leaving of the planet. This is really captivating stuff. There are a few minor production issues, but the soundscapes are spot on.
Buy/Sample: https://cryochamber.bandcamp.com/album/earth-songs

Non-ambient:

Lorelle Meets the Obsolete - On Welfare + Chambers
Great dream-pop, with an edge, from Mexico.
Buy/Sample: https://captcharecords.bandcamp.com/album/chambers

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4715 on: August 11, 2015, 08:10:30 AM »
Led Zeppelin--Presence and Coda deluxe editions.  Some great alternate versions and unreleased tracks.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4716 on: August 11, 2015, 08:50:22 PM »
Really loving these new Jacob Newman and Underwood/Newman releases on Bandcamp:

 https://gapfield.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-scattered-light
 https://jacobnewman.bandcamp.com/album/quanta-flora

Beautiful, percolating sounds and textures. Plus, you can't beat their low, low prices.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4717 on: August 11, 2015, 08:56:11 PM »
Really loving these new Jacob Newman and Underwood/Newman releases on Bandcamp:

 https://gapfield.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-scattered-light
 https://jacobnewman.bandcamp.com/album/quanta-flora

Beautiful, percolating sounds and textures. Plus, you can't beat their low, low prices.

Yeah, they've been on a role this year. Transitions was great too, even though that was with Darwin Raymond instead of Underwood.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4718 on: August 12, 2015, 12:45:08 AM »
Hawkwind - Warrior on the Edge of Time

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4719 on: August 13, 2015, 08:55:50 PM »
Andrew Forrest - One: Source Quartet, Vol. 1
Decided to check this out after reading Bert's recommendations here: http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=8192.0 . This is some really beautiful work; ethereal and drifting, with crisp electronics. The second track is a bit too day spa for me, but the other tracks are outstanding. A bit of an Alpha Wave Movement vibe here. Digital only.

Jordan De La Sierra - Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose
This is a CD reissue of a double album that came out in the 70's with which I wasn't familiar.  Four long-form tracks featuring prepared pianos, lots of repetition, morphing, and an atmosphere that is somewhere between Budd and the mystical. The physical reissue, by the way, is lovely: detailed and lengthy inserts with an incredible slipcase.
Preview/Advert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=52&v=iGjmGBtYZl8