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« Reply #4820 on: November 07, 2015, 12:26:18 AM »
Urenga--Pacific Depths, As If--Havet.  2 latest CDs on the always excellent Gterma label from Sweden.  Both excellent deep ambient dub works, subtle and relaxing.  Some original ideas and sounds on these, too.  Highly recommended to fans of Silent Season.

Sraunus--Asperatus Clouds.  On Anodize recovery series.  Amazing ambient dub.  Near perfect record except for farting sounds on first track.  I'm not joking.  Funniest part is the track title is "Gut.". Must have eaten an extra large burrito.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4821 on: November 07, 2015, 06:54:15 AM »
That first track on Holographic Codex is utterly superb. It really is something special. I really enjoy the rest of the album also but no doubting it is in a different vein and more Alio Die influenced. Great album though.

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« Reply #4822 on: November 07, 2015, 06:55:30 AM »
Steve Roach - Sigh Of Ages

This is on free download, or small contribution, from the Projekt bandcamp site this weekend. Just started listening to track 1 . Beautiful, haunting, melancholy. Thanks Projekt and Steve Roach.

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« Reply #4823 on: November 08, 2015, 03:24:43 AM »
Julio di Benedetto- Original Light.  This excellent album will easily rank high in my Best of 2015 list.  I buy so much music it's hard to devote enough time to everything.  Some stuff I literally listen to once and shelve it to return to months later because it didn't impress on the first or first couple listens.  I've been fighting to really make time for this album.  This disc has been mesmerizing every listen, the most recent in the car today on a sunny beautiful day.  It was an odd choice for the weather but somehow it fit perfectly.  To me the music has a strong early Vidna Obmana feel (e.g. The Trilogy on Projekt), with the hauntingly melancholic stretched out synth chords and a feeling of deep respect for the natural environment.  Whereas Vidna's sound was often cold, though, there is a warmth in this recording that envelopes like a warm blanket on a chilly day.  The CD moves through different moods, from dark, to shadowy, to glistening light, remaining amazingly cohesive from start to finish.  These are more like movements rather than individual tracks.  Although the Vidna comparison is what initially comes to mind, it's soon obvious there is an originality to this sound.  I'm very impressed by what I've discovered in this artist's music, and very much looking forward to more.  I hope the album reaches as many ambient fans as possible.       

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« Reply #4824 on: November 08, 2015, 09:00:59 PM »
Thank you so much for your words drone on. Im honored and grateful you made time for this music and am very happy it resonated with you.  I appreciate you expressing how you listened to it and the environment.....it creates a special image for me.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4825 on: November 08, 2015, 10:28:57 PM »
Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life......Jaco Pastorius fretless lead bass :)

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4826 on: November 11, 2015, 03:33:09 PM »
It's 3 years since Pete Namlook passed on . Can't believe that. Really miss him and his new musical creations. Wonder what direction and journeys his music would have taken. Been listening to a lot of FAX this week.

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Faxology - Mick Chillage

Currently the final FAX release and masterpiece that is.....



Autumn Of Communion.
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« Reply #4827 on: November 11, 2015, 05:28:58 PM »
nom nom. I love that first AoC disc.

Markus Guentner - Theia
Amazing drone work from a legend. Recently released by A Strangely Isolated Place, on vinyl and digital.
Buy/Listen: https://astrangelyisolatedplace.bandcamp.com/album/theia

Grimes - Art Angels
Not ambient, but super fun, quirky electro-pop on 4AD.

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« Reply #4828 on: November 12, 2015, 05:54:28 PM »
AOC 1 is a masterpiece.New AOC in 2016.

That Markus Guentner is lovely.Similar feel for me as the first one he put out on Kompakt way way back.

No 1 by No. artists on BC.The label is No.Material Object and Atom.I find that MO always seems to have a constant drone or cohesive feel to his ambient tracks.Also uses some of the same samples over and over which ties his many works together.

Anamorph Specimens,also on No. on BC-A bit more techno here and there but again,its a whole mix.1 long ambient remix by MO included too.

Yagya-Will I dream during the Process on Sending Orb.Always enjoyed this.1 long mix with his usual dub-ambient-techno thing going.

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« Reply #4829 on: November 12, 2015, 07:31:58 PM »
I thought they said AOC 6 was the absolute last one!  Then again, Namlook said Dark Side of the Moog 6, or was it 8, was the end, and that series went to 11...

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4830 on: November 17, 2015, 07:06:59 PM »
Ishq - In a Rainbow Air
Great new release on Virtual.  Vast ambient expanses with plenty of quirky Hillier electronics.
Buy/Listen: https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/in-a-rainbow-air

Yunomi (Ishq) - Floracopia
I'm not sure what to think of this. The album has some fantastic tracks on it, but, as an album, it doesn't really flow well; I find myself skipping around to get to my favorite parts. It is much more experimental than the previous Yunomi release, which felt more like a psychedelic journey through a garden.
Buy/Listen: https://ishq.bandcamp.com/album/floracopia


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« Reply #4831 on: November 20, 2015, 11:13:34 AM »
Ishq--In a Rainbow Air.  Not near as impressed as Chris is.  The Florascopia I liked more, but it's very uneven.

Aglaia--two new discs on hic sunt leones.  One of them has a brief glitch/dropout that's strange.  I thought my CD player was malfunctioning.  Mr. Alio Die never answer my email so  it's a mystery.  These albums are good but nothing new from the last few years. 

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« Reply #4832 on: November 27, 2015, 08:35:44 PM »
Jeff Pearce - Winter Calm
Digital only. Nice, slow-moving soundscapes. The second track, A Long Winter's Sleep, is perfect: serene and ethereal. I continue to be amazed by what this guy can do with a guitar.
Buy/Sample: https://jeffpearcemusic.bandcamp.com/album/winter-calm


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« Reply #4833 on: November 28, 2015, 05:15:32 PM »
Scion (Asianova side project).  Asianova was an early incarnation of Voice of Eye.  They created these really out there soundscapes of heavily processed female vocals, synth and guitar.  Like an intense acid trip, sort of scary actually.  Scion was Ure Thrall, of Asianova, with a different female vocalist.  I can't even find this on Discogs.  Bought at Amoeba about 7 years ago.  CDR.  Excellent nighttime headphone trip music.

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« Reply #4834 on: November 29, 2015, 03:23:41 PM »

Troum/Yen Pox - Mnemonic Induction
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« Reply #4835 on: November 30, 2015, 10:14:04 AM »
Divine Matrix - Atmospheric Variations - superb Berlin Scool type melodic ambient. Really is a class album.

Picture Palace Music - Curriculum Vitae . Thorsten Quaeschning from TD. Great tunes.

Robert Rich - Live Archive , volume 1 - wonderful.

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« Reply #4836 on: November 30, 2015, 04:18:07 PM »
Mathias Grassow--The Darklight Quest Sessions.  Got this way back in early 2000s and I had so much Grassow I don't think I even listened to it until now.  Deep spacey coamic, great stuff.  Surprised this isn't on Bandcamp, at least not yet.

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« Reply #4837 on: December 01, 2015, 02:08:35 AM »
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Surprised this isn't on Bandcamp, at least not yet.

Because  three "Quest Sessions" and "Untitled Rooms" will be published by GS Production as plant pressed CDs.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4838 on: December 01, 2015, 12:39:12 PM »
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Surprised this isn't on Bandcamp, at least not yet.

Because  three "Quest Sessions" and "Untitled Rooms" will be published by GS Production as plant pressed CDs.

Wow, great news, Andrey, thanks a lot for your update!!!  :)

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4839 on: December 02, 2015, 07:53:00 PM »
Went a bit nuts and bought a bunch of older and newer Ishq releases:

Older/compilations:
Ishq - Fluid Earth + Sunflower + Bloom
Each of these discs contains b-sides and unreleased/compilation tracks recorded over the years. Fluid Earth contains the second disc that accompanied Orchard in the Dakini release. The lead track is a smooth one with some light percussive components: hypnotic and serene. Out of this bunch, I would say that Bloom is the stand-out: It best represents the ambient side of Ishq that I appreciate: basic synth work with a nice mixture of organic and other-worldly elements. One of the tracks, Amaryllis Dreams, may be one of my favorite tracks in the Ishq cannon. Bloom, even if it is merely a collection of varied songs, holds together incredibly well as an album and, in my opinion, deserves more recognition.

Newer:
Onirojenik - Mundus Imaginalis + Onirojenik World
Two new Ishq releases in the Virtual World series. I'll be honest: These are not easy listens. On the one hand, these two discs represent a truly innovative direction for Hillier. They pick up where the lush, tribal themes that characterized Flowering Mountain Earth leave off, but then push those themes into what might be best described as an acid-inspired trip through tribal cultures on another planet. It is super interesting stuff and involves sound palettes that I've never heard before. On the other hand, I'm not sure these discs have a lot of replay value. They deserve careful study, but they wear out their welcome after a few listens. I might feel differently about this after a bit of time, but I find myself listening more to the releases I described above than these newer ones.

Of the two new discs, I'd say that Mundus Imaginalis is the best. It stays relatively true to some basic ambient roots. Onirojenik World requires a bit more patience.

https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/mundus-imaginalis
https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/onirojenik-world