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Best of 2008
« on: December 25, 2008, 06:50:49 PM »
I can never limit my choices to a top ten list.  I keep track all year & trim it down as the year comes to a close.  So somehow this year I ended up with the random number of 24 in my "Best of" list.  Here is the list in alphabetical order...

Alio Die - aura seminalis - alio die released some great music this year.  I guess I could group all of them together here but I'll list this as my favorite.  The cd "tries to recreate the solemn atmospheres of the courts of the Italian Renaissance", and amazingly it comes off as transcendent instead of cheesy.  Stefano Musso's recent releases all do this very well, like his collaboration with vocalist Martina Galvagni, Elusian Lullaby.  He takes concepts, that would not work in the hands of another, and makes them work beautifully.

Arve Henriksen - cartography - a beautifully layered recording from trumpeter henriksen.  Texture is more important than virtuosity here.  A melancholy, tranquil landscape works perfectly with Henriksen's vocal-like trumpet.

Belong - Same Places (Slow Version) - crushing, shimmering drones dissolve & decay in a wonderful wall of sound.

Bersarin Quartett - bersarin quartett - actually this is a one man show of cinematic music.  Strings, ambience, some occasional beats combine for a lush, melancholy trip.

bvdub - dreams of red chambers - a release that is more ambient than the usual dubby sound form bvdub.

David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk - gorgeous, expansive guitar-based drones.  His “Stele” split release was excellent as well.

Deaf Center - vintage well - More great cinematic music.  I guess there was a lot of fantastic cinematic music this year.

Disturbed Earth - Butterfly - An excellent ambient release from Atmoworks.  From a live "living room" concert in August 1977.  The album
was recorded live with no overdubs using a double neck guitar   
and a violin bow on the 12-string and playing the 6-string.   He   
used two tape decks set up about 8 feet apart in a continuous loop.  A classic ambient feel that is even more amazing knowing how & when it was recorded.

Elbow - Live from London – Beautiful, intimate, live iTunes only release.  Any fan of Elbow MUST own this.

Elbow - the seldom seen kid – There isn’t any other band that evokes beauty, melancholy & joy like Elbow.  This is an absolutely fantastic recording.

Eluder - the most beautiful blue - deep layers that never get too dark or too light.  A just right mixture of drifting textures & aquatic sounds.

Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill - a good collection of eerie folk songs wrapped in reverb & hazy ambience.

Hakobune - melting reminscence - an excellent release for lovers of guitar-based drone.

Hans-joachim Roedelius & Tim Story - inlandish - I love how this release sounds old & new at the same time.  Some of the tunes just have this indescribable retro Roedelius feel to them, like the song "Beforst".  A warm, melodic beauty.

Jacaszek – treny – Real instruments played by real musicians with some electronic manipulation make this a stellar release in a year filled with great cinematic music.

Jeff Pearce - Rainshadow Sky – I know this one is a bit too close to New Age for some regular forumites, but I found it to be beautiful without being too sappy.

Johann Johannsson – fordlandia – This cd from Johannsson takes the cinematic/orchestral theme of this year to another level.  He does it with a 60 piece orchestra, piano, organ, choir & electronics.  The music is lush and intense.

Marconi Union - a lost connection – more dubby ambient music.  I listened to a lot of dubby stuff this year & Marconi Union does this style wonderfully.

Martin Grech - march of the lonely – this one actually came out in 2007 but I discovered it right at the beginning of this year and I listened to constantly from then on.  From an online review “…a moody acoustic delicacy, dreamlike calm and layered vocals which recall monastic plainsong or a lovelorn choir.”

quantec - unusual signals – great dubby ambient-ish beats.

Rameses III – Basilica - A double cd of live recordings & remixes, the two discs contain some beautiful, quiet, and moving instrumental compositions.

Rod Modell - incense & blacklight - noisy, shifting dub rhythms, and way deep bassy goodness.

Steve Roach - a deeper silence – I played this for days all through the house, the slow washes & low bass hum rumbling from room to room.  I felt like I was on some inter-stellar spacecraft.  Great sleep music too.

the caretaker - Persistent repetition of phrases - Similar to his other releases in that it sounds like he is channeling the haunting atmospherics of The Shining.  However, this one is a bit more ambient.


---- I know these don’t count as actual releases, but I think I listened to the guitar mixes of Alan Lockett more than anything else this year.  You can find them here… http://albient.livejournal.com/2468.html .  These mixes are a great collection of ambient guitar meanderings that introduced me to a lot of new artists & music.


Honorable mentions :
stephan mathieu – radioland
Bohren & der Club of Gore – Dolore
taylor deupree - sea last
The Winterhouse - Lost
jasper tx - this quiet season
the caretaker - recollected memories from the museum of garden history
emanuele errante - humus [2008]
Richard Skelton - Marking Time
Hammock, ‘Maybe They Will Sings For Us Tomorrow
sigur ros - Međ suđ í eyrum viđ spilum endalaust
Sans Serif - Tones For LaMonte


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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2008, 07:19:00 PM »
1. Sun Kil Moon - April
2. Weezer - Red Album
3. Christopher Bissonnette - In Between Words
4. Sans Serif - Tones For LaMonte
5. Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion
6. Eluder - The Most Beautiful Blue
7. Black Dog - Radio Scarecrow
8. Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
9. M83 - Saturdays = Youth
10. Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs from the Beehive
11. Matmos - Supreme Balloon
12. Portishead - Third
13. Windy and Carl - Songs for the Broken Hearted
14. Emeralds - Solar Bridge

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2008, 01:05:30 AM »
1. Disturbed Earth-Butterfly
2. Alio Die-Aura Seminalis
3. Cosmic Hoffman-Outerspace Gems
4. Steve Roach-Landmass
5. "Echoes of Polyhymnia" Hypnos compilation
6. Procyon-X-The Ghost of Orion
7. Move D/Namlook-There!
8. Move D/Namlook-Sexoid
9. Ron Boots-Mea Culpa
10. I Awake-The Core
11. Igneous Flame/Achromus-Halo
12. Konrad Kucz-Litania
13. M. Griffin-Fabrications

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2008, 02:54:35 AM »
I am kind of torn between 3 Albums for #1. When the first theme of "Moment of Grace" appear (this lovely String/Choir
Harmony) then i almost melt away. And on the other Hand there is "Auf der Gasse" which is mind blowing. And then there
is Take That. I can proudly say, that this is one of my all time favorite bands. And "Greatest Day" is perhaps the best
Pop Song that was ever written. Got goosebumps every time i hear it. So those 3 are on #1 i guess.

1. Stephan Mathieu - Radioland / Steve Roach - ARC of Passion / Take That - The Circus
2. David Tagg - Fundamentals of Orchid Biology
3. Steve Roach - Landmass
4. Fennesz - Black Sea
5. Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Dolores
6. Wouter Veldhuis - Satumaa
7. Sawako - Bitter Sweet
8. Freiband & Machinefabriek - OAHU
9. Christopher Willits & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Ocean Fire
10. William Basinski & Richard Chartier - Untitled 1 - 3
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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2008, 07:05:32 AM »
I know I'm forgetting some, but this is what comes to mind right now:

Description Without Place- Filaments
Beta Two Agonist- Autumn Perdue
Fabio Orsi- Wild light of the Moon
Nunc Stans- The Palm at the End of The Mind
Cymphonic- Strataradialis
Hakobune- We Left the Window Open Sometimes
Wereju- The End of Everything

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2008, 10:16:43 AM »
thanks Dave and DroneOn for listing, that BUTTERFLY release is gorgeous!
i also like his collaboration with Peter James, REMAINS..

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2008, 07:22:10 AM »
hello all,

very fine releases this year, my top 10 list of 2008 is:

1.   Beta Two Agonist – autumn perdue
2.   No Man – schoolyard ghosts
3.   Johan Johannsson - fordlandia
4.   Hecq –night falls
5.   Jason Corder/Beta Two Agonist – further to find closer
6.   The Human Voice – exit lines
7.   The Law Rah Collective - inspiration
8.   Mathieu Ruhlmann/Celer - mesoscaphe
9.   Shadow of Memory – abandoned Places
10.   Frank Zappa – one shot deal


wish you all a good 2009, take care everyone.

greetings,

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beauty is not love,
love is not music,
music is the best.

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2008, 03:04:51 AM »
We have been blessed with so many great releases this year, it will be fun to try and sort through them to find the best. Many releases this year that I want have still not been acquired, but what immediately comes to mind (in no particular order):

Roach/Wollo - Stream of Thought
Fear Falls Burning - Frenzy of the Absolute
Alio Die - Aura Seminalis
Alio Die - Tempus Rei
Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
Wolfskin - O Ajuntar das Sombras
Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
Inade - Samadhi State (reissue)
Tetsu Inoue - Slow and Low (reissue)
Halo Manash - Am Kha Astrie
Steve Roach  - Landmass
Raison d'Etre - The Luminous Experience
Hakobune - We Left the Window Open Sometimes
Funckarma - Vell Vagranz
Sawako - Bittersweet
Glider - The Sight Below
Alio Die - Hidden Spring (reissue)
Alio Die - Sit Tibi Terra Levis/Introspective (reissue)
Asva - What You Don't Know is Frontier

Albums not yet acquired which might make the list:
David Parsons - Earthlight

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2008, 03:57:07 PM »
slow and low reissue??? no way! I didn't know about that...

We have been blessed with so many great releases this year, it will be fun to try and sort through them to find the best. Many releases this year that I want have still not been acquired, but what immediately comes to mind (in no particular order):

Roach/Wollo - Stream of Thought
Fear Falls Burning - Frenzy of the Absolute
Alio Die - Aura Seminalis
Alio Die - Tempus Rei
Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia
Wolfskin - O Ajuntar das Sombras
Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
Inade - Samadhi State (reissue)
Tetsu Inoue - Slow and Low (reissue)
Halo Manash - Am Kha Astrie
Steve Roach  - Landmass
Raison d'Etre - The Luminous Experience
Hakobune - We Left the Window Open Sometimes
Funckarma - Vell Vagranz
Sawako - Bittersweet
Glider - The Sight Below
Alio Die - Hidden Spring (reissue)
Alio Die - Sit Tibi Terra Levis/Introspective (reissue)
Asva - What You Don't Know is Frontier

Albums not yet acquired which might make the list:
David Parsons - Earthlight

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2009, 03:08:30 PM »
Quite a lot of good stuff this year:

Abandoned Place - Shadow of Memory
Alio Die - Aura Seminalis
Anduin - Forever Waiting
Belong - Same Places (Slow Version)
Biomusique - The 10,000 Steps
Bitcrush - Epilogue in Waves
Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig & Steve Roach - Nada Terma
Circular & Inade - Deep Space Illumination
Elend - The Umbersun (re-issue)
From the White Chimneys - Nautilus With Wings
Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living
Halo Manash - Language of Red Goats
Herbst9 - The Gods Are Small Birds, But I Am The Falcon
Igneous Flame & Achromus - Halo
Irezumi - Endurance
Jason Graves - Dead Space OST
Jason Sloan - Ending [light]
Juno Reactor - Gods & Monsters
Lacus Somniorum - Tideshaper
Mathias Grassow & Thomas Weiss - Quiet Calling
Max Corbacho - BreathStream
Nadja - Desire In Uneasiness
Nautic Depths - North Passage
Niyaz - Nine Heavens
Northern Valentine - The Distance Brings Us Closer
Our Sleepless Forest - Our Sleepless Forest
Procer Veneficus - Deathwanderings
Raison D'ętre - The Luminous Experience
Sempervirens - Dirge of the Dying Year
Shahrokh Yadegari, Azam Ali & Keyavash Nourai - Green Memories
Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
Steve Roach - Arc of Passion (wasn't this technically released in '07, though?)
Woven Hand - Ten Stones

*Edit: Also, hello.
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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2009, 05:46:18 PM »
Phew! 2008, eh? Seems like I blinked and it went by... Anyway, here to announce:

Now Appearing at a blog page near you: ’08 Greats Vols. I and II – containing 30 Greats from '08! Solicitously selected with an eye to Maximum Ambience and all-round Droney Wooze (in)Action.

Featuring:

Aidan Baker & Tim Hecker, Alio Die, Alistair Crosbie, Apalusa, Belong, Beta Two Agonist, Brian Lavelle, Celer, Christopher Bissonnette, David Tagg, Eluder, Fabio Orsi, Fennesz, Gel-Sol, Hakobune, I am Seamonster, James Devane, Kevin Drumm, Lawrence English, Manual, Orchestramaxfieldparrish, Paul Bradley, Philip Jeck, Rameses III, Sans Serif, Stephan Mathieu, Talkingmakesnosense, The Fun Years, The Tumbled Sea, Wereju

Hop on over to: http://albient.livejournal.com/7972.html if you fancy

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2009, 06:28:41 PM »
Hmmm, strange that you mentioned The Fun Years. I just bought that Baby, It's Cold Inside download from Boomkat yesterday, when I noticed that they'd proclaimed it "The Years Best Album". I also know that the Boomkat people often seem crazed with enthusiasm and hyperbole for ANY kind of sound, but I figured what the hell...
I quite like it! It's got a nice, drifty, casual sound that's refreshingly "un-intense".  I've been listening to a lot of Wereju lately, and this provides a nice antidote. But I certainly don't think it's the years best.

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2009, 08:51:05 PM »
fantastic mix so far undershadow

I now know I need the Paul Bradley and Fabio Orsi  ;D

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2009, 03:05:58 AM »
"Slow and Low" reissue indeed! Tetsu Inoue is so great!!

I forgot to add "Songs From the Beehive" to my list. Actually heard one of the tunes from it on late night radio last night, and thought it sounded so great, and when the dj announced the album I realized I had it! Got to give it a more complete listen...

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2009, 03:09:54 AM »
Quite a lot of good stuff this year:

Abandoned Place - Shadow of Memory
Alio Die - Aura Seminalis
Anduin - Forever Waiting
Belong - Same Places (Slow Version)
Biomusique - The 10,000 Steps
Bitcrush - Epilogue in Waves
Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig & Steve Roach - Nada Terma
Circular & Inade - Deep Space Illumination
Elend - The Umbersun (re-issue)
From the White Chimneys - Nautilus With Wings
Grails - Take Refuge in Clean Living
Halo Manash - Language of Red Goats
Herbst9 - The Gods Are Small Birds, But I Am The Falcon
Igneous Flame & Achromus - Halo
Irezumi - Endurance
Jason Graves - Dead Space OST
Jason Sloan - Ending [light]
Juno Reactor - Gods & Monsters
Lacus Somniorum - Tideshaper
Mathias Grassow & Thomas Weiss - Quiet Calling
Max Corbacho - BreathStream
Nadja - Desire In Uneasiness
Nautic Depths - North Passage
Niyaz - Nine Heavens
Northern Valentine - The Distance Brings Us Closer
Our Sleepless Forest - Our Sleepless Forest
Procer Veneficus - Deathwanderings
Raison D'ętre - The Luminous Experience
Sempervirens - Dirge of the Dying Year
Shahrokh Yadegari, Azam Ali & Keyavash Nourai - Green Memories
Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
Steve Roach - Arc of Passion (wasn't this technically released in '07, though?)
Woven Hand - Ten Stones

*Edit: Also, hello.

Hello! You've got excellent taste in music! That Raison d'Etre album is great, isn't it?. Just headphoned it last night and I realize that RdE is "up there" with the greats for me at this point. I am curious, can you please describe the new Herbst9 album. I am kind of a fan of theirs, and liked Through Bleak Landscapes, but I am hesitating about getting the new one...

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« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2009, 10:12:56 AM »
New and heard
new this year.

Thanks to all the artists.         H.


Abandoned Place | Shadow of Memory
Austere | Solyaris
Calib-Yau | Compactified
Celer | Discourses of the Withered
David Tagg | Waist Deep Seas of Milk
Diatonis | Pond
Eluder | The Most Beautiful Blue
Igneous Flame/Achromous | Halo
Irezumi | Endurance
Lull | Like a Slow River
Max Corbacho | Breathstream
Nordvargr | Interstellar
Northern Valentine | The Distance Brings Us Closer
Nunc Stans | Timeless
Nverxion | A Look Within
Oophoi | An Aerial View
Procer Veneficus | Saltwater and Glassmoon
Robert Davies | Geography of Memory
Rich/Faryus | Zerkalo
Steve Brand | Because We Were Once Covered in Gold
Steve Brand | LightTools
Steve Roach | A Deeper Silence
Subterranean Source | Relic
Terra Sancta | Disintegration
True Colour of Blood | The Cave of Knowledge
Wolfskin/Objekt4 | The Hidden Fortress
Winterhouse | Lost
Message from a Subatomic World | Various

Downloads for immediate consumption.

Aegri Somnia | Nothingness
Arcticology | Deep Spring
Caul/Kirchenkampf | Sleep-Night-Death
Copal River | Ancara
Edge of October | Collapse
Exuviae | Jamais Vu
Idler Sunder | Psygnosis lll
The Inventors of Aircraft | Unknown Language
Lucette Bourdin | Timeless Shore
Mono | Senord
Mystified | Black Lotus
Paul Ganaway | Vast Oceans of Doubt
Sylvie Walder & Phillip Wilkerson | Transience






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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2009, 06:21:16 AM »
hard to make a definitive list of favorites but i guess this one comes close;
(in no particular order)

* sawako - bitter sweet
* harold budd / clive wright - a song for lost blossoms
* celer - nacreous clouds
* alio die - aura seminalis
* alio die / martina galvagni - eleusian lullaby
* wouter veldhuis - satumaa
* david tagg - fundamentals of orchid biology
* eluder - the most beautiful blue
* arve henriksen - cartography
* richard skelton - marking time
* andrew chalk- time of hayfield (not sure was 2007 or 2008)

favorite re-issues;

* aidan baker - letters LP
* aidan baker - green & cold
* adam pacione - with wakened eyes

and most glad with re-pressing of:

* robert rich - somnium
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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2009, 11:46:01 PM »
As always it is difficult to compile the best of for any type of year....usually what I consider to be my best of are those discs that I return to consistently.  I'm a bit of a nut since I keep track of how much I listen to a CD, Record, Free Download, or Cassette.  Then I count the amount of days I have actually owned the CD and divide that by the amount of listens.  I know that this is not the best system but it works for me and most importantly it contains the albums that moved me throughout the year....so hear they are...

1. Stephan Mathieu - Radioland - Die Schachtel (197 Times in 332 Days)
2. Richard Skelton - Marking Time - Preservation (58 Times in 92 Days)
3. David Tagg - Fundamentals Of Orchid Biology - Second Sun (117 In 229 Days)
4. Lawrence English - Kiri No Koto - Touch (76 Times in 150 Days)
5. Ezekiel Honig - Surfaces Of A Broken... - Anticipate (26 Times in 53 Days)
6. Emeralds - Solar Bridge - Hanson (82 Times in 169 Days)
7. Coppice Halifax - Coppice Halifax - EED (143 Times In 307 Days)
8. Fabio Orsi - Audio For Lovers - Last Visible Dog (36 Times In 85 Days)
9. Oneohtrix Point Never - Ruined Lives - Young Tapes (18 Times In 44 Days)
10. Taiga Remains - Beneath The Weeping... - Ekhein (127 Times In 332 Days)
11. Corey Allen - The Fourth Way - Quite Design (23 Times In 61 Days)
12. Fennesz - The Black Sea - Touch (13 Times In 35 Days)
13. Celer - The Everything And The Nothing - Infraction (43 Times In 118 Days)
14. Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion - Hospital (56 Times In 163 Days)
15. Two Way Tie (First Time Ever)
Jacaszek - Treny - Miasmah (70 Times In 203 Days)
Steve Roach - Landmass - Timeroom (61 Times In 177 Days)
16. Mountains - Mountains Mountains...Catsup Plate (16 Times In 48 Days)
17. Brendan Murray - Commonwealth - 23Five (53 Times In 163 Days)
18. Alio Die - Tempus Rei - Hic Sunt Leones (16 Times in 51 Days)
19. Eluder - The Most Beautiful Blue - Infraction (14 Times In 45 Days)
20. Mathieu Ruhlman/Celer - Mesoscaphe - Spekk (40 Times In 144 Days)

Here's a few more that were mighty close:

Uruk-Hai - Upon The Elysian Fields - T'an! Kaven!! Ash!!!
Description Without Place - Filaments - Dataobscura
San Seriff - Tones For LaMonte - Hypnos Secret Sounds
Duane Pitre - For Loud/For Quite - NNA Tapes
Eyeballs - Seal-Skin Satellite
Sean Reardon - A Collection Of Origins - Waterscape
Chartreuse - No More Paths To Sounder Sleep - Thor's Rubber Hammer
Steve Hauschildt - Rapt For Liquid Minister - Arbor
Color Dream - Cloud Factory - Digitalis
Koen Holtkamp - Make Haste - A Room Forever
Beta2Agonist - Autumn Perdue - Databloem
Brian Lavelle - Supernaturalist - EE Tapes
Svarte Greiner - Penpals Forever - Digitalis
Toumani Diabate - The Made Variations - World Circuit
Barn Owl - Raft Of Serpents - Root Strata
Richard Lainhart - Threshold - O-Town Media
Jason Sloan - ENDING [Light} - Slo Bor Media
Mark McGuire - Light Movement - Wagon
Mark McGuire - Off In The Distance - Chondritic Sound

and the list goes on.....

Oh and you should really check this one out I am listening to it as I Type away
Daizok - Autumn Scences - Install (Remember the Manintou from last year....well this one floored me and came out of nowhere...it's very very good....i've got three already for next year)

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2009, 12:52:02 PM »
Thanks for the props/mentions, Dave, avec, Alan and Fern.

Here are my 10 for 2008 (some ambient, some not):

Elm - Bxogonoas (Barn Owl side project)
Fabio Orsi - Wild Light of The Moon (maybe not his best, but his most consistent throughout)
Peter Wright - Pretty Mushroom Clouds
Juana Molina - Un Dia
Forgas Band Phenomena - L'Axe du Fou (melodic Canterbury-styled prog)
Natural Snow Buildings/Isengrind/Twin Sister Moon - The Snowbringer Cult
Nik Bartsch's Ronin - Holon
Jason Sloan - Ending [light]
V/A - Perceived Distances (excellent Blue Oasis comp)
Haruomi Hosono - Archives Vol. 1

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Re: Best of 2008
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2009, 04:31:33 PM »
Hi, 9dragons!  The new Herbst9 is a quirky one to be sure.  It's a bit of a mix between "From a Dark Chasm Below" and "Consolamentum" with some tribal elements thrown in.  Reminds me a bit of Post Scriptvm in places, in ethos at least.  The percussion is sometimes a bit cheesy, but it's not too obtrusive.  I have to say they're one of very few ambient acts who can use vocal samples well (this is usually a huge turn-off for me).  All in all, it's a pretty unique journey.  I recommend checking it out.  You can find some samples here if you'd like a taste.
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