Rolling ambient/chill out/drone/moodz thread: from 2010s 'til infinity!

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I think we should have a separate thread for this stuff, because the bobbins and techno albums threads aren't really the best place to discuss it.

Tuomas, Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:04 (three years ago) Permalink

I don't think the discussion should be limited to stuff that's just come out, but preferably we should talk about newish records, so this doesn't just turn into old fogeys reminiscing the glory days of FAX and Rising High and em:t.

Tuomas, Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:09 (three years ago) Permalink

To get the ball rolling, here's my top 8 ambient albums of 2015 (partially copy+pasted from the techno albums thread):

1. Raw C + Pharmakustik ‎– Anamorph Specimens
* Excellent, droney and acid-tinged ambient techno (think of early Air Liquide and Khan & Walker albums) from Atom Heart's new label, No. If you buy this from their Bandcamp page, you get a 20-minute bonus ambient remix by Material Object, which is dope too.

2. Anna Thorvaldsdottir ‎– In the Light of Air
* An excellent modern classical album from this Icelandic composer, peformed by International Contemporary Ensemble. It's droney and minimal but not discordant, so good listening for ambient lovers. The package also includes a surround mix on Bluray, which I feel is the preferable medium for this kind of music, if you just happen to have a 5.1. speaker set.

3. Thomas P. Heckmann – Ghosts
* I think this is the first "proper" ambient album by this legendary producer and gearhead. Ghosts looks and sounds like a soundtrack to some imaginary science horror film, some cold and harsh dark ambient with occasional beats; simply put, it succeeds in doing what the Monolake album of the same name didn't quite achieve.

4. & 5. Omni Vu Deity - Vuunayatu & Nuiemu Rift
* These two albums are pretty much the opposite of "Ghosts", light and colourful and breezy ambient. They're supposedly inspired by, respectively, Polynesian and African music, but I'm not sure if I hear those influences, except for some gentle percussion samples and occassional disembodied voices, so you don't have to fear cultural appropriation here.

6. Lorenzò Montana - Vari Chromo
* Mr. Montanà has been on fire lately, releasing several quality ambient and IDM albums in the last two years. This one sounds like old-fashioned "home listening techno" with its syncopated beats and moody synth melodies, so nothing groudn-breaking, but boy is this guy great at producing it.

7. Material Object + Ishq ‎– Invisible Light
* These two acts from the opposite ends of ambient music, with Ishq specializing in soothing cosmic sounds, and Material Object in metallic drones. As expected, the result of their collaboration is somewhere in between, but it works. This one is also on No.

8. Lorenzo Montanà ‎– Nihil
* Another quality release from this guy, this album is more ambient and long-form than Vari Chromo. Some lovely, subdued and organic vibes to be found.

Tuomas, Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:27 (three years ago) Permalink

not really bought much ambient this year, but here are a few i have and enjoyed

in no particular order

- synkro - changes : old school synths and 90s ambient-techno mellow grooves on r&s. generic at times, but very pleasant

- jens-ewe beyer - emissary : released on the newly launched kompakt ambient label offshoot, kompakt pop ambient, that's for artist albums (as opposed to the pop ambient compilations). very sunday morning vs vangelis, featuring acoustic instruments mixed in amongst the usual ear candy synthetics.

- the orb - moonbuilding : this year i hit the kompakt groove hard. and this 2015 release hit the spot perfectly.

- sherwood and pinch - late night endless : not exactly ambient, but very laid back late night bass heavy dubbed out brilliance.

- lee bannon - pattern of excellence - cant recall too much about this, but i enjoyed upon its release.

- pop ambient 2015 - yes, more of the same, but when in the mood, this stuff is very addictive.

mark e, Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:50 (three years ago) Permalink

I haven't really paid attention to them recently, but are the Ultimae artists still doing good stuff?

Siegbran, Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:03 (three years ago) Permalink

I found the Jens-Uwe Beyer EP that just came out (Amor dark pink tencel satin suit) a lot more engaging than Emissary, which didn't really click with me at all tbh.

a cruet of destiny (seandalai), Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the recommendations, Mark! Synkro in particular sounds like it's right up my alley, so I'll have to check that one out.

Tuomas, Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:49 (three years ago) Permalink

If we can recommend stuff that's a bit older, last year Oliver Lieb released Inside Voices (on Psychonavigation), his first ambient record in 20 years, and it's amazing! Pretty much my favourite "proper" ambient album of this decade. Like his 90s ambient music on Recycle or Die, this is cosmic and completely beatless, but it's not soothing and warm, rather than ominous and cold. If you can imagine Lovecraftian sense of cosmic dread put into music, this would be quite close. One track is called "Spooky Action at a Distance", which I think summarizes neatly what the album is all about.

Tuomas, Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Kevin Drumm's Tannenbaum is so majestic, i can rarely bypass it for anything else on dark winter nights. ditto Imperial Distortion. samples available on bandcamp.

gareth "gaz" coombes (mattresslessness), Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:40 (three years ago) Permalink

hmmmmmm, is this where i put my pretty, coffee-table beats listening (like say this years EPs from Shigeto, Made of Oak, monte booker)?

expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:05 (three years ago) Permalink

Sure!

Tuomas, Thursday, 17 December 2015 21:15 (three years ago) Permalink

glad tuomas said that !
tis his thread, but i am all about coffee table beats ..
anything that is recommended that i can buy in a high street music emporium the better i.e. fopp/hmv/rise

mark e, Thursday, 17 December 2015 21:20 (three years ago) Permalink

http://glisteningexamples.bandcamp.com/album/oxidation-states

just heard this today.. thick, beautiful mass laden with troubling dissonances and delightful timbres. varied tonal zones, heavy vibes throughout

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 17 December 2015 22:32 (three years ago) Permalink

I mentioned it in the Ethereal/Goth thread, where it didn't really belong other than being released by Projekt, but Stratosphere's Aftermath is really, really good in 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOCE_xNuMeQ

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 18 December 2015 00:36 (three years ago) Permalink

My favorite ambient record of the year was Jonas Munk's Absorb/Fabric/Cascade--really lovely stuff.

Also Chihei Hatakeyama released I think five albums this year, most of them good, but his collaboration with Federico Durand, magical Imaginary Child, was the tops.

Other runners up: Jefre Cantu-Ledesma's A Year with 13 Moons and Sam Prekop's last album, which wasn't really ambient but was all modular synth stuff. Chris Bissonnette put out a nice one on Kranky, too.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 18 December 2015 04:26 (three years ago) Permalink

basinski: cascade - pulls the same strings he always does, the ones that walk you over to stare at the rain on the window

kaitlyn aurelia smith: tides - you just woke up and you can float above the heap of thoughts on suspended waves of synthesis for a little while, calmly

home organ, Friday, 18 December 2015 05:13 (three years ago) Permalink

some of my favs from 2015 (these are all on Spotify in the US):

Sarah Davachi – Qualities of Bodies Permanent: incredible psychedelic analog synth/mellotron/flute drones, everyone should listen to this
https://ctatsu.bandcamp.com/album/qualities-of-bodies-permanent

Ryuichi Sakamoto / Illuha / Taylor Dupree – Perpetual: delicate and beautiful microsounds
https://12kmusic.bandcamp.com/album/perpetual

Benoît Pioulard – Sonnet
https://pioulard.bandcamp.com/album/sonnet

Thore Pfeiffer – Im Blickfeld

Ken Camden – Dream Memory

Steve Hauschildt – Where All Is Fled

miss me belial (crüt), Friday, 18 December 2015 05:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah I like that Kaitlin Aurelia Smith album too. She has another one, Euclid, that's also very good.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 18 December 2015 05:43 (three years ago) Permalink

I want to like Euclid more but when i listen to it I hear a lot of sounds I really don't like! especially the chipmunk vocals. there are some parts that sound cool to me but too much of it just grates

miss me belial (crüt), Friday, 18 December 2015 06:01 (three years ago) Permalink

I really love that Jonas Munk record though

miss me belial (crüt), Friday, 18 December 2015 06:04 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah sarah davachi is great

the late great, Friday, 18 December 2015 06:06 (three years ago) Permalink

Benoît Pioulard – Sonnet
https://pioulard.bandcamp.com/album/sonnet

This one is great. I love to put it loud on speakers and let these beautiful sounds fill the room.

The Perils album is pretty enjoyable too (Perils = Benoit Pioulard + Kyle Bobby Dunn)

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Friday, 18 December 2015 09:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Ryuichi Sakamoto / Illuha / Taylor Dupree

yeah cosign on this.

Max Richter Sleep is excellent although I must admit I haven't sat through the entire eight hours of it yet.

Any love here for the Northern Electronics label? Acronym, Föd Dödd, Varg (no not *that* Varg).

Siegbran, Friday, 18 December 2015 10:07 (three years ago) Permalink

On the "Sleep" note, Robert Rich recently released a Bluray which compiles two extra-long "sleep music" pieces by him, the 7 hour "Somnium", which was previously released in 2001 on DVD, and the 8 hour "Perpetual". which is a new piece. They're meant to be used as background music to doze off to; I've done that on my sofa, and the music certainly works well like that. But considering the length, they're also suprisingly rich in tecture... Obviously, on the surface level they are very slow and unmoving, otherwise they wouldn't serve the sleep function properly, but there's a lot going on beneath the surface.

http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Rich-Perpetual-A-Somnium-Continuum/release/6204275

Tuomas, Friday, 18 December 2015 11:10 (three years ago) Permalink

"tecture" = "texture"

Tuomas, Friday, 18 December 2015 11:11 (three years ago) Permalink

After being inactive for almost ten years, Northaunt returned this year and Istid I-II should be a sure thing for anyone who liked Biosphere's 'arctic' period.

Siegbran, Friday, 18 December 2015 12:14 (three years ago) Permalink

e/tape

https://soundcloud.com/etape/t-12

saer, Friday, 18 December 2015 12:18 (three years ago) Permalink

http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/images/245x/TO48.jpg

a classic

also, https://noticerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/i-hope-you-like-the-universe

came out this year, very finely detailed and subtle.

gotta second Imperial Distortion (Drumm), it's both airy and massive sounding.. definitely heavier than the Toral stuff, but calming in its massiveness. still put it on to help me sleep

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 18 December 2015 18:42 (three years ago) Permalink

n.b. leave off the last track, "we all get it in the end", for your sleepytime playlist

COOMBES (mattresslessness), Friday, 18 December 2015 18:45 (three years ago) Permalink

Haptic is also excellent.. fantastically detailed compositions. Abeyance, for instance, is very slight and airy on the surface but there's remarkable volume and detail to its makeup.

mattress.... i do it every time (take off that track), hah

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 18 December 2015 18:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Jason Lescalleet's The Pilgrim has a similar 'surprise', sonically very similar. another hour-long piece worth getting familiar (it's on Bandcamp)

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Friday, 18 December 2015 18:50 (three years ago) Permalink

kaitlyn aurelia smith: tides

Hey, thanks for recommending this, I bought it from Bandcamp. Like Crüt, I was a bit weirded out by some of the elements in "Euclid" (though I still like them if I'm in the right mood), but this is just excellent ambient music, so oceanic and soothing.

Tuomas, Friday, 18 December 2015 19:26 (three years ago) Permalink

Any love here for the Northern Electronics label? Acronym, Föd Dödd, Varg (no not *that* Varg).

i'm a fan, these are really really good:

http://www.discogs.com/Ulwhednar-Withatten-1892/master/635076

http://www.discogs.com/D%C3%85RFDHS-M%C3%B6rkret-Kylan-Tystnaden-Ensamheten/master/890509

lute bro (brimstead), Friday, 18 December 2015 20:48 (three years ago) Permalink

i'm prob repeating myself from the noize dude thread but

this is an absolute classic, everyone listen to it right now
http://www.discogs.com/Heathered-Pearls-Loyal/master/554972

lute bro (brimstead), Friday, 18 December 2015 20:50 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks for starting the thread Tuomas!

MaresNest, Saturday, 19 December 2015 11:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Seraphim Rytm's Aeterna album is my fave ambient thing lately, it is apparently inspired by Tarkovsky and his obsession with water, like a lot of stuff on the Silent Season label it is very watery/evocative of nature type ambient.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XKBTIMGk60

The New Faeces (xelab), Saturday, 19 December 2015 11:50 (three years ago) Permalink

yea I love that too

what are some other standouts on silent season? not too familiar

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Saturday, 19 December 2015 20:40 (three years ago) Permalink

been playing this jack jutson album a lot lately:
https://youtu.be/_Zce6sKmbek

<3 how each track has some type of wind sound rustling around it

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Saturday, 19 December 2015 20:43 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, that's good stuff.

lute bro (brimstead), Saturday, 19 December 2015 22:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Dream Carpets too

lute bro (brimstead), Saturday, 19 December 2015 22:34 (three years ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/a4-HcZAa_Yo?list=PLN3rJSAGi0v3ryuJL7eQ5PGrc3J6ePpj5

http://www.discogs.com/Alva-Noto-Xerrox-Vol2/release/1610507

alva noto - xerrox vol. 2 -- similar to tim hecker's work, though it's more exquisite.. super-fine textures and tonal zones. volume 3 was released this year, but it doesn't feel so well-realized.

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Saturday, 19 December 2015 22:45 (three years ago) Permalink

xxxp

There is an excellent Silent Season comp. Asc has made 2 excellent albums this year and I quite dig Purl and a couple of years back I absolutely loved the Segue album, their follow up - not on SS - wasn't much cop though. They are not the most prolific of labels but I really admire their commitment to such a good aesthetic.

The New Faeces (xelab), Saturday, 19 December 2015 23:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Wow @ this thread. So much to catch up on.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Sunday, 20 December 2015 00:02 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm serious about that Heathered Pearls album, it was one of those "I've been hearing this music in my head all my life" experiences

lute bro (brimstead), Sunday, 20 December 2015 00:06 (three years ago) Permalink

xerrox vol. 3 is fantastic imo, probably my favourite of 2015 in this vein

a cruet of destiny (seandalai), Sunday, 20 December 2015 01:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Asc has made 2 excellent albums this year

Yeah was about to mention that, I really liked Imagine The Future even though it sounds at times a bit too close to FSOL and Burial. Fervent Dream is the minimalist one, I have only just got that but sounds great on first listen.

Siegbran, Sunday, 20 December 2015 07:12 (three years ago) Permalink

If we can recommend stuff that's a bit older, last year Oliver Lieb released Inside Voices (on Psychonavigation), his first ambient record in 20 years, and it's amazing!

Speaking of techno artists releasing surprise ambient albums ...

http://editionsmego.com/release/EMEGO-215

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 20 December 2015 10:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I checked the Silent Season bandcamp page, but it seems all their CDs are sold out, even the one that came last month. :( And I'm not really into paying 12$ + taxes for a digital release alone. Do you have to like pre-order their stuff so you might get a copy?

Tuomas, Sunday, 20 December 2015 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm a big fan of Natalie Beridze/TBA, and enjoyed her ambient album this year, "Between The Naps," which also included her prepared piano pieces (not "prepared" in the John Cage sense, more like programmed via computer)
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUSRfoOcUe4b-Ok7VE3lQNYCIiuA4b_Um

She's also on the Gacha album "Send Two Sunsets," which isn't entirely ambient, but is mostly downtempo/lush. One of my faves this year.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLu6sgxcUkSyMfFg3kgEmZ5MSmFW_PWbkC

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 20 December 2015 19:24 (three years ago) Permalink

if only that surgeon was on cd.
sounds fantastic.

mark e, Sunday, 20 December 2015 20:14 (three years ago) Permalink

i'm so excited that it has cover art now. i got it legit free from autoplate.org fifteen years ago and have been listening to the same mp3s ever since.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Monday, 26 November 2018 05:50 (six months ago) Permalink

thanks for the heads up on this! here's something I found in my periodic "sure, I'll buy your label discography at sixty percent off" binges and it's REALLY good - use of samples/found-sound in a very subtle & good way throughout

https://germanarmymusic.bandcamp.com/album/mangas-coloradas

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 26 November 2018 11:51 (six months ago) Permalink

Bought it, thanks.

If anyone checks out / knows Lazy Sunday Funerals, I'd be interested if you can recommend more ambient albums with a similar lightness to them. That sense of spaciousness and ease; the opposite of melodrama.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Monday, 26 November 2018 19:20 (six months ago) Permalink

Really enjoying the German Army album, thanks

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Monday, 26 November 2018 20:59 (six months ago) Permalink

so glad you're digging it! yeah that "light ambient" is its own lookout, I'll dig around

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 23:12 (six months ago) Permalink

https://eraldobernocchi.bandcamp.com/album/like-a-fire-that-consumes-all-before-it

this is rather nice, Eraldo Bernocchi's soundtrack to a Cy Twombly doc.

calzino, Monday, 10 December 2018 10:12 (six months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

new Thore Pfeiffer sounds good so far

https://thorepfeiffer.bandcamp.com/album/umland

⅋ (crüt), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 04:20 (four months ago) Permalink

It's funny because Marsten Jules isn't light and neutral enough for me but here are some recommended "light ambient" full lengths. a few are pretty recent, it's been a pretty dope time for my kind of ambient

DJ Olive - Sleep
Heathered Pearls - Loyal
Jonny Nash - Eden
Robert Turman - Flux
Strategy - Noise Tape Self
Terekke - Improvisational Loops
Various - Pop Ambient 2002
Brian Eno - Reflection

brimstead, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 05:23 (four months ago) Permalink

amazing set by Vanessa Rossetto aka C. Lavender

https://soundcloud.com/issueprojectroom/c-lavender-transmutation-helix-live-at-issue-may-12th-2018

flappy bird, Monday, 18 February 2019 06:51 (four months ago) Permalink

not Vanessa Rossetto, just C. Lavender - sorry for my midnight eyes

flappy bird, Monday, 18 February 2019 18:48 (four months ago) Permalink

that's very nice, thanks

sold out in presale (sleeve), Saturday, 23 February 2019 20:35 (three months ago) Permalink

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0624056580_10.jpg

https://lcrp.bandcamp.com/album/postcards-from-slow-places -- possibly one of the longest (running time) ambient music compilations on Bandcamp. Track two is a beauty.

https://ablaut.bandcamp.com/album/winter-solstice-drone -- Compilation of drones in B, made using VCV Rack. Quite nice

(all revenue will be donated to VCV Rack and its third party module developers)

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Monday, 25 February 2019 19:59 (three months ago) Permalink

ty brimstead, starting with the DJ Olive which is excellent

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Monday, 4 March 2019 00:29 (three months ago) Permalink

👍 He has another one called Buoy which is similar

brimstead, Monday, 4 March 2019 07:54 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

three hours of kyle bobby dunn is just the right amount

https://pitp.bandcamp.com/album/from-here-to-eternity

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 4 April 2019 15:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for that!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 5 April 2019 08:45 (two months ago) Permalink

yes!

calzino, Friday, 5 April 2019 09:08 (two months ago) Permalink

https://blacktocomm.bandcamp.com/album/seven-horses-for-seven-kings

doesn't really meet the Chill remit of thread title but still a fine album nevertheless.

calzino, Friday, 5 April 2019 09:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Good stuff indeed. I'm always happy to have more modern classical dissonance in my ambient.

pomenitul, Friday, 5 April 2019 09:55 (two months ago) Permalink

I also enjoyed this one, by a RYM user:

https://danieltovatt.bandcamp.com/album/deceit

I don't know if deconstructing traditional Chinese music counts as 'ambient' per se but it's definitely got the 'moodz' part down pat.

pomenitul, Friday, 5 April 2019 09:57 (two months ago) Permalink

loving both these records

nxd, Friday, 5 April 2019 10:30 (two months ago) Permalink

lovely stuff from will long

https://celer.bandcamp.com/album/xi-xie

lowercase (eric), Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:33 (two months ago) Permalink

^^ It's perfect. For nearly two decades he's consistently made gorgeous music. I very much admire how he kept it up after his personal tragedy and kept heading down his own unique path.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 19 April 2019 13:54 (one month ago) Permalink

What's the story? I grabbed some of his stuff off bandcamp when I discovered it but don't know anything more.

dan selzer, Friday, 19 April 2019 14:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Celer started out as a duo, with Will and his wife Danielle. She died age 26, in 2009. He's carried on alone since then.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 19 April 2019 14:59 (one month ago) Permalink

The earlier albums as a duo had more tension to them, if memory serves. I very much enjoy Xièxie but miss the noisier overtones. How are his other solo releases? I'm afraid I haven't kept up since Danielle tragically passed away.

pomenitul, Friday, 19 April 2019 15:05 (one month ago) Permalink

enjoyed this. "nice, strange, and thoughtful music that reflects a genuine inner vision of self" per the artist.
https://shelterpress.bandcamp.com/album/erg-herbe

davey, Friday, 19 April 2019 23:24 (one month ago) Permalink

this celer album is gorgeous! gas vibes
'rains lit by neon' is soo perfect

nxd, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Buying the Celer album after hearing the samples off that link. Thanks for the tip!

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Proto-hippie vibes inspired by poet and hermit Robert Lax:

https://astralindustries.bandcamp.com/album/ai-12-the-mantra-recordings

pomenitul, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 15:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Good suggestion, pomenitul. Chi Factory are Hanyo van Oosterom and Jacob Derwort. Really nice tribal ambient/Fourth World stuff from the Netherlands. These two recorded a fantastic self-titled cassette under the name Chi in 1986 (with Michel Banabila, among others.) It's since been reissued as "The Original Recordings" for those looking for it. Derwort passed away in Feb this year so it's unclear whether Chi Factory will continue.

doug watson, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 17:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Thanks for the backstory, doug. I had no idea – I stumbled across the album via RYM (it's currently ranked #83 for 2019) and it immediately clicked with me. I'll be sure to check out their other stuff. And RIP Jacob Derwort.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 17:20 (one month ago) Permalink

https://boomkat.com/products/tales-of-hackney

Arild Andersen / Clive Bell / Mark Wastell
Tales Of Hackney

some exquisite stuff on here.

calzino, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 08:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Sounds cool, I'll check it out. It's more ambient than jazz/free improv?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 08:33 (one month ago) Permalink

slightly closer to ambient at times but still as improv as you'd expect with the personnel involved.

calzino, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 08:37 (one month ago) Permalink

the more improvy parts have that zen quality you sometimes get listening to masters of that field.

calzino, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 08:53 (one month ago) Permalink

The new Craig Leon thing, Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon, is bloody marvellous. Probably more straight up ambient than the first volume, but just as compelling.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Monday, 20 May 2019 15:21 (four weeks ago) Permalink

That Craig Leon album is great. Thanks for the recommendation.

beard papa, Saturday, 25 May 2019 17:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Your nominations for the ILX AMBIENT ALBUMS POLL (nominations close on Friday, May 31st)

Peoples, in case you haven't already noticed, we're doing an all-time best ambient albums poll. Nomination period ends this Friday, so there's still time to participate.

Tuomas, Monday, 27 May 2019 11:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Tales of Hackney is amazing. Thanks, calz.

pomenitul, Monday, 27 May 2019 12:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

glad you liked it :)

calzino, Monday, 27 May 2019 12:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Liking Celer's Xiexie a lot. Looking for "where to next?" guidance on his very large Bandcamp catalog. Chronologically backwards? Any earlier standouts to head for first?

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Engaged Touches, recorded when Celer was still a duo (Will's wife Danielle passed away in 2009), is essential imho.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Thanks!

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Wow damn she was only 26 :(

Evan, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 16:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/time-released-sound/dalot-leto-beirut-dust-fall/recommended

Dalot – ΛΗΤΩ

"Dalot embarks on an epic journey with the composed field recordings of “ΛΗΤΩ”. Throughout the whole of the album Dalot brings a wide variety of many layers into the mix resulting in something that has such power behind it. By opting for such an approach, it recalls the unique tact of 70s sonic pioneers. While incorporating so much experimentation it makes sure that emotion rests at the very heart of it all. What is of the utmost importance is the concept of texture, with all the many conversations filtering into the fray."

rather enjoying this one today.

calzino, Sunday, 2 June 2019 11:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/time-released-sound/dalot-leto-beirut-dust-fall

wrong soundcloud link up there.

calzino, Sunday, 2 June 2019 11:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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