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I've just come across this guy
Can anyone recommend me something similar?
Ben Woods - http://benwoods.bandcamp.com/ (I think pretty much his entire discography is downloadable for free!)
Peter Broderick - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NsX4gEHBnk
The Tumbled Sea - http://futurerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/melody-summer
Nils Frahm - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkbf1-cVUuY
Organic Stereo - http://www.myspace.com/organicstereo
Tobias Hellkvist - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr89si4eVZY
i need to check out tobias hellkvist. he did an lp on home normal recently didn't he?
oh also to the op, check out *everything* on home normal. especially ian hawgood's slow films in low light.
I'm very impressed, I would call it "kalaidescopic" but only because I'm not good with words.
On home normal, label recommendations (which I don't recognise) really excite me, lots of interesting-looking stuff
which records have you got? i really like feelings for something lost.
his two collaborators on that, colleen and erik skodvin do different but also brilliant things. skodvin's deaf centre stuff (inc. new lp) is amazing, real atmospheric neo-classical, soundscapey stuff. Colleen does some beautiful beatless classical-infleunced ambient electronica. I love Everyone Alive Needs Answers, but they're all good (and some her latter stuff is a bit more 'classical')
this first one is a bit more different but probably my favourite on the list, so i'll put it first: Lost Daylight, recordings of Terry Jennings and John Cage pieces by the improv pianist John Tilbury. Really very beautiful and interesting and complex and great.
other people that are quite similar in way.
i can't do youtube links but maybe people like
Danny Norbury/Le Lendemain (his project w/ library tapes)
Max Richter (you've almost certainly heard some of his stuff in films/on adverts...but they're still great)
Greg Davies (from real nice pastoral electronica to drone, this guy's pretty great)
Hauschka (prepared piano)
Peter Broderick (sometimes songs, sometimes classical compositions)
bit more different but along similar lines:
Richard Skelton: gets bundled in with this lot sometimes but is light-years ahead (not to say i don't like this stuff tho.)
The Caretaker: a lot darker, and more 'other stuff' but makes great use of piano.
isan: more ambient electronica, but check out their beautiful satie covers.
opiate: (especially w/alva noto)
anyone with sakamoto/sakamoto on his own.
Akira Rabelais: kinda deconstructed classical stuuff.
Kreng/Ju/anything on Miasmah/by Lustmord: similar stuff but darker.
Maybe Ben Frost too.
Taylor Deupree: similarly beautiful but more 'ambient'
Celer: kinda ditto
Koen Holtkamp: more electronic, but his Gravity/Bees record is one of the most beautiful I heard last year.
Roedelius: specially the SelbstPortrait stuff, older but really great.
shuta hasunuma (this dude's amazing! mixes all these complex lovely little melodies playing off each other w/ his voice. he's great)
some mira calix
lullatone (a bit)
i kinda feel guilty for writing too much but there's still loads more to suggest. mine are a bit broad.
if you could only listen to 5 of those i would narrow it down to
Richard Skelton: Landings (cheap in the boomkat sale)
Takagi Masakatsu: Pia (lovely, sweet acoustic recordings led ambient electronica w/ a focus on pianos etc.)
Akira Rabelais: Eisoptrophobia (odd atmospheric taking-apart of old classical pieces. could use of cliched description like 'listening to classic.fm through a wall, while in a bath, while colonel gadaffi scrapes a contact mic across your bottom. but i won't.)
Lost Daylight (see above)
Andrey Kiritchenko - Misterrious
i don't know that much about this record but it's great. should of been in the quite similar to library tapes box really, but hey.
this thread could become the go to place for general instrumental/ambient/classical stuff.
their needle exchange mix series is amazing.
I'd add Arvo Pärt to the list.
Clem Leek's new album Holly Lane is good
Gareth Hardwick is great.
Rafael Anton Irisarri
I put this out on my label last week, cheap download n that. Stream here: http://sonicreverie.bandcamp.com/album/lying-on-your-shoulder
Aside from that self-promotion I'd recommend a lot of the stuff already mentioned above, specifically The Tumbled Sea, Clem Leek, Goldmund, Motohiro Nakashima (We Hum On The Way Home is a remarkably beautiful album, get that first), Chihei Hatakeyama, Le Lendemain and definitely Skelton, though his stuff is certainyl a bit different.
In addition I'd add:
Message to Bears
Balmorhea (bit more of a band dynamic, but still very similar, especially Rivers Arms and S/T)
Anna Rose Carter
Language of Landscape (http://phantomchannel.bandcamp.com/)
Chris Tenz (very nice free dl from one half of Language of Landscape - http://softphase.org/netlabel/releases/sfp05)
I'd go on but that's probably already an overhwelming amount to check out there, most importantly the first one of course...
Library Tapes and other decidedly melancholy music live in London this Friday...