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The best of all the rolling music threads starts another round.
Already found a couple which would have challenged my top 5 ambient releases from last year.
Synkro - Changes
This touches on lots of ambient genres while remaining impressively cohesive. A couple of early tracks sound like distant echoes of a Burial track, elsewhere there are bvdub-style vocals, nods to drum and bass, Plaid-style ambient techno. Really highly recommended.
Martin Nonstatic - Granite
Blurs rhythm and melody in a way that is reminiscent of Mille Plateaux records. Quite a wintery feel to it I think.
compared to his previous work. It seemed to me that Synkro is casting a wider net, going after the Jon Hopkins crowd maybe.
My first exposure to him. Will check out earlier releases if that's the case.
My go-to thread along with shoegaze. Looking forward to another year!
First real peach of the year for me. Beautiful waves of drone awash with soothing modern classical harmonies, found sound and gentle touches. Like a William Craig, Irassari, Stars of the Lid mash up.
This sounds great from the three tracks. Thread delivers already!
what a description!
is on Spotify, and is pretty wonderful. Roll on payday.
this was a great discovery, thanks!
the 2 releases in the back catalogue, echo park & always in postscript are well worth checking out too.
kind of reminds me of Zelienople a bit too? recommend hired hand soundtrack and the scott tuma reissues from scissortail records too if not already familiar with?
My three "best-of" playlists are on Mixcloud from last year.
And from 2016 - New Talvihorros EP "Discordia"
Well worth checking out if you like doomy/droney ambient stuff.
new album out "Ad Interim", solid listen. Atmospheric ambient
Album a minimalist drone masterpiece with intermittent duck calls?
If listen to that for sure, haha
Modern Classical - gentle piano and ambient electronic touches, one for the Arnalds, Frahm fans.
If you haven't heard Siavash Amini’s 'Subsiding', stop everything and do so now. Fuck.....
One of the most essential releases this year so far
going to listen RIGHT NOW - I love this thread, you guys are so wise
Lovely, immersive drones <3
also, good called on Siavash Amini, very Stars of the Lid. It demands attention, you can't not listen.
Just sent £10 off for the CD.
on the strength of the title track alone. Stunning.
including a track by Amini
that's got some Eno-esque-ishness to it...
I've been really enjoying Porya Hatami who is absent from this compilation. Quite similar to Taylor Deupree.
"III" pretty floored by this, never knew this artist existed. Revisiting entire catalog immediately. Nice recommendation off articulate 28
Really good stuff
Haven't really kept up with it though, so I guess I should give the new one a listen!
you guys are great
several really nice tracks on it
Forgive the basic descriptions....
Ketev- Traces of Weakness (drone-noise-ambient-bit of techno)
How To Cure Our Soul- Luna (drone)
Davide Cordero- El Rumor del Oleaje (Quite pretty drone-ambient)
Fennesz- Mahler Remix (less abrasive than usual for Fennesz, lovely stuff)
Best Available Technology- Running to You (ambient-drone)
2014 though? Great stuff.
Wasn't even aware of it as a digital release in 2014.
ambient drone, experimental. 3 tracks, 42 mins. waves of fragile ambient beauty interrupted by shores of abrasive and broken static beats.
Hello, All. New to the community here; I luckily stumbled on your 2015 thread a few months back and am happy to see the renewed iteration. Currently digging on Takenobu's "Reversal" (released Feb. 12) and Lorenzo Massoto's "Rule and Case" (released today); both are available on Bandcamp. Thanks for this thread!
Grouper-esque ambient pop from San Fran's Ruïneer:
Is staggeringly good. He is a master.
Love him so much
I couldn't resist. But I will 100% be buying the record. It's incredible. By turns terrifying and serene. Light as air one minute and impossibly, bottomlessly dense the next. The choral aspect has just added another layer of texture and complexity to his (already masterful) sound. Black Phase - the last track - is astonishing. Just unbelievable stuff.
Come on April, you bastard!
Massive thanks to static for mentioning it on the Feb albums of the month thread, but thought i'd share it here too. T's called Zugzwang for Fostex and you can stream it via the bandcamp: https://patientsounds.bandcamp.com/album/ps079-ian-william-craig-zugzwang-for-fostex
As it mentions on link, it was recorded on a customised Fostex X-15, as it slowly died, it is pretty spectacular. Only $6 for the download. Good times!
Lovely soft focus drone. Reminds me of a more shoegaze version of Lawrence English.
On Fluid Audio, who's stuff I usually find a bit too polite, but this is excellent.
Will check this out.
Jason Van Wyk - Attachment
Chris Dooks - Accretion Disc
If it does, Scyye dropped his second studio album "Two Zero Five" on Sparkwoods Records earlierthis year and it is a beaut. Proper fully realised IDM that moves away from being a pastiche of Boards and into a more interesting style.
Will check this out later along with Kettel's new one
I'm getting a bit obsessed with the Silent Season label. The latest release is a gorgeous offering of swirling rhythmic ambience. Elements of Gas and Vladislav Delay in the textures and percussion.
Thanet- System (ambient-drone Planet-themed)
Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm- Trance Frendz (you know the drill)
Mary Lattimore- At the Dam (lovely Harp compositions)
Sophia Loizou- Singulacra (pretty and glitchy drone)
Thomas Köner- Teinto de la Luz (icy multi-instrumental soundscapes)
Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante- The North Green Down (modern classical)
Richard L. Birkin- Vigils (modern classical)
is very nice indeed - Cormac McCarthy soundtrack guitars with subtle synthscapes and some nice crunchy field recordings (I think) - "Grody weaves frostbitten sounds for the American West" is about right.
then do it!
but Tim Hecker's new one is incredible
lets get some new rec's up there ladies and gents. Some recents..
Hammock "Everything and Nothing"
Lakker "Struggle and Emerge"
Colin Stetson "Third Law"
Ital Tek "Hallowed"
Will be in my top 5 come year end
It's dead good. Reminds me of when n5MD were releasing exciting music rather than albums which sound like n5MD parodies.
Well, hopefully. So if anyone has anything not mentioned in this thread yet that you think desperately deserves a mention now is the time...
Tape Loop Orchestra - Go Straight Towards The Light Of All that You Love (Ambient Drone, Electronic) - Like a warming counterpart to the sadness of the last album A Lonely Place, which is one of my favourites in these genres, I love the sadness so it doesn't quite reach the peaks of the previous album for me, but soothing and wonderful none the less.
Deru - 1979 (remixed) - ambient drone, electronic - one of my favourite albums of 2014 remixed by Deru adding a little more electronics to the tracks.
Western Skies Motel - Settlers - Ambient Guitar - probably not my usual thing but beautifully crafted, relaxing, haunting guitar melodies.
Luke Howard - Two Places - Modern Classical, Ambient Electronic - warming electronic crescendos and haunted piano reflection. Frahmsy
plugged it in, improvised for a couple of hours, came up with these 3 pieces, recorded them and released them into the wild
they're minimal live recordings - each just a single played piece with no overdubs or after effects (aside from a fade in/ fade out), straight from the synth
it's sometimes worthwhile to remove all critical thinking from the process and just play
but Anjou -- two ex-members of Labradford with an array of old and new electronics -- seem to have finished a new album, which'll be out on Kranky. Definitely worth keeping an eye / ear out.
Stereocilia ‘The Road to the Unconscious Past’ came out this Month on LP and Digital Download. it can be streamed/purchased here
'It’s a sometimes hazy, always pretty testament to the power of ambient drone. Recommended for all fans of ambient drone music with overlays of post rock' - Echoes And Dust review http://echoesanddust.com/2016/05/stereocilia-the-road-to-the-unconscious-past/
Here is a video for the final track on the album, 'Sustain/Release' https://youtu.be/xdPUDpGtXBU
definitely worth checking out if you haven't - he is 'top notch' - mixture of ambient, drone, americana, twisted vocoder/varies wildly depending on which record you listen to
Collaboration with Seth Chrisman early this year was rad - https://andrewweathers.bandcamp.com/album/ever-steady
I live in Brighton (well Worthing now) and loved last years album, tell me more about this gig! x
Such a great record. It's on Monday June 27th at the Prince Albert and after it Andrew will rather awkwardly be sleeping at my house
Count me in for sure, and enjoy top and tailing with Andrew!
If you could tell any friends you think might be vaguely interested I'd appreciate it hugely - not overly confident about turnout at the moment
New album "Waiting for Spring" just released, fantastic listen. As can be expected from such a great artist.
Agathe Max (Bristol/Lyon)
(New Project by Ruido https://soundcloud.com/ruido)
June 10th 2016
Not really ambient, but makes more sense here than in the dance thread. Proper SND / Mark Fell micro-house, glitchy vibes. Well worth a listen.
This is fucking amazing. Cheers Aphex.
Could be a top 10 of the year for me
and sounding good, absolutely loved his last album gravity.
been enjoying this, fuzzy static undulating in to clean ambient goodness and back.
the dynamics are ridiculous - the quiet passages are so delicate and full of fragile details and then it just explodes into glorious noise - great great great
I think people are out-Heckering Tim Hecker these days (no offence to him, he is marvellous)...
This is dead good. Cheers for the recommendation
It's exceptional. Come Silence got me proper misty eyed.
(Thought I'd better do a search in this thread before posting it.)
been really enoying this these last couple of weeks http://mahorka.bandcamp.com/album/antenna
compilation of re-edited material from 2012-2015.
Beautiful meditative drone with a pure beating heart.
She sounds a little bit like Laurel Halo used to sound, back when she used to let Oneohtrix Point Never remix her work. But it's a lot more organic, and it doesn't seem to have any problem with simply being...pretty?
It IS pretty.
Her new (2016) album EARS is proper AOTY stuff. But even better is Euclid, which appears to have been released in 2015. It features a 12 part suite called Labyrinth, which I could happily listen to on a loop all day.
Of the two releases, Euclid really drew me in
Doing a session with Greg Fox from Liturgy/Guardian Alien:
(and your label is great)
but I'm loving this record too. The more brooding sound works really well.
Featuring Lucy Claire, Olan Mill, Marco Caricola, JP Hartnett, Matt Stewart-Evans and Djing from Library Tapes
This Saturday, St John on Bethnal Green. £11 w/booking fee
Should be bloody lovely that.
A very very nice 10/10 review
pretty incredible stuff
I made an ambient/drone album over the few days after the Brexit result. I was just constantly reading scrolling news and making looped guitar and synth drones. Hadn't really meant to do anything with the music but I decided to stick it up on bandcamp.
Anyway, it's at https://lowering.bandcamp.com/album/post-truth-politics and it's free to download. Might be shit, or you might like it. Who knows.
Can hear echoes of Black Swan, Stars of the Lid, Fennesz/Sakamoto and quieter Seefeel in this (I think you undersell it). This will be my 'go to feeling sad about Brexit' album from now on!
Really kind of you!
holds its own with much of the stuff in this thread (which is a compliment to you, not a slur to the rest).
On my third listen since yesterday afternoon, it's really good.
particularly enjoyed the seefeely bits whilst working late last night
Really feeling Sparkwood Records.
"Slowly Comes the Morning" by nil.co.
Dreamy organic sleep ambient.
Not really formed an opinion yet, but imagine some of you lot will be interested
Eye of the Temple is standing out. Still early days though.
recents records I've enjoyed:
Nate Wooley "Seven Story Mountain V"
Ben Chatwin "The Sleeper Awakens"
Olan Mill "Tramantura"
Fennesz/Jim O Rourke "Its Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry"
Also, am I mistaken or has benny not released an articulate silences column since febuary of this fine year? I think your due bud..
will check out posthaste. Thanks!
That Fennesz/O'Rourke seems preeeetttty nice from what I've heard of it, too.
I did try and write one a couple of months ago but things got in the way. Will try and get something done before the end of the summer.
One of the better n5md releases of recent years. Reminds me a bit of Murcof.
Maybe a bit The Fieldy for here, but feels like it skirts close enough gh to Ben Frost-ish noise to count here.
Either way, it is awesome. Up there with Centres and Hallowed for me this year.
and those reference points are intriguing.
going to download this for my trip to the supermarket (Y)
but I reckon it sounds more like James Holden/some bits of Floating Points than any of those folks mentioned above
Good point on the Floating Points.
and I'm really pleased he's building on that sonic palette, but the sheer beauty he's snuck in to this new stuff is something else. I've had a whinge at Erased Tapes about Night Melody not being released on CD; they told me it would be (eventually).
Do enlighten me please, been enjoying most of the stuff on here and been catching up with some recent Monday Graveyard but Hallowed is not a name i've heard yet.
But it is the ital tek record. Fucking banging.
I have so much to thank for. :)
My day of cleaning and tidying is soundtracked by you all.
First track here: https://soundcloud.com/denovali/petrels-a-little-dust
Been rinsing Petrels again recently
I was hoping for some Petrels news. I am happy mans.
月継 by We All Inherit The Moon
The first couple of minutes sound like it's going to be a fairly standard post-rock thing, but it turns into something completely else. I think this is a compilation of their stuff but it all fits together really well. Very nicely arranged with a satisfying mesh of different sounds.
Listen here: https://futurerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/-
...it seems like Kranky have a few LPs up their sleeve. A new one from Steve Hauschildt, which sounds quite promising (https://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=35888) plus a new Benoît Pioulard in the fall.
All we need now is that Stars Of The Lid record to be announced!
It's good. I now want to delve into his back catalogue. He mixes up dreamy static with infrequent lush melodies and the sound of shoegaze being played underwater.
Love's Refrain and Blue Nudes are great, but the rest feels a bit lacking.
the end of this fad of releasing shit on cunting cassettes.
barely long enough to shove on a cd anyway
haven't heard the first one he released earlier this year, but this one is good.
Had a hunch from the name of the album it would be spaced out wonderfulness, but this really is beautiful - sort of early Spiritualized meets Stars of the Lid meets modern classic. Very, very good:
Erased Tapes are releasing Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie soundtrack to 'Salero' in November, and you can hear a really lovely track here:
First physical release on Siavash Amini's label Bitrot -
Long-form droners Björn Granzow (The End Of The World Championship) and Steve Fors (Aeronaut, The Golden Sores) team up as Shovels Beat The Sun.
Utilising cello, lap steel guitar, synthesizers, processed trombone, and electronics as sound sources, Granzow and Fors weave haunting melodies with straight-up chaos—producing a four-song album of angst and melancholia.
Can stream it all at http://www.antigravitybunny.com at the moment too.
...fuck. Falls somewhere in between Virgins and Love Streams' material for me. Strong Stab Variation vibes for example. Strings prominent.
Wouldnt fit into love streams so glad it was left out. Its strange though this type of music doesnt lend itself to single format that well.