Spheruleus and Friends – William Barber

Delving into the hermetically-sealed ambient world in pursuit of the reviewable is a mildly contradictory affair. These are not albums designed to compete for attention, works by bands whose very names often celebrate their own sense of obscurity and (presumably) are meant only to be critically assessed in relation to each other, if at all. Life, … [Read more...]

New Album from Erik Nilsson in July

Hearing Things, the new album by  Swedish neo-classical ambient artist Erik Nilsson, will see release on 30th July through Hidden Shoal. Drawing on folk, classical and electronica, Erik Nilsson blends acoustic instruments with field recordings and computer-generated sounds, crafting music akin to early Four Tet, Tortoise at their most minimal, … [Read more...]

thisquietarmy – Anthems For Catharsis

At best, Anthems For Catharsis is a challenging listen. While 'challenging' is often a euphemism for bad, not everything is bad on this release.  Anthems For Catharsis blends ambient music with black-metal drone and shades of atmospheric rock. The trouble starts immediately when thisquietarmy employs paper-thin drum simulations to structure … [Read more...]

Ambient artist Joel Dandywine shares 3 Songs off Album

Emerging ambient artist Joel Dandywine shares three new tracks from forthcoming debut album. Self-proclaimed ambient soundscape artist Joel Dandywine merges his old school ambient influences with glitchy beats and gently rolling drums to create a surreal sonic mixture suitable for both daydreaming and nightdreaming. The three new tracks … [Read more...]

Gem Club – In Roses

Somerville, Massachusetts is home to the ivory polishing trio, Gem Club. Singer/songwriter and founder, Christopher Barnes angelically ushers listeners in with whole body swells, mystical cavern-esque vocals, and echoey instrumentation sure to allow for some hefty introspection or at least a soothing ambience on a backcountry drive. Formed at the … [Read more...]

Land Observations – The Grand Tour

James Brooks’ first album as Land Observations - 2012’s Roman Roads IV – XI - was a quiet revelation with its inventive melding of minimalism and pyschogeography.  In approaching this sequel, Brooks has more challenges and expectations to meet in retaining the balmy intimacy of his layered solo electric guitar soundscapes whilst moving the one-man … [Read more...]

Guest Review by Mark Lesseraux: Kyle Bobby Dunn – Kyle Bobby Dunn & The Infinite Sadness

For nearly 12 years now Kyle Bobby Dunn has been consistently creating some of the most poignant, powerful ambient drone music on the planet.  Kyle Bobby Dunn's 2014 release Kyle Bobby Dunn and The Infinite Sadness does not break from that consistency, though it does feature a shift toward shorter composition lengths. This shift is not a bad thing … [Read more...]

Yann Tiersen – Infinity

If there's one thing that will explain to the uninitiated who Yann Tiersen is, it's that he is the musician who provided the soundtrack for the 2001 French film Amelie one of the most internationally popular French films of the Millennial and which enticed many hipster film goers into their nearest multiplexes by way of Audrey Tatou's sassy urchin … [Read more...]

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”

It seems appropriate that Avey Tare’s (aka David Portner) new band is named Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. The horror film motif fits their murky and somewhat grotesque sound, and promotional images project the band wearing masks and shining knives at the cameras. But, the name also describe the place Tare’s main project, Animal Collective, has in … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 3 Albums

Alcest – Shelter The French, post-black metal duo of Neige and Winterhalter has released its 4th studio album and it’s a shoegazer genre-inspired beauty that cuts ties with Alcest’s original post-black metal sound.  Gone are the occasional rapid-fire drum beats, slicing edge of the metal guitar blade, and Neige’s sometimes shouted out vocals.  … [Read more...]