Inner Work by Brian James Griffith

Brian James Griffith | Inner Work Histamine Tapes (CS/DL) Los Angeles-based sound artist Brian James Griffith‘s new tape Inner Work hit me right in that bright spot that tranquilizes the expectations and tribulations of the everyday. It’s a morphing and moody ambient set of eight pieces that neutralizes the sappiness of new age and somehow manages to stay sedate. The synth is melodic, rounded, with a bit of abandon that drifts into the corners of your psyche. Griffith blends bass guitar, casiotone, piccolo and other transmissions to form this abundantly layered and stretched work, showcased in the secretive Warm Autumn … Continue reading Inner Work by Brian James Griffith

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Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

Sone Institute | Where Moth and Rust Consume Front & Follow (CD/CS/DL) In his first release in six years Sone Institute (Roman Bezdyk) is about to deliver his third full-length, Where Moth and Rust Consume on Manchester imprint Front & Follow, on October 26. The ten track album opens with I Only Exist, a portal with a mesmerizing wavy synth, a magical setting, voice transmissions and some other mysterious sound effects. It all sets the scene as an ambiguous electronic passion play styled in varying shades of gray. That is until track two takes a 360° turn saturating the goings-on … Continue reading Where Moth and Rust Consume by Sone Institute

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Tines by Andrew Tasselmyer

Andrew Tasselmyer | Tines Flag Day Recordings (CS/DL) In celebration of Cassette Store Day this weekend this new release by Andrew Tasselmyer (Hotel Neon) was introduced by Flag Day Recordings. Tines is a tape filled with a half dozen lucidly elongated ambient tracks that will calm the most savage of listeners. Simply titled Number 1 to Number 6 these works deliver a serene, spare setting with minute actions and shifting Rhodes-based chord abstractions. The keys are more like percussion at times, with a blanket of warm drone to compliment. With the subtle touch of Taylor Deupree mastering the finished product … Continue reading Tines by Andrew Tasselmyer

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Empty Gesture by Of Habit & Dane Law

Of Habit & Dane Law | Empty Gesture Opal Tapes (CS/DL) The very first tape from Of Habit & Dane Law (Gary Myles, Adam Parkinson) opens with the title track. It’s a gradually layered, immersive track that pairs synthetic frequencies with a whole host of chirpy, animated and granular effects. Sinewaves meet lock-grooves and it’s a micronoise overload. A voice (Parkinson) records the routine process on Supernatural Ability. The abstract beat loops over and around itself somewhat drunkenly, feeding right into For Memory where the speaker continues to lucidly recall looking down a mysterious cragged hole, caught up in a … Continue reading Empty Gesture by Of Habit & Dane Law

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For The Love Of…by Distant Fires Burning

Distant Fires Burning | For The Love Of… Audiobulb Records (CS/DL) Review by Darren McClure The fourth album from this ambient project by Gert De Meester finds the artist stretching his processing skills into interesting territories. His background as the bassist in bands assists in the direction of Distant Fires Burning, focused as it is on the sounds of the Fender Jazz Bass. The bass guitar isn’t a common instrument adapted to experimental drone music, the only band I can think of that has put it to the fore is the British group Rothko, who use the low tones to … Continue reading For The Love Of…by Distant Fires Burning

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Five Pieces by DR

DR | Five Pieces Histamine Tapes (CS/DL) Since only 2012 German soundbender Dominic Razlaff (aka DR) has been incredibly prolific, releasing several recordings each year on multiple imprints. Five Pieces runs for about 28 minutes or so and is his first for Histamine Tapes, consisting of a handful of new droning, opening with Japan Sencha. It simply smoulders with a glistening aura like riding a smooth kaleidoscopic ambient wave. The titles seem to be referring to either a blaze of ancient fury or an earthy green – or both. Yet I’m lost in my colored daydream, dazzling and soft, elusive … Continue reading Five Pieces by DR

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Preludes/Renders by Nick Sutton x Matthew Faulkner

Nick Sutton x Matthew Faulkner | Preludes/Renders Paper Folds Ltd. (CS/DL/Print+Video Set) This is a split recording with works by Nick Sutton (Preludes) and Renders thereof by Matthew Faulkner. At first this is like a Twitch session gone awry, with lots of flickering shots fired and enough glitch to shake a stick at. However in that blitz of electronic melee are sensitive layers of pure and wavy open signal. Sutton branches off from his more funky techno leanings and from his savvy soundtrack work to muster an abstract experimental record that pounces. To offer only preludes is a unique approach, … Continue reading Preludes/Renders by Nick Sutton x Matthew Faulkner

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