Ambient Double Take

Olan Mill | Sounds of a New Father Shimmering Moods Records (CS/DL) Orphax | Dream Sequence #5 Non-Harmonic Multitones (3″ CD-R/DL) Two recent releases of drifting ambient here. Orphax presents the fifth installment of his “Dream Sequence” series, and it’s a meditative piece that ripples and washes by.  The composition was inspired by taking a train to his hometown and watching the landscape pass by, blurring into colours and lines.  The train journey lasts 18 minutes and 6 seconds, as does the track, and I like to imagine as the listener follows the progress of the piece, we’re taking the … Continue reading Ambient Double Take

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Offen by Modelbau

Modelbau | Offen Barreuh Records (CS/DL) Frans de Waard is a tireless creative, having produced countless recordings under a dozen or so monikers, solo and collaborative, and this past season alone, as Modelbau, four recordings have emerged on various imprints. Offen (in an edition of only 27 tapes) stood out to me for its tight programming and subtleties. Here are four pieces starting with Open Out, which is luxe ambient with strokes of Asian gongs, a melancholic melody and crickets. My only criticism is its over just as I am losing myself within it, though there is barely a second lost … Continue reading Offen by Modelbau

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Fukinsei by Luigi Turra

Luigi Turra | Fukinsei mAtter (LP/DL) Two years after his “Alea” release on the LINE imprint, Luigi Turra returns with a collection of new explorations in microsound on the Tokyo-based mAtter label.  Fukinsei finds the Italian sound artist continuing his investigations into abstract structures of lowercase sound, silence and the delicate balance between the two. This is a highly stylized approach to electroacoustic composition, with single sounds placed very deliberately into the musical narrative.  Great care has been taken to counterbalance tiny sine waves, electrical pulses and subtle synth drones with acoustic sounds such as guitar, field recordings and shakuhachi.  The … Continue reading Fukinsei by Luigi Turra

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GloryLand by PLYXY

PLYXY | GloryLandHallow Ground (12″/DL) There is something fairly old-hat about describing an aesthetic creation as ‘beautiful’, and to do so feels somewhat at odds with my distinctly post-modern roots. Contemporary works of art are surely beyond the consideration of beauty, a category that feels as though it should be consigned forever to the dustbin of romanticism.  And yet, for all of that, despite our ingrained knowledge of the peaks and throughs of modern art, beauty recurs. PLYXY’s GloryLand is beautiful – achingly beautiful, melancholically beautiful, and though it is often so much more than a simple aesthetic pleasantry, it … Continue reading GloryLand by PLYXY

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Illustrations For Those Who by Tomasz Bednarczyk

Tomasz Bednarczyk | Illustrations For Those Who Room40 (CD/DL) His third album on the Room40 label, Tomasz Bednarczyk’s new release is absolutely essential listening for fans of deep, moving ambience. It’s been a decade since he last issued something under his own name, the 2000s seeing him release a handful of acclaimed albums on the likes of 12k and Room40. His work stood out then as heartfelt and emotional, with subtle implied melodies buried deep under the shifting sands of his drones. This latest album sees the Polish producer investigate new methods of working, focusing on single sources of audio … Continue reading Illustrations For Those Who by Tomasz Bednarczyk

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Lueur by Bjarni Gunnarsson

Bjarni Gunnarsson | Lueur Tartaruga (LP/DL) Icelandic composer and sound artist Bjarni Gunnarsson has just released his latest album, Lueur, four electroacoustic tracks, on London imprint Tartaruga Records in an edition of 200 copies (silkscreened by Luke Twyman, 16 ways). First up is the isolationist Prisme, which is quite chilling and sparse at first, but slowly dropping into the mix are granualized effects, and other abstractions. These pops and twists sound like a contortionist trying to undo a tight situation from several angles. Many might hear this initially as something topically atonal, but there are actually a whole lot of pieces … Continue reading Lueur by Bjarni Gunnarsson

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The Recounting Of Night Time by Fossil Aerosol Mining Project

Fossil Aerosol Mining Project | The Recounting Of Night Time The Helen Scarsdale Agency (CD/DL) Chicago’s Fossil Aerosol Mining Project has an interesting history dating back to the 80s with many recordings in their discography. Since 2015 The Helen Scarsdale Agency has been assisting in unearthing their work, and bringing new work to light. This opens with the enigmatic violin swirls and decaying electronic manipulations on An Unexpected Appearance of Folkway. They explain the process of composing this work back in 2014: “The source material focuses principally on a certain piece of German gothic cinema made during the late 1970s. … Continue reading The Recounting Of Night Time by Fossil Aerosol Mining Project

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