France Jobin | Solitude Silent (DL) Honestly I sit here and wonder how much solitude this lady is getting these days, after spying on social media, what looked as though an all-encompassing trip around the world to down under, only to return to wintery Montreal where she is labouring in her spare time on water […]

A Death Cinematic | Cagliostro Simple Box Construction (CD/DL) Though they have been around a dozen years now, this is my introduction to the intricate work of A Death Cinematic (and Simple Box Construction). This release is all pieced together in a handmade wooden box with various prints, die-cuts, silver foil, paint – all hand numbered […]

T. Gowdy | Pachira AquaticaShimmering Moods Records (CD/DL) “An predominate (holistic) bouquet of bright electronic sounds” Hailing from Montreal, Canada, T. Gowdy is an electronic music producer, audio/visual performer and musician who began his career as a professional choral singer at the age of eleven! There is this sweet looking CD that needs to be […]

The Brussels-based duo present their new LP on the KrysaliSound label, and it’s a perfect home for their fusion of guitar drones, field recordings and hushed vocals.  Since 2011 Tropic of Coldness have pursued a blissed-out take on harmonic ambience that folds ethereal elements into their compositions.  There are rarely any sharp edges on their […]

An On Bast | Nothing Shapes Everything Marcus Fischer + Burke Jam | Vanitas øjeRum | on the swollen lips of the horizon Sonmi451 | Nachtmuziek Sven Laux + Daniela Orvin | The Writings Ambient is nothing new and its true roots are likely a bit of a mystery, cast in the shadows between a […]

Jon Unger | Memory Indicator Flavien Gillié | Rituels Domestiques A.F. Jones | for Eschrichtiidae (omniana) Three new short-form ambient releases on the beloved (+ scarce) 3″ CDR format from the Belgian label Taâlem. All are limited in small editions. From Jon Unger comes two pieces that run a total of just over twenty minutes, […]

Deeper Than Space | Polysun Silent Records (DL) Adam Douglas is Deeper Than Space and this is just his second under this moniker since back in the Bay Area rave days (circa mid 90s), in follow up to 2017’s The Mountain. In three tracks that run over an hour this is a departure from those […]

Hotel Neon | Vanishing Forms Archives (LP/CD/DL) In their follow-up to last year’s Means of Knowing (also on Spanish imprint Archives), is the Philly trio Hotel Neon (Michael Tasselmyer, Andrew Tasselmyer, and Steven Kemner) with their latest effort, Vanishing Forms. Eight new tracks comprise the record that opens with the meditative space-time-continuum of The Time […]

Naps | Better to Give Gertrude Tapes (CS/DL) Philly-based Naps (Jason Calhoun) has just released his new album on tape, Better to Give. From the very start (Blind), these five tracks come with a glowing ambient soft texture that sounds like its buffering amid bright spot tones and some granular low end hiss. The tape […]

Asuna & Jan Jelinek | Signals BulletinFaitiche (LP/DL) When I first heard about this collaborative project between these two artists, I was slightly surprised.  Japanese musician Asuna is known mainly for his organ drones that he manages by taping down keys and creating layers of chords, producing thick waves of warm sound.  He has also been […]

Kolida Babo | s/t MIC (LP/DL) This is the debut, self-titled from the Greek duo Kolida Babo (Socratis Votskos and Harris P). Originally recorded between 2013-16 and previously released in a shorter and slightly altered form in 2017 (on Teranga Beat), this is the first physical manifestation made available of this unique record which opens with the […]

Jay-Dea Lopez | Pulse Hemisphäreの空虚 (CS/DL) Oh, yes. The sweet, sweet sound of the cosmos, well beyond our understanding, in the far reaches of the universe, here lies the latest by Jay-Dea Lopez and his enigmatic Pulse. These ten short pieces, numbered I through X are coil pick up recordings captured last year on Canberra, […]

LaBrecque/Ghazi Barakat | Terminal DesertKarl Records (LP/DL) Paul LaBrecque and Ghazi Barakat team up together to release an album of mutated sound that blends krautrock, kosmiche and free jazz.  This is a free-form music drawing on Barakat’s notion of “meta-music for meta-people in a meta-world”.  There’s a distinctive fourth world ambient vibe pulsing through the […]

Fennesz | AgoraTouch (CD/LP/DL) I was exactly 18 years and 1 month old when Endless Summer was released, and as such Fennesz, for better or worse, has been with me my entire adult life.  Such was the omnipresence of that album, and at such a formative point in my life, that it is hard to […]

The Mondrians (Hotham Sound) Bergain 09/Mixed by Vatican Shadow (Ostgut Ton) The Noise of Art/Works for Intonarumori (Sub Rosa) Under Starch Clouds (Wool-E Discs/Dans Les Profondeurs) The Mondrians Hotham Sound (2xCS/DL) COMPLEX COMPOSITION: Out of British Columbia comes a surprising (and sweetly designed) double tape set dedicated to inspirations of the work of Dutch artist (and […]

Sublamp | Sister Maps Dragon’s Eye Recordings (DL) Los Angeles sound designer/engineer Ryan Connor is Sublamp, and Sister Maps is his first release on Dragon’s Eye Recordings in a decade. Each of these half dozen Maps 01-06 runs for exactly twelve minutes (or 72:00), “a collection of parallel songs, parallel in time but separated by […]

The Star Pillow | Music For Sad HeadbangersAidan Baker + Karen Willems | AwelAidan Baker + N | DoppelliveScatterwound | MNThissquietarmy + Dirk Serries + Tom Malmendier | Hell “A multiverse of ambient/drone” from Midira Records A handful of drone/ambient cookies in CD format, to be collectively reviewed. Albums that have connections one with another. […]

This month, as Spring starts to slowly set, and my garden can use a re-tilling to kickstart the season, these half dozen recordings remind me of an aura of renewal, and they each bring with them of stirring of challenging the senses. These diverse takes on contemporary composition, et al, come from several foreign places […]

Fabio Orsi | Il Vento Disperderà la SchiumaBoring Machines (LP/DL) There’s a delicate, lightness of touch to the drones that shape this new release from Fabio Orsi.  The Italian composer, who moved to Berlin many years ago, has decided to return to his native Puglia, and this new record reflects that relocation.  Perhaps the move […]