Category Archives: Ambient

Alex Green ~ Curvature of the Earth

Oh, how we long to travel again.  Even those who flew over the holidays experienced excruciating delays and cancellations.  Prior to the pandemic, Alex Green was able to visit locations throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, collecting field recordings as

Alex Green ~ Curvature of the Earth

Oh, how we long to travel again.  Even those who flew over the holidays experienced excruciating delays and cancellations.  Prior to the pandemic, Alex Green was able to visit locations throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, collecting field recordings as

mayforest ~ nocny

Our first review of the year covers an album from Poland, where Christian Maiwald records under the moniker mayforest.  This gorgeous 45-minute track loops and layers from opening crackle to gracious exit, expressing a sense of suspension: a clock in honey, moving incrementally

mayforest ~ nocny

Our first review of the year covers an album from Poland, where Christian Maiwald records under the moniker mayforest.  This gorgeous 45-minute track loops and layers from opening crackle to gracious exit, expressing a sense of suspension: a clock in honey, moving incrementally

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

We absolutely love this time of year at A Closer Listen. As we survey the musical landscape, we see over 200 new releases on the near horizon and our hearts are filled with hope.  Artists continue to be inspired, labels continue

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

We absolutely love this time of year at A Closer Listen. As we survey the musical landscape, we see over 200 new releases on the near horizon and our hearts are filled with hope.  Artists continue to be inspired, labels continue

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Ambient

This year’s picks emphasize the variety of ambient music through poetry, field recordings and home diaries, featuring children and cicadas, time and seasons, dedications to loved ones and even a celebration of those who do nothing. This year, many of

ACL 2021 ~ Top Ten Ambient

This year’s picks emphasize the variety of ambient music through poetry, field recordings and home diaries, featuring children and cicadas, time and seasons, dedications to loved ones and even a celebration of those who do nothing. This year, many of

Various Artists ~ Home

The word home has multiple associations, as highlighted by this cozy compilation.  Home connotes safety, warmth, and love.  Home is where we lay our hats.  Home can be a location or a state of mind.  Now that December has arrived, many of

Various Artists ~ Home

The word home has multiple associations, as highlighted by this cozy compilation.  Home connotes safety, warmth, and love.  Home is where we lay our hats.  Home can be a location or a state of mind.  Now that December has arrived, many of

Silence & The Unwinking Minds ~ Inversion Layer

The new Silence & the Unwinking Minds album, Inversion Layer, is a delicately warm study of short moments of clarity. The solo project from New Zealand-based artist Derek Pearson explores the liminal spaces between transfixing, straightforward ambience and grainy, splintered

Silence & The Unwinking Minds ~ Inversion Layer

The new Silence & the Unwinking Minds album, Inversion Layer, is a delicately warm study of short moments of clarity. The solo project from New Zealand-based artist Derek Pearson explores the liminal spaces between transfixing, straightforward ambience and grainy, splintered

The Broken Cradle ~ Post Mortal

Post Mortal was inspired as a father watched his children grow and realized that he would probably die long before them.  Yet Eric McLean (The Broken Cradle) insists that the album is not “melancholic.”  We beg to differ, though there’s nothing wrong

The Broken Cradle ~ Post Mortal

Post Mortal was inspired as a father watched his children grow and realized that he would probably die long before them.  Yet Eric McLean (The Broken Cradle) insists that the album is not “melancholic.”  We beg to differ, though there’s nothing wrong

Motohiro Nakashima ~ Gathering the Light

How can an album sound like summer and winter at the same time?  Motohiro Nakashima has gathered the light in a manner that emulates tikkun olam, no matter the season.  This is exactly the sort of album we need right now:

Motohiro Nakashima ~ Gathering the Light

How can an album sound like summer and winter at the same time?  Motohiro Nakashima has gathered the light in a manner that emulates tikkun olam, no matter the season.  This is exactly the sort of album we need right now: