Category Archives: Ambient

Whettman Chelmets ~ For…

Whettman Chelmets has recorded some very dark music in the past, but For… is a beacon of light, with one of the warmest endings we’ve heard all year. While other pandemic-related sets concentrate on a single aspect ~ fear, isolation, quarantine ~ this

Whettman Chelmets ~ For…

Whettman Chelmets has recorded some very dark music in the past, but For… is a beacon of light, with one of the warmest endings we’ve heard all year. While other pandemic-related sets concentrate on a single aspect ~ fear, isolation, quarantine ~ this

Francisco Sonur ~ Morning Trials

Let’s start with the elephant in the room.  This album sounds a lot like Sigur Rós, specifically the band’s melodic mid-period.  But we like Sigur Rós, and the band has since deserted that sound, while Jónsi has gone vocal with a tendency toward

Francisco Sonur ~ Morning Trials

Let’s start with the elephant in the room.  This album sounds a lot like Sigur Rós, specifically the band’s melodic mid-period.  But we like Sigur Rós, and the band has since deserted that sound, while Jónsi has gone vocal with a tendency toward

Orla Wren ~ The Blind Deaf Stone

Sequestered deep in the Scottish countryside, Orla Wren composes wistful electroacoustic soundscapes that float through genres with the gracefulness of a roaming herd of cattle. His latest release, The Blind Deaf Stone, contains four longform tracks that shift through gracious

Orla Wren ~ The Blind Deaf Stone

Sequestered deep in the Scottish countryside, Orla Wren composes wistful electroacoustic soundscapes that float through genres with the gracefulness of a roaming herd of cattle. His latest release, The Blind Deaf Stone, contains four longform tracks that shift through gracious

James Osland ~ Almond Drive

Almond Drive is dedicated to memories of a “safe and loving home,” and the people who made it that way.  The album is a panacea, offering warm hints of how to make it through a pandemic year with love.  Not everyone

James Osland ~ Almond Drive

Almond Drive is dedicated to memories of a “safe and loving home,” and the people who made it that way.  The album is a panacea, offering warm hints of how to make it through a pandemic year with love.  Not everyone

Drifts and Flurries ~ A Second Language Collectanea

Few pairings are as exquisite as winter music and snow; Drifts & Flurries provides one in hope of the other.  Distinctly British in tone, this set begs to be accompanied by a good book; we recommend The Wrong Kind of Snow (Penn

Drifts and Flurries ~ A Second Language Collectanea

Few pairings are as exquisite as winter music and snow; Drifts & Flurries provides one in hope of the other.  Distinctly British in tone, this set begs to be accompanied by a good book; we recommend The Wrong Kind of Snow (Penn

Animated Matter ~ Selkie

The concept album is a much-maligned tradition, but only because too many artists go overboard.  Selkie is a concept album done right, with a simple premise based on a well known legend.  From Scottish and Irish mythology to movies such as

Animated Matter ~ Selkie

The concept album is a much-maligned tradition, but only because too many artists go overboard.  Selkie is a concept album done right, with a simple premise based on a well known legend.  From Scottish and Irish mythology to movies such as

Of Thread & Mist ~ Static Hymns to No One

Gizeh Records may be located in the U.K., but Static Hymns to No One seems like the perfect selection for Inauguration Day in the U.S.  The music is mournful and melancholic, an elegy for all that has been lost and much

Of Thread & Mist ~ Static Hymns to No One

Gizeh Records may be located in the U.K., but Static Hymns to No One seems like the perfect selection for Inauguration Day in the U.S.  The music is mournful and melancholic, an elegy for all that has been lost and much

Ai Yamamoto ~ Pan De Sonic ~ Iso / Monster Hurricane Wihajster ~ U nas dobrze, choć trochę strzyka w kolanach

Two new recordings turn the sounds of domestic lockdown into music.  One album is percussive and electronic, the other improvisational and intimate. Together they demonstrate the creativity of artists who are unable to perform in concert halls yet find music

Ai Yamamoto ~ Pan De Sonic ~ Iso / Monster Hurricane Wihajster ~ U nas dobrze, choć trochę strzyka w kolanach

Two new recordings turn the sounds of domestic lockdown into music.  One album is percussive and electronic, the other improvisational and intimate. Together they demonstrate the creativity of artists who are unable to perform in concert halls yet find music