Category Archives: Ambient

ironomi ~ 琹の葉 kotonoha

In Japan, the leaves are falling, but Down Under, spring has just begun.  We recommend kotonoha to our Aussie friends, as the timbre fits.  ironoma extends the season with lush green imagery and lovely jade vinyl, calling the album a “Japanese midsummer saunter

ironomi ~ 琹の葉 kotonoha

In Japan, the leaves are falling, but Down Under, spring has just begun.  We recommend kotonoha to our Aussie friends, as the timbre fits.  ironoma extends the season with lush green imagery and lovely jade vinyl, calling the album a “Japanese midsummer saunter

Penguin Café ~ Handfuls of Night

Penguin Café follows up 2017’s The Imperfect Sea with Handfuls of Night (Erased Tapes, October 4). Handfuls of Night takes its inspiration from a journey to the Antarctic, where Arthur Jeffes followed in the footsteps of famous explorer Scott. He

Penguin Café ~ Handfuls of Night

Penguin Café follows up 2017’s The Imperfect Sea with Handfuls of Night (Erased Tapes, October 4). Handfuls of Night takes its inspiration from a journey to the Antarctic, where Arthur Jeffes followed in the footsteps of famous explorer Scott. He

Minor Pieces ~ The Heavy Steps of Dreaming

Ian William Craig is a perennial presence in our year-end charts.  His gorgeous, operatic voice, fed through layers of tape decay, is instantly recognizable.  But until this point, he’s always sounded a bit lonely.  All of this changes on The Heavy Steps

Minor Pieces ~ The Heavy Steps of Dreaming

Ian William Craig is a perennial presence in our year-end charts.  His gorgeous, operatic voice, fed through layers of tape decay, is instantly recognizable.  But until this point, he’s always sounded a bit lonely.  All of this changes on The Heavy Steps

They Danced Like Programmed Angels ~ Spit Light through the Canopy

They Danced Like Programmed Angels is the pseudonym of Jon Wolper, who, on Spit Light through the Canopy, plays a selection of instruments. Synthesizers, piano, and guitar are all featured, and he includes field recordings, too. Maria Grigoryeva (violin, viola)

They Danced Like Programmed Angels ~ Spit Light through the Canopy

They Danced Like Programmed Angels is the pseudonym of Jon Wolper, who, on Spit Light through the Canopy, plays a selection of instruments. Synthesizers, piano, and guitar are all featured, and he includes field recordings, too. Maria Grigoryeva (violin, viola)

Fall Music Preview ~ Ambient

Genre blends are on the rise, as heard in this season’s slate of ambient releases. Many of these are threaded with folk, electronic and experimental music, which produce attention in new markets.  This being said, today’s preview covers the calm

Fall Music Preview ~ Ambient

Genre blends are on the rise, as heard in this season’s slate of ambient releases. Many of these are threaded with folk, electronic and experimental music, which produce attention in new markets.  This being said, today’s preview covers the calm

Wayne Robert Thomas & Isaac Helsen ~ RÁS

RÁS underlines the importance of liner notes in music, especially instrumental music.  Without any words, the listener is “freed” to imagine their own stories, but with prose, the music takes on added resonance.  For Wayne Robert Thomas, the impetus of “Cantus In

Wayne Robert Thomas & Isaac Helsen ~ RÁS

RÁS underlines the importance of liner notes in music, especially instrumental music.  Without any words, the listener is “freed” to imagine their own stories, but with prose, the music takes on added resonance.  For Wayne Robert Thomas, the impetus of “Cantus In

Patient Sounds ~ STILL, waiting

“We’re still waiting, we’re still waiting, we’re still waiting, we’re still waiting …” This children’s chant launches the amusing new mixtape from Patient Sounds.  “We’re waiting for everything,” they sing as a music box chimes over their boredom.  We’ve all

Patient Sounds ~ STILL, waiting

“We’re still waiting, we’re still waiting, we’re still waiting, we’re still waiting …” This children’s chant launches the amusing new mixtape from Patient Sounds.  “We’re waiting for everything,” they sing as a music box chimes over their boredom.  We’ve all