Category Archives: Ambient

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

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

With over 200 releases listed, this is once again our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, and the largest instrumental music preview on the planet! Winter is a fitting season for ambient music, which seems tailor-made for the soft, the still

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

With over 200 releases listed, this is once again our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, and the largest instrumental music preview on the planet! Winter is a fitting season for ambient music, which seems tailor-made for the soft, the still

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen received over 10,000 submissions this year, 7000 of them valid, and we listened to at least a segment of every one.  Now we’ve chosen 70 of them ~ one percent ~ to include in our year-end lists.  The competition has never

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen received over 10,000 submissions this year, 7000 of them valid, and we listened to at least a segment of every one.  Now we’ve chosen 70 of them ~ one percent ~ to include in our year-end lists.  The competition has never

Tristan Welch ~ Ambient Distress

If there was a phrase to sum up our collective state of mind in the year 2020, ‘ambient distress’ might be the one – especially for the homebound part of the population on the backlines of the pandemic, stranded on

Tristan Welch ~ Ambient Distress

If there was a phrase to sum up our collective state of mind in the year 2020, ‘ambient distress’ might be the one – especially for the homebound part of the population on the backlines of the pandemic, stranded on

SUSS ~ Promise

SUSS are a big city band for the lone ranger. They write music for warm car rides through the blistering American west with a self-proclaimed “Eno meets Ennio” approach that splits hairs between psychedelic wanderlust and escapist contemplation. Their third

SUSS ~ Promise

SUSS are a big city band for the lone ranger. They write music for warm car rides through the blistering American west with a self-proclaimed “Eno meets Ennio” approach that splits hairs between psychedelic wanderlust and escapist contemplation. Their third

Mary Lattimore ~ Silver Ladders

Mary Lattimore’s evocative soundscapes are too often framed by the absence of other contemporary harpists. Her previous work has been compared to both the prog folk odysseys of Joanna Newsom and neo-renaissance fanfare, two milquetoast associations that only highlight the

Mary Lattimore ~ Silver Ladders

Mary Lattimore’s evocative soundscapes are too often framed by the absence of other contemporary harpists. Her previous work has been compared to both the prog folk odysseys of Joanna Newsom and neo-renaissance fanfare, two milquetoast associations that only highlight the

Ian William Craig & Daniel Lentz ~ In a Word

FRKWYS Vol. 16: In a Word is the latest volume of an intergenerational project.  We last visited the project with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani’s Volume 13, which ended up on our list of the Best Ambient Albums of the

Ian William Craig & Daniel Lentz ~ In a Word

FRKWYS Vol. 16: In a Word is the latest volume of an intergenerational project.  We last visited the project with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani’s Volume 13, which ended up on our list of the Best Ambient Albums of the