Category Archives: Ambient

The Green Kingdom ~ The North Wind and the Sun

The North Wind and the Sun is a record of deep clarity and calm, looking out at the world with a pair of bright green eyes. By largely abandoning his electric guitar and taking up more traditional acoustic instrumentation, The Green Kingdom (Michael Cottone) reinvigorates and enriches his music,

The Green Kingdom ~ The North Wind and the Sun

The North Wind and the Sun is a record of deep clarity and calm, looking out at the world with a pair of bright green eyes. By largely abandoning his electric guitar and taking up more traditional acoustic instrumentation, The Green Kingdom (Michael Cottone) reinvigorates and enriches his music,

poemme ~ Soft Ice

With Soft Ice, Polar Seas has found an album to match the name of the label.  This is our second winter album of the season (hello, Australia!).  It’s also a sleep album, specifically designed to operate as an aural pillow.  Just listening

poemme ~ Soft Ice

With Soft Ice, Polar Seas has found an album to match the name of the label.  This is our second winter album of the season (hello, Australia!).  It’s also a sleep album, specifically designed to operate as an aural pillow.  Just listening

Esther Vonplon + Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer ~ Lowlands

Winter music in July?  For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this sounds like an odd proposition.  Yet when the temperatures get too hot, the humidity too high, this collection of cooled compositions and icy photographs acts as an

Esther Vonplon + Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer ~ Lowlands

Winter music in July?  For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this sounds like an odd proposition.  Yet when the temperatures get too hot, the humidity too high, this collection of cooled compositions and icy photographs acts as an

Emilía ~ Down to the Sadness River

Down to the Sadness River is a compact evocation of unnamed grief.  The titles suggest a story.  A woman named Emilía sees a child playing by the river.  He falls in and is kidnapped by the current; she chases the river,

Emilía ~ Down to the Sadness River

Down to the Sadness River is a compact evocation of unnamed grief.  The titles suggest a story.  A woman named Emilía sees a child playing by the river.  He falls in and is kidnapped by the current; she chases the river,

Endless Melancholy ~ The Vacation

There’s only one copy of the reel-to-reel used for this album ~ the perfect artifact for the score to an empty world.  But one can feel the warmth even on the CD (in lovely book form, seen below) and on

Endless Melancholy ~ The Vacation

There’s only one copy of the reel-to-reel used for this album ~ the perfect artifact for the score to an empty world.  But one can feel the warmth even on the CD (in lovely book form, seen below) and on

Toàn ~ Histós Lusis

The seasons have shifted, as noted by Eilean Records’ blue summer releases.  The first is from Toàn, who has himself shifted tone from his earlier incarnation as Qiwu Selftet.  For much of the album, he hides his affection for tonal jazz, but

Toàn ~ Histós Lusis

The seasons have shifted, as noted by Eilean Records’ blue summer releases.  The first is from Toàn, who has himself shifted tone from his earlier incarnation as Qiwu Selftet.  For much of the album, he hides his affection for tonal jazz, but

Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano ~ Everything

One of the year’s most innovative video games is accompanied by one of the year’s most innovative scores.  An expansive, 190-minute, 43-track set, Everything is also one of the year’s best albums. David O’Reilly’s single-player PS4 game was unveiled this spring and

Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano ~ Everything

One of the year’s most innovative video games is accompanied by one of the year’s most innovative scores.  An expansive, 190-minute, 43-track set, Everything is also one of the year’s best albums. David O’Reilly’s single-player PS4 game was unveiled this spring and