Category Archives: Ambient

Alex Smalley & Lucia Adam ~ Patterns

Have you heard these songs before, in a different form, perhaps in a fever dream?  It’s quite possible, as Patterns was once Gaya, a limited edition CD-R on Fluid Audio, now shuffled, remastered and revised on Hush Hush Records.  While the artists state

Alex Smalley & Lucia Adam ~ Patterns

Have you heard these songs before, in a different form, perhaps in a fever dream?  It’s quite possible, as Patterns was once Gaya, a limited edition CD-R on Fluid Audio, now shuffled, remastered and revised on Hush Hush Records.  While the artists state

Galya Bisengalieva ~ Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive

How long can you hold your breath underwater?  Have you ever tested the limits of your abilities?  Perhaps you have swum from one end of a pool to another, or dived deep to follow a sea turtle, or built up

Galya Bisengalieva ~ Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive

How long can you hold your breath underwater?  Have you ever tested the limits of your abilities?  Perhaps you have swum from one end of a pool to another, or dived deep to follow a sea turtle, or built up

Conor C. Ellis ~ Dreamless

Commonly, the hazy and indeterminate quality of ambient music makes it easy to associate with mental states in which the unconscious takes over, directing your attention in patterns novel to your understanding. There’s something of a contradiction in the clarity

Conor C. Ellis ~ Dreamless

Commonly, the hazy and indeterminate quality of ambient music makes it easy to associate with mental states in which the unconscious takes over, directing your attention in patterns novel to your understanding. There’s something of a contradiction in the clarity

k. burwash ~ Holding Air

A hazy black and white photo of a beachfront scene, with bathers in clusters, on shore and in the water. Is this a vacation photo from a bygone era? A decaying artifact from a long-lost film? The cover of k.burwash’s

k. burwash ~ Holding Air

A hazy black and white photo of a beachfront scene, with bathers in clusters, on shore and in the water. Is this a vacation photo from a bygone era? A decaying artifact from a long-lost film? The cover of k.burwash’s

Conrad Praetzel ~ Adventures Into Somethingness

If an album has a striking cover, the track titles are clever, the backstory is memorable and the first video is intriguing, does it guarantee a review?  Not always; the music must appeal as well.  Thankfully, in this case it

Conrad Praetzel ~ Adventures Into Somethingness

If an album has a striking cover, the track titles are clever, the backstory is memorable and the first video is intriguing, does it guarantee a review?  Not always; the music must appeal as well.  Thankfully, in this case it

Taylor Deupree ~ Small Winters

It seems incongruous to review a winter album in summer (apologies to our Australian readers, for whom the timing is perfect!).  Even Puremagentik Tapes writes that the set “has a warmth that feels more like the stirring of earth.”  But

Taylor Deupree ~ Small Winters

It seems incongruous to review a winter album in summer (apologies to our Australian readers, for whom the timing is perfect!).  Even Puremagentik Tapes writes that the set “has a warmth that feels more like the stirring of earth.”  But

SPECIMENS ~ Intersections

Alex Ives has been refreshingly candid when providing notes about his previous albums. In 2017, he said of Sculptures, “I didn’t want to make a record intentionally difficult to listen to, but I wanted uncomfortable moments.” A year later, for

SPECIMENS ~ Intersections

Alex Ives has been refreshingly candid when providing notes about his previous albums. In 2017, he said of Sculptures, “I didn’t want to make a record intentionally difficult to listen to, but I wanted uncomfortable moments.” A year later, for

The Howard Hughes Suite ~ High & Lonesome

With The Howard Hughes Suite claiming reclusivity and the pedal steel ‘the sole/soul’ sound source, a quick squizz at the mythos of the instrument helps to frame the music. The pedal steel guitar is a relatively recent technical innovation, evolving from

The Howard Hughes Suite ~ High & Lonesome

With The Howard Hughes Suite claiming reclusivity and the pedal steel ‘the sole/soul’ sound source, a quick squizz at the mythos of the instrument helps to frame the music. The pedal steel guitar is a relatively recent technical innovation, evolving from