Category Archives: Ambient

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

William Basinski ~ Lamentations

A low, slow, bell tolls during the opening minutes of Lamentations.  The album title references the Jewish book of mourning; the track title references John Donne. We are in a time of lamentation right now, and the bell tolls for all

William Basinski ~ Lamentations

A low, slow, bell tolls during the opening minutes of Lamentations.  The album title references the Jewish book of mourning; the track title references John Donne. We are in a time of lamentation right now, and the bell tolls for all

Aperus ~ Archaic Signal

We’re always appreciative when artists go the extra mile, and Brian McWilliams (Aperus) has done so literally and figuratively.  The artist has translated visits to New Mexico’s La Cienaguilla Petroglyph site into music, photography and art, and Archaic Signal is a thoughtful

Aperus ~ Archaic Signal

We’re always appreciative when artists go the extra mile, and Brian McWilliams (Aperus) has done so literally and figuratively.  The artist has translated visits to New Mexico’s La Cienaguilla Petroglyph site into music, photography and art, and Archaic Signal is a thoughtful