Essential space ambient music with cinematic ambitions.
Space-based ambient music, calmly uplifting. Produced by artist ALONE from Saint Petersburg, this album consists mostly of long, stretched-out synth pad sounds. Bass only fades in late into a song, drums are a rare occurrence.
Continue reading “ALONE –  Beautiful Universe”
Quintessential drone music. Perfect for recreational relaxation, not for busy workouts.
Not much can be found online about netlabel 1834. It curates a collection of long form ambient drone recordings. Most probably stem from live performances. I bring you here catalogue no. ET-047. The vibrant and colourful cover art already prepares you correctly what you can expect sonically from this release:
Continue reading “Sharema –  Uranus Berlin”
Rather experimental ambient electronica, but hear me out. Songs that work as songs, but will stick out in your collection.
Most experimental albums fall into the trap of trying to be too innovative for their own good. Akey avoids this elegantly by using well established song structures. Instead, the experiments involve voicing, odd harmonies and occasional use of noise; all this is always in strict service of a clear emotion, or, feeling. My two picks are:
Continue reading “Akey –  Feel”
Short like an EP, full like a compilation. Uplifting ambient electronica at its best.
A short album, but varied like a compilation: 6 tracks, 3 of which are compilations, and 2 remixes make this a small festival in all things ambient electronica.
Continue reading “Planet Boelex –  Exist”
It marked the end of a three year hiatus. And what a bombastic, I mean, relaxing, way to do that. If you have not yet Planet Boelex on your mental shortlist for acoustic bubble baths, here is your ticket:
Essential ambient drone music. Literally takes its time.
Take your time. Got it? Then take some more. This album is the slowest of slow music. Even among drone, which is the genre, it is one of the slower entries. Single, long-stretched notes fade in and out for literally minutes. In a sense, this soundscape realises what trance music promises. Low volume and background listening are crucial for enjoyment…
Continue reading “Saito Koji –  Time / Line”
Extremely shoe-gazy, ambient progressive or even post rock. Percussion only starts for the finale. Amazement during the intro.
Knoxband is the ambient post rock project by artist Vru Patel, whose albums always incorporate airy, vast, even stellar soundscapes. While this review highlights the start of this musical journey, give the appropriately named Solstice a try to see where his sound landed three years later. But first, have the appetizers:
Continue reading “Knoxband –  Equinox”
Cinematic electronica with little percussion, but lots of atmosphere.
While I cannot recommend you to watch the movie this album is the original score to, I very much endorse its soundtrack. To paraphrase, the “documentary” is either a very crude joke or a blunt hoax by an internet celebrity. But under the ludicrous voice track, there is an ambient electronic masterpiece by Professor Kliq.
Continue reading “Professor Kliq –  Athene’s Theory of Everything OST”
Acoustic landscape paintings. 4 variations on their themes, smooth and cold, yet warm at the same time.
I seem to be in an ambient review mood lately. So let me make the most of it and bring you yet another rather old gem of the good old days of the genre.
Where other ambient artists fall into the trap of simply sounding dull and repetitive, Motionfield adds just enough progression to keep the soothing tracks interesting.
Continue reading “Motionfield –  Music for Pictures”
Blend of Blade Runner & Star Trek. Although the artist never mentions it, to me this sounds like a tribute.
This review is an advertisement to look out for good review writers: user electrocelt’s list of reviews is a splendid little collection of mostly ambient electronica.
And under their upload tab, I found this little 4-track EP. Still with the joy of having found it, I write this little review:
Continue reading “Travis Noble –  Outerspace Introspection”
Soothing ambient goodness. Almost acoustic bubble-bath
This ambient masterpiece has been released by still active netlabel Dewtone back in 2005, but has dropped out of their official back catalogue since then.
Fortunately, archive.org did, well, archive this gem for us. 2 of the 9 relaxing tracks make it into my review. But it is the full release you should be treating yourself with. As another reviewer there put it:
Continue reading “(Val)liam –  Early Reflections”
In all, an absolutely beautiful work to be placed along with your finest ambient recordings.electrocelt on archive.org