Welcome Home Morning Star –  Nimrod
Cold as steel cinematic post rock from Portugal; calm sound yet strong atmosphere.
Gridline –  Videogame
Pure synths (no samples) and drums lead to an instrumental or melodic techno album. Made not for dancing, but for attentive walking.
Wacky Southern Current –  In a Realm of Uncertain Summer
Cinematic instrumental post rock. Like an alternative soundtrack to Magnolia, this slow-paced exercise in wackyness.
In Vitro –  Deep Hope
Minimal house. Repetitive beats and only subtle changes in harmonics introduce an element of trance (pun intended).
Still Pluto –  Songs To Mend The Heart Once Been Torn Apart
Solid soft hard rock. Very well recorded and produced vocal rock music; hard to place on the spectrum between soft and hard rock.
Lorenzo’s Music –  Cool ships and heat exchangers
(Un)conventional alternative rock. With netlabel blocSonic, it’s hard to not be impressed. I adore how they keep publishing consistently solid to exceptional albums and compilations year after year. The word conventional is meant as a compliment. Although it is not strictly correct: the use of brass instruments and synth sounds clearly is an exception to […]
Rho –  Cedarleaf
Unambient ambient. This release raised the bar for me when it comes to “memorizing” what it sounds like. Should I put it into the ambient category? Or eclectic electronica? Cinematic orchestrations, based on solo guitar melodies, served on a bed of electronic sounds. Not easy to classify. Listen for yourself…