Category Archives: Ambient

COCTEAU TWINS-TREASURE HIDING: THE FONTANA YEARS.

Cocteau Twins-Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years. Label: UMC It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for 4AD President Ivo Watts-Russell when the Cocteau Twins released their sixth studio album Heaven Or Las Vegas on the ’17th’ of September 1990. He watched as the critically acclaimed  album of dream reached number seven …

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GEIR SUNDSTOL-BRODLOS.

Geir Sundstøl-Brødløs. Label: Hubro Music. Since Geir Sundstøl’s career began thirty years ago in 1988, he’s been the equivalent of a musical hired gun and has featured on over 300  albums. This includes the albums he recorded as member of Rovers, and then Morris. Mostly, though, Geir Sundstøl has worked as a session player over …

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LARAAJI-THE LIFE AND TIMES.

Laraaji-The Life and Times. Laraaji’s career has spanned five decades, and during that period, the American multi-instrumentalist has released around forty albums and countless collaborations. Many of these albums were self released by Laraaji on cassettes, and feature his unique and inimitable genre-melting sound. This is best described as a fusion of ambient, avant-garde, experimental …

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STEVE TIBBETTS-THE ECM RECORDS YEARS.

Steve Tibbetts-The ECM Records Years. Ever since Minnesota born composer and guitarist Steve Tibbetts signed to ECM Records in 1981, the  pioneer of sound-forming has only released nine albums for Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based label. These albums document the career of a musical innovator who was introduced to music at an early age. Steve Tibbetts was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1954, and …

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MOGWAI-KIN ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK VINYL

Mogwai-Kin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack-Vinyl/. Label: Rock Action Records. Although Scottish post rock pioneers Mogwai have released nine studio albums, two live albums, two remix albums and written and recorded the  score to three documentaries, until very recently, there was still something missing from the Glasgow band’s impressive musical CV. Mogwai had still to write …

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POPOL VUH-MESSA DI ORFEO RECORD STORE DAY 2018.

Popol Vuh-Messa Di Orfeo-Record Store Day 2018. Label: One Way Static. Popol Vuh were one of a number of groundbreaking bands who were formed in West Germany in the early seventies, and over the next three decades established a reputation for releasing innovative music that influenced the next generation of musicians. This was the case …

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APHEX TWIN-SELECTED AMBIENT WORKS 85-92(VINYL).

Aphex Twin-Selected Ambient Works 85-92 Vinyl). Label: Apollo Records. Richard D. James was just twenty-one, when he dawned the Aphex Twin moniker, and released his debut album Selected Ambient Works 85-92 on Apollo Records in late November 1992. Initially, Selected Ambient Works 85-92 was only available as an import as Apollo Records, which was an imprint …

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DAVID BOWIE-BOWIE NOW RECORD STORD DAY 2018.

David Bowie-Bowie Now Record Store Day 2018. Label: Parlophone. For Record Store Day 2018, a triptych of David Bowie albums was released including Bowie Now, which was reissued by Parlophone on heavyweight white vinyl. Bowie Now was regarded as the pick of the bunch by The Thin White Duke’s fans, and a reminder of an …

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SKADEDYR-MUSIKK!

Skadedyr-Musikk! Label: Hubro Music. Release Date: ’27th’ of July 2018. Over the last few years, some of the most ambitious and innovative new music being released in Europe, has been in Norway, which has a vibrant and thriving musical community. However, this didn’t happen overnight, and instead, it took years for Norway to become home …

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TROPIC OF COLDNESS-FRAMED WAVES.

Tropic Of Coldness-Framed Waves. Label: Glacial Movements. It was after a chance meeting in Brussels, Belgium, during November, 2011, between American guitarist, synth and sample player David Gutman, and Italian vocalist, guitarist and fellow ‘sample player’ Giovanni, that led to them forming Tropic Of Coldness. Since then, Tropic Of Coldness have released one EP and …

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ARTURIO RUIZ DEL POZO-COMPOSICIONES NAVITAS-MUSIC FOR NATIVE PERUVIAN INSTRUMENTS AND MAGNETOPHONIC TAPE 1978-VINYL

Arturo Ruiz del Pozo-Composiciones Nativas-Music For Native Peruvian Instruments and Magnetophonic Tape 1978-Vinyl. Label: Buh Records. Arturo Ruiz del Pozo who would go on to become one of Peru’s leading avant-garde musicians, was born in the capital Lima, in 1949. By the time Arturo Ruiz del Pozo was a teenager, he had discovered music which …

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HILDE MARIE HOLSEN-LAZULI.

Hilde Marie Holsen-Lazuli.  Label: Hubro Music. Three years after releasing her critically acclaimed debut album Ask, trumpeter and soundscape artist  Hilde Marie Holsen returns with her much-anticipated sophomore Lazuli, on Hubro Music. It features a suite of four compositions that were inspired by visual art, and were named after minerals that are used to colour …

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APHEX TWIN-SELECTED AMBIENT WORKS 85-92.

Aphex Twin-Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Label: Apollo Records. Richard D. James was just twenty-one, when he dawned the Aphex Twin moniker, and released his debut album Selected Ambient Works 85-92 on Apollo Records in late November 1992. Initially, Selected Ambient Works 85-92 was only available as an import as Apollo Records, which was an imprint of …

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ALE HOP-BODILESS.

Ale Hop-Bodiless. Label: Buh Records. Recently, Berlin-based Ale Hop, who is one of Peru’s leading composers and experimental electronic musicians released her new album Bodiless on Lima-based Buh Records. Bodiless is a carefully crafted collection of nine new songs that feature Ale Hop’s trademark complex pop arrangements. However, Bodiless is quite different from Ale Hop’s …

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SYLVIAN AND CZUKAY-PLIGHT AND PREMONITION  AND FLUX AND MUTABILITY. 

Sylvian and Czukay-Plight and Premonition and Flux and Mutability. Label: Grönland Records. By early 1986, former Can bassist Holger Czukay was now a successful solo artist, and was working on his fourth solo album was eventually released in 1988 as Rome Remains Rome. It was being recorded at Can Studio, in Cologne, and Holger Czukay …

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LARAAJI-SUN TRANSFORMATIONS-RECORD STORE DAY 2018.

Laraaji-Sun Transformations-Record Store Day 2018. Label: All Saints Records. Laraaji’s career has spanned five decades, and during that period, the American multi-instrumentalist has released around forty albums and countless collaborations. Many of these albums were self released by Laraaji on cassettes, and feature his unique and inimitable genre-melting sound. This is best described as a …

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TORTUSA AND BREISTEIN-MIND VESSEL.

Tortusa and Breistein-Mind Vessel. Label: Jazzland Recordings. In March 2016, Norwegian-American electronic musician John Derek Bishop a.k.a.Tortusa, released his critically acclaimed debut album I Know This Place-The Eivind Aarset Collages on Jazzland Recordings. It was hailed by critics as an ambitious and innovative album of groundbreaking music.  The judges of the prestigious Spellemann Prize 2016 …

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OLA KVENBERG-STEAMDOME.

Ola Kvernberg-Steamdome.  Label: Grappa. Release Date: June ‘8th’ 2018. Three years after award-winning Norwegian fiddler Ola Kvernberg released his critically acclaimed album The Mechanical Fair, he will return with the much-anticipated followup Steamdome, which will be released by Grappa on June the ‘8th’ 2018. Steamdome is another album of innovative and imaginative music from Ola …

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STEVE TIBBETTS-LIFE OF.

Steve Tibbettss-Life Of. Label: ECM Records. Although Minnesota born composer and guitarist Steve Tibbetts signed to ECM Records in 1981, the  pioneer of sound-forming has only released nine albums for Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based label. This includes Life Of which has just been released by ECM Records, and is the much-anticipated followup to Natural Causes, which was …

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DATASHOCK-KRAUTER DER PROVINZ.

Datashock-Kräuter der Provinz. Label: Bureau B.  Release Date: ‘25th’ of May 2018. Ever since Datashock was founded in the city Saarlouis, in Southwestern Germany in 2003, the neo-hippie-spook-folk collective’s lineup has been fluid, with members leaving and joining the group over the last fifteen years. By the time Datashock entered the studio to record the …

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