Category Archives: Ambient

CAN-THE SINGLES.

Can-The Singles. After releasing eleven albums in eleven years, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded by critics as one of the most important, influential and innovative bands of the Krautrock era. However, like many of the Krautrock bands, Can hadn’t enjoyed the commercial success that their music …

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Katharina Grosse and Stefan Schneider-Tiergarten.

Katharina Grosse and Stefan Schneider-Tiergarten. Label: TAL. Nowadays, musical collaborations are much more commonplace than ever before. Partly, that is because of the new musical technology that is available to artists. This has totally transformed the way that albums are now recorded.  It’s now possible to record an album on a laptop using just a …

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ANNELI DRECKER-REVELATION FOR PERSONAL USE.

Anneli Drecker-Revelation For Personal Use. Anneli Drecker first came to prominence in 1987, when she was the lead singer of the Norwegian band Bel Canto. Back then, Anneli Drecker was just seventeen, but determined to make a career out of music. So Anneli Drecker made the brave decision to leave behind her Arctic hometown of …

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RAKKATAK-SMALL PIECES.

Rakkatak-Small Pieces. Amongst locals, Jodhpur in central India is known as Sun City. With bright, sunny weather all year, it’s a popular destination for tourists. This included musician Anita Katakkar, who founded Rakkatak in Toronto, Canada in 2009. By the time she journeyed to Jodhpur,  Rakkatak had already released two albums. Soon, two would become …

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JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON-30 YEARS MAKING MUSIC

Jóhann Jóhannsson-30 Years Making Music. It was whilst studying languages and literature at university in Reykjavík, that Jóhann Jóhannsson’s musical career began. He was just eighteen when he joined his first indie rock band in 1987. Over the next few years, Jóhann Jóhannsson played with several indie rock bands in Reykjavík’s vibrant and thriving music …

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OREGON-OUT OF THE WOODS AND ROOTS IN THE SKY.

Oregon-Out Of The Woods and Roots In The Sky. After releasing seven albums for Vanguard between 1972 and 1978, Oregon had signed to Elektra. The four members of Oregon knew that this was the opportunity of a lifetime. Elektra were one of the biggest record labels in the world, and had the marketing expertise and …

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DANS LES ARBRES-PHOSPHORESENCE.

Dans Les Arbres-Phosphorescence. For many years, musicians, critics and academics have debated at what point does sound become music, and music become sound? This has become something of a moot point, which even the finest musical minds have failed to come up with an answer. Despite that, most people will be able to name several everyday …

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EIVIND OPSVIK-OVERSEAS V.

Eivind Opsvik-Overseas V. By 1998, bassist and composer Eivind Opsvik was a familiar face on Oslo’s vibrant jazz scene. He had been playing in the city’s clubs since the early nineties. Just like many young musicians, this was akin to a musical apprenticeship. Then in 1993, twenty year old Eivind Opsvik decided to complete his …

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REQUIEM-FOR A WORLD AFTER.

REQUIEM-FOR A WORLD AFTER. For six months, George A. Speckert and Massimo Grandi laboured long and hard in Sparky Studios to record Requiem’s debut album For A World After. Eventually, the two men had completed what was an ambitious and innovative concept album, For A World After.  It had been written by George A. Speckert …

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THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 1.

THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 1. Black Moon Circle-Sea Of Clouds. April 2016 saw Norwegian space rock pioneers Black Moon Circle make their debut at the prestigious  Roadburn Festival. This was prefect timing. That day, Black Moon Circle released their fourth album Sea Of Clouds via Crispin Glover Records. It was a much anticipated …

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THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 2.

THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 3. John Marty-Solid Air. During his long and illustrious career, John Martyn released two classic albums for Island Records, including Solid Air in 1973. It was reissued twice during 2016. In May, Island Records reissued Solid Air as part of their Half-Speed Mastering series. Then Universal-Island Records Ltd supplied …

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THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 3.

THE BEST VINYL REISSUES OF 2016-PART 3. Sun Ra-Spaceways. The third of the trio of Sun Ra albums released for Record Store Day 2016 was Spaceways. It was released by Org Music on blue vinyl as a limited edition of 2,500.  Originally, though, Spaceways could be found on disc two of Calling Planet Earth, a …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 1.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 1. During 2016, the reissue market seemed stronger than ever. Every week, hundreds of albums were reissued by labels big and small. They range from classic albums to hidden gems. There’s plenty of both on this eight part series, the best reissues of 2016. Adelbert Von Deyen-Atmosphere. Having released Norborg, there was no chance that …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 2.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 2. Circles-More Circles. Just a year after the release of their eponymous debut album, Circles returned in 1984 with their sophomore album, More Circles. Again, Circles had put their impressive of array of technology and traditional instruments to good use on More Circles. It features the coming of age of Circles.  They …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 5.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 5. Led Zeppelin-The Complete BBC Sessions. Last year, the Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continued when Atlantic Records released The Complete BBC Sessions as a three CD set. This is essentially an expanded version BBC Sessions which was released in 1997 as a double album that featured twenty-four songs. However, nine …

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THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 7.

THE BEST REISSUES OF 2016-PART 7. Sun Ra-Jazz By Sun Ra Volume 1. During a career that spanned six decades, it’s estimated that Sun Ra released around 125 albums. This includes Jazz By Sun Ra Volume 1 which was released by Poppydisc for Record Store Day 2016. It was one of three Sun Ra albums …

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THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2016-PART 1.

THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2016-PART 1. Having looked at the best of the new albums released during 2016, it’s now time to look at the best box sets released during the last twelve months. These box sets range from lovingly curated, luxurious, limited editions to budget box sets. There’s something for everyone and every …

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THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2016-PART 2.

THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2016-PART 2. Klaus Schulze-Dark Side Of The Moog Volumes 1-4. When Klaus Schulze agreed to collaborate with Pete Namlook, little did he realise that this was the start of a partnership that lasted fourteen years. The first volume in the Dark Side Of The Moog series was released in 1994. …

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GANDALF-JOURNEY TO AN IMAGINARY LAND.

GANDALF-JOURNEY TO AN IMAGINARY LAND. Prior to embarking upon a musical career, and becoming  one of Austria’s most accomplished, innovative and successful musicians, Gandalf travelled extensively. That’s why the talented multi-instrumentalist never released his debut album Journey To An Imaginary Land until 1980. By then he was twenty-nine. However, soon, Gandalf would make up for lost time. …

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LAURENCE CRANE/ASAMISIMASA-SOUND OF HORSE.

LAURENCE CRANE/ASAMISIMASA-SOUND OF HORSE. It was eight years ago, at the 2008 Ultima festival in Oslo, that Norwegian group Asamisimasa premiered White In Berlin, which had been written by Oxford born composer Laurence Crane.  Neither party realised that this would prove to be the start of a fruitful musical partnership. Since then, Asamisimasa have travelled …

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