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Newly Added Soundswim Items

This week we have four newly-added items for you over at our brand new online store, SOUNDSWIM:

ROBERT RICH – WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND –$11.99
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“As unpredictable as he is prolific, multi-instrumentalist/composer Robert Rich defies expectations on a stunning new release that combines field recordings, acoustic instruments (PVC flutes, percussion), lap steel guitar, and electronics. The result is a luscious, organic mix where textures and melodies float naturally in and out of the foreground, often to the accompaniment of irregular rhythms that decorate time as raindrops do, suggesting patterns that are always slightly out of reach.” –Gino Robair, Electronic Musician

ROBERT RICH – VESTIGES –$11.99
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“VESTIGES began as the unspoken corollary to the strong concept album ‘What We Left Behind’ and proves even more up close and personal. While traveling forward in his own imagination to experience the earth after human extinction, Robert Rich needed to push aside the brooding sense of melancholy and unfulfilled promise that accompanies thoughts of our own end. Well, VESTIGES explores those feelings without apology, finding catharsis in the melancholy that hovers behind its predecessor … What initially starts out from a dense and dark place transforms slowly into a next level of emotive, organic-flavored and desolate soundscapes growing tenderer and reconciled as a kind of catharsis while facing the inevitable. It reaches a first highlight and transition on the mesmerizing intense ‘Spectre of Lost Light’ where things dissolve in unity in the end. Immersion is deepened again on the hypnotizing textural ‘Obscured by Leaf Shadows’ and “Equipoise and Dissolution”. Both velvet aural perfumes feel like a hallucinogenic and surreal desolate journey beyond. Toward the end, the solitary journey we all have to make seems to dwell on effortless, descending imminently into far-off, misty borderlands and ghostly plains on ‘Anchorless on Quiet Tide.’ It was no repose or release I felt at the end but a brooding vast journey of darker sonic surrealism carrying on elsewhere. It makes VESTIGES an in-depth and most compelling listening experience for all of us confronted with reality and what lies beyond.” –Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion

ROBERT RICH – LIFT A FEATHER TO THE FLOOD –$11.99
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Robert Rich & Markus Reuter are well-known for their many musical journeys – from the back of beyond to the brink of the mainstream. On Lift a Feather to the Flood (66’00”) they mainly explore tonality, and many of its subtle shades and moods. With Rich at the grand, and Reuter breathing out atmospheres and textures from his touch guitar and synth, this duo realizes eight subtle thought zones meant for pondering and questioning – more so than assurance and confirmation. On Lift a Feather to the Flood we do find the dignified, stately procession of reverberant piano notes walking thoughtfully through a cloudy haze of digital mist. But the most potent pieces are made with an ear for light, motion and surface – compositions that we must reason our way through. It is in these deepest moments that we may feel this album’s personal tone. As they work in this unique frequency, using melody and harmony likes signs and symbols, Rich & Reuter lean into the Avant-Garde. Locating tone is their mission, and the production of these rarefied ambient zones touches a distinctive, inquiring energy, and maybe even a bit of our fear of the unknown. This work does seem to be searching, just for the stimulation of it – with Rich & Reuter sharing their deep wondering about music, humanity and life. This duo knows about this music’s secret mind, and in their dreamy, drifting, lulling, pulling sonics, we approach something like the actual flow of consciousness. –Chuck van Zyl/STAR’S END 18 May 2017

LUSTMORD – DARK MATTER –$15.99
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Derived from an audio library of cosmological activity collected between 1993 and 2003. It was gathered from various sources including NASA (Cape Canaveral, Ames, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Arecibo), The Very Large Array, The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and various educational institutions and private contributors throughout the USA –lustmord.com

“Brian Williams first made reference to Dark Matter back in 2001, and even then it was “long-delayed.” The album’s concept is still promising 15 years later: music made from recordings of deep space and cosmic activity between 1993 and 2003, collected from a variety of sources, including NASA. What does deep space sound like? It’s foreboding and impossibly huge, enveloping and empty all at once. In other words, it sounds like a Lustmord record, albeit a near-impenetrable one that makes his previous albums sound like a walk in the park.” –Andrew Ryce

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Also, a reminder about the special coupon codes for the old Hypnos Online Store, which will be valid through the end of the year when the old store closes for good:

CODE: 15PCTOFFANY (15% off any size order)

CODE: 25PCTOFF100 (25% off any order over $100)

CODE: 35PCTOFF250 (35% off any order over $250)

Here’s our recent BLOG POST with information about the discounts and the shutting down of the old store.

Weekly Blowout Item: Enrico Coniglio/Under The Snow – Dialogue One

This week we’re bringing you an item from the excellent Silentes label: Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One, and we’ve cut the price almost in half from $10.99 to just $5.99 through January 11th.

Enrico Conglio / Under the Snow – Dialogue One
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“Nearly an hour of music, equally divided between the relaxing and ambient atmospheres enhanced with experimental elements created by Enrico Coniglio, and the low-fi/rough sounds and atmospheres crafted by Under the Snow (Stefano Gentile and Gianluca Favaron) – not so different but with a more dramatic, tense and hypnotic doom – built on deep drones stratifications, often hard and cutting, with a wide collection of noises, electronic hassles, whisperings, concrete moments… A perfect join-venture, a mix among two different music projects that gather coherence and inspiration to sustain a split album that showcases a not to be missed fusion of styles among the involved artists, oriented on parallel patterns and clearly increasing the value of their own personal and somehow different sonic directions.” -Silentes

You can listen to one of the tracks from the album, “Calls of the White” HERE on Youtube.

Weekly Sale Item: Lost Terrain

This week’s sale item is Jeff Greinke’s ‘Lost Terrain,’ priced at $5.99 through June 15th.

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Seattle’s Jeff Greinke is considered by many to be one of the great talents in the ambient/experimental music scene. His career has progressed from early experimentalism, through his mid-period ambience and fourth-world atmospherics, to his recent work in a loop-oriented world/jazz/ambient hybrid style. The one release of Greinke’s most often mentioned by fans of his work is 1992’s LOST TERRAIN, originally issued by Silent Records. With a sound that ranges from austere minimalism reminiscent of Budd and Eno, to strange, surreal soundworlds uniquely Greinke’s own, Terrain showcases all that is strong and unique about Greinke’s work. Out of print for several years, this crucial mid-period release is now available again, digitally remastered and repackaged, from Hypnos Recordings.

REVIEWS:

“This is one of Jeff Greinke’s best releases to date and definitely worth the words “an ambient music classic.” Greinke’s inspiration comes from both Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, and while some of the tracks display their influences, others are much more undefinable, carrying the listener through a number of distinct worlds, some of indescribable splendor and hypnotic wonder. Both “The Cry” and “River of Wood” incorporate the same type of microtonals and sampling of sounds as Jon Hassell’s works. Opener “Terrain of Memory” has Eno-like piano shaping its textures, while “Spires” is sent spiralling my guitar harmonics. The other tracks reach rich primal depths of amazing texture like the spooky “The Moor” or the pastoral “Falling Away.” Overall, what hypnotizes the listener is the sonic breadth of the music. Each piece is a distinct sculpture that resonates in the air with purpose, showing its surreal beauty before continuing on to an equally transfixing piece. Surely a gift for ambient listeners, if you missed this first time around, here’s your chance.” –Mike McLatchey, Expose Magazine

“Although his ability to create rich, experimental ambience is very apparent on certain tracks, the prevailing sound is haunting, dreamy ambience with excellent touches of piano. Works well for late night listening, With dimmed lights and proper setting, it gives you that nice, soothing feeling.” — Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Zagreb, Croatia

“Instant fog bank. Just add CD player…. You don’t hear this music as much as absorb it through your skin…. There’s poignancy to this swirl of sound that lends it a substance such ethereal music rarely manages.” –Glen Hirschberg, The Seattle Weekly

READ MORE/LISTEN/PURCHASE HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Into the Dark

This week’s sale item (and personal favorite of mine) is Stephen Philips’ “Into the Dark,” priced at just $5.99 through January 5th.

INTO THE DARK
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Into the Dark is a beautifully restrained and elegant piece of ambient music reminiscent of Neroli by Brian Eno, and Entering Twilight by James Johnson. Moving patterns of sounds, varying from bell-like chimes to deep rumbles vaguely-ethnic rattles, interact and react to create an always-shifting atmosphere, a sense of “place” and mood while avoiding ambient music cliches.

Stephen Philips is a prolific ambient music composer, best known as founder of Dark Duck Records, and he has collaborated with such diverse and respected artists as Numina, Austere, IXOHOXI, Ben Fleury-Steiner, James Johnson, Rigel Orionis, Ben Summers, and Isomorph. He has frequently performed live, and has worked in styles ranging from drone minimalism to glitch to deep chill, mostly centering around restrained ambience.

A single, continuously-evolving track of over 74 minutes, Into the Dark works great as a background atmosphere for continuous repeat play. But like the best ambient music, it is appealing enough for careful listening as patterns repeat and evolve, and themes emerge throughout.

REVIEWS:
“Sometimes even reviewers judge a book by its cover. Hypnos release, check. Stephen Philips, check. Abstract cover art, check. A single track over an hour long, check. It’s obviously going to be deep dark ambient drones for the duration, right? Well, that impression goes out the window on the first note. The pinging noises sound more like the Barron brothers’ “Forbidden Planet” soundtrack or modern classical, than say, the latest Steve Roach hour-plus ambient epic. Bells, gongs and chimes are the predominant sounds, used rather sparsely, with synths and other sounds and effects for good measure. Wood blocks appear now and then, just briefly. Bass notes ring out from time to time and give just a hint of jazz flavor. This is thinking man’s ambient, like Brian Eno’s recordings from 30 years ago. While quiet, it isn’t exactly background music, as it doesn’t exactly flow. Notes are discrete and intermittent. It is subtle yet assertive in a way. The basic overriding theme and sound palette changes little over its course, just the placement of the notes and sounds. It’s like taking a thin slice of something and studying it intently, deliberately, ignoring everything above and below. Engage, listen intently, and see what you find.”
–Phil Derby, ElectroambientSpace

“I have had it on continuous repeat since I got it out of the envelope. This isn’t the drone that Steve is known for but instead a very addictive, work of highly refined minimalist ambient–as Mike G mentions very much in the tradition of Eno’s utterly sublime and timeless Neroli–Steve lays down a very catchy main rhythmic motiff that floats over propulses of light chiming exhalations. over and over again for 74 minutes and 29 seconds…. It’s one of the best single track immmersions in a very long time.”
–gearsofsand/Hypnos Forum

READ/LISTEN/BUY HERE.

Weekly Sale Item: Imprint

Our sale item for this week is “Imprint,” a  collaboration by Dave Fulton and Hypnos founder M. Griffin, specially priced at just $6.99 through November 24th.

IMPRINT
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Griffin (Hypnos label founder, and also known for his solo album SUDDEN DARK, as well as work with A Produce and Viridian Sun) and Fulton (best known as a founder of Dweller at the Threshold, now with the Binary sub-label of Hypnos) release their follow-up to the well-received collaborative debut THE MOST DISTANT POINT KNOWN. IMPRINT updates the sound and concept of the duo’s previous recording, while still exploring the concept of balancing the artists’s divergent backgrounds and influences. Griffin leans more toward the ambient & abstract end of things while Fulton’s influence runs toward Berlin school, sequencer music and prog rock, but what may seem at first a mismatch in fact brings about a blending of two complementary styles.
IMPRINT is a bit more dynamic and brighter-sounding, whereas THE MOST DISTANT POINT KNOWN was more slow-moving and nocturnal. The duo hope ambient fans may be surprised how much they enjoy the sequencer & analog synth elements, while those who approach the project from the “old school” point of view will like the many-layered complexity and atmospheric quality.

Read/purchase HERE.