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Three New Dataobscura Discs Just Arrived

Another batch of new items just landed in the Hypnos Store, this time from the Dataobscura label.


Pleq+Philippe Lamy – Momentum (cdr)
(Dataobscura section)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Momentum constructs immersive worlds from microsounds, noise fields, glitches, mutated drones and field recordings. The result is rich, fascinating, unpredictable and endlessly absorbing. Includes remixes by Machinefabriek, mise_en_scene, and Yukitomo Hamasaki…. (MORE/BUY)


Robert Davies – Arboreal (cdr)
(Dataobscura section)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Arboreal spins a gossamer web of natural field recordings and delicate synthesiser pads that will both entrance and transport the listener to a secluded earthly sanctuary … a sonic Eden. Ambient at its very best…
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The Circular Ruins and Mystified – Fantastic Journey (cdr)
(Dataobscura section)
(Price: $13.99 CDR)
Fantastic Journey is an homage to writers such as Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and other pioneers from the early age of science fantasy.
Expect something a little different…. (MORE/BUY)

Hypnos Store Add: Winterhouse – Winter Gardens

Last of four new additions to the Hypnos Online Store from Dataobscura (though we have several other restocks as well) is Winter Gardens by The Winterhouse. Price is $13.99.


The Winterhouse – Winter Gardens
(Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99) Winter Gardens is an intriguing set of wintery landscapes crafted with an underlying blanket of sonic beauty, a flurry of ambient details, and an icy delicacy. Expect something a little more experimental than their previous outings … but every bit as magical.

Performed by Anthony Paul Kerby (canada) and Robert Davies (usa) using a variety of synthesisers, with occasional field recordings. Final compositions and mastering by APK.

“Winter Gardens” is the 4th album of the collaborative project The Winterhouse, featuring the Canadian-US duo of Anthony Paul Kerby (London, Ontario) and Robert Davies (Ithaca, New York). Released at the beginning of March 2012 on the usual imprint via Anthony’s DataObscura. The album opens quietly with pastoral “Winter Hymn”, a serenely flowing organic ambience that precisely sets the stage for this deeply panoramic meandering through the serenity of a winter landscape wrapped in a heavy blanket of snow. Ice cold monotonous drones invade “The Depths Of Winter” and are precisely bridged with assorted cavernously echoed effects, gurgles and rumblings. Towards the end the texture moves into more experimental terrains. This must be the exciting soundtrack for your journey into the breathtaking “winter gardens” of underground ice cavern labyrinths with all their fascinating and mysterious ice figures and structures. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Deep, static, but massive drone magic enters the next composition, “This Land Drifts Into Silence”, and it’s nicely colored by miscellaneous distant winds, hisses and occasional heartbeats. It is gradually progressing and soaring above misty, snow capped trees. Delicate sonic disruptions fly along too. Stunningly immersive snowscapes, great work, guys!!! “We Walk Through Glass” keeps on the aerial, dreamy route, with a richly layered cascading structure offering drama and depth, and where icy drones are merged with diverse hazy sonic experiments, hisses and outbursts. “A Winter Symphony” is crossed with modern classical elements, which attractively interact with deeper drone wizardry created by some strongly absorbing voice magics. A really exciting cinematic-like composition filled with variety and intensity, and always gorgeously fascinating and strikingly picturesque!!! “Solitude” is the 13 minute closing composition and another perfectly fitting title with a richly textured, cavernous feel enhanced by various alien breathings, rumbling noises and water sounds. Another amazing trip into the magnificent subterranean domain. Anthony Paul Kerby and Robert Davies have unlocked for me truly beautiful scenic winter wonderland landscapes and underground chambers. Explore your “Winter Gardens” too!!!

–Reviewed by Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Hypnos Store Add: Strom Noir – Standing Out Against the Sea

Another new addition to the Hypnos Online Store from Dataobscura: Standing Out Against the Sea/b> by Strom Noir. Price is $13.99.


Strom Noir – Standing Out Against the Sea
(Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
On his first DataObscura release, Strom Noir (Emil Maťko) from Slovakia delivers a collection of mesmerizing transmuted guitar textures and noise drones that show a keen persistence of vision, with dark tensions that draw the listener into all-encompassing sonic depths. Emil has previously recorded on such labels as Hibernate, U-Cover, and Resting Bell.

“The album unfolds with motionlessly flowing looped drones on “Poppy Seeds”, presenting Strom Noir at its most serene!!! The title composition “Standing Out Against The Sea” moves towards more typical guitar-based soundscaping, with a stronger acoustic feel and a repetitive, slightly more melodic structure enriched later by harsher hissed soundwalls and natural sounds, but always keeping within the signature of Strom Noir. This composition showcases a precise synergy and balance between fragile, melancholic warmness and louder, more massive passages. “In All The Wrong Places” begins with deeper, slow-motion drones, which fleetly shift into gradually progressing, intense and interplaying cascades covered by misty hiss. This richly sculpted and deeply evocative masterpiece holds all the finest “Made by Strom Noir” essences!!! The monotonously spiraling, but shimmeringly exquisite drones of “The Passage Of Truth” move again through multi-dimensional passages, backed by catchy voice-like sounds. The next composition, “Rearviewmirror”, slips into a rather rawer, exotically sounding adventure, with distinctive sounds and intense, expressive strings. An all-inclusive piece with a deeply stirring and mesmerizing effect. Certainly another highlight on this highly challenging ride!!! “Digital Saturn” glides through more aerial, tranquilly soothing spaces with a slowly expanding structure, becoming more massive and profound, and always strongly imaginative. “Haanah” is dominated by heavier, repetitive drone, and colored by some distant rumblings at the back. The overall feel of this track is quite monumental, nearly mind-bending. By the way, “Haanah” also features the Fujara, a traditional folk flute of Slovak shepherds, but it’s hardly recognizable throughout the piece. “Kalimagdora” quickly brings the album back into a warmly inviting blend of tender acoustics and cheerful organics crossed with nostalgic glitches, and allows the listener to float smoothly in a state of being deeply relaxed. Beautifully captivating closer!!! “Standing Out Against The Sea” is filled with sensitivity, richness and poignancy, it must be experienced to be appreciated!!! I am so proud to know this wonderful and talented artist!!!”

–Review by Richard Gürtler (April 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Hypnos Store Add: Nunc Stans – We Leave Without Speaking

Newly added to the Hypnos Online Store, from the Canadian label Dataobscura: We Leave Without Speaking/b> by Nunc Stans, for $13.99.


Nunc Stans – We Leave Without Speaking
(Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99)
Music for an imagined film.

We Leave Without Speaking is a single, 72 minute piece of expansive and deeply involving atmospheric ambience that wanders an enigmatic world of its own making, seamlessly flowing through a variety of rich sonic palettes and absorbing soundworlds. A work of considerable beauty, with an underlying sense of forlorn isolation and longing. A mature and sophisticated continuation of the Nunc Stans legacy.

Performed by Anthony Paul Kerby, spring 2010, using various synthesisers, guitar, treated piano, field recordings, and digital processing…..
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Hypnos Store Add: The Circular Ruins – Invisible Cities

Newly added to the Hypnos Online Store: Invisible Cities by Circular Ruins. Our price is $13.99.


The Circular Ruins – Invisible Cities
(Dataobscura category)
(Price: $13.99) A lush and addictive collection of ambient journeys and landscapes inspired by the incomparable novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. These works exhibit the rich organic complexity, occasional curious rhythms, and deft developments we have come to expect from The Circular Ruins. This is music for sonic immersion … and for the imagination.

Composed and performed by Anthony Paul Kerby (Canada) using a variety of synthesisers and effects, with occasional field recordings. Piano on What’s Left Behind by Angela Weiser….
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