Summer Coupon Code Sale

We’re dealing with all-time record hot temperatures here, so while we  hide out in the air conditioning, we’re ready to process your orders at this special discount. Our coupon code HOTSUMMER will give you 20% off any size order, good until midnight on July 4th. The discount applies to all items on a “while they last” basis, so grab your SOUNDSWIM summer deals before they’re (possibly) gone!

Permanent Price Reductions #2

In an ongoing effort to clear some space on our shelves for fresh product, we’ve permanently price-slashed another portion of our inventory. Many of these items are extremely low in stock, so grab some great bargains before they’re gone from the store, possibly forever!

Nunc Stans – Meridian –$6.99

Nunc Stans has always been inspired by far northern landscapes and the subjective states that accompany or are induced by them. Much of this collection is a sonic analog of those landscapes … drawn in sound across the silence. A sublime journey through expansive soundworlds, rich with detail, immersive atmospheres, and an underlying grandeur. -Dataobscura

Broken Harbour – Gramaphone Transmissions –$6.99

“The grungy, organic second release from Broken Harbour. Source material is comprised exclusively of processed samples and loops derived from classical vinyl records, and choral, mellotron and piano recordings.” –brokenharbour.bandcamp.com

Judah – Judah –$5.99

The second full-length from Judah who have been described as the Italian Suicide. Indeed, cold and analogue minimal electronics with really toxic and vicious vocal parts. An incredible collision between the rock’n’roll mood of the sixties and the savage punk electronic world of early Suicide. -soundohm.com

Gianluca Favaron – Equivalent XI –$6.99

Starting from simple recordings of sounds produced by everyday objects (…such as paper, scissors, kitchen stuff etc.), treated mainly with two delay machines, Favaron has collected eleven compositions. the idea behind this new release is to create some patterns based on the repetition of small sound particles obtained from a single source. in the eleven tracks on the album, mostly of short duration, we witness the proliferation of particular sound events that, sometimes wandering alone or sometimes by congregating into small throbbing and vital lumps, generate a vibrant microcosm characterized by short loops, slowly but constantly evolving.iIn some cases, as for example in the more long-lasting closing number, the simplicity of the construct and the infinitesimal tonal progressions are appreciated for their intrinsic hypnotic quality. -silentes.it

Packaged in a slim folder with a limited edition of 250

Paul Ellis – From Out Of The Vast Comes Nearness –$6.99

A purely electronic expression of five long-form pieces that blend ambient sound design with rhythmic electronics, recalling the classic works of genre masters like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze or Vangelis; but with a restrained modern air. With a mixture of synthesized sonics, both melodic and cerebral, the music brings to mind the unfolding expanse of the cosmos, stated with a graceful patience that propels the steadily evolving, constantly moving synthscapes to a highly personal level. -spottedpeccary.com

Afflux (Eric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier) – Bordeaux TNT –$5.99

Long after the first two releases issued by Ground Fault and Edition Ellipsis, and/OAR & Alluvial Recordings are pleased to finally be able to present the final release in a trilogy covering the sonic expeditions of the French location-specific electroacoustic trio Afflux (Eric La Casa, Jean-Luc Guionnet & Eric Cordier).

This release summarises what was initially a 6 hour performance / installation / radio broadcast that occurred at the TNT cultural centre in Bordeaux, France. The TNT centre is situated inside a former shoe manufacturing building. With several hundred meters of cables, the exterior and interior of the building were recorded using several different condenser and contact microphones, modified and mixed in real time on a 32 channel mixing desk. Simultaneously, the live mix was played into the concert hall / space using 8 channels for 8 loudspeakers. While the improvisers were on the upper level, the audience was listening and walking around on the lower level. The final mix for the CD was edited by Eric La Casa.

Loren Nerell – Lilin Dewa –$6.99

Fantastic, exotic, tasty stuff from Nerell, whose recent TAKSU continued along a similar vector.

Darshan Ambient – Dream in Blue –$6.99

Dream In Blue is the Fall 2011 release by the celebrated artist Darshan Ambient (aka Michael Allison). As with previous Darshan Ambient releases, Allison’s melodies and harmonization are sublime, and his rhythms, while complex, evoke a sense of effortlessness that leave the listener engaged and fulfilled. At times, the album brilliantly weaves Jazz motives through ambient forms, while never abandoning the compelling, signature style of electronic music for which Darshan Ambient is known.

The album began as an homage to Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and on a few of the tracks Allison expertly explores new territory, straddling the line between ambient and jazz, while building on the powerfully appealing electronic sound heard on earlier releases. -spottedpeccary.com

The Circular Ruins – The Alchemy Concert –$6.99

The Circular Ruins live from the Atmostreams web broadcast of June 2004. An alchemical mix of rhythms, ambience, and leads. Electronic Music realized in a live performance often possesses a quality unattainable in studio works. In the practiced spontaneity of live improvisation, what is played next really matters as one cannot go back and recapture any given moment once it has past. On The Alchemy Concert (69’20”) by The Circular Ruins (Anthony Paul Kerby), the music was created live before an unseen Internet audience. Even though the eight tracks are each a work unto itself, the album provides a coherent listening experience. The overall mood of The Alchemy Concert is pretty mellow. Beats and rhythms are introduced slowly and provide a soft foundation upon which calm and silvery synthesizer pads float. Choices in the way of timbre and tonality reveal an artist who can trace his heritage back to the chillout room – where perceptions vary with the individual. The compositions themselves seem to have a basic structure, around which Kirby adds the motion of melody, harmony and spacey effects. This album centers on calm and friendly sonic fantasies but does offer contrasting sounds with the occasional darkening air castle or cross modulation. These moments add a small amount of nonconformity and uncertainty to the overall experience, which is ultimately less about music than it is state of mind. -databloem.com

Nosesoul: Francesco Paladino & Opium – Angel Ghost & Human Shades -$5.99

Nosesoul project is pure improvisation, my sessions have been improvised and directly mixed with Francesco’s voices. These sounds are pure breathe, pure prayers, pure mourns and pure pleasures to me. I hope this experience won’t leave me through my next years. -TeoZini/Opium

Ambient experimental sounds combining the ‘Francesco’ voices with improvisational programming from Opium. Francesco Paladino here provides vocalisations that range from moans, whines and nasal tones through to various mutterings and mournings. Teo Zini or Opium surrounds these utterances with layers of ambient electronic texture and processed ‘wave editings’. There sultant sound is a mysterious organic sound installation that is suggestive of various dream states – jangling bells, buzzing flies, birds, water droplets and hypnotic drones hang in the aural air – ambiguous, evocative and unsettling.Titles add to the dreamy mood of the music – ‘grasswall painted green’, ‘me, the sky sleeping’, ‘sunrise overflow’. -aliodie.com

Loren Nerell:Indonesian Soundscapes –$5.99

Ethnomusicologist Loren Nerell has spent time abroad studying gamelan music of Bali and Java, and relives the visit with this recorded account. A definite documentary feel accompanies Indonesian Soundscapes, though it can certainly be listened to ambiently, effectively bringing another world into your home environs. Actual field recordings document musical ceremonies, natural sounds and locational atmospheres, making for an enveloping sonic travelogue.
-spiderbytes.com

Maurizio Bianchi & Craig Hilton – PU 94 –$5.99

Extremely dark atmospheres, restless and dramatic… Sharp masses of metallic noises cleave pulsating substrates of low frequencies, mixed with magmatic agglomerates of more processed sounds of an unrecognizable nature… Moments of stasis and apparent quietness… Handfuls of minutes of an unutterable, hanging and distressing tension… Sudden showers of vibrant frequencies that emerge from nowhere and bury everything under an heavy and devastating sonic mantle… A real masterpiece of incredibly dark and subterranean music. -Silentes

Lullabier – Verita rivestite d’ombra –$6.99

Delicate and fragile dreaming atmospheres, melodic and hypnotic ambient light sparks, sonic landscapes both semi-acoustic and then close to shoegaze, introspective lyrics almost whispered by a simple and gentle voice, mainly based on evocative and shiny, delicate, and dilated electric guitar riffs laid on discreet rhythmic backgrounds, sometimes simply backed by acoustic guitar chords, in a singer-songwriter mood. -Silentes

Ezdanitoff – We Bring Light –$6.99

Extreme and uncompromising electronic stimulations, vibrations and synthetic pulsations floating off, disturbing buzzes and algorithmic waves in expansion, fragmented and deconstructed Synthetic Chaos… But also hints of hypnotic unfinished musical sketches, clips of embryonic melodic sequences, fragments of human voices, oscillating electronic pads, distorsions, improbable synthetic clones of nature sounds and noises… An intransigent work of disturbing and destabilizing electronica by Wouter Jaspers and Frans de Waard, especially recommended to listeners from other worlds… -silentes.it

Gnome & Spybey – Beyond Willie’s Place –$5.99

Digipak Release

“Mark Spybey’s been having his way with rhythm and noise for so long that the motifs he’s ascribed over the years are practically commonplace amongst the novice post-industrialist, or hell, the post-whatever. His is a sound that summons any number of nocturnal beasties from the ether. Throughout the last 25-plus years, he’s plied his trade and remarkable sonic mojo both solo and in the company of many a forward-thinking electronic engineer. His collaborators include cEvin Key, Eric Pounder, Jean-Yves Theriault, Jarboe, Mick Harris, Martin Atkins, James Plotkin, Mark Nugent, Orphx, Phil Western, David Wright, Zev Asher, Darryl Neudorf, Ryan Moore, Niels van Hoorn, Kinder Atom, Evolution Control Committee, Chris Connelly and others. It’s as Dead Voices On Air, however, that some of his most startling ideas emerge fully-realized and fully-armed; of course, to hear Spybey tell it, once art leaves the nest it’s up to (once again) the recipient to assume the role of engager: “My work is created in isolation from external references. That is the ideal I strive for. Only in this way is it possible to allow the listener an opportunity to create their own understanding of the music, or, as the artist Joseph Beuys once said, ‘One should resort to interpretation only in an emergency.’” -Tourette Records

VAT for UK Customers

Please note that we are no longer able to sell to customers in the United Kingdom, due to Brexit-related changes to the VAT collection requirements. As we are not able to impound VAT taxes, yet it is required that we do so if we wish to ship orders to the UK, we must regretfully stop accepting orders from our customers in that region.

Our storefront software does not allow us to block orders from selected countries, so to prevent UK customers from ordering, we’ve set the shipping charge to $999 per item. Our apologies for this, as we’ve long enjoyed selling music to our friends in the UK!

Our hope is that the VAT collection requirements will be reverted to what they were previously.

Permanent Price Reductions

In an effort to clear out some space on our shelves for fresh product, we’ve permanently price-slashed a portion of our inventory (with even more to come, so keep an eye out for future listings). Many of these items are extremely low in stock, so grab some great bargains before they’re gone from the store, possibly forever!

Alio Die & Amelia Cuni – Apsaras –$7.99

With 15 different collaborations to his name, Italian ambient soundscape constructor Alio Die presents his most stunning release to date. His work with Robert Rich and vidnaObmana have set the stage for the unusual beauty of this dramatic work, celebrating nature and the magic of the human voice. In Hindu mythology, the Asaras are female spirits of nature, usually water nymphs. Flowing in the waters, these celestial nymphs come out of the waves like the first seeds of the mind: desire. Talented artistically, the Apsaras are very beautiful; charming musicians and dancers for the pleasure of the Gods.

The Circular Ruins and Mystified – Fantastic Journey –$6.99

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. –dataobscura.com

Jason Corder & Opium – thepresentday –$6.99

“Drones and ethnic elements are interwoven with percussive minimalism to create a flowing long-form work of seven fascinating movements.” –cdbaby.com

Paul Bradley & Cria Cuervos – Moraines II –$6.99

MORAINES II is a radical re-working of the limited cdr release MORAINES. The original recordings have been augmented, re-worked and newely mixed into an entirely different piece of music. The final result is far heavier and more substantial work that creates a light and dark relationship with the original release and is much more than a simple ‘remix’of Moraines. Andrew Liles also contributes a track that takes elements and unique contributions to twist the work into his own personal sound world. -soundohm.com

Ultra Milkmaids & Aidan Baker – At home with… –$5.99

Canadian Aidan Baker’s pastoral guitar work shredded to glorious bits by the French. Environmental recordings paint the background with various voices and distant church bells.

All Hail the Transcending Ghost – All Hail the Transcending Ghost –$5.99

The debut album from AHTTG – a joint collaboration between Henrik Nordvargr Bjorkk (MZ.412, Toroidh, Folkstorm etc) and Tim Bertilsson (Fear Falls Burning, Switchblade). The Swedish duo have created arguably one of the most haunting drone-dark-ambient-industrial works in recent years, invoking the spirits of old Nordvargr, meets the sludge-doom vibe of Tim’s hellish guitar. …truly the most scary music I have recorded” (Nordvargr). An icy chill down your spine… a cold hand on your shoulder… you are never alone in the darkness.” -Cold Spring

The Electric Golem – Sky Snails –$6.99

“Sky Snails is a three track album of lengthy explorations of sonic possibilities that explore notions of tone glitch, frequency and pulsation. The first track, ‘What Watson Doesn’t know‘, has nods to psychedelic mindscapes with patterned static, pulsating waves, loose throws of synth pulsations, static beats and wavering tonal frequencies. ‘Sky Snails Part One’ is a darker ambient piece concentrating in the bass elements with squelched synth distortions and atypical beat structures which eventually tone down and the track becomes an ambient space piece with an evolving battered beat struggling to achieve pattern. ‘Sky Snails Part Two‘ lends more towards the space epic, with its uprising bright tones emerging from a thinner and lighter scape. It moves into a delicate ambience before attempting epic and heroic choral electronic motifs ending in a squelching ambivalence.” –cyclicdefrost.com

Paul Ellis – I Am Here –$6.99

Ancient and modern come together on “I Am Here,” as veteran musician/composer Paul Ellis creates an electronic music portrait inspired by the mysterious rock carvings of the Chinook Tribe of Native Americans who lived in the Columbia River Gorge 15,000 years ago. Just as they left their mark etched in stone, so Paul Ellis paints in sound from a palette that includes synthesizers, sequencers, guitar, bass, and voice. The three long form compositions on the album, two in the 20 minute range, and one almost 30 minutes in length, have a spellbinding quality that is constantly evolving, and draws favorable comparison to the electronic music artistry of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra, Craig Padilla, Patrick O’Hearn, and Jean Michel Jarre. Pulsing sequencers provide forward momentum over a soundscape of lush keyboard orchestration, classic analog synthesizer tones, atmospheric textures, and otherworldly effects.

Duozero – Esperanto –$6.99

ESPERANTO is the multi-lingual voice of technology, a suspension of sounds based in research : a chaos of signs overwhelmed by sonic devices…New sound manipulator Duozero takes atmospheres and sound structures, twisting them into a blasphemous aural ecstacy of concrete music, unconscious field recordings and machine connections… -soundohm.com

Gianluca Becuzzi & Fabio Orsi – Muddy Speaking Ghosts Through My Machines –$6.99

Cardboard Sleeve.

“This is a collaboration between Fabio Orsi and Gianluca Becuzzi (Kinetix). The unexpected encounter between these different forces, experiences, and visions of these two artists melts perfectly on this album. Drones and rumors, pouring between distant voices and centenary blues songs from the Alan Lomax archive, tow off shreds of ballads, guitars and old keyboards floating on the vibrant surface of a fairy river. Rapture and sweet loss are the main sensations. This could be listed as avant folk, or experimental blues, or ambient roots, or contemporary aesthetics and aching nostalgia.” -coldspring.co.uk

Ekhnatòn – Ricerca Italiana Semplice Numero Uno –$6.99

This compilation, originally released in 1984 as a vinyl LP by MULTIPLE CONFIGURATION in collaboration with the legendary ADN label, is finally available again in a completely remastered CD version. Ekhnaton” collects tracks recorded by the most daring and remarkable bands that were active in the experimental Italian scene during those years. “Simple Italian Research Vol. 1” was (and still is) the subtitle of an album that includes two tracks from each of the following bands: Maze 1066, Tasaday (whose “Implosione tra le pieghe dell’anima” has recently been reissued by Silentes), Evitaxal – an alias for Roberto Marinelli, also active as Laxative Souls – and the more well-known and active TAC (TOMOGRAFIA ASSIALE COMPUTERIZZATA). Through a valuable and accurate restoration, we’re glad to make available again an unmissable view on the first intuitions and the experimental methodologies that shaped their times, leaving a permanent mark – in Italy and abroad – on the following generations.” -Silentes

Shane Morris & Mystified – Epoch –$6.99

Two talented composers of ambient-atmospheric soundscapes, Shane Morris & Mystified, have joined forces to create Epoch, the first installment of a trilogy about prehistoric time and evolution. Epoch is a conceptual album of deep, resonant, atmospheric drone soundscapes based around life during the Mesozoic era of Earth’s past; a time long before people, when great reptiles walked the planet, prospered, and ultimately ceased to exist.

The album uses a heavy emphasis on winds and bass percussion instruments to create a sonic environment that might reflect some of the sounds that occurred 200 million years ago, and while the instrumentation for Epoch is indeed limited to all acoustic instruments, including trombone, didjeridoo, vibraphone, bass drums, scissors, and assorted percussion, these sources were then processed heavily with electronics into the primeval sonic environments heard on the album.

Throughout Epoch, Shane Morris & Mystified guide the listener through remarkably vast and wonderfully organic soundworlds that unfold in chronological order, where each track acts as a sonic portal offering glimpses into the distant past, and illustrating the gradual persistence of evolution itself.

Darshan Ambient – A Day Within Days –$6.99

A beautiful and powerful expression of friendship, loss and the artistic spirit. On this new offering, composer and creative force behind Darshan Ambient, Michael Allison, once again expertly navigates the fine line between poignancy and elation with his trademark melodies, chord structures, and instrumentation. Fans of previous Darshan Ambient albums will not be disappointed. The classic ambient spaces are certainly present, and Allison’s signature rhythmic flair and strong melodic sensibilities are in full bloom on this effort. There are also some stronger, more straightforward elements such as electric guitars, heavy drums and orchestral programming that bring a satisfying intensity to key moments of the album.

Daniel Menche – Incineration –$5.99

Re-issue of 1993 originally Soleilmoon release. Standard jewel case with one insert. Originally recorded in 1993 using very cheap recording equipment and crude electronics. Rough field recordings and found objects were used and abused. Recorded live straight to recorder without overdubs, at the “Club Les Girls” and Smegma Studio. Remastered February 1999 at OMRO Studio by Timothy Stollenwerk.

John Lakveet – Proportions –$6.99

“In recent years, the name of the Spaniard John Lakveet has become a household name in electronic music. As opposed to a lot of his colleagues in the field of retro-EM, he doesn’t produce ultra-long pieces of music with long intros but he manages to tell his story in quite a short time. This short time also applies to his musical outlet. His latest album ‘The Force Of Reason’ was released less than a year ago. But, if artists are able to create interesting and innovative music, that is not a problem. And with John, this is certainly the case. Sequences are John’s speciality, pulsating and hypnotising. The sequencing on ‘Proportions’ is great; he is really an absolute master in creating the right sequences.” -lakveet@bandcamp

Yui Onodera – Rhizome –$6.99

Album Notes:

“Yui Onodera is composer and multi-instrumentalist from Tokyo, Japan. He uses field recordings, electronics, piano, guitar, and voice to produce works of unrivaled ethereal beauty.

Rhizome is his 10th cd and showcases his truly unique talents for sound design and electroacoustic experimentation.”

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SALE: Infraction

We’ve got a selection of our items from the INFRACTION label on sale this week, with the low prices being good though April 4th or while supplies last.

Drape – Let There Water Air –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

“Spencer Williams and Ryan Gracey’s 2nd full length LP as Drape on Infraction. Analog orchestras and guitar
notes that expand for minutes on end. The first two tracks on Let There Water Air are awash in a guitar and
cello haze, rising up on ‘new mountains’ like the morning sun cresting over the horizon. When it gets quiet,
as in with the opening of ‘Interiors’, it is a stark-like Cage piano piece with the sounds of the piano
repair shop these tracks were recorded in captured like bits of dust. The buzzing of a not too faraway
guitar still makes it’s presence known, but it is the slooow melody of textural piano that is the centerpiece
here. Where Drape in the past has blended noise AND ambience, here the noise is weighted, perforated and the
light is allowed to filter through.

All filters aside, Let There Water Air is Drape shining brightly. Balance and restraint – the soft noise of
guitar, the melodic anchor of carefully chosen piano notes, the occasional metallic reverb and hum, even a
cacophonous (relatively) piano hammering (courtesy of Doug McDiarmid of Why?), and the entwining of guitar strings with cello strings. ” –infractionrecords.com

Zimiamvian Night – Zimiamvian Night 3 (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99

“The recording was dead. A lifeless piece of audio ‘lost’ (filed) on a dusty hard drive and purposely dropped under a nameless ‘untitled’ folder. The men and women of the Zimiamvian Night collective were content to move on, record more pieces, capture other lights, and bathe in distant ambiences far, far away.

The Wolf (indeed his real name) caught word of this abandoned audio and offered to inject some life, and perhaps revive what was left behind. After careful listening, tape splicing (uploading) and painstaking attention to the neverending, everlasting drone notes, blowing wind and dappled environmental samples – a new recording emerged and is now presented here. Alive and well.

Zimiamvian Night 3 is the collection over 2 discs of the before, after and in-between. It is meant to document this transition and serves as a reference point to the story that spans years, the accidental audio diary passively collected on tape and the mysterious end result.” –infractionrecords.com

Keith Barry – The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish/Turn Right a Thousand Feet from Here (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99

“Keith Berry’s The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish is one of those albums whose inner life and fertility is compelling evidence that Drone is not only alive, but with designs on immortality. The artful construction and architecture of this post-minimal space drone suite shows how spare means can be harnessed to rich ends, making it one of the most engrossing records of the year – whether 2011 or 2005.

Stoughton mini-lp gatefold CD sleeve, cardstock inner sleeve envelopes. Design by Timothy O’Donnell.” –infractionrecords.co

Tetsu Inoue – World Receiver –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

“This is such a classic that to review it now, 11 years on, seems completely unnecessary. Not widely acclaimed on its initial release in 1996, and unfortunately out of print for quite some time, Infraction is thankfully bringing this back to market. World Receiver ranks very near the top of best ambient albums lists, up with Eno’s On Land, KLF’s Chill Out, and Global Communication’s 76:14.

Inoue was ahead of his time with this record, incorporating field recordings seamlessly with his own analog synthesizers. Field recordings had been used for years by the time this came out, to be sure. The perfect nature of how the music plays off the recordings and the reverse on this record still possesses the capacity to amaze. The location recordings are never too location-specific, sounding like they could be anywhere on the globe. Which they might very well be, as Inoue travelled Japan, Thailand, Pakistan, Germany, and the United States, gathering his sounds. Point being that the integration sounds so completely organic, composed around each other, on a level unparalleled upon initial release.

World Receiver deserves the accolades heaped upon it since 1996. There weren’t many ambient releases that sounded like it at the time, and 10 years on, there still aren’t that many. Even Inoue himself has moved on from this sound. There is nothing like this being released today. If you don’t have it, what are you waiting for?” –igloomag,com

Offthesky & Pleq – A Thousand Fields –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

At the intersection between ambient, minimalism, 4th world, found sound, drone, and post-classical composition.

“Seven uneasy pieces. The duo draw the drapes of an abandoned stage set. A head(y) cinema—a space waiting for timbres to exhale; a rumble, an ominous string swell, dissonant synth shivers. Suspense—uneasy, queasy, eerie. Tension without resolution, sometimes broken—a single piano string or foot shuffle (“Ashes of America”), sometimes paused for thoughtful resonance—a violin saw (“Delicate Exit”), a distant harp (Witch Season”), a drowning string section (“Simulacromancer”). Sudden variations in volume, minimal movements in apparent stillness, define the dynamic, requiring adjustment to default distracted listening mode. A strategic deployment of silence, or rather a still resonant air left by the decay of a musical gesture, is part of this album’s unusual presence, at once delicate and weighty—part artful arrangement, part production prowess.

A Thousand Fields is a genuinely exploratory work, an ambient less ordinary, a classical more post-, a drone less prone to be blown off course, while taking you down some paths less trodden.” –igloomag.com

Beautumn – Northing –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

“This is a beautiful yet serious record. It is ambience, but not ‘simply’ ambient. These are cinematic tracks begging for a narrative, often invoking the skeletons of stories with sounds of footsteps, rain, winds, waves, fire and animal life (birds?) alongside metals and the odd machine. The sound is almost always a bit grand and roomy, as if reverbing off of the sky and thickly layered with varied-pitch tones and drones which often become so much a part of the soundscape that they become the foundation of its lushness, sometimes building tension, sometimes delivering an other-worldy, floating quality. As I listen to some of these tracks, I am reminded of times in my childhood during weather warnings when I stared at a dark sky, both menacing and terribly compelling, watching it roil too close to the ground where I stood.” –infractionrecords.com

Parks – Hidden –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

“Sentimentally elegant in all the right places, without being paradoxically obtrusive and harsh. Soft and gentle, without sagging into iconclastic reverie. Neat.” — Mick Buckingham (Muttley SV)

Aloof Proof – Piano Text –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

“There is no ambient record greater than Aloof Proof’s Piano Text. I’m not the type of person given to grand, insupportable claims; this is simply a statement of fact. The album has equals, but no betters, and it is a tragedy that so few listeners have had the chance to hear this album in its entirety, let alone own a copy for themselves. It is the kind of album that becomes essential after just the first listen.

Since it was quietly released in 1994—a time, remember, dominated by the ambient-techno boom of such artists as the Orb and Future Sound of London—it has achieved a kind of cult status among fans of the genre. This is largely due to the edited versions of the album’s two tracks that appeared on Asphodel’s sprawling drone compilations, opening the world of Aloof Proof to thousands of eager listeners in the mid-nineties.

The overall sound of ‘The Ghost Ship’ and ‘The Last Leaf’ is simple to describe—the tones of a piano are stretched to the horizon line; long, lingering sounds, the fluttering threads of them in the wind, drifting like subtle perfumes, a dream language culled from a very familiar instrument. In its way, it is also a kind of Mandelbrot image—the briefest segments of the tracks can be listened to (like Eno’s Neroli or Thursday Afternoon) to get an accurate idea of the whole. However, the magic of Piano Text is that, when taken as a duo of suites, the larger forms of the piece are revealed to be a classical composition of the utmost drama, suspense, nuance. It is, indeed, the music of the inexplicable dreamworlds we all travel to during sleep.

This is an album that must be listened to—no words can adequately describe how spellbinding the music is, how staggeringly elegant and tantalizing the world created within becomes with the simple touch of the ‘play’ button.” – Brian Bieniowski (Asphalt Eden)

Beautumn – Bordeaux –Regularly $8.99, right now just $6.99

“Bordeaux is a silent missive for the people seeing beauty in decay and contentment in isolation.

Nine minimalist compositions emulating the peculiar colors of the near-winter, picturing suspended landscapes on the string of time.”–dotflac@bandcamp.com

Capricornus – Halation –Regularly $7.99, right now just $5.99

“Two deep and hypnotic longform drone pieces by Halation, the working name of Hiroshi.He is influenced by Andrew Chalk, Taiga Remains and David Tagg and this is his first release.”Halation gives off a flat-on-back eyes-to-skies drowsy air with its long drawn out tone-rays. Highly amorphous in strategy, a purist ambient Enovian ethos a la Thursday Afternoon may suggest itself. On occasion, clusters of notes flicker within the freefloating drone, mirroring the eponymous halation effect – transient morning brume, or light refracted through water vapour rendered blurred.” –databloem.com

Monos – Age and Transformation / Aged and Transformed (2CD) –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99

In a Stoughton gatefold mini-lp sleeve with matte finish inner sleeves for each disc. 2nd disc contains 40 minute track titled ‘transformed’ that is ONLY available on the CD. Edition of 800.

Nearly two hours of musical constructions spread across two discs and they are pieces that demand your attention. Intricate patterns are concocted through wrecked strings and the sounds of empty space. It’s like touring the architectural graveyards of the industrial world. Creaking and crawling through time, finding the longest, most difficult paths to explore the past, Monos (aka Darren Tate) aural landscape is a deep and detailed place. Strings feel like they could shatter at any moment. Field recordings are layered and brought to life, unveiling a living, breathing cityscape that exudes a kind of organic urbanism. It all feels so simple yet momentous and beautiful. Wistful chords flow from a Rhodes piano (or maybe it’s an organ… or maybe it doesn’t really matter), dripping with nostalgic daydreams of life before the fall. “Age & Transformation” is a grand treatise on all things elemental and industrial and the inherent symmetry between the two.” -Brad Rose, Experimedia