Sullivan taks field recordings, slivers and slices them so their original sources are hard to ascertain, but the heart's still there. A specific list. That's been the thread holding his dozens of albums together this whole time. Utilizing vocaloid software to recall how her voice was when she was younger, the pieces are nostalgic and light, like listening to a memory. 15: serenitatem. Akron guitarist G.S. A non-place. The tracks are surreal and sharp at the edges, like someone took a hammer to a perfectly good kaleidoscope. A wilderness.” – Jonny Nash, “Emerging in opposition to the sunless days & countless distresses of current US politics, each track is imbued with a refreshing sense of equanimity – in Kerry’s own words, he “does not profess that music – especially an experimental, lyric-free music – can change or influence such circumstances. Avocationals is a stirring record, one full of burbling sounds, the imagined fates of thousands of lost souls, and a tender if terrifying sense of the great inevitable. This collab is just one of the six full-length records uploaded to the Japanese artist Chihei Hatakeyama's Bandcamp so far in 2019. “Everything moves faster than we can control. Fragments from a land that is a largely silent place. © 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. - Evan Sawdey. My most memorable experiences with Oren Ambarchi's music have even his crushing live shows, which are heavy in ways that few other music is. Today is going to be such a treat thanks to this list. I’ve probably listened 30 times now. They would blast an endless stream of noninvasive, wisely-chosen instrumental tracks meant for college students, desk jockeys, and any number of people who wanted to have a type of music on that could aide their focus. ( Log Out / Picking up right where At some turns chilly and foreboding, at others warm and inviting, Tavishi's early 2019 album is best for complicated headspaces, for when you aren't sure if you want to laugh or cry, but you know for sure that you need to shut yourself off from the world for a while. The world is louder by the day. So here we go with another somnambulant space walk, this time from a project named after one of the coolest characters in Cloud Atlas. The album offers explorations into the mysterious/strange sexual side of Prince, his preachy/pedantic side, and also his relaxed/smooth side. “ASC presents a concept project based around George Lucas’ seminal masterpiece, THX-1138. Beneath it all laps a sampled sea, perhaps inspired by her oceanographer father, perhaps by Malibu Beach, perhaps by movies like And the Ship Sails On or Life of Pi that treat the ocean as an endless mirror where dreams come true, and humans are no longer the master of its dominion. How can you prioritize what problems to solve? Like his father—the great experimenter Robert Ashley—Sam Ashley has a knack for sneaking casually profound turns of phrase into seemingly unending streams of consciousness. So zoom in on the small details here: the scritching of feet on pavement, the thrumming vibration of resonant bridges, the chatter of an afternoon at a cafe. Driven by the summer heat and a belief in a philosophy of "low listening," this tape was a self-conscious effort to perform as little physical movement possible during a live set. M. Geddes Gengras, I Am The Last of That Green and Warm-Hued World. Dub techno is one of electronic music's most conservative genres, and its best releases either stick doggedly to orthodoxy or find fun ways to poke holes in its fabric. Our fight for justice throughout the world is captured in this dynamic collection of posters, Celebrate People's History Vol. “Whilst the tone and style of this record does change from piece to piece, it does a neat job of extracting the collection of feelings wrought by proximity to the water, and actually it is the differences and distinctions that end up making this such an accurate depiction of one of those rare days by the sea.” – HearFeel. Music Reviews: The Undivided Five by A Winged Victory for the Sullen released in 2019 via Ninja Tune. Nuanced, uncanny ambient that feels handcrafted and personal in the best way. Like all the best ambient music, it works fine at lower volumes for reading, relaxing, or just staring out the window on a grey day. With so much modern and archived music now available readily across a variety of platforms, ambient and instrumental albums are far from dusty old relics: they're cool now. “I wanted to express the plant that was slow, quiet, powerful, and full of vitality. by Colin Joyce. Fans of futurist epics like All sorts of simple lo-fi piano loops linger deep in Bandcamp's ambient tags, but there's a spark to this solo project from Indiana that few have. From the Dntel-indebted mid-tempo workout that is "Endless Light" to the 1990s new age pastiche "Hidden Worlds" to the deliberate nod at Bibio's folktronica sound on "Spring", Isaak takes a break from the bleakness of his past few albums to stretch out and have fun. Ocean Moon is one half of Seahawks gone fully ambient, and it’s as blissed out as you could imagine. Euglossine's new record is playful, loopy and complex, like what you might expect to hear from a prog band fronted by a forest animal from a Saturday morning cartoon. Starting as an electronic project with some major pop flirtations, Teen Daze's sound has mellowed, cooled, and lost vocals altogether. Even still, it’s only a glimpse at the vast expanse of what this genre is capable of producing. A twirling mountain casts a deafening shadow over this place. Field recordings of bird chatter and wind and water telegraph the disposition here; this is music meant to celebrate the natural world. Go ahead, put these on when you study. It captures the composer as he develops a renewed relationship with his instruments and craft, channeling a dialogue between the meticulous use of technology and the outer reaches of human expression. The pieces, of course, are still just as beautiful. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. But I also heard an incredible amount of brilliant music. Isaak has slowly evolved from basement button-masher to ambient pop impresario; metamorphosing from Neon Indian to CFCF, if you will. hearing a friend walk through the front door. Each group member picked a classic song and was bandleader for a day, resulting in a record that reveals Lambchop's core influences in striking new light. There's a lot to contemplate, for a project that pretends to be so simple. [Techno fans: don’t miss the 25 best techno albums of 2019.]. The synthetics only serve as an echo to this feeling, dividing and evolving in this beautifully amoebic way. Like 2004's She foregrounds the human voice for the first time on the stunning "Arrow of Time," a sign that there are still new horizons ahead for one of the genre's boldest voices. I’m biased, so I’ll just let the copy from the album’s Bandcamp page speak for itself. Celebrate People's History Vol. Ghosts on Broken Pavement is an album that takes us back to the safe embrace of childhood dreams. Last year, Bob Holmes' country-ambient project SUSS broke through in a big way, with the group's pedal-steel soundscapes connecting strongly with listeners, leading the band to rack up millions of plays on streaming services practically overnight. While the pedal steel remains the star of SUSS' slow-burn shadow show, tracks like "Road Trip Part 3 (The Lonely Path)" and "The Walk Home" push simple acoustic guitar strums front and center, adding just enough changes in band's sonic makeup to keep things evolving. It's not just gun-toting crooks who abuse refugees, we learn from memoir I Just Wanted to Save My Family, it's also politicians and legal officers filling their personal and national coffers with fines and extortion who profit from criminal human trafficking. Even as the record descends into its center in the second half, as if tunneling deeper into the earth, these plates never really slip. We're treated to many eye-catching examples of John Ford's talents in Universal's 4K restoration of silent westerns Straight Shooting and Hell Bent, now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. I made a list of the 32 best ambient albums ever made a few years ago and, while I could probably swap any of them out for another beloved record, I stand by every choice completely. Imaginary Softwoods, Gold Fiction Loop Garden. Grass & Trees feels curiously microscale as if zooming in on a small patch of land and leaving no stone unturned and no bug or worm unsurveyed. What Nothing Is Objective does so remarkably well is juggle a variety of tones -- often switching between instrumental setups between tracks, itself an unusual move for an ambient album -- and doing so effortlessly. But not even that can match the stories Steve Wynn has to tell. Please know that I feel appropriately ashamed for leaving out all the classics I inevitably must skip here. A free gift from The Caretaker as he completed his years-long Everywhere At The End of Time series (which I’m not counting for 2019 because reasons, but the entire lengthy project is beyond recommended). In mixing Pioulard's love of field recordings with Patrick's loops and analogue reel-to-reel machines, the duo give their album a nautical, haunting vibe, sometimes taking a gritty synth tone and adorning it with detail (as on "Cabot"), other times taking simple melodic structures and adding the faint hint of echoing bells to evoke ghosts long in the distance ("Zenava"). “The third installment in Lo Recordings’ ongoing ‘Spaciousness’ series, this deeply phased and resonant collection was recorded high on a hill in Cornwall over the last two years. Despite all the criticism and perhaps unworthy purple praise, there remains virtually a whole shoegaze movement that people ignore outside of its pink, hazy zenith. What we do know is that we haven't been able to stop listening to It needs to be heard to be believed. Calling Down the Sky, his new album Tactile Ground explores the instability of our environment, in this case the shifting tectonic structures on which we sit. You might find this album next to recordings of rushing waterfalls in your local record store -- but waterfalls sound pretty scary, too, once you've heard Robert Rich. 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