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Review: Matthew Barlow - Fields

Matthew Barlow is a guitarist and ambient synthesis sound artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He also hosts a radio show called “Notes From the Underground” on Asheville FM. At the time of writing, he has five releases listed on Bandcamp.

“Fields” has two tracks, and is just shy of half an hour long. Both are named after letters of the Greek alphabet. On his Bandcamp page, the artist describes the music as being “created & inspired largely from processing two 15 min…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 18, 2012 at 11:03am — No Comments


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My review of "The Hidden Islands" CD by Havdis

Promising and fastly expanding Swedish Gterma label keeps on striking and brings here another exciting new project, this time a Norwegian drone addicts acting under the moniker of Havdis. The image of misty seascape with island on the cover artwork is precisely displayed by the opening drones of "Beluga". I am…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 17, 2012 at 4:29am — No Comments


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My review of "Hypersona" CD by 36

"Hypersona" was released back in 2009 as a debut album by UK based project acting under the 36 alias and first part of three planned albums, which later became known as "Hollow" (2010) and "Lithea" (2012), all released on 36's own imprint 3six Recordings. The sole protagonist of 36, Dennis Huddleston, presents here his…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 16, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Preview: Neu Gestalt - Weightless Hours

"Weightless Hours" is due to be released next week.

True story: Les Scott (a.k.a. Neu Gestalt) and I live in the same city, and worked in the same organisation, and yet we’ve never met. “Altered Carbon”, his début release, was an astonishing tour de force. Indeed, it’s one of my five favourite electronica albums ever. “Weightless Hours” has been three years in the making. That’s a long time by any standards. Given how much I love his first album, I hoped so much that I wouldn’t be…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 16, 2012 at 6:26am — 4 Comments


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William Spivey and Aos Crowley - Absence of Matter

I’d like to start this review on a personal note. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) has been my charity of choice for the past seven years. Every year, we sponsor a dolphin called Rainbow who lives in Scottish waters, and it’s lovely to be kept in touch with…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 13, 2012 at 10:07am — 2 Comments


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Review: Jarguna - Waiting for a Call From the Unknown

This double-CD equivalent from Jarguna is fresh from the Earth Mantra netlabel. With seven previous releases listed in the Italian artist’s discography, this is his debut release for EM.

“Waiting for a Call From the Unknown Part 1″ is the longest cut on the album, running at just over 36 minutes. Long slow…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 11, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments


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Review: Saito Koji - Again

Saito Koji is a musician currently living in Fukushima in Japan. His latest release, “Again”, his seventh on the Resting Bell netlabel, consists of eight tracks, each of which is three minutes long, just like its predecessor, “Guide”. An article about the artist on the website …

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 9, 2012 at 9:49am — No Comments


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My review of "Weightless Hours" CD by Neu Gestalt

In Edinburgh, Scotland, based sonic architect Les Scott aka Neu Gestalt has just released during June 2012 his second full length album "Weightless Hours" through local Alex Tronic Records, a follow-up to his debut "Altered Carbon", released in 2008. I am immediately amazed with the visual quality of the CD, which comes…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 9, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment


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Review: Gregg Plummer - Free

Gregg Plummer is an ambient soundscape musician from San Francisco. He has released nine CDs to date, and has also collaborated with a number of other artists. “Free” is his second release on the Earth Mantra netlabel. In addition, he has two singles which can be freely downloaded from SoundCloud.

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 7, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments


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Chris Russell - Bloom

“Bloom” is Chris Russell’s third solo album on the Relaxed Machinery label, although he collaborated with Disturbed Earth on one of the label’s earlier releases, “The Approaching Armada“. Chris explains that for “Bloom” he was inspired by nature,…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 6, 2012 at 10:50am — 2 Comments


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Review: Symatic Star - Transmissions

Ethereal Live has been one of my favourite labels since its launch just over a year ago. The label describes itself as a place for "archiving live performances of ambient, dark ambient, drone, minimal, and space musics". The key word for me here is "live", as it puts a keen twist on perspectives that we don't always get from genres of music which are often...

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 5, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment


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Review: Encomiast - Gravity Is Very Compelling

I have to confess that I hadn’t heard of Encomiast before. The collective’s membership varies; they have released over a dozen albums, and have also been involved in film music and occasional live performances. “Gravity Is Very Compelling” was created out of incidental music and sounds created for a production of Sarah Ruhl’s play “Eurydice“. It’s a single piece of music,…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 4, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments


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My review of "Gramophone Transmissions" CDr by Broken Harbour

Broken Harbour is a drone ambient endeavor of Edmonton, Canada, based artist Blake Gibson, who introduces here his second full length album released during September 2011. We are first confronted with stunningly looking cover images. Yes, you can't go wrong with having Michal Karcz, a Polish photographer and image…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 3, 2012 at 6:27am — 5 Comments


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My review of "Tele" CD by Pjusk

"Tele" is the 3rd album by Pjusk, a Norwegian ambient project featuring Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik and Rune Sagevik. While Pjusk's first two albums came out on US label 12k, their newest work was released during March 2012 on Italian label Glacial Movements, the connoisseurs of arctic dronescapes. Gorgeous images on the…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on June 2, 2012 at 4:00am — 4 Comments


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Review: Andrew Lahiff - Quiet Correlations

Andrew Lahiff, a composer of ambient, space and electronic music, started to make his music available via the web in 2002. This is his nineteenth release, and his first to be issued on the Pocket Fields netlabel.

Andrew opens the album with “An Image of the Earth”, which glides in and pins the listener into a space between bass and high treble. Liquid notes flow across the room, burbling and gurgling gorgeously as the track opens out...

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 1, 2012 at 12:56pm — 2 Comments


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Review: Van Aken Project - O/Aase EP

Fresh from Webbed Hand Records is a new EP from the mysterious Van Aken Project. I can’t find anything by way of background information about the artist, who describes the release as “a deep and dark journey in the dreadful corners of the soul”. Upfront, there’s an expectation that the listener may be in for something bleak.

“Crawling Rapture” kicks off with a clambering bassline which pulls the listener into a slow, loping...

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Added by Baxter Tocher on June 1, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments


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Review: EugeneKha - Six Echoes of a Rain

EugeneKha is Evgenij V. Kharitonov, a poet, musician, writer, sound and visual artist from Moscow. His music can be found on a number of netlabels. He describes this release as a mini-album, and indeed it clocks in at exactly twenty minutes.

“First Echo of a Rain” opens with thunder and heavy rainfall. A pulsing synth begins, moving in and out of phase, and is...

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Added by Baxter Tocher on May 31, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments


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Review: Phillip Wilkerson - Highlands

Phillip Wilkerson is one of the most prolific composers in the field of ambient music, atmospheric music and soundscapes, having produced and released his work since 2006. Phillip issues some of his albums free as netlabel downloads, and he also sells others commercially on CD. “Highlands” is one of his free releases, this one being his first on the Free Floating Music netlabel.

The opening track, “The Light Becomes You”, is absolutely gorgeous. The listener is…

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Added by Baxter Tocher on May 30, 2012 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments


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Review: Cousin Silas - The Path Between the Trees

The netlabel We Are All Ghosts, based in Motherwell, Scotland, launched in April 2012. They’ve released two albums to date; this was their first.

Cousin Silas’s “The Path Between the Trees” opens with “In One Corner of the Sky (Jupiter Sings)”, which has some lovely stereo cracks and glitches overlaid on peaceful piano, and immediately gives feelings of... 

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Added by Baxter Tocher on May 30, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments


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My review of "Urbs" CD by Bruno Sanfilippo

Field recordings are the key elements of "Urbs" and "BIOMA", the last two albums of Bruno Sanfilippo (on "BIOMA" he was joined by his fellow soundscaper, Max Corbacho). While on "BIOMA" documenting the life of a nature, on "Urbs" Bruno has decided to focus on everyday's life of a city, when collecting location…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on May 27, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

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