Hotel Neon – Remnants [Fluid Audio]

The Ring Road is route 1 through a wonderland, an 828 mile long circuit around the country of Iceland. It is also the setting and inspiration for a new album called Remnants by the ambient drone trio Hotel Neon, quite a contrast from the origins of their eponymous debut which was conceived and recorded in…

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Sound Impression: Jason Van Wyk – Attachment [Eilean]

The landscape of Eilean Rec. may be imaginary, but the music that inhabits it is very real. There are many intriguing forms of beauty here, but perhaps none so direct in the approach to delicate modern classical ambient constructions as its newest release, a oneiric gem by Jason Van Wyk called Attachment. This is the second solo record by the South…

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Kevin Verwijmeren – Those Glorious Heights [Icarus/Vynilla]

Kevin Verwijmeren‘s music conveys a depth of emotion and refinement that seems to contradict his bio which tells us that he is a physics student in his mid-twenties who only got serious about developing music in the last few years. Is it the haunting, world-weary melancholy? The exceptionally rich timbres balanced with delicate shadings of tonal color?  Or…

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PREMIERE: “Falling Leaves” by Western Skies Motel

Last year the music of Western Skies Motel found its way from Denmark to all corners of the globe. The artist saw his music released on labels based in Poland (Prism, on Preserved Sound) and Australia  (Buried and Resurfaced, on Twice Removed) while the raw material of a third album called Settlers made its way to American Southwest leading…

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Julia White – In the Cities of Dust [Soft]

After starting off the year with a massive 40 track discovery compilation, Soft Recordings has given us their first single artist releases of 2016 which includes In the Cities of Dust by Paris based musician Julia White. In the album notes, label runner David Teboul candidly shares how close he came to not having the…

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Sound Impression: Lorenzo Masotto – Rule and Case [Preserved Sound]

New to the roster of Preserved Sound is Lorenzo Masotto, an Italian pianist and composer with a diverse musical background that includes graduating from Conservatorio di Verona, studying composition and jazz, and playing in a prog/post rock band (La Maschere di Clara). While his new album on the label, Rule and Case, predominantly traverses modern…

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Dave Kirby – Contrails [Whitelabrecs]

Dave Kirby is a UK-based sound artist based who has been releasing music since 1982, but only recently under his own name. Whereas many of his earlier works and collaborations were mainly in the realm of power electronics, industrial, noise and dark ambient, he has offered a very patient and fluid work in form of…

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VIDEO PREMIERE: “Halflife” by Grasscut

As a captivating amalgam of electronica, folk, pop, and cinematic elements, the evocative and “densely referential” Everyone Was A Bird by Grasscut is a brilliant album. But the duo of Andrew Phillips and Marcus O’Dair never intended to release it simply as a collection of songs. Rather they have dug deep into into its rich creative loam and…

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