Travelogue 2016.12.14: Seas of Tranquility


Calmly transportive. Blissfully adrift. Hazy and translucent. A listening journey with four exceptional albums from around the globe that delve into the idyllic side of ambient and electronic music created by The Green Kingdom (USA), Chihei Hatakeyama (Japan), Warmth (Spain), and James Murray (UK).

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Sunday morning music: Two if by ‘Sea’

Coinciding with the release of a remastered edition of “Land” by Iranian sound artist Porya Hatami is “Land Remixes” which will contain interpretations the original works by artists such as The Green Kingdom, Ruhe, Offthesky, and Pleq.   Rather than just remixed versions, these tracks appear to complete reworks with significant new musical components added, analogous to the recent Screws reworked project from Nils Frahm in which the original pieces stand on their own with gorgeous simplicity but also provide a framework for limitless and creative interpretation.  Featured here are the both the original and reworked versions of  ‘Sea’.  The original track is a deeply meditative blend of loops and field recordings whereas The Green Kingdom finds movement and melody in the piece which are brought out by acoustic guitar, chimes, and subtle percussion.  Each has a different effect on the listener, but both are calming and beautiful.

The original track ‘Sea’ from the remastered version of Land:

The rework from The Green Kingdom off of Land Remixes