Through the Portal, by Pulse Emitter

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Denmark Netlabel Phinery recently put out a slew of tapes simultaneously for December, and among the brilliant batch was this release “Through the Portal” by Pulse Emitter.

This meditative electronic project is satisfying and melodic. 8 tracks fronted by synth chimes and drones, accompanied by hollow percussion and pulsing bass tones. Some tracks have more traditional composition, with others venturing into much more experimental territory. All in all its a great listen from start to finish, and it probably sounds even better on Cassette!

You can purchase the Digital Album/Cassette via Phinery’s Bandcamp. Also available is a fantastic December Tape bundle, this tape plus 4 others for only $25 bucks!

There is a constant struggle between the organic and inorganic aspects of our personal nature—an effort aided by the drive to define our own physical boundaries through intangible experiences and ephemeral thoughts. But for Portland-based musician Daryl Groetsch—who records curiously reassuring and intricate synthesizer music as Pulse Emitter—this determination isn’t given credence by volume or density but by an emotional center around which everything else revolves. He peers deeply into our relationship with our environment and positions himself as a mediator of sorts between the fierce wilds of our instincts and the calming constancy of nature. He possesses a particular fascination with the hold that the environment and memory hold over people and discovers mesmerizing ways in which to link each influence to certain emotions.

Scattered across the tracks of his latest release, “Through the Portal,” Groetsch maintains an intimate connection with both his audience and their perceptions of his freewheeling rhythmic insight. Over the course of eight songs, he applies his new age prudence to determine whether individuals have an innate need for natural connections, or whether we’re simply a collection of pinging neurons in the service of a dispassionate body. He surmises that there could be a case made for either reality, but he’s certainly offering us evidence to support the former supposition. Imbued with glacial synth melodies, found sound maneuverings and a mischievous sense of imagination, “Through the Portal” finds Groetsch supplanting all doubts with one of the most beautiful and electronically pastoral releases you’re likely to hear this year.

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released December 12, 2016

Recorded July 2015 – March 2016 in Portland, Oregon

Instruments: Roland JV-2080, VirSyn Addictive, Ensoniq VFX-SD, Waldorf Blofeld, E-mu Morpheus, Yamaha PSS-560, and global acoustic instruments

Pulse Emitter is Daryl Groetsch

Art by Pia-Mélissa Laroche
piamelissalaroche.fr
piamelissalaroche@gmail.com

Nourish, by Inner Travels

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One of my favorite ambient-producers Inner Travels brings us this beautiful 5-track project of soothing sonic atmosphere.

released 25 June 2015

Music & art by S. Targo

All music recorded in The Corner Room, Lake Geneva, WI:
– During the “Garden Music” sessions (1)
– Between October 2013-January 2014 (2 & 3)
– During the “First Light” sessions (4 & 5)

Cover photo taken 6/12/15 near the Roosen Dam, Lake Como, WI

You might want to burn some sage, by YlangYlang

Beautiful and blissful, this new release from YlangYlang is gorgeously disjointed.

Favorite Track: 7. Abstract Tears

Ambient Archives Vol. 1

Impressive little compilation featuring various artists, this is Ambience at its most basic essence…

A Pulse Passes from Hand to Hand, by Jeremy Young & Aaron Martin

White Paddy Mountain brings us this long and relaxing sonic trip, pure meditative brilliance…

Transcendental Mechanics, by Brother Saturn

Blissful, swelling ambience, perfect for lazy lounging days…

The Unified Consciousness, by Internet Goddess Shinatama

A surreal juxtaposition of new age relaxation and digital urgency.

information_age, by namaste_’95

Soothing new ambient vapor of namaste_’95. Brought to us by Dream Catalogue