Incoming drone goodness via collaborative project Glowing Swords, consisting of Zachary Corsa (Nonconnah, ex Lost Trail) and Scott Cortez (Astrobrite, Lovesliescrushing). The Autumn Elegy brings us 10 tracks of soaring, fuzzy noisescapes that are both lush and withering. A thick haze forms over each track, at some points obscuring the senses entirely in pieces such as Calrn which seem to be performed in some otherworldly etherial cavern, then broadcast to the countryside over AM radio. It’s musty and dusty and I love it.
What really grips me about this album is the hidden melodies my brain finds. There is a very therapeutic and rewarding quality to the blissed-out leads that seem to drift in and out of the mix. It’s often right when I am beginning to succumb to the world the track is building, the moment disbelief is suspended, that these melodies creep onto the canvas and introduce a whole new vibe! These gems are what make this album a good repeat listen in my opinion; being an album that can be enjoyed both subliminally and intellectually.
You can download the album via Bandcamp or purchase a Deluxe CD edition via Wist Records which looks so cool! It’s got tons of additional goodies
Different Worlds is a new Various Artists compilation, put together and released by the UK’s Drift Deeper Recordings. Gathering an international roster of producers, Different Worlds does a magnificent job of highlighting the subtle differences in Deep-House style and interpretation from around the globe.
With a healthy 13 tracks, Different Worlds is a lovely long-player with a great energy. It has introduced me to a few deep-house producers I was unaware of, so I definitely encourage giving this one a listen! You can stream the whole thing via Bandcamp or purchase a digital copy from the label!
Another blissful EP brought to us by Silent Season Records, Martin Goodwin presents Hearth, a wholesome collection of ambient techno.
The album came along after a trip in east Europe (Bulgaria and Romania) I was inspired by beautiful landscapes and a few moments that blew me away. The project “Onkalo” I’m doing on the side with a group of friends is exploring some ideas, one of them being a visitor coming from space and walking around a deserted earth.
I wanted to illustrate this idea of loneliness which is something we can all experience in our daily life. I personally need that time to think and break from society, go deeper within and explore the endless possibilities of the mind. I hope the music can bring a glimpse of that experience to the listeners.
– Martin Goodwin
released June 8, 2017
Written & produced by Martin Goodwin (France).
Mastered by Giuseppe Tillieci at EnissLab Mastering Studio
Brilliant new ambience from Japanese Producer Chihei Hatakeyama, owner of White Paddy Mountain Label. Void XII is quite a meditating experience, representing the essence of relaxing yet captivating drone. Grab the digital download via Bandcamp.
Void XII is new songs of chihei hatakeyama.
Chihei Hatakeyama is a sound artist , an organizer and mastering engineer who was born in 1978, and lives in the Tokyo. He has performed for years under his given name and also as one half of the electroacoustic duo Opitope, along with Tomoyoshi Date. Hatakeyama got involved in playing music through strumming a electric guitar in a few rock-oriented bands in his teenage years. Subsequently a laptop computer superseded his bands as his main platform. Hatakeyama polychromes memory- evoking soundscapes with various recorded materials of acoustic instruments such as guitars, vibraphone, and piano; mostly played by hand and processed time and time again via laptop. His first album Minima Moralia was commissioned for release by the Chicago-based label kranky in early 2006.
Since then his many album was released by Room 40, Under The Spire, Hibernate Records, Magic Book Records, Home Nomal, OwnRecords, Spekk, Dronarivm, Constellation Tatsu, Glacial Move- ments Records and his own label White Paddy Mountain. In 2013 Hatakeyama founded the record label White Paddy Montain, which since then has released over 40 recordings by some of the most accomplished musicians and modern ambient musicians, Shoegazer and folk musicians in Japan.
Recent years Hatakeyama continues to evolve his sound by analog synthesizer, modular synthesizer and compact guitar effector. Hatakeyama approaches some modular synthesizer and electric guitar drone project with an expectation of new directions.
released May 9, 2017
Mix and Mastering by Chihei Hatakeyama
Blissful new offerings from Japanese label White Paddy Mountain, Waiting for Mint Shower!! is a beautiful 8-track project from Tokyo-based band Shelling. Mellow, emotional, and highly recommended.
shelling is a shoegaze/dreampop band formed in Tokyo. aya(vocal,guitar,compose) and shota(guitar)
“shelling” means to gather shells on the beach.
in February 2010 they released a split CD with IROTTO+
called “before time melts.” on High Fader records.
in February 2013 they released 1st full album on white paddy mountain.
released April 30, 2017
mixed by Chihei Hatakeyama
mastered by Chihei Hatakeyama
Adhesive Sounds presents another marvelous project in This Is Reverbtronics, by バーチャルボーイＡ Ｔ Ｓ Ｕ and Lisergishnu. Lingering somewhere between Vaporwave and Synthwave, Reverbtronics does a splendid job of building an environment using a sonic toolkit. Dystopian and desolate, yet sprinkled with endearing hope.
Everyday, computers around us leave waves of resonance in our
lives. The binary echoes in our minds, from which our affection
to connectivity cannot be hidden.
Plastic cases hold the intrinsic desires of progress, plastered in
electrical traffic encoding our souls. Hidden pagodas which
manage our information highways beneath the soil.
Loneliness can be just an option for those immersed in this clash
of magnetic dissonance illuminating our world.
Those within the reverbnetics.
Sleeve design by Zodiac 1
バーチャルボーイＡ ｔ ｓ ｕ
released April 14, 2017
The project is available for download or pick up a limited edition Cassette via bandcamp!
Surrender is the latest EP from Québec bedroom artist Alexia Avina. Much like her previous work, this project is glittering with mellow brilliance. Achieving a vibe somewhere between melancholy and hopefulness, its quite a satisfying listen. You can grab the EP at your chosen price via Bandcamp.
And if that wasn’t enough, thanks to Moon Boy Records, you can purchase the project on a split Cassette, featuring a bonus B-side EP from Desert Bloom.
released April 12, 2017
written, recorded, and produced in my bedroom in separate spontaneous bursts on my rc-50.
special thanks to nick scho, tibo, mikael tobias and eric seguin for the ableton tips and tricks.
Fresh from Lillerne Tapes out of Chicago, Tint is a gorgeous ambient album by Tokyo producer Rhucle. The project is a beautiful collection of 7 relaxing tracks, all of which do a great job painting a sonic picture as blissful and relaxing as the Album Artwork.
Rhucle does a magnificent job blending sweet melodies with natural recordings. The result is meditative and relaxing. At this moment, you can still pick up the project on Cassette Tape, or download the Digital Edition via Lillerne Tapes Bandcamp.
I first heard of Tokyo’s Rhucle through 2015’s Summer Candle CS via Oxtail Recordings. The perfect mixture of natural sounds and outdoor field recordings set against quietly drifting synth melodies struck a chord immediately and I was hooked. Tint is another reflection on the power of these natural elements and recordings in relation to the emotive and soothing musical accompaniment floating nearby. These are intricate compositions made with great care and consideration—both humbling and cathartic at the same time. Edition of 50 pro-dubbed Type II/Chrome cassettes with full-color, double-sided artwork.
Here is some fresh meditative ambient from French producer Ujjaya. As with his other works, the project is drenched in spiritual vibes and mystical soundscapes. The 9 tracks serve as a window into Ujjaya’s journey, sometimes contemplative and other times simply relaxing. Also good news for producers, this one’s released under a CC license for creative use
You can download the project via Archive.org
Ujjaya is a french ethno-ambient musician with malagasy roots. His music is mainly a reflection of his yoga practice and of his travel through Asia for spiritual purposes .
Before becoming public as Ujjaya in 2011 , Hery Randraimbololona stayed in seclusion for 15 years coming out for pilgrimage and once in a year for a live radio show. The Landing Zone is a testimony of this era.
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.
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