Tagged: Ambient

ghost signal #4

ghost signal #4: it is a good life


modern classical | ambient | drone | experimental | acoustic

astrid & rachel grimes – mossgrove & seaweed
helen money – machine
date palms – night riding the skyline
leandro fresco/rafael anton irisarri – lo esencial es invisible a los ojos
chihei hatakeyama – bus terminal in konya
ensemble economique – gonna get right with god, right after this next cigarette
western skies motel – two worlds
kitchie kitchie ki me o – europa(first light)


ghost signal #2

ghost signal #2: the ninth inning



heroin & your veins – i feel nothing (00:42)
labradford – c (02:55)
nonsun – peace of decay, joy of collapse (08:11)
heinali & matt finney – tinderbox (16:43)
aluk todolo – iv xii mmx (26:26)
shrine – radiant skyline (unit 4) (35:30)
lawrence english – object of projection (43:20)
the bug & earth – agoraphobia (47:45)
dälek – it just is (52:47)

samples taken from detour (1945)

Ore – Belatedly


Ore is a ‘tuba doom’ album. Which sounds ludicrous, and thankfully the label doesn’t nearly do it justice – half an intimate, solo meditation on loss from sole member Sam Underwood, playing tuba and accompanying himself with such lo-fi things as drumming on Ikea shelves, half a series of frequently surprising collaborations with a variety of different instrumentalists, Belatedly is a tricky record to categorise. But whatever you want to call it it’s a gem of a record.

Full review at Echoes & Dust.

Heinali & Matt Finney – How We Lived


Matt Finney was off-grid for a while before last years excellent record with Siavash Amini but seems to back in force with a barrage of releases with a menagerie of different collaborators. This one, with his old sparring partner Heinali, tells the story of that hiatus in typically unflinching fashion.

Full review over at Echoes & Dust.

Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism


I’ve been listening to a lot of drone/ambient/modern composition and the like over the past few years but have seldom written about it. I find it hard to quite capture what’s going on in these abstract pieces. If writing about music is dancing about architecture (and cheers Zappa for sewing that seed of doubt in every music writer’s mind) then writing about abstract pieces is like trying to describe alien structures of non-Euclidean geometry whilst on too much acid to ascertain which limb is which.

Or at least it is for me. Maybe I just feel uncormtable describing anything I can’t overuse the word ‘riff’ for.

Anyhow. I had a go at reviewing the latest work from Lawrence English. i very much like it, something which I hope comes through in this unappetising word salad.

Review, as ever, over at Echoes and Dust.