Tag Archives: ambient

Sly – Introvert

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The first two tracks of this EP are smooth instrumental hip-hop with a little jazz influence. Soft beats interspersed with piano and occasional soulful female vocals. It feels like sitting in a smokey, 50s jazz bar that’s been transported to the future. The second two tracks are darker, presenting a tighter beat driven sound and sombre audio samples. These tracks manage to sound deep and unsettling, but work surprisingly well next to the earlier ones. The finisher (+Locks) is almost hypnotic. If you only check out one track today though, listen to Introspection – it’s glorious.

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RAGS – RAGS

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RAGS is not an easy release to pin down. Free flowing and fuzzy guitar driven rock interspersed with an evolving ambient background, that plays out across two tracks that make up a 30 minute play time. A bit of a slow builder, but once it gets going it is textural and hypnotizing. Very different to anything I have heard in a while, and very easy to get lost in. Highly recommended.

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Wartime Tapestry – Storms

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Dense, noisy drone that really benefits from a good set of headphones. Wartime Tapestry makes excellent use of subtle loops and layering, creating the sort of music that you notice something new in every time you listen. A little tense at times, but it is very easy to get sucked into the dark, enveloping sound on Storms. The chimes on Veteran Flying Saucer are particularly brilliant. Whilst it is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, ambient and drone fans will not be disappointed. You can also check out Wartime Tapestry’s previous stuff on his Soundcloud page.

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Shields and Lopatin – Shields and Lopatin

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Finally we kick off 2012 posting with a self titled release by Shields and Lopatin. Droning, synth heavy electronica that swells and sinks over the 20 minute run-time. Has an incredibly thick sound that really fills your head, especially if you’re listening through ‘phones. Manages to pull off a great sense of atmosphere despite the short length. This is amidst the evolving ambience, subtle guitar sounds and penetrating synth melodies. Definitely an artist I want to hear more from in the future.

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Simon Bird – V

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‘V’ is the fifth release from Dublin based artist Simon Bird. Blending ambient, drone and instrumental hip-hop alongside general electronica, unsurprisingly the tracks in ‘V’ vary a lot. However, this sort of genre mixing is never an issue as long as it works. Luckily for Simon Bird it does, meaning that this release is incredibly intriguing and often wonderfully textural. Really worth listening to through headphones – there’s a lot of interesting stuff happening that you could easily miss.

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Orions – I

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Fantastic, spacey ambient release. Really atmospheric and warming, especially through headphones. It’s a shame that it’s not longer, since there is some great material on this release. However, the four tracks that are here are thick and beautiful. A worthy download, regardless of if ambient is your thing or not.

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Eye Splice – If You Want to Continue

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Experimental drone/ambient release. Really interesting and fluid, with a fair few subtle changes happening in the background behind the more obvious effects. Great use of field recordings in the opening track and vocal samples from Stephen Hawking in 3 of the others. Certainly a very unusual album, but one that is definitely worth your time.

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