Tag Archives: drone

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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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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Zalhietzli – Sainte Rita

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Wonderfully claustrophobic dark ambient EP that delves into the genres of noise, drone and industrial. The three tracks on this release move between subtle, unnerving ambience to noisy, jarring segments with dark samples. All in all, Zalhietzli manages to create a chilling atmosphere in his music which is what makes it so exciting to listen to.

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Good Weather For An Airstrike – Jigsaws

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According to Good Weather For An Airstrike’s Last.fm page it was created to help the artist sleep through his tinnitus. One can certainly see how this collection of gentle drones and ambient soundscapes would help in such a situation.

Despite the busy city scene on the cover, this EP is far from loud or overbearing. Good Weather For An Airstrike takes the best of ambient, drone and post-rock to present the listener with calming soundscapes that ebb and flow but never intrude. Jigsaws is a great addition to the ambient genre and certainly not a bad place to start if you haven’t given ambient music a chance.

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