lunes, 31 de enero de 2011

Maps & Diagrams ::: A Pulsating History

Maps & Diagrams ::: A Pulsating History
Genre : Electronic, Ambient, IDM

01 The Modern Century
02 Anti-Clockwise
03 First Quarter
04 Drake's Departure
05 On Esquiline Hill (feat Ylid)
06 Particles of Earth.
07 Coming in from the Cold
08 The Lonely Planet


Fabio orsi ::: Stand Before Me, Oh My Soul

Fabio orsi ::: Stand Before Me, Oh My Soul
Genre : Electronic, Ambient, IDM

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01 All The Trees Of The Field Will C
02 The Dress Looks Nice On You
03 In The Devil's Territory
04 To Be Alone With You
05 Abraham
06 Sister
07 Size Too Small
08 We Won't Need Legs To Stand
09 A Good Man Is Hard To Find
10 He Woke Me Up Again
11 Seven Swans
12 The Transfiguration


Preservation's latest captures Italian experimentalist, Fabio Orsi in hungry, visceral form. Joined by Rich Baker's original drum loops, Fabio plays guitar, keyboards, voice and effects on eight relatively short, one might even say poppy, rock postures within an immersive ambient sound sphere. Considering that he's best known for lushly textured drone and ambient works 'Stand Before Me, Oh My Soul' is a hugely confident sideways shift into a new realm of more aggressive sonics with a defiantly rocking dynamic. However, he has retained a tangible link with his quieter self through the use of repetitious drum looping and structured arrangements which unfold more like a drone composition than your average rock track. This all results in a sound approaching Seefeel-esque shoegaze in the towering, expansive opener 'Naked Trance', the doomy jazz scapes of Bohren And Der Club Of Gore on 'Folks! My Soul Stands Up Before You!' and narrow-eyed Krautrock on 'Papa, Show Me Your Blues LPs'. In 'Full Metal Flat' in foregrounds tense, ascending synths over crashing, noisy drums for a take on Post Rock while 'My Awesome Drugs Propaganda' is punkier, more visceral, and we return to blissed ambient noise on 'Please Could You Hide That Ghost Noise' and it's proggier counterpart 'Ghost Track', closing to the breathtaking, autofluorescent ambience of 'Soon, I'll Be At Home'. Gorgeous.

sábado, 29 de enero de 2011

Black Swan - In 8 Movements

Black Swan - In 8 Movements
Genre : Electronic, Ambient, Drone

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01 Part I
02 Part II
03 Part III
04 Part IV
05 Part V
06 Part VI
07 Part VII
08 Part VIII


Majestic and mysterious album of lucid dreamlike dronescapes from an unregistered entity - quite a must for fans of Stars Of The Lid, Leyland Kirby, Phillip Jeck or Indignant Senility. 'Drones For Bleeding Hearts. In 8 Movements' submerses us in a flickering, half-lit world of creaking, unidentified acousmatic sound and orchestrated drones with chillingly tangible atmospherics. When Black Swan drops the temperature, say with a sudden ghoulish howl from the peripheries or a disorientating blast of icy nothingness, you can practically feel your hair moving in kinaesthetic syncopation. To this degree he evokes the psychedelic, gaseous nature of Phillip Jeck's music and also the piloerect effect of Indignant Senility's Wagnerian overtones. But there's something detached, silhouetted and lurking between the lines that suggests something creepier, as though Black Swan is watching you listen to his music with a face caught somewhere between voyeuristic sneer and irreconcilable sorrow. It's too early in the day to be falling into this right now, but once night falls we'd imagine the effect to be massively intensified.

miércoles, 26 de enero de 2011

Duckbay - VA

Duckbay - VA
Genre : Electronic, Ambient

01 Tanaka Munechika - Tuner
02 Aquarelle - At The Seams
03 Ian Hawgood - Heather Withdrawn
04 Pawn - Morning Mist
05 Simon James French - Esther
06 Con_Cetta - Defectivus
07 Segue - 25
08 Sublamp - Owldrive (For Ann)
09 Peregrino - Cecilia
10 Hakobune - Unnoticed Envelope
11 Opitope - Our Music
12 Mimosa_Moize - Frosted Window
13 Jasper Leyland - The High Boundary
14 Tanner Menard - Only You Can Know


Duckbay is an internet based record label that releases one compilation of minimal, ambient and experimental music each year. as a label that releases only compilations, I hope to set duckbay apart from other record labels by fulfilling a niche. These albums will include music from artists all around the world, selected from an ever expanding network of friends and artists who each have their own unique sound and expression. The real difference compared to other compilations, I think, is the personal touch in with each release as all the artists are selected by one person (Jordan Sauer), which means the final product will have a cohesive sound and vision (which only materializes at the very end!).

martes, 25 de enero de 2011

Shaula - Non_rem_sleeps

Shaula - Non_rem_sleeps
Genre : Electronic, Ambient

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1 Origin Of Mirage 7:35
2 Parachute 3:15
3 Macula 8:48
4 Ghost Type 5:02
5 Lepido 10:01
6 Opaque 5:00
7 You Sleep Like Lyric Poetry 6:19
8 Rem 4:02


Somehow welcomes shaula to our site with a full length album. Non_rem_sleeps is a hidden treasure of an album and has a different story with every track. From the outset shaula plays with guitars & sounds that eclipse what the listener is hearing. Ghost type strolls, pressing the listening experience, but always reminding you of someplace, sometime…..

Favourite track for us is Lepido, simply stunning. A fine and surreal guitar track layered over beautiful drones that give a sense of today, tomorrow, even yesterday.

We hope that shaula will return with us for another album soon. But for the moment, keep this safe with you at all times….

sábado, 22 de enero de 2011

Ø (Mika Vainio) - Heijastuva

Ø (Mika Vainio) - Heijastuva
Genre : Electronic, Ambient

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Something quite exceptional from Mika Vainio - a 17 minute exploration of guitar feedback manipulation plus three further minimalist electronic compositions. Not that it was ever in question, but 'Heijastuva' shows the real scope of Mika's oeuvre from the outset with a lightshow of tenderly harmonised and deftly sculpted distortion referencing timeless music from Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's experiments in the '70s through to modern day Fennesz or Jim O'Rourke, all with a graciously diffident composure and detached beauty. This track could reduce sentimental types to tears. In more familiar, bleak and isolated terrain 'Ankysiolyytti' is eleven minutes of wonderfully alien soundscapes mapping similar zones to Daphne Oram or Rafael Toral. Cleansing the palette, 'Ensimmäinen Valo' redolent of his amazing 'Kantamoinen' tracks may be short but it's also one of the most affecting pieces here, and 'Hikari' is a sublime exercise in ultra-refined, minimalist electronic composition with a crisp and purified finish

jueves, 20 de enero de 2011

Ghost and tape - Ghost and tape

Ghost and tape - Ghost and tape
Genre : Electronic, Acoustic, Ambient

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1. Onesome
2. Bless The Blind
3. Sister
4. Craddle w/Akira
5. To Scratch
6. Ghostday
7. Pretty Drops
8. Automatic
9. It’s Morning
10. Science of Sundays
11. Loop Charm
12. Lorenzos Day


Lives in Barcelona Spain, “ghost and tape” is a solo unit by Heine Christensen.
His works were well received in both “Note of seconds-schole compilation vol.2-” and a piece which was included in a multi-media “CLARITY (CD+BOOK)”, and finally Schole Records is about to release his long-awaited debut album.

Like its name, “ghost and tape” creates sound like a mirage of perfect lo-fi oriented. Noise sounds like a mixture of old tapes, and invites us to slumber while tracing the middle of Acoustic/Electronica. The opening song “onesome” goes with guitar arpeggio loop which reminds the classic pop. Then, the exhilarating melody “bless the blind” takes listeners to the first climax with noisiness. In “cradle,” the voice of female vocal cut-ups makes people trip in melting. Akira Kosemura’s keyboard adds more to it. As Heine layered his soft vocal with much of floating feelings in “ghostday,” “ghost and tape” expands his popness with putting in some own twists while making listeners glimpsing the country-flavored honest melody line.

The harmony is born between rough texture and noise that covers the whole tracks, a unique electronic sounds, and acoustic instruments to be the supreme relaxing daydream.

martes, 18 de enero de 2011

Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante The North Green Down

Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante The North Green Down
Genre : Classic, Ambient, Electronic

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01 - the north green down I
02 - leegte
03 - a hymn to haruki murakami
04 - le viti del mondo
05 - the north green down II
06 - the north green down III
07 - a worn out life (with cello)
08 - away from this silence
09 - the north green down IV
10 - they could feel the end of all thing
11 - nobody is ever safe
12 - a loveless moment
13 - no greater pain
14 - the north green down V
15 - the north green down VI
16 - a worn out life
17 - wat we kwijt zijn
18 - the north green down VII


After collaborating on Dakota Suite's remix project (The Night Just Keeps Coming In) Chris Hooson of Dakota Suite asked Emanuele Errante to collaborate with him on a project composed for the death of his sister-in-law called 'The North Green Down'.
Chris had composed a series of themes around the loss of his sister-in-law and in Emanuele found a partner to create the sounds which would evoke loss, the temporary nature of life and the stillness to get through. 'The North Green Down' also features the marvellous cello of David Darling who creates textures and waves of melancholy unlike anyone else.
Almost 80 minutes of fragile pianos, guitars, cello & subtle electronic elements...cinematic, hypnotic & simply beautiful! "In August 2009, Johanna and I took what we didn't know then would be our last holiday with our sister-in-law, Hannah. We knew that Hannah had cancer and that it was most likely going to take her from us and that moment was something we could feel draw ever closer. We all went to a place loved by our family for many years, Southwold in Suffolk. It was clear that Hannah was in pain. We were walking back from the ocean, for Southwold lies on the sea, through a part of Southwold called 'the north green'. I was overwhelmed by what I could feel being taken from us, every step we took represented a small death. I knew then that I would miss her. 
During that walk with Hannah through the north green I felt there the beginnings of the music you hear on this record as the main 'north green down' theme and knew I had to keep going with this tribute to her. I sent the basic piano and guitar pieces I had recorded at home to Emanuele. I had previously bought his records and felt in him a sympathetic soul who would feel the weight of this music and make it more fitting for the purpose I had in mind, namely a suite of hymnal pieces for Hannah.
Hannah was a beautiful, selfless and nurturing woman. This record is for her."

martes, 4 de enero de 2011

Federico Monti ::: Sorolls

Federico Monti ::: Sorolls
Genre : Ambient, Electronic, Drone


1. Perfil 1
2. Perfil 2


The field recordings for 'Sorolls' were taken on the sea and mountains between March and June of 2010. Sorolls' two pieces were processed with granular synthesis. This release was put together for a deep listening.

domingo, 2 de enero de 2011

VA ::: Forma.3.10

VA ::: Forma.3.10
Genre : Ambient, Electronic

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01. Yuanyuan / Alarmist
02. Seiji Takahashi / Gion
03. Nakagawa Takuma a.k.a. Nobi / Smoke
04. Jun Nishimura / Falcon
05. Caelum / Kyrie
06. Tessei Tojo / Blue Fog
07. Miyauchi Yuri / bdq_
08. eater / Rhythm of Japanese Garden
09. Pawn / Morning Tone
10. Marei Suyama / Pidgin op.1
11. Minus Lex / Minus Lex
12. Junichi Akagawa / Flus
13. Sooner / Barely Confine
14. Serph / Scenery
15. Sabi / Loose Contruulled
16. Geskia! / Viola
17. Taishin Inoue / Voices in Cells
18. Chisato Ohori / Caitokali


青木孝允、徳井直生、半野喜弘ほか錚々たる顔ぶれが輩出、近年も若き才能Ametsubを世に送り出し、日本を代表するエレクトロニック・ミュージック・レーベルとして活動を続けるPROGRESSIVE FOrM。同レーベルのコンピレーション・シリーズ“Forma.”に、2003年の『Forma.2.03』以来実に7年ぶりの第3弾『Forma.3.10』(PFCD-21 税込2,310円)が登場!8月11日発売. Marei Suyama(NGATARI)、miyauchi yuri、 Sabi、Soonerなど、注目アーティストを多数収録の『Forma.3.10』。フロア・ライク、フォーキー、クラシカルと想起される言葉はあれど、エレクトロニック / クラブ・ミュージックや“○○トロニカ”といった枠に収めることのできない個性的な面々が集結。強いて共通点を挙げるとすれば、美しいサウンドとメロディ、確かな作曲センス。幅広いファン層の心に響くであろう珠玉の書き下ろし楽曲群が詰まった、今を知るにうってつけのインストゥルメンタル・コンピレーションとなっています。