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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: June 21, 2024

#19 – Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin has announced an expanded edition of his 1994 LP Selected Ambient Works Volume II will be released in all formats for the first time October 4th. The expanded edition includes vinyl-only track “#19 (AKA ‘Stone In Focus’), that is not the “#19” you’ll hear on streaming services like Spotify at the time of writing. It will also include “Th1 [Evnslower]” and “Rhubarb Orc. 19.53 Rev.”

In uno spazio immenso – Grand River and Abul Mogard

Berlin-based Dutch-Italian composer and sound designer Aimée Portioli, aka Grand River, and veteran Italian producer Guido Zen, alias Abul Mogard, release their first collaborative album, via Caterina Barbieri’s light-years label.

Salt And Sugar Look The Same – Tim Koh / Sun An

This collaboration of 18 short tracks combines soft guitar, electronics and warped samples to send you in a dream-like state.

b_b – Yetsuby

The opener on South Korean artist Yejin Jang‘s lastest solo EP combines ‘Love on a Train’-like arpeggios with indistinguishable vocal samples and fragments of sound that cut the otherwise calm nature of the track.

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: June 14, 2024

Gems II – Celer

Everyone’s favorite Tokyo-based Ambient artist, Will Long returns with circa 58 minutes of ambient goodness that bobs and weaves between soothing and quasi-ominous sounds.

Disconnect – KRM & KMRU

Kevin Richard Martin (The Bug) and Joseph Kamaru (KMRU) collaborated on Disconnect, a combination of Martin’s deep dub and Kamaru’s voice, and ambient sensibilities.

Backo – Michiru Aoyama

A window into a serene Japanese valley.

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: June 7, 2024

Ambient Curation Compilation vol. 2 – various

This is the second charity compilation of ambient music by Rotterdam, Netherlands-based Ambient Curation. This time all proceeds (ex. Bandcamp fees) go to the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (www.pcrf.net). The compilations features the likes of Sam Prekop, M. Sage, and Oora.

Other, Like Me – The Black Dog

Although there are many ambient tracks on The Black Dog’s latest album, it doesn’t stick to that genre but rather explores the various styles that have influenced or have been produced by the British electronic music group.

Kakno – Michiru Aoyama

Quiet Logic – Mixmaster Morris, Jonah Sharp, Haruomi Hosono

Originally released in 1998, this reissue of a little-known gem unites three giants in ambient music and was supposedly built from jams between Morris and Sharp in Hosono’s studio.

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: May 31, 2024

Umbel – loscil

This is the third in a series of photo/music projects by Vancouver-based loscil (Scott Morgan). Umbel combines a photo zine that collects a series of full colour photos taken with long exposures in the dwindling light of dusk under a blossoming maple tree and an album (CD or digital).

A Thread, Silvered and Trembling – Drew McDowall

Coil’s Drew McDowall, like in much of his work, was inspired by the elegiac solo bagpipe style called pibroch (ceòl mòr in Gaelic). He weaves electronic processing with an orchestral ensemble to create a tapestry of solemn moods and uneasy crescendos.

Selene – Akira Kosemura & Lawrence English

The first collaboration from renowned artists and composers, Akira Kosemura (Japan) and Lawrence English (Australia). Selene sounds and feels like an introspective celestial journey through our own desire to know what’s found in the great expanse of space.

The Fish Factory Sessions – Greg Foat & Gigi Masin

UK jazzman Greg Foat and Italian electronic artist Gigi Masin join forces for this live performance recorded at Antonio Feola’s beloved Fish Factory Studios in London, in August 2022. The Fish Factory Sessions, an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2024.

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: May 24, 2024

Perfectly Beneath Us – Celer

This is a vinyl release and remaster of Celer’s 2012 CD-R and a good entry point into the middle period of Will Long’s catalogue.

Manabin – Michiru Aoyama

This week’s ambient release from Michiru Aoyama. Mastered by kuuha.

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: May 17, 2024

Black – Kevin Richard Martin

Black is a dark dub ambient ode and deconstructed of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’.

Aruba – Michiru Aoyama

I’m not sure what Aruba means in Japanese. A first-person pronoun used to refer to oneself? To protect? Does it mean horse?

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: May 10, 2024

Chemo Sessions – Tony Rolando

Electronic musician, electronic music instrument designer, and founder of Make Noise, Tony Rolando, created this music for his partner Kelly to listen to at her chemotherapy infusion sessions, and was designed to be easily listened to on repeat. Temporarily living in Boston for Kelly’s cancer treatment at the time, he only had a laptop with which to make music instead of his usual arsenal of Eurorack and other analog gear.

This music is free, anything paid for it will be donated to Dana Farber Cancer Center.

stray light – anthéne

Polar Seas was a Toronto-based Ambient label that ceased operating last month (see the April 5th post for their 75th and final release) but has sprouted a new “cassette label” called floralia. This is release 01 for floralia.

Intershop / Oasis – Dettinger

Two remastered versions of what some would classify as Ambient classics. Dettinger’s music definitely falls into that rave chill-out zone sub-category of ambient, with its minimal beats that entrance you instead of making you move your feet.

Dissolvi – Grand River & Abul Mogard

First single off the upcoming In uno spazio immenso, the first collaborative album between Berlin-based Dutch-Italian composer and sound designer Aimée Portioli, aka Grand River, and veteran Italian producer Guido Zen, aka Abul Mogard, that releases June 21st.

Eleven Fugues For Sodium Pentothal – Adam Wiltzie

The latest suite by Stars Of The Lid co-founder, Adam Wiltzie, was initially inspired by a recurring dream wherein “if someone listened to the music I created, then they would die.”

Rendezvous – Jogging House

A sampler, some table-top synths, some guitar pedals, a Kalimba, some Modular, recorded in single takes straight to 1/4″ tape.

Sognato di Domani – Fennesz

Christian Fennesz latest recording is part of an upcoming album due for release later this year.

Tsuta – Michiru Aoyama

Michiru Aoyama not only releases an Ambient album every

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: May 3, 2024

Still My World – Two Lone Swordsmen

Although technically not new (previously available on a Japanese promo CD), and I don’t really categorize this as strictly Ambient music (a little too much percussion) but perhaps something more reminiscent of Downtempo, this 2003 commission by Italian fashion house Emigliano Zegna to soundtrack their Japanese debut gets an official release for Record Store Day 2024 and is worth a listen.

Infinite Light – Not Waving & Romance

Romance and Not Waving’s collaboration draws inspiration from Botticelli’s iconic painting ‘The Birth of Venus’ and combines charts with strings, tape loops and synthy goodness.

RITUAL (evocation) – Jon Hopkins

OK, this one’s got a driving beat, but I’ll allow it anyway because who doesn’t like Jon Hopkins? His new album RITUAL will be out August 30th.

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: April 26, 2024

Hagoromo – Michiru Aoyama

Zen 禅 is a Japanese Spirit. Ambient music is Michiru Aoyama’s Zen spirit.

Dream Walker – Carlos Giffoni

Known as a noise guitarist and a laptop noisician, Carlos Giffoni turned to repetitive synth lines for his latest album.

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Ambient Music Releases of the Week: April 19, 2024

Entai – Michiru Aoyama

Michiru Aoyama practices Zen Buddhism for 3 hours every weekend at a temple. Then, the ambient music just comes out of him.

It Would Be Giving Up –Celer

Although It Would Be Giving Up is not a new release as it was released digitally in August of 2020, the album is now shipping as a 4-CD set.

Moving –Yorkshire Modular Society

Described as a cathartic exploration of loss and love, Moving is a tribute to the the artist’s late father.

Lysergic Lullabies – Ogle

Rome, Italy based artist Ogle describes Lysergic Lullabies as “a collection of lullabies that sounds both reassuring and warm but at the same time also psychedelic and otherworldly.”