A mesmerizing though unsettling ambient record that really grips the listener. The soundscapes are much like the cover art; seemingly simple yet abstract, but take a closer look and you can see there is all kinds of stuff happening beyond first glance, or apprehension.
Can't win 'em all. After a astoundingly promising EP, PSB drifts forth in more of the same with less focus. This first full-length is essentially the succesful sound of the EP, but stretched across so many themes it lacks coherence. The record isn't bad, it could've been better.
A masterfully crafted work of twisting and dark ambient. Using all kinds of apparatus and devices, Ulver crafts twisting melodies and gloomy soundscapes to an artform.
Seeing Skuggsjá (Wardruna & Enslaved) perform live was a real privilege, since it wasn't really supposed to be more then a one time thing. The record that wasn't supposed to be made is here now and it's a proper reflection of the project. Deep folk and roaring folk-black metal.
Nicolas Jaar is a modern day Mozart in electronic music. He uses sounds to paint pictures and to tell a story. Not with melodies or lyrics per-se, but with a mindset, a whiff of a surreal situation, a memory.
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore is a lovely darkjazz project and their latest release 'Dolores' takes a lighter take on the whole. The sound is less noir, gloomy and a bit friendlier in the keys-department. Nice, but not the depressive darkness I seek here.
This wasn't at all what I expected. The first track 'Made of Metal' on 'Ruins' with a black cover would suggest something heavy. Not a piano-laden, modest singer-songwriter record. That said, it still is a lovely record with a lot of depth and feeling in the sounds.
Khanate is a unique piece of work. It sounds like a band dying in the studio and recording every last bit of it. Prepare to not be swayed away by layers of noise, but rather be thrown into a bathtub of rusty razors and salt. This is meant to hurt.
A smaller Godspeed makes for a more modest record (with equally long albumtitles). A sincere and tragic record which envelops as slow as possible by adding layers of radio-samples, tragic keys and strings. A desolate, lonely work. Magnificent.
Piano-centered ambient release. It's nice, but like most of us I bought it just because it's John Haughm, because let's be honest, anyone with a midicontroller could do this
A unique mixture of world music, Japanese traditionals, progrock, ambient and jazz, from the 70s! It is truly a remarkable experience of music from the East, sadly Kitajima later fell into the cheesy eastern-new-age cliches. But at least this work is still out there, and it still resounds.