O Saala Sakraal
Emerged from rehearsals for Hadewych, a group of drummers and percussionists created something deeper. Ethereal drones emerging from a deep darkness, spurred on by rhythmic percussion. Just as the cover art it is haunting and uneasy.
If you think on the term 'noise orchestra' while looking at the coverart for this album, you'll get an insight into what cosmic chaos lies behind Indian godly imagery. A sound that is terrifying, unstructured, wild and noisy, but also captivating and utterly fascinating. This is an album whose noise entrances like gamalan, sucking you deeper and deeper. You'll only know what happened after it's 2 hour(!) runtime ends and you're left in deafening silence once again.
Avant-Garde Drone Experimenteel
The Sense of Dust and Sheer
Ambient / Noise is always hard to appriciate in writing such as this because a lot of releases blend together, as do songs on each release. It's more about the atmosphere and the production quality of it. This one gets special recognition because of it's ties to artists such as Ulver and Amenra, which in a way makes it stand out from the crowd. Dark, paranoid, layered, deep, unsettling and hauntingly beautiful.
Ambient Experimenteel Noise
The Ape of Naples
What Wikipedia calls "Experimental Post-industrial avant-garde electronic psychedelic avant-pop", I absolutely adore. At times Coil can be fun, lighthearted and dancing, at other times it's haunting like a Great Old One; utterly incomprehensible. Both are nice, but the Great Old Ones are always best
Avant-Garde Drone Electronica Experimenteel Noise
A strange collection of blackend noise. Most tracks create noise from chaos with a simple soundscape to start with, but the twists and turns between them tend to be exciting. Especially 'Hitori Bon Odori' is a nice track where the production is off, but it made me wonder if that wasn't exactly the point of it. Noise that makes you wonder about the point of noise, is noise worth mentioning.
Avant-Garde Black Metal Noise
Anna von Hausswolff
Haunting indie/blues/rock/noise. Especially the vocal performance on 'The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra' is so eeriely good, it pierces my nerves and shivers my spine. Who is she? Who is she to say goodbye?!
Blues Experimenteel Indie Post Rock
Ghoulish-blackend-dungeon-funeral-doom that sounds like it's oozing from dark and desolate depths from inside a mirky and haunted forest. Not so much songs but more shaped soundscapes made to infer sorrow and a very creepy haunting atmosphere.
Black Metal Doom Metal Drone
The Animal Spirits
I adore artist who actively pursue development and experiments. James Holden is one such artist. With his latest work he leaves the dancefloor behind for the mystical forests of electronic infused tribal trance with some jazzy tones. Sounds interesting? It's because it is. A damn good experiment!
Avant-Garde Electronica Experimenteel Trance
Summoning made me fall in love with the whole dungeonsynth/blackmetal universe and this 'non-metal' EP serves as one of my favorite cheesy dungeonsynths ever. I wish it was longer than just these two tracks
Black Metal Dungeon synth
Glitched vocals are cut, repeated and looped. Set to an invigorating and fresh electronic sound with tribal beats, ambient noises, a flair of jazz and some trip-hop the result is mighty inspirational and catchy. Prepare these to get stuck in your head, even though you wont understand any of it.
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.
Ambient Avant-Garde Klassiek
Inform – Educate – Entertain
Public Service Broadcasting
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.
Experimenteel Krautrock Rock
Teachings In Silence
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.
Avant-Garde Drone Electronica Experimenteel Glitch Minimal
A Piece for Mind & Mirror
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.
Avant-Garde Folk Folk Metal Metal Neo Folk World
Space Is Only Noise
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.
Downtempo Electronica Experimenteel IDM Minimal
Bohren & Der Club Of Gore
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.
Avant-Garde Downtempo Experimenteel Jazz
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.
Clean Hands Go Foul
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.
Avant-Garde Black Metal Doom Metal Experimenteel Metal
He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms
Silver Mt. Zion
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.
Experimenteel Klassiek Post Rock
122012 & 042911
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
Ambient Drone Experimenteel
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.
Experimenteel Folk Progressive rock Psychedelische rock World
Drone Experimenteel Klassiek