Music

Two sides of textural ambient synthscapes from some masters of minimalism. Sabriel's Orb is the latest project from Willow Skye-Biggs (Stag Hare, ariel) and John Atkinson is a film composer, formerly of the Brooklyn hypnogogic-pop group Aa.

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Two vastly different takes on what ambient synth music can sound like. 

Released on Life Like.

Ant'lrd's Sleep Drive is a dreamy joyride of overblown organs and skewed beats. Long-form pieces that mix ambient-drone aesthetics with a loop-based instrumental electronic shimmer.

Released on Whited Sepulchre Records. On clear vinyl. Mixed and mastered by Odd Nosdam.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Briana Marela's Speak From Your Heart is an amazingly lush album that bridges genres. Gorgeously layered vocals mix with synths and a host of other instruments, creating a sprawling and hypnotizing soundscape. For fans of Colleen, Windy & Carl, and Cock & Swan.

Beautiful packing with digital download code. Listen on Bandcamp...[ continued ] Briana Marela- Forgiveness

A long-lost 12" EP from the late great City Center. Four woozy, atmospheric, skewed dream-pop tracks. On clear, screen-printed, one-sided vinyl. So gorgeous!

Preview on Quite Scientific. The last few copies from the original 2010 500-copy pressing!

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Out today! Dao Strom’s Traveler’s Ode is an interwoven series of textured, ethereal song-poems. Atmospheric yet weighted, minimalist yet lush, the album combines voice, electronics, piano, guitars, and field recordings from sources such as rivers, sea, jungle, and birds to create a deeply emotive song-cycle that explores themes of displacement, diaspora, and hauntings.

Echoing the work of artists like Tara Jane O'Neil, Grouper, Black Belt Eagle Scout, and Tiny Vipers...[ continued ]

Otherworldly hammered dulcimer lushness. Surprising, largely instrumental, with splashes of Dorothy Carter's mystical Malvina Reynolds-esque vocals.

Smartly hand-printed and designed. Released on Why the Tapes Play Records. 

From ace percussionist Lisa Schonberg (Secret Drum Band, Kickball, Explode Into Colors) comes UAU: Music for percussion // Soundscapes and Ant Acoustics of the Brazilian Amazon, a song cycle made at "the intersection of art, ecology, entomology, and bioacoustics." It's as cool as it sounds.

Listen on Bandcamp...[ continued ]

Last copy! Cock and Swan's wash of synths and bass heaviness mix with sparse acoustic guitars to create something that is the best of so many genres.

Unrecognize finds them coming out of their lo-fi shell and having beats that blow your mind. Plus hypnotizing story songs and so much more.

This is such a deal, too. Not only do you get one of the best albums of the last few years, but you get it on vinyl and CD (plus two digital download codes!), all for ten bucks...[ continued ] Cock and Swan- One Hundred

Corespondents
Ur $10.00

Seattle’s Corespondents are a whirlwind. Three superb musicians who span the musical map- from western swing to Bollywood steel and a good many things in between. They have a magical quality of appealing to just about everybody without fitting nicely into a style, often being pretty weird, and not having a singer.

This album is the perfect album for a good many situations- dinner parties, acid trips, movie sequences, road trips, and the like...[ continued ] Corespondents- Demon Mustache