This release by Sshe Retina Stimulants is one of the most claustrophobic works I’ve heard in some time. This is noise, but done with a way that makes the experience almost magical. I had the feeling of falling down an endless rabbit hole a la Alice in Wonderland. It’s a harrowing release, and one of the most worthy noise releases I’ve heard in some time.
A hearty thanks to Geoff Gersh (Ambient Fields) for sending me an album of such spacious, head-filling music that I managed to unwind for the first time in a week. All the effects created in this work are done with a guitar, some effects and a pump organ. Taking inspiration from being in Ólafsfjörður, a small town in the north of Iceland, his location seeped deeply into these compositions. This was a treat to listen to.
I think ‘cinematic post-rock’ would be an apt way to describe Qualia, a great instrumental rock band led by Dan Leader, who works out of Cambridge, England.
Cult Classic: David Axelrod-Songs Of Experience. By 1968, composer, musicians and producer David Axelrod was just about to embark upon a solo career after nine years working in the music industry. Buoyed by the experimental climate of popular music, David Axelrod wrote and recorded what was akin to a suite-like tone poem that was based […]
We would like to thank all of you who ‘liked’, commented and generally supported the blog. It is because of your interest that we share these charming oddities with you. AMOT… plan to be very busy next year, and will also do more with Hip Priest and A Garden of Earthly Delights, our collective wiki.
We end the year courtesy of Jeff Gburek’s field recording in Romania, a small slice of heaven to end a good 2018 in the hopes that 2019 will be that much better. Consider purchasing the complete album here.
Darkjazz goes film noir. E.E. Engström & The Twin Street Tree Trunk Love Ensemble provide a gorgeous soundtrack to enjoy a dry martini with. Imagine the aforementioned Darkjazz mixed with something that would make Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (gone instrumental) proud, not to mention having a twang of creepy country. The vibe is dark, unsettling, and hopefully just a taste of what should be an amazing 2019 for the group.
Should you have a Spotify account, I suggest adding the group here.
If you happened to be one of the lucky folk who managed to grab a subscription edition of the latest issue of Electronic Sound magazine, then inside not only were you graced with a John Foxx cover replete with a firsthand account by the man himself about the coming to be of his scene defining […]
I won’t cry poverty, but I do regret not having the funds to pick this one up!
Thanks very much to Debbie Wayne for posting one of the coolest Christmas podcasts I’ve heard in years!
Here’s the track list:
- Things Fall Apart – Cristina
- Xmas With Simon – The Fall
- Motel Christmas (excerpt) – James Ferraro
- Ding Dong – X-Ray Pop
- La bataille de neige – Dominique Dumont
- Doux Christmas, Noël Soft – Les Amis au Pakistan
- No More Christmas Blues – Alan Vega
- Breakfast At Christmas – Hillcrest Club
- Christmas On Riverside Drive – August Darnell
- Partytime – Graeme Miller & Steve Hill
- The Twelve Days Of Christmas – Winston Tong
- Belle Tristesse 妙なる悲しみ – Miharu Koshi
- Noëlle à Hawaii – Antena
- Christmas in Suburbia – The Cleaners From Venus
- She’s Coming Home – The Wailers
Only one track on this release, but it’s a winner! La Maison Dieu are a band out of Istanbul, Turkey who combine elements of EDM, old-school lo-fi electronic music and a touch of cheese in the vein of Giorgio Moroder. I’m digging this!
Though I’m not a big fan of bands who release new music almost daily, there are a handful whose work I enjoy in small doses. One of these is the Russian project Astral & Shit. Yes, I know, lovely name, but the music is soothing enough to let one drift into the Solaris Ocean when one is feeling a bit exhausted from the daily grind.
With well over 660 releases to their credit, I’m not about to become a completist, but it’s nice to know that there are artists who are putting out high-quantity/high-quality ambient music to keep my ears busy.