A Halloween series special today with posts dedicated to music that creates an uneasy, spooky, chilling or scary atmosphere… See Halloween for all posts in the series. What’s scarier than losing your mind? 40,000 people in Ireland suffer from Alzheimer’s, a more real threat than any Halloween boogeyman. On 2010’s An Empty Bliss Beyond This… Read more »

Posted on October 31st, 2012

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I’ve been listening to a lot of ambient music in the morning this week thanks to a) a new iPad and b) Shuffler.FM’s ambient category. One of the nicest things that came up was Villages‘ ‘Before Failures’ courtesy of The Needledrop, just the kind of considered noise; swirling synth notes, gentle bass and a repeating… Read more »

Posted on October 11th, 2012

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At Elastic Witch’s 1st Birthday party, a room of people for which music is high on their priority watched Conor O’Brien perform ‘The Waves’ acoustically. Along with another new cut from the forthcoming album Awayland, the lyrically impressive ‘Earthly Pleasure’, it was one of two songs on the day written on a synthesizer. O’Brien’s acoustic… Read more »

Posted on October 9th, 2012

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Chris Ward’s debut album as Tropics, Parodia Flare was full of lush and washy electronic landscapes, so much so that it felt obfuscated by the ambiance it persisted with. ‘Popup Cinema’, from a new EP on Svetlana Industries in November (home to Nightwave), is a more immediate and live cut, lead by a simple piano… Read more »

Posted on October 3rd, 2012

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Johnny Jewel’s recent (re-recorded) mix for FYF Radio is recommended for fans of Chromatics‘ own atmospheric electronic-infused songs. It features tracks from Tangerine Dream, Nico, Tim Thaler, Farah’s Sonic Youth cover,Twilight Singers, six tracks not aired on the radio show and a generally sleepy disposition. You can also listen to the show it is taken… Read more »

Posted on September 27th, 2012

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I initially got Halls confused with Walls but there’s no comparison between the latter’s pumping intricate electronica and the former’s elegiac minimal piano music. ‘White Chalk’ is a perfect morning awakening (um, pretend you’re only up right, I was busy this morning) – a sumptuous reverberating piano melody with Sam Howard’s Sufjan-esque timbre recalling parts… Read more »

Posted on August 1st, 2012

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Samaris are from Iceland and you can hear the breathy shivering electronic-enhanced tones of their countryfellows Björk and Múm in their music. The beautiful ‘Goda Tungl’ is from their Hljóma Þú EP (hear below). We recently featured Samaris on Podcast #39. The elegant video is by Thora Hilmarsdottir.

Posted on July 9th, 2012

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A serene blast of melancholic resplendence courtesy of everyone’s favourite instrumental Icelanders (Jonsi’s voice is an instrument really). It’s easy to be cynical about Sigur Ros. Their ever-present reach for celestial heavenly sounds can be easy to disregard but it’s hard not to be drawn by its beauty. ‘Ekki múkk’ is taken from the band’s… Read more »

Posted on March 27th, 2012

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Stuart Howard Lapalux has a hazy slo-mo new seven-track EP out now on Brainfeeder. It has the ambient glazed beats and bells of ‘102 Hours of Introductions’, the shredded R&B of ‘Moments’ featuring Py on vocals, the blunted and warped ‘Gone’, the James Blake-esque vocal synth funk jam ‘Yellow 90’s’ and the skewed ‘Gutter Litter’…. Read more »

Posted on February 29th, 2012

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