Released in 2011 on Temporary Residence Format: LPx2, etching on D-side
Released in 2008 on Arduna Records Format: LP
Released in 2019 on Kemado/Mexican Summer Format: LP
Released in 2017 on Jagjaguwar Records Format: LP Includes 12″ 14-page photo and lyric booklet
Released in 2019 on Editions Mego Format: LP
Released in 2011 on Frenchkiss Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1996 on Kranky Records 2016 Reissue Format: LPx2
Originally released in 1998 on Up Records 2019 Numero Group Reissue Format: LP
Released in 2012 on Constellation Records Format: LP + 7″
Originally released in 1982 on Editions EG 2018 audiophile reissue on Virgin Records Format: LPx2, 45rpm Half-Speed Mastered
Released in 2019 on Constellation Records Format: 12″ EP
Released in 2007 on Hyperdub Records Format: LPx2
Released on Ideological Organ in 2017 Format: LPx2
Originally released in 2000 on Epic Records 2010 Repress Format: LPx2
Released in 2011 on Constellation Records Recorded 2009-2010 Format: LP
Released in 2011 on 4AD Format: LP
Released in 2019 on Thrill Jockey Records Format: LP Limited pink vinyl
Released in 1976 on Virgin Records Format: LP
Released in 2006 on Southern Lord Format: LPx3 Limited to 1500 on Yellow Opaque vinyl
Released in 2013 on Bella Union UK Pressing Format: LPx2, Bonus 7″, Holographic Cover Studio album takes up sides A, … More
Originally released in 1994 on Thrill Jockey Records 2016 reissue Recorded November 29 thru December 5, 1993
Released in 1997 on Drag City Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1999 2009 reissue on FatCat Records Format: LPx2, 180
Released in 1977 on Sky Records Format: LP Original German Pressing
Released in 1974 on ECM Records Format: LP
Releases in 1972 on Warner Bros. Records Format: LP
Released in 2013 on Corpse Flower Records Format: LP, Orange Vinyl Limited to 300 copies, 215/300
Released in 2001 on Temporary Residence Recorded in 2000 Format: LP
Released in 2000 on Matador Records Format: LPx2
Originally released as 2 separate releases in 1988 and 1989 on Venture Records 2019 Grönland compilation Format: LPx2
Released in 2007 on Kranky Cryptograms recorded in 2005 Fluorescent Grey recorded in 2006 Format: LPx2
Released in 1996 on Mo Wax Records Format: LPx2
Released in 2016 by Thrill Jockey Records Format: LP
Released in 2008 on Kranky Records Recorded Spring/Summer 2007 Format: LPx2, includes Another Bedroom EP on D-side
Released in 1970 on Harvest Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1974 on Brain Records 2015 Grönland Pressing Format: LP, 180g
Originally released in 2009 on Relapse Records 2013 Pressing Format: LPx2
Released in 2014 on Southern Lord Recordings Format: LP
Released in 1971 on Harvest Records Format: LP
These transcendent drone meditations will envelop you in a dark blanket of fuzzy guitars and blooming synthesizers.
Released in 2000 on Eclipse Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1999 on Chemikal Underground 2014 Deluxe Pressing Format: LPx4 box set, includes poster
Released in 2007 on The Leaf Label Format: LPx3, 45rpm
Released in 2013 by Drag City Format: LPx2 Front and back cover by Michal Mozolewski Inner gatefold drawing by Simon … More
Originally released in 1972 on Brain Records 2010 Grönland Pressing Format: LP, White Vinyl
Originally released in 1991 on Polydor 2011 pressing on Ba Da Bing Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1999 on Temporary Residence 2016 expanded edition
Released in 2011 on Blackest Rainbow Format: LPx2, 180g Ltd. to 750 copies
Released in 2007 on Eclipse Records Format: LP Includes 12″x24″ insert
Doug McComb’s first album as Brokeback is imbued with pastoral Impressionism, experimentalism, and a sense of Zen contentment. The record is mostly centered around his Bass VI, a short-scale bass with six strings that is trebly enough to function in both guitar and bass roles. This versatile instrument is usually wet with chorus and reverb that sculpt a fluid, aquatic tone to complement the slow, tranquil melodies. Outside of some solo pieces Doug is joined by a variety of accompaniment including lap steel guitar, synth, upright bass, Rhodes, vocals from Mary Hansen, and light percussion provided by producer/Tortoise bandmate John McEntire. This is a record that can be appreciated from a passive impressionistic standpoint, as well as under the microscopic attention of an engaged ear. (Follow link for full review)
Recommended for fans of Tortoise or Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti Western soundtracks
The third album from the Melbourne (Au) violin/guitar/drum trio consists of loose, drifting instrumentals that conjure images of vast, open plains. Though the music here is often melancholic and lethargic, it is occasionally swept up with bursts of passionate energy and possessed by cathartic longing (especially the pleading and utterly beautiful violin solo on “Warren’s Lament”). All three instrumentalists have very individual styles that complement and dialogue with each other in refreshingly unique ways.
Released in October, 2001 on Constellation Records. Recorded at the mighty Hotel2Tango Format: 10″x2
Released in 2002 on Holy Mountain Format: LP This lo-fi psych-folk classic has a near-perfect tracklist of songs, eerie ambient … More
Originally released in 2008 on Southern Lord 2014 Pressing Format: LPx2, Red Vinyl
A far cry from the sparse folk usually recorded by Will Oldham, “Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties” finds his intimate voice and warbly acoustic guitar enveloped by the cosmic drones, blooming synths, airy flutes, and hypnotic tape loops of Chicago new age trio, Bitchin Bajas. The lyrics are essentially fortune cookie mantras and, while there’s a chance they’re tongue-in-cheek, it’s difficult not to smile and feel a brightening of the spirit when hearing uplifting phrases like “Your hard work is about to pay off, keep on keepin’ on” or “you and your whole family are well” get repeated over and over. This collaboration is a soothing, heartwarming listen and a refreshing change-of-pace from Oldham’s tendency towards melancholy and solemn lyrical content.
Pulling away from the jazzy psych-pop of their first two albums, Soft Machine gears towards sprawling sidelong compositions of spacey prog infused with thematic jazz fusion improvisations, compositional edits, and heavy doses of experimental post-production (Click for Full Review)
While the music on Zeit feels motionlessly suspended in the empty vastness of space, the music on Phaedra seem to discover a swampy alien planet, Pulsing sequencers, dramatic mellotrons, airy flutes, and sweeping synthesizers are drenched in strange echoes and reverbs to create suspenseful alien soundscapes.
The German upright bassist and composer is joined by a jazz quartet, cello ensemble, and choir for a colorfully complex album of atmospheric improvisation, progressive structures, and sweeping orchestral arrangements, with occasional segments of groovy fusion or synthesizer spaciness, all draped in the warm, reverbed production ECM albums are known for.
Darkly cinematic rock instrumentals with some creeping, Dostoevskian vibes. This is probably the most meticulous and progressive album I’ve heard from these guys, who are always finding new ways of funneling their omnivorous library of influences into their dramatic and atmospheric psych rock stylings.
“Side A is cut at 45rpm and features “Moya”, a broiling cascade of upward scales that repeatedly explodes beyond its own threshold. “BBF3” on Side B clocks in at 18 minutes, and was the band’s most lyrical, multi-movement music to date — more elaborated melodic figures wind around an angry spoken-word field recording (infamously culminating in the recital of the speaker’s poem — verses lifted straight from Iron Maiden)”
Released in 2012 on Southern Lord Records Format: LPx2, etching on D-side
Released in 2014 on Invada Records Format: LPx2 Tannum Brown vinyl, limited to 1000 copies
On Towards Language, Norweigan trumpeter Arve Henriksen creates a blend of meditative and suspenseful ambient-jazz, demonstrating a more soothing side to his playing than his noisier output with electro-acoustic improvisers Supersilent.
Originally released in 1969 on Columbia Records 1977 Pressing
Released in 2018 on Kranky Format: LPx2 Track Notes and Observations A1. This Life (Droney, Climactic, Mournful) Synths slowly dancing … More
Released in 2018 on Domino Records Format: LPx2 Includes 12″x12″ glossy lyric and photo booklet Track Listing *A1 – Turn … More
Originally released in 1968 on EMI 1986 Fame Pressing
Dynamic and uplifting house music characterized by filtered drums and enveloping synth textures. With its driving arpeggiations, danceable 4-on-the-floor grooves, hypnotic build-ups, and soothing ambient tracks, Singularity is extremely well-paced, and it’s most beautiful moments full of sublime wonder.
Released in 2004 on Constellation Records Format: LPx2, Side D is blank
On Automaginary, the Gnawa-inspired cosmic jazz of Natural Information Society is augmented by the flowing textures of Chicago new age trio Bitchin Bajas to create an album of enveloping drones and trance-inducing rhythms. (Follow link for full Review)
Over the past decade, Josh Abrams has been using his guimbri to create music inspired by the ceremonial music of the Gnawa in North Africa, infusing it with a wide variety of influences from kosmische to minimalism to the avant-garde jazz of his local scene in Chicago. On this album, the focus is on “pure motion” driven by double drummers hypnotically interlocking with guimbri, guitar, keys and harmonium. Each individual plays unique rhythmic figures that push and pull against each other like polyrhythmic tectonic plates, creating constantly changing, yet circular grooves.
Originally released in 1996 on Thrill Jockey Records 2012 pressing
Originally released in 2002 on Secretly Canadian 2014 deluxe reissue Format: LPx2 (full album on first LP and demos on … More
Originally released in 1989 on Fiction Records 2010 pressing, Digitally Remastered by Robert Smith Format: LPx2
Enveloping blankets of piano and synthesizers that are mostly beautifully soothing, but occasionally venture down shadowy alleyways full of eerie suspense.
A unique blend of post-rock, stoner rock, and shoegaze crafted into a cohesive, perfectly fluid 25 minutes. Hallucinogenic atmospheres, shadowy guitar effects, and mysterious pitch-shifted vocals envelope driving, stoner-fuzz bass lines that often liquify into the watery chorus-bass you might find on the Cure’s Disintegration or an Isis album.
Released in 1988 on Parlophone Records 2012 Pressing
Released in 2015 on People Teeth Format: LP
This fantastic compilation album consists of 2 hours of unreleased recording sessions ranging from 1970 to 1974. Despite some incohesiveness, this release contains some of the most exciting, creative and uncategorizable music of Miles’ career.
I highly recommend this album to fans of the innovative and exploratory period of jazz fusion of the early 70’s, where electric instrumentation, funk rhythms, experimental production techniques, and spacey synthesizers met the improvisation, freedom, and uplifting soul of the spiritual jazz of the 60’s. Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi trilogy, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Weather Report’s first LP are good touchstones, but this album truly offers something unique.
Information: Released in 1978 on PVC Records Format: LP
A psychedelic synth odyssey created with only an expanded Series III Moog by Robert Margouleff and synth-guru Malcolm Cecil (who programmer synths on legendary albums by Stevie Wonder and Gil-Scott Heron in addition to his ambient solo work). The intricately layered results here feel like a synthetic wilderness, with a wide variety of colors and textures that sound warm, organic, and natural despite their electronic origins.
Information: Released in 2002 on Constellation Records
This is what I imagine a black hole might sound like. “Zeit” translates to “Time”, yet time feels completely suspended here, filled instead with vast negative space in which burbling VCS 3 synthesizers, suspenseful organs, and a droning quartet of cellos float in and out. These four sidelong pieces erase all traces of rock or any kind of beat from Tangerine Dream’s sound, leaving ominous space-ambient music in its purest form.
Makes me feel like I’m sitting alone at a party, gazing across a dark, smoky room; an outsider looking in. Chill beats, hushed atmospheres, melancholy melodies.
The apocalyptic sounds of spiritual warfare.
Album Information: Originally released in 1973 on United Artist Recordings This pressing was released in 2014 on Mute Records
Compilation of 3 EPs released in 2013 on Temporary Residence Format: LPx2, etchings on each side
Released in 2009 on Frenchkiss Records Format: LP