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Bit under the radar 2018 release from Swiss guitarist Pablo Color featuring Italian ambient legend Gigi Masin and renowned Japanese record collector Chee Shimizu. La Calle Roja is very much a balearic affair – perfectly capturing the feeling and sounds of idyllic summer days by the beach. Pablo’s guitar playing is featured throughout and masterfully […]

From RVNG Intl. comes a 2017 anthology of self-released trans-temporal new age music by Bay Area composer/synthesist Pauline Anna Strom, assembled from seven albums composed and recorded between 1982-1988. Blind since birth, Strom’s impairment seemed to sensitize her navigation of the world through the auditory plane, creatively immersing her deeply and thoughtfully in the listenable […]

Germany’s Cass. and Gianni Brezzo turn in their first collaboration with Masala Kiss via Hamburg based label – a one we love – Growing Bin. Combining Gianni’s taste for melody and Cass.’s signature sensual sound, the record offers us a collection of lush explorative ambient pieces steeped with new age esotericism and leftfield electronics. A […]

The long-awaited reissue of Ernest Hood’s private press masterpiece is a must-have for any ambient music fan. Released in 1974 before the term “ambient music” was even coined, Neighborhoods is a deeply nostalgic record that brings back memories of times past, lost youth, suburban streets, and children at play. Musical narration is the central component […]

Recorded in Mols, a remote peninsula region located in the eastern coast of Denmark with ambient producer DJ Sports at the controls, “Petersminde” is a dubbed out, effortless listen for the masses where organic textures and acoustic instruments meet dub FX and synth pads. The playing here is wonderful loose and laid back, with each […]

It’s not every day that you listen to a record where jazz and ambient genres can meld so cohesively that they form another thing altogether. On Lemon Quartet’s debut Crestless, we are taken into their saxophone laden cinematic dreamscape world, and it’s every bit worth the journey. Filled with warmth and nostalgia, Crestless is as […]

Go Hirano’s 2004 Corridor of Daylights sees a first time vinyl reissue thanks to Los Angeles label Black Editions. An outlier in Tokyo’s P.S.F. catalogue, a label known for its acid folk, free jazz and experimental rock, Hirano’s music sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Corridor along with his previous release Reflection of […]

Bit of a hidden gem from one of our favorite new labels Last Resort, G.S. Schray’s “Gabriel” is a warm, ambient trip through the suburban streets of Akron, OH. Dreamy synths, reverb-tinged guitar, vintage drum samples, gentle percussion, the varied sounds and textures combine effortlessly here to paint a beautifully lush landscape that you can’t […]

Canadian electronic collective New World Science (made up of Ramzi, Priori, Ex-terrestrial, and Emmanuel Thibau) follow up their heady debut, New Atlantis, Vol. 1, with this full length. Within its four movements the record explores the space between modern electronics and traditional natural acoustics, with each composition defined by its own stylistic multi-stream journey. Whether […]

In 1979, Laraaji was hammering away at his zither in Washington Square Park alone, in a lotus position, eyes closed, filling the air with his stream-of-consciousness harmonics only to have Brian Eno walk by. Eno had just started his Ambient series and was in awe of this ethereal free-flowing sound. He dropped his phone number […]

From the expert curation of Numero Group comes an extensive anthology of rare cassette releases, deep cuts and previously unreleased gems by prolific electronic music pioneer Joanna Brouk. An early contributor to the electronic music genre with an extensive electronic music education (UC Berkeley B.A.; Mills College M.A. with training under Terry Riley), Brouk took […]

The debut release from NYC based artist Chester Raj Anand serves as something of an audio diary retelling the experience of a solo trip to Tokyo. The story goes that Anand would secretly record audio samples of synth sounds while demoing them in the shop to later use for creating the melodies and atmospheric textures […]

Released in 2017 and built to stand the test of time, Async was Japanese master musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s first solo album in eight years, following his recovery from throat cancer. Mortality, existentialism, nostalgia and gratitude permeate the album with wistful, thoughtful, foggy fragility. Both warm and cold, and acoustic and electronic, Sakamoto’s palette […]

Picture the delight of meeting one of the most interesting people you’ve ever encountered, spending an impromptu afternoon with them over a long cup of coffee, picking their brain and exploring the intricacies of their mind. That’s what the first listen of Priscilla Ermel’s Origens Da Luz feels like — but if the coffee is […]

Talk Talk’s commercially disastrous, cult classic Spirit of Eden is an absolute must listen for any music fan. Recorded over three years in “an endlessly blacked-out studio, an oil projector in the control room, strobe lighting and five 24-track tape-machines synced together” the resulting album is a deeply moving and spiritual trip with elements of […]

E2-E4 is a one hour long improvisational piece split into two sides. Recorded in one take at Göttsching’s home studio in Berlin, the album is an accidental masterpiece and a pivotal moment captured to tape. Göttsching originally recorded the piece to have something to listen to on his Walkman on a trip the following day […]

Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Pepe Maina describes his music as “ambient & prog rock music for dreams and illusion.” His debut album Il Canto Dell’Arpa e Del Flauto which translates to The Song of the Harp and the Flute matches that description perfectly – a beautifully diverse mix of ethnic rhythms, delicate harp, psychedelic guitar, […]

American composer and multi-instrumentalist Alvin Curran’s fantastic debut Canti E Vedute Del giardino Magnetico, which translates to Songs and Views from the Magnetic Garden, consists of two sidelong pieces. The first side, a blend of cymbals, glass chimes, harmonica, flugelhorn and soprano vocals from Margherita Benetti, is pure avant-garde experimental music, and a bit more […]

The aptly titled Traveller is an icy ambient journey through the harshness of a 
midwestern winter. Enveloped by nature and snow, Sampson recorded the Traveller entirely alone in a bedroom closet in Minnesota, with only a Yamaha DX-7, a guitar, and a four-track TEAC reel-to-reel. Shortly after its scant 1987 release and generally poor reception, […]

Another fourth world adventure, this time into a sunny Portuguese imaginary island. Carlos Maria Trinadade and Nuno Canavarro were respected veterans in the 80’s Portugal pop-rock scene. When a mutual friend introduced the two, they decided to collaborate on a record and dove headstrong into the experimental. Although side A is credited to Carlos and […]

Commissioned by Japanese toy maker Bandai in 1984, the Hosono-composed Mercuric Dance is the soundtrack for a contemporary ballet piece of the same name. Each track is inspired by a planet (or the moon), an idea, though simple, that translates completely during the listening experience. It’s an immersive and atmospheric record with large-scale dynamics, much akin […]

Compiled from two mysterious private-issued cassettes from 1986 and 1987, this Yoga Records discovery introduces us to the beautiful and isolated work of Peter Thomas Kardas. The music is woeful and haunting, at times akin to a horror movie soundtrack, yet at the same time is full of a certain optimism and deep emotion. Icy […]

A highly sought after release in digging circles, the sole release by the mysterious Aragon was finally reissued in 2016 by the great Chee Shimizu on his Japanism imprint. Hardly any information is available about the group, which consists of session musicians, Tatsuo Hayashi the drummer of Hosono’s Tin Pan Alley, and a few other […]

Virginia Astley’s conceptual debut is a collection of tone poems meant to represent the sounds and mood of an innocent summer day. The album is notable for its use of field recordings and natural sounds, which Astley used as the foundation for these gorgeous improvised piano pieces. The playing is beautiful, simple, melodic, and evokes […]

“Kankyō ongaku,” Japanese for “environmental music,” was a popular genre of functional ambient music in Japan in the 80’s led by electronic artists Hiroshi Yoshimura, Takashi Kokubo, Joe Hisaishi, Toshifumi Hinata, Jun Fukamachi, among others. Air in Resort is a quintessential record of the genre with a unique story – it was originally commissioned by […]

A daytime favorite at ISC, John Carroll Kirby’s solo piano album Tuscany on NYC label Patience is music inspired by a time and a place. The Los Angeles-based Kirby, who has become a go-to collaborator for numerous pop artists over the years including Solange, Frank Ocean, Blood Orange, Connan Mockasin, among others, composed the album […]

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