Category Archives: Reviews – D

Essential albums: The Dread

The Plastination Of Otis T Fernbank¬†remains a singularly remarkable achievement, deftly navigating a path between experimental noise, field recordings and chunky, tuneful grooves.¬†The mix of melodic writing and experimental sounds reminds me a bit of classic Emit Records. artist: The Dread country of origin: UK style(s): Electronica, experimental, fourth world, post-rock, dark ambient decades active: […]

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Essential albums: Do’ah

This is inspired, vibrant cross-cultural acoustic instrumental music by a late 70’s/early 80’s outfit from the San Francisco Bay area who seemed intent on playing just about every musical instrument ever invented; a bit like The Incredible String Band without the drugs. artist: Do’ah country of origin: USA style(s): New acoustic, world music, jazz, new […]

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Essential albums: Diatonis

Fans of Brian Eno’s more melodic ambient works should find this outstanding album a delight from start to finish. Two years in the making, Ambient Life (2003) is the clear winner among the small number of Diatonis albums released to date. artist: Diatonis country of origin: USA style(s): Ambient, environmental decades active: 2000’s essential releases: […]

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Essential albums: Deuter

Light…is what Deuter’s music has in glorious abundance. Even more remarkable is that on his best albums this glowing optimism doesn’t become sentimental. Thanks to the music’s cosmic undercurrent and his tremendous command of melody he has always been popular in new age circles, but during his peak years he rarely settled into new age […]

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Essential albums: Delerium

Starting out gothic, filmic and tribal, Delerium’s dark sound at one point morphed into spacey laid-back acid trance before moving on again to become the highly polished, ethereal ethno-pop for which Delerium is best known. What’s consistent between all their albums is the music’s generally slow tempo and the duo’s exploration of ambient space. artist: […]

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Essential albums: Deep Space Network

Great ideas never date, and Deep Space Network’s electronica is full of great, well-realised ideas. This German duo’s time in the sun was the early to mid 1990’s – ambient techno/trance’s first “golden age” – when electronic dance music was spreading around the globe and ambient and downtempo offshoots flowered in abundance. artist: Deep Space […]

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Essential albums: Deep Forest

A close (and superior) musical cousin of equally popular 90’s ambient dance act Enigma, Deep Forest pairs French dance producers Michel Sanchez and Eric Mouquet. While Enigma never did manage to make a consistently great album in its 90’s heyday, Deep Forest managed the feat twice. artist: Deep Forest country of origin: France style(s): Ambient […]

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Essential albums: Dead Can Dance

Drawing on primitive world folk music, modern song and a Western musical heritage stretching back to medieval Europe, the duo’s music is mysterious, powerful and bewitching. Dead Can Dance do the world music-ambient-classical mashup thing with a depth that defies easy description. artist: Dead Can Dance country of origin: Australia style(s): World beat, folk, medieval, […]

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Essential albums: Mychael Danna

Without resorting to bombast or sugary sentiment, Danna works his lush, highly melodic and orchestrated cinematic style on Sirens to remarkable effect…drenched in synthesisers, piano and graced with some silky smooth electric guitar, Sirens is sensual, haunting and frequently compelling. artist: Mychael Danna country of origin: Canada style(s): Ambient orchestral, spacemusic, neoclassical decades active: 80’s […]

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Essential albums: Burkhard Von Dallwitz

Dallwitz has gained international recognition as a film composer since the late 1990’s, starting with his contributions to the soundtrack of Peter Weir’s The Truman Show…but a more complete and cohesive statement than any of his soundtracks is his outstanding lone solo album Worlds Apart (1994), recorded and released before his film scoring career took […]

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