Category Archives: Reviews – F

Future Sound Of London

Despite plenty of moments in the FSOL oeuvre which you might call spacey, they play down any cosmic inferences. Says Gary Cobain: “I’m not interested in that. I think *this* is a weird place. What our music, I think, represents is a weird perspective of this space now. It’s like a re-evaluation of yourself in […]

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Edgar Froese

Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese (1944-2015) is one of the key figures in the history of ambient electronic music and was the only member of the iconic Krautrock band to stay on board the full distance, a journey that ended with his death in 2015. He was also their most prolific solo artist in the […]

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Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp is one of Britain’s most respected guitar stylists and has been involved in experimental music since the late 1960’s. His approach to composing is cerebral and academic, and while at times it lacks emotional warmth his contributions to expanding the language of guitar playing are undoubted. artist: Robert Fripp country of origin: UK […]

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Freezone (series)

These truly wondrous 90’s compilations from Belgian label Crammed Discs found the multi-faceted genre called “electronic dance music” making an unassailable case for the right to a place in ambient zone. They are creative, scene-setting releases which helped pave the way for much dance-related downtempo that has since bloomed across the globe. series: Freezone country […]

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Christopher Franke

Most of The London Concert (1992) plays like a long, exotic, multi-episode epic and Franke’s bubbling, polyrhythmic sequencer work binds it all together. By turns urgent and serene, euphoric and sad, straight and surreal, this is an essential work for fans of Tangerine Dream and the Berlin-school sound. artist: Christopher Franke country of origin: Germany […]

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Tristan Feldbauer

Tristan Feldbauer recorded music in the 1990’s as half of the duo Zeus Faber, but his superb album Recordings (2007) marks his creative peak in a more recent style that was developed over several albums in the 2000’s: distinctive, impressionist ambient-pop with a unique European sensibility. artist: Tristan Feldbauer country of origin: Switzerland style(s): Ambient […]

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Fax Records

The story of the new-school ambient label Fax Records is probably better told through the solo and collaborative albums of its late founder Pete Namlook (1960-2012) rather than through label compilation albums. Nonetheless, some Fax compilations are magnificent on their own terms and highly recommended. label: Fax Records country of origin: Germany style(s): Ambient, chillout, […]

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John Fahey

The much imitated John Fahey (1939-2001) was one of the undisputed fathers of the modern acoustic guitar. If you love the acoustic ambient sounds of classic Windham Hill and artists like William Ackerman, Fahey’s music laid much of the groundwork for that generation of Amercian guitar instrumentalists. artist: John Fahey country of origin: USA style(s): […]

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