Category Archives: Reviews – H

Andrew Heath

It’s the clarity of Heath’s soundscapes that’s really striking; the textures are are not fuzzy as if filtered through gauze. His sound paintings are crystal clear – even when suggesting some blurry reminiscence – a remarkable achievement of uncluttered composition and painstaking sound design. artist: Andrew Heath country of origin: UK style(s): environmental ambient, impressionist, landscape, […]

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Human Mesh Dance

Mindflower is a true early ambient techno classic, full of space and imbued with that curious 90’s cosmic glow. The fantastically layered melodies are crafted from crystalline textures and soft, soaring synths comparable to the best music of similar acts of the era like Kim Cascone’s Heavenly Music Corporation. artist: Human Mesh Dance country of […]

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Paul Horn

A pioneering figure in world music since the 1960’s, Paul Horn’s repertoire has ranged from contemporary jazz to neo classical to deep ambient. He’s an incurable traveller and was one of the first generation of Western musicians to embrace indigenous sounds wherever he found them. artist: Paul Horn country of origin: USA style(s): Ethno ambient, […]

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Honeyroot

Honeyroot’s wonderful debut album Sound Echo Location is a worthy contender for best ambient pop release of 2003. It has also stood the test of time, a summer album so cool it gives you goosebumps. artist: Honeyroot country of origin: UK style(s): Chillout, ambient pop, lounge, Balearic, cinematic decades active: 2000’s essential releases: Sound Echo […]

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Steve Hillage

Rainbow Dome Musick is, in a way, a real oddity because it doesn’t fit with anything else that was happening in the UK music at the time…it’s a trippy classic at any rate, and can claim to be a formative influence on the psychedelic chillout music that emerged from the early electronic dance music scene […]

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Michael Hedges

Like other Windham Hill guitarists such as Willliam Ackerman, Hedges’ music goes far beyond just “folk”. It’s considerable appeal to ambient and downtempo fans comes from its subtly, its atmosphere and its flirtations with exotic melodies and modes. artist: Michael Hedges country of origin: USA style(s): New acoustic, folk, ambient, new age decades active: 80’s […]

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Heavenly Music Corporation

The four albums that Silent Records founder Kim Cascone recorded as Heavenly Music Corporation were creative highpoints in the rebirth of ambient via the burgeoning dance music and rave scenes of the 1990’s in the USA, Britain, Europe and the Asia Pacific. artist: Heavenly Music Corporation country of origin: USA style(s): Ambient techno/trance, environmental, psychedelic, […]

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Harmonia

Releasing only two albums in the mid-1970’s before disbanding, the revered German trio Harmonia was a Krautrock supergroup of sorts. It brought together Michael Rother of alt rock icons Neu! with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of the brilliant avant-garde pop-rock outfit Cluster. artist: Harmonia country of origin: Germany style(s): Krautrock, art rock, ambient rock, […]

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Healer

Swedish composer Michael Andresen aka Healer – who has also made banging psytrance under the names 12 Moons – created these two exquisite, gently psychedelic chillout albums in the early 2000’s, after which he returned to dance music. It proved a very worthwhile detour. artist: Healer country of origin: Sweden style(s): Ambient trance, ambient, psychedelic […]

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