Category Archives: Reviews – P

Pjusk

The duo Pjusk stands as one of the very few current ambient acts that’s able to draw two opposites – pure noise and pure music – into the same space and make it sound original, accessible and human…music that’s somewhere beyond both old-school ambient (Eno, Krautrock, spacemusic) and ambient dance music, occupying a mysterious and […]

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Jeff Pearce

Using just an electric guitar, a brush, a few boxes and pedals, Jeff Pearce has taken the sound of the guitar further over the past 20 years than many of his ambient guitar contemporaries… quite different from the post-rock sounds of Hammock or The Slow Dancing Society, for example, where the sustains and reverberations usually easily […]

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Popol Vuh

Popol Vuh’s sonic trademarks are diverse: abstract electronica, devotional music, progressive rock, eclectic vocal blends and pioneering ethno-ambient fusions…founder Florian Fricke was a brilliant, intuitive musician and one of the first Westerners to seamlessly blend Eastern and Western sounds, in both a traditional rock band context and in a more ethereal, meditative vein. artist: Popol […]

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Pitch Black

Melodically there’s nothing desperately catchy on Pitch Bkack’s superb third album Ape To Angel (2003) and it’s not the most accessible ambient/tech dub around. But that doesn’t diminish its greatness. These tracks make you work and pay attention before surrendering their charms – and the rewards are well worth it. artist: Pitch Black country of […]

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd’s best music is more than anything else about ambient sound: the slow trance-inducing bass/drum throb, the ethereal organ and synth backdrops, the sighing and crying guitar lines, the clever and unexpected sound effects. It was a sound achieved through a combination of offbeat ideas, innovative recording techniques and a cosmic ambience that is […]

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Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s music is obviously strange, but how do you actually describe it to the uninitiated? Best not to try too hard, except to say it combines elements of minimalism, classical, African and South American music in a way that’s unique, charming and at times quite off the wall. artist: Penguin Cafe Orchestra country […]

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David Parsons

Parsons music shows a profound affinity with Indian and Tibetan cultures, an understanding which reaches into the furthest recesses of Eastern religious experience and the landscapes in which it evolved…his art remains one of the purest, most potent distillations of the East through a Westerner’s eyes that’s ever been committed to music. artist: David Parsons […]

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Pacific Heights

Frozen Fears (2003) manages to be epic without sounding pretentious and the result is one of the greatest-ever albums in the atmospheric drum’n’bass genre. It’s glistening, shadowy, lush and psychedelic. Abrams expands the genre’s palate with deft skill, incorporating 4/4 tech-house rhythms and the skittering percussion patterns of jazzy Detroit techno into the mix. artist: […]

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Jochem Paap aka Speedy J

The magnificent Ginger (1993) and G Spot (1995) albums are among the finest lounge-room techno or IDM (intelligent dance music) releases from electronic dance music’s first glorious wave of chillout recordings. Born of club music but not confined to it, they are intelligent, dynamic, melodic and at times very subtle. artist: Jochem Paap aka Speedy […]

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