Category Archives: Reviews – S

Slow Dancing Society

Slow Dancing Society is the one-man show of Washington-based composer Drew Sullivan. He makes contemporary, tonal mood music of the highest order – part ambient rock, part ambient techno, part environmental ambience. artist: Slow Dancing Society country of origin: USA style(s): Ambient rock, ambient techno, shoegaze, neo-romantic, environmental, post-rock decades active: 00’s – 10’s essential […]

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Don Slepian

Don Slepian is another of the genuine talents whose music rose above the haze of early American new age music to enjoy widespread acclaim and airplay on pioneering American radio shows such as Music From The Hearts Of Space…he’s a musician, synthesiser programmer and performer of quietly dazzling skill and versatility. artist: Don Slepian country […]

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Silent Records (label)

There is no denying that the first wave of experimental chillout music to emerge from the afterglow of early rave, techno and acid house in the early to mid 90’s did have that special warmth and sense of wide-eyed wonder. San Francisco-based Silent Records was there and captured this spirit beautifully. label: Silent Records country […]

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Shulman

Initially rather too derivative of psychedelic chillout icons Shpongle to stand out, Israeli duo Shulman soon escaped their influences to become a downtempo act with their own special combination of quirks, musicality and brave experimentation. Their third and fourth albums stand among the greatest electronica releases of the 2000’s. artist: Shulman country of origin: Israel […]

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Shpongle

In forming the psychedelic duo Shpongle, UK musician Simon Posford was one of the first psychedelic trance artists to go beyond the occasional downtempo or chillout track among an otherwise uptempo repertoire of dance music. Away from the demands of the dancefloor, he and bandmate Raja Ram are free to draw on whatever inspires them […]

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Sigur Ros

A four-piece rock band centering around guitarist and vocalist Jon Thor Birgisson, Sigur Ros’ epic sound is progressive rock of the spacey variety. At their most atmospheric they’re one of the most distinctive ambient rock acts since the early Pink Floyd and the original cosmic German bands of the 1970’s. artist: Sigur Rós country of […]

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Rhian Sheehan

New Zealander composer Rhian Sheehan crafts instrumentals of great cinematic beauty and strong emotional undertows. He effortlessly straddles dual worlds – acoustic and electronic sounds, rock rhythms and loopy ambient dance patterns – and his background in film and TV soundtracks lends his music a very personal and story-like flow. artist: Rhian Sheehan country of […]

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SETI (Taylor Deupree & Savvas Ysatis)

With their SETI project, Tayor Deupree and Savvas Ysatis created something that is truly music of the stars. The albums were made not only with the leading-edge music technology of the time, but also drew inspiration and sampled sounds from astronomy lectures and deep space transmissions received by Earth’s radio telescopes. artist: SETI country of […]

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Jonn Serrie

Jonn Serrie is both an aircraft pilot and a long-established composer of music for planetariums, which is a perfect resume for making spacemusic. Of course most of us will never know what the experience of space travel is really like…Serrie’s instrumentals are more about possibilities, a kind of aural science fiction. It’s left to your […]

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Ulrich Schnauss

Think of these albums as two sides of the same coin. Far Away Trains Passing By is the happier and more dreamy of the two, while A Strangely Isolated Place suggests a darker side with its distorted electric guitar textures, more obvious indie rock flavours and even wordless female vocals on occasion. Both are wonderful […]

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