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Ambient Music Guide’s Best Albums Of 2018 Reviews

Reviewed by Mike G, 1 December 2018  Follow AMG Facebook | Twitter | Mixcloud | Podcast | Spotify Reviews Index: Best New Albums ALAN BROWN – Composure (Bandcamp) ALECSI – 033186 (Bandcamp/Hotham Sound) AXEL RIGAUD – Transformation (n5MD) AMBIDEXTROUS – Echoes Of Science (Fantasy Enhancing) ASTRAL HARMONIES – Peach Blossom Spring (Moonswing) ATMOSPHERE FACTORY – Sketches/Yurikamone/Liquid Crystals (Dakini) BABY GRAND – And […]

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Another Fine Day

British composer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Green’s choice of pseudonym says it well – Another Fine Day makes music that’s positive, relaxed and clear of mind. artist: Another Fine Day country of origin: UK style(s): Chillout, nu jazz, folk, world music, lounge, Balearic, ambient pop decades active: 90’s – 10’s essential releases: Life Before Land (1994, […]

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Tambour

One thing that makes Tambour’s music distinctive is that, unlike some other artists in the modern classical/post-classical milieu, his use of electronic synthesis and musical styles such as rock is very subtle, probably undetectable to many. But mostly, it’s simply that he’s a seriously talented in all three of the areas that seem to count […]

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Motionfield

Luftrum is incredibly dreamy and expansive, crowning ten years of releases by this gifted artist. There’s a perfect word for his sound: oceanic. With his synthetic paintbox Motionfield has conjured ten pieces of music, ten oceans of psychedelic sound, that bathe you is some of the most profoundly beautiful harmonic progressions and textures ever heard […]

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Twilight Archive

Jazzy, cinematic grooves can sound stifled when they meet electronica, but not in these hands. Twilight Archive makes twilight music that’s tuneful enough for any time of day and smart enough to appeal to listeners well beyond genre boundaries. artist: Twilight Archive country of origin: USA style(s): Cinematic, trip hop, lounge, nu jazz decades active: […]

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Abakus

That Much Closer To The Sun is one of the greatest summer albums in ambient dance music, full of warm nostalgic melodies, rippling guitars and luminous synth figures that echo club trance and melodic techno. Davies has captured light in his music, and he’s managed to channel it in a vital, dynamic way that elevates […]

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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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Tom Ståle Engebretsen aka Elrox

The understated instrumentals of Tralfamadore (2015) are melodic and mesmerising. The spaces between say as much as the notes. The album has an extraordinary atmosphere; an eerie, alien, dark quality that’s neither cold nor overly grim which is an emotional balancing act difficult to strike in any genre. artist: Tom Ståle Engebretsen country of origin: […]

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Jordan De La Sierra

Gymnosphere is a lost gem from the earliest days of American new age music. Sierra’s blurry, cyclic, melodic creations on his ‘prepared piano’ are partly improvised and take some ideas from classical minimalism, yet the album has not a trace of academic coldness. The music positively glows; you can almost feel the love coming out […]

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