Category Archives: Reviews

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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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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Mick Chillage

The 20-minute “Approaching Antares” is one of the greatest spacemusic pieces you’ll hear from any artist, in any era. It’s a thing of wonder: a sustained single chord slowly expanding to enormous proportions, overlaid with mysterious looping phrases that have a weirdly Arabic flavour. artist:Mick Chillage country of origin: Ireland style(s): Ambient techno/trance, spacemusic, environmental, […]

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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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Sinepearl

Sinepearl dwells in the new age zone of ambient dance music – that is, ambience that has some roots in techno, trance, breaks and/or dub but is focused on meditative calm and spiritual reflection, far removed from the dance floor. Themes of nature worship and Eastern mysticism run deep in his music and – like […]

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Ambient Music Guide’s Best Albums of 2016

Reviewed by Mike G, November 24th 2016  Index: Best New Albums ABAKUS – Departure (Modus Recordings) AUTUMN OF COMMUNION – Polydeuces (Txt Recordings) ATMOSPHERE FACTORY – Atmosphere Factory (Dakini Records) ANAAMALY – Urban Metta vol. 1 (Anaamaly.com) ASCENDANT – Meridian (Synphaera Records) MATTHEW BARLOW – Hatha (Inner Islands) BIOSPHERE – Departed Glories (Smalltown Supersound) BEN […]

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Ambient Music Guide’s Best Albums of 2011

Reviewed by Mike G, December 29th, 2011 Bruno Sanfilipo – Subliminal Pulse (Spotted Peccary Music) I hope Bruno Sanfilipo’s stunning first album for the respected Spotted Peccary label win this Argentine composer the wider recognition he deserves – god knows, he’s been putting out good music for long enough. There’s synths, violin, wordless choirs, ghostly strings and glacial chords. […]

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Ambient Music Guide’s Best Albums of 2012

Reviewed by Mike G, December 17, 2012 Potlatch – Terra Firma (Cosmicleaf Records) It’s trip hop, but not as we know it. Japanese band Potlatch may have tickled your ears some years back with the stoned twilight beats of “Asleep At The Swamp”, a distinctive contribution to the Waveform Records compilation Voodoo Roux Deux (2002). Not much […]

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