Posts Tagged ‘ambient’

May 22, 2018

If Vancouver Sleep Clinic really were the name of a sleep clinic focused on helping people get past their insomnia, it’d probably be a total failure. For the life of me, I can’t imagine ever falling asleep to Tim Bettinson’s atmospheric and ambient alt pop, so often doused in spectacularly haunting electronic production. I feel very fortunate to have caught VSC on tour at intimate SF dive Bottom Of The Hill last spring, and I can assure you, not a single person in the audience dozed off to his beautifully melting music. The contrary was true instead; we were all transfixed and intoxicated by VCS’s music from his excellent 2017 debut album Revival. And now Vancouver Sleep Clinic has released yet another stunning escapade into the hidden chambers of our hearts, a gorgeously moving indie electro meets alt-pop ballad named Silver Lining. The single follows on VCS’s recent EP, Therapy Phase 01, which featured guest appearances by the likes of Raury and THEY.’s Drew Love. Tim Bettinson explains: “Silver Lining is about watching someone become too good for you. I’ve lost people I care about to the limelight before, and while you’re trying to be happy for them, sometimes you just miss the days when everything was so simple.” Find out about Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s 2018 tour dates, here.

May 22, 2018

On July 6th, Grammy-nominated British trip hop and electronic legends Goldfrapp will be releasing a deluxe edition of Silver Eye, their latest album from last year. On it are several new bonus tracks, including a rendition of album closer Ocean featuring none other than Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan. Depeche Mode and Goldfrapp is a more than epic union, and this glorious new version of Ocean more than reflects that. You can find the track on Apple Music, here. Pre-order Silver Eye: Deluxe Edition, here.

May 14, 2018

If you haven’t listened to the new Beach House album yet, I highly suggest you get on it, quick! The Baltimore dream pop duo have put out an exceptional new full length, and my current favorite off the record is this gazey purling, dreamy purling song, Lemon Glow, though that could swiftly change within the next few days since there are so many amazing songs on 7. Hit up their webstore, here, for some cool merchandise and purchase links. 

May 9, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/431964729/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

With a sigh and a smile, I sink into FAVELA’s breathtaking new song, Call My Name. The UK singer songwriter and producer has constructed a fleecy bed of sheer diaphanous indietronica, over which his voice gusts softly and gently, straight towards the tender-most regions of our hearts. Misty melancholia abounds and sunset nostalgia flourishes as we find ourselves picturing a beautiful sky at dusk. The past seems to be fading into the distance, yet it still echoes through our souls and accompanies us into the night. A caressing beat and Call My Name’s organic electronica, combined with FAVELA’s silky cooing, are like Tep No and Aquilo conjoined. Call My Name, which can be found on Apple Music, here, is a taste from FAVELA’s forthcoming debut full length. 

May 8, 2018

I know this new Beach House has been out for a moment, but the more I listen to Black Car, the more I find myself bewitched by its mind melding beauty. Black Car is a song deeply entrenched in hypnotic whirring rumination. It’s as ambient and atmospheric a cut as we’ve heard from Beach House in recent months. The Baltimore dream pop and indie rock darlings pull me into a deep reverie with their latest taste from their forthcoming album 7. The gazey thrumming, pensive brooding single adds to my great excitement for 7, which arrives this Friday, and which I’ve already pre-ordered forever ago. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, you can find links to do so, here.

May 2, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/428416458/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

It’s not often that a remix of Bon Iver crops up, though we have shared a small handful of them over the years. Justin Vernon’s music can’t be easy to re-imagine, but if anyone can do it flawlessly, it’s Barclay Crenshaw, whom most people would more easily recognize under the name Claude VonStroke, the esteemed founder of Dirtybird Records who was voted #1 DJ in the world not too long ago. The producer has given Bon Iver’s  “715 – CRΣΣKS”, one of my favorites from their last album “22, A Million”, a truly transcendental re-work. Soft high hat rolls graze the surface of the beautifully drifting electronic edit, creating an austerely mesmeric effect next to Justin Vernon’s vocoder treated vocals. Barclay Crenshaw’s remix is a mellow and ambient masterpiece, both soothingly hypnotic and pensively haunting. This brilliant “Barclay Crenshaw White Label Renegade Cut” is available via Bandcamp, here.

April 25, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/430302357/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

In case you missed the news, one of our long time Australian favorites, The Kite String Tangle, dropped a brand new mini-album named In A Desperate Moment earlier this month. And by “mini”, I mean… not so mini. In A Desperate Moment is an 11 track escapade brimming with heartfelt feels and a sweet abundance of The Kite String Tangle’s atmospheric ballads, etched dexterously out of chiffon vocals, intricate instrumentals, and ethereal electronica. The producer/singer’s new oeuvre of songs features this moving beauty, All About Her, a wistful longing gem that showcases a bevy of lush instruments ranging from horns to keys to strings. You can stream In A Desperate Moment in full on Soundcloud, here.

April 20, 2018

https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/426824736/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio
http://iheartmoosiq.tumblr.com/post/173112625444/audio_player_iframe/iheartmoosiq/tumblr_p7gn60t73W1r1j5qm?audio_file=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F426824736%2Fstream%3Fclient_id%3DN2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI

I had to look up what ‘alprazolam’ is after the utter inebriation artsea brought us on his track. It’s obvious its a pharmaceutical, but I learned from my ‘expert’ google skills that it’s a minor tranquilizer. The name seems fitting for this Brisbane producer’s nebulous future beats dazzler… We find ourselves extensively hypnotized, yet alprazolam is in no way soporific. Instead, it takes us into a murky, dusky wonderland with its watery beats and soft whispers. artsea’s opulent future bass examines the culture of addiction. It delves into a surreal conscience that is in fact, all too real. In this daydream, the world around us seems to move in slow motion above us as we view it from under water, through the lens of rippling tides and reflective waves. You can download artsea’s intoxicating bedrom electronica masterpiece via Toneden, here.

April 12, 2018
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/428528055/stream?client_id=N2eHz8D7GtXSl6fTtcGHdSJiS74xqOUI?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

[PREMIERE]  
ANDRÆ – Dam

Belgium by way of London singer songwriter ANDRÆ, formerly known as Andre Tajchman, has been working on his new project for the past year. His meticulous dedication to crafting emotionally charged, atmospheric stunning soundscapes is more than apparent on new single Dam, our first taste of his forthcoming EP, Denial. Named after the Kübler-Ross model’s first stage of grief – ‘Denial’ – the EP will be a journey exploring the different emotions that accompany loss. ‘Dam’ is an analogy describing the breaking point when all repressed feelings finally flow out, destroying everything around. It’s a song about not being able to contain the pain that accompanies loss, and watching it come to the surface with force. Like a storm about to break, Dam is tightly wound and starkly striking. It courses with electrifying intensity despite its sparse minimalism and austere constitution. ANDRÆ’s soulful voice resonates with crisp, poignant clarity alongside Dam’s Balearic-styled steel drums. It’s a combination that evokes Nick Murphy and Jamie xx, steeped in gripping Until The Ribbon Breaks and SOHN-like aesthetics. The entrancing troubadour breaks down the walls that surround our hearts with the solemn weight of his grief driven, heartbreak inspired song, offering us the sweet release we need to begin healing from our very own blistering wounds. Watch ANDRÆ’s music video, shot in Hackney Wick, London, below. You can keep up with  ANDRÆ via his website, Facebook, or Instagram

April 6, 2018

Sometimes, the quiet hours of the evening are best suited for deep contemplation and profound meditation. Our minds roam free and our imaginations run wild as Ryan Lee West, aka Rival Consoles, presents us with stunning visuals and an austerely moving ambient soundscape on Untravel. It could be the very beginning of time, or the end of all time, as we float through the images and notes that pulse and undulate through us. Time could very well not exist right now. The English producer and composer is preparing to release his new album Persona on April 13th, and he demonstrates how effective he is at echoing the hidden emotions of our hearts with his digital construction. Untravel’s other worldly video was directed by Misha Shyukin, who fashioned the clip to accentuate the feelings and themes of in-between states present throughout Rival Consoles’ forthcoming album. You can pre-order Persona from Erased Tapes, here.