Free Ambient album from Moby

Moby has created some beautiful long-form ambient tracks, and offers them in the shape of an oversized album as a free download: Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep.

The tracks have vague reminiscences of Aphex Twin and Hecq here and there – minus the darker notes of Hecq, and, though repetitive (of course), also minus the more noodling aspects of Aphex Twin. This was a spontaneous first association that I had – I’ve yet to see if it’ll hold up after repeated listens. 🙂

I’ve been listening to it while processing photos and it’s well worth a listen – or many!

Download Discrimination

Not too long ago* I said that I still prefer physical music releases over digital download. This has changed a bit in the meantime, as some artists simply stopped physical releases altogether, and other who don’t have the resources to do a physical release in the first place produce music that is just as good as those from “big names” in the scene.More

Wabi Cover (source: discogs.com)

Flying Rhino – Wabi (2001)

In my series about my personal “Best of Ambient” selection, this one’s an outlier: “Wabi” is a compilation (all the others so far are artist albums). But, despite the fact that there’s nine different artists contributing tracks to the compilation, the disc has a surprisingly coherent sound.More

Hoshin – Path of Dissolutions

If there’s a (dark) ambient release you don’t want to miss, it’s probably this. Ever since the Snowblood label went into complete dormancy after their initial release “Endurance”, I’ve been hoping that Xavier Hoshin (also knows as Esylt, his other artist name) would find a different home for his music, and I’m glad he did, with the well-established Cryo Chamber label.More

Abandoned Communities

A (dark) ambient gem worth preserving (commentary about that below the Bandcamp player) and promoting, even though it’s not brand new anymore. It flew a little bit under everyone’s radar I think, despite the fact that it was conceived by prolific producer Lee Anthony Norris (here together with Pietro Bonanno).More

Nest EP Front Cover

Collecting music in the digital age

Today I received an email from the Serein label, announcing two (physical, ie. CD) re-releases of sold out CD editions of two particular albums, Nest’s “Retold” and Brambles’ “Charcoal” – stating that they’re re-issuing new editions because “copies of the original CDs [are] going for ridiculous second-hand prices.”More