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Courtney Barnett Goes Quiet on Ambient ‘End of the Day’

Courtney Barnett Goes Quiet on Ambient ‘End of the Day’

End of the Day is purposefully quiet and forms a distinct meditative contrast with Courtney Barnett’s established indie rock oeuvre.

Jessica Ackerley, Kevin Cheli, and Gahlord DeWald Create Experimental ‘Submerging Silently’

Jessica Ackerley, Kevin Cheli, and Gahlord DeWald Create Experimental ‘Submerging Silently’

Jessica Ackerley and co. offer a fascinating, experimental one-off recording that sees three musicians playing off each other with wild, unpredictable results.

Julie Byrne Soars on Otherworldly ‘The Greater Wings’

Julie Byrne Soars on Otherworldly ‘The Greater Wings’

The Greater Wings is a sublime folk album from Julie Byrne, pairing lush instrumentation with soft-spoken vocals and richly contemplative lyrics.

Gia Margaret Perfects Her Voice on ‘Romantic Piano’

Gia Margaret Perfects Her Voice on ‘Romantic Piano’

Gia Margaret’s Romantic Piano is informed by innocence and experience, and has gorgeous moments replacing silence by reorganizing background sounds of everyday life.

The Nuanced History Eluvium’s Many Clockwork Fables

The Nuanced History Eluvium’s Many Clockwork Fables

Ambient maestro Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) is two decades into his career, and on his latest LP, overcomes surprising obstacles physical and geographical.

The Orb Meet Their Expectations on the Occasionally Funky ‘Prism’

The Orb Meet Their Expectations on the Occasionally Funky ‘Prism’

The Orb’s Prism is one of those albums that pleasantly bides its time, waiting for a rush of inspiration that turns out to be only a parade of pretty neat ideas.

Brian Eno Soundtracks the Anthropocene in FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE’s ‘Forever Voiceless Edition’

Brian Eno Soundtracks the Anthropocene in FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE’s ‘Forever Voiceless Edition’

Are words of equivalent value to sound in the making and understanding of modern music? Brian Eno’s Forever Voiceless Edition confronts these issues.

The Sounds of the Fathers: An Interview With Codeine’s Chris Brokaw

The Sounds of the Fathers: An Interview With Codeine’s Chris Brokaw

Recording a series of guitar improvizations at a decommissioned Norwegian power plant is a tall order for any musician. For Chris Brokaw, it just makes sense.

Haunted By the Sky: The Secret History of Tor Lundvall’s Ambient Pop

Haunted By the Sky: The Secret History of Tor Lundvall’s Ambient Pop

With a decades-long career of crafting ambient material as flexible in tone as it is in scope, a new box set reveals secrets to Tor Lundvall’s unknown catalog.

Re-Considering the First Five Muslimgauze Releases in Memory of Bryn Jones

Re-Considering the First Five Muslimgauze Releases in Memory of Bryn Jones

Muslimgauze’s first five releases are some of the most interesting, fully-realized artifacts to crawl out of the early 1980s industrial, experimental drainpipe.

Erik Hall Creates Minimalist Compositions with Warm Beauty on ‘Canto Ostinato’

Erik Hall Creates Minimalist Compositions with Warm Beauty on ‘Canto Ostinato’

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Erik Hall shares his second installment of a trilogy with a tribute to Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt on Canto Ostinato.

John Bence Turns to His ‘Archangels’ for Detoxification

John Bence Turns to His ‘Archangels’ for Detoxification

John Bence’s Archangels has got to be one of the quietest new albums. He’s conjured a storm’s eye, making it a fascinating aesthetic contradiction.