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The Best Ambient/Instrumental Music of 2017

In a year when the daily damning headlines make us all want to retreat into ourselves, the ambient/instrumental crowd aren't being idle by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, this roundup of brilliant new voices proves that ambient artists are taking more risks and breaking more ground than we ever thought possible.

Evan Sawdey
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The Emotional Life of Objects: An Interview with CFCF's Michael Silver

A Wim Wenders documentary on fashion got CFCF's Michael Silver thinking about everyday objects -- bowls, rings, cameras -- and the intangible feelings they evoke. His Music for Objects works on an intimate scale to examine the resonance and emotional weight of the ordinary items that surround us.

Jennifer Kelly
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CFCF: Exercises EP

Exercises is one of the most stunningly beautiful records to be released this year. It's sprawling and subdued. It also comes dangerously close to being a masterpiece.

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HEALTH: DISCO2

Noise-rock foursome gets the remix treatment for a second time, featuring work by Pictureplane, Small Black, and Tobacco. Oh, and there's this one new HEALTH original, too.


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