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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.

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Dungen: 4

With 4, Dungen have made their best record yet, one that doesn't sacrifice any variety in its more stripped down approach.

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Splendour in the Grass 2006

We drove for 18 hours, but others came from Melbourne (38 hours round trip) and Western Australia (unspeakably far away) to pay their respects to the gods of rock.

Nick Gunn
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Dungen

These Swedes turn the clock back to a time when having a beard wasn't ironic and dropping a sheet of acid was considered polite...

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