Posts Tagged ‘2012 Ambient’
June 22nd, 2012 / No Comments » / by pdresseachea
Alternative / Post-alternative Outfit [ A Light Within ] EP [ Preface ] OUT NOW!!!
Ambient Outfit [ Brackenfield ] Latest Title [ On The Way From There To Here ] Available On BandCamp
Experimental Post-rock Outfit [ Labirinto ] Discography Download FOR FREE!!!!
Post-hardcore Outfit [ Calf ] Latest Release [ Bastards Anatomy Use A Unicorn Go To Apathy ] Out Now!!!
[ Darren Harper ] Newest Title [ Movements For An Absent Mind ] Out On [ Soft Rec’ ]
Post-rock / Post-metal Outfit [ Kuato ] Latest Release [ The Great Upheaval ] Available Now…
Latest Single By Experimental Post-rock Artist [ Labirinto ] Title [ Masao ] Available On BandCamp
Ritual-ambient Sound [ Atman’s Unreal ] Debut Album [ Psalm Of Solitude ] Available On BandCamp
June 22nd, 2012 / No Comments » / by pdresseachea
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After 10 years of activities, experimental, post-rock outfit Labirinto’s managed to conquer “with distinction” a space in the Brazilian musical scene as well as a solid career internationally, with successful tours predominantly based within Europe, United States and Canada - having played so far at well-known festivals, such as Dunk!Festival, NXNE, SXSW, Heart Of Texas Rockfest and Canadian Music Fest. Labirinto's music is tailor-made for performances in theatre's amid projections of images, which further enhances the moody character of the band musical outcome. The formation of the band's in live performances projects a small orchestra-like; there are guitars, bass, drums, synths, orchestral percussion, vibraphone and cello.
After 4 EPs, Labirinto released the acclaimed full length album in 2010, “Anatema” at Dissenso Records, on CD and 2xLP. The album was mixed by Greg Norman in Chicago, at Electrical Audio Studios and mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering and has gained various positive critics across the globe. The cover illustrations were created by João Ruas, a cover artist from the American comic book magazine “Fables”. Since then, Labirinto released another EP, "Kadjwynh" on picture disc LP and CD (2012), and in its latest release (2013), a split record with the Canadian experimental-drone guru [ Thisquietarmy ]. Labirinto has worked with the engineer “Tony Doogan” Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, Arcade Fire. The album was released in Brazil (Dissenso), Europe (ConSouling Sounds) and United States (Pirate Ship Records), with worldwide distribution.
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Labirinto will play in one of the events of the year in Brazil: the Overload Music Festival, that take place in São Paulo, in september, and features the bands God Is An Astronaut, Alcest, Swallow the Sun and Fates Warning. Labirinto was invited to be the Brazilian representative act on the lineup.
In addition two of Labirinto's tracks were featured in cool compilations last month. Download, listen and get to know many nice bands • The first compilation [ Cartografias del Eco features ] our track Masao, and several post-rock bands from Latin America and was organized by the mexican Colapso (Movimiento Post Rock México) • The second was organized by Post-Rock Indonesia, and featured our track Diluvium on their compilation call [ Football Time ] which you can stream and Download. Enjoy!
Masao [ Labirinto ]Tracklist 01 - Masao [ 25:04 ]
After 10 years in activity, 8 records and 3 international tours, Labirinto is at this very moment working on a 4th tour to Europe and a new full album coming out in 2015. This journey itself garnered a great deal of praises for the band. [ Labirinto ], typically THE best Brazilian experimental outfit to step up and mark their single 2014 release “Masao” delivering a soaring, epic, driving rock sound of the highest calibre.
The 7-piece accommodates a gentle introspection to brutal but beautifully chorused-rhythmic noise that is rather unique in its own ways. Yes… while on one end influences from the likes of [ Hadoken ], [ Dorena ], [ All You’ve Seen ] and [ Mogwai ] that seems rather evident, “Masao” also integrate an atmospheric image of the darkest cloud leaving listeners hanging between reality and fiction. That drive on its own proves to produce an original and impressive sound.
While Improving upon its predecessor in virtually every sense, [ Labirinto ] produced a solid single with sprawling instrumental sections where commanding guitars compliments pulsing drum beats in sequences and speed riffs disintegrate in a rhythmic ambient atmosphere, “Masao” is guaranteed to glue its listeners to a musical mind-set, enough for one to find the music an easy grasp.============================================ < < < < < [ Labirinto - Masao ]. > > > > > ============================================
“Psalm of Solitude” takes the listener on a progressively darkening eight part journey through a specific color theme, affecting them by conjuring up particular moods and images that are based on actual physical and astral happenings as it pertains to solitude, death and fear of the unknown. Please consider that in order to receive the desired experience of this music one should listen to it in the manner in which it was constructed; alone, in the dark, with headphones, and as one singular piece of music.
This album was improvised on iPad synthesizers using loosely preconceived compositions as the structure. The recording session was accomplished in one-take and appears on the album in the order that the tracks were recorded in. The audio was edited with found sound recordings that were done prior to making the music and were used to inspire the accompanying songs composition. The tracks were also duplicated and layered with subtle effects in production. Each track develops in a way that is unique to itself and utilizes a different technical style than any of the other tracks on the album.
The intended purpose of these threnodies that mourn the suicides of my father (2004) and uncle (2012) was to use the magic of “pure” music as a tool in opening astral portals into the Otherworld through the imaginary gateways that are created by sound; allowing the listener to auditorily experience the many faces of death through ritual in an atmospheric, emotive, and visual way. Atman’s Unreal is best described as Ritual Music with influences from: ritual ambient, dark ambient, ambient industrial, drone, electronic, avant-garde, experimental, isolationism, minimal, and noise.
[ Psalm Of Solitude ] by “Atman’s Unreal”
Release Date: 07th September 2014
(CD) Edition of 8 CD’s
Dedicated in Memory of [ Donald ] & [ Dale ]
[ Psalm Of Solitude ] is the sonic solar sound representing “Atman’s Unreal” debut album. Tangled around my enchanted senses and a dreamy state of mind, [ Psalm Of Solitude ] is by far more than just a solid ambient release. The instrumental attribution and sub-genres attached to the core foundation of the sound cleverly dwells at the back of your mind for hours, even after the listening is over. One thing for sure is that the man behind the instruments delivers a dynamic blend of ambient, ritual-ambient and minimal-drone.
While listening to the album with an undivided attention ( and by that I mean multiple listens ), one cannot help from reflecting the likes of [ Kosmonaut ], [ Heldon ] and [ Ozu ]. While ambient music is most certainly “THE” type of music and musical-environment to go for these days, however this particular blend of ambient is indeed quite rare and there is only a handful of this type of signatures posted on TSS. To be noted... quite a few attempts to reach such climax, but only a handful gets it right and “Atman’s Unreal” is certainly one of those who got it to perfection.
[ Psalm Of Solitude ] is so light and flows endlessly, there is a slight emphasis on solo instruments and the need for vocals or spoken lyrics for that matter is totally dispensable as the album itself is so rich in textures. Every instrument, chords, keys, notes or layers streams directly in one direction and that is… the unknown. Its music into deep, a sound that revealed a story, an insightful musical movement that tends to open ones imagination with its decorated darkness and spatial grandeur. [ Psalm Of Solitude ] will drive you to an eternal transcendence.Tracklist 1. Book of Divination 04:32
This eight tracks album fits adequately within the ambiance of ambient and ritualistic-ambient, but not limited to other elements such as drone, minimal, atmospheric-drone and even apocalyptic-ambient. As the artists recommended I will totally back the statement of not to listen to the tracks randomly, but to launch the album from the beginning till the end for an endless journey.
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[ BIOGRAPHY ].
Jonathan Lear is a multi-instrumental recording artist and one-man band who hails from the American Northeast and now lives in Japan. His new album, "Memory Well", recorded by the artist himself and mastered by Eli Winograd (Guardian Alien, Two Prong, etc.), is a mix of progressive and acoustic-driven folk rock that brings the listener on a 42-minute journey to the bottom of the proverbial well and then back up again.
Thoughought the aughts Jonathan Lear played drums and bass in various bands of varying styles (Down by Nine - pop punk, Pallas Athena - post rock, Many People Walking - indie rock, Biblioteca - noise rock). He took up audio recording in late-2008 and began experimenting with recording his solo work soon thereafter. His first release, "Outside Worlds", which came out in December 2011, was a collection of lo-fi, mostly one-off, ambient/acoustic recordings. Following the reception of some high and unexpected praise, Jonathan set out to record a full-length album that took his aesthetic to a higher level, in terms of production, instrumentation, and fidelity. Taking 16 months and two inter-continental trips to complete, Memory Well is the culmination of that sonic journey.
[ REVIEW ].
“Memory Well” by Jonathan Lear.
Released 25th March 2014
Recorded by Jonathan Lear sept. '12 - dec. '13
Mastered by Eli Winograd | Artwork by Sarika Sugla
Track 7 by Tokuko Yamana & Alex Cohen
Track 8 conceived by Alex Cohen
© 2014 Space Blanket Recordings (ASCAP)
While I do not proclaim to know the ins and outs of 'modern' music, I still believe I have a fair share of ‘say’ when it comes to odd tunes such as those of Jonathan Lear. On this latest album [ Memory Well ], the J. Lear outfit has managed to produce a most noteworthy mélange of sounds from such diverse origins, yet properly tuned and amazingly crafted to reflect an incredible sonic outburst.
Every note and texture on [ Memory Well ] meets and surpasses expectations; the arrangements and melodies driven by chords, the compositions and vibes from the range of instruments, the drum beats and patterns / de-tuned movements are nothing but so damn impressing. Each song on this album blows my mind over and over – some ridiculous sound collage, in fact, probably one of the most original sound collages I have ever come across, and thanks to J. Lear for that.
I don’t, and most regrettably never will, claim to have some sort of exaggerated wisdom in every avenue of music known to mankind, but when one comes across something so odd, something so different, yet so remarkable as [ Memory Well ], your musical sense tends to immediately pick up on the vibes and files it in your long memory. I guess what I am trying to say here is… all it takes is one single listen and you will be bound to remember this album forever as it instantly becomes a statistic tool to measure other sounds and outfits. This statement is backed by the mixing of Mathy instrumentals steeped in musicianship with a folk / acoustic-folk edge, all done in a totally outstanding way.
The final outcome of [ Memory Well ] is definitely some really interesting and complex rhythms and structures. The melodies are exquisitely clear and clean, melodic and beautiful, all together it make an incredible sound and vibe that is very unique to Jonathan Lear. Needless to say, notice the additional vocal contribution on movement seven by Tokuko Yamana and Alex Cohen. I have to say I really dig the vocal contributions on this album, although they are mostly spoken lyrics. But the voices are for the most very fitting as they compliment the songs on an epic proportion.Tracklist 01. Abstract 02:41
All being said, Jonathan Lear will not disappoint your need for some Toe / This Town Needs Guns and The Littlest Vickings-style guitar work or some truly interesting instrumentals that push multiple melodies and ideas as well as pushing boundaries instead of repetitive play or the traditional high and low structure. Above all, [ Memory Well ] serves as an excellent starting point for anyone looking to open up windows to a new instrumental style.Jonathan Lear - Memory Well ]. > > > > > ============================================
Kuato are a four piece post rock group from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. They formed in the winter of 2010 with the intention of sharing their personal brand of instrumental music with the world. Drawing heavy influences from fellow post-rock acts such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise, Mogwai, and Russian Circles; Kuato creates a powerful, unique experience for their listeners. Intense dynamic changes, harmonized guitar melodies, heavy hitting drums, and driving bass are all major staples of the group.
MEMBERS:Adam Toth – Guitar
"The mournful and evocative track 'Groundwork' is blanketed with hesitation and anxiety as thick as the ever-looming charcoal grey Acadian fog, while 'Battle of Blood Creek' is frenetic with white hot anger and confusion." - Noisey
"...the album easily evokes the tumultuous times for which it is named after through the use of seaworthy strums ('Red Sand'), ravenous riffs ('Battle of Bloody Creek') and doom-tinged tracks (the album's titular closer)" - Exclaim!
"You expect a certain degree of complexity and grandiosity from a band whose modus operandi is explosive, propulsive music, and Kuato do deliver the goods... The Great Upheaval is...full of nuance and narrative arc." - Quick Before It MeltsTracklist 1. New Home 02:42
The Great Upheaval is an interesting concept through a lens of dynamic build-up. To summarize [ Kuato ] has kept the dexterity of playing passionate melodic riffs while brewing them with softer moments all together. Ideally this concept works extremely well when it’s done to perfection, and it goes without a doubt that [ Kuato ] has indeed reached this level of perfection. The Great Upheaval works miracles, while the riffs are slow and distorted, they also runs in catchy and highly melodic vibes, and this can be heard across the entire album. Take ‘Groundwork’ for instance, the band took a genre of music that was being overdone to death, and put it in a completely new light. When one reaches such climax you feel comfortable to say the sound fits the dictionary definition of Monumental Sound.Kuato - The Great Upheaval ]. > > > > > ============================================
DARREN HARPER BIOGRAPHY:
Darren Harper (b.1970) is an experimental/ambient sound artist residing high within the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Drawing from both electronic and acoustic sources, his compositional output is based entirely on experimentation and improvisation, with a strong emphasis on minimalism, and often reflects a desire for a greater understanding of nature and self, and the relationship therein…
MOVEMENTS FOR AN ABSENT MIND PRESS RELEASE
Explores the spaces between sleep and waking, bridging the gap between dreams. Darren Harper coaxes an astonishing variety of airy textures and cosmic tones from the ether, using only a guitar, tape machine, and software. Slow ambient swells gently lap against the shores of consciousness. Pleasant brassy drones and percussive echoes recede into the distance. The glowing, soothing void waits patiently, arms opening in a shimmering orchestral surge. Take a breath, and sink into the warm, infinite depths once more.Tracklist 1. movement one - nowhere; asleep 27:08
PROUDLY PRESENTED BY [ SOFT RECORDINGS ] LABEL
Soft Recordings is a small independent label focused on ambient, drone & experimental music predominantly aimed at producing physical releases for unknown and underground musicians on a non-profit scale. Soft Recordings is set up by "David Teboul" also known as [ Linear Bells ], [ Embark ] and [ Kissy Suzuki ], three remarkable and outstanding projects one must listen to fully understand the whole concept of ambient atmospheres.Darren Harper - Movements For An Absent Mind ]. > > > ============================================
Calf is a postrock-noise band formed in Athens in 2009. Calf presents a complicated mixture of music that can sometimes reach the edge, as you can notice in any single track of their debut album. Their music combines peaceful melodies that are suddenly transformed in energetic and even violent sounds. Their first album [ A Constant Loss Departs from the Sentiment of the Abandoned ] saw the light of day on 2011, produced by Aris Christou, who has formelly worked with many significant alternative greek rock bands [ Closer, Bocomolech etc ].
[ A Constant Loss Departs from the Sentiment of the Abandoned ] is more of your day to day post-rock listen. Instrumental all the way with no lyrics but yet plenty of reverberation and waves scattered and adsorbed very quickly from the surface. Calf coming from Greece are brilliant, no doubt about that, they renounce the most of clichéd ingredients and dare tougher changes in mood, atmosphere and speed. Don't miss this one.Tracklist 1. Are you Laura Palmer? No I'm a fucking psycho 10:13
Brackenfield is a one-man music project started in 2006 as a song writing experiment by Chris Jackson. It slowly grew into a dedicated instrumental endeavor, with the first album, 3 States 6 Rooms, released in 2010. After some time away, Chris began to work on crafting the songs that became the new album, On The Way From There To Here, that was released in July of 2014. Each song tells a story, through ambient sounds and melodic guitars, that can be interpreted differently to each listener.Tracklist 1. Time Lapse 05:25
A Light Within is a Post/Alt Rock/Shoegaze band from Kansas City, MO USA in the vein of [ A Perfect Circle ], [ Oceansize ] and [ Porcupine Tree ]. The band have been getting a lot of comparisons to [ Pink Floyd ] meets [ Deftones ] from fans at recent shows. [ A Light Within ] just released their debut EP "Preface" and is available as BOTH digital and CD's.
"A Light Within writes songs that deal with the darker side of the psyche being celebrated in bombastic, beautiful anguish - doing so not only with thunderous power, but with a deft touch as well." __[ Michael Byars - DeliMagazine ].
"This is an impressive debut. Full of darkness, light and reaches into the depths of the soul." __[ John Sturm - echoesanddust.com ].
"The five-piece create epic, spaced-out post rock with hints of progressive, ambient and even the tormented sludge of Neurosis all incorporated into the band’s genetic make-up and the result is an outstanding collision of genres that conspire to leave you awash upon the fringes of your own vivid imagination as the music languidly wraps itself around you." __[ Philip Stiles - SonicAbuse.com ].
"...a gorgeous, atmospheric number that strokes both the Deftones and post-metal thaw of Isis and Cult of Luna in one fell swoop." __[ deadrhetoric.com ].
"...ALW combine powerful dynamics with passion and precision musicianship to create a sound that’s worthy of the description ‘Epic’." __[ whisperinandhollerin.com ].Tracklist 1. Page #32 (Morning) 07:34
Aged eyes gaze upon the vast ocean through the window in the living room. Attempts to recollect life start with what little is known of birth. As these memories strive to keep the lungs breathing, and the heart beating, they slowly trickle from the mind one by one; releasing the will of existence. As questions of life arise, so do questions of death; for the first has been experienced and the latter may be welcome. (These notebook pages contain substance of a persons mind, body, and soul while their time was spent on earth.)A Light Within - Preface EP ]. > > > > > ============================================
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The launch of [ Alma Danada ] page takes place today and I admit this is a bit of an unusual post / writing but in case you wondering, please allow me to shed some light...
[ Alma Danada ] is a UK-based daily Internet publication powered by The Sirens Sound in the aim of promoting and advertising Portuguese artists on a bigger scale. The site goal is to assist artists that are predominantly based in Portugal. In other words, although the content of this page is in English the artists themselves are Portuguese artists.
Although Alma Danada content is strongly based on independent musicians, especially post-rock, experimental, mod-classical and ambient, the range of musical genres that the site covers stretched as far as reaching down-tempo, contemporary folk, classical, instrumental and several forms of electronic outfit.
Alma Danada also offers various form of premium advertising to artists, recording labels and webzines media section, however the site remains’ a “non-profit” platform and its server cost as well as its hosting expenses and other associated form of maintenance are covered by premium advertising.
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For all publishing, advertising and sales inquiries as well as site maintenance please direct your inquiry to any of above mentioned members via email.
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