New album Departures, Vol. 1 by North Atlantic Drift

2017-03-23 05:23:02 UTC

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The song Dream Sequence is from their upcoming LP Departures Vol. 1, out as of March 17th on Polar Seas Recording. The video was directed by Kiarash Sadigh and shows a blindfolded quartet playing in the forest with a light approaching. The core concept being musicians playing very aggressively in juxtaposition to the very slowly evolving ambience of the piece.

"once they sense the light they begin questioning their own actions...they stop and remove the blindfold looking directly at the source of light....what that light is and what it represents is for the viewer to find out, but the takeaway is to be open minded for breaking habits and traditions if and when a brighter truth presents itself"


Track List

  • Temperance - 05:31 
  • Glass House - 06:13 
  • Departure - 04:49 
  • Dream Sequence - 05:18 
  • Collapsing Empire - 03:51 
  • Starry-eyed - 01:26 
  • Part-time Romantic - 05:35 
  • Pretense - 03:03 
  • March to the Capital - 04:48 
  • Older, Not Wiser - 11:52 
  • 101116 (Live Bonus Track) - 07:36 
  • 032516 (Live Bonus Track) - 11:24


Genre : ambient, chill, dark, drone, electronic, experimental

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Den by Line Gate

2017-03-19 05:24:47 UTC

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Line Gate was formed in Michalovce, Eastern Slovakia in 2010. Since then some personal changes were made and now a solo incarnation is residing in Prague. After two years of solitary bedroom experimentation and almost four years after the debut “Split Lines”, Line Gate is coming with a new album, Den.

Mappa presents Den, a simple concept with a clear vision. A deep dive into endless repetition without any disturbing intervention, with only soft modulation of a hurdy-gurdy drone resonance. Den reveals minimal shifts in repetition and the possibilities of perception without the horizon of time.

At forty minutes long, the basis of the recording remains constant. What differs, is the listener's awareness and the wakefulness of the performer himself. Tension retreats to sensibility, release, and an opportunity to totally merge with the instrument and the physicality of sound fulfilling the room. Den is a burrow where inattention dissolves into calm perception of fluid measureless soundscape.

...in ocean where Poseidon, Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Charybdis, La Monte Young, Moby Dick, … are throning



Track List


Den - 42:46


Genre : experimental, drone, electroacoustic, experiemental, minimal, minimalism

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We All Die! What A Circus! by We All Die! What A Circus!

2017-03-14 18:54:35 UTC

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We All Die! What A Circus! Is the solo studio project of João Guimarães from Portugal and was created in 2013. It all started with the release of the EP Drowning Gives Meaning To Breath (June, 2013) which consisted of soundscapes (synths, samples, field-recordings) mixed with post-rock and "folk" guitars with a minimalist approach focusing on the atmosphere. The song "Drowning Gives Meaning to Breath" was featured on the RibsOut Compilation 6 and the song "Hold" was featured on the compilation The Best of Portuguese Post-Rock 2013 made by the Portuguese website Planeta Post-Rock.

In September of 2014 the first full-length "Until The Cosmos Takes Me Back"was released featuring more drone elements, intricated guitar-work and a more layered sound, featuring two singles: From India To Gaza I, one of the highlights of the album with a strong guitar-lead dwelling in the air with its simplicity, and Old Village In Space which combines a sense of nostalgia with an eerie slow-pace solo. The album was considered one of the best Portuguese albums of the year by the website Bandcom and the song "Our Dust Turned Into This" was featured on the compilation The Best of Portuguese Post - Rock 2014 by Planeta Post-Rock.

Between 2015 and early 2017 the new self-titled album was recorded expanding the sound of the project with a different concept, including elements of dark jazz, modern classical all warped up by reverb-drenched drone soundscapes and also post-rock guitar featuring drums for the first time. 

The album was released on March, 3, 2017. Conceptually it deals with the existential issues of human life, the need for a meaning of life and/or the lack of it; and how time and space wraps our own existence. It was inspired by the thoughts of philosophers and writers like Emil Cioran and Charles Bukowski (his famous poem Bluebird is recited on that song) and is a homage to them. Sound-wise this album makes heavy use of drone synths and field-recordings processed with various effects setting the atmosphere; some elements of dark jazz and classical modern piano; post-rock guitars for the lead melodies and harmonies and a sparse use of drums, mostly downtempo. Some said it resembles Angelo Badalamenti and Bohren & der Club of Gore making post-rock. 

Track List

  • The Trouble Of Being Born - 05:34 
  • Emil Cioran's Nightwalk - 07:50 
  • Bluebird - 09:01 
  • A Fishing Rod For My Grandpa - 04:28 
  • Tears Do Not Burn Except In Solitude - 08:13 
  • What We Think We Become - 04:49


Genre : ambient, experimental, acoustic, drone, field, recordings, folk, introspection, post-rock

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Resistance Drills by The Steep

2017-03-13 05:45:05 UTC

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The Steep is a solo project by Tavis MacLeod. Who plays all instruments and records all of the tracks.  

A lot of moving parts at work here: primitive drumming, layers of drones, ambient guitars, chants, and bagpipe sounds. The juxtapositions and tones are intentional, and are used to convey a specific mood and a sense of urgency.  An attempt at bravery and beauty.  Music fit for battle.  Resistance Drills.

Track List


  • Field Test - 03:06 
  • Alarum - 02:56 
  • Further Still - 03:03 
  • The Opposite of Free - 04:12


Genre : ambient, experimental, celtic, drone, epic, fuzz, indie, instrumental, post-rock, postpunk, postrock, tribal

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New album - Vanity Mirror by Interns

2017-02-26 02:40:56 UTC

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Interns’ first incarnation came to be in 2013 as a side-project between bassist Christian Harris and guitarist Andrew Reinhardt while playing together in the Louisiana-based jazz collective The Telegraph Salesmen, along with the leader of the group, Carter MacFarland, on drums. Many of the songs featured on Vanity Mirror were written during this time period.

The group dissolved in 2014, as Harris and Reinhardt separated geographically. After a three year hiatus, the two found themselves both living in Austin, Texas. With the addition of drummer James Bauer and guitarist Cole McDonnell, the group began to rework and refine the existing material, as well as write new music. The music combines the atmospheric nature of modern post-rock built around a classic psych framework.

Interns recorded their first studio album Vanity Mirror at Earthship Studios in Baton Rouge, with recording engineer and producer Benjamin Livingston. The album features guest musicians Sungkyung Woo, violin, Blayke Weatherford, vibraphone, and Carter MacFarland, keyboards.

Vanity Mirror was released on February 21st, 2017, and is available on all major streaming platforms. A physical release is to follow.

Interns  aim to frame the ambient, spacey goodness of post-rock around a structure that is easily digestible for listeners of any background. Like much of their peers, they forego lyrics in an attempt to let their instruments convey their thoughts and emotion.

Track List


  • Intro - 07:43 
  • Blood on the Water - 03:45 
  • Waves - 05:07 
  • Interlude - 02:28 
  • Drone Boys - 04:49 
  • Vanity Mirror - 05:58


Genre : rock, drone, instrumental, noiserock, post-rock

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