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Ambient Index Vol. 1

Many lists have been popping up recently asking for ambient recs with little reciprocation. As the typical recommendation tends to lie in either Hammock, Stars Of The Lid, or Eluvium, it would be nice to see appreciation for some of the lesser known (yet equally beast) artists. Listed below is a series of solid picks within the genre. Many of these albums bridge the gap between ambient and other genres such as modern classical, drone, electronic, and experimental. I'll be dropping a new volume every so often to keep people up to date on the latest and greatest. And don't tell me I'm forgetting Brian Eno I will fuck you up.
1Hammock
Raising Your Voice... Trying To Stop An Echo


The definitive Hammock album and the most soothing amalgamation of guitars and keys you will ever hear.
2Stars Of The Lid
And Their Refinement Of The Decline


Layers of synth soundscapes cascading over one another like waterfalls.
3Eluvium
Copia


The harmonies present throughout lend themselves an almost transcendental quality, and when the piano meanders into the mix, everything just melts.
4Akira Kosemura
Polaroid Piano


A Japanese pianist laying down emotional compositions as if they were a fucking blanket. Warm and comforting.
5Slow Dancing Society
The Sound Of Lights When Dim


Shimmer in, shimmer out.
6FiRES WERE SHOT
Solace


Two guitars bangin' each other... softly. Synths provide emotional support.
7Emanuele Errante
Humus


Oh God, this is like standing in a giant, electric rainforest. The synths flow in and out like something breathing.
8Hildur Gudnadottir
Without Sinking


Brooding Icelandic cellist who should be subbed into Godspeed's next album on sheer atmospheric prowess alone. Fellow cello lover Qwe needs to hear this and pop 15 boners. This girl is great.
9Helios
Eingya


Wonderful blend of organic instruments and sounds accompanied by synths and occasional beats/percussion. Similar to Soft Dancing Society.
10The Tumbled Sea
Songs By The Tumbled Sea


Piano-based ambient with an almost reflective quality. REFLECT ON YOUR INNER SELF. Organs underneath the sounds of falling rain or children playing always brings out my soft and weepy side.
11Solo Andata
Solo Andata


Using sounds from the EARTH to create an aural assault that can be both mesmerizing and disturbing. The song Woods Flesh Bone is built upon accents from all three. These two Aussies throw in violins, piano, guitar, and various electronics to round out the orchestration.
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