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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.
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.
|2||Stars Of The Lid|
And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Layers of synth soundscapes cascading over one another like waterfalls.
The harmonies present throughout lend themselves an almost transcendental quality, and when the piano meanders into the mix, everything just melts.
A Japanese pianist laying down emotional compositions as if they were a fucking blanket. Warm and comforting.
|5||Slow Dancing Society|
The Sound Of Lights When Dim
Shimmer in, shimmer out.
|6||FiRES WERE SHOT|
Two guitars bangin' each other... softly. Synths provide emotional support.
Oh God, this is like standing in a giant, electric rainforest. The synths flow in and out like something breathing.
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.
Wonderful blend of organic instruments and sounds accompanied by synths and occasional beats/percussion. Similar to Soft Dancing Society.
|10||The 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.
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.
|title may be a reference to Thrice|
|Lustmord, Raison D'Etre?|
|I'm gonna have to bookmark this.|
|i don't know if 4 should be considered ambient, i think its more j-pop than anything else|
|wtf j-pop are you serious? have you actually listened to the album? it's a guy and his piano almost exclusively. there's one or two songs with guitar or chimes but that's it how is this j-pop in any way?|
|this is the first time ive downloaded anything from a rec on the review site in about a year. fucking awesome man.|
|will have to check out a couple more of these, nice one|
|Good list. I'm writing a review for 9.|
|oh sorry i thought the album was grassland, misread it, haven't heard polaroid piano, grassland is j-pop-ish though|
|i was wondering if that's what you meant, the only thing j-pop about Grassland would be the vocals on two(?) of the songs, the rest is still extremely minimalist|
|Biosphere - Substrata?|