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Ambient Index Vol. 2

This selection of ambient albums is based around two very different ends of the spectrum: modern classical and psytrance/psybient. The former is fairly self-explanatory. It focuses on arrangements created with classical instruments such as violins, pianos, flutes, etc. The latter is more a shadow genre of ambient music with psychedelic/trance-like tendencies (all down-tempo for the most-part). It owns. It OWNS.
1Aes Dana [Electronica]
Aftermath


Album title is real. The first track starts off with nothing but the sounds of some primordial forest like something that has long since been abandoned only to progress into foreboding bass and synth lines that crush you like a T-Rex running through the jungle at 26 mph.
2Danny Norbury
Light In August


Is there something about living in a perpetually rain-soaked and light-deprived nation that really brings out the best in a cellist? Danny knows how to move you with compositions as beautiful as the fields of Bannockburn (fuck you). The violin/cello combo throughout much of the album does more to convey a feeling of contentment than it does hope or despair.
3Astropilot
Solar Walk


Hammock may be classified as 'space rock' to some, but this is the real fuckin deal fuckers. This album IS SPACE. Basically you go out to space and fly around and this is what you listen to. The synths sound like they're coming from far away. LIGHT YEARS AWAY. And they're all around you like ghosts holy shit. You can stream this here: http://beatspacealtar.bandcamp.com/album/astropilot-solar-walk-altar-records
4Brian McBride
When The Detail Lost Its Freedom


One half of Stars Of The Lid throws out this little solo deal which is just as good as what the two Lid members have made collectively.
5Takahiro Kido
Fleursy Music


Ex-post-rocker Takahiro has gone modern class with Fleursy Music. Piano, violin, guitar, organ... all work in seamless fashion to create a blend of soothing ambient for your ears and/or private parts (aka penis).
6Motohiro Nakashima
We Hum On The Way Home


Are the Japanese genetically predisposed to making beautiful modern classical? This is mo-class with jazz. Similar in many ways to Takahiro Kido.
7Carbon Based Lifeforms
Hydroponic Garden


I'm not sure wtf Zebra was thinking when he reviewed this album, because the rating he gave it is a travesty. He was probably just pissed that his girlfriend broke up with him and needed to take it out on the nearest ambient album. He is obviously a pussy. The soundscapes here are something to be admired. Let the flowing synths caress your soul lol.
8Johann Johannsson
Fordlandia


No other way to describe this guy than amazing. Perfectly mixes the classical side with the electronic. You may increase your IQ if you listen to it a few times, assuming you have the patience for this sort of music.
9Solar Fields
Blue Moon Station


Solar Fields shits out one consistent release after the other. His psybient is some of the most recognizable within the genre. You may have heard his music through the parkour game Mirror's Edge, which he composed. His music plays heavily off of space themes which means it's awesome.
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