Gandalf – Secret Sarai


Release data: Gandalf – Secret Sarai CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, BSC/Prudence, 2020 I abandoned Gandalf’s music many years back as I found out over and over again the intriguing magical scent gracing his early work was no longer present: it had become too sweet and New Age instead. This time around multi-instrumentalist Heinz Strobl is joined by Theologos Michellis (Violin), Nicky Eggl  (Irish Whistles & Nyckelharpa), Peter…

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Forrest Fang – Ancient Machines


Release data: Forrest Fang – Ancient Machines CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2019 Every recording by multi-instrumentalist and sound creator Forrest Fang I’ve listened to has been an enchanting, mystifying and intriguing experience. In the creative process of molding and shaping “Ancient Machines”, the composer acknowledged the early sounds and influences of minimalists Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and Terry Riley. Furthermore, Mr Fang refers to a…

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Janne Hanhisuanto – Ambient Collection 2020


Release data: Janne Hanhisuanto – Ambient Collection 2020 Digital Download,  Private Release, 2020 This release features 10 remastered ambient tracks taken from previous released albums created between 2007 and 2019. Some of these albums are hard to find nowadays. One of the pieces (“Warm Memory”) is previously unreleased while four tracks were taken from the 2012-recording “Quiet Places”, an album I’ve reviewed previously. Unfortunately, with…

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Gastón Arévalo – Terrain


Release data: Gáston Arévalo – Terrain LP/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, A Strangely Isolated Place, 2020 Seven years after “Rollin Ballads” Uruguayan sound artist and musician Gastón Arévalo returns with “Terrain”, an exploratory-themed ambient album told and unfolding through the lens of an expedition diary – a rich, intimate and most calming cinematic atmosphere set amongst the beauty of nature. The one-hour/12-track textural outcome of shimmering guitars and…

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Madis – Sea of Tranquillity


Release data: Madis – Sea of Tranquillity CD/LP/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Seabound Music, 2020 Here’s a nice catch for fans of synth-pop related and rather infectious-melodic electronics composed by Polish musician/producer Amadeusz Malkowskraka Madis, aka Madis. The latter launched his debut mini-album “Ocean Rain” in 2013 followed by his own remix of “Interstellar’s” main theme in 2015, various other remixes and singles, all concluded by the single…

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Brian Eno – Ambient #1: Music for Airports


Release data: Brian Eno – Ambient #1: Music for Airports CD, Editions EG, 1978 “Ambient 1: Music For Airports” (conceived by Eno as an atmosphere, or a surrounding influence: a tint) broke new ground when it came out as it introduced the new term “ambient” to the musical lexicon, its modus operandi formalising the use of steady states as the basis for ambient’s unique kind…

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