Boreal Taiga – Iceland


Release data: Boreal Taiga – Iceland DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Polar Magnetic Records, 2018 “Iceland” marks the first album released through Boreal Taiga’s own label Polar Magnet Recordings. It continues the composer’s journey through the splendour of white out conditions and remote, frozen landscapes while exploring each area of this exciting country simultaneously. The very nicely rendered textural ambient mixed with environments recordings featured on the six…

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Thom Brennan – Soundgardens


Release data: Thom Brennan – Soundgardens CD-r/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, TMB Soundworks, 2017 “Soundgardens” was recorded between 2003 and 2005 and was intended originally to build on ideas Thom first explored on “Satori” as well as shorter tracks like “Radiant Ice” (the opening track on the album “Shimmer”). All four tracks, finally mastered in 2019 for this release, are longform, ethereal soundscape dwellings spiralling upwards and downwards…

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Australis – One of Ours


Release data: Australis – One of Ours CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Essential Noises, 2019 In the five years since his previous release “Adrift”, composer Oscar Aguayo (aka Australis) found he was particularly receptive to the underlying forces behind most of our acts and thoughts as humans. Some of them are emotions (love, hope, fear, anger, etc.), while others are facts (birth, life, illness, death, etc.). Each one…

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Steve Roach – Bloom Ascension


Release data: Steve Roach – Bloom Ascension MC/LP/CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Projekt Records, 2019 Coined as a resplendent expression of elegant futurism, Steve Roach’s “Bloom Ascension” features four minimalist tracks of fractal, gentle spiraling analogue sequencer-driven electronics complemented by smooth yet elevating textural spheres. Being the first release conceptualized for lp since “Desert Solitaire” (1989), the 41-minute outcome proves captivating and vibrant energetic through meticulously crafted, slow evolving…

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Rising Galaxy – Horizons in the Dark


Release data: Rising Galaxy – Horizons in the Dark DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Cosmic Leaf Records, 2019 Now here’s an ambient recording featuring music treading similar ground as Vangelis’ “Tegos Tapes” and “El Greco” or some of Roach’s intense soundworlds. It’s a nicely rendered 41-minute soundscape journey by the Greek Nikos Betsimeas, aka “Rising Galaxy”, who has a background as composer and dj in house, trance and…

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Beyond Berlin – Totem


Release data: Beyond Berlin – Totem CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Groove Unlimited, 2019 From this album on, Dutch EM-band Beyond Berlin has become a trio seeing Oscar van den Wijngaard joining Martin Peters and Rene de Bakker on their fine sonic journeys into vintage aural landscapes. Their 60-minute “Totem” is a melodic, sequencer-driven and emotive recording lacking almost any soloing. It embraces the warm ambience and overall sonic…

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