Michael Brückner – The Undercurrent


Release data: Michael Brückner – The Undercurrent CD-r/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, SynGate Wave, 2019 “The Undercurrent” is assembled from shelved, unreleased music German synthesist Michael Brückner made between 2013 and 2019. This modus operandi may lead to an incoherent outcome, but the opposite is the result on the 77-minute release as all tracks share a similar vibe, intensity and character. For the composer they not only reflect personal…

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Jeff Pearce – Skies and Stars


Release data: Jeff Pearce – Skies and Stars CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2019 Well, ambient textural guitarist Jeff Pearce has outdone himself on “Skies and Stars”, a 56-minute epic of blissful space music meant for gazing at a clear night sky and close listening. Pearce’s signature sound is found at the heart of two longform pieces and a short outro making up the 56-minute “skymusic” album…

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Solaris – Aeon V


Release data: Solaris –  Aeon V CD-r/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Synphaera Records, 2017 The US Synphaera-label is known for their high-quality ambient releases, some fitting into (or inspired by) cosmic space music. Solaris is a collaborative effort between sound forgers Strahinja Maletic (one half of Fourth Dimension) and Don Tyler (member of Ascendant) leading its listeners into an alternate world of contemplation, shifting dimensions and mystery. Their…

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Peter Mergener – Astronaut


Release data: Peter Mergener – Astronaut CD, Cue-Records, 2019 Sure, the output of Em-veteran Peter Mergener has been low the last decade, but when something new comes up its worth checking out. This 50-minute concept album celebrates the 50th moon landing anniversary. Various historical speech and lunar communication fragments fly by in the melodic, smooth-sequenced music ranging from nice moodspheres (“Weightless”, “Moondust”, “Earthrise”) till contemporary…

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Awenson – Within


Release data: Awenson – Within CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Groove Unlimited, 2019 On the previous album “Hope”, Joël Bernard already showed his style is unusual and sometimes a bit peculiar. At first glance, “Within” features some progressive elements along the introduction of distorted e-guitar (similar to Edgar Froese or Frank Dorittke) and bass guitar on two tracks – most notably on the energetic opener “Beyond the Flash”. However,…

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Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri – Una Presencia En La Brisa


Release data: Leandro Fresco & Rafael Anton Irisarri  – Una Presencia En La Brise LP/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, A Strangely Isolated Place, 2020 “Una Presencia En La Brisa” (A Presence In The Breeze) by soundsculptors Leandro Fresco and Rafael Anton Irisarri is something for all who have a weak spot for 36’s emotive textural ambient music. The album’s concept deals with human connection in an age where contact…

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