Max Würden – Format


Release data: Max Würden – Format LP/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, A Strangely Isolated Place, 2019 Fall and wintertime are most suitable to listen to quieting environment ambient, and this one fits in that category. “Format” by Cologne-based soundsculptor Max Würden is a contemporary ambient release recorded over a period of two years using various kinds of techniques ranging from studio recordings, looping live performances as well as assorted…

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Kurtz Mindfields & Hypnago – Soundtrack with Atmosphere


Release data: Kurtz Mindfields & Hypnago – Soundtrack with Atmosphere EP/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Wigwam Records, 2019 “Soundtrack with Atmosphere” is a recording featuring two different French artists presenting their own electronic universe on each side. First is Jean-Luc Briançon’s project Kurtz Mindfields who fires off his analogue gear on the 18-minute “Above the wandering moon”. It’s a nicely accomplished cosmic travelogue rooted in the classic vintage electronics…

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Jutaro Takahashi – Pleochroism


Release data: Jutaro Takahashi – Pleochroism CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Neotantra, 2019 “Pleochroism” is Jutaro Takahashi’s debut-release on Lee Anthony Norris Neotantra-label (motto: Tantric solutions for ears). The outcome -that sees the Japanese composer in search of microcosmic beauty- continues Jutaro’s tranquil textural work as featured on his previous albums. A smooth, lush expanse of pastel colours sets off on the two-part title piece. The morphing synth washes…

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Daniel B. Prothese – HöllEktroKraut / HellEctroKraut


Release data: Daniel B. Prothese – Höllektrokraut / HellEctrokraut CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2018 Ok, time to dust off your speakers as here’s a treat for all fans of dynamic electronic krautrock with a leading role for analogue gear. Daniel B. Prothese, aka Daniel Bressanutti (one half of Nothing But Noise and the famous Belgium electro-act Front 242), fires all vintage engines on the double-release “HöllEktroKraut…

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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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