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DINO PACIFICI - The Float Zone (cd)

 
CRAIG PADILLA & SKIP MURPHY - Analog Destination (cd)

 
CRAIG PADILLA & SKIP MURPHY - Planetary Elements (CD-r)

 
CRAIG PADILLA & ZERO OHMS - When the Earth is Far Away (CD/Digital Download)

 
CRAIG PADILLA - Below The Mountain (cd)

 
CRAIG PADILLA - Genesis (cd)

 
CRAIG PADILLA - Heaven Condensed (CD/Digital Download)

 
CRAIG PADILLA - Sonar (Lp)

 
CRAIG PADILLA - The Heart of the Soul (cd)

 
CRAIG PADILLA - Vostok (cd)

 
MICHAEL PADILLA - Atmospheres (Ambient Works Vol. One) (Lp + CD)

 
CRAIG PADILLA, ZERO OHMS & SKIP MURPHY - Beyond the Portal (cd)

 
CRAIG PADILLA/SENDELICA - Strange Fish 1 (Lp)

 
PAN ELECTRIC - Conscious Pilot (cd-r)

 
PANTHA DU PRINCE - This Bliss (cd)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS - Far Away Light (cd-r)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS - Insight (cd-r)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS - Obsessive Surrealism (cd)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS - Shade (cd)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS & ALIO DIE - Circo Divino (cd)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS & ALIO DIE - Elusive Metaphor (cd)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS & DAVE BESSELL - Morphogenic (CD/Digital Download)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS & IAN BODDY - Exit Strategy (cd)

 
PARALLEL WORLDS & SELF OSCILLATE - World Adapter (CD/Digital Download)

 
PARIKRAMA - Manusyaloka (cd)

 
PARIKRAMA - The Silent Bōn (cd)

 
BRIAN PARNHAM - Between Here and There (cd)

 
BRIAN PARNHAM - Mantle (cd)

 
BRIAN PARNHAM - See None, Hear None, Speak None (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRIAN PARNHAM - The Broken Silence (cd)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK & MARKUS REUTER - Lament (cd)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK FEAT. COSMIC HOFFMANN - Blasters of the Universe (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Cambrium -music for protozoa- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Cambrium -music for protozoa- (cd)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Cold Storage (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Cryotainer –music for gasometers- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Deltaplan -muziek voor polders- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Fuzzstars -music for planetariums Vol. 2- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Gronland - music for glaciers- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Hoellenengel (cd)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Permafrost -music for hibernation (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Planetary Music (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Rhizophora -music for mangroves- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Schwartzschild -music for planetariums- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Sediments -music from 1989 to 1994- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Tektonik - music for earthquakes- (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PARSICK - Traces of the Past redux (cd)

 
KENNETH JOHN PARSONS - Tribute to Andrei Tarkovsy's Solaris (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Akash (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Dorje Ling (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Earthlight (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Himalaya (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Inner Places (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Jyoti (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Puja (CD)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Shaman (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Stupa (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Surya (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Tibetan Plateau + Sounds of the Mothership (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Vajra (cd)

 
DAVID PARSONS - Yatra (cd)

 
PARTICLE IMAGE VELOCIMETRY - Molecule Assembler (Digital Download)

 
PATTERNS OF THE SKY - The Long Flight (cd)

 
JEFF PEARCE - Bleed (cd)

 
JEFF PEARCE - In the Season of Fading Light (Digital Download)

 
JEFF PEARCE - Lingering Light (cd)

 
JEFF PEARCE - Tenderness and Fatality (cd)

 
JEFF PEARCE - The Hidden Rift (cd)

 
JEFF PEARCE - The Light Beyond (cd)

 
JEFF PEARCE - To the Shores of Heaven (cd)

 
JEFF PEARCE - Vestiges (cd)

 
DAVE PECK - Endo-Spectra (cd)

 
PERGE - Aural Coefficients within a Fractal Plane (The Sec (cd-r/digital download)

 
PERGE - Green Dessert (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
PERGE - Pleonasms (The Secret Tapes Vol. 2) (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
M. PERSSON - Sounds: A New Time (Digital Download)

 
M. PERSSON - Sounds: Hydra (Digital Download)

 
M. PERSSON - Sounds: Strange Skies (cd-r)

 
MARTIN PETERS - Angels of Nowhere (CD/Digital Download)

 
PHAENON - His Master's Voice (cd)

 
PHELIOS - Astral Unity (cd)

 
PHELIOS - Gates of Atlantis (cd/digital download)

 
PHELIOS & STEPHEN PARSICK - It always rains in Wuppertal (cd-r)

 
STEPHEN PHILIPS - Dagboken (cd-r)

 
PHOBOS - An October Evening (CD-r/DVD-r/Digital Downlo)

 
PHOBOS - Approaching Dark Space (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
PHOBOS - Darker (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
PHOBOS - Darkness Within (cd-r/digital download)

 
PHOBOS - Live on Earth (Live at Awakenings) (cd-r/digital download)

 
PHOBOS - Moments in Sound (Digital Download)

 
PHOBOS - Monolith (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
PHOBOS - One Moment Live (Digital Download)

 
PHOBOS - Sector Four (Digital Download)

 
PHOBOS - This Desolate Place (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
PHRAGMENTS - New Kings and New Queens (cd)

 
PHROZENLIGHT - Starlight (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
ANDY PICKFORD & PAUL NAGLE - S.T.D.M. – Ramayana (CD)

 
ANDY PICKFORD - Terraformer (CD)

 
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - Curriculum Vitae I (The Aside Ones) (cd)

 
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - Indulge the Passion (cd)

 
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - Metropolis Poetry (cd)

 
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - Midsummer (cd)

 
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - Music for Vampires (cd)

 
PICTURE PALACE MUSIC - Somnabulistic Tunes (cd/Digital Download)

 
JIM PIETKIVICH - Inner Worlds (cd)

 
JIM PIETKIVICH - Spiral Journey (cd)

 
PILLION - Centillion (cd)

 
PILLION - Halcyon (cd/Digital Download)

 
PJUSK - Tele (CD/Digital Download)

 
POLARIS - Background Stories (cd)

 
POLARIS - Way Out (CD/Digital Download)

 
POLARIS & KRZYSZTOF HORN - Collision (cd)

 
BRENDAN POLLARD & MORE - Collection Volume One (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BRENDAN POLLARD & MORE - Collection Volume Three (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BRENDAN POLLARD & MORE - Collection Volume Two (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BRENDAN POLLARD - Expansion (cd)

 
BRENDAN POLLARD - Flux Echoes (cd)

 
BRENDAN POLLARD - Live in Concert 2006 part 1 & 2 and more (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
BRENDAN POLLARD, JAVI CANOVAS, ADRIAN DOLENTE, MIC - Two Roads (cd)

 
POLLARD/DANIEL/BOOTH - 3 (cd-r)

 
POLLARD/DANIEL/BOOTH - 5 (cd-r/digital download)

 
POLLARD/DANIEL/BOOTH - Live at Awakenings 18-09-10 (cd-r)

 
POLLARD/DANIEL/BOOTH - Pollard/Daniel/Booth (cd-r)

 
POLLARD/DANIEL/BOOTH - September 2009 jams (cd-r)

 
POLLARD/DANIEL/BOOTH - Six (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
POLLARD/DANIEL/BOOTH - Volume 2 (cd-r)

 
POLLARD/DANIEL/BOOTH - Volume 7 (Digital Download/CD-r)

 
ALBY POTTS - Dreaming for Real (cd)

 
DAN POUND - Aurora (cd-r)

 
DAN POUND - Change of Weather (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAN POUND - Cocoon (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAN POUND - Dream Spaces (cd-r)

 
DAN POUND - Eros Thanatos (cd/digital download)

 
DAN POUND - Esoterica (cd)

 
DAN POUND - Interlace (cd)

 
DAN POUND - Life Giving (cd/Digital Download)

 
DAN POUND - Living Planet (cd)

 
DAN POUND - Medusazoa (cd-r)

 
DAN POUND - Night Watch (cd)

 
DAN POUND - Return to Other Worlds (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DAN POUND - Shadows of the Heart (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAN POUND - Spherical (CD/Digital Download)

 
DAN POUND - Tantra Majik (cd-r)

 
DAN POUND - Trance Meditation (cd)

 
DAN POUND - Wolf Moon (cd-r)

 
PROCER VENEFICUS - Saltwater & Glassmoon (cd-r)

 
PROJECT ANDREW ROTTEN - En Passant (CD)

 
PROJECT EARTH - Tak Ze (CD/12inch)

 
PROJECT TWO POINT ONE - Hydrythmix (cd)

 
PROJEKT ERDE - 11:11 (cd)

 
PROJEKT ERDE - Mysterious Vibrations (cd)

 
DORIAN PRZYSTALSKI - Antimatter (cd-r)

 
PSICODREAMICS - Fantasynth (cd-r)

 
PSICODREAMICS - Mythomusic (remastered) (cd-r)

 
PSICODREAMICS - The Garden (cd-r)

 
PURFOZE - Songs of the Earth (cd-r)

 
PURFOZE - Songs of the Stars (Sterrenstukken) (cd-r)

 
PURL - Deep Ground (CD/Digital Download)

 
PURL - Evighet (Digital Download)

 
PURL & SINIUS - Oceans of Sound (LP/Digital Download)

 
PYRAMAXX - Distance (cd)

 
PYRAMAXX - Move (CD)

 
PYRAMID PEAK - 5vor12 (cd)

 
PYRAMID PEAK - Anatomy (cd/Digital Download)

 
PYRAMID PEAK - Evolution (cd)

 
PYRAMID PEAK - Roots (cd)


MICHAEL PADILLA
Atmospheres (Ambient Works Vol. One)
LP + CD, Fruits de Mer Records/Strange Fish, 2016
What I got here is a beautiful designed 40-minute ambient album (strictly limited to 400 copies) by one Michael Padilla, who seems to be known as front man of various psych rock and pop bands.

Released on a vinyl picture disc (+ cd, which includes a bonus piece not on the vinyl edition), the listener is presented four moodscape pieces heavily inspired by Brian Eno’s "Discreet Music" featuring warm, floating and looped textures that stir quite a few emotive strings.

The ethereal is already addressed very nicely on the 14-minute "Northern Lights", where the outcome comes in smooth, melodic waves. A string of quiet, melancholic-angled spheres made up of mellotron flutes and retro pads surface on the lovely "Crossing East". This could actually be an outro or a track rounding out a vintage TD album in the early ‘70’s.

A beautiful mold of freeform retro-textures and emotive string sounds is found on the 15-minute "Ecstagony", featuring spherics extending on the intimate flavor of the previous track along some gentle orchestral hints. The final track, the 3-minute "The Waiting" is kept simple and monotone, featuring darker sounds of the brass instruments along a slice of the symphonic.

I’d say the first three tracks of "Atmospheres (Ambient Works Vol. One)" make very fine and tender retro soundscapes for all who love the sound of mellotron and the secluded warmth found in vintage sound design in general. As the sound quality of the picture disc might cause issues, the release includes the full music on cd including a fifth track as a bonus.

Website: www.fruitsdemerrecords.com

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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