Alio Die & Mathias Grassow – Expanding Horizon


Release data: Alio Die & Mathias Grassow – Expanding Horizon CD, Relapse Records, 2003 This is an ambient double cd by Italian/German ambient duo Alio Die (aka Stefano Musso) and Mathias Grassow. Beforehand I had a feeling it was going to be a hefty one, and it proved to be so with 2x 70 minutes of meditative drone music. Grassow & Alio Die’s widely spaced…

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Mathias Grassow – The Dreamquest Sessions


Release data: Mathias Grassow – The Dreamquest Sessions CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Gterma, 1998/2020 At the end of 2020 Gterma surprised its fans and followers with the release of “The Dreamquest Sessions”, an ambient work of art Mathias Grassow created in 1998 for which he asked Klause Wiese to contribute the pure, clean soundings of Tibetan Singing Bowls. The recording is in fact the third and last link in the…

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Mathias Grassow & Michael Brückner – Polar Vortex


Release data: Mathias Grassow & Michael Brückner – Polar Vortex CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, DataBloem, 2019 “Polar Vortex” -a magical ambient journey created in 2017 and 2018 leading the listener from mystical regions of the north to realms beyond- is a 75-minute ambient canvas featuring various smooth sliding atmospheres and degrees of intensity while addressing introspective spaces as it unfolds. “The North” and “Mirror” sketch out a contemplative…

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Mathias Grassow – Himavat


Release data: Mathias Grassow – Himavat CD/DIGITAL Download, Staalplaat, 1999 I’ve reviewed quite some (more recent) recordings by German drone-master Mathias Grassow, so here’s an older one from his back-catalogue. The cold, the dark and a distinct Tibetan feel are the intriguing ingredients making up the continuous, dense atmosphere of “Himavat”, King of the Himalayan mountains and snow. Mathias’ trusted companion Klaus Wiese complements the…

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Gleisberg / Grassow / Seviroli – The Fall of the House of Usher


Release data: Gleisberg / Grassow / Seviroli – The Fall of the House of Usher DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2018 Released on the final day of 2018, “The Fall of the House of Usher” is the long-awaited follow-up of Nostalgia’s album “House on the Borderland”. It was successful Italian film composer Luigi Seviroli who came up with the idea to transfer Edgar Allan Poe’s classic…

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Mathias Grassow – Divinations


Release data: Mathias Grassow – Divinations CD, Gterma, 2017 “Divinations”, an almost 80-minute recording featuring five haunting ambient tracks, is a new chapter in Mathias Grassow’s Alchemy Suite inspired by man’s quest for higher knowledge and his taking to mysticism and obscure practices to find it. It’s a minimal, morphing yet spacious soundscape fitting very well to the fall and winter season. From the start…

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