Ambient

Artist: 
The Bug Vs Earth
Label: 
Ninja Tune

I'm a big fan of Earth, only having a passing familiarity with The Bug, but from my point of view this album is a little boring. That isn't to say it's bad though, and the title Concrete Desert does a good job explaining the appeal. This music is slow, sprawling, and desolate.

Sounds Like: 
Earth
Sounds Like: 
The Bug
Sounds Like: 
the soundtrack to Dead Man by Neil Young
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Letherette
Label: 
Ninja Tune

If you have trouble sleeping, this is your cup of tea. Or even better, if your yoga session is need of some bangers, then maybe this will help you finish that special plank position. Or if you just like star gazing, and eating a nice dinner this is everything you ever wanted. I can't say anything bad about this album in terms of how it's gonna make you feel. This is one of those albums where it's not meant for the radio, it's meant for your soul. It can take you on a journey to neverland and back, and then some. Wherever your mind desires.

Sounds Like: 
Stumblein
Sounds Like: 
Blackmill
Name: 
Alex Paris
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Bonobo
Label: 
Ninja Tune

Six albums into his career, Simon Green aka Bonobo has finally released his newest effort titled Migration, his first LP since 2013's the "The North Borders". Loosely described by the DJ himself as "the study of people and places", Migration is an hour long journey that makes you feel as if you are a nomad traveling on a never ending journey to find your rightful place in the world.

Sounds Like: 
Tycho
Sounds Like: 
Emancipator
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2017
Artist: 
Nite Jewel
Label: 
Gloriette Records

This reviewer is not a fan of remixes. Arrangements are (hopefully) purposefully put together in the way they were first presented: often times the edits a remix bring aren't substantial enough to elevate a song significantly. The question at hand is if Nite Jewel's remix EP of Liquid Cool warrants the effort put into the new arrangements.

Sounds Like: 
Machinedrum
Name: 
Grant L Williams
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Ricky Eat Acid
Label: 
Terrible Records

Ricky Eat Acid is the solo electronic project of Sam Ray, also of Teen Suicide. His older albums were all variations on lo-fi bedroom electronics, leaning more poppy on Haunt u forever or more ambient like on Three Love Songs. The roughness of recording was a huge part of the charm, and his albums created a hazy atmosphere for you to zone out to.

Sounds Like: 
Blithe Field
Sounds Like: 
Teen Suicide
Sounds Like: 
Gold Panda
Sounds Like: 
Flying Lotus
Sounds Like: 
Four Tet
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016
Artist: 
Preoccupations
Label: 
Jagjaguwar

Preoccupations is the band formerly known as Viet Cong, so if you know them or their previous band Women then you've already got a ballpark approximation of Preoccupations' sound in your head. Alternately feedbacky or shimmery guitar, blown out synth, distorted bass, pounding drums, etc and there's a similar focus on incorporating ambient passages between sections of more traditional songwriting.

Sounds Like: 
Viet Cong
Sounds Like: 
Women
Sounds Like: 
Joy Division
Sounds Like: 
Future Islands
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
09/14/2016
Artist: 
Birthh
Label: 
We Were Never Being Boring Collective

Hailing from Florence, Italy, the nineteen-year-old Alice Bisi sings the dark words we have all thought before. The ambient background music complements the dark lyrics really well though if this album had no lyrics it would still be a pretty good album. This whole album reminds me of Daugther's Youth song, as if it was stretched out to 10 songs, using a combination of electronic and organic sounds climaxing then concluding with soft vocals.  Definitely an album to drive too.

 

 

 

 

Sounds Like: 
Lapsley
Sounds Like: 
Daughter
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
GHIIA
Label: 
Tinderbox Music

The Sea is Russian singer-songwriter GHIIA's debut EP. The intro and title track, "The Sea," sets the tone with dreamy vocals over a dark beat. Although some synths come in to bring the song to life, it felt like listening to a performance in a church. The third track and probably what most would consider the standout is "Mirror." Throughout the listen, I got the sense that the instrumentals served mostly as a platform to put emphasis on GHIIA's vocals and songwriting ability.

Sounds Like: 
Nosaj Thing
Name: 
Charlie Franco
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
Julianna Barwick
Label: 
Dead Oceans

This is Julianna Barwicks third album. She is maybe my favorite ambient artist out there outside of Grouper. Her music mainly consists of multiple loops of her voice and synthesizer/piano, which creates this etheral vocal ambience. This album is really no different than that. This record is very hazy and almost hallucinogenic, while at the same time very minimal. Her lyrics are vague and hard to decipher, but are very haunting and emotional. Personally I find this type of music great to have on in the backround while studying.

Sounds Like: 
Grouper
Sounds Like: 
Julia Holter
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2016
Artist: 
Choir of Young Believers
Label: 
Ghostly International

Grasque is Choir of Young Believers third studio album and shows a lot of potential. The album is a mix of music styles influencesd by english, danish, and even greek art. The foundation of album plays off of chillwave, bedroom pop where you can feel the laptop glow mixed with the piano and down-tempo spymphonics. The one complaint I have about the album is everything sounded somewhat the same, I had no idea when a track transitioned to the next, and it all seems like a blur. There wasn't anything memorable about it.

Sounds Like: 
Beacons
Sounds Like: 
When Saints Go Machine
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
04/08/2016