Composer Ricardo Alves’ project a passage to the stars is a fantastic example of how melody is so diverse in ambient music. The sound effects and light percussive synth sounds only add to the complex yet approachable sound that Alves creates. 321 days is a continuation of what makes a passage to the stars great, and you see more exploration into rhythm, especially from what appear to be downtempo and trip-hop influences. It’s a great entry into the project’s discography.
The Corrupting Sea creates a sound that is rooted in the free space that ambient music provides. Not bound by rigid time signatures, the music on Samatta allows for melodic and harmonic expressions that slowly draw you into a dream-like state. The contrast of the melodious textures with static droning and other sound effects allows for a multi-dimensional experience. Jason Lamoreaux, the brain behind The Corrupting Sea, set out to create “personal emotive moments in his work, creating themed albums made of delicate, often times, stripped down pieces.”
I think he accomplished his goal thoroughly.
Samatta can be found at https://somewherecoldrecords.bandcamp.com
Ambient and glitch music comes in all forms. Most think of large sweeping arrangements that push you into a proverbial cosmos of sound. The other side to this is where Australia’s tilde (real name Rhys Channing) comes in. With his record Æsthēsis, the composer creates a smaller scale of sound that is almost like traveling through an endless hallway. The hallway is filled with complex rhythmic and melodic overlapping, as well as countless multi-dimensional sound effects. If you jumped into a wormhole, somehow I imagine it would feel much like how Æsthēsis sounds.
Get your copy of Æsthēsis at https://tonelist.bandcamp.com/album/sth-sis
Calm. Introspective. These are the words I would use to describe the music of electronic composer Luis Gabriel Aguilera’s newest album A New Approach. Intending to evoke “the audio expression of the composer (and really the individual) spiritually and emotionally” becoming awake; A New Approach is a minimalist and ambient journey that accomplishes its goal. Every synth effect, piano line, orchestral instrumentation and so on, brings the listener through the composer’s mind. It’s a worthwhile journey.
Get A New Approach at https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/luisgabrielaguilera2
The music of London-based wombat_army (real name Martin Webb) has had a welcome presence at MixolydianBlog for quite some time. As far as electronic artists go, wombat_army is probably one of my favorites in the past decade. You can imagine my excitement when I was sent the link to his newest record circling.
Present in circling is the signature looping effects and melodic lines that come from electronic sampling, synths, and of course cello we know wombat_army for. The minimalism in this record is used as well as ever, with beautiful melodies being placed over a myriad of rhythms and sound effects.
You can tell that wombat_army has gotten more adventurous on this record, as it feels more experimental than previous endeavors. For me this is a great step forward and I hope Martin continues in this direction. The music is a journey that is enjoyable from beginning to end.
Get your copy of circling at https://assemblyfield.bandcamp.com/album/circling
The way the French electronic artist NHOVA describes their music gives great insight into your eventual listening experience. “Halfway between electro-mystical and delicate atmospheres” with trip-hop, industrial and ambient music shown as prominent influences gives a clear representation of their self-titled record.
The synths are dark, brooding, and also soaring with melody. Each track is meticulously constructed with peaks and valleys that bring you a multi-faceted listening experience. Overall NHOVA isn’t just good music, it is an invitation to explore your own mind as you listen. The range of emotions you feel can be existential dread to wonder, and all are valid responses during the time this record plays. You will never experience the same feeling or though twice when listening to this album, and that is a great achievement.
All in all, any fan of complex electronic music should give this a try.
NHOVA can be found at https://nhovaworld.bandcamp.com/album/nhova
As a musician I have always felt that the best music just happens. You train your mind to be one with your instrument and its capabilities, then throw it into improvisational situations. Music that is improvisation based takes many forms, and the record Inner by Nunun is one of them.
Nunun is a project consisting of Italian musicians Cesare Discepol (guitar, effects) and Massimo Discepoli (drums). It is deemed to be an album of introspection, experimentation, and as alluded to before, improvisation. The musicianship of Cesare and Massimo cannot be overstated. They understand their craft down to its most minute details.
What really shines here, however, is the compositional acheivements of the group. You are brought to realms of profound groove, ambience, and beauty that flow seamlessly from start to finish on this record. I feel like this album is an intersection of the free jazz philosophy of Ornette Coleman and the grandiose (yet inward-looking) nature of the David Gilmour-led Pink Floyd era.
When Inner releases on March 15th, I suggest you head over to https://acustronica.bandcamp.com/ and pick up a copy for yourself.