Carlos Ferreira – “Diving”

For a quick dose of spellbinding ambient music, look no further than Carlos Ferreira’s new single, “Diving.” On this track, Ferreira, a true ambient master, immerses the listener into a deep sea of soft drones and glacial synth chords. The entire piece glows with an optimistic tone, and even begins to take on a spiritualContinue reading “Carlos Ferreira – “Diving””

Heavy Stars – Portico

Heavy Stars’ elegant Portico album received the vinyl treatment a few weeks back, courtesy of El Gran E Records, and it was long overdue. Heavy Stars (AKA Lacey Lewis) is known for making ethereal ambient pop, but Portico takes it to another level. From drifting astral soundscapes to dreamy minimalist variations on hip-hop, this isContinue reading “Heavy Stars – Portico”

John Jeffrey – Passage

John Jeffrey, the drummer of Moon Duo, let the spirit of improvisation move him from one sonic extreme to the next on his new solo record, Passage. From minimalist cosmic jazz to synth-centered motorik beat meditations, Jeffrey explores a vast spectrum of styles and sounds that interest him and shows just how versatile of aContinue reading “John Jeffrey – Passage”

Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic

On Prana Crafter’s latest record, William Sol seems to be channeling and processing the storm of today’s societal and worsening environmental climate through his guitar playing. . The ever astral Sol treats the album as one long, continuous song. Each track seamlessly flows into one another, as if we’re being guided through a single meditativeContinue reading “Prana Crafter – MorphoMystic”

September Roundup – Volume 2

In spite of COVID, the continued effects of the pandemic and the unearthly firescapes that are currently decimating the west coast, this fall is proving to be an abundantly fruitful season for excellent new releases. So this month absolutely called for a second volume of our roundup. Check out some of the killer new albumsContinue reading “September Roundup – Volume 2”

Ezra Feinberg & John Kolodij – s/t

If you look up the definition of ‘deep listening,’ there needs to be a picture of Ezra Feinberg and John Kolodij’s split release. Feinberg, whom you may know from his days with Citay or from his excellent solo records (like the astonishing Recumbent Speech, which came out earlier this year), is perfectly matched with theContinue reading “Ezra Feinberg & John Kolodij – s/t”

Tino – Bookfair

Stoic ambience and the wistful haze of nostalgia collide on the beautifully melancholic new album, Bookfair, by San Francisco experimental artist, Tino. Freshly released by Aural Canyon, this record is packed with lonesome lo-fi guitar and ghostly piano meandering through the mists of droning synths. These subdued compositions easily suggest faded memories and still moments inContinue reading “Tino – Bookfair”

Michael C. Sharp – Trip Further

Michael C. Sharp’s Trip Further is a voyage through vast oceans of cosmic keyboards and astral guitars that Harmonia would have been proud of. Sharp, a Texan multi-instrumentalist and one of the main heads behind Sungod, has gone above and beyond to create a collection of soundscapes that feel both profoundly exploratory and effortlessly relaxing. Songs likeContinue reading “Michael C. Sharp – Trip Further”

Matt LaJoie – Clear Channel

Clear Channel has proven once again that some of the most ethereal, heavenly guitar records being made today are coming from the realm of Matt LaJoie and Ash Brooks. This tape, the latest of LaJoie’s many solo releases, is made up of two deeply atmospheric astral guitar soundscapes, “Voice One” and “Voice Two.” Each track sprawlsContinue reading “Matt LaJoie – Clear Channel”

Tarotplane – The Feedback Sutras

On the days that you just wish you could be on any other planet than Earth, Tarotplane is the artist to listen to. His guitar and synth meanderings can, without fail, transport you through space and alien worlds. The excellent Feedback Sutras is certainly no exception. The record is built out of two sprawling guitar andContinue reading “Tarotplane – The Feedback Sutras”