Grandbruit – L’équilibre est Nécessaire

Armed with just an electric guitar and a few effects pedals, Grandbruit crafted a peaceful stream of ambient sound that is as stoic and calm as a winter day in the plains. Crafted during the depths of Montreal’s cold season, L’équilibre est Nécessaire is rich with icy celestial tones that wouldn’t appear out of placeContinue reading “Grandbruit – L’équilibre est Nécessaire”

Aural Canyon Roundup (II)

It’s been too long since we last covered anything from our favorite ambient label, Aural Canyon, so here’s a rundown of some of their recent and upcoming releases that caught our ear. Joshua W. Bruner – Viewings On Viewings, Joshua W. Bruner creates dreamy soundscapes with the help of a Muse EEG Headset, which sensesContinue reading “Aural Canyon Roundup (II)”

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”

May 2020 Roundup

Man-oh-man, the physical and not-so-phsical record crates have been quite full over the last month. Here’s a quick run down of some of the sounds that have turned our heads and grabbed our ears over the last 30 days or so…  Munehiro Narita – Live Performance: San Francisco Let’s start things off with a bang,Continue reading “May 2020 Roundup”

Andrea Cortez – The Secret Song of Plants

Want to find a way to pure relaxation? Then turn off your phone and TV, close your eyes and breathe in and out slowly while listening to Andrea Cortez’s sublime The Secret Song of Plants. Cortez, a board-certified music therapist and sound meditation instructor, combined ethereal harp improvisations with various effects and the sonic-translated electricalContinue reading “Andrea Cortez – The Secret Song of Plants”

Chill Out with Aural Canyon Records

I think we could all use some help with relaxing right now, so thank god Aural Canyon Records is still active and putting out healing, mellow ambient albums on the regular. Here’s a rundown of some of the chillest of their most recent releases. Pulse Emitter/PJS – Split Pairing Portland’s Pulse Emitter with British Columbia’sContinue reading “Chill Out with Aural Canyon Records”

Itta – Enter

In these dark, crazy times, we are indeed privileged to be able to have albums like Enter by Itta to relax to. Itta, who is one half of the new age electro band TENGGER, has created a real thing of beauty here. Each song is centered around her multi-layered angelic vocals, which reverberate and soarContinue reading “Itta – Enter”

Andrew Weathers – Dreams and Visions from the Llano Estacado

Between all of the horrors on the news right now, it’s good to know that Aural Canyon is here to add some comfort and relaxation to this spring with a heap of back-to-back stellar ambient releases. The next tape on the schedule, Dreams and Visions from the Llano Estacado by Andrew Weathers, is a minimalist sunburstContinue reading “Andrew Weathers – Dreams and Visions from the Llano Estacado”