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”

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”

Mitch Greer – Wind Scatters Water

For one of the more angelic releases from these early days of 2020, just turn to Mitch Greer’s Wind Scatters Water, released digitally by Aural Canyon Records. Greer, a visual artist, filmmaker and musician, created the kaleidoscopic soundscapes that you hear on this album through the use of an experimental instrument that he created, called The Octopus.Continue reading “Mitch Greer – Wind Scatters Water”

Primary Mystical Experience – Space Dust

Drift your way into the sonic nebula that is Primary Mystical Experience’s aptly titled Space Dust. Like a minimalist hybrid of Ashra and Phaedra-era Tangerine Dream, this record transports you into a rich cosmic soundscape through the use of nothing but modular synthesizers. Each track is filled with waves of chromatic pulses that cruise through pools ofContinue reading “Primary Mystical Experience – Space Dust”

Glymmur – Field Study: 33 Minutes

Glymmur’s Field Study: 33 Minutes is a master class in expressionistic soundscapes. To say that Glymmur, real name Drew Gabbert, is a dark ambient musician, wouldn’t be really giving him enough credit. He’s more of a sculptor of sound. On Field Study…Gabbert takes recordings of himself playing guitar and all sorts of other instruments and objectsContinue reading “Glymmur – Field Study: 33 Minutes”

Heavy Stars – Processions

Heavy Stars’ Processions is a loose concept album about the journey from birth to death, told through the use of field recording samples, manipulated vocals and a comfortingly chill ambience. Each track on this cassette represents a different stage of life, each of which the artist describes as being a mini-procession (hence the title). StartingContinue reading “Heavy Stars – Processions”

Paul Hares – The Magic of Awareness

Paul Hares’ The Magic of Awareness is a tidal pool of handcrafted sounds and shadowy improvisations. Hailing from Russia, Hares is a true auditory sculptor, as this album finds him manipulating various recordings and noises into vast ambient seascapes. Across the album’s two side-length tracks, Hares experiments and treats analogue tapes with a whole array ofContinue reading “Paul Hares – The Magic of Awareness”