HimeHime – Bath Texts

If you hear the intro to this track and think you’ve stumbled on a corrupt mp3, fear not. The song reaches a relaxing, hazy, feel beginning at precisely the 1-minute mark and this is where HimeHime shines. Whether you hear a tranquil jungle or maybe a calm, after hours shower, this track provides some aural ‘E’ that takes me places too fine to accurately articulate this early in the week. HimeHime does a bang-up job bringing the variety on his bath texts release which can be found the other side of the link above.

Dan

 

 

 

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Lushloss – Shame

Lushloss, an artist on Hush-Hush Records, grants us a brief remission from our struggles with a cathartic 2min 15 sec of minimal ambiance and peace with this track “Shame”. ┬áIn her own words Lushloss is: Olive Jun, a 25 year-old Korean-American trans woman. You don’t have to listen long to hear how much of herself she’s genuinely poured into this music and how brilliant her resolve in the finished product.

Dan

Giulio Aldinucci – Exodus Mandala

The interesting element of this Aldinucci track is how the choral sounds remain largely untouched yet everything around changes as the aural wind warps around them, sometimes permeating them, sometimes altering the inflection and the timbre as the song progresses. It’s been some time since we’ve done a slow building ambient track, but this one is worth tuning your mind to if you have the patience just to let it wash over you. Giulio Aldinucci is no stranger to what is called “experimental electroacoustic” and the evidence is rather clear from this piece by the Siena, Italy native who has been active in the genre for over 17 years.

Erich

Public Service Broadcasting – They Gave Me A Lamp

One of our favorite “Rock-meets-Spoken-word-recording” artists Public Service Broadcasting have a new release entitled Every Valley. This track “They Gave Me A Lamp”, I’d like to say is my favorite, but really it’s the only one available in its entirety on Soundcloud. Nevertheless it provides an adequate sample of the new set of recordings, replete with strung together spoken word and a post-punk backing. There’s really just something nice about the simple pairing of the two; uplifting, thought provoking, and the inclusion of brass toward the end almost gives this a Of Monsters and Men feel to it.

Dan

AMULETS – FAUNA WEST

Another beautiful and haunting track from Texas artist Randall Taylor. The sounds meld so slowly that it’s easy, on first glance, to think the track is running in a cycle. The artistry is in how subtle and gradual the changes occur, making for a natural aural experience like you might actually find out in the wild. These sounds eventually wrap up with tiring moans, making for a fitting end to a tense journey.

Dan

 

Ekin Fil – Before A Full Moon

An enchantingly haunting series of sounds from Ekin Fil, who fills a room with slightly-off echoes of indistinguishable instruments and ominous resonating frequencies. Her solo voice spreading across an echo chamber helps to widen the solitude to an inescapable loneliness. Ekin Fil’s music ranges from drenched shoegaze and acoustic to eerie ambient pieces. Despite the geographical separation and the language barrier, the presence of the Istanbul singer, in every track, feels very close at hand.

Erich

Amulets – Discerning

Hidden gem from Texas artist Randall Taylor who goes by Amulets. This pleasant snow ride feels more like Reykjavik than Austin, but maybe he’s seeing a sweltering heat where I see a biting cold. Either outlook, this song takes you on a circling trip up the cognition stream and to parts unknown for a pain-letting worthy of 7+ minutes of steady attention. Huge repetitions and cyclical vibes work like a charm to reach the effortless flow, which is a theme among Amulets’ other tracks and equally alluring.

Dan