isolation, introspection, relaxation
ambient, folk, drone, acoustic, vocal, field recordings, early music, spiritual
Hasan al-‘Ajamî - Le chant de Sanaa / The Singing of Sanaa (2005, Harmonia Mundi / Ocora)
Ooh, some really nice space ambient from Alpha DreamDrift X on Music for Journey Simulators (2018, Hairs Ablazin’).
Starts fully dreamy and stretched out, but tightens into material underpinned with beats near the end. Would indeed be worthy soundtrack material.
Early morning space travel. Alphaxone is taking me on a trip to the Edge of Solitude (2018, Cryo Chamber).
Mehdi Saleh channels that detached feeling of floating across non-earthly landscapes. Piercing the void. Only the planets as companions.
Theo Bleckmann - Elegy (2017, ECM)
Bleckmann’s soft voice over a meandering and contemplative jazz backing, tinged with post-rock.
On Arc of a Snowfall (2018, Was Ist Das?), David Colohan hearkens back to the Agitated Radio Pilot days, or the ambient parts at least.
Melancholic, outstretched synthscapes like only Colohan makes ’em. For the late nights.
Fellirium’s ambient on Mermaids (2015, ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ) is like the sea: light on the surface and dark in the depths.
Subtle electric guitar swells, rainmakers, drones. Recalls the physical weight of the ocean at times, but also its oneiric layers.
Doing some contemplating with Stained Glass by Monochromie (2018, Fluttery) in the background. Lovely subtle electronics, crackle, warped piano, loops.
Montserrat Figueras; Hespèrion XXI; Jordi Savall - Battaglie & Lamenti: 1600-1660 (2000, Alia Vox)
Anne Malin’s songs on Fog Area will go down well if you like your folk unsettling and haunted.
Songs from unquiet graves, minimal melodies with a ton of grit. Out on October 12.
Roads For is an EP by A Model Kit, which came out in 2013 on Hidden Vibes. Wistful strings and piano, the occasional voice or birdsong. Minimal but measured, serves well as a nightcap.
Valentin Silvestrov - Sacred Works (2009, ECM New Series)
Waking up to Urze de Lume’s relaxing campfire neofolk on As Árvores Estão Secas e Não Têm Folhas (2018, Equilibrium Music)
An autumnal inward journey with guitar, rebec, whispered Portuguese, and field recordings. In the same vein as Sangre de Muerdago.