Category: Ambient

Planet Boelex :: Exist

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Country: Finland
Release Date: 2013
Netlabel: Soft Phase
License: Creative Commons 3.0 non-commercial license

Exist marks the return to this world of the Finnish electronic musician, Planet Boelex. His decision to disappear from the scene following the acclaimed 2010 release, Raja, served to dismay and perplex. Artists with integrity tend to retire when they have nothing more to say, and yet here was one consistently pushing at frontiers. Perhaps his reasons should remain unexplained. This way, we can submit to these six new tracks as if they’ve just floated in from some other realm.

From the opening notes, this is a listening experience designed to evolve. Where Planet Boelex excels is in drawing you back again and again to make endless new discoveries. There is in fact a complex musical gravity at work here. Melodies rise and fall outside of conventional rhythms, sailing with trusted collaborators at times, and the result is quietly awe-inspiring. Whether or not we hear more from Planet Boelex in future, Exist is a timeless offering.” [Soft Phase]

Tracklist

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Rooftop Access :: We Are never Too Close To Ghosts

Country: Australia
Release Date: 2011
Netlabel: laridae

“If you listen closely, you can hear the whispering of the ghosts. They tell stories of the past, of long forgotten memories, of love and loss. Rob Curulli seems to have listened quite a lot to what they have to say. And with his post rock project “Rooftop Access” he has now put these paranormal visions into a full length album, a floating, transcendental collection of guitar improvisations, with cautious but artful production. If you listen closely, you can hear the whispering of the ghosts.” [laridae]

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Ballpen :: The Dreams Trilogy

Country: Italy
Release Date: October, 2010
Netlabel: La bèl

From the press release:

This music is based on how my dreams have been working throughout the years.The thing I like about dreams is that there are no schemes, no shames, no recipes and everything can happily or strangely  cohabit with everything else.The way the songs are composed are similar to what I’ve expereinced in my dream so far. Like the hospital  in my hometown  turned upside down and placed in the middle of a race circuit, or me riding a turtle  dressed up like Darth Vader, chasing my auntie along the dock of an unknown port in Malaysia. And other  billions of strange and funny combinations of the puzzle – pieces of my life.And everybody’s life I suppose.Some of this dreams are made in a song form, some others are built like a possible dream would develop.  Some vocal parts  sound like somebody that’s sleep talking and the music is supposed to be what’s  sonically going on in his/her head or you can  hear that the music melts when somebody is falling asleep.  And if you listen at a reasonable low volume you can still hear the  music and what’s going on in the room  next to yours at the same time.It’s very interesting. I swear.Apart from this, I also think that this music is good for your heart.And, by the way, this album has been recorded inside a cardboard box.”

  1. The scaffolding dream
  2. The sea dream
  3. The hometown dream
  4. Pass the ball sail the days
  5. The tap water dream
  6. Serene nightmare
  7. Dream episodes
  8. The magazine dream
  9. Wonderland cowboys
  10. Anna Lisa goes to bed
  11. The bus stop dream

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Beginnings :: Waiting on the Weather

Country: UK
Release Date: June 2010
Netlabel: Rural Colours

Beginnings is the alias and solo project of experimental musician Jon Frost, who creates drifting soundscapes with electric guitar and laptop synths. On this his first official release, Jon adopted a semi-improvised approach by recording passages of solo guitar on-the-fly, then later arranging them with electronic layers of tone, harmony and noise to create a sound that is full of shifting textures and ambient melancholy, designed to accompany the waiting moments of any given day.

This is a Rural Colours release (RC001). More details at http://www.ruralcolours.co.uk

Beginnings
Wainting on the Weather

  1. Pristine Wilderness
  2. Not Yet Ready For The Day
  3. Heritage Of Splendour

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Cantaloup :: Tonight It Shows

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Country: Germany
Release Date:
2006
Netlabel:
aerotone

“Cantaloup, aka Thomas Peters, living in Marburg/Germany is producing music since 2003. The musical experiences he made by then were collected in several band-projects (e.g. in the postrock formation “item”).  He decided to use the ressources and experiences of bed room production studios to create music which tries to take listeners to journeys, in which sound evokes images in warm colours. Cantaloup is not only using modern digital comforts to reach his goal.

The bigger part of the songs and spheres are played live with instruments, supported by Eva Paul who brings her beautiful voice into a few songs. These fragments – with little help of some fx – merge to an extraordinary overall view, whose appeal lies in an own form of slowness and in a reduced perception on small things of everydays life.” [aerotone]

Cantaloup
Tonight It Shows (Aerotone, 2006)

  1. jonathan falls into sleep
  2. tahiti twins
  3. closern
  4. you and the stars
  5. cheerless love song
  6. windchimes
  7. circus
  8. tonight it shows
  9. jonathan falls into sleep (hoodwink remix)

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Chris Tenz :: Forlorn Memories

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Country: Canada
Release Date: 2009
Netlabel: Softphase

Forlorn Memories is the debut album of Canadian artist Chris Tenz. The album that is full of emotion, lovingly crafted mostly with acoustic instruments, over a long period of time. The project faced a major setback due to a laptop theft, but Chris was determined and dedicated enough to continue the album, regardless of all the frustration caused by the loss of valuable work. All this, so you could enjoy this delicate album of immensely peaceful guitar and piano songs. Few words from the artist himself:

“Forlorn Memories is designed to be just that, the re-capturing of  memories and associated moods through wordless sound. The album is designed to tell a story through emotion, in chronological order. Using old tastes, smells, sounds, and sights, I would attempt to bring myself into the mindset of various key moments that influenced me in some way, and attempt to create those feelings again with the use of audio.” [softphase]

Chris Tenz
Fornlorn Memories (Softphase, 2009)

  1. Foreword
  2. Chapter One
  3. Chapter Two
  4. Chapter Three
  5. Chapter Four
  6. Chapter Five
  7. Chapter Six
  8. Chapter Seven
  9. Chapter Eight

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