Ambient
Monogrenade - Tantale

Monogrenade – Tantale

Monogrenade made their case the first time I stumbled into the “Intro“. The beauty of the band’s expertly realized atmospheric demeanor became increasingly apparent as Tantale unwound, a trait that contrasts many of my most revered albums. The more I listened, the more I realized that this Canadian quartet doesn’t bother beating around the bush....
Søren Andreasen - Barefoot Memories

Søren Andreasen – Barefoot Memories

The intro to Barefoot Memories serves as a warm welcome to a thought-provoking journey through Søren Andreasen‘s musical mind.  It conjures visions of times past, layering subtle string arrangements over electronic percussion and haunting female vocals.  Over the course of the seven-song cerebral expedition, Barefoot Memories cleverly blends some glitchy, ambient beats with Søren’s trademark...
The Symphony of Science

The Symphony of Science

Artists trying to bridge the gap between entertainment and anything remotely educational put themselves in a precarious situation, whether intentional or not.  Allowing one to eclipse the other can throw the entire project into an indescribably nebulous realm – is it strictly educational, trying to be cool, or is it edu-tainment?  In any case, it’s...
Tycho - Dive

Tycho – Dive

I find it absolutely breathtaking when artists have the ability to properly portray the context of their music through album covers, titles, and even color palettes.  While not a hugely decisive characteristic in how good the album sounds per se, it can cause an album to cross the nebulous line in my brain that exists...
Floex - Zorya

Floex – Zorya

Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) makes no sense to me.  Not so much the genre, but the name. The stupid, pretentious name.  If the music is so intelligent, what’s Unintelligent Dance Music sound like?  I speculate that IDM derives its “intelligence” from its varied rhythms, complicated structure and insanely cool textures. In that respect, I get...
Life is My Soundtrack - Remixes Vol. 01

Life is My Soundtrack – Remixes Vol. 01

Minor Disclaimer:  I don’t consider myself an ambient buff, though I thoroughly enjoy the genre in the right context.  This context is usually defined by long periods of time in which I purposefully allow my mind to relax.  Some might call meditation, I call it Mark time.  Doesn’t happen often, but man-oh-man.  When it does,...