Tag Archives: Ambient

John Luther Adams // the light that fills the world

Now that school is starting back up I figured it would be appropriate to offer up some music to study to. The light that fills the world is a triumphant 3 song piece that will calm the most chaotic day and more importantly help get the creative juices flowing. The 3 songs are mostly soft percussive pieces with atmospheric sounds.

John Luther Adams is a beast, living in a 16’x24′ cabin in the middle of Alaska creating absolutely beautiful environments and being fully inspired by the Alaskan Landscape.

The Light That Fills the World
The Farthest Place
The Immeasurable Space of Tones


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Secret Colors – Dreamersss

Alright Secret Colors….keeping that lo-fi ambient cassette ball rolling. Hazy ambient landscapes drawn with with honey drenched guitars and keyboards along with slo-mo beats that drift perfectly in and out of the mix. Exploring similar musical terrain as Lay Bac, Dolphins Into the Future, and Ducktails. Bringing you that joyful noise that stimulates those beautifully nostalgic synapses in your brain. If you like what your hear, head over to Secret Colors MYSPACE to hear more. Do yourself a favor and let in the ambient goodness into your rotation, it’s good for ya.


1. Hammock Vibe
2. Beach House
3. Drifting
4. Boardwalk
5. Eyelid Paintings
6. Dusk
7. Things Got Heavy
8. Spliff Ceremony

And on a random sidenote….Gaspar Noe’s new film Enter the Void…i think so

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Teams – We Have A Room With Everything

Teams is some dude from Knoxville, TN named Sean Bowie who makes some exquisite dream-like beat manifestations. His Catch Pool EP from earlier this year was one of the freshest listens i’ve had in a while. The songs are in their own realm. And this release “We Have a Room With Everything” is a sort-of compilation of both new and old concoctions by Teams. Sort of chillwavey(damn, i wish any term other than “chillwave” would have stuck) and kinda like indie dub techno. Muy bueno….


1. Nude Tilt
2. Better (In This Way)
3. Airworks
4. Confetti
5. Sunbells
6. We Have A Room With Everything 03:07

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Wools – Raining Summer EP

To me, this EP totally reminds me of those snow levels from Donkey Kong Country on SuperNintendo. Sounds that emulate crystals and lightbeams crafted together to form atmospheres similar to those of afternoon drizzles. Music that is being taken far out to similar territories as Tim Hecker, Fennesz, and Oneohtrix Point Never. This tropical ambient outfit Wools is masterminded by Hugo Alfredo Gomes and his BANDCAMP page says he is from the Bahamas…..random. Come have a listen to Wools’ self proclaimed “Unemployed Pop” songs.


1. rungrado may day stadium
2. water, birds and palhete
3. j’s room
4. have it all
5. she’s married now
6. how can you mend a bee gee?

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Abel // Utopia

Prepare to transcend superhuman boundaries with ambient sound collage pieces from San Jose native, Abel. His new ep is a sonic adventure into the inner soul. Peaceful tunes reminiscent of a time when walking in the forest and enjoying the natural beauty was a common thing. Suited for soothing the mind in the urban jungle or deep meditation. The only things that come to mind are Double Rainbows… this is beautiful blissful noise.

Check out his myspace for more treasures.

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Stars of the Lid – and Their Refinement of the Decline

Dug this one out of the archives the other night and have been revisiting it since. The Austin,TX duo Stars of the Lid have been creating exquisite ambient soundscapes for over 15 years now. They are on the Kranky label, which is home to other ambient superstars Tim Hecker and Loscil. This particular album is from 2007 and showcases the groups shift from 4track style production to a “refined” crystal clear production. The songs are very discreet but will make you beam with euphoria. So if you are planning to sleepwalk on the moon, don’t forget the Stars of the Lid.


1-1. Dungtitled (in A Major)
1-2. Articulate Silences Part 1
1-3. Articulate Silences Part 2
1-4. The Evil That Never Arrived
1-5. Apreludes (in C Sharp Major) – [MP3]
1-6. Don’t Bother They’re Here
1-7. Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage
1-8. Even If You’re Never Awake (Deuxième)
1-9. Even (Out) +
1-10. A Meaningful Moment Through a Meaning(less) Process
2-1. Another Ballad for Heavy Lids
2-2. The Daughters of Quiet Minds
2-3. Hiberner Toujours
2-4. That Finger on Your Temple Is the Barrel of My Raygun
2-5. Humectez La Mouture
2-6. Tippy’s Demise
2-7. The Mouthchew
2-8. December Hunting for Vegetarian Fuckface

Here’s what Pitchfork had to say about the album:
Drone legends Stars of the Lid find their music drifting toward this rarefied place on their first album after an almost six-year absence. On first listen, And Their Refinement of the Decline seems a continuation of its beloved precursor, 2001’s The Tired Sounds of… It is again a double CD with about two hours of music; it uses a similar palette of violin, cello, and Stuart Dempster-inspired horns to augment the electronically generated drones. Song titles again refer to brain chemistry (“Dopamine Clouds Over Craven Cottage”), altered states (“Another Ballad for Heavy Lids”), and the nuts and bolts of the music’s creation (Apreludes (in C sharp major)”). And yet, upon putting on Tired Sounds of… again for comparison, I see Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride have actually come some distance in the last half-decade. And the place they’re moving to is starker, quieter, somehow even more subtle, where the tiniest amount of sound information is put upon to do the greatest amount of work. Where Tired Sounds of… sounded genteel and stately next to the raw four-track feedback fests they’d started with (“Tape Hiss Makes Me Happy” summed up their debut nicely), it now sounds about halfway between their genesis and this album; “refinement” turns out to be the perfect word.

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