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Gaussian Curve - "Broken Clouds"


I Am the Centerpiece - Dawn (Side A)


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Vangelis Katsoulis - "The Slipping Beauty"


LUSTRUM: Best Ambient, 2010-2014 (5-Hour Mix)

Peace to Keith Kawaii for the artwork
lus·trum (/ˈləstrəm/) : a period of five years.

There's been plenty of talk of an ambient revival in 2014. But to be fair, ambient has been thriving throughout the 2010s thus far, and it seems to strengthen in both quantity and quality with each passing year. To celebrate its fruitful resurgence, I've pieced together LUSTRUM, a five-hour mix highlighting some of the best ambient released within the past five years that I've come across. Each year gets exactly one hour. Below you can follow along with what is playing via time stamps.

If you want a download link, head over to SoundCloud and give the mix a repost. Then I'll message you a download link.

0:00:00   Triola - "Schildergasse" [Kompakt]
0:05:26   Higuma - "Hathor's Dance [Digitalis Recordings]
0:11:33   Oneohtrix Point Never - "Where Does Time Go" [Editions Mego]
0:16:56   High Wolf - "Cloud Head" [Not Not Fun]
0:22:37   Emeralds - "The Cycle of Abuse" [Editions Mego]
0:26:46   Mickey Rourke Rourke ft. Candy Cults - "Top Girls" [Sweat Lodge Guru]
0:31:27   Arp - "Grapefruit" [Smalltown Supersound]
0:37:17   Stellar OM Source - "Rites of Fusion" [Olde English Spelling Bee]
0:41:11   Marcus Fischer - "Monocoastal (Part 1)" [12k]
0:47:12   Dolphins Into the Future - "Ko'okika Moku'aina" [(K-RAA-K)³]
0:54:46   Demdike Stare - "Voices of Dust" [Modern Love]

1:00:00   Jacaszek - "Windhover" [Ghostly International]
1:04:56   Jürgen Müller - "Beyond the Tide" [Digitalis Recordings]
1:09:56   Biosphere - "Joyo" [Touch]
1:14:47   Deaf Center - "New Beginning (Tidal Darkness)" [Type]
1:20:17   Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin - "Just a Little Pollution" [RVNG Intl.]
1:25:03   The Caretaker - "All You Are Going to Want to Do Is Get Back There" [History Always Favours the Winners]
1:28:16   Natural Snow Buildings - "The Waves of the Random Sea" [Blackest Rainbow]
1:35:51   Blues Control & Laraaji - "Freeflow" [RVNG Intl.]
1:42:03   Grouper - "Moon Is Sharp" [Yellowelectric]
1:48:04   Julianna Barwick - "Envelop" [Asthmatic Kitty Records]
1:52:46   Leyland Kirby - "No Longer Distance Than Death" [History Always Favours the Winners]
1:57:19   Motion Sickness of Time Travel - "Late Day Sun Silhouettes" [Digitalis Recordings]

2:00:00   Evan Caminiti - "Fading Dawn" [Thrill Jockey]
2:03:49   Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - "Ritual for Consumption" [The Software Label]
2:07:54   Sand Circles - "Motor City II" [Not Not Fun]
2:10:29   Motion Sickness of Time Travel - "The Dream" [Spectrum Spools]
2:16:24   Golden Retriever - "Winter Light" [Thrill Jockey]
2:24:44   d'Eon - "#75" [S/R]
2:29:33   Atom™ - "Voralpenthema I" [Raster-Norton]
2:32:21   Christopher Willits & Ryuichi Sakamoto - "I Don't Want to Understand" [Ghostly International]
2:38:34   Marcus Fischer - "A Fifth Season" [Air Texture]
2:43:59   Brian Eno - "LUX 3" [Warp Records]
2:48:28   Magazine - "The Visitor's Bureau (Magazine Edit)" [Kompakt]
2:55:20   Kyle Bobby Dunn - "The Trouble With Trés Belles" [Low-Point]

3:00:00   Donato Dozzy - "Vaporwave 01" [Spectrum Spools]
3:05:04   E-Rock - "Winding Passage" [Audio Dregs]
3:09:21   Steve Moore - "Endless Caverns" [Spectrum Spools]
3:14:47   Compound Eye - "Open Interval 1" [Editions Mego]
3:18:28   Jan St. Werner - "Sipian Organ" [Thrill Jockey]
3:23:07   Lustmord - "Babel" [Vaultworks]
3:28:57   Mountains - "Living Lens" [Thrill Jockey]
3:33:22   Huerco S. - "Struck With Deer Lungs" [The Software Label]
3:35:14   Julianna Barwick - "The Harbinger" [Dead Oceans]
3:40:03   Boards of Canada - "Telepath" [Warp Records]
3:41:29   A Winged Victory for the Sullen - "Ti Prego Memory Man" [Ghostly International]
3:45:20   Deadbeat - "Laura Solaris" [Air Texture]
3:49:33   Raum - "In Stellar Orbit" [Yellowelectric]
3:53:11   Lee Noble - "Demon Pond" [Bathetic Records]

4:00:00   M. Geddes Gengras - "Ishi" [Leaving Records]
4:05:51   Sevendeaths - "Ghostache" [LuckyMe]
4:10:37   Magic Eye - "Bollywood" [Not Not Fun]
4:13:43   Vladislav Delay - "Viimeinen" [Ripatti Label]
4:17:16   Le Révélateur - "Fiber Miles Away" [Root Strata]
4:21:55   The Field - "No. No... (Tim Hecker Mix)" [Kompakt]
4:27:54   Legowelt - "Vanished in Tromso" [Air Texture]
4:32:37   Golden Retriever - "Sharp Stones" [Thrill Jockey]
4:39:09   Ernest Gibson - "Cradle Song" [Crash Symbols]
4:42:31   Jonas Reinhardt - "Skeptical Seventh Sun" [Constellation Tatsu]
4:45:47   Klara Lewis - "Shine" [Editions Mego]
4:50:26   Vleese - "Substance A2" [Twin Springs Tapes]
4:54:58   DSR Lines - "Gamut" [SicSic Tapes]

Best Ambient Albums of 2014

This marks the fifth straight year I've done an end-of-year ambient roundup. It's taken this long, but it seems that ambient music is finally in fashion in a big way. Not only did noticeably more ambient music come out in 2014 than in any previous year in memory, but Bandcamp, the unceasing cassette craze and a budding new age revival, which as been covered rather extensively here on AiMT, have made ambient more visible than ever. Beyond that, the "return of the chill out room" seems to be a recurring theme on music news sites. And on a personal note, the most successful AiMT podcast episode of 2014 was an all-ambient affair.

With all that in mind, this list could have easily been 60 entries deep, but I decided to pare things down to the best of the best. Stay tuned for more end-of-year ambient features.

Click the thumbnails for snippets and full album streams:

25. Ernest Gibson - Pastoral IV [Crash Symbols]

24. Vleese - Substance [Twin Springs Tapes]

23. Golden Retriever - Seer [Thrill Jockey]

22. Klara Lewis - Ett [Editions Mego]

21. V/A - Oceanic Triangulation [Inner Islands]

20. Fennesz - Bécs [Editions Mego]

19. DBGE - Dreamscape™ + Mellowphase [Scanline Society]

18. Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions I [Warp Records]

17. Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Alpha Piscium [Hooker Vision]

16. Le Révélateur - Extreme Events [Root Strata]

15. I Am Just a Pupil - Heartful [Twin Springs Tapes]

14. Jonas Reinhardt - Ganymede [Constellation Tatsu]

13. V/A - Air Texture, Vol. IV [Air Texture]

12. DSR Lines - Spoel [SicSic Tapes]

11. Evan Caminiti - Coiling [Dust Editions]

10. Leyland Kirby - We Drink to Forget the Coming Storm [S/R]

9. Julianna Barwick - Rosabi EP [Dead Oceans]

8. Vladislav Delay - Visa [Ripatti Label]

7. V/A - Pop Ambient 2014/2015 [Kompakt]

6. Magic Eye - Babylon [Not Not Fun]

5. Babe Rainbow - Music for 1 Piano, 2 Pianos & More Pianos [1080p]

While many ambient purists might scoff and turn away at the sight of the cheeky, divisive cover art, Babe Rainbow has crafted a simple-but-memorable album centered around the piano, which is—you know—not exactly an unfamiliar element in the genre. Of the record's 12 skeletal tracks, some are solo piano with little if any accompaniment. Others are reinforced with bits of reverb and other drifty elements but keep the focus on the piano itself. Many might liken this work to easy listening drivel based on a quick skim through, but Babe Rainbow adds just the right amount of flair and edge to these otherwise ordinary pieces to rescue them from humdrum status and deliver them as a clever reexamination of compositions that may have otherwise been overlooked.

4. Opaline - No Words [Rainbow Pyramid] / Quintox [S/R] / Night Sounds,
Vol. I
[S/R] / Shade Virtual [Habitat Tapes] / Projector Refining [Phinery]

This Portland-based new ager put out a number of solid tape and digital releases this year, and it's tough to point to one as his definitive 2014 project. I personally don't hear a ton of thematic distinction between these five releases. They're all just lovely little collections of the producer's offerings, some of which are pulsating while others are more on the droney side of things. Occasionally things get tense and caustic, but Opaline keeps things mostly vibrant and uplifting, characteristics which align closely with the new age revival of recent years that seems to have come to a head in 2014. You'd do fine to pick an Opaline release at random and start there, but if I had to recommend one alone, I would chose the Phinery-released Projector Mapping because it's perhaps a bit more varied than the others.

3. Sevendeaths - Concreté Misery [LuckyMe]

The beat-centric Glasgow-based label LuckyMe is home to festival-ready headlining bass acts like Baauer, TNGHT and Cashmere Cat, but lately they've stuck their toe into ambient waters. The excellently busy Concreté Misery has a punchier palette than that of the majority of albums on this list, which isn't surprising considering the label's typical theme. It sounds like the ambient work of someone who might be more of a full-time dance or bass producer, but Sevendeaths, aka Steven Shade, actually comes from a post-rock background via his work in the band American Men. In any case, Concreté Misery is highly textured and forceful at times but accessible enough to potentially even please skeptics of ambient music.

2. M. Geddes Gengras - Ishi [Leaving Records] / Ishi Outtakes [S/R]

In recent years, M. Geddes Gengras has maintained a busy release schedule of new material, collected older works and one-off sessions. Unlike his other 2014 releases, Ishi has the feel of a "proper full length." The psych-influenced sound palette is brash and intense, very punctual but never too noisy. Ishi's four lengthy pieces are fluid and textured enough for foreground listening but could just as easily provide a subtle soundtrack to your work day or study session. And to sweeten the deal, Gengras just dropped the self-released Ishi Outtakes, which features seven tracks, several of which could have easily made the album quality-wise.

1. Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Ballades [Hooker Vision]

Giving the top spot to a 10+ hour album feels like cheating, especially considering the music on Ballades isn't exactly the most interesting or boundary-pushing music featured on this list. Don't get me wrong—Rachel Evans' brand of minimal, drifting ambient found on this series is top-notch for what it is. It just lacks the originality and complexity on first listen one might look for when scouting out Album of the Year contenders. The Ballades project began as a monthly homemade CD-R series in late 2013. Each entry was a full length album confined into a single track clocking in at just under an hour. Once 12 entries had been issued, a 100-run cassette box was released by Hooker Vision. It promptly sold out like most of Evans' physical releases. (Luckily you can still cop the full digital series here for a mere $20.)

Some of these entries fixate on a single mood throughout their entirety while others ebb and flow into contrasting themes. Some moments are noisy but most are calming, melodic and quiet. What's so noteworthy about Ballades is Evans' knack for selling the listener on an extended atmosphere. Her patience for crafting a mood and nurturing it over a 50+ minute span is unparalleled. Pair that with the series' highly ambitious release structure, and Evans leaves me with no other choice but to pin the blue ribbon on Ballades.

Gentle Daps X: Guest Mix by Tanner Beam

This is Tanner's third ANTS Podcast contribution. This time around he's taken a timeout from the smooth disco-house of his previous offerings to share this small wealth of dad-centric guilty pleasures for Gentle Daps.

  1. Yes - "The Solid Time of Change" [Atlantic, 1972]
  2. Trevor Rabin - "The Cape" [Elektra, 1989]
  3. Biosphere - "Ride" [Origo Sound]
  4. Can - "Ping Pong" [Harvest, 1978]
  5. Tears for Fears - "The Marauders" [Fontana, 1996]
  6. Aphex Twin - "i" [Apollo, 1992]
  7. Black Sabbath - "FX" [Vertigo, 1972]
  8. Paul Horn w/ Ralph Dyck - "Voyager II" [Golden Flute Records, 1983]
  9. The Alan Parsons Project - "Nucleus" [Arista, 1977]
  10. Andreas Vollenweider - "Lunar Pond" [Colomba, 1982]
  11. Black Sabbath - "Solitude" [Vertigo, 1971]
  12. Fleetwood Mac - "When I See You Again" [Warner Bros. Records, 1987]
  13. Jethro Tull - "Cheerio" [Chrysalis, 1982]
  14. Harold Budd & Cocteau Twins - "Bloody and Blunt" [4AD, 1986]

Moon Day Night - "Day Wind"


Gentle Daps IX: Guest Mix by Ana Cabaleiro

Ana Cabaleiro is a photographer based out of Vigo, Spain. She has fronted the Microphones in the Trees music blog for nearly a decade since its 2005 inception. With a lean toward obscuro strains of ambient and folk, Ana focuses her blogging energies on unearthing lost full lengths via vinyl and cassette rips as well as spotlighting new releases. She posts several times a week, and her own 50- and 100-track quarterly MP3 mixes are bursting at the seams with impossibly rare gems. Given her prolific work on the site and her love for music of the quieter persuasion, I knew she could put together an epic Daps playlist, and she did! Please enjoy, and when you're done, go take a look at Microphones in the Trees if you haven't already. You won't be disappointed.

  1. Joe Veneux - "Ocean" [Chappell Music, 1967]
  2. Bob Kindler - "Music From the Matrix I (Side A Excerpt)" [Jai Ma Music, 1982]
  3. Dick Schory's New Percussion Ensemble - "Baia" [RCA Victor, 1958]
  4. Eric Vann - "Waterworld" [Coloursound Library, 1982]
  5. Tim Wheater - "Perfumed Garden" [Reflection Records, 1977]
  6. Joël Fajerman - "Plage de Lune" [Carrere, Carrere, 1982]
  7. Inner Travels - "Rising" [S/R, 2014]
  8. Tim Clark - "Rings 3" [Hearts of Space, 1986]
  9. Emerald Web - "Manatee Dreams" [Scarlet Records, 1990]
  10. Camille Sauvage - "Bateau Mouche" [Mondiophone, 197?]
  11. Sergei Nikitin & Tatiana Nikitina - "Ezhik Rezinovyi" [19??]
  12. Heino Jurisalu - "Tantsulugu" [Melodiya, 1977]
  13. James Clarke - "Mountain Scenery" [Bruton Music, 1985]
  14. James Fox & Mac Prindy - "Sea Movement" [Sonoton, 1980]
  15. Jackalope - "Dog Soldier" [Canyon Records, 1992]
  16. Marcey Hamm - "Crossing the Desert" [Music by Marcey, 1987]
  17. Children of Scarfolk Primary School - "In the Playground" [Scarfolk Council, 2013]
  18. Tim Robertson - "Outer Planetary Church Music #3" [S/R, 1993]
  19. Jacques Lasry - "Manège" [BAM, 1965]
  20. Ravi Shankar - "Alice in Wonderland End Titles" [BBC, 1966]

Ashan - "Offerings"