Contains some of the most retro and forward-thinking music that Jonas Munk has done in a long time, maybe ever.
Talik creates a warm, relaxing ambient/electronica sound that works quite nicely for late night listening sessions.
Memories Fade Under A Shallow Autumn Snow creates contemplative, evocative soundscapes out of gentle guitar drones and sparse piano arrangements.
Although this German group does occasionally wear their influences a little too obviously, these eight songs display considerable melodic grace and sonic intensity.
There’s a sense of joy and wonder in Keith Canisius’ music and it always proves infectious and affecting.
For those of you who have always found Massive Attack to be too poppy and upbeat, Kairos might be just the thing.
Crepusculum’s debut full-length is full of Fred Baty’s deft, intricate guitarwork and beautiful, subtle arrangements.
Put simply, Wind’s Poem is the most haunting album I picked up in 2009.
“Down to earth” ambient music; a mixture of field recordings, instrumentation, and drones creating some evocative soundscapes.
The Length of the Rail is a beguiling listening experience that rewards repeat listens.
Aarktica’s latest is a return to the drone-oriented ambience of their earliest releases, but it exhibits a polish and poise that only a decade of experience can provide.
Let’s get the obvious out of way: the Cocteau Twins are the most obvious point of reference, particularly Treasure and Victorialand.
One does feel that this is the album the Clientele have been working towards throughout their entire career.
Truelove’s Gutter is a magnificent, richly textured album highlighted by Hawley’s remarkable voice and unashamedly sentimental lyrics.
Arve Henriksen may be a “jazz trumpeter,” but calling Cartography a “jazz album” simply doesn’t do it justice.
An increasingly dull and predictable storyline populated by characters that are a collection of clichés.
The Swedish duo have created what could very well be the ambient/dream-pop album of 2009.
A wonderful example of why I love fine drones and atmospheres.
Kissing Cousins’ music contains just the right amounts of coyness, sensuality, innocence, and bad-ass swagger.
Haunt the Upper Hallways might sound awfully familiar if you’ve been a longtime Hood fan, but that doesn’t mean it’s stale or that there aren’t plenty of lovely moments throughout the album.