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Sinoia Caves – The Enchanter Persuaded

The Enchanter Persuaded

Label: Brah Records
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 2006
Genre: Rock, Electronic
Style: Progressive Rock, Ambient


The Enchanter Persuaded, the debut album from Black Mountain keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt (billed here as Sinoia Caves), is a nice example of the early-21st century’s fascination with synthesizers. Unlike his contemporaries, who tend to echo new wave acts, Schmidt draws inspiration from a different pack of synth gods — bands that boasted cosmic monikers like Tangerine Dream and Hawkwind, musicians who wielded their Moogs and Mellotrons like mighty swords.And as such, this album shouldn’t be viewed as a particularly innovative work but rather as an adept tribute to the analog wizards of the mid-’70s and early ’80s. The standout tracks here are the soundscapes, which echo Tangerine Dream’s Phaedra both in terms of the vast aural territory covered and in terms of actual length. “Dwarf Reaching the Arch Wonder” and “Sundown in the New Arcades (Milky Way Echo)” make for over half an hour of galactic terrain built on sheet after sheet of analog synth and Mellotron effects.

There’s a definite sense of composition here; every whoosh and drone serves the structure, and Schmidt does a good job of keeping these sprawling compositions under tight rein. Shorter, acoustic guitar and vocoder-knit tracks like “Naro Way” and “Through the Valley” are a nice break from the epic stuff going on elsewhere, and they’ll probably draw more than a few comparisons to some of the tracks on Air’s 10,000 Hz Legend. From the druggy green cover art right down to the humid, slightly grimy production, The Enchanter Persuaded is a convincing period piece, not to mention a fitting showcase for Schmidt’s impressive synth sorcery.

Review by allmusic [http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-enchanter-persuaded-mw0000451923]

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Muslimgauze ‎– Sandtrafikar

Sandtrafikar

Label: Staalplaat ‎– Muslimlim 011
Series: Muslimgauze Subscription – 011
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Digipak
Country: Netherlands
Released: 11 Nov 1997
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient, Experimental, Tribal


So, so good. I have by no means heard everything Bryn Jones released, his earliest stuff being a bit of a black spot for me in particular – I’m getting there, though! Having said that, I have been listening to his stuff for close to 15 years now and this, for me, is his best work.

The Muslimgauze material I love the most is the stuff that really conveys an exoticism and otherness. Keyboards that drift like a Saharan wind, Middle Eastern percussion, electronic pulses, sudden bursts of distorted drums and voices. And, of course, those vocal passages, either from the passionate tongues of Arab and Persian peoples, or in English. Sandtrafikar has this all in abundance and it is executed in the most intoxicating way.

The two versions of the title track are so well balanced, almost restrained. One uses a primarily electronic rhythm to underpin it, while the other uses more acoustic percussion. Both, however, feature the same brooding keyboard line, touches of what sounds like an Iranian santur and the recital of lines from some unidentifiable, deep-voiced speaker of Arabic. What’s he saying? Who knows? But it sends a chill down your spine whatever his words are.

The two versions of Baku Oil Field use more electronic trickery, employing phased drones and bleeps alongside the blasts of hand percussion. The tension builds as the noise rises. Shards of an oud-like instrument spin out without warning. Someone intones without emotion, and in American English, that there is damage to the optic nerve of some unfortunate individual. A war casualty? A victim of a workplace accident at the titular oil field? Again, no context is provided and it makes it all the more mysterious.

With the looped interlude tracks providing short breathers and a churning Rootsman remix at the end, this is a highly recommended release. Not sure if it’s one to start your Muslimgauze journey with (maybe try something like Vampire of Tehran for that) but you could soon graduate to this truly epic and deeply satisfying entry in the mammoth Bryn Jones back catalogue.

Review by AllyKarate

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The Leisure Society ‎– The Sleeper

The Sleeper

Label: Full Time Hobby ‎– FTH081CDA
Format: CD, Album
Country: UK
Released: 2009
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock, Indie Rock


It’s real easy to be cynical about The Leisure Society is the wake of the unexpected Ivor Novello nomination – it’s a quiet album, wrapped in its own world without ever directly engaging the listener, and it’s one that doesn’t deviate much (if at all) from a pattern it establishes within one track.  ‘Learn some more instruments’, ‘lighten up a bit’, and ‘pay someone else money to record and produce it’ would all be pretty valid suggestions to make.

To take that attitude, though, would be to completely ignore the charm this album has.  Like all the great lo-fi albums, it gets you on its side – you can’t help but notice that you’re listening to an underdog, and you can’t help but root for him, whether the forces he’s up against are the music business or an ex-girlfriend.  Nick Drake comes to mind for the intimacy you start to feel with the voice you’re hearing, although Nick Hemming hasn’t quite achieved that level of mastery yet.

“The Last of the Melting Snow”, for the record, is lovely.  It’s difficult to see why it was plucked from obscurity for the nomination, because it doesn’t really rise that far above anything else on the album, nor is it the absolute stunner you will probably be hoping for.  It is, however, very good.  Considering what else has been nominated, it might even win, and might even deserve it.

Review by Iai

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Loscil – Plume

Plume

Label: Kranky ‎– krank096
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 22 May 2006
Genre: Electronic
Style: Abstract, Minimal, Ambient


Vancouver based Scott Morgan is a sound director within the video game industry. But that’s his daytime job, and his contemporary ambient soundscapes constructed with looping oscillators (a similar function in Csound computer language is compounded to Loscil) don’t have much in common with game music.

In contrast, Morgan’s fourth album Plume, on Chicago’s Kranky Records, is a relaxing, atmospheric, and hypnotic trip unfolding layers of sound complimented by ethereal percussion, gentle xylophone taps, and strums of elbow guitar. For Morgan, the creation of music starts “with a harmonic root from which sounds [are] processed into a loose structure over which the live players could improvise”. Each track within the album grows, transitions, and gradually develops into a piece bestowing a specific state of mind or a flashback to a concrete memory.

A quote from Morgan’s elaboration on a piece capturing the growth of family, if you will: ” ‘Charlie’ was composed after seeing/hearing my daughter Sadie through ultrasound while she was still in the womb. The track was also partly composed as a womb-like sound experience for her to sleep to after she was born, hence the heart beats…”

Recommended if you like his ambient label mates, Stars of the Lid, or other excellent artists in the modern classical genre, like Helios, Deaf Center, and Xela.

Review by Headphone_Commute

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Field Music – Tones of Town

Tones of Town

Label: Memphis Industries
Format: CD
Country: England
Released: 2007
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock, Pop Rock


Try listening to this album while you cook or go to college or to work, it’s funny. If you take the train, it’s nice listening to them in that nostalgic cold of the morning.


Field Music’s gorgeous, audacious 2005 debut wound up eclipsed by the jerky pop success of north-east comrades Futureheads and Maxïmo Park. Following last year’s backstory comp Write Your Own History, their second album proper takes them ahead of the pack.

Emboldened by a year on the road, they’re now a glorious band – supple as a jazz trio, punctual as a chamber troupe – and TOT plays to their new strengths, augmenting tricky prettiness with bold vigour. Simultaneously more pop (“A House Is Not A Home”) and more extreme (“Give It Lose It Take It”) than their debut, it sets the benchmark for – what shall we call it? British Prog Pop? – in 2007.

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Boards of Canada – A Few Old Tunes Vol.1

A Few Old Tunes Vol. 1

Label: Music70
Format: Cassette
Country: UK
Released: ?
Genre: Electronic
Style: IDM, Downtempo


Ok, I’m jealous of sharing this with you. This is a ultra rare release that I can’t even remember where I got it. It’s the real cassete rip of a unreleased album. Still, it’s one of my favorite albums ever. It has public-exclusive tracks like Spectrum and P.C.. The album ambient is dark, low ending music with lots of dark textures and black-and-white feeling, low-frequency background and a nice Boards of Canada feeling.
It also includes some remixes like Trapped, originally by Colonel Abrams in mid 80s.
In any way, a incredible and rare piece of sound. I can recommend the tracks:

  • I Love U
  • Original Nlogax
  • 5-9-78

For 5-9-78, I ask you: please listen to this track cerefully. I dare you’ll be the same person again.

Hope you enjoy it.


A Few Old Tunes seems to be sourced from a cassette tape containing a (presumably) hand-selected set of pre-BoC Maxima (you find try it here) tracks. The leaking of these tracks to p2p networks (Soulseek, originally) provided much drama on WATMM.

Commonly referred to as A Few Old Tunes, due to its label; however, according the Twoism forum user dealer, who posted new photos of the cassette and liner notes, it is also the true Old Tunes Vol. 1 (and not the tape previously assumed to be OTV1). But, on the other hand, the WATMM forum user phaelam posted new scans from a different angle which depict A Few Old Tunes as the cover and the cassette label.

Download soon.

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Carbon Based Lifeforms – Twentythree

Twentythree

Label: Ultimae Records
Format: CD, Mixed
Country: Sweden
Released: 2011
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient


Since I discovered Carbon Based Lifeforms my life has been different. Their understanding of nature and respect for it always changes my day when I listen to them. In this album, the duo changes the way people see the space and the stars.


The Swedish duo Carbon Based Lifeforms graces us with their fourth album Twentythree. An interpretation of sidereal music captured in and around layers of atmospheres.From wide and far reaching soundscapes, the hypnosis subtly builds up with washes of ethereal melodies while floating padsare brushed by reverberated organic and electric data or the distant echoes of life on a planet.
The album consists of 8 genuine and unrestrained tracks that will forever expand our visions of the open space. Authentic and vibrant, deeply emotive, the story unfolds.

Composed by Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad, except “VLA” by Johannes Hedberg, System” and “Somewhere in Russia” by Daniel Segerstad. Voice by Karin My Andersson on “Inertia” & “Kensington Gardens”.Mastered by Vincent Villuis at Ultimae studio, France.

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Boards Of Canada – Boc Maxima

BoC Maxima

Label: Music70
Format: CD, Mixed
Country: UK
Released: 1996
Genre: Electronic
Style: IDM, Downtempo, Experimental, Ambient


Hello my friends, I’ve always been obsessed by this fabulous duo. There are some albums that are ultra rare and some that can’t even be found on the internet anymore. In any case, this is my first upload and I hope you like it. Here is a very nice album by Boards of Canada, one of my hardest finds. I can identify a Boards of Canada fake mix. This is the real one.

Files are compressed from pure FLAC files that I have access no more. Every file is 320kbps.


Limited to fifty copies, pressed on both cassette and cd formats, the tracks on BoC Maxima range from previously released material to songs which to this day have yet to see wide re-release. Many of the tracks featured on this disc would later be chosen for the track listing of Music Has The Right To Children, though with some differences (notably on One Very Important Thought.)

This release was broadcasted in full on France’s Helter Skelter’s radio programme in 2002.

Wildlife AnalysisBoc MaximaRoygbivTurquoise Hexagon Sun and One Very Important Thought later appeared on Music Has the Right to ChildrenEverything You Do Is a BalloonJune 9thNlogax and Turquoise Hexagon Sun also appear on Hi Scores‘. Rodox VideoNova ScotiaRobotsSkimming StonesCarcanM9 and Original Nlogax appeared on A Few Old Tunes (albeit in slightly different forms). A longer version of Chinook appears on the Aquarius single.

At 5:17, the version of Sixtyniner that appears is shorter than the version on the original Twoism release. However, when Twoism was publicly released in 2002, this 5:17 version was used instead.
As of 2011, NiagaraRed MossConcourse and Whitewater are exclusive to this release.

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Hello world!

Hello, internet.

This is a happy day.

Once in 2011 I started a blog to share music I like with anonymous people on the internet.

It received small atention but so much warm comments that I will try it all over again.

This time without “stealing” music. I know it is wrong.

This was very common back there in 2011. Everyone would just download pirate music over torrents.

The world is different now.

But I still think sharing is not piracy, sharing is caring.

I’ll try again. This time just sharing over streaming platforms.

See you around!

Waldir (aka Dayv4n).