May 31, 2009

Isis - Panopticon



Artist: Isis
Album: Panopticon
Genre: sludge metal, post-rock
Year: 2004
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Web: buy, last.fm, myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | vbr ~219 | 92
Other posts: Celestial

imo they made good music.. until Panopticon, which is my favorite by the way.. awesome awesome album.

Tracklist:
1 So Did We 7:30
2 Backlit 7:43
3 In Fiction 8:58
4 Wills Dissolve 6:46
5 Syndic Calls 9:39
6 Altered Course 9:57
7 Grinning Mouths 8:27

May 30, 2009

worriedaboutsatan - Arrivals (song to try)



Artist: worriedaboutsatan
Album: Arrivals
Genre: electronica, IDM
Year: 2009
Label: Gizeh Records
Web: buy, last.fm, myspace

one song to try (right click/save as..) you can find two previous releases on SirensSound: the ST (2006) and EP 2 (2007).

Tracklist:
1 one down
2 evil dogs

3 .

4 i am a crooked man
5 pissing about
6 ..

7 history is made at night

8 you're in my thoughts

9 ...

10 all things but you are silent

11 arrivals

May 28, 2009

Andrei Machado - Étant



Artist: Andrei Machado
Album: Étant
Genre: Experimental Ambient
Year: 2009
Label: Sinewave
Web: buy, last.fm, myspace
Bitrate~Size: 320 | 75

review on the label, thanks Andrei

Tracklist:
1 Ecce homo 4:33
2 O cemitério dos deuses mortos 2:57
3 Achei o abismo, está em mim 2:34
4 Prelúdio 2:50
5 O limiar da eternidade 4:47
6 Somos poeira de estrelas 4:16
7 Minha vida sem mim 2:21
8 Uma canção para Werther 3:48
9 E, finalmente, deixei o sol entrar 5:14

May 26, 2009

Valgeir Sigurðsson - Ekvílibríum



Artist: Valgeir Sigurðsson
Album: Ekvílibríum
Genre: ambient, electronica, experimental
Year: 2007
Label: Bedroom Community
Web: buy label amazon, last.fm, myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | vbr ~160 | 56

Best known for his work as a collaborator and producer Valgeir has for the past decade provided a breeding ground for numerous local and international artists in his Greenhouse Recording Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland. He steps forward with the Bedroom Community label, and released his long due solo album titled Ekvílibríum in September 2007.
“...one of the most open-eared talents in that no man's land between experimental and potentially market-gratifying music” -Touching Extremes
“an album for all connoisseurs of recorded sound, marrying exceptional electronic detail with real instrumentation on a grand scale.”-Boomkat

Tracklist:
1 A Symetry 4:41
2 Evolution of Waters 4:38

3 Focal Point 6:08
4 Baby Architect 4:51

5 After Four 3:38

6 Winter Sleep 4:48

7 Equilibrium Is Restored 8:24

8 Before Nine 1:42

9 Kin 5:09

10 Lungs, for Merrilee 5:10

May 24, 2009

King Sigh - Entering



Artist: King Sigh
Album: Entering
Genre: instrumental, post-rock
Year: 2009
Label:
Web: buy > kingsigh@gmail.com, last.fm, myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | 256 | 58

"King Sigh" is a Belgian band, based in the small village of Scherpenheuvel. When drummer Koen Muylaert left the band, Peter Laermans & Zowie Vangeel decided to do some homerecording, an endless process which resulted in this eight song long album. Koen rejoined the band, this time to play the guitar... And together with new drummer Gaël Renier, these guys are about to do some damage:) Feel free to react, write down comment, listen to the songs, and have a great day!
pretty enjoyable (d/l it here or from their myspace), thanks guys

Tracklist:
1 Under the radar 3:42
2 Gloria 4:39
3 Tulipa 3:23
4 Sand monsters 4:47
5 Onu 3:05
6 Tony vivid 3:37
7 Grand slam 3:39
8 Another gold 4:29

May 21, 2009

Luigi Rubino - A Theme For the Moon



Artist: Luigi Rubino
Album: A Theme For the Moon
Genre: modern classical, film music, piano
Year: 2009
Label: Prikosnovenie
Web: buy label or here, last.fm, myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | vbr ~180 | 55
This is the first splendid album of Ashram’s pianist solo. Crystal notes of piano, nostalgia of violin, grace of Cello brings one into a very intense feeling of emotion, moving & intimist. Like an original soundtrack, the music draws the most peaceful & celestial timeless landscapes one can imagine. Luigi Rubino started playing and studying piano and liturgical organ when he was 10, with both Italian and foreign teachers. Piano player with the band Ashram, he collaborated with bands such as Argine, Corde Oblique, Trees... Today he dedicates himself to original composition and loves 20th century classical music (Debussy, Poulenc, Bach, Pergolesi, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Wagner but also Satie, Keith Jarrett, Arvo Part or Morricone).
from the label

so beautiful, you know I tend to think "with titles like this" (this case) or even more "with artworks like these I can't go wrong". please try it. thanks to user arnaud from ATPR!

Tracklist:
1 Last Dance 3:14
2 Nostalgie 3:56
3 Fragments 3:32
4 Les larmes D'automne 3:54
5 Voice In The Eyes 4:02
6 Every Desire 4:36
7 Melancholic Lisbon 2:53
8 Before Love 2:50
9 Glace Of Dust 2:10
10 Behind The Clouds 4:13
11 D'Inverno 2:52
12 He Is Her 4:28

May 18, 2009

Fjordne - The Last 3 Days Of Time



Artist: Fjordne
Album: The Last 3 Days Of Time
Genre: ambient, electronica, abstract
Year: 2008
Label: Dynamophone Records
Web: buy label amazon, last.fm, myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | vbr ~228 | 91
Other posts: Light Passed On Through the Layer
Here's everything I love about modern classical and experimental ambient. Tiny sprinkles of noise and artifacts. Glitchy digital errors across strummed guitars. Chopped up echoes of piano. Timeless bliss... All making up some jigsaw puzzle of a melody that reveals itself only if you unfocus your mind, unplug the brain, and blur your vision. Let the sound saturate your thoughts, swirling forwards and back in time, seeking lost data across corrupted volumes of memories. Ah, there it is, that moment. Nope, gone again. Tokyo based Shunichiro Fujimoto's solo project under Fjordne moniker is a feat of subliminal time slippage consumed by the inevitable force of a black hole. Sourcing only acoustic instruments and some voice, Fujimoto digitally warps and processes the sounds into The Last 3 Days Of Time which gets picked up by a San Francisco based Dynamophone Records. And here's where owning a physical copy of this album really pays off: the 250 limited and numbered compact disk has a black lining (maybe that's what reminded me of black hole) and arrives in a small round tin container with a matted imprint of a bird sitting on a branch, revealing tiny mechanical gears beneath its feathers. A wind-up bird of time, approaching its last three days... And the clock ticks... It is no coincidence that the cover art resembles the theme behind The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by my all time favorite Japanese author, Haruki Murakami. Fujimoto's music is inspired by this and other Murakami works (which you absolutely must read if you read fiction at all!).
-the music lobby
Tracklist:
1 Beneath the Oak 6:47
2 Turn of Colour 6:27
3 Dawn Right Before 5:19
4 Dazing Off 5:09
5 Everyone Has a Season 6:32
6 Wrapped in a Dream 5:18
7 Toasts for Breakfast 5:52
8 Waiting for a Drop 4:14
9 At the Footsteps 2:26
10 Snow Angels 7:51

May 16, 2009

Collapse Under The Empire - Systembreakdown



Artist: Collapse Under The Empire
Album: Systembreakdown
Genre: post-rock
Year: 2009
Label:
Web: buy cdbaby indiestore, official, last.fm, myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | vbr ~186 | 56
Other posts: Crawling 7''

Collapse Under The Empire start their newest album systembreakdown with a little electronic feel. Synth-pads cause the obligatory, melancholic mood, whereon the song flows into a mellow bridge-part, until it appears for the first time on this CD: the notorious “wall of sound”. A post-rock phenomenon, which has attracted all possible adjectives - from outstanding to horrible. Well, on systembreakdown? The words melodic and tangible might apply the most here. Those are drawn through, from the first to the last second - for 42 minutes.
Creating an album, which offers a central theme, aswell as the possibility to hold the listener’s attention for nearly three quarters of an hour is not easy for a band. The both guys from hamburg, however, handle things a little differently. By all means, the listener is allowed to drift away temporarily - sooner or later the band will take you back anyway. Oddly, it’s not the hit of the album, which is responsible for this, like usual, but single, crucial and convincing moments of this record.
Everyone has to decide on his own, whether it’s the climax of the yearningly depending on you, the moody, electronic ambience of quiet dimension or the casual playfulness of the drums on further than the end of the world. The important thing is, that Collapse Under The Empire have built a countless number of these key-moments into their CD - there is one for everyone.
good stuff guys danke!

Tracklist:
1 monumental sequence 5:04
2 sky falling 4:33
3 innocence 2:23
4 the taste of last summer 3:54
5 quiet dimension 3:26
6 environmental obsession 4:57
7 turn 3:52
8 depending on you 6:23
9 further than the end of the world 3:42
10 buried in pieces 3:53

May 14, 2009

El Heath - 'Reflecting (Ambient and Loop Tracks, Autumn 2006) [Reprise]'

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Artist: El Heath
Album: 'Reflecting (Ambient and Loop Tracks, Autumn 2006) [Reprise]'
Genre: ambient, drone
Year: 2009
Label: The Phantom Channel
Web: buy > myspace, last.fm, myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: archive.org | 256 | 31

Based around the unique howl of the Martenot (one of the scarcest instruments on the planet) and his choice of recording equipment - namely a 20 year old tape recorder, 'Reflecting' was once described as Basinksi's decomposing symphonies laced with the expansive nature of Vangelis' 'Bladerunner' score. Certainly, EL Heath's cavernous compositions, especially when he layers cascading drones, with obscured voices, piano, muffled guitar, the Ondes and violin, create warped, dream-like sequences of woozy melody and other-worldly peculiarity. 'Reflecting...' is an invigorating antidote to over-bearing digital manipulation and a celebration of nostalgia..
Tracklist:
1 Ambiance D'Organe de Corde 2:26
2 Dragons Chasing Their Tails 3:37
3 Epick 4:01
4 Macau 2:10
5 Shadows on the Carpet 3:25

May 12, 2009

Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks



Artist: Max Richter
Album: The Blue Notebooks
Genre: modern classical, ambient
Year: 2004
Label: 130701
Web: buy label amazon, last.fm, myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | vbr ~223 | 64
Other posts: Waltz with Bashir OST, Memoryhouse, Infra

Opening with a text from Franz Kafka over a sparse piano melody, the album moves through gorgeous, heart-wrenching string swells of ‘On The Nature Of Daylight’ (which quotes a tune from ‘Memoryhouse’); through to sparse but lyrical piano pieces; hazy, swirling atmospherics, avalanche pulse-beats and partially occluded melodies that recall Aphex twin’s ‘Ambient Works’ albums; and to reverberant organ / choir recordings.
Utilising piano, cello, violin and viola, alongside electronic beats (made using a variety of antique electronics and Reaktor), spoken word passages and the occasional field recording, other sounds were generated via old guitar pedals and vocoders. The organ music was made for a chapel near Tourtres in South-West France, whilst the environmental sounds are mainly recorded around London. The tone of the album is generally domnbeat – a series of bittersweet articulations that seem suspended somewhere between a certain dreamy sense of wonder / awe and a heavy melancholia.
highly recommended.

Tracklist:
1 The Blue Notebooks 1:20
2 On the Nature of Daylight 6:11

3 Horizon Variations 1:52

4 Shadow Journal 8:22

5 Iconography 3:38

6 Vladimir's Blues 1:18

7 Arboretum 2:53

8 Old Song 2:11

9 Organum 3:13

10 The Trees 7:52

11 Written on the Sky 1:39

May 10, 2009

Kwoon

I thought I'd share these Kwoon live vids as they're awesome, first two unplugged (I Live On The Moon and Eternal Jellyfish Ballet) and last one the full band performing The Door. AMAZING










from their site:
2009, new year and new projects
After this long silence, the band has just annouced that 2009 will be a full activity year, with great news...
+ New line up : the band is now Sandy, Olivier, Julien, Briac, Simon, Nelson et Cyrille.
+ New album : new titles are beeing rehearsaled, then the band will record their new album next spring 2009.
+ New videoclip : For the new title "The great Escape", a new videoclip is actually beeing made.
+ New gigs coming soon...

if you haven't tried it, album here

<3

May 8, 2009

Heirs - Alchera



Artist: Heirs
Album: Alchera
Genre: heavy instrumental, post-rock, experimental
Year: 2009
Label: EXO Records, Denovali
Web: official, Pre-order via Denovali Records (Europe) Pre-order via EXO Records (Australia), myspace
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | 320 | 96

Heirs began as a solo project by Damian Coward (Maps, Love Like... Electrocution) in late 2006, founded by a importunity to create a personal sound and direction. Heirs expanded its lineup during 2008 and consists of Brent Stegeman (Whitehorse, Love Like... Electrocution) and Ian Jackson (Damn Arms) on guitars, Laura Bradfield on bass and Coward on drums.
Heirs' debut full-length "Alchera" is a 43 minute movement of oppressive instrumental power, cyclic ritualism and bleak hallucinogenic revelation. Recorded at Head Gap Studios by Neil Thomason in the heat waves of Melbourne in Januuary 2009 and mastered by James Plotkin (Isis, Khanate, Burning Witch), the 6 pieces recorded capture the band's live volume - a blanket of sound traversing a rolling dynamic landscape.
great sounds guys thanks and good luck with the tour

Tracklist:
1 Plague Asphyx 5:28
2 Mockery 9:55
3 Cabal 6:21
4 Mandril 6:58
5 The White Swell 6:51
6 Russia 6:19

May 6, 2009

This Is Your Captain Speaking - Eternal Return



Artist: This Is Your Captain Speaking
Album: Eternal Return
Genre: post-rock
Year: 2008
Label: self released
Web: buy1 buy2, last.fm, myspace, review (the silent ballet)
Mirror~Bitrate~Size: rs | vbr ~228 | 78

Tracklist:
1 Part 1 12:36
2 Incirculation 9:24
3 Part 3 9:05
4 Lullaby 5:08
5 Part 2 11:48

May 2, 2009

The Tumbled Sea - melody/summer



Artist: The Tumbled Sea
Album: melody/summer
Genre: ambient, piano, modern classical
Year: 2009
Label: futurerecordings
Web: download for $5.00 USD (320k, VBR high, VBR low, FLAC and more) >> buy <<, last.fm, myspace
Bitrate~Size: 128 | 42 >> VO of this here
Other posts: Songs By The Tumbled Sea

from his myspace:
Hi all,
The Tumbled Sea's second album is here at last. It's called melody/summer, and it has eleven new songs. It's out on the wonderful label futurerecordings (there's a lot of cool stuff on the label--check it out if you have the time) and should be pretty cool.
For now, you can hear/download it there. We'll have some news about a physical release in the next few days, if all goes according to plan.
Cheers,
Sam
best album of this type (genre) I heard this year. This guy is already among my fave artists no doubt, incredible, hauntingly music. highly recommended this and his other release.
sit back, close your eyes, this will do the rest..


Tracklist:
1 summer ii 8:22
2 summer v 2:33

3 summer iii 4:00

4 summer iv 5:00

5 melody i 3:05

6 melody ii 3:27

7 melody iii 6:35

8 Ø 3:00

9 \\ 4:41

10 melody iv 2:41

11 summer vi 1:38