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Bvdub Puts Rough Year Behind Him on Rare Ambient Mix

Words + Mix BROCK VAN WEY The past year has been worst than I could ever have imagined on a personal level—a living hell I can’t escape from. Only in recent weeks have I begun to learn to cope with the effects it has had on my psyche, both on my own and with professional […]
Rafael Anton Irisarri

Rafael Anton Irisarri’s Rebuttal to Pitchfork’s Best Ambient Albums

As if he wasn’t busy enough playing festivals, manning sound boards, mastering countless albums, and making his own experimental music, Rafael Anton Irisarri became our hero by filing a fantastic retort to Pitchfork’s recent 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time list. It’s a doozy—100 records that represent a full range of sounds that soothe […]
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In C
(CBS, 1968)

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Claire Rousay On…
Patience

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The NRG
Live ’94
(self-released, 2021)

Something’s a little off about The NRG and its newly released Live ’94, LP, from its piss-take song titles (“The KLF,” “Earth Mother,” “Ralph Doesn’t Like Peas”) to its YouTube teaser — a crowd-enhanced clip that was uploaded a little over two years ago and left to lie dormant until today. And then there’s its mockumentary-like […]

Lindstrøm &
Prins Thomas
III
(Smalltown Supersound, 2020)

Don’t let the title of the opening track on III fool you into thinking it’s a full-on “Grand Finale.” Judging by its slow-moving synth lines, blunted drum beats, and lounge pants loops, Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas sound more concerned with setting a “Serenity Now” scene than flooding a dance floor. And while the pace does pick up […]

Windy & Carl
Antarctica
(Darla, 1997)

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Harold Budd
Perhaps
(Samadhisound, 2007)

As Harold Budd’s longtime friends and fans struggle to make sense of his passing this week, we’d like to point out a record that’s held in high regard by completists (see: its triple-digit price tag on Discogs) yet largely overlooked compared to his crucial Eno collabs (The Pearl, Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror) and […]

David Darling
Cello
(ECM, 1992)

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Nailah Hunter On…
Duchenne Smile

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