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Gas | Nah Und Fern

Gas
Nah Und Fern
(Kompakt, 2008)

We know what you’re thinking: Nah Und Fern isn’t an album; it’s a box set. And a long-out-of-print one at that. So why is it self | centered’s lead Album of the Day? Well, that’s simple: because the first phase of Wolfgang Voigt’s influential GAS project could double as one long, never-ending LP. It doesn’t […]
Daniel Avery

Daniel Avery Releases First Round of Ambient Music

Photo STEVE GULLICK In honor of his upcoming dates with Jon Hopkins, Daniel Avery has shared a new 46-minute piece loosely inspired by the ambient lulls in his epic DJ sets. Available below via XLR8R, “Visible Gravity” is a slow-burner that revolves around a melancholic, unchained melody and a stunning Hiroki Kikuta sample. “I’ve had […]
Tropic of Cancer | Restless Idylls album cover

Tropic of Cancer
Restless Idylls
(Blackest Ever Black, 2013)

On the surface, Camella Lobo’s sole LP under the name Tropic of Cancer lurks in the shadows like an O.G. (original goth) who smokes cloves and quotes Sisters of Mercy. Wrap its lonesome melodies, lean synth lines, and steam-pressed beats around you like a wool blanket, however, and its eight abstract ballads start to feel […]
Charlemagne Palestine | Strumming Music album cover

Charlemagne Palestine
Strumming Music
(Shandar, 1974)

Long considered a masterful display of pure, unadulterated minimalism, “Strumming Music” is calm for about a minute or two of its album-length running time. The rest is off to the races, with Charlemagne Palestine whipping his Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano into a frenzy without the safety net of notation or a proper game plan. The […]
Steven Legget | Bathhouse album cover

Steven Legget
Bathhouse
(Firecracker, 2018)

Already sold out at the source—Edinburgh’s rather excellent Firecracker Recordings—but still available digitally via Bandcamp, this stunning effort is the long overdue solo debut of Steven Legget. Never heard of him? That’s not your fault; while the UK producer has been making electronic music since the mid ’90s (including such collaborative projects as Four Hands […]
The Moon and the Melodies album cover

Lori Scacco On…
The Moon and the Melodies

Words LORI SCACCO “Morning music” is a big thing for me. It’s a descriptor I reserve for beloved records that resonate in that window before the waking mind has fully taken hold. It’s that liminal space in which there is a residue of night logic, and conscious thought remains fluid, expansive, and yet to be […]
The Black Dog | Music For Real Airports album cover

The Black Dog
Music For Real Airports
(Soma, 2013)

As you can probably tell from the title, The Black Dog wrote this record as a rebuttal to Brian Eno’s most iconic ambient album. Soothing and unsettling in equal measure, it’s a dark but deeply immersive take on just how debilitating airports can be—a Black Mirror episode waiting to happen, rather than Tom Hanks in […]