Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic composer whose 2008 album, Fordlandia, is influenced by the failure of Brazilian rubber plant built by Henry Ford in the 1920’s. The album is full of orchestral sounds blended with electronics and offers a unique interpretation of the history of the project.
Weekly Sounds - April 25, 2016
In The Revenant, the mountainous landscapes of Canada and South America are as much an actor as the human actors themselves. The film score, by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, is a powerful work of art that perfectly connects with the the desolation and sense of the unknown Hugh Glass endures in the movie.
Weekly Sounds - March 21, 2016
Bruce Brubaker’s album Glass Piano is a recent favorite I picked up on vinyl and have listened to quite a bit while at work. The album is a collection of songs by Phillip Glass, many of which are known as some of his most famous compositions.
Weekly Sounds - September 9, 2015
Body Complex, by Heathered Pearls, was one of my most anticipated albums of the new year, and I’ve been listening to it constantly since it came out. It has much of the dark ambiance of preceeding album Loyal, but with more beats and percussion than that album.
Weekly Sounds - August 17, 2015
Bring Me The Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn, by Kyle Bobby Dunn, is about as minimal as it gets when it comes to recent ambient music. However minimal it is, there’s some incredible depth to the textures and soundscapes and this is by far my favorite album to listen to when going to sleep.
Weekly Sounds - July 13, 2015
Marconi Union are a Manchester, England trio who make a mix of downtempo and experimental ambient music, and in 2011 they released the single track Weightless – a track that was later named “the most relaxing song in the history of man” by scientists.
Weekly Sounds - June 15, 2015
Endless Falls, by Loscil, was an album that made a lot of sense to listen to this past weekend as it was raining – not so much for the raindrops on the cover image, but for music that just seems perfect for watching grey clouds float past and wanting the right music to accompany that.
Weekly Sounds - June 8, 2015
Mogwai are an incredibly great band from Glasgow, Scotland, who have been making some of the greatest instrumental rock music ever since forming in 1995. The soundtrack for Les Revenants at their finest with the guitar assault turned down for this interesting French supernatural drama.
Weekly Sounds - June 1, 2015
Steve Hauschildt is an electronic musician I discovered a couple of years ago, and this particular album is a frequent listen for me on headphones. I’ve got the vinyl of this as well. The album – entirely played on synths – is made up of the ebb-and-flow of simple arpeggiated loops, minimal on their own but quite complex as they overlap each other and fade in and out.
Weekly Sounds - May 26, 2015
Holiday, by Port St. Willow, is probably one of my favorite late-night albums of the last few years. It’s a little less ambient than some of the albums I’ve posted, but the heavy reverb on vocals and instrumentation definitely lend to an ambient quality in the music.
Weekly Sounds - May 18, 2015
Ambient 1 – Music for Airports, by Brian Eno, is an absolute classic ambient album. In fact, he coined the term “ambient” to describe his experimental and minimalistic approach to composition. With the album, Eno intended to induce calm and give people a space to think. He conceived this idea while spending several hours waiting at Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany in the mid-1970s and being annoyed by the uninspired sound atmosphere.
Weekly Sounds - May 4, 2015
Nest are definitely one of my favorite recent discoveries – and you can’t beat that beautiful cover art that was used on the reissue of this album. Retold is an apt title for this body of work, at times light and serene, other times dark, brooding and sinister. Taking cues from film soundtracks and contemporary classical music, the story is woven using a myriad of instrumentation.
Weekly Sounds - April 27, 2015