New EP Journey Through an Open Mind by Dan Caine

2017-08-29 21:50:27 UTC

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Dan Caine is ambient/post-rock musician from Merseyside, England. A pioneer in the movement, Caine uses powerful, layered guitar melodies to create an atmosphere of an intense range of thought and emotion as he explores the depths of the human psyche. His music is a free-flow of subconscious urge and instinct; a deep dive into the unhindered world of the Id. Much like a fine wine, these meditative works expose more and more of their depth with each listen, and like a mood ring, they morph and change to reflect the state of the listener perceiving them. Caine’s music is also richly melodic and is layered with vibrant textures, created primarily from his collection of guitars, producing brooding atmospheres and serene sonic landscapes.

The Jackson Pollock of ambient post-rock, Caine is a master of breaking music down to its most basic elements and arranging them in a work of abstract purity. This enables the listener to explore their own connections to the sound and engage with the piece less as a listener, and more as an observer of aural art. His music is broad and guiding, yet flexible and undemanding, allowing the observer space with which to process their own humanity within it.

Dan Caine, born in 1988 in Wirral, England, first picked up the guitar at age 15, inspired by a lot of alternative music, as well as his own father who played the classical guitar. He has had no formal musical training or tutoring, save for being taught a few basic chords from his father. He realized early on that making music was a great way of expressing himself and began recording his experimentations as a hobby. Eventually, in 2013, he published his first album, “Ephemeris”, which was a collection of some of his best ambient pieces that he had made of over the previous years. Since then, his music has evolved and has primarily drawn on influences from ambient, post-rock and new-age music. 

Track List


  • Journey Through an Open Mind - 10:29 
  • Arcus - 05:34 
  • Take Flight - 07:00 
  • The Space Between Thoughts - 04:25


Genre : ambient, post-rock, atmospheric, chillout, instrumental, meditation, newage, post, rock, relaxation, shoegaze, soundscape

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New track Loop 02 - Heimatlied by HAND

2017-08-11 07:14:48 UTC

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With his first solo project, Sascha Bachmann (aka "HAND") combines tape loops and moving images to create contrast with the fast, loud world we live in, forging space for emotions, self-reflection, tranquility and excitement.

“HAND, aka Sascha Bachmann, is a musician from Berlin who loves creating experimental sounds and dance beats. When Bachmann was a kid in the '80s, he found his father’s Tesla tape machine in the basement. He started listening to music with his friends and became passionate about it; the foundation stone was laid. It is in part because of these early experiences that he has been working in his own analog recording studio for the last 10 years.

As a drummer, Bachmann is continuously collaborating with different bands and projects such as ‘Sirius Mo’ & ‘Jan Driver’ while always trying to explore his own vision and ideas about music. Inspired by all kinds of art, he finally started creating the concept for his first solo album.

With his "DEBUT" album he creates unique sounds, using his own heartbeat to bring them to life. Wilderness, calmness and repetition are used in combination to deepen the music. Bachmann also works in visual elements to transport listeners to another dimension, using old super-8 moives during live perfromances. He creates beautiful patterns and abstract landscapes by scratching the super-8's and using colors or chemicals. Bachmann's tape loop project has been performed live in Berlin and New York. With "DEBUT", HAND creates contrast with fast world we live in.


Genre : ambient, drums, instrumental, loops, mixtape

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Review for OVUM by Chronotope Project

2017-08-11 06:38:08 UTC

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Crafting a concept album is an incredibly difficult task. Tying together a cohesive narrative across a record’s worth of songs isn’t just daunting, it’s an endeavour that even some of the industry’s finest have failed to do memorably. This task, however, becomes notably more difficult when you’re dealing in the abstract via instrumental soundscapes. That is what Chronotope Project, the moniker of composer Jeffrey Ericson Allen, attempts to do with his latest project, ‘Ovum.’

‘Ovum’ “is a concept album that poetically reflects on the nature of beginnings, seeds, and primordial states of being,” Chronotope Project muses in their liner notes. The project is Allen’s attempt to explore the depths of time and space utilizing complex sonic landscapes. Surprisingly, ‘Ovum’ does this particularly well, conjuring longform instrumental pieces that are worth listening to - an impressive feat.

As with any concept album, ‘Ovum’ is best served by being listened to in its entirety. This is quite the commitment given the length, but it gives the best insight into Allen’s creation. The first track, ‘Olduvai Dreams,’ clocks in at ten minutes, making in the album’s most weighty effort. It introduces a very ethereal, mystifying sound. In this track, though, it’s also a very earthy sound. The sound is chock-full of African tribal influence, Native American flutes and percussion, and so much more.

Throughout its ten minutes, ‘Olduvai Dreams’ proves completely enthralling. The title track, on the other hand, proves less accessible, digging its heels deeply into long, drawn out synthesizer sections. The track is best served by a quality sound system due to its slight variations as time goes on, but it’s definitely more nuanced in its accessibility than its predecessor.

‘Mariposa’ is very similar to ‘Ovum,’ providing a sublime dive into angelic, soft-spoken synthesizers. Some of the instrumentation draws very thin parallels to, perhaps, Nordic influence, but by and large ‘Mariposa’ lacks the earthly qualities of ‘Olduvai Dreams.’ The track culminates into a much stronger finale than ‘Ovum’ as well, one that builds as synthesized choruses and a percussion section enter the fray in a beautiful fashion.

‘Primordial’ is a rather beautiful tune, one that harnesses soft, cricket-like sound effects over soft orchestration. It feels like a combination of ‘Olduvai Dreams’ and its familiarity and ‘Ovum’ and its otherworldly nature.

‘Epiphany,’ too, proves a fairly compelling listen, the synth-driven experience is a fascinating one. The same could likely be said for the finale, too, ‘Starry Messenger.’ It is a wonderful ending that pulls flute back into the forefront, likely to strike a contrast to the first song.

‘Ovum’ is, for the most part, a strong effort. The songs are surprisingly intriguing to listen to, which can rarely be said for ten minute instrumentals. The conceptual part of ‘Ovum’ is very subjective and abstract, but it does do a fine job exploring the dichotomy between earthly and celestial sounds. On the whole, ‘Ovum’ is a treat for experimental instrumental fans worth spending time with on a good sound system.

Track List

1. OLDUVAI DREAMS

2. 0VUM

3. MARIPOSA

4. EMANATION

5. PRIMORDIAL

6. EPIPHANY

7. STARRY MESSENGER


Genre : soundscape, ambient, contemporary, progressive

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Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy (Special Edition) by Mixtaped Monk & Cousin Silas

2017-08-02 05:19:38 UTC

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There is music that can make you want to dance. There is music that can make you happy or emotional, and sometimes even sad. But in a very niche corner of the musical spectrum dwells a type of music that can make you visualize your own story while listening to it. “Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy,” a split album by Indian music producer Arka Sengupta aka Mixtaped Monk and British ambient music legend Cousin Silas, is a record that falls into that very musical spectrum.

Bordering around ambient, post-rock and experimental music, the album blends ambient and cinematic music sensibilities of Cousin Silas with the experimental-minded post-rock sensibilities of Mixtaped Monk. The cinematic nature of the album, when listened to as a whole, can trigger your mind to imagine your own fantasy world and play out a story in it while the album acts as its soundtrack. 

Track List


Mixtaped Monk - Let Them Play - 03:05
Cousin Silas - Remembering Days - 05:02
Mixtaped Monk - Wanderer - 03:33
Cousin Silas - Entangled - 04:18
Mixtaped Monk - Revelations - 03:48
Cousin Silas - Daylight On Saturday - 04:28
Mixtaped Monk & Cousin Silas - Awakening - 05:22
Cousin Silas - Silver Sky - 04:46
Mixtaped Monk - Twilight Wishes - 05:47


Genre : experimental, postrock, ambient, electronic, atmospheric, dreamy, electronica, ethereal, meditative, post-rock, relaxing, shoegaze, soundscape

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Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy (Special Edition) & Cousin Silas by Mixtaped Monk & Cousin Silas

2017-07-31 06:59:28 UTC

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There is music that can make you want to dance. There is music that can make you happy or emotional, and sometimes even sad. But in a very niche corner of the musical spectrum dwells a type of music that can make you visualize your own story while listening to it. “Soundtrack To Your Own Fantasy,” a split album by Indian music producer Arka Sengupta aka Mixtaped Monk and British ambient music legend Cousin Silas, is a record that falls into that very musical spectrum.

Bordering around ambient, post-rock and experimental music, the album blends ambient and cinematic music sensibilities of Cousin Silas with the experimental-minded post-rock sensibilities of

Mixtaped Monk. The cinematic nature of the album, when listened to as a whole, can trigger your mind to imagine your own fantasy world and play out a story in it while the album acts as its soundtrack. 

Track List


Mixtaped Monk - Let Them Play - 03:05
Cousin Silas - Remembering Days - 05:02
Mixtaped Monk - Wanderer - 03:33
Cousin Silas - Entangled - 04:18
Mixtaped Monk - Revelations - 03:48
Cousin Silas - Daylight On Saturday - 04:28
Mixtaped Monk & Cousin Silas - Awakening - 05:22
Cousin Silas - Silver Sky - 04:46
Mixtaped Monk - Twilight Wishes - 05:47


Genre : experimental, postrock, ambient, electronic, atmospheric, dreamy, electronica, ethereal, meditative, post-rock, relaxing, shoegaze, soundscape

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