Psychonavigation Records founder, Keith Downey returns with his latest musical offering, Buddha Bowl. Under the guise of No Mask Effect, the prolific Downey has just released his fifth project in under two years through Psychonavigation Records.
The album opens with “Be Good To Us”, a diverse mix of industrial complex beats, electronic and Afro-Caribbean inspired vocal snippets alongside an ear worm of a saxophone groove. On “Siren” the mood shifts with a lush sea of sound drifting from the speakers. A sinister yet tranquil string melody lurks beneath the audio waves, eventually emerging to create a beautiful piece of effortless ambient.
Meanwhile the mysterious bells, chimes and subtle, pulsing rhythm of “Hidden Surprises” takes Downey's long time love of Ambient music to new territory. With chattering electronic beeps and bleeps, celestial vocal samples and an ultrasound inspired bassline that is both intriguing and unexpected.
“Dark Emotion” however, reveals itself to be more enigmatic rather than pessimistic. An eight minute sensatory expedition of obscure samples both organic and electronic, nature sounds, glorious synths spiraling electronic loops are all included in the production. Music for headphones, this track's intricacies can only unfold with repeated listens.
With what is undoubtedly his most accomplished and eclectic collection to date, Buddha Bowl should satisfy long time No Mask Effect fans while exposing his unique sound to many new listeners.
Presenting the new Dark Ambient Album from Xerxes The Dark, Named [Ab]Solution released on D.M.T. Records (Canada)
The Story behind the Album: The album is inspired by a true & heavy Overdose of Morego in fall of 2008, when he was 20 years old. He lived about 2 hours not on earth nor hell, but in a gloomy place like a limbo, after seeing many things and suffering from unknown disorders, experimenting flashes about his past and his death, he gradually came back into life by a mysterious cosmic power that changed the game. This album is a simulation of what happened in his darkened trip on that cold-foggy november night!!
Damase is the solo endeavor of Jeff Bye, one half of Manican Dream, and co-founder of Manican Dream Records.
Utilizing creative sound design techniques and a number of analog and modular synths, Damase takes the listener on a journey through the ethereal.
He seamlessly weaves elements of progressive house, techno, soul and ambient electronica, transporting audiences to places far beyond the dance floor..
Constantly evolving and pushing both genre and technological boundaries, Damase is poised to release his debut album "True Color" on vinyl in early 2017
"True Color" is the debut album of Damase, one half of Manican Dream. Recorded with a Roland Jupiter 6 synth, a modular eurorack system, and a variety of analogue outboard gear, Damase has crafted a lush, electronic landscape, grounded with a deep sense of groove.
Superstructure's new record is called "R.S.I. Therapy Center". As with all his stuff, Josh Younggren is still struggling to properly explain it, but seeing as this was a great opportunity to make a political record (as an American), he finds it telling he couldn't make it overtly political. The music here is an examination of our repetitive tendencies - simultaneously soothing and harmful.
Alex Tiuniaev composes little pieces for piano which are highly emotional and melodic. What makes him stand apart from similar piano composers is his ability to craft beautiful and memorable little melodies for piano, which is not very typical for modern minimalist music that can be rather repetitive.
Why Go to Paris? (for Solo Piano) - 03:28 info Raindrops (for Solo Piano) - 02:06 info Memories of Berlin (for Solo Piano) - 02:46 Sleepwalker (for Solo Piano) - 03:15 info
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.