New Electronic Reviews for Fall 2014 Part One

Paneye — Remote Summer Clouds – Self Released

A jaw dropping 22 track LP from Secret Station alumna Paneye. Ambient, IDM, and a dreamy mixture of prime, ethereal electronic bliss brings this album to life.  With such a wide range of styles presented here, one might think that this album is all over the place and might not work as a cohesive whole, however, despite how the genres and styles might changes from track to track, nothing feels out of place.  Its variance gives it a greater sense of whole, like a mosaic.  In some spots, I’m reminded of a little bit of IDM from the early 90s, with softer beats, simple yet lush melodies and gentle acid synth tones, while the mixing of organic and electronic ambient and darker acidic elements give it a very futuristic feel.  And honestly, this is a very enjoyable album from start to finish. Every track is superb!  This will be sure to make you happy!  (4.8 out 5)

Lunar Testing Lab – The Alvoid Expanse – Secret Station

So I’ve been waiting for this for a while. As soon as news comes out that LTL has new material of any sort on the way, I get excited. And I’m never disappointed. LTL heads into deeper and more spaced-out scapes, picking up where the last two albums have left off with tracks leaning a tiny bit more into drones but not so much so that things become monotone. There are melodies here and stunningly detailed textures, so don’t let my description there confuse you.  Things are very much “ambient” here, but there are some voices, strange distorted sounds, well composed synth, samples and other interesting bits of audio that make things pop out.  So I guess I should say that you get tracks ranging from space ambient to melodic ambient…. Anyway…  If you’re a fan of any of LTL’s previous work, or tunes by Namlook or some of the spaced out stuff coming off of Psychonavigation, you’ll dig this.  (4.9 out of 5)

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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