Starting off with a subtle piano-and-drum part before the pulled back distorted vocals and mellow saxophone kick in, Yoni Mayraz’s ‘I used to think about God’ is a chilled-out, jazzy deep-cuts style wander through anger and acceptance, a cry to revisit a simpler, more peaceful time when the beauty of home and comfort had yet to be superseded by the fear and confusion of the last few months.
Noam Darvish’s vocal is pulled masterfully back in the mix, the track carried instead by Matan Vardi’s freeform jazzy sax, a three-minute paean to love and acceptance, the lead single from Mayraz’s new ‘Rough Cuts’ EP.
‘Immersive’ isn’t usually the first adjective which comes to mind to describe a standout track from Jazz ensemble but discernibly, the Leeds-lauded Jazz outfit Dangerbirds are anything but archetypal.
After forming in 2018, Dangerbirds took their time crafting their transcendently warm album “Shapes”. Part Ambient Jaz and Part Progressive Melodic Instrumental Rock, the album is a deluge of complexity weaved into trustable rhythms. The standout track is undoubtedly Red Tea, it may not use typical time signatures, yet, you’ll want to surrender your pulses to the alchemy weaved by virtuoso-level composer and guitarist Sam Horan regardless.
Never let it be said that Jazz can’t be accessible and fit for contemporary airwaves.
You can check out Red Tea along with the rest of Dangerbirds debut album Shapes via Spotify.
Fernando Peters may not be a household name, but the artists who he has composed for and played as a session artist with are.
The Brazilian artist has kicked off their solo career with the intriguingly explorative album “Living Low”. The tracks it contains may not fall neatly into any genre category, but they safely fall into the realm of cathartic ingenuity.
The best introduction to their indulgently transcendent style is “Island Inside”. With smooth licks of Jazz within the ambient soundscape along with undefinable artfully intimate textures, it’s no great stretch to say that you’ve never heard anything like this before.
The vocals which resonate as ethereal whispers slide in at the mid-point in the progressive soundscape which may be unpredictable at every evolution, but you’re safe in the deftly experienced hands of Fernando Peters.
You can check out Island Inside along with the rest of the album by heading over to Spotify.
The Seawolf is a Scandinavian eerie lo-fi with a new lo-vi sound that is like no other. The new EP ‘Ginnungagap‘ is such an exhilarating piece of music, it will change your perspective on life with it’s mysterious sounds that have Nordic heritage for us to learn.
Eerie and ethereal, ‘Ginnungagap‘ is the debut EP to come from ambient low-fi artist The Seawolf. Styling his music as ‘low-vi’, an unusual mix of low-fi and viking/norse folk music. The Seawolf collaborated with Jósúa Rood and celebrated folk artist Runahild on this EP, as well as experts on the field of Norse mythology and Viking traditions. Forced into a creative space by the lockdown in LA, The Seawolf shows how life can spring out of the darkest places, and hopes that this resonates with his listeners. He certainly achieves this goal here, this is a gem.
Having previously released three singles, ‘Ginnungagap‘ is The Seawolf’s debut EP and this one is real quality. The first five songs had me in deep and and the nordic lo-vi is exactly what I needed to hear today.
Hervé Claude didn’t need lyrics or vocals to infuse plenty of soul into their exotically inviting soundscape “Freeze” which can be found on their dreamy 2020 album “Saturday Morning”
The hazy single plays with ambient EDM and instrumental Hip Hop textures to keep you guessing where the seamlessly mellifluous progressions are going to take you next. Spoiler: if you surrender to their tranquilly resolving vibes, you’ll be guided into a zen state of mind where it’s possible to forget the chaos of the external world and become one with this sublime feat of soulful ambience.
If you could use some aural catharsis, Hervé Claude’s 2020 album has you covered.
You can check out Hervé Claude’s single Freeze along with the rest of the album by heading over to Spotify.
Leeds, UK Artist and producer Cub\cub took a unique approach with their COVID-19-inspired latest release “False Spring”. The ambient soundscape captures the chaos and alienation with poignant precision.
With the hazy vocal whispers ethereally floating above the stylishly dreamy synths which carve quiescently consoling melodies, finding resolve in False Spring is all too easy.
As a fellow nihilist, I have to applaud Cub\cub’s tendency to orchestrate mixes containing optimism and hope while never leaving out the relatable dread and fear which resonates in their atmospheric sound.
You can indulge in the smooth ambience of False Spring yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
Many contemporary music fans view classical music as anachronistic or inaccessible. Reid Wegrecki is on a mission to smash those misconceptions and accordantly welcome more people to the world of orchestrally-crafted ambience.
By finding the perfect balance between live orchestral instruments and lo-fi ambient electronic effect, Reid Wegrecki offers the striking nature of neo-classic strings, brass and keys while allowing her soundscapes to be commercially immersive.
For every composition, Reid Wegrecki collaborates with a rotating line up of exceptionally skilled artists. The end result is more than mesmeric. Quite honestly, it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before. While I’m no stranger to Classical or Neo-Classic scores, their sound resonates as captivating and cathartic simultaneously. The ambience will soothe you while the nuancedly crafted melodies will leave you in awe of the talent behind the soundscape.
The perfect introduction to the artist and composer’s style is the instrumental single “Curiosity” which can be found on their tenderly absolving 4-track EP “Daydreams”.
You can listen to Reid Wegrecki’s transfixing single curiosity for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or YouTube now.
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Up and coming Electronic artist and producer Zach Kenney has recently released their debut album Misplaced Thoughts, a collection of stunningly immersive soundscapes which allow you to explore the artist’s expression, your own mental frequencies and the resonance in between.
We’ve all had a little more rumination time than usual recently, Misplaced Thoughts is the perfect soundtrack for those quiet and complacent moments. While each track is a pleasure to get lost in, the best introduction to Zach Kenney’s sound is “Don’t Forget Me”.
Whether it was the title of the instrumental soundscape or the all too potent morose sting of the ambient and almost hopeful electronic notes, Don’t Forget Me ironically became an unforgettable aural experience. Ambient hits of catharsis don’t come much sweeter than what you will find in Don’t Forget Me.
You can check out Zach Kenney’s single Don’t Forget Me along with the rest of their album via Spotify.
There’s little room to wonder why US Pop artist Amanda hasn’t struggled to amass plenty of hype with her indulgently smooth sound. Especially with sultry Pop earworms such as “Electric” in her arsenal of hits.
Electric was the third single to be released by the breaking artist. It’s safe to say Soul, Pop and Funk have never converged quite as sublimely as they did in the standout release.
The arrestive grooves are just one half of the aural alchemy. Amanda’s vocals set her sound leagues apart from other up and coming voices. Each vocal note is effortlessly inviting. Despite the raw stylish command of the soundscape, Amanda has a way of adding a magnetic warmth to her sound which is endlessly resolving.
You can check out Amanda’s standout single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
There was no forgetting Cucurbitophobia after being introduced to their 2019 single “Requiem”. How could we ever forget an Ambient Avant-Garde artist whose chosen title is also the name of pumpkin phobia?
After the release of their latest soundscape “Exordium”, we couldn’t resist delving into the Neo-Classically artful tones once more. The instrumental score sets up the most phantasmal Waltz-style piano score which has ever crept into your ears. With a significant lacing of ethereal effects, you’ll feel like you’ve just been dragged around a ballroom by a poltergeist. Given that that’s (probably) never happened to you in real life, you’ll have to hit play to know what I mean.
Exordium is the opening title from Cucurbitophobia’s release “Dies Ferialis (Awakening the Lemurs)”. It serves to set the tone for a dark tale of ancient evil spirits wreaking havoc in a modern world to be told. Rather efficaciously may I add. Bring on the apocalyptic festivals and the walking dead.
You can check out Cucurbitophobia’s single Exordium which was released on June 5th for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.
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