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Lydia Virginia Eck – Memory: Tension-Stripping Experimental Electronic Pop

“Memory” is just one of the spacey ambient works which feature on up and coming artist Lydia Virginia Eck’s debut Electronic Pop album “Why Be Interesting?” which is due to drop on February 10th.

The experimental Electronic mix feels like the future of catharsis, but more importantly, it absolutely achieves the desired effect. The lush reverb on the light trickling downtempo production provides a tension-stripping aural experience while Lydia Virginia Eck’s lucid and ethereal vocals lace Memory with plenty of harmonic atmosphere.

She may be fresh from inception, yet the US-based artist has discernibly demonstrated with Memory that the freshness of her inception resonates within her sound. If one of your 2020 goals were to be a little more zen this year, Lydia Virginia Eck will lend an aural hand in getting you there.

You can check out Memory for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MUSTIE – Fantasma; Neo-Soul Meets Experimental Electronica

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Up and coming Sheffield-based experimental artist and producer MUSTIE is set to release their debut album “Chaos Energy” in Spring 2020. They’ve been generous enough to treat us to a preview of the soulful experimentalism contained in the standout single “Fantasma”.

Perceptibly, MUSTIE chose an incredibly apt title for their meltingly mellifluous soundscape. Unlike most genre-defying experimentally orchestrated singles, it’s all too easy to immerse yourself in the unpredictable melodies in Fantasma. If this is the future of soul music, we’re definitely here for it.

You’ll have to wait until March 31st to check out the Chaos Energy album for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out some of their blissfully cathartic earlier releases via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Soto – Rootstrings: Frenetically Rhythmic World Music

“Rootstrings” is the quite literally hair-raising world music debut from up and coming artist Soto. If they keep creating soundscapes with such sensory appeal, I dare say that they won’t be up and coming for long.

You don’t need the ‘golden ear’ to perceive the ingenuity in Rootstrings. Ut’s perceptible through the way you can’t really tell what’s in control, the rhythm, or the artist. Expect exotic intricate organic beats to frenetically offer warmth and soul – even in the absence of lyrics.

Within the eclectic instrumental arrangement, you’ll pick up on virtuosic fingerpicked guitar progressions, tribal drum beats, classical strings, playful ukulele melodies and plenty more. It’s a seven-minute invitation to a higher plateau. I’d take it if I were you.

You can check out Rootstrings for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Heads or Heads – Nightfall: Lo-Fi Trip-Hop Laced Psych Pop

The intellectualism practically drips from the synth-led latest single to be released by up and coming Alt Psych Pop artist Heads or Heads. “Nightfall” laces the dreamy lo-fi mix with subtle elements of Trip Hop to ensure that it offers plenty of Funk to take with you on your cathartically psychedelic Trip.

The Missouri based artist utilised archaic urban elements, deconstructed them, and revived them in an absorbingly fresh work of ingenuity.  Expect a kaleidoscope of colour to be spilt as it softly unravels.

If you can imagine what it would sound like if Mike Patton started releasing more ambient and melodic music, you’d get an idea of what Nightfall offers. Aural ambient treats don’t come much more indulgent than this.

You can stream or download Heads or Heads latest single Nightfall for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Eve & Lee – Where Are You? Binaural-Style Mind-Bending Beats

Eve & Lee’s latest experimental electronica release may not be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, it’s more of an aural shot of absinthe which allows your mind to sink into droning catharsis.

Even though “Where Are You” is slightly cold, dark, and dystopian in the endless droning 7-minute stretch, those with an open mind should check it out nonetheless and slap on a pair of headphones before doing so.

The binaural-style beats may not be your archetypal serving of ambient music. But that’s not to say that “Where Are You” is any less efficacious in allowing to feel like flotsam by the time the soundscape has come to a beguiling end.

You can listen to Where Are You? via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Darren Wilson – Echoes: A Chilling Cinematic Debut

Artist and producer Darren Wilson made their discernible talents audible to the world with their debut EP “Echoes” on January 1st 2020. The title track stands as a true testament to just how much chilling emotion can be poured into an instrumental arrangement.

Their compositions vary from full orchestral scores to ambient soundscapes – which you can delve into if you press play on Echoes. It may be harsh, cold, and dystopian, yet, there’s an arrestive air to Echoes which makes every haunted progression feel meaningful.

It’s only a matter of time before you see Darren Wilson’s name in the credits to feature films worthy of their alchemic approach to creating soundscapes.

You can check out Darren Wilson’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Fear Rua – good for the kids: Intelligent Electronic Ambient

Dylan Murphy is a music teacher residing in Rhode Island. He is addressing his artistic concerns by creating music under the alias Fear Rua. Being the jack of all trades that he is -he appears to be a proficient player of the piano, guitar, bass, ukulele & trumpet (!!) my appetite was all stimulated for an intellectual listen. And that is precisely what he delivers with his composition “good for the kids”.

Ambient seems like a suitable tag for this experimental electronic synthesis. With a length of almost 8 minutes long, the song presents an admirable efficiency to have your attention locked under its jaws until the last second. And I can’t say that there are any dramatic transitions taking place, although some parts may bring to mind Aphex Twin. I find this tune rather smart, as it combines the ambient softness with frequent glitches, resulting in a musical landscape that I think it can bring joy even to listeners of the most mainstream music.

This is far from wallpaper music, there are things happening here, ambient electronic music fans do not let this slipped under your radar. Listen to it here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Wesley West – Leaving Earth: Reflectively Delicate Aural Catharsis

“Leaving Earth” is just one of the conceptually resounding singles which feature on Wesley West’s debut instrumental album “You’re Doing Well, Kid”.

With soundtracks being a major influence on Wesley West’s songwriting style, there’s a poignantly reflective air to each of the singles, especially with Leaving Earth. The highly evocative soundscape was inspired by an imagining of how it would feel to lie on a deathbed, moments before you leave your body behind and your soul ascends.

While that may seem like a morbid sentiment, Wesley West ensured that Leaving Earth is anything but melancholic. The delicacy of the lucid notes allows you to explore your own nostalgia while you get a taste of the artist’s through their home recordings of their family.

Leaving Earth is available to stream along with the rest of the album from December 20th via Spotify and Apple Music.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MATTE! – Dust: Downtempo Bass-Driven Electronica

https://open.spotify.com/track/5TwBlxwiNFEGPzJ4OpB0Ec

If you’re looking for downtempo minimalistic beats which still offer plenty of bite and lashings of deep bass, you can consider UK based Electronica artist MATTE!’s single “Dust” a playlist essential.

The instrumental piece feeds warm, crystal clear notes into a contemporary progressive mix, and despite Dust being an electronic arrangement, there’s ample amounts of organic rhythm to be found. Amidst the serenity is an unarguable affirmation that this up and coming artist has plenty to offer.

Dust was just one of the singles which were released in 2019 after they made their debut in May, 2019. Any fans of music which matches the pace of their daily lives are definitely going to want to keep MATTE! On their radar to see what follows in 2020.

You can check out Dust for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wanderings – The Light Inside: Tension-Stripping Ambient Electronica

https://wanderings.bandcamp.com/track/the-light-inside

South-London based Ambient Electronica artist Wanderings has recently made their debut with the tension-stripping serene single “The Light Inside”.

There may be a quietude to the single, but there’s also a striking amount of passion-driven momentum which resonates between the spaces of the looped piano notes, gentle effervescent guitars and hazy electronic effects. Each seamless burst of sound is delivered with deft execution.

The Light Inside transcends cathartic aural escapism and encompasses true ambient ingenuity in a way which demonstrates Wanderings’ deep understanding of how to appeal to the human psyche.

You can stream and download The Light Inside for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now. Make sure to follow the page as Wanderings’ debut album is set to be released in early 2020.

Review by Amelia Vandergast