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Meditate in the moodily cold synaesthesia of Rayne Kristine’s ambient neoclassic score, The Faded Curtains Remind Me of Home

Taken from her EP, Transient, Rayne Kristine’s ambiently neoclassic single, The Faded Curtains Remind Me of Home, is an arresting extension of her commitment to creating moody tracks for lost souls.

The minimalist instrumental score pours lush reverb over the neoclassic progressions to envelop you in an atmosphere that epitomises sonic catharsis. The meditative layers stand as a testament to the Celtic harpist, pianist and music producer’s tenacity in spilling synaesthesia with her cold yet meditatively tranquil soundscapes, which capture the harsh facets of life and convey the gravity we feel to whatever will abstract us from the brutality of them.

Rayne Kristine has been recording music since 2006, influenced by the music of Loreena McKennitt. During her time as an artist, she’s worked on electronic and metal projects to sculpt her intrinsically authentic artistic vision.

Stream Transient in full on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

RØAD RVNNER is back with Metamorfosi

RØAD RVNNER is an artist who loves to add a lot of vibrance and personality to his sound. His most recent studio release, Metamorfosi, stands out as a great testimony of the freshness and vibe the artist is so seamlessly able to take into his work.

Metamorfosi hits the mark from the get-go: the intro is catchy and immediately easy to connect with, building up the musical world surrounding the artist’s aesthetics right away. RØAD RVNNER’s combination of electro and EDM makes for a very innovative approach to songwriting, while still maintaining that sense of the familiar that is so important for people to immediately experience a connection with the music. RØAD RVNNER’s work should be a great match for fans of artists’ music with a broad and diverse approach.

Find out more about RØAD RVNNER and do not miss out on Metamorfosi. This release can be pre-saved here.

Daylight breaks in the tranquillity of Victor Bomi’s ambient synthscape, Orientkaj Station

After immersing ourselves into his single, Above and Below, there was no forgetting producer Victor Bomi’s signature sound that encompasses soft, warm synths, minimalist rhythm, and intimate international flavour.

His latest standout release, Orientkaj Station, is a tranquil metropolitan exploration which takes you to a new city just as dawn breaks over your fresh surroundings. The wanderlust-driven composition features samples of a metro station around the gently cascading melodies, dark bass notes and ambient breakbeats that swell around the lust for life in a new environment.

It’s a refreshing break from the dystopic soundscapes that are hitting the airwaves in swathes recently. It’s a mellow yet powerful reminder that if you turn off the news, there is ample beauty still out there across the continents.

Orientkaj Station is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sound Animal sang a liminal lullaby in her ethereal experimental piece, A Life

Taken from her upcoming experimental solo album, Sound Animal’s arcanely euphonic single, A Life, is an all too intriguing teaser for the psychedelically exploratory alchemy that is sure to follow.

With its hallowed structures, the Berkley, California artist pushed lush reverb into unchartered ethereal waters. Through synths and sermonic non-lexical vocals that combine to create an otherworldly listening experience, A Life will easily take you out of the physical realm into a space decorated with liminal sonic symbolism.

Stream A Life on SoundCloud and save the date for the album, which will release on Bandcamp on SoundCloud on December 7th, before being distributed on December 15th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

witherbride drops calming soundtrack to help us restore focus on realisation

Ascending higher than previously comprehended before on a cloud-cruising song with so much fascination to sift through, witherbride raises our eyes to where we need to be headed on realisation.

witherbride is a 21-year-old rural NSW, Australia-based experimental solo music producer that makes those ear-soothing gems to swim safely inside.

My main passion in life is creating music that resonates with people on a deeper level and I do my best to create the kind of sounds that people have never heard before.” ~ witherbride

Adorning us with some aplomb and showing us the value of imagination, witherbride shines brightly on realisation and majestically flies where the shrewd eagles roam the skies above.

realisation from NSW, Australia-based experimental shoegaze/ambient artist witherbride is one of the most unique tracks you’re likely to hear this year. Percolating in mystique and shrouded in so much more than we can imagine at this precise second, we’re all in for such a treat as there is so much to ponder inside this sky-floating daydream.

When you suddenly figure out the map, you’re only headed to long-lost treasures.

Float into a better world on YouTube and see more news on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

End credits roll for humanity in Timothy and the Apocalypse’s latest alt-electronica release, Ready for the End

For his latest single, Ready for the End, the epochal producer Timothy and the Apocalypse collaborated with the LA-based singer-songwriter 9 Theory to rekindle their alchemic chemistry for the third time.

The end credits for humanity roll in the soulfully sombre timbre of the single, which entwines lament with the last light of humanism that shines through the jazzy complex time signatures. As existential as it may be to consider the demise of everything that you’ve ever known, Timothy and the Apocalypse offers a placative and meditative reprieve from the anxiety in the form of Ready for the End. There is a reason why 46k listeners are glued to his discography. Hit play to find out why.

Ready for the End is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Will Roesner does it Vampire Style in his latest ethereally ambient soundscape

‘Ethereal’ may have been inanely bound around so much that it has lost all meaning and resonance, but if there is any artist that the adjective should have been reserved for, it is the eclectically experimental creator of aural worlds, Will Roesner.

Especially based on his latest single, Vampire Style, which brings back the romanticism and gothic glamour of Interview with the Vampire. In place of fangs and frills, there’s cavernously lush 80s-Esque reverb, synth-carved ambience, and gorgeously delicate lamenting harmonies over the tear-jerking accordance.

With a new album due for release in early September, all eyes should be on Will Roesner and his command of evocative minimalism.

Vampire Style is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Michael Kanyongolo – Dreams: Meet Your New Sonic Sandman

With an ethereally dystopic chill that creeps in straight from the intro, the Brooklyn, NY-residing electronic music producer, Michael Kanyongolo’s latest score, Dreams, constructs a biometrically ambient world you can drift into for a multifaceted sensory experience.

By building his tracks from samples, midi instruments and live playing, his sonic signature became one marked in stylistic fluidity, textural juxtapositions, and otherworldly atmosphere.

The fact that he’s still in college should be enough to make Hans Zimmer shiver with competitive fear. Kanyongolo is so much more than your average ambience peddler; he’s got the tenacity of an acclaimed composer in the making.

Dreams is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Graffiti Welfare tells his anxious coming of age story in the trippy meditative alt-electro album, Revolving Shores

Revolving Shores is the gravity-defyingly meditative debut album from the up-and-coming artist and producer Graffiti Welfare. After appearing on the airwave in 2018 through his EP, Into the Soul of Space, which has been extensively playlisted & lauded by critics, the Austin-born, Denver-based artist let the world in on his coming of age anxiety.

Regardless of your age, there is ample resonance in the LP that explores the profoundness of loss in context to perceptions of reality. As someone who has only recently lost their mum after a long illness, I’m pretty reasonably qualified to attest to the efficaciously comforting gentle tenacity in the 10-track release.

Revolving Shores gently eases you in through the minimalist melodic opening score, To Be It, which almost rings with neo-classic cinematic atmosphere, then cruises right on into my personal favourite, Just Follow, which reflects the feeling of unravelling as you lose direction.

DejaBlue picks up a little more melancholy through its genius titular metaphor for carbon copy ennui before Good News flirts with elements of coldwave EDM. What is easily the biggest experimental triumph the album, Synesthesia, dips into far more indie territory, with nuances of post-punk in the chilling, stabbing and distorted angular notes. SeaShell as the closing single was an all too efficaciously entrancing way of ensuring that Revolving Shores doesn’t leave you without sticking to your synapses first.

Graffiti Welfare Said

“Revolving Shores evolved from watching my childhood fade into the unknown as grandparents and friends passed away while I was coping with coming-of-age anxiety. By day, I was trying to finish my thesis and escape the clutches of graduate school with my sanity intact.

By night, I wanted to make sense of everything by creating something sincere, unique and tangible. Each track represents a lucid perspective that builds from the last, guiding a quiet meditation towards the unknown and back into waking life. Rinse, float, repeat – cause who knows where you will wake up next?”

Revolving Shores was officially released on June 17th. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify and SoundCloud.

To keep up to date with the latest releases from Graffiti Welfare, follow him on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Canadian originator, Ethan Mark opened his jazzy neo-soul in his album ‘The Concept of You’

After teasing us title single from his 2022 album, The Concept of You, we eagerly awaited the full length of Ethan Mark’s sophisticated psychedelic-soul experimentalism.

With the opening single, The Unravelling of Every Day, equally as sublime as the openers on your favourite 90s Shoegaze albums (surely, everyone has some of those!), it is instantly affirmed what kind of production the Canadian artist constructed. One that is defined by its quiescence and the ability to hold your attention through the jazzy indie-soul juxtapositions.

Track 3, Gunslinger, is a trippy ethereal masterpiece, colourful enough to rival the fantasy-like escapism in tracks from Cosmo Sheldrake. Reminiscences fall by the wayside in the boundlessly experimental world music title single which breaks the monocultural mould with the percussion and throws in some flamenco guitars around the RnB grooves.

Not that The Concept of You has any skippable tracks, but special attention should be paid to Weight of it All. The lofty intricate work is a sublime pool of lyrical vulnerability, Avant-Garde ambience, and quintessential folk escapism. It is gravitas sonically personified.

Here is what Ethan Mark had to say on his album

“The Concept of You, and the upcoming album, came about from a challenge from my partner. She, a listener of neo-soul and jazz, challenged me to pare my usually elaborate and busy musical style down to something more organic, soulful, and pretty.

The result was a series of love songs encompassing many facets of love. The title single refers to her, the sepia-toned memories of summers, the roots we have put down together, and the love for home.

These themes felt especially important after a long period punctuated by isolation, introversion, and cabin fever. It’s accentuated by nylon guitar strings, cascading violins, gentle pianos, and the frailties of harmonised vocals.”

Concept of You is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast