What Are You Listening to at the Moment?

(Mickey13) #4297

Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return (1988)

A timeless masterpiece. When I first listened to it for the first time like 5 years ago or so, I thought it was just fine, but now I was astonished at how much I loved this record this time around, one of my all-time favorites for sure. I thoroughly cherished the analog texture in its full glory and the sophistication of the instrumentation which dexterously blends tribal elements with classical 1980s ambient. The Berlin school influences, which sometimes manifest themselves in an excessively heavy-handed manner on his first two albums, are still apparent here and there, but they never overwhelm the overall ambient flavor of this record which is absolutely languorous, sensuous and truly beautiful. I still adore Structures from Silence for its minimal simplicity as well as its luscious sound (it might be the warmest, most analog album I’ve ever listened to - a pure earcandy, kind of makes you feel as though you were wearing a comfy sweater), but in terms of pure variety, Dreamtime Return is a way more sophisticated and expansive release. Heck, the mere fact that this ambient album keeps your attention for 2 effing hours is truly astonishing and a real testament to Roach’s capabilities as a musician and a composer.

(Mickey13) #4298

Iasos - Angelic Music (1978)

One of the pioneers of ambient music, Iasos, is one helluva cheesy, hippie, New-Agey lookin’ bloke, but this early ambient album of his sounds bewilderingly amazing and is miles, miles, miles ahead of its time. It is absolutely unbelievable this stuff came out in 1978, because it sounds as though it could have been released sometime in the mid 1990s. It easily outshines everything Jarre has ever made other than Oxygene perhaps. Nevertheless, Oxygene sounds really dated in comparison as well, probably because of its phase-y string synth sounds that are all over this record and clearly attest to the period of time in which the music was produced. Angelic Music, on the other hand, is both drone-y in the vein of Brian Eno works as well as ethereal by virtue of it being drenched with delays, reverbs and all sorts of effects that endow it with its singularly angelic tone.




(Sebastian) #4302

These days I listen to this amazing band, even saw it live a while back

(El Topo) #4303

(Mickey13) #4304

Perturbator - New Model (2017)

(Asa) #4305

That’s the stuff, Mickey. Been loving me some synthwave over the last couple of years. New Model was one of my favourite albums from last year and his previous effort The Uncanny Valley was my absolute favourite of 2016. :+1:

(Mickey13) #4306

Been aware of Carpenter Brut, Perturbator and other aggressive nu-synthwave examples of this nature for some time now. Excellent stuff indeed. Be sure to check soundtracks for both Hotline Miami games, they’re splendid, although I’m sure you’ve already done it. The games in question are top-notch as well and if you’re into gaming, you might want to give them a try.

(Asa) #4307

I’m not much of a gamer anymore, not since the heyday of the ps2, but I love those soundtracks. The first Hotline Miami soundtrack (and, probably, the Drive soundtrack too) got me into this music.

My wife and I went to see Carpenter Brut in London, a little over a month ago. Absolutely brilliant.

(Asa) #4308

@Mickey13 Give this a look, if you haven’t already. One of my favourites of the year so far:

(Mickey13) #4309

It’s funny. While I love the entire Drive soundtrack, it’s the ambient noodlings of Martinez that have stuck with me for all these years and ultimately made me take interest in ambient genre.

It must have been a blast.

That intro has already encouraged me, LOL. :laughing:
BTW, if you have any more recommendations and some obscure picks, I’m all ears. I find it hard to follow all releases out there and I’m sure I’ve missed many a great synthwave record.

(James Flessas ) #4310

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(El Topo) #4311





(Mickey13) #4314

Panasonic - Osasto EP (1996)

Toxically harsh industrial techno. Not as noisy as some of their other works, but the lo-fi filthiness and aggressive sonic nastiness is here all right.

(Mickey13) #4315

The Caretaker ‎- An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (2011)

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

(Mickey13) #4316

Venetian Snares ‎– 7 Sevens.med EP (2000)