Sky Between Leaves – ‘O.B.E’

SKY BETWEEN LEAVES - 'O.B.E'

Gorgeous new tune from London’s Sky Between Leaves, this one will put you in a new place. Hopefully a better one! ‘O.B.E’ is an instrumental swoon that tip toes genres lines, but for what its worth the most common tags that stick are krautrock and dream pop. Sky Between Leaves released their debut, self-titled single back in 2011 (vinyl here) or snap up a freebie at Soundcloud. For those of you pondering their name – I quote, “The band’s name was taken from Jarvis Cocker’s narrative of being given glasses as a child and realizing that the holes in the trees were in fact the “sky between the leaves”. That enthralling imagery translates to the band’s sound and the elicited sentiment is simple yet poignant: it’s like awakening from a feverish dream to a wildly glittery reality.”

 
Sky Between Leaves – ‘O.B.E’

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Public Transport – ‘Dark Days’

PUBLIC TRANSPORT - 'DARK DAYS'

“While it owes something to Boards of Canada for its sound, its closest inspiration was Lush’s ’92 album ‘Spooky’. I wanted to take their world of shimmering, skittering guitars and perfect-yet-unsettling chords and translate it into the world of synthesizers.” The words of Public Transport, aka Duncan Bailey, an electronic musician from Maine. His latest instrumental work ‘Dark Days‘ was released this week, check it out plus more here!

 
Public Transport – ‘Dark Days’

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Apricot Rail – 'Basket Press'

Instrumental post rockers Apricot Rail release their second album ‘Quarrels’ featuring ‘Basket Press‘ (free download) on February 25 via Hidden Shoal Recordings. The Perth-based six piece shift between pretty melodies and different textures… when was the last time you heard woodwinds on a post rock tune!? The “soft, soft, oh my gawd crescendo” moments are avoided in place of a more reflective listening experience. Thumbs up.

 
Apricot Rail – ‘Basket Press’


 

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Au.Ra – ‘Jane’s Lament’

The second serving from Sydney’s Au.Ra is the instrumental track ‘Jane’s Lament’ (posted online late last year). The duo, Tim Jenkins (Parades) and Tom Crandles (Colours) focus on wailing guitars this time round (but still keep it light and floaty). Au.Ra’s debut EP is yet to be announced.

 
Au.Ra – ‘Jane’s Lament’

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Elias Krantz – 'Young Ends'

Swedish instrumentalist Elias Krantz is re-issuing his acclaimed record ‘Night Ice’ on vinyl through Stockholm’s Country & Eastern. His latest single ‘Young Ends’ (available for free download) is a sprawling guitar led piece that introduces xylophones, wailing solos and delicately mixed backing vocals. Brilliant work!

 

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A Place Of Owls – 'The Oceanic Tomes'

Look at the artwork! Now press play. Its a perfect mix of watery atmospherics, submerged tones and otherworldly soundscapes. The aptly titled album ‘The Oceanic Tomes‘ is available now from Minneapolis studio project, A Place of Owls. Influenced by the work of Brian Eno and Rosetta, this is for fans of drone, post rock and abstract instrumentals. And yes, sounds great on headphones!

 

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Mono – ‘Dream Odyssey’

Widescreen post rock from Mono‘s new record ‘For My Parents’ out via Temporary Residence on September 4. ‘Dream Odyssey’ is a cinematic epic which delicately switches instrumentation for maximum effect. Mark your diary folks.

 

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North Atlantic Drift – ‘Waiting In The Afterglow’

North Atlantic Drift have released their debut album ‘Canvas’ featuring the blissful instrumental tune ‘Waiting In The Afterglow’. The Toronto based duo (Mike Abercrombie and Brad Deschamps) formed in 2011 after Deschamps departed the post rock band Epigram. ‘Canvas’ was influenced by Boards Of Canada, Brian Eno and Erik Satie – download the eight track album here.

 

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Helios – ‘Nothing It Can’

As far as free albums go, Helios‘ ‘Moiety’ is a no brainer (download here - donate if you can)! ‘Nothing It Can’ is a stunning ambient piece, largely instrumental with vocals as an instrument rather than a voice. Its a visceral listen with cinematic scope. Helios began more than a decade ago when composer Keith Kenniff started recording his electronic excursions. Since then Keith has composed music for film and television, released work under the moniker Goldmund, as well as being one half of Mint Julep. Nice resume Keith… and thanks for the freebie!

 

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Ewok Fur – 'Moving To Antarctica Sounds Quite Ok'

You had me at Ewok! Seriously, if you’re going to call your band something ridiculous, Ewok Fur is a brilliant effort! I must admit, I was really hoping the music to accompany the name would be great. Thankfully, there’s a lot of charm behind the noisy, experimental, largely instrumental work of Germany’s Ewok Fur. ‘Moving To Antarctica Sounds Quite Ok’ has a playful feel, however the rest of Ewok Fur’s new EP ‘Television Summer’ covers various sonic territory. Download it free, right here!

 

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