Half – ‘Mind Maps’

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‘Mind Maps’ is absolutely stunning! It’s the work of UK producer Half who is a master of ambient guitar instrumentals, influenced by Boards of Canada, M83 and Brian Eno (among others). Half’s new full length ‘Here Lies’ is out on April 29 via Border Series and it’s sounding amazing.

 
Half – ‘Mind Maps’

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Rayning – ‘See You Soon’

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Gerald McKay is back with another offering under his solo moniker Rayning. ‘See You Soon’ is a fresh five track EP with minimal vocals and loads of ambient dream pop. The Detroit artist has delivered four releases in as many years, last impressing with his self-titled 2014 EP (pick them up here).

 
Rayning – ‘See You Soon’ [EP Stream]

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Eyes Behind The Veil – ‘Besides’

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Michael Tenzer (of Savage Sister / Wild Patterns) has produced a beautiful ambient / drone album under the moniker Eyes Behind The Veil. The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist combines hazy guitars, synths and vocals on ‘Besides‘ with cinematic effect. It’s no pop album, but it’s still surprisingly melodic. Listening to ‘Dream Idols’ is like taking a warm bath! For fans of White Poppy, Grouper or Benoit Pioulard.

 
Eyes Behind The Veil – ‘Besides’

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Robin Guthrie And Harold Budd – ‘White Bird’

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Lakeshore Records have delivered a beautiful soundtrack to ‘White Bird In A Blizzard’, with music by Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins) and Harold Budd (Brian Eno / David Sylvian). The pair have worked together previously on the ‘Mysterious Skin’ soundtrack. ‘White Bird’ illustrates the lofty ambient soundscapes you can expect. This is headspace changing music! The film is in cinemas this month and the soundtrack is available now via Lakeshore / iTunes. Side note, How To Disappear Completely also released a fantastic ambient album recently called ‘Somnia’ – full stream here.

 
Robin Guthrie And Harold Budd – ‘White Bird’

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Le Thug – ‘Tenerife’

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Right from the intro this tune sounds like a winner! And then, it gets better. ‘Tenerife’ maintains an underlying tension that perpetually builds with contrasting hazy vocals over the top. Le Thug are an ambient noise trio that hail from Scotland, download their debut EP ‘Ripping‘ at Bandcamp. The good folks over at FatCat Records recently featured the track as part of their demo series.

 
Le Thug – ‘Tenerife’

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Lovesliescrushing – ‘Blemished Sunspot’

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‘Ghost Colored Halo’, the new release from ambient/noise vets Lovesliescrushing was recorded in one take with no overdubs. Impressive! The duo (Scott Cortez and Melissa Arpin-Duimstra) earlier announced via Facebook that this “sister ep” would be the precursor to a new album. ‘Ghost Colored Halo’ will be available from Projekt records on May 21.

 
Lovesliescrushing – ‘Blemished Sunspot’

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