Source: Bandcamp Daily.
When Jon Hassell and Brian Eno released their pioneering record Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics, Hassell described the philosophy of his music as “the possibility of music in global terms—beyond First World, beyond Third World, beyond classical, beyond pop.” While his distinctions between those “worlds” may not hold water in contemporary notions of global economies, it’s a mentality that still clearly resonates with so many artists producing new ambient music today. The best ambient music of this month expand on Hassell’s groundwork—Lamin Fofana painstakingly traces Black migration narratives using sounds evocative of the American South on Blues; perila and ulla craft textured bliss by combining traditional instrumentation with sounds of a city street recorded from a window. The inherently experimental nature of ambient music continues to inspire artists to create similarly bold combinations, collapsing time, place, and genre to mold small worlds in their own images; we’ve highlighted some of the most exceptional releases in the genre here.