Sonomu Reviews

Rapoon (via

From Sonomu:

B?Tong, Structures (Noecho)
An artist who dips his foot in many different pools. A Swedish émigré living in Basel with over a decade´s recording experience. For Structures, he moves effortlessly between small-scale sound experiments and shifting moods and modes, to a darkness so remininiscent of Robert Rich and B…. [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:47, 25 Mar 2009

Feu Follet & Miina Virtanen, The Icicle Lectures, Vol. 1 (CDR Ex Ovo)
On this latest release from his young CDR label Ex Ovo, Tobias Fischer (in the guise of Feu Follet) divvies up the record between himself and Miina Virtanen, a Finn residing in Germany. This first (of three promised) “Icicle Lecture” has its origins in a live performance in Dresden. Fischer appears… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:36, 25 Mar 2009

Various Artists, Escaping from Color: Rapoon Recomposed and Remixed (Quasi Pop)
Even Rapoon´s artwork has been remixed by the compiler for the cover. Rapoon, aka Englishman Robin Storey, is one of the most successful and influential ambient artists of the past twenty years, they key to which is his investing the music with both a sense of industrial forboding and ethnic colour… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:25, 25 Mar 2009

Takahiro Kido, Fleursy Music (Plop)
“Flower-ish” (absolutely not “flowery”) music – “fleursy” is Takahiro Kido´s own coinage, but the neologism kind of rings wrong and sounds like a respiratory illness brought on by contact with flora. The music itself has quite the opposite effect, tearing down the walls of hipness and irony… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:00, 25 Mar 2009

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New Robert Rich Live Releases

From Robert Rich:

So, what is Live Archive, and why am I releasing it now? Live Archive consists of 7 concerts that I really enjoyed, whose recordings had a good sound quality and where I played something different from the studio. These are mixing board dubs, recorded at CD quality with my approval. Several of the concerts were completely improvised and do not repeat any studio compositions. A few of the recording were available as radio streams, torrents, bootlegs or limited CDRs, so I wanted to give people a chance to get mastered, cleaned-up, full resolution versions of these if they wanted. A few of these concerts represent important pivots in my career, and you can hear ideas in their raw stage of formation.

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Musique Machine Reviews

Robert Rich 2007
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From Musique Machine:

Olivia Block – Heave To
Heave to is a entrancing & highly atmospheric journey into a mixture of impov, field recordings, boarding on noise & above all a keen sonic atmosphere which as the albums title suggest focus in on very sea bound subject matter.

Robert Rich & Faryus – Zerkalo
Zerkalo brings together US Ambient legend Robert Rich and Russian Ambient artists Faryus for a dark and organic lined trip into a strange gloomy & ritual tinged sonic universe.

SJ Essau – Small Vessels
Small Vessels is a quirky mix of ; hip-beats, indie rock, punk, folk, pop, turntablism and splats of other genres. Imagine a more conventional take on early Fog, or a very English take Beck at his more playful & quirky- but very much with it’s own distinct yet enjoyable flavour.

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Hypnos Reviews

Several new releases from ambient label Hypnos are reviewed.

The Hypnos label is well known among ambient music fans for a long string of high quality releases stretching back over the last ten years. Artists on the Hypnos roster include some of the most respected ambienteers, including Robert Rich, Jeff Pearce, Vidna Obmana and Jeff Greinke, in addition to the label boss M. Griffin. In 2005 Griffin accelerated the Hypnos release schedule and started a sub label, Hypnos Secret Sounds, which releases slightly more esoteric music on limited edition CD-Rs, with runs generally in the 200-300 range. The sub label remains successful, and there are almost two dozen Secret Sounds releases to date, including the first two albums discussed here.

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