Dec 12, 2009

Best of 09

#10 Lawrence English - A Colour For Autumn

When something gets released on 12k, it's basically got a pre-approved gold star rating by me. This label is a force to be reckoned with, and it was quite a challenge for me to not make most of my list solely from their 09 catalog. The first album I heard from Lawrence English was "For Varying Degrees of Winter," which blew me away with its subtlety and texture. This release is the second installment in a series of seasons, representing Autumn from his own perspective. Drones and field recordings, amongst the occasional doodle on guitar. Fennesz has an appearance on track four, with some guitar and sound manipulation. As the album winds down, Lawrence brings back his high pitched ring, almost like a fly buzzing in your ear; however, he finds a way to make it fit with the music rather than give you a headache. Overall it's very tranquil.

1: Droplet (6:49)
2: Watching It Unfold (5:49)
3: The Prelude To (2:16)
4: The Surface Of Everything (5:01)
5: Galaxies Of Dust (5:23)
6: Stillness In Motion (5:35)
7 ... And Clouds For Company (6:21)

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Dec 7, 2009

Best of 09

#11 Lustmord - The Dark Places of Earth

This is some music straight from hell. I don't know why, but I crave this sound. I love to lay in bed at night and play dark ambient, trying to gain the mindset these artist put behind their music. It's great. This release is one of my favorite from Lustmord. Sorry, no tribal horns this time. Just creepy, isolating, rumbling tones. This guy is the king of dark ambient for a reason.

1: Fallen (16:00)
2: Atom (13:37)
3: Ashen (13:43)
4: Eon (8:34)
5: Primal (9:56)
6: The Last Days (6:37)

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