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When I first listened to Four Tet’s latest jam ‘Jupiter’ it became clear why Four Tet is king of ambient beats and soundscapes.  While there are plenty of artists emulating music like this, Four Tet is able to make his music captivating, gorgeous and cathartic.  I would usually scoff at myself for using a word like cathartic to describe music but ‘Jupiter’ deserves words as big as its name.  ‘Jupiter’ is the kind of song that drops every once in a while that forces all bloggers to consult their thesauruses to come up with grand and bold words to try and convey how sweet the song is.  It’s simply pretty darn awesome.

-PK

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I like Pirate Treasures by Mood Tattoed because it is good.  It is good because Pirate Treasures is filled with gorgeous ambient tracks with splashes of tropically inspired music scattered throughout the listen.  Moving away from reverb-filled synth-wash ambient music, Mood Tattoed’s tracks demand the attention of the listener with memorable compositions and melodies.  The result is an album that sounds somewhere in between Boards of Canada and El Guincho.  Mood Tattoed is part of a music and art collective with another blog favorite Tortilla Pass so we’re expecting some great things to keep coming from their collaboration.  Stream and download Pirate Treasure below…

-PK

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You may remember back in 2010 when Animal Collective hosted an extremely avant-garde and psychedelic art exhibit at New York’s Guggenheim museum, now, for Record Store Day 2012, Animal Collective have released the soundtrack to the exhibit.  As expected, Transverse Temporal Gyrus is very abstract and atmospheric.  This isn’t the first time Animal Collective has released something like this, the soundtrack to their movie ODDSAC is very ambient as well, but whereas ODDSAC had more classically structured songs like “Tantrum Barb” sprinkled throughout, Transverse Temporal Gyrus almost completely leaves that out.  Although its interesting to see what sounds go through Animal Collectives’ heads when they aren’t recording a normal LP, I can’t see myself going back and listening to this very frequently, and I’m just anticipating their upcoming followup to Merriweather Post Pavilion even more now.  Click the jump below to listen to the LP.

-TC

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Ambient and soundscape producers aren’t exactly hard to find these days with soundcloud making it possible for anyone with a music program to put together a collage of washing synths and upload it.  Monster Rally’s music isn’t going to get lost in that wave of minimally meditative music.  ‘Jaguar’ is lush, rich in texture and definitely gorgeously distinctive.  It sounds like what I hope a wedding ceremony on the beaches of India might sound like or maybe the tune that is stuck in the Dahli Lama’s head all day.  Naturally, the music is actually coming from an incredibly talented producer based in Ohio.  ‘Jaguar’ is our first taste of Monster Rally’s upcoming Beyond the Sea which is set to be a stunner.

-PK

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Jamie Isaac is a 17 year old musician from London, who you may know of as an occasional collaborator with Archie Marshall.  Isaac’s music is extremely dissonant, frequently based around heavily reverbed piano chords with delicate and faded percussion in the background, and emotive lyrics every once in a while.  On his bandcamp page, Isaac says that his music serves as an “escape” which although sounds like a cliché at first, makes a lot of sense, considering how much emotion seems to be packed into each track.  Below you can listen to one of my favorite tracks from him “Softly Draining Seas.” and below that link to his bandcamp for a few more tracks.

-TC

JAMIE ISAAC’S BANDCAMP

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From the song’s very beginning, Yosemite do everything right in establishing ‘102’s ambient and understated mood.  A sample of raining and a soft muted synth open the song in traditional ambient fashion, however, soon percussion begins to enter into the mix saving the track from becoming the potential soundtrack to a yoga class.  Without over-complicating the track, Yosemite craft ‘102’ into an incredibly absorbing and memorable 4-minute listen.  The splashes of vocal sample and the shifting synths display some impressive songwriting talent from Yosemite.  Stream the track below and download at the bands bandcamp

-PK

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