ambient

Dead Girlfriends – On Fraternity

If you’re a huge fan of squealy, noisy, and dark electronic pop, then Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Dead Girlfriends is perfect for you. Formerly known as Elite Gymnastics, James Brooks makes the kind of ambient, melancholy pop that is perfect for any indie dramedy that’s ever even thought about being in Sundance. With a strong, decidedly feminist and political message, the lyrics are often just as interesting as the music. Be sure to check out the brand new track “On Fraternity” off the 2013 Stop Pretending EP below. Read More…

Volcano Choir – Byegone

For a slow start to your Monday, we give you Volcano Choir. With a slow, somewhat long buildup reminiscent of that one famous The Who song, “Byegone” finally clashes into a sea of tumultuous guitars and cymbals as if a thunderstorm had formed secretly overhead. While slow, they can be said to sound like a noisier version of Bon Iver (it is a Justin Vernon project after all) and when fast, you might hear a lot of Arcade Fire in them. Be sure to check out the song “Byegone” off their album Repave out September 3rd below. Read More…

Natively Foreign – Contemplating Minds

Straight out of Spring Lake, Michigan, Natively Foreign are one of the most budding local bands around. With a perfect mix of alternative rock, indie, post rock, and a myriad of other genres, there’s no way these guys won’t blow up. Dark and gloomy vocals rest on a pendulum of upbeat and downtempo songs that span the ends of the human condition. Be sure to check out the track “The Forest.” Also, “Contemplating Minds” off their album Instincts Are Misleading below. Read More…

Forest Swords – The Weight of Gold

British music producer Matthew Barnes, better known as Forest Swords, makes the kind of downtempo electronic music that you can get lost in for hours. With ambient textures and creative rhythm sections, the music is a very cool mix of post rock and electronic. His choppy, computerized vocals soar and gently carry you from the beginning of the song to the end. Though typically slow to build, it is the peaks and troughs of his music that create such emotionality and expression. Check out the first single off of his debut full-length Engravings (out August 26th) below. Read More…

Boards of Canada – Cold Earth

With their first album in eight years, Scotland’s electronic act Boards of Canada have had their listeners on quite the anticipation ride. After anonymously releasing a short clip of music and spread rumors that it might be theirs. With this clip came a six-digit code, though its purpose was unknown. Over the following few months, more codes were released through outlets such as BBC, Adult Swim, and NPR. Their website wouldn’t allow access to anyone without a password, which was also unavailable. Once the user entered all six codes, it revealed a video announcing their new album. So after all that work, is it really worth it? Short answer: yes. Check out the track “Cold Earth” off of Tomorrow’s Harvest below. Read More…

Grouper – Vital

Grouper is Liz Harris, Portland, Oregon-based multi-instrumentalist and experimental folk artist with a penchant for echoes and ambience. The big, roomy, nearly atmospheric brand of folk is reminiscent of newer Bon Iver and Deerhunter. With eight albums in as many years, Liz Harris is one of the most consistent artists out right now. Plus, with widely recognized support from acts such as Animal Collective and Xiu Xiu, it’s going to be hard not to garner some attention. Be sure to check out the Grouper song “Vital” off her 2013 album The Man Who Died In His Boat below. Read More…

Tera Melos – New Chlorine

A band that could only come out of California, Tera Melos seems to enjoy confusing the crap out of their listeners. Jazz-based math rock with elements of electronic and house music thrown in, they’re actually considered to be innovators of the math rock scene. The rhythmic structure of each song can only be characterized as “chaotic.” Guitar-tapping, start-and-stop dynamics, and the extreme use of guitar pedals and effects make Tera Melos one of the most interesting bands to watch live. You can actually catch them this weekend when they open for TTNG at The Magic Stick. Check out the track “New Chlorine” off their tamest album to date: 2013′s X’ed Out below. Read More…

The Dear Hunter – Whisper

Providence, Rhode Island’s The Dear Hunter have been making a theatrical version of ambient hard rock since 2005. Musical mastermind Casey Crescenzo, along with his brother Nick, create a full, powerful sound spanning the spectrum of emotion. With a versatile arsenal of -driven storylines, each album has been a heroic tale of love and loss. The new album Migrant is their first concept-free album. Claiming to be the most honest album yet, it’s clearly pure experimentation at its best. Check out the music video for the new track “Whisper” off their 2013 album Migrant below. Read More…

Ramona Falls – The Space Between Lightning and Thunder

Formerly a side project of Menomena co-creator Brent Knopf, Ramona Falls has become the indie stylist’s current mainstay. Named after a waterfall near Mt. Hood, Ramona Falls creates the same stir of emotion Menomena does, but with a deeper, fuller sound. It sounds like Brent Knopf took his Menomena sound and met up with some of the guys from As Tall As Lions. As ambient, moody, and quirky as ever, Ramona Falls swells and swirls evoking a sense of serenity akin to that of the ocean. Check out the track “The Space Between Lightning and Thunder” off their 2012 album Prophet below. Read More…

The Album Leaf – Thule

One of the best names in Ambient Electronic music, The Album Leaf has been making music since 1998. Solo project of Jimmy LaValle (ex-member of Grindcore band The Locust), The Album Leaf makes the most placid, positive, and heart-warming music you can think of. You might think that five albums of this music would get bland and drawn-out, but LaValle finds every way possible to keep things new and interesting. Check out the song “Thule” off their 2004 release In A Safe Place below. Read More…

1 2  Scroll to top