New Longform Ambient Journey Out Today – Embrace of Familiarity

‘Embrace of Familiarity’ A longform ambient journey with two variations is out today. This is part of my ongoing bi-weekly longform series exclusive to Bandcamp. Give it a listen.

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Ambient Soundbath Podcast #124 – Rebirth

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Ambient Soundbath Podcast, Episode #124

“You are the music, while the music lasts…”

  -TS Eliot

Record Review – Thorny – Flood

Composed and performed on synthesizers and processed bass guitar, Thorny’s Flood is a tense wash of evocative soundscapes that pulses and writhes across the face of an unsuspecting landscape. Not surprising then that Flood is a sonic journey born from the depths of central Vermont’s devastating floods in July 2023.

JD Ryan says it best when he says that Flood reflects the duality of nature—its splendor and wrath—encapsulating the raw power, the ruin, the sorrow, and ultimately, the resilient spirit of hope. Flood manages to capture this sentiment perfectly without the use of a single sample of falling rain or rolling water, a literal aspect that takes away from the creativity too often, JD Ryan doesn’t indulge that tired ambient music trope. In fact, he took the hard road: Building that flow into the compositions from the ground up – You just listen and you can hear the unyielding fluidity, as sound is possibly the only thing that can move, with the flowing, forward-moving urgency of water.

Flood is a wholly original work and one where JD Ryan has created his own unique and moving sonic vocabulary. Never one to miss the opportunity for a pun, I dare say the floodgates are open on JD Ryan’s unique musical vocabulary. Fans of Steve Roach’s more earthy soundscapes and VidnaObmana’s early works will truly enjoy Flood. 

More info: 

https://witherwillow.bandcamp.com/album/flood-2
https://www.witherwillow.com/

Matt Borghi
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Record Review – Jeff Greinke – Oceanic

High praise for Jeff Greinke’s newest recording,Oceanic, a stand out gem in a world of music streaming services and YouTube channels overflowing with so-called “ambient music” choices. Oceanic has moved me, musically and as an artist, in a way that I haven’t been moved in years. I admit, I’ve become jaded. I’ve heard a lot, listened to a lot and forgotten a lot of what I’ve heard. The prominence of ambient and drone music on streaming services with playlists featuring ambient music for sleep, yoga, meditation, relaxation, study, reading and just about any other inert activity you can think of and some others you haven’t thought of yet, hasn’t helped the situation. So much of what’s being released these days is uninspired at best and forgettable at worst. With Oceanic, I’m reminded of Jeff’s early recording Cities In Fog, a sonic and artistic touchstone for me, personally; a recording that moved me to become a recording artist myself. So, I guess, I’m biased, but I’ll gladly accept that label if it means that I get to listen to works of art like Oceanic over and over. If it were a tape, it would already be nearly worn out or at least the printed ink would be disappearing on the cassette and if it were a CD I would be on my way towards my second copy, having scratched it, taking it in and out of the CD player so many times already. I’ve been at this longer than most, but not longer than Jeff and not longer than Projekt Records; it warms my heart to know that quality is still a consideration and it’s finding its way into the universe. Do yourself a favor and give this a listen as soon as you can; repeated listens are only more rewarding.

More information here:

https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/oceanic
https://www.projekt.com/store/product/pro00417/

Matt Borghi
Ambient Soundbath

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #123 – Exclusive Ambient Soundbath Mix by Nimanty

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I’ve enjoyed the work of Nimanty for some time and it’s with great enthusiasm that I present this exclusive mix created just for Ambient Soundbath listeners. Enjoy!

Tracks mixed from two albums: ‘The StarNight Process’ and ‘Time Space Light’
Artist: Nimanty ( www.nimanty.com )
Label & release Venonza Records. Digital copies only
Distributor: AWAL / The Orchard Group
Mix total playtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes, 31 seconds.

Tracks in mix Starts at
1. Galactic Whispers (00:00)
2. A Lightyear Old Message (05:37)
4. The StarNight Process (13:41)
5. Time (36:00)
6. Space (48:07)
7. Light (01:00:50)
8. Nebula Of Life (01:15:37)

Albums and tracks available on Bandcamp.
Nimanty is on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Nimanty