The Echelon Effect – Mosaic

A quiet, introspective release of ten tracks totaling almost an hour of music. Reminiscent of Orange Crush, this album has a sense of inner peace and calm, merging electronic ideas with pop sensibilities. Rolling guitars washed in echo build and swell alongside synths and drums, with a music box-like sound pervading the entire release.

The Echelon Effect – Mosaic

Length and Brecht – Remixed

A pleasant, quiet experience is Halogens Length and Brecht, an ambient track that meanders in and out of the dream-state. This EP is Halogens track along with three remixes, each one a superb take on the original. The remixes cover styles ranging from glitch to chillout to idm. This is a great set of music, don’t miss it.

Length and Brecht – Remixed

Slow – Strange Dreams

Though ambient is not normally my thing, there is enough motion here to keep my interest all the way through. Strange Dreams is a release that is light and airy at times, dark and heavy at others, but guaranteed to relax you when listened to properly. Fourteen tracks clocking in at just under one hour, this release features plenty of details to keep your attention focused, even going so far as to include vocals in some places.

Slow – Strange Dreams

The Silent Ballet Compilation – Volume 14

Lost Children netlabel and The Silent Ballet have put together an absolutely stunning 75 minute long adventure through the universe of post-rock with the release of The Silent Ballet Compilation volume 14. Featuring some very diverse artists from all over the world, the stand out track on the album is from a Ukrainian band called Nice Wings, Icarus! Their track, Eagle, is absolutely superb. I have a feeling we will be seeing more of them here on the orbit in the very near future. Back to the current release, it grabbed me from the very first track – a very ambient piece by The Sight Below – and wouldn’t let go. I literally listened to the entire album as soon as I clicked play – given my schedule, thats a rarity for me. The intensely mellow first track quickly gave way to an onslaught of post-rock, shoegazer, psychedelic and even modern piano composition. Each track is unique, making this a difficult album to describe. I’ll simply say this: it’s an incredible album, and I urge you to give it a listen.

The Silent Ballet Compilation – Volume 14

Nettless – From Beyond

Nettless has created eight tracks of beautifully flowing, ambient space music. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Nettless – From Beyond

Carl Sagans Ghost – Colonial Spa EP

Starting out with a beautiful and moving ambient texture, the Colonial Spa EP weaves a sonic tapestry of aural textures backed with subtle well timed beats. It’s a 25 minute walk down a road less traveled, with an occasional stop to visit an old friend along the way.

Carl Sagans Ghost – Colonial Spa EP.

Chris Tenz – Forlorn Memories

A deeply touching release, that induces a feeling of quiet reflectiveness. At 36 minutes, Forlorn Memories combines ambient synths, deep bass sounds, minimal piano parts and acoustic guitar melodies to paint an audio picture of those despondent, melancholy times in our lives that for some reason we hold so dear and meditate on from time to time.

Chris Tenz – Forlorn Memories

Casimirs Blake – Ejecta Nebula

The Kahvi Collective has, for quite a number of years now, and each of their releases has a unique sound and style that can only be described as ‘Kahvi Music’. Casimirs Blake created Kahvi’s latest release, Ejecta Nebula, and it doesn’t disappoint. With the typical relaxed, Kahvi attitude inherent in each track, Blake presents a galactic soundscape that is part ambient and part breakbeat, upbeat space music infused with subtle percussion and flowing atmospheres that will melt away reality for a while and bring you back to it refreshed and recharged.

Casimirs Blake – Ejecta Nebula

In Chains – Dead Heart Bloom

I guess you would call this folk, but it has a dreamy, ethereal quality about it that transcends genres. It’s just good, relaxing music that will make you fell a bit better about the world. The third track, Halfway Gone, really reminds me of a song by the Beatles, but I can’t put my finger on which song. They’ve somehow invented what can only be called ‘ambient funk’. At any rate, all five tracks on the EP rock. This is definitely one of the best finds so far this year (even though we’re only one month in).

In Chains – Dead Heart Bloom.