I can’t tell you much about Mu Zein Wallah or this Semuta Music release, mostly because I couldn’t find anything. A total mystery. There seems to be a sort of connection to Dune (never read or watch it). In any case, and freaky album cover aside, I really dig these ambient sounds that could inhabit the same desert as the monster on the cover. The music makes me feel dry and uncomfortable, which I’m sure was the intention. Only five tracks, but they seem to go on forever. Listen to more on Bandcamp.
couldn’t tell you a thing about Japan’s AIENU or his latest album 222, but this is the kind of ambient, Samurai Champloo-like electronic music that works best the less you know about its creator. 222 is a quick listen and very much worth your time to get lost in, even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a “fan” of slower grooves that take its sweet time.
Imagine if your favorite stoner metal band was more ambitious and listened to more Godspeed You! Black Emperor and you’ll get something like Córdoba’s IAH. There isn’t much to find on the band, but I enjoy everything I’ve heard so far.
I have no idea what’s going on in TATRAN‘s latest music video, and I think that’s OK. From the jarring dancing to the masked people who look like Miyazaki extras, there’s a lot going on, and it’s all soundtracked to experimental and jazzy instrumental post-rock.
The video is for “Eyes,” the latest single from the group’s upcoming album ‘No Sides,’ out June 2nd.
From the press release:
“The latest video from Israel’s Tatran is a pulsating visual experience. Created for their latest single “Eyes”, which is also featured on the upcoming album. The work takes place in an ancient bell cave in Israel. As strange figures marvel with each frame, showcasing unique and eye catching abstractions. The lack of identity given to these characters allows them to move with fluidity, while being consumed by the distinctive space.
An incredibly tight production, the video progresses with quick pace mirroring with the unparalleled high notes and melody of the bass, and the deep low lines courtesy of the guitar. The result is a mesmerizing display of creativity that is difficult to ignore. As the video concludes, members of the obtuse pack join a deity, who utilizes a supernatural dance to communicate sweet vibrations to her troops.”
cibils is from Trento, Italy and makes chill trip-hop. And that’s all the info I could find on this act – fitting for how mysterious and ambient the music plays out. Check out the entire EP, which is out now. All the tracks are strong.
David Peretz is an Israeli musician who makes ambient-like music that flutters and floats, like the bird on the cover of his latest release. It broods, yet it’s a sound I enjoy getting lost in.
From the Bandcamp bio:
“musician, producer, writer and ‘cultural gardener’, based in Be’er Sheva -on the edge of the desert in the south of Israel. He was the leader of ‘Blueband’ – a melancholic slow core band, and participated in many other alternative projects. Nowadays he leads a musical solo career”
Often I like the idea of Brian Eno more than Brian Eno himself.
From his time in Roxy Music to his groundbreaking work as a producer for the likes of U2 and David Bowie, Eno has often been behind the boards for many of your favorite albums. Also it’s hard to overstate the long shadow that his ambient influence has cast over popular music in recent decades (Steven Hyden made a good case on Grantland that Kid A was just Brian Eno meets Aphex Twin).
He’s also a critically acclaimed solo artist, but this is where I start to struggle. His most popular albums (Another Green World and Discreet Music come to mind) are all fine works that I sometimes think are great if I’m the mood. But often this requires me to study the album and trace its influences to what came after. I’m not naturally attracted to ambient music, so I have to tell myself that Eno is good in order to believe he’s good.
“By This River” is different. It’s one of the rare moment I hear Eno as a genuine singer-songwriter. And he sounds great! It’s sparse and fearful, with minimal instruments accompanying Eno’s soft voice. It sounds like the humanized Kid A. It has melody. It’s beautiful.