Cosmic and earthly ambient voyages with ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT

Cosmic and earthly ambient voyages with ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT

One of my primary pleasures here is taking the opportunity to reward through words the hardworking and prolific ambient musicians who have produced extensive and consistently high-quality discographies, but because of the vagaries of the collapsing music industry (and the fact that ambient was never really a high-profile genre) have not received appropriate respect for … Continue reading

April Netaudio Revue

April Netaudio Revue

Man, time flies. I’ve gotten through quite a few submissions recently, though, and here’s the pick of the crop. Igneous Flame – Lumen Veteran prolific ambienteer Pete Kelly returns with yet another instant classic, which was not submitted to me per se, but I wanna mention it. These three tracks are actually quite diverse. The … Continue reading

THE MUTTON BIRDS – The uncrowned Kiwi emperors of pop

THE MUTTON BIRDS – The uncrowned Kiwi emperors of pop

I’m anxiously awaiting a couple of new releases by some favourite bands here in Spring 2014, but as I do so, let me introduce you to another favourite and one of rock and roll’s greatest travesties: that fact that New Zealand’s Mutton Birds were not a wildly popular mega-success. In a fair universe, each member … Continue reading

The art of the guitar with John Ellis and Sean Kelly

The art of the guitar with John Ellis and Sean Kelly

I’m combining two reviews of two fine guitar instrumental albums in one. Why? A) Because I want to; B) The two albums present interesting contrasts and approaches; and C) Both of these have been out for a little while, so I’d better get around to reviewing them! Ellis and Kelly have one crucial thing in … Continue reading

THE GATELESS GATE – Near North (2014)

THE GATELESS GATE – Near North (2014)

OK, regular readers will know by now that I am The Gateless Gate (dun-dun-dun!). And I promote my releases on the blog briefly and in a classy fashion, then go back to the regular programming. Here I am doing that again, but this time with an extra layer of specialness. This new album expands my … Continue reading