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

ANCIENT AMBIENT: Alio Die’s early music electronica

ANCIENT AMBIENT: Alio Die’s early music electronica

We know that ambient music is all about creating a certain atmosphere, generally a tranquil, peaceful one. This is even to be found in dark ambient, just in a different (darker) way. Good ambient music seems to change the very environment in which it is being played, or at least how our minds perceive that … Continue reading

Ten overlooked singer-songwriter albums

Ten overlooked singer-songwriter albums

How many of us have slapped our name on a CD of our songs and hoped that the world would be entranced by our lovely voice, our delightful acoustic picking, and the beauty or life-changing profundity of our lyrics? Lots of us. I did it several times. The world was not entranced, though frankly I … Continue reading