ambient Archive

Capsule Reviews for April 2024 #2

There’s a real assortment of great new music that I’d like you know about. So here I present capsule reviews of five new titles in a variety of styles and […]

Album Review: Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2

Indie by definition and indie in spirit, Real People, Great Radio Vol. 2 is a compilation featuring Asheville musical artists. Curated, sponsored and put together by community radio station AshevilleFM […]

Album Review: Gray / Miley: Next World Sound Series Volume One

Produced by David Javelosa, this ambient/new age release features three tracks: two by Jane Grey, and two by Thomas Miley. Grey’s “Project 5” run in excess of 30 minutes and […]

Album Review: A Produce – Land of a Thousand Trances

When it comes to ambient music, the rules are different. The qualities and values that can make a good song – melody, rhythm, hooks – are either wholly absent or […]

30 Days Out, August 2023 #2: Phuncle Sam, tu-NER, Tangerine Dream, The Nude Party

There’s never any shortage of fantastic live music on offer in Asheville. Highlights over the next 30 days include a beloved Dead-flavored local band, another local band often mentioned among […]

Album Review: Leon Alvarado — Charging the Electric Dream

I’ve covered at least two previous releases from Leon Alvarado. 2014’s Music from an Expanded Universe was a kind of ambient chillwave set; The Future Left Behind (2016) leaned in […]

Album Review: Bruce Licher — Exploratorium

Bruce Licher is guitarist in post-punk band Savage Republic; that L.A.-based group has flown well under the commercial radar. But they came to my attention years ago when I read […]

Album Review: The Comet is Coming – Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam

Despite what some stuck-in-the-past nostalgic types might assert, there’s plenty of good (and sometimes even great) music being made today. The best artists still find ways to offer up something […]

Album Review: Talkdemonic – Various Seasides

The name is a classic case of misdirection, and that’s just the beginning. Read up a bit on Talkdemonic and you might not be prepared for what their latest album […]

Album Reviews: David Javelosa – Atomic Odyssey! and Modern Work Volume One

David Javelosa is an inspired musician whose work is primarily synthesizer-based. But his bent, whimsical and playful approach to music results in sounds that are far from the “serious” kind […]