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Rock - Released October 22, 2021 | kranky

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Liz Harris' music as Grouper is always beautiful, but Shade is perhaps the first of her albums that reflects most, if not all, of the different ways in which it's beautiful. At once old and new, the record gathers 15 years' worth of previously unreleased music that Harris recorded in Portland and Astoria, Oregon, and at a residency at Mount Tamalpais, California. Juxtaposing pieces from such an extended period of time allows the nuances -- or shades -- of Harris' approach to coexist brilliantly. The buffeting lo-fi atmospheres and comforting hiss of "Followed the Ocean" give the impression of tuning into an extra-staticky broadcast of a long-forgotten song, or hearing a snippet of it in a windstorm, but the crystalline whispers and acoustic guitar of "Unclean Mind" are just as mysteriously moving. There's always been a tangibility to Grouper's music, thanks to Harris' exquisite use of textures, many of which come from the locations where she records. On Shade, her pieces feel like natural extensions of their environment, whatever that environment may be. The hum of the room and the squeak of the guitar strings become vital elements of "Promise," a love song so intimate it feels like it should only be heard by the person Harris wrote it about; a hooting owl punctuates the gorgeous finale "Kelso Blue Sky," a more traditionally structured song that nevertheless remains true to her vision of ambient music. The vérité feel of "The Way Her Hair Falls" as Harris stops and starts over captures the honesty of her performance as well as the paths the song's shadowy melody takes. Similarly, even when she creates cavernous spaces, an element of closeness remains, as on "Basement Mix," a humbly named but mesmerizing collage of echo-laden guitar arpeggios and vocal harmonies. With its balance of eras, sounds, and short and extended songs, Shade has the depth of a career retrospective and the freshness of a new album, both of which make it especially appealing to new and longtime Grouper fans alike. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Rock - Released October 6, 2021 | kranky

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 27, 2021 | kranky

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Ambient - Released May 28, 2021 | kranky

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Music, at its arguable core, is the harmonious union of sound and soul. Across generations of musical history, the tools of the trade to communicate the human experience have dramatically shifted (from gregorian harmonies to 808s, and now TikToks (!) to name a few). Sound designers and ambient composers, predominantly sensory individuals, generally rely on a more elemental set of musical tools. Loscil, aka Scott Morgan (a film/video game sound designer and prior collaborator in the rock outfit, Destroyer), creates sonic experiences anchored by an emotional affinity that inspires the serene but never touch stasis. On Clara (Latin for bright), Loscil manipulates dense atmospheric textures, pulsing melodic passages, and thoughtful, conceptual framing to evoke a space that bathes the listener in reflective soundscapes exploring the ever-changing nature of light and darkness. Truly a vibe. Morgan—whose first release as Loscil came in 2001—has constructed an impressive body of work weaving brooding ruminations, visual artistry (through a collection of mesmerizing music videos), and reflections on cosmic-scale natural phenomena. The foundation for Clara is no different. Sourced from an uncredited three-minute-recording performed by a 22-piece string orchestra in Budapest, Morgan sliced, blemished, and stitched this anonymous recording throughout the 10-track collection. "The source material has not been revealed anywhere," Morgan told Qobuz. "[I] might [release it] eventually but not before the album comes out." The resulting record, which is wonderfully opaque, dark, and spatial, is accented by gleaming passages sampled from these orchestral tapes. On "Stella," cascading strings resolve stinging emotional tension before fading into a background of soft, bobbing bell tones. "Vespera" opens with a cantering hand-shaker-like shuffle which, before long, is engulfed from both audible sides with seismic synthesizers that only subside for a pocket for a stringed passage. It illuminates, and is audibly reminiscent of the first rays of sunrise. Final track "Clara" offers a proper closing with a nine-minute sonic bath of lush, encompassing sound before marching ever so gently into blissful blankness. In all its equivocal sensations, Clara speaks the loudest in its softest moments. It requests a patient listener primed for a journey of heart and mind with ambient tools and textures front and center. In all its apparent emptiness, it offers delights numerously unfolding and infinitely mysterious. © William Card/Qobuz
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Ambient - Released March 30, 2021 | kranky

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Ambient - Released November 13, 2020 | kranky

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Los Angeles-based musician Ana Roxanne has a background in sacred Catholic choral singing as well as R&B and jazz vocals. She grew up participating in church choirs throughout her childhood, and additionally enjoyed singing karaoke versions of '80s and '90s R&B hits at her family gatherings. A revelatory trip to India exposed her to classical Hindustani music, and it inspired her to finish her music studies at Mills College. She privately issued ~~~, a six-track set of lush analog synthesizer drones, rippling melodies, and airy vocals, which included "I'm Every Sparkly Woman," an ethereal interpretation of the Ashford & Simpson-penned anthem made famous by both Chaka Khan and Whitney Houston. In 2019, shortly after Roxanne began publicly identifying as intersex, ~~~ was given a wider release by Matthewdavid's Leaving Records, immediately garnering critical acclaim. Because of a Flower, her second recording and first for Kranky, further explores themes of gender identity, beauty, nature, and space. A trippy spoken word piece introduces the album, with Roxanne's multi-layered, pitch-altered voice describing the yin, the yang, and the spirit of harmony. "A Study in Vastness" seems like an exploration of both inner and outer space, as her weightless voice floats over loops of calm vocals folded into glacial synth pads. She sounds detached and lonely, but also fully engrossed in the process of finding herself. "Suite pour l'invisible" is another expression of duality, as Roxanne sings of "endless sorrow, endless joy" over a soothing, gently paced keyboard sequence accompanied by minimal guitar melodies. The lo-fi ambient soul of "Camille" is Roxanne's most pop-informed composition yet, as she dreamily sings of romantic yearning over blipping drum machine beats, interjected by French dialogue samples. "Venus" is a guided meditation focused on water, and how it crosses boundaries and generously heals all. The sounds of rushing currents and distant thunder supplement sparkling keyboard tones and her swelling, breathtaking vocals. Roxanne's music is balming and refreshing, yet also reflective of an intense spiritual and physical journey, and Because of a Flower is a quietly powerful encapsulation of the progress she's made. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Ambient - Released October 16, 2020 | kranky

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Originally released by Italian ambient label Glacial Movements Records in 2011, Coast/Range/Arc, Loscil's sixth album, is inspired by the Cascade Range of mountains extending throughout the western part of North America, from British Columbia down to northern California. All of the tracks are named after mountains, peaks, and volcanoes along the range, and they all resemble scenes from afternoons spent exploring those locations. The calm, subarctic glow of "Black Tusk" opens the album, with a soft, festering layer of static imitating the whip of a harsh wind, but everything is otherwise tranquil. "Fromme" is accompanied by the refreshing rush of a stream, while deep bass pulses give the track more of a rhythmic framework, bringing it closer to the producer's dub techno work. The album starts to feel more cinematic with "Stave Peak," consisting of slow, foghorn-like notes and rolling mist, while "Névé" is more ominous, yet vast and impressive, like staring at a glacial valley from a craggy height, risking the threat of an avalanche to view something jaw-dropping. Following the barren, ringing wind-scape of "Brohm Ridge," "Goat Mountain" is like the shifting colors and settling atmosphere as the sun descends from the sky, matching the feeling of gradual transformation. Coast/Range/Arc might not initially seem as dynamic as Loscil's more well-known albums, but it reveals much more through close, repeated listening, and as a pure ambient experience, it's one of his most rewarding. © Paul Simpson /TiVo
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Ambient - Released October 2, 2020 | kranky

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Electronic - Released September 18, 2020 | kranky

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Ambient - Released September 8, 2020 | kranky

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Ambient - Released August 21, 2020 | kranky

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Rock - Released March 27, 2020 | kranky

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Rock - Released January 28, 2020 | kranky

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Ambient - Released November 8, 2019 | kranky

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Ambient - Released September 11, 2019 | kranky

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Ambient - Released August 16, 2019 | kranky

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Ambient - Released June 11, 2019 | kranky

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Electronic - Released June 7, 2019 | kranky

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Ambient - Released May 10, 2019 | kranky

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Ambient - Released April 4, 2019 | kranky