Ana Roxanne – ~~~
Ana Roxanne’s debut ~~~ has been on the best-sellers chart on Bandcamp ever since its release. She has also been featured in three(!) articles: an artist feature, part of a Best Ambient monthly highlight, as well as an article on those associated with Mills College. I admit I didn’t really listen to it until recently, and like most ambient albums it takes its time to really unfold and envelope the listener, showing its true nature. The entire album, especially the first track, can really catch you off-guard and tap into your emotional core whether you’re prepared for it or not. This may be an album you really want to listen to alone, with the best headphones you can afford.
Darken Wood – VI
The sixth of currently-seven releases, Darken Wood’s VI is a wonderfully subdued dungeon synth album. It is one you can play and really turn up the volume, and be enveloped in its sounds and atmosphere. That’s a hallmark of truly great ambient music, and this album has it!
Delmak-O – The Colony
I first wrote about Delmak-O last September. Its album cover caught my eye, and its music kept my attention the whole way through. Now we have The Colony, a sequel and continuation of “the search for a new planet”. This is a much more subdued album compared to Cerulean Tomb, and took a few more listens to really get into it and appreciate its nuanced music. Where as the previous album felt warm and yet mysterious, this one has an underlying current of terror and unknown, and is far colder. It is different, but definitely still a great release!
Spell of Unseeing – Weaving Light and Shadow
From the creative mind of Tim Rowland (Hole Dweller, Bellkeeper) comes yet another moniker and fantastic dungeon synth release, Spell of Unseeing’s Weaving Light and Shadow. This is a fairly short release, and every time I listened to the album it was over before I realized it. As brief as the experience is, it is a great one. While I enjoy Tim’s other projects, this is by far my favorite, and I certainly he has plans for future releases!