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Cover Art 2008    09/29/2008
Girls

Gregory and the Hawk - Moenie and Kitchi
Jane Vain & The Dark Matter - Love Is Where the Smoke Is
Building Castles Out of Matchsticks - smile, silly face!
Sumner McKane - What a Great Place to Be

Arts

Jasper TX - This Quiet Season
Sleepingdog - Polar Life
Azeda Booth - In Flesh Tones
Colorloss Record - Belong

Painting

Peter Broderick - Home
The Battle Royale - Wake Up, Thunderbabe
Hammock - Maybe They Will Sing for Us Tomorrow
Marnie Stern - This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That

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Archaic Horizon Records    09/28/2008
Electronic/Ambient/Experimental

Archaic Horizon is a net label formed in 2006, created to promote independent musicians. We are not limited to any one genre but are focused on the experimental and eclectic, releasing those artists who are forward thinkers and advance music. Archaic Horizon is an attempt to break conventions and bring new understanding to what experimental music can be. Our artists can be found world wide, contributing the finest quality music free for download.

Electricwest - Divine De Vice [Album] 2008

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Traveling Music    09/21/2008

Lights Out Asia - Eyes Like Brontide
Hologram - Hologram+

如果Tanks and Recognizers像是旅行,Eyes Like Brontide无异于一场探险,像Into The Wild里的Christopher那样独自上路,朝梦想的远方前行,不论是阿拉斯加荒野,北极冰原还是喜马拉雅山脉,当视野开阔的那一刻,被那遮天蔽地的旷美与静寂震摄住,所有的言辞都已多余,那是发自内心的感动

PS: X-33是美国太空飞机计划的名字

延申阅读: 星空之下、樹林之中:《Eyes Like Brontide》 by 海
“封面中荒野裡穿透北極光而過的無線電波,讓人產生了無限遐思,在這個空間裡我們或許只能聆聽,但在另一個空間中,我們可能遨遊徜徉於銀河星雲之間,與流星一同飛行。這是一張用來仰望星空的寂寞原聲帶。”
Oliver North Boy Choir     09/16/2008
Indie-pop/Electronic/Female Vocalists

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm
Members: Camilla Florentz (vocals), Mikkel Max Hansen (instruments & vocals), Ivan Petersen (instruments & vocals)

Oliver North Boy Choir(aka ONBC)是支丹麦的三人indie-pop团体,Mikkel和Ivan自高中认识,两人曾组过一个乐队名为Ivanhoe,Mikkel弹吉它Ivan做主唱,还一同参与其它乐团像是Venus和Pierre,直到在哥本哈根的酒吧认识了女生Camilla(后来成了Mikkel的wife),三人才决定一起做音乐,那是05年的时候,06年乐队改名为ONBC,07年发行了首张单曲Adrenaline,事实上,那年一共发行了四张single(都有三四首曲,叫EP也可以),全部只在网上提供下载,后来签到当地知名独立厂牌Crunchy Frog,推出一张合辑,收录了之前所有的单曲作品(像Airiel那个Box一样)

乐队新近翻唱了The Jesus & Mary Chain的Teenage Lust,有兴趣的可以当(save as)来听听

Oliver North Boy Choir - The Massive Oliver North Boy Choir 2007 Girl Collection [Compilation] 2007

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Electronica/Ambient/Classical

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm
Members: Andy Dobson (Keyboards, Clarinet and programming), Samy Bishai (Violins and string arrangements), Joshu Doherty (Beats and additional production), Kat Arney (Harp), Jo Quail (Cello), Kirsty Hawkshaw (vocals)

"To others it will be a beautiful array of ambience, classical ideals, symphonic arrangements and a reworking of the electronica style that will bring new life into a scene crammed full of pretenders who offer little else but formulaic rehashes of what has gone before yet screams out for a hefty slice of something pushing towards originality."

Digitonal是支来自英国的古典电音组合,虽然自称受Orbital, Plaid, Black Dog, Future Sound of London等影响,却没有那种Techno味,被人形容为加了弦乐的BOC,或是氛围版的Four Tet。尽管乐团首脑Andy Dobson自1997年便开始电子音乐的创作,新近发行的"Save Your Light For Darker Days"不过是他们的第二张全长专辑

02年在伦敦厂牌Toytronic推出的首张专辑"23 Things Fall Apart",即使现在听来也称得上惊艳。"Come and Play"里的小提琴协奏让人如痴如醉,"Seraphim"是神最亲近的天使,Digitonal用合成器和淡淡的弦乐营造出一派祥和安逸与世无争的意境,"Black Box"由古典钢琴引出灵魅感的电音,仿佛夜降临,中世纪的古堡里,听得到暗夜精灵的呓语...乐队随后发行了两张EP,"The Centre Cannot Hold"尝试加入唯美的女声,"In Silence"其中三首曲目亦有收入新专

期待许久的新作"Save Your Light For Darker Days",Digitonal却并不急于向人们展示什么,开场曲如一部长篇电影的序幕,bass drum的低沉回响伴着流水般的竖琴拨弦,引出华美恢弘的管弦乐合奏,随后由弦乐拉出悲怆的主旋律,Silver Poetry依然彰显了乐团在平衡古典与电音方面的才华,以渐进方式引导出悠扬的弦乐高潮,铺陈与结束亦很用心,Wide-Eyed, Wrapped In Love让人漂浮在波光粼粼的海面,聆听浪花和细风的声响,Boards Of Canada若要加点弦乐进来,估计就是这感觉,jazz味道的93 Years On,低沉的萨克斯管感伤而惆怅,Nothing Left to Say多了几分Kettle式的童趣,Emberkreiss的提琴不算特别突出,新专的重点似乎不在弦乐,而是有如电影配乐般的氛围营造,如果说首专玩了很多绚目的技巧,这张就显得更加成熟和沉稳,Gone属于悠闲惬意的午后时光,简单清新的吉它,夹杂着轻慢的鼓点节拍,After the First Death还有些许缓飘吉它特质,The Beating of Her Heart的氛围基调还是偏阴郁,虽然远没有Murcof那么冷,是提琴和鼓点让曲子变得优美活泼了起来

Digitonal - Save Your Light for Darker Days [Album] 2008

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Thax Dynamophone    09/13/2008

The Abbasi Brothers - Something Like Nostalgia
The Soul's Release - Sometime Somewhere
等了一个多月未到,发mail去问,估计是寄丢了,Evan又很好心的重寄了一份,本来都不抱什么希望,还是等到了,The Soul's Release限量100的box,没想到是这么小一只囧
Lightsway    09/11/2008
Ambient/Electronica/Down-tempo

Official Site--Myspace--Lastfm

Combining shoegaze, ambient and electronic influences with straightforward percussion and, dare we say, ‘pop’ melodies, guitars and keyboards melt together in a haze of delay and distortion.Suffused with the same sense of melancholy and hope as all his work, and drawing inspiration from his love of the sea and the films of Ingmar Bergmann, Summer Interlude is an album of reverb soaked lullabies, simple but beautiful melodies.Winterlight has been described as “...like Air playing krautrock”, the Lightsway album sounds like Air playing shoegaze versions your favourite nursery rhymes. --Distant Noise Record

Lightsway(aka Tim Ingham)是名来自英国Plymouth的音乐人,年轻时待过的乐团都是MBV和Cocteau Twins的追随者,中途曾放弃过音乐创作,直到某日来了兴致,开始用他的破旧电脑做音乐,于是Winterlight诞生了,仅靠着laptop和吉它,合成"one part electronica, one part shoegaze, one part melancholy and one part hope"的音符。Lightsway则是Winterlight的另一面,“sometimes the same , sometimes different“

初听Lightsway让人想起Ulrich Schnauss,"A Strangely Isolated Place"里"Blumenthal"那样的感觉,只是电子节奏更为温暧朦胧,那种轻盈质感,就像是浓重的色彩被稀释了一般,若要比起Flares时期的Port-royal,在旋律编排上显得更为平易近人,少了点大气,如果说Port-royal是星辰,Lightsway更像是灯火

上图来自Port-royal
Lightsway - Summer Interlude [Album] 2008

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