A driving, rythmic undertone characterizes the latest LP from Cults, Host. Their usual synth-driven bedroom noise pop sound is bolstered by more live instrumentation than ever before, giving it a more grounded and directed feel than their previous releases. It’s a bit of a departure for the famously ethereal duo, but it works — this might be their best album yet.
Coffee and ambient music are my fuel for morning productivity, and Loscil’s Plume is easily my most-played ambient album. The light, minimal artwork embodies the soundscape perfectly: subtle textures pad out heartbeat-like rhythms that evoke a tinge of industry, and are accompanied by bright, over-exposed tones that lend a crystalline sense of tranquility.
Engravings is an ethereal journey through a misty world of echoes and whispers from enigmatic producer Forest Swords. Its steady, confident rhythms and meticulously-crafted ambience have propelled me through countless cumulative hours of work over the years since I first discovered it.
Lemon Jelly’s debut LP is a funky, quirky assortment of trip-hop beats and samples that are simultaneously relaxing and deeply intriguing. As the mysterious speaker in Nervous Tension says, “The purpose of this record is to train you in the art of relaxing both your mind and your body. Use it regularly.”