Our Best Selves is the lead single from a forthcoming six-track EP from Canadian experimental producer yehno, and will be the first release on a new label, Collection Disques Durs. Visceral and hard-hitting, there’s also an incredible amount of nuance and subtlety here. One the one hand, yes, I feel on the verge of a panic attack while listening to it, but on the other, it’s actually warm and reassuring, like watching all your worldly possessions burn while realising you’re probably better off without them. I imagine.
I can already feel the backlash building against the new album from former PC Music-affiliate Danny L Harle aka DJ Danny, but frankly if you don’t find even the tiniest bit of joy in this album you’re dead inside and there is no hope for you. On A Mountain perfectly blends rave sounds from the peak of its 90s ridiculousness with crisp, thumping PC-ish production, injecting us with a mighty pure shot of rave nostalgia. Gas masks at the ready.
ttypes is the solo project of Michigan-based songwriter Tim Krauss whose music ranges from ambient instrumental, to piano pop, rock, electronic pop and various other styles. His latest – as the title suggests – is an ode to Hollywood icon, (former) cocaine enthusiast and everyone’s favourite irreverent cyborg, Robert Downey Jr.. Not that you’d necessarily be able to tell from the record itself which is a frantic rush of syrupy bleeps and washed out vocals, but check out the video for one of the purest hits of RDJ you’re likely to find outside of a Marvel set.
Lost Girls is a collaboration between Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden. Despite having worked together for close to a decade, they announced their debut album Menneskekollektivet (which roughly translates to “human collective’) only last week, along with this 12 minute epic which starts life as a contemplative, spoken-word piece before progressing through lumbering rhythms and increasingly weird, chattering synth lines. I’ve loved pretty much everything Hval has released previously, especially 2019’s incredible The Practise of Love, and everything about Menneskekollektivet suggests that trend will continue.
Finnish artist Lasse Tapio Junnila released his debut album Childhood Amnesia last week, and Recall comes from that collection. The album tenderly and poignantly explores memory and nostalgia: specifically those half-forgotten early experiences of childhood that can lie dormant for years before coming back in a rush, triggering strong – if not entirely fully understood – emotions. Recall is gleaming, surging ambient electronica, and is just lovely.
Browni is producer Kovey Coles and singer/songwriter Hawa Sako, and Ready To Surrender is about as slick and sultry as R&B gets: the kind of record you listen to half a dozen times on repeat on your way back from a Big Night Out, half drifting off as you gaze out of the cab window at the yellow-white street lights and slowly brightening sky. Remember nights out? No, me neither actually.
Patricia Taxxon released two entire albums this weekend, but I watched four entire games of rugby and cooked a roast, so, you know, who’s to really say what’s of more benefit to the world? This is my pick from the first of those albums, Crocus, which in some ways throws back to her 2019 masterpiece Beauty, minus the samples and frenetic drums: a gorgeous, synthy instrumental that once agains manages to remind me of Lemmings.
The ambient duo’s Adam Wiltzie talks about Talk Talk’s genre-defining masterpiece Spirit of Eden
The premise of One Track Mind is pretty simple: I ask artists to pick one track that means a lot to them – either something they’ve discovered recently, something that’s been with them for years, or one that reminds them of a specific time in their life or career – and tell me what makes it so special to them. I get to talk to the artists I love, and they get to talk about the artists they love. Love all round!
Today we welcome A Winged Victory for the Sullen’s Adam Wiltzie. An ambient music duo composed of Wiltzie alongside Dustin O’Halloran, A Winged Victory for the Sullen are set to release their fourth studio album Invisible Cities later this month. Before forming the group, Wiltzie was involved with various ambient projects including The Dead Texan (with Christina Vantzou) and Stars of the Lid (with Brian McBride), and has been responsible for what I would confidently say are some of the most beautiful, powerful and important albums ever made, in any genre. So to say I’m very happy to have him on TPW is a bit of an understatement.
Here, Adam talks about the first time he heard Talk Talk’s post-rock masterpiece Spirit of Eden, and the lasting impact it had on him, and how it influenced his own work.
The Origins of Structures is the lead track from Cycles, the forthcoming fifth album by Dutch ambient duo Tangent, and very nice it is too. Combining heavily processed, grainy drums with shifting pads that sound as if they’ve managed to find a way to actually record sunbeams glinting through the clouds, I’d be very happy to listen to this on repeat for the next hour. Which reminds me! Try listening to TMS cricket commentary with wordless ambient playing underneath. There really are few better ways to spend a Friday afternoon.
I’ve now started this post in about half a dozen different ways, considering how to approach why BedStudy is so brilliant from various angles, but the main point is: Anna B Savage’s voice is absolutely extraordinary, managing to be both fragile and devastatingly powerful in the same breath. It’s taken from her debut album A Common Turn which came out last week, many of the tracks from which exist in a similar space, between vulnerability and invincibility, and builds from scarcely strummed guitar to an electronic crescendo as all-consuming as anything I’ve heard for quite some time.