The Best New Ambient Music on Bandcamp, June 2018

Ambient

There are infinite atmospheric worlds available on Bandcamp. From the dreamy to the nightmarish, and the meditative to the deeply unsettling, these compositions often fall under the ambient umbrella. Albums without words that are deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking in their own way—these releases come from all corners of the globe. Every month, Aurora Mitchell will take you through the best ambient releases. In this edition, there’s music made from plants (for real), ASMR-tinged meditations, chirping birds, and misty atmospheres.

Yialmelic Frequencies
Yililok

Yialmelic Frequencies is the project of L.A. resident Diva Dompé. She composes ASMR-tinged experimental music, and has a monthly show on local station Dublab called Yialmelic Transmissions, which features monthly guided meditations. Yililok is her second release under the name, offering five different meditations. The closer to the cassette is aptly named “Angel Garden”; the celestial instrumentation on the track is accompanied by the warm glow of tape hiss. The track floats along quietly until the 11-minute mark, when polyrhythmic percussion slots beautifully into the ending of the meditation. The tracks switch off between a focus on complex alien-sounding frequencies on tracks such as “Aggregate” and “Auric Massage,” and gleaming, angelic synth melodies that sound like digital lullabies on “Clay,” “Vibration Fruits,” and the aforementioned “Angel Garden.”

AURAL
Sonic Metamorphosis

Berlin composer AURAL makes ambient music by converting the electrical impulses emitted from plants into MIDI signals, that then go to synthesizers. Their first release, Home Series Sonificationexplored four different types of plants; on Sonic Metamorphosis, AURAL delves in further with two plants’ frequencies. The pitcher plant (a green and pink hollow bell tube, also pictured on Warp’s Artificial Intelligence II compilation) and the eternal flame (a dark leaved plant with orange sprouting flowers) are the focus here. “Pitcher Plant (Nephentes x Ventrata)” is a windy, droning cut—8-bit pixelated notes are scattered softly within a vast drone and emotive strings. “Eternal Flame (Calathea Crocata)” works with similar sonic elements but is lighter and more spacious, with refreshing gaps of silence between a cascade of 8-bit notes and strings.

Bruine Beer
Non-particular dream/keno uitslag

Belgium’s Bruine Beer has been putting out music over the past three years on Bandcamp accompanied by misty photographs of skies and large bodies of water. Non-particular dream/keno uitslag is a collection of music made over the last two years. Rain and the growl of nearing thunder crash down on opener “Universal dream,” nearly suffusing the pensive guitar plucks. The water continues trickling on “Non-particular dream” and soaks straight through to closer “Eternal slumber, where delayed, dubby synths bring on a somber atmosphere.

 

rafael anton irisarri
Sirimiri

Rafael Anton Irisarri

New York’s rafael anton irisarri has created a particularly moving record in the form of Sirimiri. The record starts with a strong opener, “Downfall,” which captures  deep, mournful emotions without words, as a plangent melody drapes slowly around gravelly frequencies. The deep swells of guitar on “Vasastan,” put through effects pedals and interspersed with wavering bleeps, could be the pensive soundtrack to a long train journey alone with your thoughts. If you want to listen to the whole record without track-gap interruption, irisarri has included a “Sirimiri Continuous Mix” at the end.

Rhucle
A Little Long Day

A Little Long Day is the latest collection of beautiful compositions from Japanese artist Rhucle, who we’ve covered in prior editions of this column. The splashes of water that manifest in different ways across the record sound especially high-definition; “Waiting Time I” is perhaps the most vivid example, with a constantly running stream forming the track’s center. On “A Flower of May,” birds squeal and squawk in the distance over lush chords, conjuring the image of a tropical forest where a heavy green stillness belies the constant natural activity.

Dandelion
endless descent

Danelion

Residing in Porto, a coastal city in Portugal, Dandelion has just started releasing his ambient compositions on Bandcamp. Endless descent begins with “fog,” which opens with the mellow, subtle sounds of birds chirping above, as if they’re nestling in the trees while the sun beams down on a lovely summer’s day. Slowly, a held chord finds its way into the light amid the background chirping, gradually getting louder as the track progresses. By the end, a loud whir has nearly overtaken the birds; “endless descent” continues this theme, featuring an airy drone that hovers over nine minutes.

-Aurora Mitchell

9 Comments

  1. Posted August 4, 2018 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Please check UWTW also. New project with only one song at the moment.
    https://uwtw.bandcamp.com/releases
    Thanks, all the best.

  2. KZendi
    Posted July 17, 2018 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    My favorite ambient band on Bandcamp is Sana Obruent.https://ringtonemob.net/

  3. Posted June 29, 2018 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    https://jorga.bancamp.com (By me). Free to preview.

  4. Posted June 26, 2018 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    I’ll echo the suggestion to check out more from Irisarri. His music is so full of emotions and textures. Really unique.

  5. Posted June 25, 2018 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    I vote to have this https://ariel-kalma.bandcamp.com/album/osmose-iii-2
    in a future The Best New Ambient Music
    I think it fits

  6. Posted June 23, 2018 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    What’s about the Antogonist? https://antogonist.bandcamp.com. The second project, “The Kusanagi Suite” a ambient music album inspired by the mangas and animes of Katsuhiro Ōtomo, Masamune Shirow and Hayao Miyazaki. The suite is structured in three parts, each dedicated to one of this artists.

  7. Eladio
    Posted June 23, 2018 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Irisarri output is always outstanding and this ‘Sirimiri’ is no different. Do yourself a favor and check it out

  8. Posted June 22, 2018 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    My favorite ambient band on Bandcamp is Sana Obruent. https://sanaobruent.bandcamp.com/

  9. Kevin Wardle
    Posted June 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Please check out my Ambient tracks, thanks. https://kaydoubleyou.bandcamp.com

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