Gas // Pop // Mille Plateaux // 2000
Genre: Ambient, Drone, Nature Recordings, Ambient Techno, Minimal Techno
I get writer’s block every time I try and scribble my thoughts on this album. Back when Pitchfork was writing decent reviews, Mark Richard-San wrote this review for Pop. This album embodies everything I love about the repetitious nature of ambient music and the depth that can be drawn from within.
Max Richter // Memoryhouse // Late Junction // 2002
Genre: Modern Classical, Ambient
Swans // White Light From the Mouth of Infinity // Young God // 1991
Genre: Post-Punk, Gothic Rock, Neofolk
Swans has one of the most diversified careers in modern music and with this album, so began the best four album stretch in the Swans’ discography that culminated in the seminal first wave post-rock masterpiece, 1996’s Soundtracks for the Blind, but it’s important to not undermine the stepping stones.
Jon Hassell// Aka/Darbari/Java – Magic Realism // Editions EG // 1983
Genre: Tribal Ambient
The 80’s were a huge breakthrough for tribal ambient music and even though Hassell had already made significant headway in the scene with Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics and Fourth World Volume Two: Dream Theory in Malaya, they were only preparation for this massively influential magnum opus. Thanks to Chris Caver for the wonderful recommendation.
Tim Buckley // Goodbye and Hello // Elektra // 1967
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Contemporary Folk, Chamber Folk, Baroque Pop, Psychedelic Folk
Steve Reich // Music for 18 Musicians // ECM // 1978
Earth // Pentastar: In the Style of Demons // Sub Pop // 1996
Genre: Drone, Psychedelic Rock, Drone Metal
B12 // Prelude Part 1 // B12 // 1993
Genre: Ambient, IDM, Techno, Ambient Techno
Edgar Froese // Epsilon in Malaysian Pale // Virgin // 1975
Genre: Berlin School, Ambient, New Age, Progressive Electronic