Monday, February 10, 2020

PGM 253: Arctic Sojourn 3


Another hyperborean soundscape to convey a mythical voyage on the North Sea!

ARTIST NAME / TRACK TITLE / ALBUM TITLE
Shunkan Idou / Eternal Compass / Neverland
Sean Hayman / Timeless (Level 7 Mix) / Winter Chillout Lounge 2019
Retro Rider / Mont Blanc (The Electric Feel Cut) / Winter Time, Vol. 8
David Helpling / Be / RUNE
Darshan Ambient / LightFighter / A Day Like Any Other
Rising Galaxy / Farewell Horizontal / Acceleration
ELEON / Once There Was a Place Like This / Cerulean
Stephanie Sante / Quarks Dance / Dark Matter Evolution
Michael Crain & Jason Carey / Crystal Blue / Tiamatu: Twilight of the Arctic
Sundrugs / Forgotten Constellation / Desert Underground
Evenfall / Dusk at the Amethyst Gateway / Indigo Skies

Monday, February 3, 2020

PGM 252: Ancestral Winds 4


Another entrancing excursion into atmospheric world and tribal-ambient soundscapes inspired by relics of the past!

ARTIST NAME / TRACK TITLE / ALBUM TITLE
Al Jewer & Andy Mitran / Sky Mountain / Music of the Earth
James Asher & Ayako Tanaka / Alignment / From Bud to Bloom
Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy / Journey of Life / Autumn Monsoon
Byron Metcalf & Jennifer Grais / Of Whales and Wolves / Sacrament
Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman / Kilauea Rain / The Space Between Breaths
Forrest Fang / Zone One / Ancient Machines
Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana / The Memory Pool, Part 3 (excerpt) / Ascension of Shadows

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Top 25 Albums for the Month of January

No. Artist Title Listen & Buy
01 David Helpling Rune Amazon Bandcamp
02 Eguana Destiny Amazon Bandcamp
03 Byron Metcalf & Jennifer Grais Sacrament Amazon Bandcamp
04 Germind Thoughtform Bandcamp
05 Acheloo Debris of Nostalgia Amazon Bandcamp
06 Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy Autumn Monsoon Amazon
07 Forrest Fang  Ancient Machines Amazon Bandcamp
08 Shunkan Idou Neverland Amazon Bandcamp
09 Remote Vision The Outer Plateau  Amazon Bandcamp
10 Rudy Adrian Woodlands Amazon Bandcamp
11 Michael Crain & Jason Carey Tiamatu: Twilight of the Arctic Amazon
12 Steve RoachTrance Archeology Bandcamp
13 Rising Galaxy Acceleration Amazon Bandcamp
14 Reblooming Echo Earth Amazon Bandcamp
15 Michael Brückner The Undercurrent Bandcamp
16 Thaneco Alien Species  Bandcamp
17 Billy Denk Starbound Bandcamp
18 ELEON Cerulean Amazon Bandcamp
19 Germind Synthesis Amazon Bandcamp
20 Chris Russell  Gnostic Bandcamp
21 Spacecraft Mars Amazon Bandcamp
22 Various Artists Autumn Breeze, Vol. 3 Amazon
23 Jim Ottaway Beautiful Desolation Bandcamp
24 Marconi Union Dead Air Amazon Bandcamp
25 Kick Bong & Squazoid Magic Beetle Amazon Bandcamp

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Journeyscapes Presents: The Top 30 Albums of 2019


Here it is! Journeyscapes Radio’s special annual presentation where we reflect on some of the past year’s top releases spanning the ambient, electronic and atmospheric world music spheres. 2019 was arguably the most exciting year in music we’ve had so far, with a few veteran artists in the field releasing some of their best work in years alongside newer comers on the scene debuting equally phenomenal recordings. As always, our final list is by no means complete with regards to the sheer volume of amazing music that came our way last year. However, we’ve narrowed the selections down to 30 albums or EPs that were released prior to November 1st, 2019 (and charted on Journeyscapes before December 1st). Shaped by varying moods, tempos and mental imagery throughout, many ambient music substyles and hybrid styles have been presented here, resulting in an intuitive interconnectedness that compliments and harmonizes all musical selections with one another. One track from every featured release has been included in this episode, which consists of five continuously mixed sets. Clocking in at just over three hours, this entire uninterrupted program can be streamed just below the accompanying alphabetized list of recordings. Additionally, you can follow along with the full playlist displayed beneath the Mixcloud player. On a final note, this episode was created entirely during time spent in the Sahara Desert region of Morocco, hence the inspiration for the program’s artwork selection. ~Candice Michelle


Artist Title Listen & Buy
ll nøthing ll Artificial Nature Bandcamp
Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà The Threshold of Beauty Amazon
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Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig Persistent Visions Amazon 
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Chronotope Project Lotus Rising Amazon 
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Cryounit Paradox Amazon 
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Desert Dwellers Breath Amazon 
Bandcamp
Eguana Invisible Civilization, Vol. 3 Amazon 
Bandcamp
Eguana Synchronicity Bandcamp
Amazon
Forrest Fang The Fata Morgana Dream Amazon 
Bandcamp
Fourth Dimension Ubique Amazon
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Germind Absorbient Amazon 
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GermindThoughtform Amazon 
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HibernationAmbient Re:Works 01 Amazon 
Bandcamp
Jeff Pearce Skies and Stars Amazon 
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Jonathan E. Blake The Fellowship of Jupiter Amazon 
Bandcamp
Kaisaku Aishū Amazon 
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Le Voyage Senses of a Magic Fairytale Amazon
Louigi Verona Nocturnal Creatures Bandcamp
Mark Dorricott & Stan Dart Seaside Amazon 
Bandcamp
Mark Dwane Astrology Amazon 
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Mark Dwane Martian Apparitions Amazon 
Bandcamp
Massergy Fire Opal Amazon 
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Nicholas Gunn Riding the Thermals Amazon
Off Land Field Tangents Bandcamp
Rudy Adrian Woodlands Amazon 
Bandcamp
Shinpal Seven Lives Bandcamp
Steve Roach Atmosphere for Dreaming Amazon
Bandcamp
Sverre Knut Johansen (with Robert Rich) Precambrian Amazon
Bandcamp
Thaneco The Cretan Tapes Bandcamp
Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer Sound Currents Amazon
Bandcamp



TIME / ARTIST NAME / TRACK TITLE / ALBUM TITLE
First Set:
0:00:20 / Germind / Variants of Dreams / Thoughtform
0:06:12 / Hibernation / Wabi Sabi (Ambient Version) / Ambient Re:Works 01
0:11:20 / Kaisaku / The Facade of a Smiling Face / Aishū
0:15:52 / Mark Dorricott & Stan Dart / Remembering Paris / Seaside
0:22:20 / Nicholas Gunn / I’ll Be Gone (ft. Alina Renae) / Riding the Thermals
0:25:39 / Mark Dwane / Red Planet / Martian Apparitions
Second Set:
0:30:55 / Cryounit / Paradox / Paradox
0:34:48 / ll nøthing ll / Plastic / Artificial Nature
0:40:00 / Fourth Dimension / Binary Star / Ubique
0:46:12 / Rudy Adrian / Hidden Pond / Woodlands
0:49:40 / Shinpal / Boundary from Nature / Seven Lives
0:56:52 / Off Land / Cloud Loop / Field Tangents
Third Set:
1:03:50 / Le Voyage / Welcome 2 Equador (Deluxe Mix) / Senses of a Magic Fairytale
1:11:39 / Eguana / Sad Story / Synchronicity
1:15:28 / Sverre Knut Johansen (with Robert Rich) / Archean Eon (Life Beginning and Photosynthesis) / Precambrian
1:21:32 / Chronotope Project / Lotus Rising / Lotus Rising
1:28:50 / Desert Dwellers / Closed Eyes in a Dust Storm / Breath
1:37:04 / Forrest Fang / Dream of the Last Fisherman / The Fata Morgana Dream
Fourth Set:
1:48:36 / Thaneco / Knossos / The Cretan Tapes
1:55:36 / Mark Dwane / Planetary Rulers / Astrology
2:01:40 / Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer / The Sound Healer’s Dream / Sound Currents
2:06:39 / Jonathan E. Blake / Metis / The Fellowship of Jupiter
2:12:55 / Eguana / Deep Sleep / Invisible Civilization, Vol. 3
2:19:54 / Massergy / The Shepherdess / Fire Opal
Fifth Set:
2:30:04 / Louigi Verona / Moonlit Passage / Nocturnal Creatures
2:24:58 / Alio Die & Lorenzo Montanà / On the Waves of Fate (Part 1) / The Threshold of Beauty
2:41:56 / Steve Roach / Atmosphere for Dreaming (excerpt) / Atmosphere for Dreaming
2:56:24 / Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig / Vision 4 / Persistent Visions
3:06:12 / Jeff Pearce / The Last Bright Lights / Skies and Stars
3:09:58 / Germind / Absolute Aura / Absorbient

Review: temporal.Divergence by Peter Edwards Ambient

Peter Edwards, an ambient/dark ambient experimental soundsculptor based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recording as Peter Edwards Ambient, landed on my radar screens only during the summer of 2018, shortly before releasing his third full-length CD album temporal.Divergence as the next chapter of dark ambient pentalogy. Available in digital formats since August 18th, 2018, the stunningly designed 6-panel digipak was released a few weeks later through Peter's own Caffeinated Monk Production label, the home of his previous two impressive CDs, suspended.Lucidity (May 2015) and binary.Abstractions (July 2017). To me, this was a huge discovery indeed!!!

Perfectly described as "ambient music for time travellers", this thrillingly immersing odyssey is ignited by the shorter "Prelude", which immediately sets the spatially tenebrous atmosphere. The 6-plus minutes long title track "temporal.Divergence" is fueled by bouncing cyber-tech pulses juxtaposed by industrial outbursts, razor-sharp beats, and heavenly hissing solitariness. A truly jaw-dropping introduction to distinguishably transporting realms by Peter Edwards!!! "quantum.Flux" at 7:33, the longest ride on the album, amalgamates massive drone reverberations with transcendentally helixing meridians and ear-tickling glimmers. Another aural spectacle! "revolution.Induction" masterfully merges hypogeally enigmatic stratums with perpetually ascending galvanic beacons and eerily rumbling fractals. Sonorously mindblowing! "gravField.Theory" dives into gargantuan depths, which are persistently illuminated by eternally galloping oscillations and piercing sci-fi narrations by Randy Savage, who also contributed his voice on the opening "Prelude". "dark.Matter" sails through unfathomably breathtaking realms, where intangibly thundering, yet tenaciously ambiguous magnitudes, commingle with inconspicuously emanating desolations and transmogrifying resonant vertexes. Beyond the gates listening splendor continues also through "causal.Continuum", when mesmerizingly barren heavy-duty beats collide with remotely roaring perplexes. "tempo.Kinetix", as indicated by its title, shifts into a vigorously driven scenario, perforated here and there by outbursting strikes, while immensely panoptic layers are guarding above. "time.Machine" merges abysmally engulfing murmurs with translucently flickering fragments and clandestinely arising oracular ephemerons. On "The Quantum Mechanics Of Time Travel Through Post-Selected Teleportation", mysteriously nuanced drones are reinforced by the narrations of a "quantum mechanic" Seth Lloyd of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Short epilogue "Gate.22180818" closes the album, but hidden also is a 4-minute untitled bonus track, which remains in fascinatingly enveloping monochromatic cosmic zones, percolated by gossamery evanescent traceries and ear-bending numeration.

Peter Edwards Ambient is a truly staggering exploration, which shifts each listener into magnificently adventurous portals, uniquely sophisticated, meticulously crafted and intriguingly rewarding. His 64-minute temporal.Divergence album is an all-inclusive magnum opus, both sonic and visual (design by Savage Internet Media), with deeply focused content and superb presentation. A vast display of artistic brilliance, which is, unfortunately, still hidden to a larger audience within the ambient drone soundscaping. On the science note, this must be some kind of a call I received only several months after experiencing the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, a Radio Astronomy Observatory located on the Plains of San Agustin in central New Mexico. I really wish I knew this gifted sound designer when passing by Albuquerque. Grab your headphones and immerse yourself into this exquisitely monumental futuristic journeying!!!

Reviewed by Richard Gürtler (Oct 20, 2019, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Monday, December 30, 2019

PGM 250: Future Dreams 5


Another euphoric mix of chilled electronica to take us into the new year!

ARTIST NAME - TRACK TITLE - ALBUM TITLE
Paul Seling – StarlightNightwalk
Moonman – Galaxia (Solarsoul Remix) – Galaxia [single]
OceanLab – SecretSirens of the Sea
ELEON (ft. Jeff Pearce) – Floating Just Above YouFloating Just Above You [single]
Schiller (ft. Moya Brennan) – FallingDay and Night
Cinematic – Atmos (Romance Mix)Winter Chillout Lounge 2019
Yahel Sherman (ft. Melanie) – Bomb CreatorSuperset
Sine – Colour ShadesCosmic Chill Lounge Vol. 8
Sean Hayman – Jupiter (Milky Way Cut)Full Moon Chill Vol. 3
Artenovum – It’s Hard (Vocal Mix)Best Sound of Chill & Lounge 2017
Frank Borell – Distance Voices (Over the Islands Mix)Spring Lounge 2019
Silky Wave – Under My SkinUnder My Skin
Eguana – Feel HappinessSynchronicity

Sunday, December 22, 2019

PGM 249: Divine Offerings 2


A mysteriously sacred soundscape featuring an ethereal mix of Gregorian chants and celestial choirs immersed in haunting ambient atmospheres!

ARTIST NAME - TRACK TITLE - ALBUM TITLE
Divine Works – Divine Works I – Soundtrack to the New Millennium
Aura Luna – Aqua Matrix – Explore Your Senses
Mystico – Opera Kyrie (Contemplative Mix)Mystico (Deluxe Edition)
Jai – Veni CreatorGregorian Journey
The Munros – Celtic CrossesRosslyn Chapel
Johan Agebjörn – A New Day ArrivesMossebo
Deborah Martin & J. Arif Verner – KyrieAnno Domini
Enigma – AbsolvoThe Fall of a Rebel Angel
Wychazel – Sweet ReposeGregorian Retreat
Kamarius – Angels ChoirEnigmatic Traveler
Paul Avgerinos – The Mystery TellingPhos Hilaron
Pilgrimage – Pilgrimage9 Songs of Ecstasy
Voxfire – OndasFontis

Sunday, December 15, 2019

PGM 248: Beyond Perception


A fantastical voyage through ambient psy-fi dimensions!

ARTIST NAME - TRACK TITLE - ALBUM TITLE
Ascendant – Elliptical MemorySource Transmission
A Positive Life – AquasonicTwo A.D.
Dfuse – Libra – Amberdelic Space
Alien Mutation – Dream Scape – Chill Out Trance Vol. 2
Aes Dana – Sub MorphingMemory Shell
Optic Eye – Blue Dreamers – Feed Your Head
Dr Psychedelic – Let’s Try Some Energy – Ambient Odyssey
Transformer – 2 Virtual Cocoon (Processed Mix) – Barramundi: Dreamtime Planet
Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia – Obsidian (Deconstructure Edit) – Excursions in Ambience 1

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Merry Christmas by Giuseppe Dio

Giuseppe Dio is an Italian electronic music composer who’s explored everything from deep space to dream house on his previous recordings. This time around, he eases comfortably into the holiday spirit with a lovely 24-minute EP that’s simply titled Merry Christmas. Rendering six compositions on electronic synthesizers, Dio has selected a very fitting collection of songs that all beautifully complement one another.

Processional drums, soaring synths and celestial vocal tones majestically open “Adeste Fideles” (aka “O Come All ye Faithful”) which is eventually followed up by the much beloved “Auld Lang Syne”. Vividly conjuring images of decorated cathedral halls and colorful Christmas lights, Dio’s symphonic electronic arrangements pleasantly recalls much of Vangelis’ more cinematically oriented works.

I was most delighted to see a rendition of Franz Schubert’s iconic “Ave Maria” included here, as I’ve always found it to be one of the most beautiful pieces of religious music ever written. Dio puts an epically cosmic and wintery spin on the composition, all while perfectly preserving the sacred reverence of the original masterpiece.

Another highlight is the nocturnally peaceful “O Tannenbaum” (aka “Oh Christmas Tree”) which wraps the lead melody in spacious notes and twinkling stars, effectively conveying a cold winter’s night.

Call it “new age Christmas music” if you like. Either way, this fantastic little collection of cinematic cosmic carols is easily one of the most enjoyable holiday listens of the season! ~Candice Michelle


For more information, please visit the artist's website. This EP is also available on Amazon, iTunes and other retail and streaming platforms.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Top 25 Albums of November

No. Artist Title Listen & Buy
01 Eguana Synchronicity Bandcamp iTunes
02 Germind Thoughtform Bandcamp iTunes
03 Louigi Verona Nocturnal Creatures Bandcamp iTunes
04 Kaisaku Aishū Amazon Bandcamp
05 Liam Thomas Cosmos Amazon Bandcamp
06 Mark Dwane Martian Apparitions Amazon Bandcamp
07 Jeff Pearce Skies and Stars Amazon Bandcamp
08 Paul Adams & Elizabeth Geyer Deeper Imaginings Amazon Bandcamp
09 Bart Hawkins 21 Pulse Eclipse Amazon Bandcamp
10 Douglas Blue Feather Ascension Amazon iTunes
11 Rudy Adrian Woodlands Amazon Bandcamp
12 Noizefilter Floating Consciousness Amazon Bandcamp
13 Dlaivison Aeon Amazon iTunes
14 Motionfield A Clear Horizon Amazon Bandcamp
15 Kelly David Meditation In Green Amazon Bandcamp
16 Sherry Finzer & Will Clipman The Space Between Breaths Amazon Bandcamp
17 K. Markov Interactivity Amazon Bandcamp
18 Off Land Field Tangents Bandcamp
19 Drifting In Silence Away Amazon Bandcamp
20 Andy Pickford Psymanteum Bandcamp
21 Wychazel Ashram Amazon iTunes
22 La Estación Del Mar Landscapes Amazon iTunes
23 Cryounit Paradox Amazon Bandcamp
24 Various Artists Autumn Breeze, Vol. 3 Amazon iTunes
25 Thomas Lemmer & Andreas Bach Night Travellers Remixed Amazon Bandcamp