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

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

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