Monday, May 25, 2020

PGM 262: Destination Paradise 5

Another chilled mix of trance ambient & dreamy downtempo inspired by exotic getaways!

Artist Name / Track Title / Album Title
Dream Twice / Dosada / Enta
Tigerforest (ft. Aly Frank) / Away / Discovery
Schiller (ft. Kate Havnevik) / Velvet Aeroplane / Sun (Chill Out Edition)
Nicholas Gunn / Sailing / Pacific Blue
Le Voyage / Magic of the Senses (the secret garden mix) / Chill Sunset Maretimo Vol. 1
Kamarius / Rise to Paradise / Enigmatic Traveler
Side Liner & Eguana / Forgot to Say I Love You / Trilogy, Vol. 2 [single]
Le Voyage / Late Night (step by step cut) / Spring Time Vol. 8
Whitewildbear / Fine / Fine [single]
La Estación del Mar / Sol de los Andes / Landscapes
Gregory Paul Mineeff (ft. Kerensa Stephens) / A New Gesture (Eguana Remix) / A New Gesture [EP]
August Eve / Ashes / Ashes In A Vase [EP]

Monday, May 18, 2020

PGM 261: Avalonian Mists 3

Another enchantingly ethereal soundscape inspired by Arthurian legends!

Artist Name / Track Title / Album Title
Robert A. Wolf / Avalonia / Pangea
2002 / David of the White Rock / Celtic Fairy Dream
Rémi Orts Project / Woodland / Reign of the Forest
Eurielle / Rescue Me / Arcadia
Amethystium / Hymnody / Aphelion
Michael Whalen / The Inbetween / Sacred Spaces
Steve Gordon & Deborah Martin / Earth Dweller / Ancient Power
Medwyn Goodall / The Sorcerer’s Daughter / The Sorcerer’s Daughter
Peter Sterling / Pool of Love / Sanctuary of Light
Clannad / Who Knows (where the time goes) / In A Lifetime
Age of Echoes / Beyond the Farthest Shore / Beyond the Farthest Shore

Album Review: Pacific Blue by Nicholas Gunn

Nicholas Gunn is an English recording artist who first rose to prominence in the early 1990s with his innovate soundscape music that explored themes of the American Southwest. Among his iconic works include the landmark albums The Sacred Fire and The Music of the Grand Canyon, which helped to shape what was then an emerging style of music commonly dubbed ‘ethnic fusion’, and having remained widely popular since. But these days Gunn has shifted his focus from world flute vistas to electronic dance culture with his trance music recording moniker Limelght. He’s also continued releasing works under his own name, but in a more ambient/chillout style that's on similar par with Schiller, Blank & Jones or (Above and Beyond presents) Oceanlab.

Following his stunning 2019 full-length release, Riding the Thermals, Gunn has returned with the equally enthralling Pacific Blue for another sensual voyage into Balearic ambient-trance. Drawing much of its inspiration from the ocean, the album paints vivid images of open waters, sunny seacoasts and endlessly blue horizons.

The gorgeous opener “Into the Vastness” sets sail with dance-trance sequencer patterns accentuated by sparse piano notes and cinematic swells, which effectively evoke oceanic waves crashing upon the shore. Joining Gunn once again on a handful of cuts is singer Alina Renae. Her sultry vocals deliver accessible melodies on highlights like “Fallen” and “Out from the Deep”, which perfectly compliment the overall beachy and breezy vibe of the compositions. My favorite piece on here is “Sailing”, an epic chill-trance instrumental that intensely bursts forth with electrifying passion while culminating into a whirlpool of sonic ecstasy. Additionally layering in both fluidly electric and warmly acoustic guitars along the way, Gunn's lushly organic-electronic soundscapes often convey a sense of euphoric escapism and wishful longing.

An indisputable musical legend in the realm of atmospheric and electronic music, Nicholas Gunn can demonstrably transition from one style of music to the next, both masterfully and authentically. Another supremely blissful offering from one of ambient/chillout’s finest, Pacific Blue is a must-have album that deserves to be on everyone’s summer playlist! ~Candice Michelle

Available at Amazon and other music retail and streaming platforms. 

Also check out our exclusive audio interview with Nicholas Gunn that we conducted earlier last year here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Top 25 Albums for April 2020

01. Jeff Pearce – Archive 1: Songs for the Gathering  [Bandcamp]
02. Tigerforest – Discovery  [Bandcamp]
03. Nicholas Gunn – Pacific Blue  [iTunes]
04. Hollan Holmes – Milestones  [Bandcamp]
05. Michael Whalen – Sacred Spaces  [iTunes]
06. Clannad – In A Lifetime  [iTunes]
07. Lingua Lustra – Astra  [Bandcamp]
08. David Helpling – Rune  [Bandcamp]
09. Various Artists – The Best of Maretimo Lounge Radio, Vol. 1  [iTunes]
10. Stephanie Sante – Dark Matter Evolution  [Bandcamp]
11. Kenneth Hooper – Directions  [Bandcamp]
12. Eguana – Invisible Civilization Vol. 4  [Bandcamp]
13. Evenfall – Indigo Skies  [Bandcamp]
14. Thievery Corporation – Symphonik  [iTunes]
15. Monica Williams – Within Us All  [Bandcamp]
16. Steve Roach – The Sky Opens  [Bandcamp]
17. Paul Speer – Sonoran Odyssey  [iTunes]
18. Various Artists – Psychill Blossom, Vol. 1  [Bandcamp]
19. Tom Moore & Mike Clay – Beyond Our Orbit  [Bandcamp]
20. Chris Russell – Destiny  [Bandcamp]
21. Halftribe & Spinnet – Patterns of Sync  [Bandcamp]
22. AeTopus – Deep Variants  [Bandcamp]
23. Sherry Finzer – Transcendence  [Bandcamp]
24. Ambiscend – Tranquility II: Mind and Soul  [Bandcamp]
25. Billy Denk – Soul Immersion  [Bandcamp]

Monday, May 4, 2020

PGM 260: Strange Visitation

Otherworldly ambient electronica inspired by inexplicable phenomena!

Artist Name / Track Title / Album Title
Dream Twice / Optica / Raneous
Alien Mutation & Cyberix / I Had A Hallucination / Chill Out Trance Vol. 2
Peter Edwards Ambient / The Quantum Mechanics of Time Travel through Post-Selected Teleportation / Temporal Divergence

Cosmic Cadence / Lunar Logic / Lunar Logic [single]
Hollan Holmes / West Texas Backroads / Milestones
Remote Vision / Survey Pilot / The Outer Plateau
Isostatic / Honeycomb Ripples / Cloud Forms
Germind / Paintings of gods / Thoughtform
Ancient Astronaut / Awakening of Memories / Spheres of Love
Forrest Smithson / Extra Galactic / The Five Gates