Saturday’s ambient sounds [Listen]


I’ve recently been revisiting some of my favorite ambient artists and making some new discoveries. I thought I’d do a little roundup of what I’ve been daydreaming to for the last week.

Rhian Sheehan & Helios

Keith Kenniff AKA Helios released an album of his previously released songs that have been remixed by a variety of artists. Halving The Compass is one of my all time favourite Helios tracks, and was recently remixed by Rhian Sheehan, an award winning musician from New Zealand. Rhian Sheehan put the ambient scene in awe with his 2008 album, Standing in Silence. I genuinely can’t think of a better composer to remix this track. The pacing and intimate sounds of the piano are perfect.

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Four Tet – Pink [News/Listen]

Over the past year or so Kieran Hebden AKA Four Tet has been releasing a number of 12” singles via his own Text record label. For the benefit of those without a turntable he has decided to bring these tracks together in album form. This new collection of tracks is called Pink (artwork above). It has been released digitally via Hebden’s Text label today, and is available from all the usual places. There will be a CD release of the album too, although this is restricted to Japan only. You can listen to two of the tracks from the album below.

Four Tet – Pink

1. Locked
2. Lion
3. Jupiters
4. Ocoras
5. 128 Harps
6. Pyramid
7. Peace For Earth
8. Pinnacles

Four Tet – 128 Harps

Four Tet – Jupiters

Youth Lagoon Announces Spring Tour for 2012 [News]

Off the back of the absolutely fantastic The Year of Hibernation (released last month in the UK ), Youth Lagoon has announced a spring tour with dates in the US, Australia, Japan and Europe. The album ranked #21 on SPIN magazines best 50 albums of 2011 and for good reason. It’s been a good year for music and this was one of the highlights for me. Tour dates are as follows.

01-19 Seattle, WA – Neumos
01-20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore
01-21 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02-15 Melbourne, Australia – The Toff in Town
02-16 Sydney, Australia – Oxford Art Factory
02-18 Tokyo, Japan – Hostess Club Weekender
02-23 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02-24 Koln, Germany – Gebaude 9
02-25 Paris, France – Point Ephemere
02-27 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
02-28 Munich, Germany – 59 To 1
02-29 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
03-02 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
03-03 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
03-06 London, England – Electrowerkz
03-10 Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge
03-11 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
03-12 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
03-18 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
03-19 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
03-20 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
03-21 Orlando, FL – The Social
03-22 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
03-23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03-24 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
03-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03-27 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-28 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-29 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
03-30 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
03-31 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
04-02 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
04-03 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
04-04 Chicago, IL – Metro
04-05 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
04-08 Mexico City, Mexico – Indie O Fest
04-11 San Diego, CA – Porter’s Pub
04-12 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
04-13 San Francisco, CA – The Independent

If you’re interested in grabbing the album (which I highly recommend) you can find it at Lefse Records The Year of Hibernation.

New Four Tet – Moma [Listen]

I’m a big fan of charity, especially when it’s for a really good cause. Four Tet has posted the track Moma which is his contribution to the We Are The Works In Progess compilation to raise money for Japan and it’s recovery post-tsunami.

As with most of Kieran’s music under his Four Tet monicker it’s a colourful and bright track with plenty of charm that builds beautifully.

The compilation drops on the 10th January 2012 and all proceeds benefit JAPAN SOCIETY EARTHQUAKE RELIEF FUND & ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY. It’s a more than worthy cause and just look at that list of contributors! You could do a lot worse than having this compilation in your collection.

more information can be found on the we are the works in progress tumblr page