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OREN AMBARCHI

Gene.

OREN AMBARCHI

Gene.

Sparse yet almost harrowing angular sounds from this sometime Sunn O))) collaborator.

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Thisquietarmy

Blackhunter

Thisquietarmy

Blackhunter

Dark textures built around lo-fi black metal from Montreal's Eric Quach.

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MURCOF / DEATHPROD

Ulysses (Deathprod mix)

MURCOF / DEATHPROD

Ulysses (Deathprod mix)

Helge Sten delivering another endlessly harrowing treatment, this time for Mexico's Murcof.

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ES

Suuri Höyhen

ES

Suuri Höyhen

Sami Sänpäkkilä, owner and curator of the Fonal label, with a midnight excursion into the forest.

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SVARTE GREINER

The Black Dress

SVARTE GREINER

The Black Dress

Labeling itself "acoustic doom" and plundering a record collection stacked with Earth and Badalamenti.

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GRAILS

Clean Living

GRAILS

Clean Living

A three-pronged guitar assault on doomy krautrock experimentation.

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Mika Vainio

Unien Holvit

Mika Vainio

Unien Holvit

Pristine processes funelled into the darkest shapes from the inimitable Vainio and the Sahko imprint.

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JASPER TX

Black Sleep pt. IV

JASPER TX

Black Sleep pt. IV

Evocatively rendered creaking turning into a sea of sustain and distant harmonic signals.

156

Asher

Landscape Studies 1

Asher

Landscape Studies 1

Micro-acoustic darkage from Asher Thal-Nir for the Room 40 label.

156

william basinski

dlp 1.3

william basinski

dlp 1.3

Destruction and decay painted in looped, faded colours.

156

SEHT

Valles Marineris

SEHT

Valles Marineris

Thomas Koner-style droning recorded 'in the fog of autumn'.

156

BIOSPHERE

Gravity Assist

BIOSPHERE

Gravity Assist

Norway's Geir Jenssen with a typically sombre electronic reading.

156

ELEGI

Rak.

ELEGI

Rak.

Arctic field recordings creaking with a sense of menace,

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O.S.T.

Owitharn

O.S.T.

Owitharn

Berlin's Christopher Douglas with advanced soundscapes and 21st century gloom.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks of dark ambient”

Ambient music has long been tarnished by its association with new-age aesthetics and cheap 'dolphin-sound' compilations readily available at your nearest herbal remedy shop or local garden centre. This week's selection has been compiled with far darker objectives in mind, bringing together 14 supremely ominous recordings designed to elicit a sense of foreboding and apprehension. With a spiritual connection to Industrial music, and often using much the same palette as Metal, the sound was pioneered by Coil back in the late 80's and has continued to evolve via the likes of Helge Sten (aka Deathprod) and Svarte Greiner, artists unafraid to construct bleak tapestries with just the tiniest slivers of light allowed in to colour those immersive black textures...

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On 28 Jan 11:31 James K said:

“Fantastic 14 tracks”

A note to thank you for the 14 tracks of dark ambience. As always, the 14 tracks showed me something new, something scary and something beautiful. Boomkat, you are a wonder.

On 28 Jan 11:47 Patrick said:

“can't keep up”

to much, i haven't got to grips with half the stuff here

On 28 Jan 13:10 Darren Edwwards said:

“darkside”

Didnt know any of these and want to know more. Can anyone recommend me some other stuff like this?Love the Svarte Greiner and Mika Vaniio especially. Respect once again.

On 28 Jan 13:13 Adrian franks said:

“Helge Sten”

Deathprod all the way. Seriously good selection - the Deathprod boxed set is still one of the best things i've ever bought.

On 28 Jan 14:06 Tweaky D said:
http://friendsofannexparks.com

“relentless”

As always, 14 tracks of great stuff. Thanks for keeping things fresh.

On 29 Jan 23:17 Jstruthio said:

“We're gloomed ...”

Wonderful stuff for these times of economic gloom.

On 30 Jan 23:30 Timmo said:

“dp1.3 : like hearing someone die”

one of the most moving pieces of music i've ever heard.

On 31 Jan 00:39 ithinkx said:
http://ithinkxblog.blogspot.com/

“re: Darren Edwards”

for more stuff like Svarte Greiner, i'd recommend anything by his band Deaf Center (who are incredible) and a lot of other stuff on Type records, like "Dead Sea" by Xela and Grouper. Search for Type records on Boomkat.

On 31 Jan 17:51 d-zine said:

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On 31 Jan 17:59 Shawon Korr Van said:
http://civilradio18.blogspot.com

“Disappointing :(”

I got excited about this list however I found it rather dull. Most songs just move around a simple riff and repeat over and over. What happened to the limitless experimentalism of the Orb as far ambient music is concerned? Elegi was the most interesting, but to go that much deeper and darker I would recommend bands like 'Main', 'Human Greed', "The Body Lovers' or Dead Voices On Air - Incthuthil (amazing stuff)

On 31 Jan 18:58 andrew parker said:

“re : shawon”

The Orb? You're kidding, right?

On 31 Jan 20:11 Frank again said:

“ES - WOW!!”

Hey guys

Thanks for another stellar compilation. What I love best is finding out about stuff I've never heard of. On your recommendation I got the ES album (already had some of the others, e.g. Elegi which is also superb) and it was, like, a jaw-dropping revelation. I haven't felt that stunned from a late-night listen since first time through Alva Noto Xerrox, Murcof Martes, Xela Dead Sea, and the like. This album deserves widespread acclaim, like put it on a top 10 list somewhere. Awesome.

Thanks
Frank

On 31 Jan 23:57 Jason H said:

“Superbly Evocative Mix”

Thanks for this collection of perfectly arranged tracks - almost every one is a gem. I've been searching for this type of dark, moody music all winter long and here it is. A fantastic way into a genre I know little about. Cheers Boomkat.

On 01 Feb 17:59 jellyme said:

“dunno”

dunno yet

On 21 Aug 07:59 Pavel Groisman said:
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“not dark enough”

Guys, this is definitely NOT what defines the sound known as dark ambient to its fans. Don't get me wrong, this is a great selection of quality stuff, and I guess you can call it dark, but dark ambient genre it is not. What should've been here: Bad Sector, Apoptose, Troum, Inade, Blood Box, etc. Sadly, Boomkat does not sell CDs by these artists... It is a different type of electronica that arose from industrial music, but people who listen to it usually revolve in different social circles than IDMers, dubstep club-goers etc. That might explain why the dark ambient proper didn't make it in this selection.

On 19 Dec 22:57 jason wright said:

amazin pieces music