Review: Composed of three distinct movements, In The Mist sees neo-classical composer Harold Budd writing for string quartets in addition to himself. Tracks 1-5, "The Whispers" see a suite of typically tone-bending minimalist piano compositions, while Tracks 6-8, "The Gun Fighters" see him adding abstract electronics to some dramatic compositions. Tracks 9-13 see his moody compositions for string quartet - arguably the most emotionally affecting of the album, and some of the best of his extraordinary career.
Review: Having released a quartet of albums in 2013, you'd think ambient adventurer Brock van Wey would fancy a rest. Not a bit of it. Here, he drops another full length, the decidedly Balearic and surprisingly touchy-feely I'll Only Break Your Heart. In 90s ambient fashion, the album's four tracks are decidedly long, allowing van Wey to develop themes without sticking to traditional song structures. For those who enjoy spine-tingling soundscapes and wide-eyed, evocative compositions, this is clearly a good thing. The intricate piano-and-vocal excursion "Feel, Unfeel" - pleasingly sparse and drenched in delay -and the epic ambient dub exploration "Appear, Disappear" are arguably the highlights, but as usual it's all of an impressively high standard.
Review: When it comes to soundscape-inspired ambient music - of which, it should be noted, there is plenty around at present - it can be hard to construct an album that's as interesting and enjoyable as it is soothing. Luckily, BVDub is an old hand at this kind of thing. Since 1999, he's released an astonishing 18 albums. This 19th full-length is one of his best. Gorgeous, bewitching and emotion-rich, with enough intricate detail to keep headphone listeners immersed in his calming world, it simply oozes class. There are odd forays into more beatsy territory - see the piano and hip-hop beats of the dreamy "Through The Lower Room, We Reach Higher" - but he really excels when keeping it beatless. The title track, in particular, is fantastic.