Matter

Matter

Mild Peril (2014, Telefuture)

Imagine a sci-fi/fantasy amalgam featuring feather-haired space knights soaring through the cosmos on metallic steeds, wielding blades of cyber-mithril and saving maidens from evil nebula dragons.

A U R O R A

A U R O R A

Ben Frost (2014, MUTE)

This is the sound of musical equipment being tortured and pushed to its limits until the envelope isn’t just breached, but rather, punctured, shredded, and burnt to a crisp by the exit velocity.

Mise en Abyme

Mise en Abyme

Raison d’être (2014, Transgredient Records)

Mise en Abyme is a fascinating, disturbing, enthralling, unsettling listen, and one of the most accomplished Raison d’être releases to date.

Birds EP

Birds EP

Ceremony (2013, Emerald & Doreen Records)

Ceremony doesn’t bring anything new to the shoegaze formula; rather, they take the genre’s hallmarks and just turn them up way past 11.

Décembre au Mont des Oliviers

Décembre au Mont des Oliviers

Lonsai Maïkov (2013, Brave Mysteries)

This may be neo-folk, but don’t expect an album full of nothing but blissed out psych-folk or martial industrial numbers.

Pinô

Pinô

Otto A Totland (2014, Sonic Pieces)

A collection of poignant solo piano pieces that’s perfect for looking at faded photographs and thumbing through dusty old books.

Movements of Night

Movements of Night

Secret Pyramid (2013, Students of Decay)

The brevity of Amir Abbey’s haunting ambient pieces belies their emotional effect.

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Infinity Shred (2013, Paracadute)

If you’re expecting subtlety and restraint from a band calling themselves Infinity Shred, then you’ve got another thing coming.

Seventeen Million Lonely Angels

Seventeen Million Lonely Angels

Luca Ciut (2013, Self-Released)

Ciut displays a deft touch for balancing light and dark, joy and melancholy in his take on modern classical.

Ephemeron (Fragment #6)

Ephemeron (Fragment #6)

Pan Aurora (2013, Monopsone)

An intoxicating blend of impeccable post-punk and gloomy, melodramatic lyrics.