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.

Moon Tides

Moon Tides

Pure Bathing Culture (2013, Partisan Records)

Pure Bathing Culture’s music does contain that ‘80s vibe that’s all the rage thanks to chillwave, etc., but these songs are more than exercises in musical nostalgia.

Kveikur

Kveikur

Sigur Rós (2013, XL Recordings)

Kveikur makes me feel like I’m listening to Sigur Rós for the first thrilling time, and after nearly fifteen years, that’s a true pleasure.

The Low Drone of Earth

The Low Drone of Earth

Jay Tholen (2013, Swan City Sounds)

The Low Drone of Earth may be Tholen’s darkest album to date, but it’s also one of his most successful and well-realized.

7.25.2148

7.25.2148

Makeup and Vanity Set (2013, Telefuture)

With 7​.​25​.​2148, Makeup and Vanity Set have crafted a darkly beautiful synthesizer journey.

Espers

Espers

12 Followers/Meteo Xavier (2012, Dope Records)

One can easily imagine these songs playing in the background during boss battles, cut scenes, or while exploring the World Map — and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all.