Lost Tribe Sound: The Western Divide

• July 28th, 2019

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I can't tell you how excited I am for this mix. Well, actually I'm telling you right now so that first line was bullshit. Suffice it to say I love this mix. It comes from our good friends at Lost Tribe Sound, an amazing record label that is having a hell of a year. Of course, last year was pretty darn good as well.

 

Ryan Keane, the man behind Lost Tribe Sound, has put together a mix that is interesting and varied. It's cohesive without sounding all the same. This is a wonderful collection of tunes. 

 

Here's what Ryan has to say about this mix:

 

Rarely do I get the chance to work on creating mixes of music, but I’m definitely more inspired to do so when I can ground the mix in a solid theme or concept.  When I was given the chance to create one for the highly-esteemed Low Light Mixes, I figured, it better be decent.

 

‘The Western Divide,’ my latest mix, is a grab bag of emotions, sort of manic, nostalgic, playful, with the ever-present tinge of dread and uncertainty that really mirrors how I’ve been feeling about life and society as a whole lately.  I partly wanted to see how bizarre the music I mixed together could get while still remaining palatable. Honing in on some pieces of music that come across as somewhat otherworldly spaghetti western sounding, I set about juxtaposing them with odd forms of jazz, electronic, hymn-like horn and organ pieces. It may have a bit of that Ennio Morricone score to some dystopian future General Hospital sort of vibe to it.  

 

I’ve been infatuated as of late with unique uses of horns in experimental music, it seems that most of the time horns can easily be a pitfall in many styles of music. Either from overstaying their welcome, riding too long on what I like to call the “Dad Chords,” where it just gets cheesy, or simply becoming too noodly and irritating that the song would be better off without them. So hopefully I’ve combined some enjoyable uses of horns into the mix that avoid these situations, but who knows, I’m quite possibly out of touch.

 

In full disclosure, I run the label Lost Tribe Sound, so a few of the selections in the mix are from recent or upcoming albums on the label.  The opening piece is from a brilliant electro-acoustic Danish trio, Skyphone, which we’ve have the honor of putting out two albums for this August.  Kali Malone follows with her perfect use of a church organ as the ultimate drone machine. Next, a very odd find from a Spotify suggestion of all places, Jeremy Krinsley and Greg Heffernan’s only album together, ‘Material Culture 9.19.15’ is some left-field electronica, filled with loads of charming moments.   

 

Next, Hampshire & Foat kick in, their ‘Saint Lawrence’ album from this year is an instrumental masterpiece for those into dim-lit jazz fueled folk. Sailcloth up next, also blew my mind, primarily an experimental upright bassist, the featured selection works more off of a droning horn and subdued bass notes than some of the other more pronounced tunes on the EP, ‘Close Keeping.’  Then, Danny Scott Lane who’s recent album on Shimmering Moods is about as perfectly refined an example as one could hope for from an experimental drone/classical album. Hoera is a mixed bag of tricks as well, bizarre combos of electronics, jazz, ambient and folk somehow fold into a very satisfying whole, definitely recommend all three of their albums. Drombeg, another tasty discovery, thanks to the Thesis label, an intense focus of melody and progression make this breed of classical well worth checking out.

 

Working in his way slowly into the tail end of Drombeg is a new piece from Ben McElroy, a highly emotive and creative songwriter, his whole catalog is sublime.  Mute Forest, a long-time favorite, lent me an exclusive song from his upcoming album for this mix, introducing “The Riven Sun.”  Followed that with a rising master of primitive guitar experimentalism, Seabuckthorn, from his new album, “It Can Ashen” is a droning genius.  Next up, Spheruleus with his title track from his brand new and highly engaging electro-acoustic album for my label Lost Tribe Sound. Zakè follows with some seriously delicious droning classical string and tape experiments from this year courtesy of Past Inside The Present. Kinbrae’s album, ‘Landforms’ from earlier this year totally destroys me, and is a great example of how to use those horns properly.  After that, Federico Mosconi delivers beautiful finger-picked guitar, bathed in the most melancholic waves of static and synths one could ask for! 

 

MALK comes next with ‘Re-treat’ and delivers one of the most offbeat, original albums Lost Tribe Sound has ever produced, just give in to it. The penultimate piece comes from Offthesky, who’s had a hugely impressive year with two new albums that I’d consider among the best of the year. “Future Fire” provides another gorgeous example of how horns can work so beautifully in ambient music.  Finally, the mix closes with one of my favorite artists of all time, Geir Sundstøl. Geir’s newest genre-bending album on Hubro, is beyond genius.  I’ve got give a special thanks to Hubro, who’ve finally uploaded their entire catalog to Bandcamp, making it far easier to enjoy, definitely go explore the music they put out.

 

Hope you enjoy these tunes. Thanks for listening and having a read.

 

Thanks, Ryan!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    Skyphone - Les Clouds(Marsh Drones)

04:00    Kali Malone - Sacrificial Code(The Sacrificial Code)

06:56    Jeremy Krinsley / Greg Heffernan - Material Culture 9.19.15, Pt. 1(Material Culture 9.19.15)

08:00    Hampshire & Foat - The Undercliff(Saint Lawrence)

13:04    Sailcloth - Year Long Storm(Close Keeping)

15:04    Danny Scott Lane - Four(How To Empty A Cup)

18:08    HOERA. - Jin(Jaunu)

21:20    Drombeg - The White Raven(Thesis Drive 2/3)

27:52    Ben McElroy - They Told Us Not To Wonder(They Told Us Not To Wonder)

29:50    Mute Forest - The Riven Sun(Riders Storm)

33:20    Seabuckthorn - It Can Ashen(Crossing)

37:20    Spheruleus - Light Through Open Blinds(Light Through Open Blinds)

39:44    Zakè - 000425978 OTS1[pure violet](Orchestral Tape Studies)

42:24    Kinbrae - Meander(Landforms)

48:04    Federico Mosconi - Melody Not Melody(Light Not Light)

51:20    MALK - Re-Treat(WMAIDIT)

54:08    Offthesky - Future Fire(Illuminate)

57:36    Geir Sundstøl - Waterloo(Brødløs)

62:28    end

 

 

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Stranger Synths 2019

• July 4th, 2019

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In honor of the third season of Stranger Things dropping today, Low Light Mixes presents Stranger Synths 2019. This a retro synth mix that falls right in line with the synth sounds of Netflix's Stranger Things series.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Just A Human - Stranger Things Remix
    01:33 Pye Corner Audio - Deep Space Probe
    03:54 Sinoia Caves - 1983 Main Theme
    06:22 The Belbury Circle - Heading Home
    11:15 Locust - I'll Be There
    14:40 Rheyne - Live Jam #169
    20:03 David Trevelyan - Car Crash
    22:37 Chromatics - Yes(Symmetry Remix)
    26:25 Jean Michel Jarre - The Heart Of The Noise Pt. 1
    30:22 PYLOT - Blurred Vision
    33:09 ASC - Sequence 2
    36:56 Merrin Karras - Void
    44:50 Frank Bretschneider - Motorik
    49:01 The Advisory Circle - Be Seeing You
    53:57 Kasper Bjørke Quartet - The Antiphon(Epilogue)
    66:03 end

 

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Levitate by Innesti

• June 30th, 2019

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One of my favorite discoveries over the past year has been Innesti. The last album, released in February, is called Formless and that describes perfectly the music of Innesti. The tunes have a hazy, meandering feel that I love in ambient music.

 

Today Innesti releases a new album - Between Worlds, which I am very excited about. To celebrate this new release we have a new mix from Innesti created for Low Light Mixes. The new mix is called Levitate and here is what the artist has to say about it:

 

"This mix is designed to showcase some recent ambient releases from 2019. The soundscapes are introspective, quiet, and restorative, and should be ideal for reading, sleeping, or meditating."   

 

Check out Innesti music here:

 

https://innesti.bandcamp.com/


https://open.spotify.com/artist/6vjQzIlQxwDP0miO2oGoXE 

 

I'm playing the new album for the first time as I type this and it's wonderful! 

Thanks for the great music and beautiful mix!

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    Innesti - Oars Divide the Ocean (Between Worlds)

05:03    anthéne - Lost Channel (Lost Channel)

08:40    Bzaurie - Flight of Pollen (Floral Patterns)

13:50    Tabard - Garden Palace (Garden Palace)

17:45    扎克 - Radiance (扎克)

21:35    Eternell & endlesstrains - Elevation (Autumn Sky)

25.19    Kenji Kihara - Hayama Ambient 001 (Hayama Ambient 001)

30:00    end

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Whitelabrecs 2019(so far)

• June 16th, 2019

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I made a list of my favorite ambient albums of the first half of 2019 and noticed that there were 6 releases from the Whitelabrecs label on it. Harry Towell, who records as Spheruleus, runs Whitelabrecs and he has done a great job expanding the roster of artists and getting better and better every year.

 

So to celebrate all these excellent recordings I decided to make a mix using all 2019 Whitelabrecs releases. You can find Whitelabrecs on Bandcamp here...

 

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/music

 

Here are all the albums used in this mix...

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/odd

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/the-other-gold-side

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/suspended-in-silence

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/any-given-moment

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/asymmetry

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/vihne-2

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/gr-nland

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/sleeplaboratory10

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    anthene - lucky(asymmetry 2019)
  • 03:12    Jens Pauly - Staub(Vihne 2019)
  • 08:00    Samsuo - Still Trees(The Other Gold Side 2019)
  • 13:48    Hipnotic Earth - And Then She Smiles(Suspended in Silence 2019)
  • 18:30    Sven Laux - ODD I(ODD 2019)
  • 26:38    Glåsbird - Tundra(Grønland 2019)
  • 32:45    Ben Rath - Wait For It(Any Given Moment 2019)
  • 41:44    Daniela Orvin - Wide Ocean(Sleeplaboratory 1.0 2019)
  • 45:10    Jens Pauly - Nacht(Vihne 2019)
  • 49:34    Hipnotic Earth - Afterthe Rain, Moss(so) Alive(Vibrant)(Suspended in Silence 2019)
  • 53:35    Sven Laux - ODD IV(ODD 2019)
  • 61:00    end

 

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Sunday Morning Music vol. 18 - Sun Room

• June 9th, 2019

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The 18th installment in the Sunday Morning Music series is here.  It starts with one of my favorite albums of the year - Spirit by Rhye. It's so beautiful and intimate. From there we get some more pretty tunes because that's what I want on Sunday morning - no dark ambient drones here, just pretty and calm.

 

All the tracks are fairly new - the oldest being from 2016, while most are from this year.

 

Sunday morning musings - the cover pic of a cup of coffee reminded me of something. I've noticed in a lot of the science fiction I read that coffee is very important to a lot of characters in sci-fi stories. Many times it's in a post-apocalyptic world and coffee has become rare, a character finds a stash of coffee and it's like striking gold. Or a character is in space and has been traveling for a long time and finally gets to a location that has coffee and again it's like they have found the holy grail. This type of thing happens more often than I would have expected. I wonder if it's because writers drink lots of coffee as they write and they know that coffee is the world's most wonderful liquid(right behind beer).

 

Grab some coffee, interstellar or not, and take a listen to this latest mix.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Rhye - Awake(Spirit 2019)
  • 03:39    Marty Hicks - Alnum Hymn 56(Olreilion 2019)
  • 06:55    Lullatone - Waking Up On A Picnic Blanket(Music For Museum Gift Shops 2019)
  • 09:29    Ann Annie - Wander Into(wander into 2019)
  • 15:00    Wilson Tanner - Sun Room(69 2016)
  • 19:30    Joseph Shabason - 1517(Anne EP 2019)
  • 25:05    High Tides - Tidal Movement(Paradise Daze 2019)
  • 28:36    Kryshe - Meditation(Hauch 2019)
  • 31:31    Meitei - Nami(Komachi 2019)
  • 35:00    Andrew Heath - Headland(Soundings 2017)
  • 36:31    Nicholas Britell - The Children of Our Age(If Beale Street Could Talk 2018)
  • 37:47    Corey Fuller - Lamentation(Break 2019)
  • 40:22    Wilson Tanner - Odd Low(69 2016)
  • 43:22    Rhye - Green Eyes(Spirit 2019)
  • 45:37    The Phonometrician - Poppy Meadows(Mnemosyne 2019)
  • 50:48    The Hardy Tree - After The Rain(Stagale EP 2019)
  • 56:30    Lullatone - Morning Coffee(Music For Museum Gift Shops 2019)
  • 59:30    end 
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The Gentle Space Music of Hollan Holmes curated by Paul Asbury Seaman

• May 26th, 2019
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I am excited to bring you another beautifully curated mix from Paul Asbury Seaman. Anyone who has been to this blog in the last couple of years should be familiar with Paul's excellent mixes. The most recent of which was a train mix from a couple of months ago...

 

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2019/03/places-ive-never-beenode-to-high-speed.html

 

This collection of tunes is a tribute to one of Paul's favorite artists, Hollan Holmes.

 

https://hollanholmes.bandcamp.com/

 

Here's what Paul has to say about this mix:

 

“The Hearts of Space radio program wasn’t named after Hollan Holmes, but it could have been. His music is infused with both awe and a tenderness not often found in space music, which is all the more impressive given that he uses no acoustic instruments. This mix, in honor of Holmes’s soon-to-be-released seventh album, includes two tracks by Richard Burmer, a primary influence on Holmes, and two by fellow Spotted Peccary artist, Massergy. (Note: Cover artwork for this mix was created by and through the courtesy of Hollan Holmes, from his forthcoming album, MILESTONES.)”

 

Thanks Paul!

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Hollan Holmes - Darkness and Light(Prayer to the Energy 2017)
  • 05:00    Richard Burmer - Solarsex(Mosaic 1984)
  • 10:30    Hollan Holmes - That Ephemeral Spark(Prayer the the Energy 2017)
  • 17:46    Richard Burmer - Winter on the Wind(Mosaic 1984)
  • 21:54    Hollan Holmes - A Precarious Trajectory(Phase Shift 2013)
  • 27:35    Massergy - Cold White Smoke(Fire Opal 2019)
  • 36:15    Stellardrone - Breathe In The Light(Between The Rings 2017)
  • 40:56    Massergy - The Shepherdess(Fire Opal 2019)
  • 50:42    Hollan Holmes - Enduro(The Spirits of Starlight 2014)
  • 57:12    Hollan Holmes - Interstellar Lullaby(Incandescent 2015)
  • 62:45    end
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An Alternative ARRIVAL Soundtrack

• May 19th, 2019

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I love the film, Arrival, so I should have thought of this myself. But a listener commented on my Blade Runner alternative mix that I should do an alternative mix for Arrival. Yes!

 

So here it is - An Alternative Arrival Soundtrack. I absolutely love Johann Johannsson's original soundtrack, probably one of my top two or three soundtracks of all time. So this mix is not attempting to make something that I think is better than his score. It's sort of a supplement to the original, a collection of tracks that fit with the style of the original.

 

 All of the tunes are newer than the original soundtrack, which came out in 2016. All the tunes except On The Nature Of Daylight by Max Richter. That amazing track was used to open and close the film. Here I use it in an unusual way - it plays backward then forward at the end of the mix. The film messes with the concept of the passage of time and the Richter track bookends the film to bring events of the end back around to the beginning. So playing it backward then forward kind of does the same thing. And it's crazy how much the track still sounds the same while playing backward.

 

If you haven't seen the film, go see it. It is definitely one of my top three favorite films of all time. Here's a link to the Blade Runner alternative mix...

 

https://www.mixcloud.com/lowlight/alternative-blade-runner-2049-soundtrack/

 

Cheers!

 

PS - the tune @ 15:00 is from my son. He did an excellent track for the Blade Runner mix and so I went to him immediately for this mix as well.

 

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    Tale Of Us - Alla Sera

04:00    Skamoto - Solari(Johannsson rework)

09:12    Nils Frahm - Kaleidoscope

10:08    Hibernis - The Grape Leaves

15:00    Just A Human - Heptapod(version 1)

17:12    Sakamoto - Disintegration(Alva Noto remodel)

22:10    Ocoeur - Embers

26:05    Ital Tek - Cipher

31:03    Caleb Burhans - Early Music (For a Saturday)

35:20    Vieo Abiungo - The Dregs

36:50    r beny - overgrowth

41:30    Sven Laux & Daniela Orvin - Friends

46:38    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(backward)

52:45    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(forward)

58:56    end

 

 

 

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Set The Controls

• April 28th, 2019

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And now for something completely different. This latest mix is almost, dare I say, dance music. Yikes! Actually it's not like this is EDM/Dubstep with ridiculous drops and autotune vocals. But all the music in this mix definitely has 4/4 time signature.

 

One of my favorite discoveries over the last couple of years has been the music of Kiasmos, a minimal techno duo comprised of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. The music has the 4x4 beat but it's more gentle than full on techno or house music. It's great for keeping pace when out walking the dog.

 

 

A few of my other favorites appear in this mix such as Christian Löffler, Recondite and a fantastic cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun."

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Christian Löffler - York
  • 03:00    Emmit Fenn - Halo 22
  • 06:16    Kiasmos - Blurred
  • 10:20    Steve Hauschildt - Alienself
  • 15:35    Ben Bohmer - Flug & Fall
  • 21:37    Stavroz - The Finishing
  • 24:45    Bedouin - Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  • 31:50    Dominik Eulberg - Sansula(Max Cooper mix)
  • 36:18    Recondite - Levo
  • 40:43    Isolee - Allowance
  • 46:40    Prins Thomas - Fra Miami til Chicago
  • 51:15    Purl - Vuela
  • 57:25    Loscil - Le Plongeur
  • 61:17    end

 

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Subaquatic Universe

• April 9th, 2019

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Nine years ago I did a mix of 70s & 80s library music as a soundtrack for underwater exploration. I've always liked the odd vibe of that mix and always wanted to do a follow up. Now it's finally here with Subaquatic Universe.

 

It's essentially the same formula and sound as the first one. Vibraphone, fender rhodes, flutes and bubbles play a large role in creating this underwater universe. 

 

While collecting tracks for this mix I came across a bunch of other library music which will make for a great retro 70s sci fi mix which I'll put together later this year.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    John Hyde - Heron
  • 01:33    Eric Vann - Diving
  • 04:37    Walter Rockman - Chromosomes
  • 06:03    Atmo - Acque Tranquille
  • 08:18    Jim Harbourg - Empathy
  • 10:48    Joel Vandroogenbroeck & F. Voelxen - Cascades
  • 13:27    John Tender - Underwater Fantasy
  • 15:30    Franco Tamponi - Stelle Marine
  • 18:20    Gaston Borreani - Prelude aux Voiliers
  • 20:25    Bruton Library Music - Running Waters
  • 21:50    Walter Rockman - Sea Life
  • 23:20    Teddy Lasry - Moins 8000
  • 27:40    Gerhard Narholz - Electronique
  • 29:20    A.Perry & D.Sarkys - Canadian Colours 4
  • 30:00    Amedeo Tommasi - Correnti Sottomarine
  • 33:03    Walt Rockman - Submarine Scenery
  • 35:03    Eric Vann - Sunken Galleons
  • 38:30    Alan Hawkshaw - Eternity
  • 42:15    Atmo - Acque Profonde
  • 44:30    Piero Umiliani - Musica Delle Sfere
  • 46:12    Gaston Borreani - Cirrus
  • 49:35    Georg Deuter - Deep Sea
  • 52:43    end
 
 
 
 
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Places I’ve Never Been(Ode to High-Speed Rail)

• March 24th, 2019

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Everything about trains is evocative. The sound of the whistle, the rhythm of the tracks, the sounds of the station, etc. Trains make for a perfect theme in electronic music mixes. Which is why you're bound to hear several of them this year from Low Light mixes.


This first one comes to us from my frequent collaborator, Paul Asbury Seaman. Not only has Paul done previous excellent mixes for me, he's also done a couple train mixes. Here's what he has to say about his latest creation...


“In my last mix I celebrated “liminal space,” the long in-betweens of life. Travel by train is both metaphor and literally that. Beyond the excitement of the busy station and going someplace new, for many of us the journey is the destination: the experience as both overview and connectedness, not felt from an airplane. The impetus for this mix was the just-released debut album of d’Voxx, on Ian Boddy’s UK label, DiN. And I dedicate it to the EuroPass, which ever since the 1960s has enabled vacationers and tourists from around the world to travel at highly-discounted rates—including by high-speed rail—anywhere in the 30 countries that are part of the system. Something that in the United States is, for now, only an ambient dream.”

 

The mix changes gears for the last tune, using sax, acoustics instruments and vocals but Paul thought it would fit well because A) it's called Train and B) it has "the dead-tired but satisfied feeling you have when you get home to your own bed after a long trip."

 

Cheers and safe travels!

 

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    d'Voxx - Akalla Söder(2019 Télégraphe)

  • 08:44    Rival Consoles - Persona(2018 Persona)

  • 15:06    Stimulus Timbre - We Reached for the Sky(2017 A Place We Never Been)

  • 21:40    Steve Roach - Core Meditation 1(2017 CORE - Legacy Edition)

  • 30:05    Evan Marc & Steve Hillage - Alpha Phase(2008 Dreamtime Submersible)

  • 37:45    Aepiel - Aves(2012 Painting The Sky)

  • 46:20    Stimulus Timbre - Look at the Stars & Think of Us(2017 A Place We Never Been)

  • 51:54    His Name Is Alive - Train(2002 Last Night)

  • 59:10    end

 

 

 

 
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