dark ambient

GNAWED - "Ruin"

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GNAWED - "Ruin"

(No Rent Records) 

Ruin is the soundtrack for the day after the end of the world. No one remains. This is the sound of empty cities filled with only echoes, vacant streets occupied by only shadows, and a creeping desolation that no one can feel. 

Welcome to the Ruin. Industrial ambient artist Gnawed creates vast soundscapes that expertly layer stacked field recording with precise application of original electronic wizardry. This masterwork of loneliness and regret, comprised of two sidelong tracks, clocks in at just under an hour, and is a powerful piece to take in.

Listen to this monstrosity and ponder the poor decisions that finally brought mankind to its end in this doomsday scenario. Buildings are leveled, smoke darkens the sky, no birds sing, nor crickets crick. This is the end, my friend. Grab it on cassette or digital at No Rent.

Gray Lee

 https://norentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ruin-nrr75

 

FICTIONAL GIRLFRIEND - "Perfume Garden"

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Fictional Girlfriend - "Perfume Garden"

(Junk Maker Sounds) 

A good bit of the vaporwave genre tries to capture a hyper-technological retro future filled with neon-lit Tokyo alleyways and Greek statues listening to boomboxes with anime schoolgirls, but Fictional Girlfriend has something else in mind entirely - a dark, brooding dronefest in the confined service corridors of an oppressive, rusted factory.

There are certainly strong vaporwave tendencies here, such as in the intro to the opening track Double Ought Gardens, but for a larger part of the release, the focus is on well-constructed ambient drone pieces that invoke a close, anxious, boiler-room-at-night kind of feeling.  Phobes Breath would be a perfect example of this. It is a brilliantly dark piece that conjures flickering ghosts in shadowy corners. 

Despite the spooky, unsettling vibe - or perhaps because of it - Perfume Gardens is a densely packed audio experience that one finds themselves returning to, perhaps trying to unravel the mystery again., earning the Houdini Mansions stamp of: [Highly Recommend]

Gray Lee

 https://junkmakersounds.bandcamp.com/album/perfume-garden