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"Comprised of 18 short pieces, the soundtrack is a moody meditation on a vast landscape, sprawling across the hot wasteland, like a dark lonely cloud. Nearly ambient in nature, the music features acoustic and electric guitars, often gliding over a deep rumbling bass." ♫♪ read:// words on Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner's original motion picture soundtrack to "Transpecos" now out on Milan Records : http://hcdi.gs/Transpecos
I’ve heard of Bryce Dessner before. In fact, I covered his split with Jonny Greenwood which appeared on Deutsche Grammophon and, of course, his collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva No…
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"The highlight is the 52+ minute main track, titled Fluxon in which I always find losing myself, as I queue it for my daily soundtrack. Featuring field recordings, distant synth melodies, and plenty of spacious reverb, Fluxon is vast enough to stand out as an independent piece all on its own." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Lingua Lustra's "Essence" out on Psychonavigation Records : http://hcdi.gs/2d0ahIu
Albert Borkent is a Dutch ambient musician producing under the moniker Lingua Lustra since 2005. Although he’s got more than a dozen full-length releases under his belt, appearing on labels s…
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I hope that you enjoyed previous week’s entry in Roel Funcken‘s 8-hour long Autotroph mix, because here comes part two, featuring Tim Hecker, Abul Mogard, Fennesz, Greg Haines, Deru, Martin Nonstatic, Siavash Amini, Julien Neto, Rafael Anton Irisarri and many many more! http://hcdi.gs/Autotroph2
I hope that you enjoyed previous week’s first entry in Roel Funcken’s 8-hour long Autotroph mix, because here comes part two! Featuring some of my all time favorite artists, this s…
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"Förensligandet is one of those records that you must let in all on your own. If you’re not prepared for it, it will simply run over you, and you’ll be left broken, in the puddle of something lukewarm [...] But if you open up your windows while it’s pouring outside, and let the incense smoke mix in with all that vapor, the cold darkness of this ‘northern sound’ will at once feel welcome, needed, and nice." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute review of Dard Å Ranj Från Det Hebbershålska Samfundet's "Förensligandet" out on Northern Electronics : http://hcdi.gs/2bi6IkD
Here’s to the names I can’t pronounce! And as if that wasn’t enough, D.Å.R.F.D.H.S. appears to be an abbreviation, an acronym of sorts, for the project by the Swedish duo, Jonas R…
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"No let-up, no hesitation. Needlepoint guitar, deftly junglist drum programming, brooding synths and lethal sub-bass drive the engine. The production is immaculate, high definition. No hiss, no obscuring drones or extraneous noise: the music of Tooth is wide-open and exposed." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Raime's "Tooth" out on Blackest Ever Black : http://hcdi.gs/RaimeTooth
Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead introduced us to more than just their Raime project back in 2010 – it was also the same time we all learned all about the Blackest Ever Black aesthetic, which has…
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"Synth lines, layered over tight syncopated rhythms, drop throughout the deep corridors of warehouse war zones, teasing you with their outstanding cinematic quality, fading in and out of reality. Dig deeper and you will find yourself in fascinating lands, traversing a terrain of abstract geometric figures represented in meticulously crafted sound." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Lorn's "Vessel" out on Wednesday Sound : http://hcdi.gs/LornVessel
Marcos Ortega showed up on my radar some time in 2010, when he first appeared on Brainfeeder with his Nothing Else debut. Subsequently, as Ninja Tune acquired the label, he moved up in the ranks of…
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"The spotlighted piano tells a wistful tale, but without the darker shadows which often appear within the noir-fi style of the genre. Instead the music is pensive, elegant and grand, striking all the right chords this morning, as the clouds are slowly replaced by the sun." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Antonymes' "(For Now We See) Through A Glass Dimly" out on Hidden Shoal : http://hcdi.gs/Antonymes
Ian Hazeldine’s music as Antonymes has been on my rotations for years. He’s even made an exclusive mix for Headphone Commute, titled The Spaces Between Seconds. In 2011, The Licence To …
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"Zahn may have returned with a slew of newly explored territories in the last couple of years, but this is the first time when I definitely recognize that particular Arovane sound that I learned to adore on his Lilies, harpsichord and all…" ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute review of Porya Hatami & Arovane's "Kaziwa" now out on Time Released Sound limited edition music label : http://hcdi.gs/kaziwa_
Those familiar with Uwe Zahn and his Arovane project need no introduction to his sound. Growing up in the early 2000 electronica era, within the beautiful confines of City Centre Offices, the music…
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"This is what I am sharing with you now, with keys and sounds, pads and patterns, glitches and drums. My desire was to compose contrasted tales, to bring light on the paradox, from one extreme to the other, harshness to tranquility." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Aes Dana feat. Miktek - "Far & Off" out on Ultimae Records : http://hcdi.gs/FarOff
Vincent Villuis has been at the forefront of the so-called ‘psybient’ genre since 2001. If not for his very own Aes Dana project, then at least for managing the only label that continue…
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I hope that you are ready for another Roel Funcken mix, which is nearly 8 hours in length! I've convinced Roel to break it down into 4 consumable parts though, and am honored to present you with its first entry today! I know you will enjoy : http://hcdi.gs/Autotroph1
Roel Funcken is unstoppable. I don’t know where he finds the time (or the inspiration), but I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to host yet another one of his immersive mixes. I…
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"... transparent in its design, appearing as a soundtrack to an ever expanding universe, a hymn to an extraterrestrial life-form, a path into another dimension. But if its product is so unvarnished, fundamental and elementary, than why do I find myself returning over and over to play it again? It is because at the core of its deceivingly uncomplicated structure, lies an honest, direct, and sincere objective – to make music that captures the listener with sound and silence, with limits and space. Easily one of the best records of the year..." ♫♪ read:// Headphone Commute words on Ital Tek's "Hallowed" out on Planet Mu : http://hcdi.gs/hollwed
It seems that a lot of my reviews these days start with some flashback on how I originally came across a specific artist. I guess it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you, my readers, after …
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I've got a perfect selection of music for your weekend, featuring releases by Gabriela Parra, Marco Caricola, Luke Howard and Fabrizio Paterlini : http://hcdi.gs/2b19pof
Gabriela Parra Suite of Dreams It seems that 1631 Recordings is swooping in on solo piano music these days, and in the process introducing us to some newly discovered artists along the way. Enter G…
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Headphone Commute is an independent resource of candid words on electronic, experimental and instrumental music, featuring album reviews, artist interviews, label profiles, and a somewhat-weekly podcast.

The range of covered genres includes electronica, glitch, idm, drum’n’bass, breakcore, dubstep, trip-hop, modern classical, post-rock, shoegaze, ambient, downtempo, experimental, abstract, minimal and everything in between. 

HC is not associated with any artist, band, record label, promoter, distributor or retailer covered by the reviews. 

There is no hidden agenda behind these words. What you see is what you get. All that means is that we share our love for music because we want to – not because we have to.
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