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Various Artists | Pop Ambient

It'd be easy to understand a resistance to "ambient" music — beyond all of its unfortunate Enya and dusty Eno connotations.
Kompakt (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 29, 2010

Julianna Barwick | Florine

When someone describes an album as “hmmm, I dunno, sort of like Enya if she were from Brooklyn” — that person is not setting you up for success with said album.
Emusic (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 04, 2009

Tim Hecker | An Imaginary Country

With his sixth album, Tim Hecker continues his computer-enabled investigations into the ambient music of nebulous distortion.
Kranky (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  March 10, 2009

Fripp + Eno

This collection of odds and sods isn’t exactly your father’s ambient music, though guitarist Robert Fripp and keyboardist/sonic sculptor Brian Eno are certainly the genre’s papas.
Beyond Even (1992-2006) | Opal
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 25, 2008

Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008


M83 do something unexpected on Digital Shades, Vol. 1 , diving headlong into ambient music.
Digital Shades, Vol. 1 | Mute
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 26, 2007


Space cases

Perhaps it’s something in the air, but in the last year or so it seems that Boston’s experimental outer limits has seen an analog-synthesizer renaissance.
Astronaut and Ernst Karel
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  December 14, 2007

Celebrating the blues

The seed of a new festival in Providence has begun to germinate, thanks to Mark Millof.
Plus, new discs from Becky Chace and Mary Ann Rossoni
By BOB GULLA  |  October 09, 2007

Dinosaur rock

Hooray for Earth singer/guitarist Noel Heroux spends so much time at his band’s Allston rehearsal space, you could imagine he practically lives there. And in fact he does, sleeping on an air mattress among broken guitar parts and empty beer cans. Hoora
Hooray for Earth’s smashing debut
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 15, 2006

Ozric Tentacles

This is one of the best tickets to intra-cranial space travel since the heyday of Yes and Tangerine Dream.
The Floor’s Too Far Away | Magna Carta
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  July 11, 2006

Of beats and beatitude

What the hell happened to ambient music?
Jah Wobble’s Zen dub meditations
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 25, 2006