Atlas Sound+Arp+Matthew Dear+Eluvium

Posted by Jakub

Rocking with the new Deerhunter record is fun but I hate wearing out a record too early so I started digging thru some Atlas Sound and pulled out this gem of an early EP.

Arp has some light synth work that takes some time to grow but that growing time is where you want spend your time listening, soo relaxing.

For those who bought the Matthew Dear album on CD you didn’t get this digital bonus from Matt. Its a new spectrum of that circular sound he does that grabs me.

I’ve noticed i’ve been looking for more tasteful piano music, Eluvium and Peter Broderick have been my go to’s, any more suggestions? I know its a huge can of worms to bust open, I don’t need any BS like Radiohead piano covers or dumb shite like that.

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GregG. says:

October 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

for softer stuff with lots of quiet piano melodies (and interesting clicks+cuts), I enjoy putting on Edith Progue’s “Timeline” album. Cheers!


mpb says:

October 14, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Jakub – try “Goldmund” which is the quiet-piano alter ego of Helios, if you are familiar with that project. Goldmund’s latest album, “Famous Places” is really terrific if you enjoy that sort of thing. Would love to know what you think of it.


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October 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

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Matthias says:

October 15, 2010 at 4:45 am

You should definitely try Hauschka, Craig Armstrong’s piano work, Ludovico Einaudi, Nils Frahm, Anna Rose, Sakamoto, Chris Abraham’s solo piano work…


Nate Levenson says:

October 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Stars of the Lid’s last two albums have had some truly beautiful piano pieces among other things. Two of my favorite ambient albums, definitely something you’ll be able to dig your teeth into.


Dave says:

October 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Rafael Anton Irisarri is definitely incredible.
He remixed a song called “Harm and Boon” by a band called Balmorhea from Austin, TX. Both Balmorhea’s and Irisarri’s versions are wonderful.

Balmorhea has some amazing piano music as well. Western Vinyl has been putting out some amazing stuff lately.


David says:

October 16, 2010 at 9:08 am

Ludovico Einaudi is one I like, I originally heard the music in the film ‘This Is England’ then as part of an interactive sculpture in Berlin.


Per says:

October 17, 2010 at 10:58 pm

The swedish ambient project Porn Sword Tobacco, although the piano do have company with a few other instruments.


Glen says:

October 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

Wes Willenbring. He lives and works in SF and is on the Hidden Shoal label with another one of my favorites, Sankt Otten.

Here’s a great write up that Aquarius did for his first album:

“…gorgeous wet windshield smears, sparkling with muted colors, glistening and glimmering, it’s the music of light reflecting off wet pavement, the sound of trees heavy with snow and ice, of home movies of long car trips, of out of focus landscapes from the past. Melodies that creep and drift, gradually growing heavier and heavier, the clouds gathering, until it’s a slow drive through thick fog, shapes and sounds barely visible…. Imbued with warmth, emotion, hidden melody, dark secrets, the songs may end up adrift on a glimmering black sea, but they began on the shore, within site of home and family, gradually moving farther and farther away, the familiar fading away, slipping slowly into the unknown. Absolutely gorgeous…”

Read more:

TL;DR – Wes Willenbring is awesome if you like Eluvium. Download it!


Jeff Masamori says:

October 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I love many of the piano musicians listed so far, here’s a few others

Fabrizio Paterlini
Sophie Hutchings
Andrei Machado
Bosques de mi Mente
Dakota Suite’s more recent album The End of Trying
Ben Woods
The Tumbled Sea

Some have some ambient/string stuff too, but piano is the main component.