Fennesz + Shigeto / A Setting Sun

Posted by Jakub

Fennesz black seaI don’t want to overwhelm the blog with ambient music because if I just posted what I listen to 70% of the time you’d be all in bed by 8pm every night but completely comfy and in dreamland. Hold on though, this isn’t just any kind of ambient though here on ISO50, I usually have to dig though alot of mediocre releases to find the gems to share with you and today i’ve found 2 Cullinan diamonds(largest polished diamond). The legendary Fennesz has put out a new LP called Black Sea this month and its drop dead gorgeous. Below is just a hint of the what the album has to offer, I already see it popping up everywhere on Best Albums of 2008.
As for something more bright, bold and beautifully orchestrated with soft dynamics and gentle samples of polaroid cameras taking pictures of friends laughing, Shigeto and A Setting Sun offer up their new Table For Two EP(that is name your own price for only 1 week) that is only comparable to uncovering a room of someone’s lifelong hard work of putting a miniature smalltown together. The detail and enjoyment of making a song like Polaroid Romance makes me want to stop everything and work on making music.

Fennesz – Saffron Revolution


Shigeto / A Setting Sun – Polaroid Romance


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Luis says:

December 13, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Jakub, I would mind beign asleep at 8 pm. Im very into ambiental, like Bohren und der Club of Gore, Stars of the Lid, The Dead Texan and so. Any more recommendations?


Mr. Smith says:

December 13, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Awesome. I’m really liking this stuff—thanks for the heads up! Keep the great work coming, sir!


Rent says:

December 13, 2008 at 7:50 pm

I tried posting this earlier but it looks like it didn’t make it for some reason…

I was saying while we were on the topic of amazing sleepy time music, you all should check out a new album by Coppice Halifax (Brian Grainger), if you already haven’t, called Ocean Lion. There’s also an EP with continued tracks and it is simply amazing…check it out over at his site,


Tardlovski says:

December 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm

well i haven’t listened to fennesz since venice and completely forgot about the guy until this post and after a few seconds decided that the dude has dropped another brilliant artwork on the world. been listening to the album off and on this weekend and it’s very very good. saffron is a gorgeous track and so far i’m liking glide and vacuum alot as well. i’m glad he’s matured out of his earlier mego style phase..even though it produced some amazing tracks as well, but if you compare stuff like tor or any number of other difficult listening tracks to this album he’s really done a nice job of harnessing the whole powerbook movement into something so much more beautiful and compelling. thanks for the heads up on this…


nick says:

December 14, 2008 at 11:25 pm

wow what a coincidence, i fell asleep listening to “Black Sea” last night . but not cause i was bored… its amazing what he can do with sound. another noteworthy album, Kettel – Volleyed Iron.


Colin-at-Hard-Format says:

December 20, 2008 at 5:58 am

Agree about the new Fennesz – his solo work has never really clicked with me before, but I love this one. I’m going to revisit his others now. My recommendation for Black Sea is to play it as part of a sequence that also includes his collaboration with Sakamoto, cendre + Ocean Fire (Sakamoto and Christopher Willitts) + Alva Noto’s Xerrox Vol.1. You could also garnish with Insen or Vrioon. Lovely description of Shigetto et al by the way.