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Artist: AARNI, OLLI
Title: Nielu
Format: LP
Label: Florabelle
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
“The quality of Olli Aarnis music has remained remarkably high given his consistent output over the last five years for labels like Preservation, Cotton Goods, and Dauw. Often working in the cassette format and primarily composing extended, gorgeously textured drones, Aarnis new album, Nielu, is one of his first releases on vinyl and a kind of culmination of the sound he has crafted for years. Even in the context of such an impressive discography, Nielu is noteworthy and Aarni considers it to be his personal definitive ambient album.

The hallmarks of Aarnis prior work—exceptional attention to texture, ghostly looped figures, enveloping sound fields—are especially immersive on Nielu, which, in his native Finnish, can be translated as “vortex,” “throat,” or “swallowing”—all appropriate imagery here. Taking inspiration from the harsh winters of Norway and Finland, both side-long pieces are enveloping compositions that reward close listening but, even more, invite surrender to wide washes of sound. Evocative and sometimes, bleak, Nielu is fundamentally beautiful and grows more emotionally engaging the louder it is played.” — Florabelle.

Artist: MILLIGAN, NED
Title: Continental Burns
Format: LP
Label: Florabelle
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"The third album by Ned Milligan and the first to reach an audience beyond family and friends, Continental Burns is the result of getting reacquainted with the act of making music and diving into the experience of creating short films. Composed primarily over the summer of 2014, Continental Burns was created with two sides in mind. The first five tracks (which also score the video of the same name) share a certain kinship; the sixth complements what came before while departing from it at the same time. A lot of this music came out of Neds longstanding interest in repeating figures and loops of both musical and traditionally non-musical sound sources.   In contrast to the suite of songs on side A, the B side is taken up by "The Station in Spuyten Duyvil," an extended reworking of a track that first appeared on Rambler, Neds 2005 debut. Entirely composed of processed melodica, it bears the influence of long-form works by Jim ORourke, early Rafael Toral, and Stephan Mathieu. Mastered by Sean McCann. Limited to 100 LPs, comes with a two-sided insert and download code." - Florabelle.

Artist: MILLIGAN, NED
Title: Nature Always Needs Improving
Format: LP
Label: Florabelle
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
“Ned Milligan now presents his new album, Nature Always Needs Improving, building on the momentum generated by his admired third LP, Continental Burns. Echoing that albums mode and structure, Nature Always Needs Improving offers a handful of tender, minimalist pieces before giving way to a spectral side-length conclusion. The deep intimacy of the album is enhanced by its process—primarily recorded outdoors on porches or in yards—and by the unpredictable interaction of incidental sounds with traditionally musical sound sources, especially resonant chimes.

The title of the album—a phrase originally found in a decades-old beauty ad—is presented as a statement but taken by Milligan with a healthy amount of skepticism. Musically, the idea is further considered in the contrast of untreated, in-situ recordings of chimes and kalimba with more heavily processed pieces comprised of interwoven overtones. At nearly twenty minutes long, “Sternal Sky,” the albums finale, appropriately synthesizes what has come before in a gauzy, homespun glow. Nature Always Needs Improving is a refinement of some ideas and an exploration of others. Inspired by artists like Federico Durand, Chihei Hatakeyama, and Philip Corner, it was equally influenced by rural excursions, house sounds, and afternoons spent with dogs.” — Florabelle.

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