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“Louisiana Mourning” is the second release from Benn Jordan (more commonly known as “The Flashbulb“) and a dedication to Charles Cooper (1977-2009); one half of the electronic music duo Telefon Tel Aviv. This release is a fully acoustic album focusing on piano and guitar. Whimsical guitar melodies play throughout this album similar to some tracks found on “Soundtrack to a Vacant Life.” Lavish ambient soundscapes play a great role in a few of the tracks; adding a smooth backing while the piano takes over the melody. The quality of the sound itself is extremely clean and well produced and only adds to the enjoyment in the beautiful melodies.

As a whole “Louisiana Mourning” reminds me of Iron & Wine‘s early albums. The style of the guitar playing is strikingly similar and I can almost hear Sam Beam’s vocals over these tracks.

This album is limited to a mere 500 copies and can be purchased at Alphabasic.com for $8 USD.

More information at:

– Last.fm

– Discogs

– Myspace

Support the artist, buy this at:

– Alphabasic Records

Download.

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Bartel is the newest artist signed to Alphabasic Records. In his debut, self-titled EP he brings us a melancholic, and spacious sound that at times brings Burial to mind. The EP opens with “Armor”; a dark, yet beautifully crafted melody that instantly engulfs the listener in a piano-induced euphoria. “The Quiet Years” brings us to a more glitch oriented side of the EP. Still keeping with the dark, and spacious feel Bartel adds rhythmically sliced samples that make for a nice contribution.

In the two latter ambient tracks, (“White Grade” and “Build Four”) can’t help but remind me of tracks like Burial‘s “In McDonalds.” It’s as if these tracks call to mind a memory from long ago, and you are still, with your eyes closed reminiscing on such times.

The last track on the album is a remix of “White Grade” done by The Flashbulb. It begins eerily, creeping in slowly from nothing, then building in intensity until finally it erupts into a rich, heavy assault of guitars and a massive sounding acoustic drum set.

In short I highly recommend this album. Its overall sound and mood shine crystal-clearly. It is a very high quality release that should not be passed up.

For more information:

– Last.fm

– Discogs

– Myspace

Support the artist, buy this at:

– Alphabasic Records

Download.

posted by Unctuous

Pale Blue Dot is the work of Benn Jordan, a proficient musician who operates under many pseudonyms, including Human Action Network and more popularly, The Flashbulb. To my knowledge, this is his first attempt at recording a full length ambient record. It’s quite a contrast to his earlier breakcore style, then naturally evolving into a more mature artistic direction, witnessed in Soundtrack to a Vacant Life, his 2008 album released on his own label, Alphabasic. This record sells for a very reasonable price of $13, and worth every penny. I need not shower you with more praise … just listen to it. It’s a record in consistent heavy rotation over here; one of my all time favorite albums. The physical release comes with a poster.

More information:

Last.fm

Discogs

MySpace

Download (part one).

Download (part two).

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