Sunday, March 22, 2015

Walking with Myself

Earlier this year I quickly threw together some tunes for a walk in Madison, WI.  I liked the way it sounded so much that I made a few changes and made a proper mix out of it.

Most of the music is fairly new, half are from last year, with the oldest cut being the Mojave 3 track from 2000.  As usual, most of the tracks are laid back.  Even a loud cut like JM by Strand of Oaks is slow, but awesomely loud, very Neil Young-like.

This is a mix that you can also find on my second Mixcloud profile, Elements of Sound, which I mentioned in a previous post.


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    DeYarmond Edison - Love Long Gone
  • 04:25    Middle East - Deep Water
  • 12:00    Field Report - Pale Rider
  • 16:50    Strand of Oaks - JM
  • 24:06    Waxahatchee - Half Moon
  • 27:13    Barr Brothers - How the Heroine Dies
  • 31:17    Damien Rice - Trusty and True
  • 38:08    Mojave 3 - In Love with a View
  • 44:00    Amateur Love - Ether Egg Hunt
  • 48:00    Blaudzun - Wingbeat
  • 51:51    Low Roar - Phantoms
  • 54:16    DeYarmond Edison - Ragstock
  • 56:44    Strand of Oaks - Pope Killdragon
  • 61:54    end

Elements of Sound

Over the past several years I've been listening to more and more "normal" music.  By normal I mean music that's not ambient or electronic.  I guess if I had to put a genre on my "normal" listening it would be "indie" which covers a lot of music.

As I said in my Best Albums of 2014 post, Spotify is a big part of my shift in listening habits.  I use it to sample new music & I follow folks who update their new releases playlists.  I'm constantly on the prowl for new music.  It's gotten to be a bit of an obsession really.

I've already done some mixes which stray from the normal ambient path, like Slowcoustic, Always & Forever.  I will hopefully be doing more mixes that dip into my indie playlists.  Hopefully some louder mixes too.  If anyone is interested here is my Spotify profile where you can find a bunch of playlists...

Spotify Profile

Low Light Mixes has been part of the Mixcloud community for about 5 years.  And because Mixcloud likes to put couldcasts into specific categories I thought it would be cool to add a second Mixcloud profile specifically for mixes that are not as ambient as others.  So here's the link to my new Mixcould profile, Elements of Sound...

EoS on Mixcloud

The new profile doesn't really change much for visitors to this blog because most of what I post on the two Mixcloud pages will be available here.  If you like what you hear from Low lIght Mixes and Elements of Sound let your friends know.  The new EoS profile can use the extra plays and new followers, it trails the Low Light page but about 31,000 followers.  Haha.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

the quiet winter sun

This mix was started because of one new tune - "Witch Season" from the new Infraction release by Offthesky and Pleq.  I love that track and what better way to tell people about it than a new mix.

With that song as a starting point things fell into place very nicely.  All the music in the mix is fairly recent.  Most is from 2014 or 2015 with the exception of the cut from The New Honey Shade which is from 2011.

The mix as a whole is pretty straight forward ambient.  Straight forward but awesome ambient.  I love the tracks from dirk serries, tonepoet, The Circular Ruins, Janek Schaefer, Spheruleus...oh heck, I adore every cut in this mix.

All of the albums used in this mix are available on Bandcamp so I'll link to them here in order of appearance in the  mix...


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Offthesky and Pleq - Witch Season
  • 04:57    dirk serries - cloud surface break
  • 11:11    Janek Schaefer - Beyond
  • 16:16    The New Honey Shade - Sun is Elixir
  • 19:00    The Circular Ruins - Full Circle
  • 27:30    Coppice Halifax - lowlights
  • 34:05    Experiments in Silence - duskforms
  • 38:50    Man Watching the Stars - Midday
  • 49:40    tonepoet - Showers of Lilac
  • 54:00    Spheruleus - The Railroad
  • 1:01:27    Experiments in Silence - Nascent Light
  • 1:06:53    end