Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Summer's End by The Lonely Bell


I've been busy with important things like going to baseball games, drinking beer, sitting on my back deck doing nothing, and getting ready for an trip at the end of the month. So this guest mix comes a perfect time. It's also a perfect mix for sitting on the deck and doing nothing.

This mix comes to us from Ali Murray who records as The Lonely Bell. "Kingdoms of the Deep" by The Lonely Bell was one of my favorite ambient albums of 2022.

Here's what Ali says:

"My name is Ali Murray. I’m a songwriter and musician from the Isle of Lewis, which is a small remote island in the north of Scotland. I write and release dark introspective ambient music under the name The Lonely Bell.

As the title suggests, this is an ambient guest mix to mark the end of the summer season, and the coming of autumn. It’s a dreamy and eclectic selection of dark ambience, haunting drones, fuzzy electronica, cinematic modern classical, immersive sound art and ethereal soundscapes - bookended by the two songs that comprise my brand new EP - ‘The Outer Banks’. ‘The Outer Banks’ is out now on the label Frosti, and is available both digitally and on limited edition cassette tape.

You can check it out at the following link :

And you can find the rest of my discography at :

As I've said many times before, one of the reasons I like guest mixes is they go in a direction that I usually don't take myself and that is the case here. I am very hit and miss with darker ambient tracks and the same goes for drone ambient. But I really like the way The Lonely Bell treats those styles so it's no surprise that I enjoy what Ali did with this mix. I know you'll like it too.


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T R A C K L I S T  :

  • 0:00    The Lonely Bell – The Outer Banks
  • 8:00    Claire Deak – A Million Cloaked Ghosts
  • 10:58    Barley & Blush To The Snow – The Eternal Note of Sadness In (excerpt)
  • 14:42    Broken Chip – Yellow
  • 19:06    Karen Vogt – Amidst The Sea Fog
  • 21:48    Glacis & Adrian Lane – A Flower In The Mind
  • 26:42    CLAIR – Queen Bee Prelude
  • 31:40    Patrick Corcoran – GEN 2
  • 34:20    Mollbury Medical Research Centre – Temporary Amnesia
  • 37:10    Leonard Donat – Fog Horn Deer Trap
  • 43:40    The Lonely Bell – Fires of Dawn
  • 52:46    end

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

Summoning The Spirits


One of my favorite ambient albums from the first half of 2023 is "Intrapersonal Experience" by Saphileaum. It's a great combination of atmospherics and percussion, reminiscent of 90s Steve Roach tribal ambient. After hearing this album I needed to do a drum/percussion-based mix and "Summoning The Spirits" is the result.

Another recent discovery makes its way into this mix - The Rain Dogs. So far I only have one of their albums but I plan on buying many more. I have to pace myself though. Their album, From Abydos To Dendera, has shades of Jon Hassell and other 4th world styles that I love. The tracks fit perfectly in this mix.

I hope you enjoy the atmospheres and the rhythms.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    The Rain Dogs - Market Day (From Abydos To Dendera 2021)
  • 05:33    Saphileaum - Dear (Intrapersonal Experience 2023)
  • 09:45    The Chi Factory - Part One (Travel In Pece 2020)
  • 14:40    Benjy Wertheimer & John de Kadt - Underwater (One River 2012)
  • 21:08    Byron Metcalf - As Clouds Dance (Inner Rhythm Meditations 2016)
  • 29:50    Chi - Before The Mountain (The Original Recordings 2016)
  • 36:50    The Rain Dogs - Dawn Over Qurna (From Abydos To Dendera 2021)
  • 40:54    Eli Keszler - Barcelona Part VI (LIVE 2023)
  • 44:40    D.K. - Summoning the Spirits (The Goddess Is Dancing 2019)
  • 50:00    Saphileaum - Remote (Intrapersonal Experience 2023)
  • 54:40    The Chi Factory - Part Two (The Kallikatsou Recordings 2017)
  • 57:43    Night Sky Pulse - Luminescence (These Possible Lives 2021)
  • 61:03    end