music that sounds like the 'mono no aware' compilation from PAN

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so, the 'mono no aware' comp (2017) was easily one of my favorite releases of the 10s, soundtracking countless walks through dystopian trump-era gentrifying brooklyn and its attendant mix of ugly shiny new buildings and human desperation ... what else gives the calm, accepting-the-apocalypse vibe that this comp crystallized but did not invent? i'd say its 'sound' - minimal, sort of ambient, sort of vaporwave-y, sort of experimental, sort of soundtrack-y, existed before it, and is still around, but it's not super coherent. less of a 'scene' or 'genre' than a 'tendency'

the kareem lofy release from a few years back scratches the itch; i was disappointed in it at first due to its 'basic' sound palette but it's the right vibe - https://quiettimetapes.bandcamp.com/album/kareem-lotfy-qtt10

croatian amor is pretty good for this too although the release with varg tips into self-parody; this is better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLQ6VlDnIro

soho rezanejad brings powerful vocals to the vibe - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJigFvB7dcM

the malibu album is an obvious choice; it's the type of 'ambient' that does not blend in but rather feels heavy and induces a uneasy feeling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYKpNwVgmN0

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 29 March 2021 15:37 (one month ago) link

ugh idk what happened with the formatting, sorry

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 29 March 2021 15:38 (one month ago) link

Check out the West Mineral and Experiences Ltd labels. For Those Of You Who Never Have by Huerco S, Make Me Know You Sweet by Pendant and Tumbling Against A Wall and the bbliss compilation are some of my favourites from that scene.

paolo, Monday, 29 March 2021 15:45 (one month ago) link

Tumbling Against A Wall is by Ulla, oops

paolo, Monday, 29 March 2021 15:46 (one month ago) link

yes huerco s/west mineral is great for this. i think actress hits this vibe sometimes too

also feel like pontaic streator fits in:

https://motionward.bandcamp.com/album/pontiac-streator-triz

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 29 March 2021 15:50 (one month ago) link

feel like the Janushoved label might carry some of the same vibes but I really haven’t heard enough besides some Internazionale tapes

https://www.discogs.com/label/733781-Janushoved

brimstead, Monday, 29 March 2021 17:41 (one month ago) link

maybe HTRK’s over the rainbow soundtrack

https://htrk.bandcamp.com/album/over-the-rainbow

brimstead, Monday, 29 March 2021 23:28 (one month ago) link

thanks y’all. also that Pontiac streator is way better than I remembered, recommended

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 13:23 (one month ago) link

c minus from Kansas City is another great node in this recent abstract/dubby ambient network of uon/exael/Ulla/Streator/Huerco etc.: https://soundcloud.com/cminuss

Kangol In The Light (Craig D.), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 14:32 (one month ago) link

awesome ... turned this up investigating FRKTL, relevant:

https://seagrave.bandcamp.com/album/emissions

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 17:16 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

big trove of this feel from russia

https://gostzvuk.bandcamp.com/

and this is cool

https://wheretonow.bandcamp.com/album/duologue

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 15 April 2021 17:23 (four weeks ago) link

nice, yeah there’s some cool lofi-ish house and idm-ish on gost zvuk. this is a great record: https://gostzvuk.bandcamp.com/album/003

brimstead, Thursday, 15 April 2021 19:24 (four weeks ago) link


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