Sounds In The Dark - 1.5.22

Some favorite longer ambient pieces from 2021 are featured here, plus my favorite record of the year, The Quiet Drift by Hollie Keniff.

A special feature for the back half of this edition is the full length of Bloom by Ian Hawgood and Stijn Huwels. This hour-long piece is predominantly made up from hydrophone recordings of local tide pools in Sussex, processed through a synth module on-site. Enjoy with headphones and a comfy chair, sometimes less is more in a media-frenzied world.


  1. The Hungover by Kyle Bobby Dunn on Bring Me The Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn (Diggers Factory)

    Aptly titled favorite from ambient guitar hero Dunn.

  2. Featured Monomom by alva noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto on Monomom (NOTON)

    New New single from one of my favorite duos! Nothing on NOTON's website about a new release but assuming one is in the works.

  3. Eventual Needs by Celer on Malaria (Celer)

    Tropical diseases in a world war never sounded so damned beautiful.

  4. Mir by Taylor Deupree on Mur (Dauw)

    Lo-fi peace of mind - Deupree also has a great new collaborative two-tracker with longtime collaborator Marcus Fischer through Dauw records (label out of Ghent).

  5. Quell by Hollie Kenniff on The Quiet Drift (Western Vinyl)

    Not among the longer pieces I enjoyed this year but this was one of my favorite records from 2021 so can't help but share!

  6. Take Me By The Hand by 36 + Awakened Souls on The Other Side of Darkness (Past Inside The Present)
  7. Opalescent by The Green Kingdom on Empyrean (Dronarivm)

    Pure listening pleasure from Michael Cottone

  8. Featured Bloom by Ian Hawgood + Stijn Hüwels on Bloom (Home Normal)

    One hour of pure audio fascination. This is a hydrophone recording of tide pools in Sussex, UK. You're listening to water and whatever's in it, processed live on the shore.