Music for winter: icicle #2

2013-01-27 by Hal Berstram

Altus- Winter Embrace II (excerpt)
The second in what looks like being a rather short series of winter-themed posts, given that the current cold snap has ended (at least where I am). That says, if February is a cold one, there could be many more instalments…

Altus is a guy called Mike Carss based on Ottawa, Canada, who has been making ambient albums for just over 10 years now. Mike has around 35 releases available for free download in either MP3 or lossless FLAC format from his website. This is extremely generous, given that the one album I’ve downloaded so far (this one) is very good indeed… I was put in mind of a more slowed-down, glacial version of Global Communications’ mid-90s effort 76:14, which is high praise indeed. The whole album is one 61-minute track, which I’ve made a 12 minute excerpt from, just to give you a taster. Mellow without being at all boring, and just the thing for those Winter Sunday evenings. I’m downloading some other Altus releases right now and I expect to be featuring more stuff from the increasingly popular free-to-download ‘netlabel’ phenomenon on Dilated Choonz as this year progresses.

Download MP3 (12:24min / 23MB)

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  1. KL says (on Jan 31, 2013 @ 02:10 AM):

    Good stuff, Hal. I'm always keen to hear more ambient music produced by netlabels and independent artists to play on Ambient Zone, so this is a great find.

  2. Hal Berstram says (on Feb 6, 2013 @ 10:08 PM):

    That's good to know, KL… I've found other good netlabel stuff over the past couple of years so will post up some other corkers soon!

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