New Sonogram - LED Melodies CD
Sonogram - Apparent Microdots, a 2xCD Anthology now available. 28 tracks in limited-edition slipcase packaging.
Sonogram - Cubists
the most diverse sonogram release to date, tracks range from the ambient “certainly obscured” and “fell through mirrors” to glitchier fare “gateway drugs” and “studer.” while downtempo tracks such as “soul brother” and “purple vinyl” sit alongside the more upbeat and playful beat-oriented tracks “the knack and how to get it” and “anise gumdrops”.
then there’s the inspired cover of “someone to watch over me,” which is the first sonogram track ever to feature a vocal. originally conceived for a Mad Men remix project that was shelved, all elements of the orginal recording were then abandoned and has been re-worked as a cover with vocalist mia forsett.
Conjuring the futureworld of Blade Runner and THX-1138, the Chicago group Sonogram builds songs out of thick squiggles of electronics, ruthlessly minimal and perfectly antiquated. "Arrival Lounge" bears an eerie similarity to Radiohead's "Everything in its Right Place", but where that song fractured and unwound, "Arrival Lounge" chirps and quivers like a mechanical bird. "Hovering the Velodrome" blinks like fluorescent lighting and "Radial Blur", with its fat splotches of synth and strange mosquito whistle, could be the soundtrack to Tarkovsky's Stalker. Arrival Lounge is an eerie, 3 a.m. record full of tubes and wires and blinking lights.- emusic
In a day and age where Brazilian rhythms and rehashed bossa nova classics are appropriated by well-dressed Austrian DJs for martini swilling crowds in jet-set lounges, Sonogram gives a welcome alternative for the laptop set desperately needing a break from all of Squarepusher noise and Kid606 mashups. -The Brain
Sonogram collects some rather unusual sounds and bleeps assembled around more recognizable electric pianos, guitars or flutes, organised into low-key constructions... compositions have a definite cinematic twist to them. Beautiful creations such as Proximity, Dramamine, Mood Ring, the short interlude of Soft Geometry, or Aeronaut are all intense and evocative -The Milk Factory
plush interiors and abstract rhythms that warm the heart and the mind.
Comprised entirely of original sounds (no sampling); "Arrival Lounge"
gives ambient fans a unique variety of trippy and dreamy sounds. Sound
distortions are so heavy on "Dramamine" the it almost has
an electronic rain feel to it. Sonogram sinks into the deep cavities
of your mind with a variety of musical sounds. Really something different
and original for those who are patient enough to let this one in. - Electrogroove
slow motion analog love songs. Devoid of beats, incorporating vaguely
ethnic samples and warm lullaby harmonics. Heartbeat Submarines will
usher in a whole new era for ambient music. A must-have.
Harkens to electronic
music's early days, when shape and shade meant more than speed and style.
Let long loops of sound drift around you, while wisps of trippy, trancey
neurotica frame wide expanses of textured earstuff. Heartbeat Submarines
will nestle gently in the lobes Glittering with analog sonics, lo-fi
synth and the shadow of a Moog.
Just when you think the ambient genre is dead, some special recording comes along to renew faith. A useful aid to the discriminating chiller's lifestyle. Best suited for drifting off to sleep while recalling your childhood memories. -The Skinny
Few groups have
been as aptly named as Sonogram, whose pleasant, minimalist electronic
music creates a virtual womb in which to curl up right inside one's
speakers or headphones. Totally original stuff, a savvy, satisfying
update of ambient music.
melodies slathered over thick cushion-like beds of impenetrable sound.
A soundtrack for your mind's wandering.
Gleaming new constructions
assembled at unusual angles, in quasi-futuristic arrangements with unusual
shapes painted in unfamiliar colors.
Simulacra is growing
into a leading label of ambient music.
A minimalist masterpiece
of slow-fi techtronics. Each piece is a tableau of sonic surrealism.
melodies. Passively captivating.
Shrill sonar transmissions
and humming drones, drenched in a thick aqueous reverb. A lo-fi assault
on your consciousness.
sounds lie in front of a backdrop of peaceful ambience and muted drones...mimimalistic
melodies fade in and out.
evade quantification. One to wallow in...this is a label to watch.