Looking for a few drone records to add to my go-to list for this kind of thing. Ideally things on the more languid and less abrasive side of drone (i.e. no Tim Hecker, OPN, Fennesz etc.) Anything with SOTL, Hammock, Kyle Bobby Dunn as touchstones, really
Bibio - Phantom Brickworks
1.25-ish hours of really crumbly predominantly tape loop / piano based stuff. Really atmospheric, and in a lot of places like the warmer moments on SAW2 (my favourite bits of that album btw). The theme of the album is the way that our memories can haunt locations, and as such it has that very contemplative Basinski-ish feel to it, conceptually and in terms of how that concept manifests.
William Basinski - A Shadow In Time / For David Robert Jones
The latter of these two tracks might be my personal favourite where Basinski is concerned. I probably don’t need to say much about it bc, let’s face it, if you’re starting a thread about ambient / drone, you def know what Basinski sounds like
And if you haven’t heard the latest album from said club, it also fits closely
Aaaaaand last rec for now cause I got other stuff I need to get on with, but AIX EM KLEMM (members of SotL and Labradford) released a great album that I really should shell out for instead of just streaming it off Bandcamp
Some that come to mind that i think are primarily on the more chilled side are silent pyramid, willamette, tape loop orchestra, the humble bee, zvuku, saad, abul mogard, deaf center, chihei hatakeyama, olan mill, john Davis, Ekin fill, hakobune, a-sun amissa, Daniel w j Mackenzie, and ojerum.
Her last two records, All My Circles Run and Let Light Come On Bells End The Day are fantastic. The former is more stripped down and ‘acoustic’, with much simpler, less analog-synthy voicing for Sarah, the latter more typical for her and wonderful.
I have her forthcoming record on ore-ordered black and orange translucent swirl and am bloody excited!
Sarah is a ‘proper’ drone artist, for me. I like all the stuff listed above and love RAI, but for me he’s an (genius) electronic artist who uses drone elements etc. Sarah is one of the smaller group of artists for whom drone is almost the default framework for her work. And she’s amazing.