The listening club would be a terrific place for anyone to start - firstly, it’s an amazing selection of records (15 so far) and it also contains loads of great discussion around influences and where to go next from the selections.
Was thinking about this (and the hip-hop club) in light of @sean’s recent posts on what direction DiS could take. I wonder if listening clubs would be of interest to the broader readership?
Even SAW 85-92 is basically a techno album. I don’t think an ambient record can’t have beats and we could/should argue all day and night about what is/isn’t ‘ambient’. Not sure where this post is going now.
Eluvium - Talk Amongst the Trees
Stars of the Lid - And their refinement of the decline
Biosphere - Substrata
Gas - Nah Und Fern
Johann Johannsson - Fordlandia
William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
Not necessarily an essential album, but it was one that I got into at the same time as the above list:
Library Tapes - A Summer Beneath The Trees (a bit more lush than the other stuff here, I guess, but still bordering on ambient.)
I probably still judge all new ambient releases against these tbh.
they’ve made quite a few decent albums but the first stands out of me. Hearing Peel play A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld at 2am on head phones when I was 15 absolutely blew my mind.
UFOrb is great though. Two of the newer albums, Moonbuilding 2703 AD and COW (chill out world) are also really really good…