I hope you had a nice Halloween!

I've collected together some songs that I've enjoyed over the last couple of years that loosely fit a theme: ambient, instrumental, experimental, industrial, dark, disconcerting, etc. I've prepared a Spotify playlist of most of them, but not all. The list is inline below as well, with many (but not all) tracks linking to Bandcamp, if I could find them there.

This is a bit late, sorry. If anyone listens to something here and has any feedback I'd love to hear it.

(If you are reading this on an aggregation site, it's possible the embeds won't work. If so, click through to my main site)

EDIT 2023: I'm experimenting with the 3rd party Bandcamp-playlist bndcmpr, see that page for an embedded playlist.

Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3bEvEguRnf9U1RFrNbv5fk?si=9084cbf78c364ac8;

The list, with Bandcamp embeds where possible:

  • Miguel A. Ruiz — Transparent¹ (spanish ambient, March 2020)

  • Arushi Jain — My People Have Deep Roots² (ambient, drone, atmospheric, indian)

  • K Den - Love Horses (Ambient, builds up, never quite reaching DnB)
  • Bivouac — The Great Escape¹ (drone, spoken word, ambient, psych, November 2021; not on Spotify)
  • Gazelle Twin & NYX - Throne¹ (ambient, choral, dark, drone, January 2022)

  • Nurse With Wound — Transfiguration 3 (Incorporating Opium Cabaret)¹ (March 2022)

  • Eluvium — Indoor Swimming At The Space Station³ (ambient, chill, long, loops, euphoric, March 2022)

  • Hildur Guðnadóttir — The Door

  • Delia Derbyshire — Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO¹ (November 2021)
  • Afterhere, Berenice Scott, Glenn Gregory - Butterfly (from the Vigil TV series, September 2021)
  • Wardruna — Andvevarljod¹ (2021)
  • Christina Vantzou — Dvorjacked¹ (March 2021)

  • Oranssi Pazuzu — Ilmestys¹ (January 2022)

  • Coil — Tiny Golden Books

  • Gazelle Twin & Trash Generation — History

  • Isambard Khroustaliov — A Pre-History of Cybernetics (Freak Zone) (Feb 2022)

  • Boards of Canada — Dayvan Cowboy (via Lauren Laverne) (Jun 2022)

  • Emeka Ogboh — No Countefeit (via Jamz Supernova: trancy, african beats) (Sep 2022)

  • Burial — Streetlands ² (dark ambient) (Oct 2022)

  • Raison D'etre - Of Dying Relics (dark industrial/ambient) (Oct 2022)

  • Vanishing — 55°N, 5°E (Not on Spotify)

  • Ben Salisbury, Geoff Barrow — The Alien

  • Coil — Strange Birds

Some sources

  1. Via Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone
  2. Via Mary Anne Hobbs
  3. Via Lose yourself with…
  4. Soma FM - Doomed (Halloween Special)