Best of 2010 Plus: Christian Doil

Sunday, 6 February 2011

My post detailing my favorite netlabel releases of 2010 was quite popular, and led to a lot of people discovering some cool music, which is one of my main goals, aside from promoting my own music. It is my humble opinion that all netlabel artists ought to have the same goal: namely to promote the stuff in the netlabel underground that they think is really great at the same time as they promote their own stuff. That way ALL of us benefit, both listeners and producers. Right? Right.

With this in mind, I am going to be focusing on each artist (hopefully-this will depend on if they want to participate or not) whom I reviewed in the best of 2010 post, re-running the review I originally wrote, but I’m ALSO going to ask each of the artists reviewed to recommend a few completely FREE netlabel albums that THEY have enjoyed recently.

Previously we’ve had recommendations from:
1.) Mystified
2.) Marc Weidenbaum
3.) Christopher McFall
4.) Andreas Brandal
5.) Meteer
6.) Gurdonark
7.) Mark Stolk
8.) Miquel Parera Jaques

I loved Christian Doil’s Eis release on the Just Not Normal netlabel… Here’s what I said about it:

Christian Doil – Eis
A chilly collection of pinging synth tones, plucky percussives and arctic belltones working through fluctuating musical themes while accompanied by icy, ghostly drones. The crystal cathedral, indeed.

I asked him to provide some listening suggestions, and although he was worried about people’s reaction to his English, I assured him that is netlabel folks will be very accepting of anyone who gives us good links to stuff we can listen to! Here are his suggestions:

I create music since 14 years (limited/underground). I began downloading ambient, drone, experimental,… – music in 2010. So I only studied the releases of the Earth Mantra netlabel, because this label my first contact. Now I study the Just Not Normal netlabel. In future I will check other labels and artists too.
That is the reason my recommendations are Earth Mantra releases.

Alex Tiuniaev: “Ethereal Winter Ambience”
– You can feel the cold wind. The structure of the album is like a symphony with different parts arranged like an one-shot-film.

Altus: “Excursion One”, “Excursion Two”
– You can dive in a world of shimmering lights.

Jacob Newman “Buddha Machine”
– Very-deep–meditative-longform-music.

There we go… Thank you very much Christian Doil!

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