Tag Archives: Ben Frost

Top 30 Albums of 2013: 15-1

So here we are, the final fifteen, the very top of my favourite albums of the year. 2013 was a great year for music with albums like these gracing the airwaves and I wonder whether 2014 will be as good… there’s certainly a lot to contest with here. Have a merry Christmas!  Continue reading

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Top 50 Songs of 2013: 25-1

Here is the second and final half of my top 50 songs of the year…  Continue reading

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Top 10… Drone bands/artists

Drone (often interlinked with either ambient or doom metal) is exactly what it says on the tin: heavily reverbed/echoed  sustained sounds by chosen instruments/vocals going through a ton of effects or loops. The drawn-out and slow tempo nature of the music often means the songs are fairly long in comparison to your pop chart hits – expect at least a 10-minute song average on a lot of drone albums.

The history of its coming dates so far back through history that it’s near impossible to sum up in a handful of paragraphs, but perhaps one of the most famous traditional form of drone music may be that of the Tibetan Buddhist chanting – the influence of which can be easily heard in the likes of Om or Sunn O))).

For this reason, it seems to be something of an acquired taste, most likely to touch on some sort of emotion with people who are considerably patient and open to what can be classed as “music”, but probably something that would drive your average Skrillex or Lady Gaga fan to despair.

That said, I’m a big fan and find it really relaxing to listen to, so here is a list of my personal favourites in drone (doom or ambient): Continue reading

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