August 13, 2019
Today we’re listening to Ulla Straus, a Pennsylvania-based ambient composer. Big Room, released by the NYC label Quiet Time in April, is a cassette so stripped-down that it’s almost not music. But it’s a pleasure to hear. Even the tracks that sound like a lofi recording of an oscillating fan send the comfort of a major chord. We’ve also included two of Straus’s collaborations with Pontiac Streator, which are more experimental. We can’t beat Forced Exposure’s description of their 11 Items LP, which “reveals a greater variegation of their overgrown, verdant electronics and free rhythms in a gently perplexing style of ambient inception.” Enjoy.
11 Items by Ulla Straus & Pontiac Streator (60m, 🗣 vocal samples on Items 5-9) Bandcamp