♫♪  Thousand Foot Whale Claw / Havenaire / Chihei Hatakeyama - “Cassini” / “Holy Hell” / “You’re still in it (excerpt)”

One of the best labels out there, Constellation Tatsu always drops some knowledge on the ambient heads with their seasonal tape batches. In the lead up to their winter batch release on February 23, we’re hooking you up with not one, not two, but THREE tastes. Here’s a look at the dark ambience comin’ your way:

Austin’s Thousand Foot Whale Claw is up first with “Cassini,” off of Cosmic Winds. This one is a wall of synths shredding your ears in steady increments. The group, long part of Austin imprint Holodeck Records, showcases a refined sonic wizardry across the album’s nine tracks, but “Cassini” is a perfect example of their deep space journeys. Optimal listening when you’re prepping for “The Jaunt.”

Havenaire’s “Holy Hell” is a sinister drone work stretched out across eleven dark minutes. The Stockholm artist layers dissonant keys atop quietly erupting guitars, with tape laden feedback ever present in the background. Proceed with caution, because this is a lumbering beast, ready to be unleashed on your sound system.

Japanese ambient artist Chihei Hatakeyama closes out the batch with the soothing, introspective “You’re Still In It.” This is the kind of tune that you put on when you need to get seriously in tune with yourself and your surroundings. As always, CTatsu isn’t confined to any particular scene or style, and always brings in quality material from around the world. Thankfully, I have a job where I can wander down different musical avenues during most of my eight hours, and Hatakeyama’s Bandcamp appears to have a number of mellow tones for mellow zones.

Drift into Constellation Tatsu’s latest batch when it’s released February 23, and dig into these primo samples in the meantime.

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