• alma Alma (7-track CD, £6.50)

    label: fierce panda

    ALMA is a London-based ambient group formed in 2014, fronted by songwriter Pete Lambrou. 'ALMA' is a mini-album release by ALMA which tears trembling blue stars down from the skies and gives them a great big sonic hug. Indeed, with their slow-moving soundscapes and experimental-as-anything overtures you could say that ALMA are putting the 'fun' into funereal - the fact that they headline St Pancras Old Church on the day of release will do nothing to diminish their spiritual essence. Certainly, 'ALMA' features debut single 'The Great Escape' - released just after The Great Escape as part of fierce panda's rejuvenated singles 'club' back in May - about which Bearded magazine decided it “feels like it would sit at home as the background music to an ambient explosion in space." It was further noted that this is more than fitting seeing as how ALMA takes its name from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array – “a really bloody powerful telescope.” Hoovering up comparisons to fellow fragrant explorers Sigur Ros, Patrick Watson and Explosions In The Sky, we're especially fond of second single 'To The Stars'. All of which is perhaps unsurprising when one considers that as mainstay of Codes In The Clouds and Monsters Build Mean Robots Lambrou’s gently cosmic post-rock provenance is impeccable.

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