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ThingsThatMatter is a love woven tumblelog on everything new music and inspiration for clean ears and open minds. And vice versa.

You'll find lots of pearls from the world of neo-classical music—think Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, etc. But I also like to peek into other styles that are closely related like ambient, electronica, jazz, and experimental. And I share insights, photos and news I come across while hunting for new music.

So, mind your head, use some good headphones, and simply enjoy.

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A handpicked selection of neo-classical and ambient music by artists such as Ólafur Arnalds and Max Richter inspired by the book 'The Giving Tree'. ‘The Giving Tree’ is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. First published in 1964, it has become one of Silverstein’s best known titles and has been translated into numerous languages.

The curator of this wonderful mix writes: "When I was a kid, I read ‘The Giving Tree’. It’s not my first book, but it left me thinking deeply until today. What is my idea of life? Is my life worth of living for a person like me? Is there anything I ever have to regret in my life? To be honest, I still don’t know the answers yet. This is a perfect playlist to accompany me while I’m thinking about the answers or how to answer those questions. I hope you can enjoy it too."

'Cathedral City Counterfeits' represents the so far biggest conceptual work of the ‘One American Second’ project by Norman Fairbanks since its first unofficial release back in 2003.

The audio was mainly created by using sampled and processed artefacts from the vast panopticon of US mass media in order to compile a context-free, unbiased audio witness and reflection of contemporary American culture.

Download or stream the entire album through Bandcamp.

Watch all six videos on Vimeo.

“…all environmental sound and non-sound begin to have a meaning to me and the sound begins to shine.” 

Michiru Aoyama’s work is deeply rooted in the composer’s daily routine and practise of Zen Buddhism. The awareness of the ordinary, the beauty of daily routines and the sacredness of everyday life, form the inspiration of the Japanese artist.

'Indian Ink' is a fine example for his work of ambient soundscapes that mean everything and nothing at the very same moment.

Cheekbone’s agile, amorphous brand of ambient electronica is constantly transforming, evoking the growth of nature and the decay of light across space, agitated by human activity and the background chatter and clang of everyday life. ‘Yesterday’ expresses an aching sense of nostalgic melancholy, pining for something that only exists as memory and imagination.

The sixth incarnation of the ‘Hidden Vibes’ compilation series once again gathers artists from the field of ambient, drone, and electronica. The solid 20-tracker is a free download from Ukrainian label ‘Hidden Vibes’ featuring some new names, so this could hold some great discoveries for you.

'Oblivion Hymns' is Hammock’s most ambitious recording to date. Hammock reaches as far as they ever have, adding a string quartet, glockenspiel, children’s choir, and more to their growing arsenal of intrumentation. The end result is a special kind of magic waiting to be experienced, not just listened to.

'Oblivion Hymns' redefines what listeners have come to expect from a Hammock record, leaving all traces of traditional rock or pop far behind and introducing the band’s unique take on neoclassical music. Bathed in intricate layers of sweeping strings, strident horns, and delicately pressed keys, the album rides a cascade of sound to the farthest-reaching corners of your heart and delivers a deep emotional connection, capable of ferreting out the most precious of memories.

'Oblivion Hymns' is best described as an expedition across sight and sound. You won’t know where you’re headed, and you’re bound to feel drained by the end, but wherever you arrive, the journey will have been unforgettable.