Ihsahn’s most experimental album is confusing. Is it some form of semi-electronic jazz? Black metal? Ambient drone with men’s choirs? A musical poem or maybe, gasp, pop music? Probably all of those.
For a very easy introduction, I recommend track 5, Pulse. The album can be bought on Bandcamp.
It seems everyone already knows this phenomenon, but I didn’t. So there. I can be late to jump on some bandwagon too.
Shpongle make psychedelic trance, which combines elements of world music, trance and ambient. Some little birdie tells me that Shpongle were the founders of the psybient genre.
But the coolest thing is that they replace many of the synths with real instrucments when on tour! Here’s their London show. Observe real singers, flutes, a cello and a violin, massive use of drums, several guitars, three hangs, a bass and of course a bunch of synths, as well as dancers on stilts and in costumes:
Thanks El V. for this tip!