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Oceanographer - Radiance

Released: May 10 For this album, the name Radiance is both appropriate and an understatement. Many of the tracks on this album are absolutely brilliant, shining and shimmering with all the beauty of sunlight dancing on the small waves of a clean blue lake. Oceanographer (Ryan Howell) infuses this strange sense of energy into every track on the album. Not so energetic that you couldn't call this an ambient album, but definitely something that a lot of other albums of the same vein don't attempt to veer towards. Of all the tracks here, the opener is probably the least energetic, but it still brings out that brightness, that shimmer, and that warm fuzzy feeling.  "Sunrise" and "Brightness Overcomes" are two of my favorites on this album because the truly exemplify what the album is all about - the sparkle in the synth work and the lightness of the bits of percussion that are included. Neither is a bouncy by any means, but the latter possesses something that fee

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