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Hailing from Hobart (Australia), a 'downtempo spacey dreampop with / without electronic edge' rock combo ALL INDIA RADIO were born in 1998 as a brainchild of Martin KENNEDY, who got much inspired by Pink Floyd or Radiohead. Tracks in TV Shows and lots of albums have been launched in collaboration with Mark WENDT, Leona GRAY, Ben SIMS, Joseph KENNEDY, and Michael EVANS-BARKER.

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002
2001
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The Inevitable
2001
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All India Radio
2003
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Echo Other
2006
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Fall
2008
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These Winter Dreams
2008
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A Low High
2009
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Piano & Ambience
2010
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The Silent Surf
2011
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Red Shadow Landing
2012
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All India Radio & Steve Kilbey - The Rare Earth (Soundtrack)
2014
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The Slow Light
2016
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The Haunted World
2016
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Space
2018
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Eternal
2019
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All India Radio + Josh Roydhouse - R E A L M
2020
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The Shining Cosmos
2020

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All India Radio Live at the NSC
2020

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Permanent Evolutions
2006
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Fallout
2007
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Film Music
2008
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Once a Day: Remixes & Unreleased Tracks Vol. 1
2009
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Free Me: Remixes & Unreleased Tracks Vol. 2
2011
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Lo Fi Frequencies 1996-2001
2013
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Ghost Songs: Remixes & Unreleased Tracks Vol. 3
2014
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Desert Tapes 1984 - 1994
2015
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Lo Fi Frequencies Vol 2
2016
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Embryo Músico Vol 1
2017
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Embryo Músico Vol 2
2019
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Embryo Músico Vol 3
2019
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SLO (Drones and Dreamscapes 1999-2015)
2020

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A Low High: Ambient Remixes
2009
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EP
2010
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All India Radio/Signal Hill - Split Single
2011
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The Inevitable Remixes
2011
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Behind the Sky: Reversed & Reengineered Songs from Red Shadow Landing
2012
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Don't Leave
2012
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Fall Remixes
2014
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Red Shadow Landing Demos
2014
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Live at Triple R
2014
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Lo Fi Groovy EP
2015
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Permanent Devolutions
2015
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The Quiet Ambient
2016
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Eyes Ahead (with Don Meers)
2016
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The Slow Light - Bonus Tracks
2016
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Fall Remixes Instrumentals
2016
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Solo Electronique 1984
2017
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All India Radio with Leona Gray
2017
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Holding
2018
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Space Sources
2018
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Subspace
2018
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The Aether
2019
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Mexicola
2019
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Moviestar
2019
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Internal
2019
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Julia Dream
2019
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Open Sky Experiment (Remix)
2020
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All India Radio + Josh Roydhouse - For the Birds
2020
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Rust
2020

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 All India Radio + Josh Roydhouse - R E A L M by ALL INDIA RADIO album cover Studio Album, 2020
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All India Radio + Josh Roydhouse - R E A L M
All India Radio Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

— First review of this album —
5 stars All India Radio's Martin Kennedy returns to the signature ambient and atmospheric layered sound the project is famous for after their 2019 experimental turn for the album 'Eternal' with the 2020 release entitled 'R E A L M' and brings along Josh Royhouse to add his piano to these surreal and ethereal soundscapes. This is the 2nd time that Royhouse has collaborated with Kennedy (the 1st time was with the 2010 album 'Piano and Ambience').

This time around, the tracks have distinct names and also sound more distinct on top of that, the music is more 'organized' if you will, into specific atmospheres and ideas. The music is ambient with Kennedy creating layered drones and synth sounds to create an orchestra of lush and beautiful music, and Royhouse melds his piano into the mix, sometimes using electronic treatments to add echo and atmosphere, and other times just coming in 'naked' with a more organic sound. Kennedy also adds his guitar atmospherics, now feeling comfortable enough to do his own 'slide' style guitar notes without help from his usual guest Graham Lee. This gives him more control to make those sounds seem more implanted in the music.

Many times through this album, Kennedy seems to present a canvas of musical drones and tones over which Royhouse improvises simple and lovely melodic notes like in the track 'Thin Air'. Other times, the two are more 'joined' in the effort as in 'For the Birds'. There is no need to worry about variation in the tracks either. Yes they are quite ambient and lush, but they each have their own distinct traits. For example, 'Billow' has a darker feel to it provided by the viola/cello effects created and a slight damper on the brightness of the piano with airy effects surrounding your head.

There is always a somewhat dusty and subdued feel to All India Radio's style which creates a certain warmth to the music, no matter what the overall soundscape or song is trying to convey. If the sound is cold and lonely, as in 'On a Hill', you still feel secure and comfortable in that signature warm blanket of style. It also takes away the stark sound that is often a trait in ambient music. Even so, the music can still pierce your soul, again using 'On a Hill' as a great example of this. Then there is Martin's use of effect pedals to help bring that expansive drone like feel to the airy guitar layers, the way he does in 'Folding Space', as his sound layers back up the heart-rending and soft chords of the piano. The muffled synths take advantage of the piano chords to create their own melodic sequence later in the track.

The extra bonus tracks that are available on the digital download version are actually remixed versions of the tracks on 'Piano & Ambience', this time, however, they are separated and given specific names.

This is layered and melodic ambience at its best. The music is astoundingly beautiful and will sweep you up easily in its embrace. There is no percussion or rhythm present in any of these tracks, allowing your mind to just drift freely along as you listen. Everything is mixed to perfection with no stray notes or sounds to distract. This is the perfect album for you to lose yourself in when you are able to find a moment for yourself, or to just put on when you need something relaxing and non- abrasive.

 Eternal by ALL INDIA RADIO album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.95 | 3 ratings

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Eternal
All India Radio Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Special Collaborator Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

5 stars How do you classify the sound of the electronic band "All India Radio"? Yes the music is mostly electronic, but it is also experimental, sometimes ambient, sometimes trip-hoppy, sometimes upbeat and at other times downtempo, oftentimes glitchy, and ?. Well you get the picture. Much of the project's music has been used in other media, including TV shows like CSI Miami, One Tree Hill and others.

The project is the brainchild of Martin Kennedy from Australia, who pretty much oversees all of the albums (of which there are several) which also includes many EPs and remix albums. Kennedy has also used certain members as regulars on some albums and has also utilized several guests throughout the project's discography. The project has also been around since 1999, at least formally, and the music has been compared often to Mogwai and Boards of Canada. Anyone familiar with their discography knows that the music can be quite dynamic, however, at times having a sound all of its own.

In October of 2019, the project released an album called "Eternal" which swerves away from the projectory of the project into experimental territory where lo-fi hip-hop elements are mixed with space rock and progressive rock while retaining the underlying ambient elements. The album has 11 tracks with 3 bonus tracks available in Bandcamp.

"The Hidden One" begins with a robotic voice and then a mellow, mid-tempo beat and wandering ethereal music will immediately remind the listener of the mellow yet spacey sounds of Pink Floyd. The music will put your mind at ease taking you to blissful realms, but most of the tracks are around 3 ? 4 minutes, so nothing really stagnates and things stay full of surprises throughout the album. "Moviestar" has a more direct beat and introduces a sampled children's choir with spoken word samples and what sounds like a saxophone effect. The spoken word samples become just as important to the flow of the music as the instruments themselves and the choir continually bring back the main motif to the track. "The Edge of Infinity" introduces the trip-hop effects with scratching noises provided by DJ Flipflop, piano from frequent guest Josh Roydhouse, a santoor played by Cyrus Ashrafi and drums by G. Iampa. The overall feel of the music remains moderate and laid back with the santoor giving a nice sound that might remind one of a steel guitar, but more ethereal. The scratches bring in the trip-hop sound and the guitar even tends to reflect the western, cinematic sound of Morricone.

"Immortality Part II" has a darker and heavier sound to it, but retains DJ Flipflop's contributions making for a cool combination. As with most of the music at this point, there are spoken word samples that also contribute to the more upbeat feel of this album. Even with this upbeat style, the music remains a bit hazy and psychedelic which is many times the signature sound of All India Radio. "The Shining Darkness" again uses G. Iampa on drums while the music continues to spin beautiful musical textures harking back to almost mellotron sounds, a somewhat muffled atmosphere that also keeps the brighter keys to a more dream-like feel, yet seeming cinematic at the same time. "Villa of the Mysteries" is a nice, melodic and heavily layered track that exposes several different things every time you hear it. Its just full of pleasing sounds and melodies that together swirl around in a spacey atmosphere.

"The Language of Triangles" is a short, drone-like track, heavily layered and then subdued into a dark wall of sound. "Prismatism" features drums from an artist credited as SmokeFace. A simple synth loop is accompanied by the tapping percussion, almost sounding like a metronome, then some dark guitar sounds are mixed with dark sax effects, and you get the interesting Morricone-inspired music as a result. Vocal effects bring in a spacey vibe, and this all comes together beautifully. Absolutely stunning. Another quick track called "Balance" follows with a nice, atmospheric synth drone.

"End Game" brings in a direct beat and an obvious melody but flows through some nice dynamic changes, but always carrying the signature ambience through the slight muffling of tones. The most interesting thing is the way the muffling is used to give this all the dream-like feel that seems to blanket the music, but this effect soothes the listener and makes the music very blissful. The last track is "Immortality Part I", a ten-minute spacey, yet cinematic track that features Josh Roydhouse on piano again. Fans of All India Radio know of the band's links to Pink Floyd's music, even using decommissioned art work at times. This track will bring obvious reminders of the project's inspirational artist when at the beginning, you will be reminded of Floyd's "Let There Be More Light". But it only borrows from it at the beginning and later goes off into it's own further explorations with spoken word samples and a ethereal operatic vocal that stays subdued in the mix. It later becomes more ambient for a while then a beat returns with slide guitar effects swirling around. Deep down under everything, an attentive listener will notice slight crackling and popping, giving it the desirable vinyl sound, but it is almost inaudible as the music continues to ebb and flow.

This album is an excellent introduction to the music of All India Radio in that it is easy to listen to, quite accessible and less ambient than many of their albums. However, it reaches audiences that might normally be frightened away by the ambient tag that the project has. This album is proof that the music is beautiful and wonderful and may give tentative listeners the desire to search through the band's extensive discography, and in it, they will find some of the best electronic music around. Yes, a good part of it is ambient, but it is always just as lovely as the music on this album. I highly recommend this album to those interested in something relaxing and even soothing (even with its more upbeat attitude) in times of worry and stress. It will take your mind off of your cares for a short time. However, it is an album I find enjoyable anytime as there is a lot of dynamic texture and plenty of variety and surprises to make it an album to enjoy all of the time.

For lovers of Pink Floyd, Pure Reason Revolution, Alan Parsons Project, Sigur Ros, Mogwai (later years), Tortoise, Boards of Canada and so on.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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