Synth + Guitar Album Recommendations

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  1. stevel

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    I'm looking for something specific though:

    I'm looking more for "relaxing", "ambient" primarily or exclusively Instrumental music that has Electric Guitar and Synths in it - bass and drums are ok, or synth bass/drums with sequences, etc.

    I'm thinking primarily along the lines of something like this (there are some heavy sections and singing, but it's the closest thing I can think of):



    I'm not looking for anything "metal" or "shreddy" or too "jazzy" (like not Weather Report or even Pat Metheney) and not Prog (no Dream Theater) - IOW trying to stay away from music that is too highly virtuosic (so even Jeff Beck's BbB would be pushing it) but some of those qualities are OK.

    Guitar and Synth trading off melody and rhythm, with other instruments or synth rhythm section, etc. that's "accessible" and not too "niche" genre stuff.

    Most of the things I can think of do tend to involve virtuoso guitar and/or synth lines and I guess I'm looking more for strong melodies and backing pads - the opening to "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" would be in the realm of possibility though.

    Maybe like Tangerine Dream, but with more guitar prominent?

    Edit: Completely forgot but this is right up my alley:



    Suggestions?
     
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    Yes, I didn't know about this, thanks. Maybe a little TOO ambient for what I want, but will check it out further.
     
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    The Durutti Column
     
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    Just grabbed a random track and I like. Helped remind me of APP which I've added to the original post.

    Will check Durutti out further - any specific recommendations?
     
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    I like the entire first release The Return of The Durutti Column and Without Mercy most of all.
     
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    The Guitar And Other Machines & Vini Reilly are also great.
     
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    and if you like the Durutti Column, check out also Maurice Deebank

     
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    Porcupine Tree is a very deep well of creativity. Steve Wilson solo also. :love:





    You've got a great one with Dream After Dream, a very rare and virtually unknown document of Journey at their peak. My cousin was a music company rep in the mid '80s and got that for me, a very rare thing for a kid to have at that time. :aok
     
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    Not instrumental but it's a good mix of synth and swirly guitars with great melodies. One of my favorite bands in the last few years.

     
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    I don't remember synths in any of the Durutti Column albums I've listened to. What albums are you thinking of?
     
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    Tycho might be a great option. He does mix guitar and synth up where you sometimes can't tell what instrument is playing but my understanding is at minimum he composes everything on guitar. Whatever, it's great ambient music.

     
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    The Return may not have synths, but Vini guitar and electronic rhythm supplied by Hannett.
     
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    The Andy Summers solo stuff may be worth your time.
     
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    Bowie and Eno: Heroes and Low both follow a 'side 1 songs, side 2 ambient' format and are essential listening.

    For other Eno, try the first two Roxy albums and Eno's early solo efforts - Here Come The Warm Jets, Before & After Science etc. It's pretty accessible but plenty of synth action. By Discreet Music you're firmly into ambient territory.

    Neu! are well worth checking out - I'd start with Neu 75.
     
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    This is prob more of what you're looking for.

     
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    i believe most of their albums are actually 90-100% guitar and the "synth" aspect is Eno playing with time manipulation on the back end. in the later albums fripp uses a guitar synth but its still guitar sort of.
     
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    Cocteau Twins Victorialand. No synth but you wont know the difference.
     

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