Ishq

Ishq

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Ishq have been making music since about 1995 under various guises including Indigo egg, Ishvara, Elve, and a few other alter egos. Ishq music skirts between IDM electronica, deep ambience and even has some newage overtones. The emphasis seems to be on music as harmony.

Ishq means "love" in Persian and Hindi, it is also a word used by such past masters as Rumi to express love of the divine and the ecstatic love of the Sufi or lover of God and all God's creation.

Matt and Jacqueline also run Virtual (3), a limited edition CD label which releases their more experimental soundscape music and other studio works.
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Ishq Orchid (Album) Dakini Records Japan 2001 Sell This Version
AA0004 Pan Electric & Ishq Pan Electric & Ishq - About Time(CD, Album) Absolute Ambient.com AA0004 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Vs01 Ishq Timelapse In Mercury(CD, Album, Ltd) Virtual (3) Vs01 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Steve Brand + ISHQ Steve Brand + ISHQ - Spiritual Science / The Voice From Home (Album) AtmoWorks US 2009 Sell This Version
ELS 004 Ishq Sama(CD, Album) Electronic Soundscapes Records ELS 004 Greece 2010 Sell This Version
Ishq03 Ishq Fluid Earth(CD, Album, Ltd) Virtual (3) Ishq03 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Ishq Skyspaces (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2011 Sell This Version
Ishq And Awake (Album) Interchill Records Canada 2011 Sell This Version
Ishq Flowering Mountain Earth (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2012 Sell This Version
Ishq Deep Space Objects (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2012 Sell This Version
Ishq Lyght (Album) ...txt UK 2012 Sell This Version
Ishq Zennor Plane (Album) Ektaphone UK 2014 Sell This Version
Ishq The Invisible Landscape (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2014 Sell This Version
Ishq Blue Infinity (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2014 Sell This Version
Ishq Seascapes (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2014 Sell This Version
Ishq Spring Light (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2015 Sell This Version
Ishq In A Rainbow Air (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2015 Sell This Version
Ishq Winter Light (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2015 Sell This Version
Ishq Autumn Light (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2015 Sell This Version
Ishq Summer Light (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2015 Sell This Version
Material Object + Ishq Material Object + Ishq - Invisible Light (Album) No. Germany 2015 Sell This Version
Ishq Evergreen Ocean (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2016 Sell This Version
Plank* & Ishq Plank* & Ishq - Crows An Wra Volume 3 (Album) ...txt UK 2016 Sell This Version
Ishq Pureland (Album) Virtual (3) UK 2016 Sell This Version
Ishq Nutopia (Album, EP) Virtual (3) UK 2016 Sell This Version

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bullfinchart

bullfinchart

June 3, 2017
Ishq has/have produced some beautiful work over the years. Obviously Orchid is the go-to album, and it is a well-deserved classic, but there are other great moments scattered throughout the Virtual catalogue. Some will enjoy every album Matt puts out through his various aliases, although as mentioned below, there's a certain sameness to his synth sounds that makes oversaturation likely. That said, due to the limited nature of the releases, it's most wise to give them a listen and pick the ones that stand out to you.

Everything from abstract drone to intricately programmed synth miniatures can be found, and although the overtly rhythm and melody-centred approach of Orchid is mostly restricted to the 'bigger' albums (Sama, And Awake) and the compilations (Lotus and Sunflower both highly recommended), there are plenty of beautiful pieces throughout the many albums put out.

My personal favourites include Seascapes and Blue Infinity (beautifully sculptured droney ambient), Fhorm (strangely experimental soundscapes), both Ishvara albums (wonderful textures and melodies) and Onirojenik World by Onirojenik (amorphous, flowing organic ambience). This isn't necessarily a project to be a completist of, but one to find your favourite releases of and enjoy them for their own qualities.
Czorny

Czorny

January 7, 2017
Ishq was one of my favorite bands. They still are, but I only listen to their early songs, up to 2010-2011. The rest sounds like one album to me: just some noises with one single tune repeated multiple times for one hour. Nothing special, tons of similar albums out there. Yet you won't find anything similar to Orchid and Nepalese Sun song is a pure masterpiece.
jonaswilde

jonaswilde

November 27, 2016
I find their minimalism and good nature heartening and great to work to. Strength to strength with every subtle, gentle release.
sonicboffin

sonicboffin

March 4, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
Love beauty and harmony.

Some will find music with those qualities offensive if they are full of hate or shall we say insecure and judgemental.

Ishq means 'love' in case people didnt know.

Listen with your heart.

Articuno

Articuno

November 21, 2011
Ishq debuted with something amazing and unique. Every release since then has been getting more bland and inoffensive than the last. Now his music all sounds the same: some water sounds, some soft melodies, some girl moaning, nothing happening. Unfortunate that his original stroke of art went nowhere. From his extensive catalog, Orchid is the only one worth listening to.
nyamcz

nyamcz

November 27, 2010
Very special band.
mikeoshi

mikeoshi

October 13, 2010
Ishq is heavenly, ecstasy, bliss... simply amazing. Sama is one of my all time favorites.
Fragletrollet

Fragletrollet

February 3, 2010
Ishq is a truly magical project. Orchid is one of my definitive ambient favorites.

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