A slow growl, steady noise, and a reed organ that gives way only to a dulcimer (or possibly a similar stringed instrument) is what’s makes up this lonely ambiance track. Eventually the dulcimer meets up with a steel string guitar and the two dance together, parting often in their shared confusion; trying to make sense of their world. There are no stops just a straight 6-minutes of swirling, which provides a complimentary soundtrack to these times of daily confusion.
Oftentimes in music, among many other things in life, simple repetition with subtle variation is the key to soothing a weary mind. This track finds that balance quite well and it’s those subtle variations poured lightly over the synth-arpeggios that coalesce into an aural healing experience. Mirko’s title for this piece, “Night City Landing”, gives us an image of a near-future dystopian relaxation process, also evocative of our current preoccupation with post-apocalypticism and the need for solace in the inevitable place.
We haven’t included a “Pop Offerings” track in quite some time and this is a perfect balance between the otherwise ambient tracks normally found here and the slick pop tracks we indulge in from time-to-time. “Digital Sleep” is a grooving, vocal heavy, exercise in hypnotism ending in just under 3 minutes and providing enough psychoactive material for a smoke filled evening or, a drug free uber-ride. You name it
Aptly named ‘The Marble’ evokes abandoned monuments and forgotten deities; spirits still lingering in the sacked cities of Rome, or possibly, craters on another planets. What strikes me is how smooth ‘The Marble’ is. There are no sharp edges or visible fraying heard here, passing from emotion to emotion with seamless erudition. This devastatingly eerie release from German based Miasmah, is not for the feint-of-heart and listening should be ventured while knowingly in exploratory mode.
The saxaphone and minimal house beat are anything if not strange bedfellows and how they weave in and out of odd tonal modes is puzzling beautiful. The only unremarkable thing is that this artist’s place of origin is the very Nordic country of Norway.
In a world of undying proselytism, sometimes the ambiance of pads and samples can overwhelm the fact that life is, indeed, a pop track. But that same dizziness we all experience is why we can all relate to AAL’s re-imagining of modern love and modern experiences on “I Never Dream”; channeling a feeling of fast-paced disorientation, and enjoying the fact that it is simply part of the human experience now.
A moody piece from etherealist Jake Muir which evokes a unified group expressing their desire to their “greater power”. Whether Muir means to have this be a sincere “prayer”, by a struggling working class, or an overwhelming, unwanted one, by a group in opposition to his cause, remains to be seen, but the copious uncertainty felt in either reality is present in this track. And like most good music, the beauty of it is its interpret-ability. A bit like the illusion: “Do you see the beautiful young woman or the old woman’s face?”