Wow, impressive stuff here, and why shouldn't it be? This is FSOL after all, but after some lackluster reviews for the previously unreleased "Environments" lp, I was skeptical this could be just a hodgepodge of rough sketches. Instead we have a very strong, solid release, not quite as lush and airy as Life Forms, yet not as sad and dark as "Dead Cities". I wouldn't call this ambient music, or IDM for that matter. There are plenty of samples and beats and layers of exotic, electronic and organic sound, composed and produced expertly.
This is indeed a long-player, great for long drives. I wouldn't mind some tracks be shortened some however, but this stuff comes from a time, not so long ago, when it was okay to be a bit more indulgent and let the groove go on a while.
I'm amazed at how prolific this duo was and still is, and I can see why they've moved on to explore a more "organic", psych-rock sound, since they truly exhausted much of what was possible with this type of music, leaving no stone unturned. This first volume could be a lost FSOL lp, fitting nicely between ISDN and Cities perhaps. After this, I indeed look forward to tracking down and listening to the other three volumes.