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minimal melodies and surging drones,
This review is from: Minima Moralia (Audio CD)
This is very tranquil, relaxing, ambient music from the same label (Kranky) that brought us acts like Stars of the Lid and Loscil. The music on this album sounds rather similar to those artists, though I would say that here there is a little more emphasis on melody. Not the kind of melody that demands your attention, of course; rather, wispy splinter-like fragments of tune that drift in and out of the music without ever taking it over.
The contrast between these splinters of melody and the ever-present underlying drone makes for an interesting multi-layered listening experience; this contrast is also underlined by the intelligent use of acoustic instruments throughout. Most of the melodic parts, in fact, are played on an acoustic guitar, and there is even a brief appearance of a saxophone on one track.
It's better not to concentrate too much on individual tracks. Like all good ambient music, this album works best when you don't pay too much attention to it -- just let it blend into a seamless whole in the background of your consciousness.
All in all, a very light and fresh-sounding piece of work. Perfect as a discreet soundtrack for bright sunny afternoons. If you already know you like the artists mentioned above, and others like them, then I'm quite sure you won't regret giving this a try.