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A different take on Ambient Music? From the moulth of babes...,
This review is from: Flesh Creeping Gonzoid & Other Imaginary Creatures - Vol. 1- 6 (Audio CD)
It is very hard to describe the "music" of Andrew Liles (AL) without a subjective point of view taking priority. Let me explain.
Within the realm of ambient music I find there are two kinds. 'Passive' ambient and 'Dynamic/active' ambient. Dissimilar to say the passive ambience of the group 'GAS'Nah Und Fern(for example), AL fills up his spacious, minimalist ambience with found sounds, strange tweekings and an odd assortment of, well, I can't exactly say what (liner notes are mum on this).
It seems he is taking the concept of foreground vs background ambience, getting the listener to be lulled say into the music as background fill (you know, the kinda stuff to relax or read through)....then just when you are inclined to accept the stuff as THAT, he goes into a foreground mode by introducing such odd strange stuff which causes the listener to suddenly look around the room and ask "did I just hear that? Did it come from the cd?, or am I having a flashback? Why are my house cats' looking around as if they can see ghosts? Is my house shifting on its foundation? Did an intruder just force open the back room window? Is something living in the walls of my house...is it human?" You get the idea perhaps.
If investigating this as an experimental music offering by an artist unknown to most, I suppose there is some chance that this might fit the bill for those inclined to add unusual stuff to their collection. It would be fair to say that Andrew Liles dwells in the same neighborhood as Current 93 or Nurse With Wound. Well, at least in the same magikal county.
The packaging is sublime (see amazon product description). There is "lurid" psycho-sexual psychedelic mind-bending artwork which saturates everything, the booklet, the cd sleeves, the clam-shell box. There is one particular track for example (cd#1 THICK THIGHS SURPRISE) which "seems" highly xxx rated because it has vox which could be some unholy hermaphrodite dreaming his/her feelings out loud. Matter of fact, there are several instances scattered throughout where the listener gets the itch to squirm a bit. Also throughout the 6 cds are some beautiful somber piano interludes which give this offering a sense of context and/or consistancy.
The 6 cds are stuffed with tracks (at least 75+min on each cd). Some cds have more in the way of actual vox but the overall impression is ambient sounds mixed in with quite a variety of tweeks and turns. Just be aware that these "intrusions" take their own sweet time to manifest. Even during the so-called relaxing moments I still get this "gonzoid" sense of threat, a queasy tainted foreboding.
This is not something you'll listen to in one sitting, 7+ hours(!). If you can then there's more to you than meets the eye. Or eyes. Or whatever your appendage of perception entails.