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Warm blissful ambience,
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This review is from: Shades of Orion 2 (Audio CD)
Pete Namlook certainly has a vast catalogue. Of all his collaborations it is perhaps with Tetsu Inoue that he is most well known (perhaps alongside his work with Klaus Schulze). I am unfamiliar with Tetsu Inoue's work, but I have heard 2350 Broadway, their other major project (and perhaps best known). Although the Fax label is best known for it's high quality ambient releases (inparticular the early to mid 90s), their output has also produced some stunning ambient-techno and sequencer driven 'berlin school' electronic music. This release rests firmly at the ambient end of the spectrum.
Its kind of hard to review music such as this. It is a single 'song' over an hour in length (thankfully cut into 14 segments each 5 minutes in length), which seemingly doesn't really stray very far from the sounds first layed down in the opening few minutes. To many I guess this could be the most boring album ever. However, to those who enjoy space music and enjoy the pictures these sounds can paint then this is indeed one of the warmer sides of the Fax releases. It has a breezy warm organic feel to the album which is in stark contract to some of their other releases (2350 Broadway 3 for example).
Music such as this takes things very slowly. There is a progression to the music, but it reveals itself gradually over the course of 70 minutes. There are no stand out moments and there is no driving melody or percussion. What there is, is a very slight pulse that comes and goes with a breezy organic drone ( I hesitate to use that word because it is not drone music) and spacey wind-like sounds that operate in the background and foreground. That is about it!, but of course there are all the textural subtleties that the interested ear can choose to pick up on. I for one find this the perfect late night music and it often sends me to sleep (in a good way of course!). This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but hey!, if you've found this page then it could be for you!