Slow arpeggio style melodies slice away at the silence as the album opens with a sampled vocal in a foreign language. The track is called “Just Listen” and it's fair enough. I am listening and it's good. I think, though, that it means the whole thing. It's a short track in a fairly short album, around forty-five minutes of music make the production but it's deep enough to expand into more than this once in the mind.
A few bars of paced and tranquil flow build up into something with more air and a whistling tone which lays slightly under the mix. Some pitched frills in various colours of sound glisten along the wayside as repeating loops bring stability in an ambient and interesting rhythm. As we hit track three or four, abstractions begin to make a key appearance which gives a psychedelic feel to the digital and synthesised sound. Use of effects in subtle ways gives a layering that increases the scope without cluttering the bulk delivery.
By throwing the sounds in many directions, and placing little quirks and motions expertly in a stereo environment, the music is given real character but it remains incredibly relaxing. A soft drink perhaps, but one with an umbrella and a piece of fruit on a stick. It drips with tone that shimmers and plays around like light on a thick woodland floor, child-like melody keeps everything fresh and moving while beats are crafted from repetition and sound effects in a perpetual motion.
It's for sitting back and enjoying, the drama is diverse but it never brings the white to the knuckles. As directions shift and feels are handed out on platters lined with interesting garnishes, the general evolution of the sound is pleasant and eventful. The theatre of the mind is busied by the array of compositional cartography and choreography, a gently rolling contour of progression leans in on ethnic and sci-fi roots simultaneously. It's a worthwhile album, there's enough going on for it to not be boring after a few spins but it's peaceful enough to play to almost anyone.
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