i've noticed that a lot of ambient records coming out these days will try to weave some kind of folk music influence into what's otherwise very shiny modern-sounding music. maybe a lot of people are hungry for tolkien-esque glamour these days?
I don't think it's quite the same thing but I listened to some of the atmospheric jungle I used to worship recently and I remembered the (i'll use this word for now) sublimity of that atmosphere, which no doubt could be dismissed as pompous or portentous or whatever, and how that in itself was something I was after back in those days – not just fun, not just intensity, but something transcendent-seeming, something cavernous and mysterious.
This was the last thing I listened to that reminded me of this former interest of mine
The spaciousness of the sound (from the reverb) – and this one is quite on the nose as far as this effect is concerned, being called "prophecy".
finally gave this a close listen due to its place in the inner circle of the WYH canon and it lived up to my high expectations. grim britannia sci fi.If I had to single out one track which seeded any interest in these maps, it was Synesthesia. Off the map entirely, Third asked for serious answers, here’s one
just listened to this in the bath by candlelight, might jump out of a plane while tripping next
perfect. there's an ambiguous type of space that "synesthesia" evokes floating in that's not quite underwater and not quite sky, but sort of both. it gets evoked in some of the best ambient. this classic track (well, the visuals as much as the music itself) was probably where i first noticed it:Definitely jumping out of a plane while tripping ambient, tripping in a bath that’s jumped out of plane even more so
absolutely. i was going to write something about heavyweight dub champion for that post but for some reason didn't. probably felt my knowledge of the genre was lacking compared to people around here like john eden, droid, yourself, etc. but that doesn't seem like a very good reason in hindsight.dub is one of the ultimate palimpsestcape type musics... wavering traces of the immemorial.., the feeling that it's both ultra modern and ancient