This album sounds very gloomy/depressing to me, like being trapped underwater in a coffin (gee what fun!)
I donít agree at all. For me, the mood is neither 'gloomy' nor 'depressing', but rather more varied and ambiguous.
The cover is nice but notice somebody's foot in the picture, as if they've just jumped off a bridge to their death and into..."the most beautiful blue."
Iíd say thatís an overdetermined reading based on the above interpretive projecting of a mood of gloom/depression. The album has a very sub-aqueous kind of feel about it, sure, but the theme seems to me to be more about escape
, so why couldnít this just be someone simply diving/swimming underwater?
I was pretty underwhelmed by my first couple listens. It is well done but...not the most original ambient music I've heard (play some moody synth chords, add reverb, mix in environmental samples, etc.) But who knows, it may be the greatest thing I've ever heard tomorrow.
OK, well, that could be said about any number of recent ambient releases. Two points:
(i) anything can have that kind of rationalist dissecting game applied to it, breaking it down into parts in order to expose it as plain or lacking; the fact is that this is merely a reductionist
description of how ambient music is made. The point is not how it is made, but what it becomes in terms of its effects on the listener; when parts are assembled they may come to life, and, in combination, take on an aspect and affect/effect thatís more than these discrete parts. Sure, they may not, for some people, as in this case, so then itís sufficient to conclude that drone onís observation about the insufficiency of this album simply comes down to a simple truism about how some things work for some people, and some things donít.
(ii) Originality is a much less important criterion today in judging the worth of a release than it was in a previous age where the context of production and reception of the art work (here, musical piece) meant a different order of artistic values. I wonít go on about this, but restrict myself to the observation that much of what we discuss on this forum would fall down if this criterion were among the principle measures of a releaseís worth. Or rather, again, if we want to reduce things, this is a matter of the subjectivity of aesthetic judgements: for me, originalityí isnít so important as other aesthetic criteria, whereas for some, like drone on, it appears to be.
Sorry to drone on, drone on.