Review excerptNELSON FOLTZ AND TOM LYNNStill Life Volume Three
self released (2007)
Comprised of a single track nearly 44 minutes long, Still Life Volume Three
(hereafter just Volume Three
) moves patiently through several distinct movements, not unlike an ambient overture (although longer than your standard overture, obviously). What will most likely raise the eyebrows of some listeners is that no electronic instruments were used in making this music. Instead, found sounds (manipulated and altered through studio magic) and real instruments (notably trombone, played in a relaxed bluesy fashion) are melded, resulting in some of the most blissful yet somber and perhaps somewhat melancholic drone-type music Iíve heard in quite a while. In fact, this is one of those relatively rare ambient recordings that, as far as Iím concerned, youíre going to enjoy more by immersing yourself in, although when played in the background it exemplifies what makes ambient music, well, ambient (i.e. pleasantly ignorable but resonating with the listener on an unconscious level).
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