Jim and John, thank you for the very nice reactions... and Jim, that is an astute observation about niche. I do admit that the CD is sort of all over the map (compared to dedicated ambient albums). I'm happy to say though that at the end of it all, the ambient tunes on there are the ones that touch me the most when I listen back to them.
I think I had a lot of absorbed ethno-trance type influences that were going to spill out no matter what, and I just let them spill forth on Xenofilika and they almost took over. I believe I got it out of my system though and on the next one, I will seek my niche in the more tranquil realms.
"Niche" is an interesting concept here, and hearing the word makes me think about the fact that it does play a role, even in electronic music. One can't be shooting for the "Sgt Pepper's" album each time---it would wear people out!